Drake talks Chris Brown in GQ
June 18th, 2013
02:22 PM ET

Drake talks Chris Brown in GQ

Drake's music is known for his its raw emotion and honesty, and apparently so are his interviews with the press.

In a sit-down with GQ for their latest cover story, the rapper/singer didn't seem to hold back. Leading up to the August release of his third studio album, "Nothing Was the Same," Drake told the magazine he's four tracks into his new project and at 26,  he hopes to have made $250 million by the time he's 29.

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Lil' Wayne addresses flag controversy
June 18th, 2013
02:19 PM ET

Lil' Wayne addresses flag controversy

Lil' Wayne has a response for folks who found his alleged "stomp" on the American Flag offensive: It's not that deep.

In footage that leaked of behind-the-scenes visuals for Wayne's "God Bless Amerika" track, the rapper is seen stepping on an American flag as it falls down behind him. Music sites, blogs and even an MMA fighter voiced their displeasure for what was deemed unpatriotic.

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Lil' Wayne disses America?
June 17th, 2013
04:05 PM ET

Lil' Wayne disses America?

Lil' Wayne, the star of the America's Most Wanted Music Festival might have rubbed Lady Liberty the wrong way.

Wayne shot a video for his single, "God Bless Amerika," in New Orleans and some leaked footage shows the rapper walking on the American Flag. The track which is featured on Wayne's latest album, "I Am Not A Human Being II," only adds to the controversy behind the imagery. At the very beginning of the song, Wayne raps:

"My country tis of thee/Sweet land of kill them all and let them die."

Obviously no stranger to controversy Wayne's video for "God Bless Amerika" has already generated talk on blogs on whether or not the act is unpatriotic or just being blown out of proportion.

On social media, much of the talk has leaned on the anti-Wayne side.

"Get Lil Wayne all the way the hell out of here..... stomping on the American flag??? Enough of this clown," wrote user, S.L..

We'll know Wayne meant to make a statement if he repeats the act on the America's Most Wanted Music Festival, which kicks off July 9 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Did Lil' Wayne go too far or is this not a big deal?

Britney Spears drops new single
June 17th, 2013
03:03 PM ET

Britney Spears drops new single

While folks were busy clamoring over new music for Kanye West and Jay-Z, Britney Spears dropped her newest single. Spears' uber-poppy track, "Ooh La La," premiered on "On Air With Ryan Seacrest."

The Grammy Award-winning pop star is releasing "Ooh La La" as a bundle with the debut single from new artist, G.R.L., titled, "Vacation." The fresh material will be featured on the soundtrack for "The Smurfs 2," the sequel to the live action/animated film that raked in over $560 million at the worldwide box office in 2011.

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Hans Zimmer opens up
Hans Zimmer and a friend at the premiere of "Man of Steel."
June 14th, 2013
05:31 PM ET

Hans Zimmer opens up

While audiences this weekend are sure to marvel at the action sequences of "Man of Steel," it's Hans Zimmer's music that will be the unseen star of the show.

Arguably one of the greatest composers in cinema, Zimmer is the Oscar-winning mind behind classics such as "The Lion King," "Gladiator" and "Driving Miss Daisy." He was the latest guest for CNN Radio Music Notes, where he opened about his making the music for "Man of Steel," his writing process and some of his fondest memories along the way. Here are a few quick bites from Zimmer's chat with CNN Radio.

CNN: How did you settle on a musical theme for "Man of Steel?"

Zimmer: The clue, the hook for me, the way in was isn't it about time we just put our cynicism aside a little bit and just celebrated honest people – folks, farmers, people that leave their doors unlocked in the Midwest, people who don't make the news. This idea of where do you belong, who do you listen to, and ultimately this sort of quest which I think all of us in one way or another have – how do you become more human?

CNN: Despite your success, you say there's a process you always have to fight your way through when starting a new movie?

Zimmer: The blinding fear of the blank page. There was a lot of procrastination and re-evaluating one's self worth and all that ... each one gets harder. Every new movie you're being asked to re-invent yourself.

CNN: What makes memorable movie music?

Zimmer: Ultimately, I think it's the story. I try to not to objectify the music so where it sort of sits on top of the movie. I try to have it come out of the screen, I try to create a sonic world that the characters can inhabit and I slither into the sound design area more often than not.

Kanye's 'Yeezus' set for huge debut
June 14th, 2013
01:54 PM ET

Kanye's 'Yeezus' set for huge debut

According to forecasters, Kanye West's sixth studio album, "Yeezus," could be in for one of the biggest chart debuts of the year.

A report from Billboard.com says industry experts predict West's sixth studio album will sell 500,000 copies in the first week of release. Those numbers would put "Yeezus" second behind Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which moved 968,000 and stands as the biggest debut of 2013. Forecasters generally use early orders from retail, first week performance of comparable albums, media exposure, radio and YouTube trends to formulate their numbers.

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