AMP Music Minute May 11th
Rihanna Drops Chris Brown…on Twitter
Apparently, Chris Brown has gone too far for Rihanna to remain his follower on Twitter. The Bajan 20-something blocked the Virginia R&B singer only hours after he released new music with some choice lines that seemed to be aimed at the “We Found Love” singer.
Chris remixed two of Kanye West’s new songs, “Way Too Cold” (formerly “Theraflu”) and the G.O.O.D. music track, “Mercy.” While the latter track didn’t personally dig on Rihanna, the “Way Too Cold” remix clearly referred to Rihanna in a negative way. First insinuating that not only was she unworthy of dating, but also loose amongst music industry men.
Hours after he linked the songs on his Twitter account, Rihanna unfollowed him. Shortly after, he did the same.
Britney Spears Officially X Factor Judge
E! Online has broken the inevitable news that Britney Spears will be joining X Factor in its second season as a judge. The news comes after a long back and forth with producers of the singing competition. In the last few months, everyone from Lady Gaga to Whitney Houston to Mariah Carey and Beyonce have been thrown into the mix for the upcoming season.
At the end of last season, Simon Cowell fired judges, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones. Since then, he’s been looking for their replacements to sit beside him and other judge, L.A. Reid.
According to E!, Britney signed the contract weeks ago, but her legal team has been scanning it clearly to make sure she will indeed receive the record-breaking $15 million. Yes, that’s more than both Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera make on their respective singing shows. “The contract is signed,” revealed a source close Britney. “There’s been a lot of back and forth over the past few weeks as they negotiated the small details, but she’s on. It’s all completed and Britney is beyond excited.”
“She’s ready for this,” the source continued. “She can’t wait to sit down next to Simon at the judges’ table and give this everything she’s got. She is excited about showing the world that she can do this, and do this well. This is the perfect next stage in her career. Both Britney and Simon are very excited to work together.”
Fiance Jason Trawick is also attached to the show as a producer. Britney’s presence on X Factor is expected to help increase ratings after last year’s disappointing season.
David Guetta Says EDM Just “Beginning” Stateside
Talking to the Hollywood Reporter, French DJ and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) pioneer, David Guetta had a lot to say about the resurgence of the dance culture invented in America. He chimes in on why he thinks America may have gotten back into the game late, but they will make up for it with the grandiosity of their entrance.
“It’s interesting because that music was born in Chicago with house music and Detroit with techno, and we took it in Europe and turned it into something trendy and cool, crossing-over and playing it on the radio,” Guetta explained. “I think I created that bridge between European culture and American culture. American artists have embraced it so much and the American public has embraced it so much, adding so much into it too with the talent of all those amazing artists, and now it’s coming back to Europe with that new flavor.”
It’s true that Guetta had a huge hand in bringing EDM to American pop culture. Back in 2009, he was working with Kelly Rowland on the dance hit “When Love Takes Over.” His most notable record of ’09 had to have been his collaboration with Kid Cudi on the track “Memories.” Released in 2010, the track continues to get play on radio and at clubs all over the world.
“I think America was late on dance music for a long time. But when you guys do something, you do it big,” he said. “I think this is just the beginning, but it’s going to be huge.”
Guetta, though, isn’t focused too much on who is winning the music game between the U.S. and U.K., as long as everyone is still participating in helping it grow. “It’s going back and forth between America and Europe and it’s always getting better and better and better,” he said. “I think this is wonderful for music and for the world. It’s just a beautiful moment that you see the rise of a new genre, really.”
David’ understands the push back from underground EDM artists and the from the early fans of the genre, who loved it before it was on MTV. He only offers his own plan as a way to continue to reach out to the masses, while still remaining true to himself.
“I think people in that community were a little bit afraid. You know a lot of people are always afraid of changes,” he explains. “And when it’s getting bigger, obviously the challenge is to be able to keep yourself rooted. I’m trying to, as much as it’s crossing over, still be sincere and speak to my original fans, even though I’m speaking to more people now.”