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Pharrell Fronts New Issue of COMPLEX

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Super Producer Pharrell Williams covers COMPLEX magazine’s Best of 2013 issue.

Williams has had a great year; from collaborating with 80s group Daft Punk, to singing on Robin Thicke’s smash song, “Blurred Lines.”

Now, Williams is chatting with the magazine about his music, PETA and Miley Cyrus:

Here’s some of his Complex interview:

On Miley Cyrus:
“I’m not worried about Miley. I’ve seen her soul in action. She’s 20 years old and enjoying her life. She’s enjoying her freedom. [With her style] I’m talking about her everyday dressing—she shuts it the f*** down. Not too many people really understand the Chanel vocabulary like her. Like, she’s a problem.”

On the PETA movement:
“I sympathize with their movement and I recognize that people could be impressionable. But at the same time, I like fashion. And I don’t like being told what to do.”

On his new album:
“I love rapping. But something’s coming, and I’m not rapping on it.”

On family:
“My son. Our son. It’s like, that’s our world. Helen and I having Rocket, it’s been awesome. It’s the best song that I’ve ever co-written.”

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Michael Jordan and Wife Expecting

 

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Former NBA all-star Michael Jordan and his new wife Yvette Preito are expecting their first child together.

The pair married on April 27, after dating for several years. No word on how far along Preito is at this time.

This will be Preito’s first child and Jordan’s fourth. He has three children — Jeffrey Michael, 24, and Marcus James, 22, and Jasmine, 19– from his 17-year marriage to Juanita Venoy.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Artist Line-up

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Some of the musicians set to perform for the 2014 Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest  have been unveiled.

So far, Robin Thicke, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, and Enrique Iglesias are set to perform, with more acts to be announced at a later date.

Jenny McCarthy will be serving as Seacrest’s co-host again, while Fergie will host things over on the West Coast party.

“As the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve legacy continues, it is an honor to be a part of the largest celebration of the year,” Fergie said in a statement. “I am excited to share the stage with so many global stars.”

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve airs Tuesday, Dec. 31 @ 10PM on ABC!

PHOTOS- Kendrick Lamar, Tamar Braxton, Robin Thicke Win Soul Train Awards

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The Soul Train Awards 2013 were held on Friday, Nov 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Some of this year’s winners include Kendrick Lamar, who took home the award for ‘Album of the Year’ for Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City; Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. earned the award ‘Song of the Year for “Blurred Lines” and Miguel and Tamar Braxton took home Best R&B/Soul Male and Female Artist, respectively.

Dionne Warwick received the Legend Award. To honor the singer, Gladys Knight, Ronald Isley, Eddie Levert, David Foster, Eric Benet, Ruben Studdard, Kenny Lattimore, Bobby V, Chrisette Michele, Eddie Levert, David Foster, and Candice Glover sang a medley of songs.

·Singer Keith Sweat received the Lifetime Achievement Award and performed a medley of his hits, which including a guest appearance by Faith Evans

Tune into the 2013 Soul Train Awards airs on Centric and BET on Dec. 1, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  In the meantime, check out some photos of from the show.

Info via Chad Davis of Sunshine Sachs.

 

Katy Perry Ties For Most No. 1 Pop Songs

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Katy Perry has tied Rihanna for the most No. 1s  in the Billboard chart’s 21-year history; both women have 10 under their belt.

Two weeks ago, Perry’s song “Roar” finally dethroned Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” which held the No. 1 spot for 10 weeks.

At just six weeks in rotation, “Roar” has the fastest jump to the Pop Songs No. 1 place since her 2010 song “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg was released.

So who else is in the running for the most No. 1s? Well take a gander at the list. which includes all artists who achieved such an accomplishment since the chart’s October 1992 launch.

 

10, Katy Perry
10, Rihanna
9, P!nk
7, Lady Gaga
6, Beyonce
6, Mariah Carey
6, Maroon 5
6, Bruno Mars
6, Britney Spears
6, Justin Timberlake

“Roar” is from Perry’s upcoming album, Prism, which hits stores October 22.

2013 Soul Train Awards Nominations

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And the nominees are…

Anthony Anderson and  Wendy Williams  announced some of the 2013 Soul Train Awards on Williams’ show yesterday. The rest of the nominees were then revealed later on that day. Robin Thicke and Justin Timbelake both snagged five nods each.  Other nominees include Jay-Z,  Tamar Braxton, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Rihanna and TGT.

Check out the complete list below.

Anderson is set to host the awards show.

Best New Artist
Bridget Kelly
K. Michelle
Kendrick Lamar
Tamar Braxton
TGT

Centric Certified Award
Joss Stone
Luke James
Lyfe Jennings
Solange
Stacy Barthe
Talib Kweli

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance
Break Every Chain – Tasha Cobbs
Confessions- Lecrae
Every Praise – Hezekiah Walker
God Will Make Away – Shirley Caesar
If He Did It Before…Same God – Tye Tribbett
Life & Favor – John P. Kee & New Life

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
Bad – Wale feat. Tiara Thomas
High School – Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne
Holy Grail – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Power Trip – J. Cole feat. Miguel
Started From the Bottom – Drake

The Chaka Khan Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Alicia Keys
Chrisette Michele
Fantasia
Janelle Monáe
Kelly Rowland
Tamar Braxton

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Bruno Mars
Charlie Wilson
Chris Brown
John Legend
Miguel
Robin Thicke

Album of the Year
The 20/20 Experience, The – Justin Timberlake
Good Kid, m.A.A.d City – Kendrick Lamar
Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
Magna Carta… Holy Grail – Jay Z
The Side Effects of You – Fantasia
Unapologetic – Rihanna

Song of the Year
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I.
Diamonds -Rihanna
Fine China – Chris Brown
Love and War – Tamar Braxton
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award
Crooked Smile – J.Cole (Jermaine Cole, Meleni Smith)
Fire We Make – Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (Gary Clark Jr., Warren Felder, Alicia Keys, Andrew Wansel)
Lose to Win – Fantasia (Francine Golde, Dennis Lambert, Andrea Martin, Walter Orange, Harmony Samuels)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper Jr., LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick)
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Roman GianArthur Irvin , Dr. Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Janelle Monáe Robinson, Kellis Parker Jr.)

Best Dance Performance
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
Body Party – Ciara
Fine China – Chris Brown
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
Treasure – Bruno Mars

Video of the Year
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. (Diane Martel)
Fine China – Chris Brown (Chris Brown, Sylvain White)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Walid Azami)
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake (The Lil Homie, Dave Free, and Dangeroo Kipawaa)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson)
Started from the Bottom – Drake (Director X)

Best Collaboration
Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell – Fire We Make
Brandy feat. Chris Brown – Put It Down
J.Cole feat. Miguel – Power Trip
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.
Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – How Many Drinks
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines
Wale feat. Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing

Best Traditional Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
George Benson feat. Wynton Marsalis – Unforgettable
Jeffrey Osborne feat. Chaka Khan – Baby it’s Cold Outside
Tony Bennett feat. Marc Anthony – For Once In My Life
Nicole Henry – Waiting In Vain
Terence Blanchard – Pet Step Sister’s Theme Song

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Jose James – Trouble
Boney James feat. Rick Braun – Batucada (The Beat)
Michael Bublé – It’s A Beautiful Day
Dave Koz – Got To Get You Into My Life
George Duke – Missing You

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Ashanti – Never Should Have
Brian McKnight – Sweeter
Kenny Lattimore – Find A Way
Maysa – Love Me Good
Raheem DeVaughn – Love Connection
Ronald Isley – Dinner And A Movie

2013 MTV European Music Awards Nominees

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The noms for the 2013 MTV European Music Awards are here!

Justin Timberlake and duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the way with five nominations each.  Daft Punk, Rihanna, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Kings of Leon all got nods as well.

The 2013 MTV EMAs will take place on November 1o live from Amsterdam.  Check out the nominees below.

BEST SONG

  • Bruno Mars – ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’
  • Daft Punk – “Get Lucky” (Ft. Pharrell Williams)
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop” (Ft. Wanz)
  • Rihanna – “Diamonds”
  • Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” (Ft. T.I. & Pharrell)

BEST POP

  • Justin Bieber
  • Katy Perry
  • Miley Cyrus
  • One Direction
  • Taylor Swift

BEST FEMALE

  • Katy Perry
  • Lady Gaga
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Selena Gomez
  • Taylor Swift

BEST MALE

  • Bruno Mars
  • Eminem
  • Jay Z
  • Justin Bieber
  • Justin Timberlake

BEST LIVE

  • Beyoncé
  • Green Day
  • Justin Timberlake
  • P!nk
  • Taylor Swift

BEST NEW

  • Bastille
  • Icona Pop
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Rudimental

BEST VIDEO

  • Justin Timberlake – ‘Mirrors’
  • Lady Gaga – ‘Applause’
  • Miley Cyrus – ‘Wrecking Ball’
  • Robin Thicke – ‘Blurred Lines’ (ft. T.I. & Pharrell)
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars – ‘Up In The Air’

BEST ROCK

  • Black Sabbath
  • Green Day
  • Kings Of Leon
  • Queens Of The Stone Age
  • The Killers

BEST ALTERNATIVE

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Paramore
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars

BEST HIP HOP

  • Drake
  • Eminem
  • Jay Z
  • Kanye West
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

BEST ELECTRONIC

  • Afrojack
  • Avicii
  • Calvin Harris
  • Daft Punk
  • Skrillex

BIGGEST FANS

  • Tokio Hotel
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars
  • One Direction
  • Justin Bieber
  • Lady Gaga

BEST LOOK

BEST PUSH

  • Karmin (October 2012)
  • Rudimental (November 2012)
  • Imagine Dragons (January 2013)
  • A$AP Rocky (February 2013)
  • Bastille (March 2013)
  • Austin Mahone (April 2013)
  • Bridgit Mendler (May 2013)
  • Tom Odell (June 2013)
  • Iggy Azalea (July 2013)
  • Icona Pop (August 2013)
  • twenty one pilots (September 2013)

BEST WORLD STAGE (WS)

  • Alicia Keys – WS Manchester 2012 (aired Dec. 7th)
  • fun. – WS Rock Am Ring 2013 (taped June 7th)
  • Garbage – WS Mexico 2012 (aired Dec. 21st)
  • Green Day – WS Rock Am Ring 2013 (taped June 9th)
  • Jason Mraz – WS Live In Myanmar 2012 (taped Dec. 16th)
  • Jessie J – WS Malta 2013 (taped 26th June)
  • Linkin Park – WS Mexico 2012 (aired Oct. 26th)
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – WS Wireless 2013 (taped 13th July)
  • No Doubt – WS Frankfurt 2012 (aired Dec. 28th)
  • Paramore – WS Rock Am Ring 2013 (taped 7th June)
  • Rita Ora – WS Malta 2013 (taped June 26th)
  • Robin Thicke – WS Malaysia 2013 (taped 8th September)
  • Snoop Lion – WS Durban 2013 (taped May 18th)
  • The Black Keys – WS NY Webster City Hall 2012 (aired Oct. 12th)
  • The Killers – WS Big Day Out 2013 (taped Jan 18th)

BEST UK & IRELAND ACT

  • Calvin Harris
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Olly Murs
  • One Direction
  • Rudimental
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