August 17, 2018

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Earl Sweatshirt ‘Blacked Out’… And Created <i>Doris</i>

Jay Z once joked that he'd "inspired a generation of bad writers" when he gave up on penning lyrics in favor of spitting full songs off the top, but we'd like to think that he inspired a generation of quick thinkers instead. Earl Sweatshirt's introspective single for example, was a result of one of those golden moments, or what producers Christian Rich described to MTV News as lyrical "blackout."

Earl enlisted twin brothers, Kehinde "Rich" Hassan and Taiwo "Christian" Hassan, to handle the a bulk of production on his debut album Doris, including "Chum," which was birthed during a memorable studio session.

"Most of the sessions were about five hours of talking crap — what artists you like and you don't like, having fun — and then he'll just black out and be like, 'OK I got a verse,'" Kehinde explained. "That's how 'Chum' worked."

"We were just playing around and I didn't even think the beat was done yet, and he's like, 'Yo I got a whole song.' He goes in the booth and just spits it in one take. One take. What happened to that dude was chillin' and talking crap? He said 'I'm gonna do this in one take, and he really did."

During his time working with Christian Rich and The Neptunes, who assisted on "Burgundy," Earl continued to improve his production skills. In that particular session he watched Pharrell take a 20-minute break from recording what would eventually become Robin Thicke's hit "Blurred Lines" to knock out the "slowest beat he's ever done" for "Burgundy."

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Katy Perry’s <i>Prism</i>: What We Know So Far!

The details for Katy Perry's Prism have been teased for some time now, but the most tantalizing information rolled through the sunny streets of L.A. on Monday, when she announced the title and release date on the side of an eye-popping gold truck.

With fans counting down the days until October 22, MTV News is rounding up what we know about the release... so far.

She Has A Lot To Address
Perry's 2010 Teenage Dream not only spawned hits like "California Gurls" and "T.G.I.F. (Last Friday Night)" but a re-release billed as "The Complete Confection." In the years since, Perry has divorced Russell Brand, changed her hair color numerous times and found love again with John Mayer.

So, perhaps that will all help shape her latest musical confection? She teased, "It's gonna be three years later, how about that? Pick up where we left off."

It May Be Loud
With the album title and release date confirmed, fans are anxiously awaiting to hear what the lead single will sound like. And it may be a loud one. According to a new report from Idolator, that lead single might be called "Roar," but Perry and her camp have yet to confirm the rumored title.

We May See A Double Rainbow
Back in the spring, in line with the then-unknown album title, she shared that she and Bonnie McKee had penned a track called "Double Rainbow" that may find its way on there. In an interview with Vogue, where she addressed her pre-album jitters, she teased that another track, "Bad Photographs," ...

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Lindsay Lohan Out Of Rehab

Lindsay Lohan was released from a rehab facility on Tuesday after three months of court-mandated treatment
 as part of a plea deal in a traffic case.

TMZ posted a photo of Lohan, looking bright-eyed and smiling, as she was leaving the facility and reportedly headed to her stay with a sober coach for several days.

The 27-year-old actress agreed to spend 90 days locked down in a rehab facility to avoid a possible eight month jail term stemming from accusations that she lied to police
 about a June 2012 car accident.

Though she was also ordered to complete 30 days of community labor and submit to 18 months of psychotherapy, Lohan will hit the ground running following what is believed to be at least her sixth trip to rehab.

Her new movie, 
 opens on Friday and she has agreed to fill in for Chelsea Handler on Monday's episode of the E! late night show "Chelsea Lately."

She will also be the subject of an exclusive eight-episode docu-series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network, which will follow her as she tries to reboot her career and stay sober after leaving treatment. The series is slated to air in 2014. Lohan will also sit down with Winfrey for an interview that is scheduled to air in August.

Though some critics have not been kind, the director of "The Canyons," had high praise for his star.
 "Similarities? Tardiness, unpredictability, tantrums, absences, neediness, psychodrama — yes, all that, but something more, that thing that keeps you watching someone onscreen, that thing you can't ...

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One Direction Got ‘Comfortable’ Baring All For ‘This Is Us’

One Direction have pledged that their 3-D movie release, will let fans in on everything from the band's ups and downs to their ... bathroom activity.

So with cameras rolling on Harry, Louis, Liam, Niall and Zayn's most intimate moments, did they have any reservations? "This Is Us" producer (and ) Ben Winston recently revealed to MTV News that the guys actually weren't too uptight when it came time to film.

"The advantage that we've got to make a film about these artists is that they grew up in front of the TV cameras. They became artists on the 'X Factor,' and therefore they were used to having cameras with them at all times," Winston explained.

"So I think they were comfortable with [sharing]. They've known me for quite a few years. They got to know [director] Morgan [Spurlock] really well and they got to know the [rest of the crew]. We're a close unit [and] team and, therefore, we all felt like part of the gang."

While Spurlock — whose credits include the documentaries "Super Size Me" and "Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?" — might seem like an unusual choice to bring 1D's story to the big screen, Winston said he was the perfect director to capture the fellas behind One Direction. And though the movie will document their ups and the downs, Spurlock confirmed this week that those moments won't include Harry's 2012 romance with Taylor Swift.

For Winston, working with Spurlock was just "a great experience."

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Jay Z, 2 Chainz Collaboration? ‘Maybe Next Time’?

2 Chainz's sophomore album will continue the saga he began on his debut last August, and he points out that there's some pretty literal meaning in the title B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time. In an effort to keep the focus on himself as an artist, the Atlanta rapper took Kanye's advice and passed up on a feature from Jay Z.

Though 2 Chainz was tight-lipped about the collaborations he'd actually confirmed for the album, he explains to MTV News' Sway Calloway that he decided not to lock down a feature from the God MC because it was too soon.

"I went to the Justin [Timberlake] and Jay show in London, so I hollered at Jay," Chainz explained. "And when me and 'Ye talked I said, 'You think I should put Jay on this song? And he was like, 'Me time. It's your time, maybe next time.'"

And just like that, he scratched the possible collaboration with Hov.

"For people that I'm huge fans of like Jay Z and Andre 3000, I feel like [there are] certain times in my career to do these songs," 2 Chainz explained. "You don't want them to be too early — you want them to be movies, you want them to be events. So for Me Time, I have a few features but I'm really showing my ass on this."

The Def Jam rapper revealed that the title track "Me Time" is one of the songs he's most proud of on the album, but don't expect him to reveal the tracklist or other preliminary information anytime soon.

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If Ed Sheeran’s Marriage Pact Isn’t With Taylor Swift, Who Is It?

Ed Sheeran has had his fair share of headlines written about his personal life.

From hooking up with Selena Gomez — "Well she's dating Bieber, isn't she?" Sheeran said — to nearly stabbing Taylor Swift with a — "It was just about to impale Taylor" — the "Everything Has Changed" singer is accustomed to seeing his name in the news.

"There's lots of stuff in the press and some of it's very unbelievable and some of it isn't," the VMA nominee said. "Some of it's true and some of it isn't."

Ed recently shot down the rumor where he and Red tourmate Taylor Swift have a fallback marriage pact. In the alleged deal, the pair promised to get married if they were both single by the age of 30.

"I don't know where that comes from, it's usually from a source and it's usually from someone who doesn't know the person," Sheeran explained.

But even though wedding bells might not be in Swift and Sheeran's future, that doesn't mean a similar deal hasn't been made by the redhead. "That story isn't true. I do have one of those pacts with a friend actually — my next door neighbor but it's [for when we're] 40," he admitted.

"We got the pact from 'Friends,' " Sheeran said, referring to an episode where four of the show's characters made similar commitments. "We watched 'Friends' and we were like 'oh that sounds like a good idea' but I don't really want to reproduce with you right now."


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Britney Spears’ ‘Ooh La La’: How It Went From ‘Sex Drenched’ To ‘Smurfs Friendly’

Not only did Smurfette herself, Katy Perry, and her pal, songwriter Bonnie McKee, contribute some secret vocals to Britney Spears' "Smurfs 2" soundtrack tune, but it was McKee who insured that what they were singing was family friendly.

McKee told MTV News she tweaked the lyrics to take the song from PG-13 steamy to Rated G.

"I actually came in and was the doctor behind it. A lot of it was already written. It was a great song to begin with. ... They wanted it for the 'Smurfs' movie, and it was originally pretty sexy," McKee recalled about "Ooh La La," which features credits from the likes of Dr. Luke, Ammo and Cirkut as well as J Kash, Lola Blanc and Fransisca Hall. "I was like, 'OK, how do I take this sex-drenched song and make it Smurfs friendly?'

"That was kind of my task, but it still had to work at radio and be something that people would buy as a Britney Spears song because she's not a Smurf," she added. "So, it was just kind of fun to find double entendres to put in there and kind of trick the parents into thinking it's kid friendly."

Spears has noted that her sons, Smurfs fanatics Jayden and Sean, served as an inspiration for her to record the track for the movie. "I think Britney is in a different place, and she's a mother, and it seemed appropriate to kind of Smurf-ify the song," McKee said. "She's still a beautiful, sexy, fierce woman in charge, so we had to ...

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Katy Perry Opens Up On Rihanna, ‘Dark’ Side Of Fame

We may not know a whole lot about Katy Perry's possible upcoming album, Prism, but we certainly now know a lot more about her personal life. Perry graces the September cover of Elle UK and opens up to the magazine about relationships, tabloid rumors and her longtime friendship with fellow pop star, Rihanna.

"I love her [Rihanna] and every time I see her, I'm reminded of the light that she has. There's a lot of dark in this business," Perry said before elaborating, without naming anyone specific. "I know a lot of people out there with the most detrimental entourages — they are the root of their demise. It's really unfortunate but you can't save these people. My days of celebrity saving are over."

Before she made that vow, she did find time to help one celebrity in time of need: Robert Pattinson. Following the breakup between Pattinson and his longtime girlfriend, Kristen Stewart, Perry was spotted with the "Twilight" actor, setting tabloids ablaze that the two were an item. Yet, it was Perry who put out the fire, setting the record straight with Stewart.

"I sent her a text message saying, 'I know you've seen all this stuff but you know I would never disrespect you. I'm not that person,' " Perry said. "I'm just trying to be a friend to him, but it is unfortunate that I do have a set of tits."

Perry is now keeping the focus on her own relationship with fellow musician John Mayer, who she ...

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