It’s no doubt [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]will.i.am[/lastfm] goes hard on his newest solo track “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever).” He performed the electro-dance track at this year’s America Music Awards and has been winning crowds over with the song since its release early last week. The hardest part, for Will, however, was getting Mick Jagger on the track, a near impossible feat he thought of after first previewing the track with executive, Jimmy Iovine.
[photogallerylink id=132538 align=left]According to will.i.am, when he first played the song for Interscope chairman, Jimmy Iovine, the first thing he asked was . “‘Yo, this is dope. Who are you gonna put on it?’,” Will says. “I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? It’s finished, it’s me.’ So, he’s like, ‘Oh, you don’t feature no one?'”
A taken aback Will then chose a target he deemed to be one of the most difficult, even impossible choices, Mick Jagger. “You play your music and the first thing someone says, ‘Who’s gonna be on it?’ So I think of the hardest thing ever,” Will continued. “And it happened, Mick Jagger. I just wanted to throw something out there that I thought could never be possible so they would stop asking me.”
The next part makes the story even more epic, especially for will.i.am. Once they had locked down Mick Jagger, Iovine revealed his fanboy status for Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones. From there, will.i.am took the reins to make some dreams come true.
“Jimmy’s like, ‘Will.i.am, Mick Jagger and the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rolling Stones[/lastfm] are like my [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tribe Called Quest[/lastfm], my [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]De La Soul[/lastfm], my [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]N.W.A. [/lastfm]I wanted to be like Mick when I was young,'” Will says. Unfortunately for Jimmy, the pair never got the chance to work together. So will.i.am did what any good friend would do, he urged Iovine to come out of production retirement and produce Mick’s part for the song.
“He produced Mick’s vocals, and this was the proudest moment of my life,” Will says. “Winning a Grammy is cool, but the guy who helped you out - and then you got to see him execute one of his dreams - that’s just the dopest ever.”
Consider this dream reached. And we get an awesome song out it. Sounds like a win-win-win.
Mother Monster happens to be the world’s most awesome daughter also. According to reports, the eccentric pop singer gives 50%, as in half, of all of her money to her father.
[photogallerylink id=132971 align=right]Their odd business arrangement comes as a surprise to most in the music industry causing quite a stir and several comparisons and speculations as to why she gives so freely to her family. “There’s really no justifiable sense to doing a 50/50 deal with anyone in your career, other than someone you’re partners in a band with,” says entertainment lawyer, Josh Grier, who represents Wilco and Elvis Costello. “Certainly no artist entering a management deal does anything close to that — a commission is usually 15 to 20 percent.”
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm]’s father, Joe Germanotta, receives the money under the family’s LLC’s Mermaid Music and Team Love Child. Some cite tax purposes as a reason for the divide, but personally, I think there is much more than tax brackets and deductions to this story.
There have also been comparisons to Britney Spears and her dad, but he’s been closely working with Brit on her Femme Fatale tour and so his efforts were reciprocated with pay, but that’s not the case with Gaga, her dad is just her dad.
But that’s more than enough for Lady Gaga, I think. She has always been open about how much her father means to her, reportedly stating, “I’m married to my dad.”
Albeit odd to say out loud, it’s clear that Gaga feels like she owes much of her success to her supportive family, that paid for her apartment the whole year she was busy getting famous and changing the world. Not to mention the time her dad smacked her back on track when she slipped into illicit substances like cocaine, “You’re f**king up, kid,” he told her. That was the catalyst Gaga needed to kick the habit. And now she is hosting your Thanksgiving.
Maybe we all owe Lady Gaga’s dad half our money? Hmm. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind.
“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
It’s been said a million times before and it will be said a million times more, but fame changes everything. Young Money rap crooner, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Drake[/lastfm] sat down with the Wall Street Journal to talk about his latest album, the price of fame, and of course, the ladies.
One of the most interesting aspects of the interview was when Drake spoke on his relationship with his family. His estranged father spent a lot of time on the road as a drummer when drake was young so their relationship has always been strained. Since Drake’s stardom, he finds that sometimes his relationship with his father and other family members gets a little, daresay, awkward.
[photogallerylink id=132538 align=left]”It’s tough for me to accept how close everybody wants to be all of a sudden. Everybody wants to hang out and check on me. It makes me feel uncomfortable, even when it’s family. Especially when it’s family, because I know it wouldn’t be like that if I was still trying to figure it all out. The hellos and how you doings are always followed up by some request,” he tells WSJ. “‘I got this guy who wants to book you.’ ‘Can I get’ or ‘can you come.’ I’ve become a bit of a phone recluse. I avoid phone conversation with a lot of people. It’s frustrating.” I can only imagine.
While Drizzy doesn’t have to deal with his musical counterparts asking for money, he did comment on the competition that has arisen between them, “Initially the hands were all extended because it was like, ‘let’s pull this young kid up and see what he does.’ It’s different when people start viewing you at eye level. Yeah, I haven’t heard from certain people in forever. Nobody wants to go for drinks anymore,” Drake said. Luckily, he doesn’t take it to heart and undertsnad that it’s just the nature of the game. “But that’s okay,” he continues “That just lets me know that, without it being conflict, it’s still war out here. Everyone’s just trying to be the best.”
“Over” by Drake
[Source: Wall Street Journal]