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A good ‘Summer,’ but not the best

By HARDEEP PHULL

MUSIC REVIEWS

Albums of the Week

KANYE WEST’S G.O.O.D. MUSIC

ARTISTS

Summer”

★★

Not everything Kanye West touches turns to gold, and this long-awaited compilation of tracks fashioned by artists on his G.O.O.D. Music label proves it.

There are moments that fly close to the world-beating heights Yeezy has regularly scaled in recent times — the cinematic single “Clique,” for example, finds him in dominant lyrical form and gets a boost from equally slick verses courtesy of Big Sean and Jay-Z.

But tracks like these are haphazardly thrown in with filler such as the sleepy slow-jam “Higher” (which features G.O.O.D. second-stringer Pusha T, among others) and Kid Cudi’s tuneless drone “Creepers.” It may only be a hobby project for West, but that unfamiliar feeling of disappointment is hard to shake.

THE KILLERS

“Battle Born”

★★ 1/2

THE Killers have always made it known that they want to be big, but “Battle Born” reveals the true scale of the Las Vegas group’s ambition. Their fourth album is awash with stadium-size sounds, but in Brandon Flowers, the band boasts a songwriter who can make all their musical contrivances sound surprisingly profound.

The spiced-up soft-rock of “The Way It Was” and “Here With Me” would be unbearable in the hands of lesser frontmen, but Flowers brings these narratives to life, with a yearning howl that convincingly puts across his characters’ nostalgic longings.

Let the music snobs sneer, because the Killers aren’t interested in creating ripples of cultish appreciation. They want to make huge waves, and “Battle Born” should do exactly that.

The “Cruel Summer” compilation album from artists on Kanye West’s record label feels cobbled together, with hits from Big Sean (left) and dull slow jams from Kid Cudi (right).

The “Cruel Summer” compilation album from artists on Kanye West’s record label feels cobbled together, with hits from Big Sean (left) and dull slow jams from Kid Cudi (right).

Downloads of the Week

MICHAEL JACKSON

“Song Groove” (a k a “Abortion Papers”)

★★ 1/2

JACKO’S private demos have been raided for the 25th anniversary of his 1987 album, “Bad” — the most notable being this provocative tale of a girl wrestling with the prospect of an abortion. Paradoxically, it’s set to a particularly funky groove and an almost inappropriately catchy chorus. Had it been fully realized, it could have been one of Jackson’s finest — and most controversial — tracks.

The “True Love” on Pink’s new album is a stormy breed of love and hate, with an assist from Brit singer Lily Allen.

The “True Love” on Pink’s new album is a stormy breed of love and hate, with an assist from Brit singer Lily Allen.

JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION

“Boot Cut”

★★★

THIS downtown institution has returned after an eight-year silence, and this kick-ass, three-chord rock ’n’ roll number goes a long way toward explaining why their new record is called “Meat and Bone.” Welcome back fellas, we’ve missed you.

GRIZZLY BEAR

“Yet Again”

★★★

IT’D be a stretch to describe Grizzly Bear’s new record, “Shields,” as a collection of out-and-out pop songs, but the lush, harmonic quality of this track certainly typifies a new directness for the Brooklyn band. It sounds as big as Coldplay but burns out with a chilling noise section worthy of Radiohead, and will undoubtedly be a highlight of their show at Radio City on Monday.

BAND OF HORSES

“Heartbreak on the 101”

★★ 1/2

THE earthier, roots-rock direction that Band of Horses has taken in recent years has yielded some humdrum results. But this countrified cut (which closes the new album “Mirage Rock”) is a sublime reminder of the starry-eyed melodies that used to make hipsters swoon.

CARLY RAE JEPSEN

“Beautiful” (feat. Justin Bieber)

★ 1/2

AMID the mind-destroying onslaught of sugary synth-pop that makes up Jepsen’s new album, “Kiss” is this slightly more considered acoustic ballad sung with the Biebs. It’s hardly tinged with greatness, but at least it provides a welcome respite from the Canadian’s irritatingly homogeneous sound.

PINK

“True Love” (feat. Lily Allen)

★★

IF you’ve ever wanted to be a fly on the wall for Pink’s stormy marriage to Carey Hart, here’s your chance. This slice of pop-soul from her new album “The Truth About Love” hints heavily at domestic disorder: “You’re an a – – hole, but I love you” sings Pink repeatedly. Divorce lawyers of the world, take note.

SEAN PAUL

“How Deep Is Your Love” (feat. Kelly Rowland)

★ 1/2

WITH such cringe-worthy couplets as “You are the magnet/I am the steel,” it’s not hard to see why Sean Paul doesn’t show his sensitive side too often. Weak lyrics aren’t the only thing wrong on this cut from new album “Tomahawk Technique.” It’s a generic-sounding production all around — and Kelly Rowland sounds like she recorded her part while half-asleep.

NELLY FURTADO

“Parking Lot”

LIKE an embarrassing and tipsy aunt at a family party, Nelly Furtado sounds desperate to prove her hipness on the current single from her largely awful comeback album “Spirit Indestructible” — which finds her doing a second-rate M.I.A. impression over third-rate grime beats. Quick, let’s ditch her while she’s trying to do the bump!

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Bing Launches Bing News App For Facebook

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Bing Launches Bing News App For Facebook

Bing announced the launch of a new Facebook app called My Bing News. The app lets you browse top stories and subscribe to categories you’re interested in.

You can select from selected topics (Entertainment, Business, Health, Politics, Sports, etc.) or create your own. The app will pull what it deems the most important stories based on your interests from sources across the web to your personal page on Facebook.

This could be a new way for Bing to capture some users who are already using Facebook, even if they don’t always go to Bing for their everyday search needs.

“Integration with Facebook makes it easy to check the news while you’re checking in on your friends, and easy to share what you find with others,” says Nathan Penner, Senior Program Manager on the Bing News team. “You’re in control over what and how you share. You can share and comment on an individual article, or, if you choose, enable sharing as you subscribe to topics and read stories. It’s up to you.”

Your friends can easily read what you share without having to install the app.

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DRAKE: ‘I DEEM MYSELF THE FIRST PERSON TO SUCCESSFULLY RAP AND SING’

by: Amy Sciarretto

Drake

Humility, thy name is not Drake. The Canadian rapper, who is also Jewish on his mother’s side, is a big believer in his own talent, and he should be, since his albums debut at No. 1 and he has millions of fans, spread across both male and female fanbases.

His nasal delivery is unique and unlike anything else in his genre. But he made a pretty massive, full-of-hubris claim to The Jewish Chronicle, one that might infuriate his hip-hop brethren and peers.

While Drake did give props to his predecessors, saying, “There were people who incorporated melody before me,” he finished his statement by uttering the following words: “But I would deem myself the first person to successfully rap and sing.”

Deeming yourself the first, huh?

Those superlatives are usually the accolades bestowed on an artist by critics, not by the artists themselves. There are also plenty artists in the history of the genre, many of which have come well before Drake, that have been able to successfully rap and sing, so Drake is most certainly not the first.

Drake also made another controversial claim in the feature, addressing the fact that he is young and doesn’t need to be committed or to be oh-so-serious at this point in his life. It’s a cavalier attitude for sure.

“I’m 25 and single,” the reported former flame of Rihanna said. “I’m not supposed to care about deeper things right now, I’m supposed to be wild. But there are nights when you sit back and wonder, ‘Damn, is this right?’”

It’s good to have fun, Drake, but it’s good to take stock of your life and put what’s important first. It’s always good to care about deep things, whether you are 25 or 85!

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MEEK MILL DROPS ‘AMEN’ VIDEO FEAT. DRAKE

by: Trent Fitzgerald

Drake Meek Mill

Maybach Music Group rapper Meek Mill has released his new video for his controversial single ‘Amen’ on Sunday (July 15), a day of worship for most religious people. The clip, directed by Dre Films, features fellow rhyme-slingerDrake and the backdrop of Mill’s beloved hometown of Philadelphia.

In the video, Mill gives viewers a taste of the good life, which entails a night of popping champagne bottles in the club and hitting the road on the Club Paradise Tour with Drizzy. “Bottle after bottle / Drink until I overdose / Pull up in the Phantom and watch them catch the Holy Ghost,” spits Mill.

There are plenty of cameos in the clip from rappers J. ColeFat JoeTravis PorterWaka Flocka FlameJermaine Dupri and French Montana. We also get shots of various product placements in the video from Puma sneakers to Skull Candy headphones. We can only guess that they have tithed the Church of Mill for the quick looks.

Elsewhere, Mill and Drake give praises to the Almighty on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art where Sylvester Stallone ran up in the movie ‘Rocky.’

Meek Mill will bless his congregation of rap fans with his debut LP ‘Dreams & Nightmares’ on Aug. 28. Amen!

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I Left Him Before Because He Couldn’t Satisfy Me & It’s The Same Issue Again

Dear Bossip,

I’m having a huge dilemma! I am in a rebound relationship!

I’ve been with him for a year now, but I used to be with him a few years ago as well. It didn’t work out a few years ago because there were issues with our sex life!!  We lived together and were with each other for about 3 years. No children in common, but at that time I had a son. I spoke to him about the sex but it was no change. He has an average size penis, which is really not an issue for me if you know how to use it, but what really bothered me is that when we would have sex, he would only last like 5 minutes. I dealt with it for as long as I could and then I cheated.

He found out about it and the relationship went downhill from there. We tried to hang on, but the trust was gone. Eventually he moved out and we went our separate ways. A few years passed and we kept in contact once in a while, but I ended up in another relationship. I had a baby by that person, but sadly it didn’t work out. I used to feel like it was karma biting me in the ass for cheating in my prior relationship. So, he knew about the new relationship and the new baby and the fact that it didn’t work out. I secretly wanted him to take me back but I couldn’t bring myself to say it. I could tell that he still loved me just by some of the things he would say on the phone and how he seemed to care so much about me being hurt even though I cheated on him in the past.

So, all of the communication between us ended up placing us back into each other’s lives and now we have been together for 1 year. However, the sex is still an issue! I am not satisfied! And I thought because I am older now, 32-years old to be exact, that I would be able to overlook it and just focus on all of his other qualities. But, once again it’s taking a toll on me! I spoke to a few people about it and I’m getting responses like, “Just stay with him because he is a provider and have a guy on the side just for sex.” Or, “you need to figure out if sex is that important to you and if it is you need to move on.”

I am so confused because I love him and I don’t want to hurt him again and I feel like if I cheat I’m going to hurt him and if I leave him I’m going to hurt him. Sometimes we argue over little things and I know it’s because I cheated on him in the past so his guard is up. It feels like I’m walking on eggshells sometimes and I hate that feeling.

This time around we don’t live together but he pays my car insurance, and a few other bills. I mean I am independent I have my own place and a good job, but the things that he is helping me with helps out a great deal, but I don’t want that to be the highlight of our relationship because that is just wrong! Please help me. – Unsatisfied

Dear Ms. Unsatisfied,

SMDH! You are just the worse!

I’m going to say this and be done with it – You don’t love him. You love what he can do for you. You love that he is helping you out by paying your car insurance, and the few other bills that he’s helping you with financially. It takes the load off of you and taking care of two kids by yourself. Because I know neither of your children’s fathers is contributing to their well-being, thus, you are using this man to supplement your “independent” lifestyle. Girl, bye! Miss me already.

This man has been with you through two different baby daddies, though you were not together at the time, however, he’s been the one steady constant in your life. He’s the one you run to when you need something, or want someone to make you feel loved, yet, you know in your heart that he cannot satisfy you and your thirsty loins. You’ve cheated on him previously for his inability to work over your hungry va-ja-ja, which became the demise of your relationship. And, after some time apart you had this epiphany, your ‘aha’ moment, and realized he was a great guy who did a lot for you and was dependable and a stand-up guy, so you wanted him back and went back to the very situation only to discover that the sex is still the same.

Now, your throbbing and hungry coochie needs to be scratched because he’s not doing the job, and you want me to tell you what? You knew what you were getting when you decided to get back into a relationship with him. What were you expecting? You made the choice to get back in a doomed relationship. It’s not going anywhere, and cannot go anywhere because you have unresolved issues. And, one of those issues is the sex. If he can’t satisfy you and keep you happy in the bedroom WHY REMAIN IN THE RELATIONSHIP?

You say, “I am so confused because I love him and I don’t want to hurt him again and I feel like if I cheat I’m going to hurt him and if I leave him I’m going to hurt him.” Well, here’s a newsflash for you, sweetie – You’re already hurting him by staying in the relationship and lying and deceiving him. Why be with someone if you’re not satisfied? Why be with someone who cannot give you what you need in the bedroom? The only thing you’re going to do is what you know how to do best: CHEAT! I just call them as I see them.

You’re already arguing over little things, and you feel it’s because you’ve cheated in the past and that he’s holding it against you. You said that you hate the feeling of walking on eggshells with him. So, again, why are you with him? Oh, yeah, my bad. It’s because of what he can do for you financially, and the support he provides. Trifling a**!

So, because of your misery you’re going to drag him around and make his life miserable as well? Because of your insatiable need to have your p***y beat up, and his inability to get the job done you’re already fantasizing about some other dude jumping your bones. Yeah, stay with him smarta**. Stay with him and continue to be unhappy. Stay with him and cheat and get your rocks off temporarily for a few hours.

If he is such a great guy, supportive, nurturing, and everything you need in a man, then have you thought about coming up with some sex games or other means of helping him last longer in the bedroom? Have you explored with him how to touch you, play with you, and pleasure you in other various ways? Have you considered prolonging your foreplay, giving him specific instructions and guiding him to your various erogenous zones and pleasure points? What about exploring more of his erogenous zones and pleasure points? Naw, you didn’t because it would take some actual thinking with your brain instead of your coochie. You already know what to do and instead of asking me, and everyone else what you should do, how about you be a grown a** woman and be honest with yourself and him. He can’t get the job, and you’re unhappy and unsatisfied in the bedroom. Plain and simple. So, tell him, “You are a good man. You need to be with a woman who will appreciate you and everything about you. But, I can’t stay in this relationship because the way I need to be handled as a woman in the bedroom and have my p***y pounded, we are just not a match sexually.” – Terrance Dean

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Dear Bossip: My Partner’s Relationships With His Friends & Ex Make Me Uncomfortable

By Bossip Staff

Dear Bossip,

My partner and I have been together for seven months, going on eight.

We’ve known each other for 3 years. My partner usually spends weekends with a friend, and they play tennis together and have known each other for some time. However, my partner told me the other night that a question was asked as for, “How come he and his tennis buddy never dated before?” My partner’s friend told my partner because “they are never single.” I’ve never met the friend before and I do not tend to.  I’m 20-years old, and my partner is 26-years old and his friend is at least 40-years old. While I’m in a relationship with my partner should I feel some kind of way about this or should I not look deep into, or should I talk to my partner about it? Or, am I just overreacting? What do you think, please help!

Last, but not least, here’s another issue. My partner has an ex-boyfriend who lives in D.C., and he continuously talks about him, calls him all the time while I’m around, and around one Valentine’s Day we were supposed to go out to eat, but as you know it, he and his ex-boyfriend had a whole conversation with one another. I was upset but let it go after a while. But, the phone calls keep happening. He has the password to my phone, but I don’t have his. I know it’s all over the place, but what do you think and what should I do? It’s been going on for too long. – Is He My Partner

Dear Mr. Is He My Partner,

I don’t like it. I don’t care for it. And, it seems a little too fishy for me. I will say this, your partner has no respect for you, and neither do his friends or ex. They know he is in a relationship, yet, they continue to cross the lines and boundaries which should have been set by your man when you started dating. When folks are in relationships exes do not need to be calling, intruding, or even mentioned. They are the EX!  But, I blame him because he is giving them permission and allowing them to feel comfortable in maintaining their relationships without any boundaries. If he is not respecting you, and the relationship, then why should they? YOU BETTER PUT HIS A** IN CHECK!

Chile, you’re definitely a 20-year old without a clue and letting this older man run games and tricks on you. I don’t care how he is putting it down in the bedroom, or those little sweet nothings he’s whispering in your ear, but, err, uhm, Nothing from Nothing is what? NOTHING! It’s time to put a stop to it TODAY! Stop all this accommodating and looking the other way right now!

f you don’t like what is going on in your relationship, then speak up! You don’t have to put up with anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. But, I don’t understand how prior to dating your partner in which you said you’ve known him for three years, yet, you’ve never met his tennis buddy? That seems odd to me. But, that’s just me. And, why would he repeat to you what someone else said about him and his tennis buddy never dating? What was the purpose of that? Is he trying to get a rise out of you? Did he want to see how you would respond? You should have said, “Yeah, how come you two are not dating? And, are y’all freaking and getting it in? Why did you feel the need to repeat that to me? If you want to freak him, then go ahead. But, I’m not going to play this game with you, and ba-by, there is plenty of d**k, a**, and a plethora of fine men in this world to be worried about what one is doing. You got the wrong one.”

Look, you need to sit him down and talk with him and get to the root of why he made that statement. Also, ask him does he, or has he ever slept with his tennis buddy. There is obviously some underlying tension between them, and perhaps some innocent flirting. But, you’re not there to witness the dynamics between them, so how would you know. Take you’re a** up to the tennis court and introduce yourself. If your boyfriend won’t bring you and introduce you, then introduce yourself. Why is he keeping you in the shadows?  I understand that you don’t want to meet him, but when you’re in a relationship as long as you two have been then your partner should be introducing you to his family and friends. You are a part of his life. HELLO!!!

And, as far as the ex, uhm, no ma’am! That –ish needs to come to a cease IMMEDIATELY! The ex should know their boundaries and not be calling your man while he’s in another relationship. I don’t care how friendly they are. He should not be in your lane, and calling constantly talking with your man. Especially on Valentine’s Day!! WTF!! You should have snatched that damn phone and let him know (In your Jill Scott voice), “I know you don’t understand.  But, you’re going to have to understand he’s my man now. What you had is gone. Our thang is sweet. You need to stop calling him. Show some freaking respect and have some dignity about yourself. Now, we are going to dinner, and then we are going to have a romantic night. Goodbye!” Click!

But, this is all your man’s fault. He is the reason and problem you have insecurities in your relationship. He’s not building any boundaries, or even letting others know that he’s in a relationship. The lack of respect the others have for you is the same lack of respect your man has for you. If he doesn’t respect you, then why should they? You need to talk with him, and share how it makes you feel. Let him know that you’re not comfortable with him talking with his ex. Let him know how you feel about the constant calling, and him having the password to your things, yet, you don’t know his. Express everything and get it out in the open. If you don’t like his answers, or not happy with his responses, and he’s not making any attempts to rectify the situation. HONEY, LEAVE! – Terrance Dean

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LADY GAGA SLAMMED FOR WEIGHT GAIN AS MANAGER CALLS HER A ’200 POUND TODDLER’

by: Amy Sciarretto

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga‘s manager Troy Carter referred to the Mother Monster as a “200 pound toddler” while giving a keynote interview for Music Matters. It was a metaphor and when not taken out of context, he was basically saying that while she’s a huge star, she’s he hasn’t fully made it yet.

Obviously, he is saying that she is just getting started and has much more ground to cover, all the while being a big star. While most little monsters and the media view her as the biggest pop star there is, he views her at the beginning of her climb.

Carter first said, “As big as she has become, globally, she is still a developing act. So we have to treat her as a developing act. She has to spend time in a market. We look at it as an investment.” He speaks about his black boy band Mindless Behavior, who are in their infancy, and that Gaga is a full-time job for him, taking up about 90 percent of his time. So he’s like a parent.

When the interviewer asks if Gaga has made it, he says, “She’s a 200 pound toddler” at the 30:47 mark. He continues, “The truth is, and it’s the reason why when we come to Singapore, we are going to be in Singapore for little over a week. It was important not to come into a market and playing really quick and going to another market. It’s about diving deep.”

Not surprisingly, stories about Gaga’s “weight gain” while on the Born This Way Ball tour are popping up, too. Entertainment Wise reports that fans think she looks “horrible” and that she has a muffin top and wears costumes that don’t fit her shape.

Ugh. Take a look at Gaga. She’s tight and toned. All that dancing she does on the tour keep her in shape.

If you have time, take a listen to Carter’s interview. It’s informative about the music business and about how he handles multiple aspects of his famous client’s career. And his toddler statement was just a metaphor, people.

She is fabulous as is.

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It’s Showtiiiiime At The Apollo…..With Justin Bieber

By Bossip Staff

Justin Bieber Performs At The Apollo Theater

Looks like somebody is really putting in some overtime to earn his hood pass. We aint mad at it.

Justin Bieber had an unplugged performance at the Apollo Theater on Monday, but it wasn’t intentional – a problem caused a power outage during the singing sensation’s big concert.

The singer was nearing the end of a private show in front of a packed house when the power for most of the stage instruments suddenly went out, said his manager, Scooter Braun.
But Bieber still managed to finish his show, with the help of fans singing along with him.

“What it turned into was an Apollo moment, like one of those impromptu things,” said Nina Flowers, the Apollo’s rep.

At first, Bieber took the outage in stride. “He was joking, he said it was all the hot girls in here,” said Flowers.

He then got on the drums, which were working, for a solo, and had the crowd serenade Braun for his birthday. But then Bieber got upset at the disruption of the show, which was being taped as part of an NBC special to air later this week.

However, instead of getting mad, Bieber decided to put his energy into performing for his fans, who stayed in the audience during the delay.

“He walks out, he literally quiets the crowd, and he says, ‘I’m sorry the power is out. . (But) you guys have always had my back. I’m going to sing ‘Boyfriend’ and you’re going to sing it back to me.’”

Way to keep the party going.

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Don’t expect a thinner new iPhone; look for a bigger battery

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Following rumors last week that Apple could switch to “in-cell” display technology for the next iPhone, an analyst report reiterated the same. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested on Monday that Apple will integrate the touch sensor and display for a next-generation iPhone, which could reduce the thickness of the handset by 0.44 millimeters. Kuo goes a step further, according to AppleInsider, saying that by switching the glass back of the current iPhone to a metal plate, it could cut down on thickness even more: Nearly a full millimeter can be shaved off with new display tech and a metal back.

Some of the latest Android phones are thinner than the iPhone 4S, which is 9.8 millimeters in thickness. The HTC One S, for example, is a slim 7.8 millimeters and the difference in hand is noticeable. However, Apple typically doesn’t design its hardware based on what competing hardware makers are doing; the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display is a perfect example as Android phones have quickly moved up to display sizes of more than 4 and even 5 inches.

It makes more sense for Apple to use the space savings not to make the next iPhone thinner, but instead to offer more room for the battery. A thicker battery in the same overall iPhone size would offset any additional power usage for an LTE radio in the next handset. Apple was able to slightly redesign its most recent iPad to create more room internally and much of that space, if not all of it, was used for a battery with 70 percent more capacity. As a result, the new iPad with LTE and the high-resolution Retina Display, which also uses more power, still offers about the same run time as prior models.

A thinner iPhone might appeal to some, but an iPhone with faster mobile broadband capabilities and no sacrifice in battery life is likely appealing to a wider audience. And it’s more in line with the way Apple matures its products; you don’t see new devices that get less run time than the prior model.

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