Daily Archives: November 22, 2013

She’s Slaying This Photo Shoot: Ciara For GQ Magazine

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Before hiding her bangin’ body in oversized clothes (she’s covering up her pregnancy), Ciara flaunted her goodies in a photo spread for GQ magazine. This shoot was shot months ago by famed photographer duo Gomillion & Leupold. Cici is giving us fellas a few things to think about in these photos. Inside, she talks about her latest album, Ciara, singles “Body Party” & “Overdose,” and her style dos and don’ts for guys. Below are some pics and highlights:

This year’s been great for you. Your new album, Ciara, was a hit and “Body Party” went Gold—it’s one of my favorite tracks this year:
It’s one of those songs that happened fast, because it has such a sweet vibe. I can’t even lie, when we were mixing it, I was listening to it over and over like a fan. I don’t like using obvious samples, but it felt right—I couldn’t ignore the track the way [producer] Mike Will flipped the sample of “My boo.” It’s one of those songs a girl can sing to her man and where guys don’t have to feel too cool to slow dance with your girl“.

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Just Like YDBR Previously Reported: T.I. & Grand Hustle Inks Partnership With Columbia Records

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Back in January, YDBR reported that multi-platinum selling Grammy Award winning rapper T.I. had fulfilled his contractual obligations with Atlantic Records, after dropping his Trouble Man: Heavy Is The New Head album and was on the verge of signing with Sony/Columbia Records. See the original post here.

We also reported that T.I. and Grand Hustle CEO’s Jason Geter met with the head honchos of Sony Records to discuss a “big deal”. The big names in the room included Doug Morris, Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment; Shawn “Tubby” Holiday, A&R Sony Music; Mark Pitts, President of Urban Music at RCA/Sony and founder of Bystorm Entertainment; and Peter Edge, CEO of Sony’s RCA Music Group. During the meeting, T.I. was shopping a $75 million deal which will include three albums, 10-20% of publishing, touring, merchandise, film and TV rights, corporate endorsement deals, and exclusive singing of all Grand Hustle artists. See the original post here.

T.I. is no longer a free agent or shopping a major distribution deal for his Grand Hustle label. As part of the deal, Columbia plans to release T.I.’s ninth album, Trouble Man: He Who Wears The Crown early next year via Grand Hustle/Columbia. It is being reported that music producer Pharrell Williams will be overseeing the project and serves as executive producer. T.I. has also been in the studio with Timbaland and DJ Toomp.

I’m honored to be partners with such a successful, passionate and creative conglomerate like Columbia Records, who respects and supports the vision of their artist and partners,” said T.I.Nothing but love, respect, and appreciation for Doug Morris, Rob Stringer, and the entire staff. Also, a special thank you to my big bruh, Sk8board P, for always believing in me and also executive producing my upcoming project.”

Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO Columbia Records, added, “We’re very excited to welcome T.I. to the Columbia family. With his massive U.S. success and career history, we are going to make him an even bigger superstar on a global level.”

The Atlanta-native has sold over 14 million albums and 30 million singles to date and scored four No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

Congrats T.I., love YDBR!

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Nicki Minaj Launches “Pink Pro” Headphones & Her ‘Pink Friday’ Deluxe Edition Perfume Spray Arrives Soon

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YMCMB’s multi-platinum rapper Nicki Minaj has launched her own line of headphones via Beats by Dre. The headphones are the follow-up to Minaj’s successful Pink Pill speakers and urBeats in-ear buds.

The Nicki Minaj beatsbydre collection is now complete. Pink Pill Speakers, Pink Earbuds, Pink & White Pros#HappyPinkFriday,” Instagram’d Minaj.

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Minaj is in full promo mode today! Her limited edition ‘Pink FridayDeluxe Edition Perfume Spray will be  available at Macy’s East coast stores on December 2nd and nationally in Macy’s, Dillard’s, Belk and Stage on December 16th. The collection will hit the UK on 11/29 and Australia on Valentine’s Day.

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The Carters Spotted Sitting Courtside At OKC vs. Clippers Game

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The NBA is back! YDBR favorite celeb couples are once again sitting court side at arenas across the states. Last night Thursday (November 21), The Carters (Jay-Z & Beyoncé) was spotted sitting in floor seats, enjoying the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers game at Oklahoma’s Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The happily billionaire couple was photo’d greeting their good friends Chris Paul (who plays for the Clippers) and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports client Kevin Durant. OKC defended the Clippers 105-91.

In related music news, Jay-Z kicks off the North American leg of his ‘Magna Carter‘ world tour on November 30th  in St. Paul, MN at the Xcel Energy Center. See the full list tour dates here. On December 2, Beyoncé is set to embark on the second leg of her ‘Mrs. Carter‘ U.S. world tour.

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Flaunting Her Toned Legs: Kelly Rowland In A $13,792 Balmain Embroidered Nubuck Dress

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Styled by @marnixmarni, R&B singer Kelly Rowland handled her X-Factor judging duties in a $13,792 Balmain Embroidered Nubuck Dress which was paired with white Tom Ford pumps. She accessorized her ensemble by wearing a huge diamond ring from Lorraine Schwartz. Kelly flaunted her toned legs and she looked good while flaunting them. Kelly’s make-up was flawless and I love her new hair-style with the blonde highlights.

This Balmain dress features Matelassé embroidered nubuck leather, gold-colored zip back closure, concealed rectangular shoulder pads, lurex, stone and crystal embroidered, two side pockets, and silk lining. You can purchase this dress this dress at Luisviaroma.

Singer Sevyn Streeter wore this Balmain dress in Embroidered Laminated Nappa here.

Being a judge on X-Factor helped Kelly Rowland transitioned into an international music and fashion icon. She’s also inking endorsements left-to-right. Kelly inked a partnership with TW Steel Watch Company for her very own pink special edition (see the original post here) and she serves as the new face of Jaguar. She is the brand ambassador for the new F-Type from the British car manufacturer and she will soon be featured in commercials and Billboards promoting the car. See the original post here. Expect more endorsements for Rowland during the course of X-Factor.

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The Fashion King Of The NBA: Russell Westbrook For Kings And Jaxs

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NBA player Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder displays his modeling skills in his latest photo shoot for underwear company Kings and Jaxs. In the photo spread, the “fashion killa” baller modeled various boxer briefs from the Los Angeles-based brand.

The collection features bogey, checkers, grand prix, gunner, poker face, professional and sable designs. See more here!

Westbrook is serious about pursuing his fashion and modeling dreams. Last month, he was featured in a spread for Vogue magazine’s November 2013 issue with CFDA 2013 Fashion Fund Finalist and accessory designer Jason Jones. I recently posted his feature in the November 2013 issue of GQ France magazine (see the original post here) and earlier in the year, he was featured in Vogue Italia.

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Photos Credit: Russell Westbrook’s Instagram | Kings and Jaxs’ Instagram | Kings and Jaxs online site

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Golden Fever: Kelly Rowland Wears A Tom Ford Antique Gold Python Applique’ Cross Front Drape Fitted Dress

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Singer and X-Factor judge Kelly Rowland sat in the judging seat in a Tom Ford Antique Gold Python Applique’ Cross Front Drape Fitted Dress matched with gold pumps from the brand. She also added gold jewelry from Lorraine Schwartz to accessorize her outfit. @MarnixMarni handled the styling duties.

Rowland’s metallic knee-length dress features python material throughout, a collar necklace and long sleeves. The python scales have been individually sewn onto a mesh under-layer.

Ladies, add a nice clutch with this dress and these pumps and you are bound to have heads turning. Are you feeling this look?

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