Thursday, January 9, 2020

Billie Eilish Leads iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees

Billie Eilish, Lizzo, and Lil Nas X look set to dominate the iHeartRadio Music Awards after each received a host of nominations on Wednesday.

Bad Guy hit maker Billie bagged nine nods - more than any other artist - including Song of the Year and Female Artist of the Year, making her the clear front runner for the 2020 prize-giving.

Lizzo and Lil Nas X, who both made their big breakthroughs in the past 12 months, came in strong with six nods each, battling it out with Billie in the Song of the Year category and with each other for the Best New Pop Artist prize.

Lizzo is also nominated for Female Artist of the Year, alongside Ariana Grande, Halsey?, and Taylor Swift - who also bagged six nominations in total.

Meanwhile, the Male Artist of the Year nominees include Ed Sheeran, Khalid, Luke Combs, Post Malone, and Shawn Mendes, while Nas's Old Town Road, Billie's Bad Guy and Lizzo's Truth Hurts will face off against Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello?'s Senorita and? the Jonas Brothers' Sucker for Song of the Year.

As well as the major prizes, gongs will be handed out in several fan voted categories, including Best Lyrics, Best Cover Song, and the first-ever Favourite Music Video Choreography Award

The awards bash will take place on March 29th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

LL Cool J Announces New Album, Gets Another Hip Hop Legend to Assist

Stepping into a new decade can be a real motivator, at least for LL Cool J. The veteran “I’m Bad” rapper has revealed he’s working on new music with fellow hip-hop heavyweight Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest.

LL recently took to social media to announce the news, sharing that “I just started recording new music produced by my lil bro @QtipTheAbract.” He also said these mystery recordings will be coming out on Def Jam, his first label home back in the ’80s. This past September, LL inked a new contract reuniting him with the record company.

This upcoming new music will be LL’s first potential release since the 2013 album Authentic. His songs have remained somewhat timeless, though, enough so that just earlier this year he won a legal battle with the promoters behind Rock the Bells, whom he’d sued for infringing on his own “Rock the Bells” rap hit from 1985.

Q-Tip on the other hand has been collaborating extensively this past year, knocking out contributions to Danny Brown’s uknowhatimsayin¿, Gang Starr’s One of the Best Yet, and the James BKS track “New Breed”. The ATCQ rapper also has a couple of concerts scheduled for the future, including appearances at the 4XFAR festival in the Coachella Valley.

André 3000 Opens Up About His Writer’s Block: “My Focus is Not There”

André 3000 has discussed his recent difficulties in coming up with music in a new interview.

Speaking to Rick Rubin for his Broken Record podcast, the Outkast legend explained that he’s been struggling to put together a “serious project”. “I haven’t been making much music, man,” he admitted.

“My focus is not there, my confidence is not there. I tinker… I tinker a lot. Like I would just go to my piano and just sit my iPhone down and record what I’m doing. Move my fingers around. I haven’t been motivated enough to make a serious project. I’d like to, but it’s just not coming,” the rapper added.

In 2018, André release the ‘Look Ma, No Hands’ EP which focused on his relationship with his parents, but has yet to release a debut album – and it seems as though fans may still have a little longer to wait. Listen to ‘Me & My (To Bury Your Parents)’ from last year’s EP, which also included a 17-minute jazz excursion, below.

“In my own self, I’m trying to figure out where I sit,” he told Rubin. “I don’t even know what I am. Maybe I’m nothing. Maybe my history is kind of handicapping in a way.

“So I’m just trying to find out what makes me feel the best right now. What makes me feel the best is when I do these random kind of instrumental things. They make me feel the most rebellious.