MUSIC NEWS// Alicia Keys Announces New Album Title, Janelle Monae Is The Newest CoverGirl & Nas’ Ghostwriting Controversy ContinuesPublished by Blair Bedford on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 9:00 am.
1. Alicia Keys Reveals New Album Title, Girl on Fire
When Alicia Keys said it was a “New Day,” dropping her latest track back in June, the buzz began about the singer’s forthcoming fifth studio album. Now she’s taken the spark to another level, announcing the project’s title, Girl on Fire. With marriage and motherhood influencing the songstress’ creativity since her last effort, 2010’s The Element of Freedom, Keys is in a new place and shining with a stronger flame.
“Girl on Fire is about new beginnings, new perspectives and fresh starts…stripping away all the bad energy in your life and taking full control of the reigns and how you want to live,” she stated on her website. [MORE]
2. Nas Ghostwriting Controversy Continues to Simmer
Hip hop purists worldwide died a bit inside this week when rumors that Nas used ghostwriters exploded online. It all started this past Monday (August 13), when esteemed hip hop journalist and author dream hampton (who knows a bit about ghostwriting herself, having co-penned Jay-Z’s Decoded book) tweeted, “Nas’ ‘N—-r’ album was largely written by Stic of dead prez and Jay Electronica,” in response to a fellow Tweeter criticizing Jay for not making more message-oriented music, citing Nas’ 2008 LP (originally named after the N-word before being relabeled Untitled). [MORE]
3. Janelle Monae Is the Newest Face of CoverGirl
Singer Janelle Monae has been tapped to be the new face of CoverGirl Cosmetics. The energetic songstress will debut a 10-page ad campaign in Vogue’s September issue, which hits shelves next week. [MORE]