Daily Archives: May 14, 2013

Instagram Tuesday: Rihanna, Ashanti & Christian Milian Wearing Designer Pieces

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Rihanna Instagram’d a photo of herself rocking denim-on-denim from her River Island Collection. While in NYC, Bad Gal Riri posed in a denim set that showed her boobs. On the 25th of this months (just in time for Memorial Day), Riri will be releasing the second of four collections with the clothing brand.

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Ashanti recently performed in Dubai. She was all glammed-up in a gold sequin dress paired with $1,513 Alaia Embellished Suede Sandals.

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Christina Milian showed her cute figure in a $995 Just Cavalli Printed Dress paired with black booties.

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Sha Money XL Leaves Def Jam For Epic; Shawn “Pecas” Costner Named EVP Of Def Jam

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Gosh! The Def Jam umbrella continues to make some major changes! Back in March, Joie “IE” Manda left his spot as the President of Def Jam to take on a new position as President of Urban Music at Interscope Records. Yesterday, Monday (May 13), Sha Money XL, former SVP of A&R for Island Def Jam (he spearheaded 2 Chainz and Big K.R.I.T. projects) left his position after three years. He’s heading to Epic Records, where he has been named EVP of Urban A&R. There, he will oversee artist development and certain aspects of their recording processes, as well as being tasked with further development of Epic’s urban roster.

According to Billboard, In a statement, Epic chairman and CEO Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid stressed his confidence in Sha Money, saying that “Sha Money has time and again proven to be a cultural leader and has my complete support in ushering in the next generation of hip-hop stars,” write LA Reid in a statement.

As I embark on this new Epic journey,” remarked Sha Money, “I have a great vision for what the new record industry should be like, the music, the experience and lifestyle.”

Sha Money has also served as president of 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records.

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After three years of being SVP of Island Def Jam, earlier today Tuesday (May 14), it was announced that the label promoted Shawn “Pecas” Costner to EVP of Def Jam Recording. It was announced by Island Def Jam Music Group president and COO, Steve Bartels, in a statement. Costner duties will include being responsible for coordinating release schedules with artists, supporting new signings, as well as helping to “lock in and coordinate all frontline activities,” according to the release.

According to Billboard Biz, “Costner joined Island Def Jam eight years ago as VP of Lifestyle Promotion before being promoted to SVP in 2010. Prior to his time at Island Def Jam Coster had worked, in various capacities, for the promotions departments at V2 Records (director of Rap Promotions), Elektra and Arista (director of Urban Promotions for the Northeast Region).”

I am thrilled to announce this well-deserved promotion,” wrote Bartels.  “I have worked with Pecas for many years and have watched him grow significantly over that time.”

Def Jam is the greatest hip-hop label in the world and it is an honor and a privilege to work with such incredible artists every day,” wrote Mr. Costner. “I am appreciative of Steve Bartels for his leadership and his continued faith in me as we move the Def Jam brand into the future. With our talented staff, an unprecedented roster of superstars and an exciting crop of newcomers, we are poised to win big in 2013 and beyond.”

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Solange Knowles Covers Complex’s June/July 2013 Issue; Speaks On Motherhood, The Music Industry & Much More

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Singer and fashion icon Solange Knowles covers the June/July 2013 issue of Complex magazine. There’s no doubt that Solo stepped out of her big sister Beyoncé’s shadow and became a celebrity of her own. Solo made a name for herself after releasing various hit records as well as writing for other artists including Beyoncé. Her latest EP, True has received great reviews from music critics. Solo’s printed, floral and colorful outfits made her a fashion icon. For this issue, Solo was photographed by industry photographer team JUCO. She wore a few color-blocked outfits. In the cover story, she spoke to journalist Laura Checkoway about motherhood, taking a break from recording, returning to music, the Houston Hip-Hop scene, issues with her former labels, and much more. Read full interview over at Complex. Peep the pics below:

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Watch My Kicks: Swizz Beatz Rocks $593 Givenchy Contrast Hi-Top Sneaker

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Last night Monday (May 13), music artist and creative director Swizz Beatz appeared on BET’s106 & Park‘. For his appearance, Swizzy rocked a pair of $593 Givenchy Contrast Hi-Top Sneaker. These red and white high top sneakers from Givenchy features a  round toe, a lace-up fastening, a velcro fastening ankle strap, embossed branding to the heel and a thick red sole. You can purchase these sneakers at Far Fetch. Swizzy paired his sneakers with a Gucci Track Jacket and Gucci Track Pants. Would you rock this outfit?

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