September 24, 2020

Review Category : TMZ Music News

One Direction’s New Album Is ‘Already Finished,’ Ed Sheeran Says

One Direction fans already know that the guys are prepping a new album for Christmas, working with the same production and songwriting teams that created their first two albums, 2011's Up All Night and last year's Take Me Home. And from the sound of things, those sessions have been doing swimmingly.

In fact, according Ed Sheeran, the album's already finished. Though, for the first time, it won't feature any of his tunes — not because he wasn't asked to contribute, but because he's just been too busy trying to wrap up his new record.

"I haven't done any songs on this one; I've actually kind of cut myself from giving any people songs at the moment, because I want to make my album," Sheeran said. "I was approached, and it wasn't so much a 'No,' it was just a 'I want to write tunes for myself at the moment.'

"Once my album's done, then we'll see," he added. "But their album is already finished."

Of course, it bears mention that Sheeran could be talking about the soundtrack to 1D's film — since completing an album seven months before its set to be released doesn't make a lot of sense. A spokesperson for One Direction did not respond to MTV News' request for clarification, and, at press time, there's still no firm release date for the group's new album. Though we do know 1D will once again be re-teaming with McFly's Tom Fletcher and producer Julian Bunetta on the disc. Last month, Bunetta told MTV News that he'd spent ...

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Chris Brown Letting Rihanna Do ‘Her Own Thang’

Are they or aren't they? Well, right now, Chris Brown has confirmed that he and Rihanna aren't currently dating — just weeks after they were photographed together.

The "Fine China" singer called into Australian radio show and shared that he was more focused on his birthday plans (he turned 24 on Sunday) than romancing the singer. He said, "I'm 24. I'm going to be in Vegas, so I really want to see as many girls as possible."

"Yeah, I'm a do it solo. I mean, at the end of the day, Shawty doing her own thang, she on the road. It's always gonna be love ... I'm just gonna do me. I'm a grown man, just gotta fast forward," he said on the show.

"At the end of the day, well, I just put it at this 'cause one thing I never want to do is never disrespect somebody," he later added. "The way I look at it is I'm always gonna love that person and people have differences and people have different wants and needs. I can't be focused on wife-ing someone that young. And I'm young too. And I can't focus on that. I need to be the best Chris Brown I can be."

Regardless of their current romantic status, Rihanna will appear on Brown's July 16 album release, X. Brown opened up to MTV News about the collaboration earlier this spring, sharing what fans should expect.

"So we did 'Nobody's Business' for her album, and then I wrote a song, it's called 'Put It Up.' ...

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‘Iron Man 3’ Fans React To Controversial Twist

Even with incredibly positive word of mouth, near universal approval from critics, and an opening weekend box-office haul that put every other non-Marvel movie in history to shame, there's one part of that has audience members firmly divided. It's quite possibly the biggest twist yet unveiled in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it's also the biggest diversion the films have taken from their comic-book source material. Yeah, this is a bigger change than Hawkeye not wearing his purple mask.

MTV News caught up with moviegoers fresh off of director Shane Black's thrilling action film to find out what they thought of the big reveal. This is a change so big that finding it out now could potentially ruin your movie-going experience, so if you are one of the very few people who didn't shell out money to see Shellhead's latest adventure last weekend, look away now for this article has officially entered the Spoiler Zone.

After a daring raid on the Mandarin's Miami compound, in which Tony Stark puts his collection of Home Depot weapons to good use, Stark comes face to face with the mighty Mandarin, played by Sir Ben Kingsley. Or actually, he comes face-to-face with Trevor Slattery, a boozed-up, formerly homeless actor playing the role of the Mandarin in exchange for drugs and speed boats.

"[The Mandarin reveal] was very unexpected," says Mabel Rodriguez, summing up pretty much everyone's reaction to the plot point in one phrase.

The Mandarin has long been Iron Man's arch-nemesis, ever since he first fought Tony Stark in comics published in 1964. Because of ...

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Lil Wayne And YMCMB Gear Up For ‘RapFix Live’ Takeover

On Wednesday, "RapFix Live" is heading down to South Beach, Miami, for a special episode with the YMCMB and Rich Gang family. Lil Wayne, Birdman and Mack Maine will sit down with host Sway Calloway for what's sure to be a blockbuster hour of TV, and don't be surprised to see a few additional cameos from the squad.

DJ Khaled and Ace Hood will also join us for the special, which will air online at RapFix.MTV.com and broadcast on MTV Jams Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Lil Wayne released his 10th albumI Am Not A Human Being II in February, just a few days after he was treated for seizures and released from a hospital ICU. Weezy eventually revealed to fans that he's been dealing with the health condition for some time now and this episode will give them a chance to see him up and about.

But this isn't just about Tunechi. The Young Money and Rich Gang team are gearing up to release multiple projects from their artists this year, including Young Money president Mack Maine who's upcoming album is led by the single "Suffering From Success and not to mention Ace Hood's Trials & Tribulations.

Earlier this week, the Rich Gang family came together on set to shoot a video for "Tap Out," with everyone including Lil Wayne, Birdman, DJ Khaled, Mack Maine and Bow Wow present. Find out more about the video and what else they have in store when you tune into "RapFix Live" next Wednesday.

Catch Lil Wayne, Birdman, Mack Maine and YMCMB on "RapFix Live" Wednesday ...

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Mariah Carey Debuts A New ‘Texture’ On Miguel Collaboration ‘#Beautiful’

What happens when Mariah Carey and Miguel get together on some new music? Something

The new track, the lead single off Carey's 2013 album release, debuted on Monday (May 6), and it seamlessly combines her signature vocals with Miguel's groovy, sexy R&B style. It kicks off with a sultry guitar riff and some tambourine and from there it sears, with a beat that sounds like it was lifted off a Motown track.

The twosome trade verses about how they thrill each other on late-night motorcycle rides. The chorus is feels particularly Miguel-inspired as they sing, " 'Cause it's beautiful/ Ooh, you make me feel undressable / And I can't pretend / That doesn't mean a thing to me, to me / Oh, you're beautiful / And your mind is f---ing beautiful / And I can't pretend that/ That doesn't mean a thing to me, to me."

She called into Ryan Seacrest on Monday and explained why she wanted to hook up with the Grammy winner on the release. "I'm a huge fan of his music and as I think everybody's just so blown away by him right now," she said. "We got together. He had started writing this song with just the guitar riff. He's the truth," she said, before adding that she wanted the track to have "a texture that feels fresh."

Late last month, Miguel wouldn't confirm the rumors that he had hooked up with MC on this new track, but did share why he would want to work with her, if given the chance. He said, ...

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Lauryn Hill’s ‘Neurotic Society’: Force The Hand, Get The Finger

Lauryn Hill doesn't do deadlines. A cursory glance at her career over the past decade proves that.

So when reports began circulating that she'd signed a $1 million deal with Sony — one that stipulated she release five new songs (and an album) — well, most folks probably rolled their eyes. But then, on Saturday, she up and released "Neurotic Society," her first bit of new music since leaked in 2010 ... and one couldn't help but think that perhaps Hill had changed her ways. Or maybe she was really hoping to avoid going to jail over her unpaid taxes.

You get the feeling it's more of the latter. Why? Well, for starters, there's the fact she's added a rather biting addendum — "Compulsory Mix" — to the title of her new song, which strongly suggests she was forced to release the track to fulfill some sort of contractual obligation. And as if that point wasn't quite clear enough, consider the note she penned to coincide with the song's debut, which read, in part:

"Here is a link to a piece that I was 'required' to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music."

So, yes, Hill was coerced into releasing the song, either by her new label, her legal woes, or both. But as she's proven time and time again, if folks are going to force ...

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Beyonce Thinks Blue Ivy ‘Needs Company’

Beyoncé might be a superstar, with a thriving music and acting career, but no job is as important as being a mother to Blue Ivy. And she likes being it so much that she's thinking of the expanding the Carter-Knowles clan... someday.

"I would like more children. I think my daughter needs company. I definitely love being a big sister and at some point when it's supposed to happen. My biggest job in the world is to protect my daughter and I am very protective," she told "Good Morning America" on Monday (May 6). "I just want to make sure that she can have a healthy, safe, normal life. I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love and now have a way bigger meaning, and that's to be her mother."

Blue Ivy joined her mama onstage Friday night during a tour stop in London. At the end of "Irreplaceable," BIC held Beyoncé's hand as she closed out the track. In a little dress and protective headphones, she got the room hyped just by standing there, proving she inherited the superstar genes from her parents.

In addition to kicking the "When will she have another kid?" rumor mill into high gear, Queen Bey also addressed all the criticism surrounding her anniversary trip to Cuba with Jay-Z. And instead of courting more controversy, she just brushed it all off her shoulders.

"You know, it was such a beautiful trip and I met some incredible children, visited some incredible entrepreneurs," she said. "I learned so ...

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Justin Timberlake Reveals <I>The 20/20 Experience</I> Sequel Album, Solo Tour Dates

In keeping with the viral roll-out of his rebooted musical career, Justin Timberlake took to Instagram on Sunday to announce the release date for the second part of his The 20/20 Experience album.

In a photo of him playing guitar in a recording studio, Timberlake posted the information on a computer screen in the foreground that read, "The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) Sept. 30th." And, a month later, he will kick off a solo world tour in support of both albums, taking the stage on October 31 in Montreal at the Bell Centre. With more shows to be added later, the current slate of gigs include stops in Nashville, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Dallas, Orlando and Denver through February 10.

No track listing, or official title, has been announced for the 10-track sequel album, but Timberlake confirmed it was coming out during an interview
 with Ryan Seacrest in March, saying, "Let me clear a rumor up. The news that this is only the first half of the album, that's true. That's all I'm going to say!"

After a six year break between new albums, this will be Timberlake's second new disc in seven months. The first 20/20 album debuted at #1 and fell just short of crashing the million mark when it sold 968,000 copies. It has moved more than 1.6 million copies in six weeks on the charts and has stayed in the top three the entire time.

Producer/songwriter Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon recent spilled a bit of information about the second album to Billboard, telling ...

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