International pop star Rihanna jet-setted back home to Barbados to spend the Christmas holiday with her family. I think it was a good idea for Riri to go back home for the holiday because in the states we are preparing for a snow storm throughout the Midwest and parts of the East coast. It is already raining hard in the NJ/NY area. Riri was rushed by fans and paparazzi earlier today when she was shopping with her mother in Bridgetown. She dressed in a cute blouse and skinny jeans paired with Christian LouboutinDuvette Pumps. Riri accessorized her outfit with aChanelCabas Été 2012 Bagand a gold Louis Vuitton Metal Collar Necklace. Her outfit rocks! The gold necklace brings out the gold on her pumps and her Chanel tote is an eye-catcher. Do you like her fit?
Rapper Big Sean appeared on BET’s’106 & Park’ earlier in the week to debut his “Guap” video. During his appearance, Sean styled in a $750 Fear of God Los Angeles Essential Short Sleeve Lambskin Hoodie paired with black sweat pants and Timberland boots. I like his outfit; very dope! Instead of sweat pants, I would have worn black jeans. I’m not a fan of sweat pants. Big Sean’s sophomore LP, Hall Of Fame: Memoirs Of A Detroit Player has been pushed back until early 2013.
Last weekend, the VH1 Divas aired live from Los Angeles. One of the biggest moments from the show was the Whitney Houston tribute which was performed by Jordin Sparks, Ledisi and Melanie Fiona. The ladies performance was soulful and up to par. They had everyone in attendance standing up as they performed “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay”, and “How Will I Know.” For her set, Melanie Fiona styled in Proenza Schuler and $1,995 Christian Louboutin Bandita Boots. She is so pretty! Her skin is so flawless and she is very talented.
Earlier in the week, New York’sPower 105 FM celebrated their 2 year anniversary party with a concert at the Best Buy Theater followed by an after party at the Aspen Social Club. For the event, on-air personality Angela Yee wore a peach colored top and black leggings paired with $1,995 Christian Louboutin Bandita Boots. If you know Angela, then you already know that she has a mean shoe game! Her shoe collection is worth around $100,000.
Bad Boy/Interscope rapper French Montana is scheduled to drop his long-delayed debut album, Excuse My French on March 12, which is three days after the 16th year anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G’s death. The album is being executive produced by Diddy and Rick Ross and features the Southern inspired lead single“Pop That” Ft. Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Drake which also samples Uncle Luke. The album’s second single “Marble Floors” Ft. Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz is also inspired by the Southern rap audience. Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa, Lana Del Rey, Max-B, Wale & Ma$e are also featured on the album.
Did French Montana gravitate toward the Southern rap audience more once he got signed? His music does not sound like traditional New York Hip-Hop music. Many people believes that Montana music is now for the Southern Hip-Hop audience. What are your thought? Did Montana forget about his New York stomping grounds once he went mainstream?
G.O.O.D. Music singer Teyana Taylor Instagram’d a picture of herself wearing a pair of Reebok Question “Black/Gold”. These kicks are scheduled to hit Reebok retailers on December 29th.
Epic Records recording artist Ciara was spotted on the California coast. Paparazzi caught the Atlanta native leaving her dance rehearsals in Hollywood. She kept it funky in a $319 A.L.C. Wool & Leather Lennon Bomber jacketand ripped jeans paired with black biker boots.
The no-talented Diamond (what does she do?), who is used to being sponsor by rappers with money was photo’d modeling Married To The Mobclothing. Hopefully, the brand paid her good because we all heard those rumors about her wearing fake Christian Louboutin shoes.
Fashionable NBA player Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks is set to launch his new Melo M9 ‘Christmas Colorway’ sneakers on January 9. The designs from these kicks were inspired by Melo’s luxury watches. “I love the movement inside Tourbillon Watches,” Anthony said. “It’s just beautiful, so I wanted to incorporate that into the design of the shoe.” The M9 features a full 3M reflective grey upper with all-over elephant print detailing, green and red pull-tabs and ribbon-like cables in the upper, which are part of the newly developed “dynamic system” by Jordan Brand.
Melo’s will debut the M9 (his signature shoe) Tuesday December 25th (Christmas Day), during the Knicks vs. Lakers game. Below Melo talks about his earliest basketball memory, luxury watches, hidden talents and favorite vacation spot:
Earliest basketball memory: “Watching the 1992 Dream Team changed my mindset about the game. I really started loving and enjoying basketball after that.”
I’m addicted to: Tourbillon watches. “My watch game is mean — just look at my Instagram.”
Hidden talent: “I like to draw.”
Favorite pair of sneakers: “I’ve got boatloads of shoes, but I’d have to say the Air Jordan IX.”
Perfect getaway spot: Koh Samui, Thailand. “I went this summer and it was a good time.”
As I previous reported in my various posts, last weekend the VH1 Divas aired live fromthe Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Melanie Fiona participated in the Whitney Houston tribute alongside Jordin Sparks and Ledisi. Before the main event, the Republic Records songbirdwalked the purple carpet in a Tom Ford Tuxedo Jacket and Preen Leather Pants paired with $1,075 Christian Louboutin Highness Peep-Toe Platform Pumps. She chose to sport a menswear turned girly inspired outfit and I love it. What’s your verdict on her look?
Roberson’s new label was announced today by Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman/CEO Jimmy Iovine and President John Janick. According to Billboard, “The company describes the move as “consistent and in further consolidation of Roberson’s other highly successful entertainment interests including managerial and artist development company Blueprint Group,” of which he remains co-CEO. New leadership for Geffen will be announced early next year, a spokesperson for the company told Billboard.biz. Several artists on the Geffen roster are expected to join Roberson at the New York-based label, including rapper/producer Hit-Boy and Chicago hardcore rappers LEP Bogus Boys.”
“I’m very happy about the knowledge and experience I gained at Geffen that will be very useful going forward in the future.” Roberson said. “Now it’s time to go back to my roots, that entrepreneurial spirit, wrap my arms around my own label and fold it into Interscope Geffen A&M. Based on the relationship I already have with Jimmy and everyone at the label, this is a very natural move that’s filled with synergies.”
Iovine added, “Gee has an extraordinary entrepreneurial instinct and that spirit has always been an important part of our company. John and I are thrilled at the opportunity to partner with Gee on his latest venture.”
I am not sure how true this is but word in the industry is that YMCMB’s platinum-selling rapper, Nicki Minaj was paid $5 million to host a New Year’s Eve party at PURE Nightclub in Las Vegas on Monday (December 31). It is unclear if Minaj will be performing or her exact hosting duties, but for $5 milli, she better put on a mini concert and interact with the people in attendance. Beyoncé also reportedly earned $4 million to host a NYE party in Vegas. Last week, Minaj was in Los Angeles for the taping of American Idol. Season 12 premieres Wednesday January 16 at 8/7c on Fox.
Music artist and fashion designer Kanye West was spotted shopping at Montaigne Market in Paris. As always, the fashionable rapper was styling. He wore a Lanvin Coat With Fur Collarwhich is from the Brand’s Fall 2012 collection.This coat is available on the brand’s online store for $5,536. Kanye also wore a Balmain hoodie.