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All of the Lights is the fourth single from Kanye West’s latest album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Kanye produced the track for himself and it features many an artist contributing to the backing vocals including Elton John, Fergie, Alicia Keys, The-Dream, John Legend, Elly Jackson, and Kid Cudi. However, West chose to solely feature Rihanna as the artist accompanying him on the single. The song didn’t crack Top 10 on the charts however many critics praised the song for its dramatic theme and precise and detailed production which is shown in how the backing vocals is layered. One of Kanye’s producing partners explained it to MTV.

“He got me to layer up all these vocals with other people, and he just basically wanted to use his favorite vocalists from around the world to create this really unique vocal texture on his record, but it’s not the kind of thing where you can pick it out”.

The video was filmed in January with Hype Williams at the helm. It features a lot of word graphics classic to Hype’s style with strobe and colored clips of Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Kanye in reference to Gasper Noé’s 2009 film Enter The Void.

Check out the video after the jump…

It’s amazing how a silly hilarious stunt can help a fledgling talk show get some much needed press. When James Earl Jones booked an appearance on “The Gayle King Show“, he probably had no idea what he signed for. At the tail end of his interview, Gayle politely asked the voice of Darth Vader if he could recite a stanza from Justin Bieber’s hit “Baby“. Even before he started reciting Bieber’s words, I started to smile in anticipation of what was coming. Watch it below and see what you think.

As an special added bonus, I also embedded a video of William Shatner on The Conan O’Brien Show. The former Captain Kirk, also did a dramatic reading of his own. He delivered a uber dramatic, complete with hand motions, performance of Rihanna’s “Umbrella”. His short showing here is way funnier than the crap he’s forced to spit out on CBS’ “$#*! My Dad Says”. Check them both out below, and cast your vote on which was better.

watch James Earls Jone & William Shatner after the jump

Lady Antebellum and Arcade Fire were the big winners on last night’s Grammy Awards. The show kinda dragged in the middle, but started off great with that wicked Aretha Franklin tribute. Didn’t Jennifer Hudson and Florence Welch impress during their sets. Who knew Flo had so much soul? Not me. Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Norah Jones and Ce-Loo also impressed with their respective performances. Be sure to check out Tyrell’s rundown of the Grammy show and performances if you missed the show.

But enough about the show, let’s start dishing on what the musicians wore on the red carpet. Ever since Jennifer Lopez showed up in that infamous green Versace dress in 2000, celebs have been using the event to make a big fashion splash. The biggest trend on the red carpet this year was definitely metallics. Whether it was crystals, mirrors, sequins or other shiny fabrications, the brighter the better. So instead of picking my usual Top 10 best and 5 worst dressed, I decided to highlight all the glittery dresses that caught my eye along with three non-shiny outfits that impressed. Don’t worry, my picks for the worst fashion violations can be found after glitterati gowns. Check out my choices for both lists below.

check out the fashions after the jump

Grammy Performances And Winners 2011

In: Music, TV Shows, Tyrell

Tonight, the stars came out to play for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. The anticipation for some of the hottest performances were high, but did they deliver? Did all of your predictions come true

We kick off the evening with a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. LL Cool J introduces the women who will be singing some of her biggest hits. Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams and Martina McBride.

Lady Gaga took to the stage to perform for the first time her new single Born This Way. After her much talked about walk down the red carpet, her egg appeared on stage and she hatched with a group of dancers in see-through choir robes. In the most simple Gaga performance to date, she wowed the audience with a full out dance routine and organ playing skills.

Read more about the performances and see the winners after the jump…

Everything’s coming up roses for Rihanna. The faux red-haired beauty unveiled the official TV commercial for her first fragrance, “Reb’l Fleur“. To put it simply, it’s absolutely GORGE!!! RiRi literally blooms from this wicked gigantic flower. She then walks through this mysterious garden where she discovers her bad side. Rihanna sure does love working the good girl gone bad angle, doesn’t she? At the “climax” of the commercial, Rihanna also reaches a magical good climax. Two men cover her eyes, while her perfume gives her all kinds of tingly sensations.

Sure, celebrity fragrances are a dime, a dozen, but I have to commend Rihanna for going all out on the marketing. She’s every bit the goddess she is in the commercial. Like the tagline says “Good Feels So Bad, Bad Feel So Good“. I couldn’t agree anymore. Check out the beautifully filmed clip below.

watch Rihanna’s commercial after the break

First Look: Rihanna’s S&M Music Video

In: Music, Tyrell

With photos surfacing all week, everyone has been highly anticipating the video for Rihanna’s hot track S&M off of her album Loud. She decided to debut the video exclusively on VEVO at midnight and boy, did it go a flutter on the social network waves.

This video is nothing but a trip. With all the outfit and scene changes, your senses will be overloaded with excitement. One of my favorite parts is Perez Hilton’s cameo as her dog slave in pink pants, ‘peeing’ on a fire hydrant. Amazing. She also has people taped to walls with security cameras taking in the view and she rolls around in a cute colorful outfit while having her legs and hands tied.

The video was directed by Ms. Melina who also directed Ne-Yo’s video for his hit Closer. The halusenagetic video is amazing and definitely ranks up there with one of my favorite music videos out there right now. So what are you waiting for… check it out!

Check out Rihanna’s S&M video after the jump…

In the infamous words of Destiny’s Child. Can you handle it? I don’t think you can handle it. Let that be your warning because hearing this amazing mashup will leave you in such a euphoric state, you’ll think you popped a few mind-altering pills. Seriously, this guy is amazing. My good friend, Scott, who’s currently living in Australia introduced me to this musical genius.

Robin Skouteris is a music producer, DJ and a video director from Athens, Greece. He’s mostly known for his mashups. Beside sharing his audio masterpieces to the world, Robin also remixes and composes for music artists, tv commercials and short films. His latest creation is titled “Popalicious!” and includes artists like The Pet Shop Boys, Destiny’s Child, Kylie Minogue, Salt-N-Pepa and much more. A couple years back, I claimed DJ Earworm had created the best video mashup ever, but after hearing this awesome mix, Robin Skouteris has supplanted Earworm in my eyes. Especially, given DJ Earworm’s less than stellar 2010 year-end video mashup.

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Rihanna Wants You To Smell Like Her

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan

Just what the world needs, another celebrity fragrance. While Beyonce wants you to “Heat” up, and Katy Perry wants you to “Purr” like a kitty, Rihanna thinks smelling like a rebellious flower is the way to go. Based on a nickname (rebellious flower) her grandmother gave her, Rihanna unveiled promo pics for her debut fragrance, “Reb’l Fleur“. For you hardcore fans, you know RiRi also has a grammatically-incorrect neck tattoo, rebelle fleur, based on her childhood moniker. Here’s what the “What’s My Name” singer told People Magazine about her new venture.

“Over the years, I layered many different scents to get something that was truly my own,” Rihanna tells People. “But I wanted… something that said ‘Rihanna was here.’ Something delicious and special, a fragrance with subtle hints that linger and leave a sexy memory.”

That’s well and good, but what does her signature scent smell like? According to reports, the structure has red berries, purple plum and peach. At the heart are Hawaiian hibiscus flower, violet, tuberose and coconut water. The base is formed by vanilla, patchouli, amber and musk. In other words, you’ll smell like fruit salad lost in the Hawaiian jungle. Sounds delish to me.

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