Sinead O’Connor shared a photo to announce the upcoming release of her next album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, and her new look stunned fans.
In the picture, Sinead O’Connor dons a black wig, heavy make-up and a black dress, marking a huge change to her usual shaved head look and casual attire.
Sinead O’Connor announced the upcoming release of her next album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (photo Facebook)
Sinead O’Connor reveals the album’s title was inspired by Ban Bossy, a viral campaign launched by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg to encourage women to take charge in the workplace.
In a post on her website, Sinead O’Connor wrote: “Just a note to explain the title of my forthcoming album IS taken from Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign. Originally I had a different title, <<The Vishnu Room>>, but a few months back when I saw the phrase <<I’m not bossy, I’m the boss>> and became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign, I wished I could re-name the album, since indeed it can be tricky being a female boss and I think Sheryl’s campaign is a terribly important one.”
Sinead O’Connor’s new album will be released in August.
Beyonce’s fifth album has broken iTunes sales records, with 828,773 copies sold in just three days.
The majority of those sales came in the US, where it has racked up 617,213 sales since its release on Friday.
The tally broke Beyonce’s own first-week sales record, set by her second album B’day in 2006, which sold 541,000 copies across a full seven days.
Beyonce stealth-released the record exclusively on iTunes last Friday, surprising fans by unveiling 14 new songs and 17 videos without the usual build-up of radio play, marketing and magazine interviews.
Its success has been fuelled by a number of factors: By keeping the project secret, the star avoided leaks; while the inability to purchase individual tracks online meant fans had no choice but to pay for the whole album.
Beyonce’s fifth album has broken iTunes sales records, with 828,773 copies sold in just three days
Beyonce, 31, said the “visual album” was inspired by her memories of watching Michael Jackson’s Thriller video premiere in 1983.
The album was codenamed “Lily” by staff at her record label, Columbia, to avoid rumors spreading, and even key creative staff were kept in the dark about the release plans.
Reviews for the album were largely positive, with Billboard magazine praising Beyonce’s “creative audacity”.
Apple, which runs the iTunes store, said the album had broken its previous first-week sales record, set by Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience when it sold 580,000 in March.
The company has exclusive access to the album for a short period – thought to be a week. Physical copies of the record are expected in shops before Christmas.
Beyonce also went to number one in 104 countries, it reported.
Once again Lady Gaga was out to shock as she stepped out wearing almost identical face paint to what she wears on the cover of her new album ARTPOP.
With a white background splashed with several different colors, Lady Gaga, 27, cut a rather ghostly figure with the aid of her make-up.
Once again Lady Gaga was out to shock as she stepped out wearing almost identical face paint to what she wears on the cover of her new album ARTPOP
The look was further accentuated by Lady Gaga’s very dark brown hair and Gothic all-black attire consisting of a black pleated skirt, matching blouse, blazer and sky high lace-up ankle boots.
The shock tactic was for an appearance on E! as Ryan Seacrest tweeted a picture of himself with Lady Gaga, also wearing similar face paint.
Oddly strolling along sans-entourage, she was no doubt heading back to the Chateau Marmont where she was seen leaving earlier in the day.
For the cover of ARTPOP, Lady Gaga appears as a work of art in the image, taken by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, with her face painted white with splashes of color smeared around her eyes and mouth and her hair covered in a black wrap, as she emerges through a white billowing coat by designer Gareth Pugh.
Lady Gaga has been keeping a low-profile in recent months after recuperating from her hip surgery and working on her new album.
Now she starts to build buzz around her upcoming album Artpop and new single.
Lady Gaga unveiled a new promotional picture from her new album, which will be released as a phone app.
Lady Gaga unveiled a new promotional picture from her new album Artpop, which will be released as a phone app
The photo sees the singer with an unusual visor covering her face.
Lady Gaga announced on Friday that her new single would be released on August 10, with the album/app following on November 11.
Describing the album, the press release said: “The app itself is a musical and visual engineering system that combines music, art, fashion and technology with a new interactive worldwide community <<the auras>>. Altering the human experience with socal media, we bring ARTculture into POP in a reverse Warholian expedition.
“Exploring Gaga’s existence as a cultural interface, the user will share in the <<adrenaline of fame>> as they build and share their own projects, chat with one another and watch in real-time on a virtual globe as ARTPOP explodes into the physical and virtual universe at once on November 11, our <<Big Bang>>.
“On this day, HAUS OF GAGA venges with forte to bring the music industry into a new age, an age where art drives pop and the artist once again is in control of the icon.
“In turn, the album ARTPOP musically mirrors Gaga’s creative process as she passes through the mediums of each artist she collaborates with, scoring a blueprint of her journey. The result, a <<rage>> of electronic passion and fury, defining each artistic process from beginning to end, Artpop could mean anything. But for her, this is a celebration of obsession.”
Lady Gaga’s Facebook posting comes after she has given herself a self-imposed Twitter ban since June 26.
The profile photo and backdrop has been removed and replaced with the standard Twitter egg icon.
However, it is believed Lady Gaga will return to Twitter once her single comes out next month.
Despite keeping a tight lid on his latest project Yeezus, Kanye West’s sixth studio album has made its way onto the internet just days before its official release on June 18.
Since Friday afternoon fans have posted everything from individual tracks to the entire album on video sites like YouTube and through file sharing torrents.
The high quality of the tracks has sent record executives scrambling to find the source of the release and even threaten to pursue legal action against the perpetrator.
However, according toTMZ, Kanye West hasn’t been bothered by it as he understands that it’s “inevitable” for the tunes to fall through the cracks with “so many cooks in the kitchen”.
And that’s because Kanye West has had heavy control over what the media and his fans have heard from the highly anticipated album.
Ahead of the weekend leak, only a few of his tracks have made their way to the public’s ears.
Kanye West has been hunkered down in Paris for much of the last year as he recorded his sixth studio album and the only major release of any of his tunes was his SNL performance of New Slaves and Black Skinhead in May.
Aside from that there has been no promotional roll out – no singles have been released on the radio, no official videos posted online and no pre-orders or pre-releases were made available.
On Monday Kanye West invited an A-list group of musicians and industry executives for an early listening party, most likely in hopes of creating an organic buzz around his dance-hall heavy album – which he says was “created from his gut”.
“The way this whole album was put together, the amount of producers that came together for it and the way we worked on this collectively, we didn’t give a f*** what anybody said,” Kanye West told the crowd.
Kanye West’s sixth studio album Yeezus has made its way onto the internet just days before its official release on June 18
“We just wanted to make the best product possible. And this is just the beginning of an entirely new mentality on how to make music directly for the people.”
Talking about his release date, Kanye West described the June 18 release as “delivering [something] for ya’ll to go to work to, ride to, listen to when ya’ll working out -whatever you’re doing, to provide a soundtrack for it”.
And the day before Kanye West debuted a host of new tracks at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York City.
Last week Kanye West released a short clip on his website in which he’s recording the tune I Am a God with lyrics proclaiming that he’s talked to Jesus – and been confirmed as being a god as well. The video ends with a chat with legendary music producer Rick Rubin, who was the executive producer of the album.
On the title of the album – Yeezus, Kanye West said: “West was my slave name and Yeezus was my god name.”
The ten track album crosses over a series of genres – from punk rock to new wave – and features collaborations with Daft Punk, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Frank Ocean to name a few.
“Those looking for vintage soul sounds or even full-on raps from start to finish will be thrown several curves here. It’s an album with numerous layers as well,” read a Billboard review posted on Saturday.
The music magazine gave the album an approving 88 out of 100 review, even justifying Kanye West’s recent claim to the New York Times that he is the “Michael Jordan of music”.
“But mostly, West is just plain mad – angry at naysayers, <<The Man>> censoring his art, and even at his own celeb status.”
Fans have taken to Twitter and YouTube to express both their praise for Kanye West as well as dissatisfaction with the latest album.
Some fans have been less than impressed, claiming that the singer hasn’t made much progress with his new album.
Pictures of the album itself also made their way to Twitter, showing a discrete looking CD with no artwork on the disk nor the box aside from a large red sticker and a few lines of text on the backside.
Yet despite the early leak – something that’s becoming far too common in today’s industry – Kanye West’s album is still expected to bring in a cool 500,000 sales in its first week release.
That would be in the same range as his previous album sales – 2011’s Watch The Throne collected 436,000 sales while his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sold 496,000 and 2008’s 808s & Heartbreak scored around 450,000.
However, that is little in comparison to this year’s hottest album – Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience – which topped the charts in March with 968,000 copies.
After 14 years, Bobby Brown comes out with a new album, The Masterpiece, because he has spent so much time trying to get his life on track.
Now on tour with bandmates New Edition, Bobby Brown, 43, says he is ready to return to his solo career with the album TheMasterpiece, due out June 5.
“It’s what I’ve been through throughout my life, and just trying to heal myself through my music,” Bobby Brown said in a recent interview.
The Masterpiece is Bobby Brown’s first album in 14 years. He was a multiplatinum star with New Edition and later developed his solo career. But his well-documented battle with drugs and his legal woes led to his musical decline. His turbulent marriage to Whitney Houston further eroded his image.
After 14 years, Bobby Brown comes out with a new album, The Masterpiece
In a recent interview with the Today show’s Matt Lauer, Bobby Brown denied that he got his late ex-wife addicted to drugs. Whitney Houston’s career was derailed by her drug use, which came to the public’s attention during her marriage to Bobby Brown. The superstar drowned in February in Beverly Hills, California; her death was complicated by heart disease and cocaine use, according to authorities.
“The Matt Lauer interview was just for me to clear the air about what everyone was feeling about my ex-wife’s death,” the singer said.
Although he was arrested for DUI in March, Bobby Brown insists he has been drug-free for more than seven years. He said his attempt to get his life in order is part of the reason why the album took so long to make.
“When you’re working on yourself, you have to really concentrate on working on yourself and it takes a back seat to what you want to do and what I’m gonna do,” Bobby Brown said.
Bobby Brown says TheMasterpiece, which he started working on last year, is “the best album I’ve done so far”.
“But I’m going to do better in the near future,” he said.
“I just want to get back to what I do, which is entertainment, and this is the start to me getting back to what I want to do.”
Bobby Brown is engaged to his manager, Alicia Etheridge, with whom he has a young son. He also has other older children, including 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina, his only child with Whitney Houston.
Bobby Brown said he and Alicia Etheridge plan a private wedding, and described his life as content.
“I’m happy right now in my life, I’m comfortable with who I am,” he said.