Morrissey will try his hand at fiction with his forthcoming novel, List of the Lost, due out this fall. If I were a betting person, though, I’d say a book chock-full of his most recent statements would probably sell twice as fast. In addition to slights against Sam Smith and “desperate” artists who crowdsource, the legendary musician has repeatedly made it a point to describe President Barack Obama as being “white inside,” doing so once in June and then again on Larry King Now.
Before she broke necks with her sensual cologne ad, Cassie was a singer with a decent ear for hits. The model-turned-singer-turned-model turns 29 years old today (Aug. 26).
Cassie’s face become known at the age of 14 when she modeled for local department stores and Seventeen. She then appeared on the video for Mario’s hit “Just A Friend.”
Her modeling career continued until she met songwriter Ryan Leslie when she frequented clubs in New York. The two co-wrote a duet that eventually got Cassie signed to a management deal with Tommy Mottola. “Me & U” came in 2005, and after becoming a hit in Germany, Diddy came knocking to get her signed with Bad Boy Records. She did and “Me & U” became a hit over in the States by 2006.
“Long Way 2 Go” was a sleeker follow-up, but Cassie didn’t have much music success afterward. Her last mixtape, RockaByeBaby, displayed some artistic growth, but it didn’t gain that much traction with the audience.
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Earlier this year, New York indie rocker Kevin Devine launched his Devinyl Splits 7-inch series. Released through Bad Timing Records, each single features a new Devine song on the B-side and a contribution from a special guest on the A-side. For No. 3 in the series, both Scranton indie outfit Tigers Jaw and Devine tackled a classic song by The Cure, with the latter taking on “Lovesong”.
Tiara Thomas can’t be beat. The singer has come out on top in The Boombox Battle this week. With more than 83 percent of the vote, Tiara blows Bridget Kelly and her song, “Act Like That,” out of the competition.
Thomas’ new track “Mary Jane” finds her showing lots of love for the sticky green. The smoker’s celebratory track has a relaxing, sultry vibe paired with a reggae-tinged beat. This will mellow you out as much as the grass can. Off her new EP, Up in Smoke, Tiara sings throughout the tune but also breaks it down with a rap verse midway through.
“What a shame, what a shame, what a shame / I been turned out by Mary Jane / Hell of a name, hell of a name / And not a damn thing gonna change / She put me in strong choke hold / She a feisty one / Call her in shape but she ain’t quite the Nike one / Had a long day when I get home / You know I might need some / You know I don’t give no f— / I just say, ‘Light me one,” she sings.
This week, Tiara goes up against Tory Lanez and his track, “Say It,” which is available now on iTunes via Mad Love/Interscope Records. Tory wants to make sure his lady is keeping it 100 with her feelings over a sample of Brownstone’s 1994 track, “If You Love Me.” Just like the throwback R&B song requests, the Toronto crooner wants her to do more than tell him that she’s interested — he wants her to act on it.
While the final chance to see all the surviving members of Grateful Dead jam out together came and went with their epic “Fare Thee Well” reunion concerts, the Dead aren’t exactly done. Band members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann have teamed with John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ Oteil Burbridg and Ratdog keyboardist Jeff Chimentito to form Dead & Company. Having already announced a pair of shows at Madison Square Garden, the supergroup/reunion has now revealed a full fall and winter tour schedule.
With Atlanta’s current reign of hip-hop dominance, it’s understandable if some fans forget some of ATL’s known figures during the last decade. One of them was the heavy and ready Bone Crusher, who celebrates his 44th birthday today.
Bone Crusher, whose real name is Born Wayne Hardnett, Jr., was another rapper who made huge waves while an artist on Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def label. He only had one hit – but it was a big one – “Never Scared.”
The anthemic song, which boasts muscular production and Crusher’s barks (“Ahh-ten-shun!“), landed on Madden NFL 2004 and was played at college football stadiums everywhere. It’s also notable for featuring T.I. before his rise in rap and Killer Mike before he became the emotional core of Run the Jewels.
Bone Crusher was popular enough to land on Mariah Carey remixes and guest on songs from T-Pain and Young Jeezy. But Bone Crusher was well out of relevance by the time Gucci Mane became a star and Future’s rise. In fact, the last time he made headlines was when he criticized Atlanta’s hip-hop scene.