Up and coming R&B singer/hip-hop cover artist/pop star, Niykee Heaton, is finding herself quickly climbing the charts as her debut album Bad Intentions, topped the Billboard Real Time Twitter charts when released this past week. She also partnered with the new label, All Def Digital, ran by Def-Jam creator Russell Simmons. The label finds talents through YouTube and works with promotion and artist development afterwards. Heaton’s track “Bad Intentions,” actually was awarded Single of the Week in May, and has seen over 6+ Million new listeners across both YouTube and Spotify since its release.
With that being said, it would be worth noticing Heaton’s career on YouTube was going to be successful no matter what, covering well known hip hop songs on her own, without any outside help. Some of her standout covers are Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools,” Future’s “Turn On the Lights,” and “Poetic Justice,” by Kendrick Lamar and Drake. Its quite a feat for her to be able to cross these songs over into acoustic covers, because with hip hop there’s not always chords, its just a pattern of different loops, and not always composed as other genres.
Now to her debut album Bad Intentions. While being signed to All Def Digital, she got to choose which imprint of Universal she signed to, and Niykee chose Capitol Records. With one of the most star studded in line-ups in music, Capitol added more versatility to their label with the R&B, Soul, and Pop star in Niykee Heaton. Her debut EP with Capitol, has 6 songs, with her lead single “Bad Intentions,” which is the one that got Russell Simmons’ attention when submitted to his label.
The first song on the album “Sober,” Niykee starts off almost rapping, bringing back her roots of her hip hop covers onto the album. Then all of a sudden when the chorus comes in she flips the switch and goes into ‘R&B Niykee,” where she channels her inner-Rihanna. This one song, which most importantly is her intro song, she shows she can wear whatever hat is thrown her way. If she wants to rap, she can, if she wants to slow things down and seduce the listeners, she most certainly can. “Champagne,” sounds like it could easily be remixed by Schoolboy Q, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, or even Drake and would be a huge success. Hearing her on this song has me imagining of a Drake collaboration, resembling the professional relationship he has with Rihanna, turning everything they touch into gold…and sometimes platinum.
Then comes “Bad Intentions.” The first time I heard this over the summer, I was speechless. I had no clue who she was. But she made this beautiful, slow, smooth, angelic, and seductive song and that’s all that mattered. Throughout the verses Niykee layers on some background vocals of her own and its just unfair on how great it sounds. Kudos to Niykee, her producer, Russell Simmons, ADD, Capitol, and Universal, they have a star in the making and her lead single is the perfect example of the work she’ll release in the future. The next single “Skin Tight,” comes in with some familiar synths that sound a lot like the synths from “Look At Me Now” by Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. I’m not sure if I should call this one a love ballad, but more of a love appreciation song. Hitting all of the Rihanna comparisons in this song with a little bit of Cher Lloyd thrown in her sound as well.
“Rolling Stone,” is actually my favorite song on the album. Going back to her acoustic roots on this song with a choir of her own vocals, I hear a repeating comparison. Her vocals sound so similar to Rihanna’s vocals in “What’s My Name?” featuring Drake. This right here is why I think the Niykee/Drake collaboration would do exceptionally well. The last song on her debut album, “Villa,” is another acoustic, R&B, pop mashup that only a few people could pull off. Joined by shakers, salsa music, a horn section, gives this song a Southern American vibe, reassuring me she has been inspired by Rihanna and learning from the best.
I can’t wait to hear more from Niykee soon. Until then I’ll be listening to this album non-stop, along with rewatching all of her YouTube covers. This is not an artist to sleep on, as I can guarantee she will hit radio airwaves soon and become a household name.
Listen to her debut album, Bad Intentions, here:
“Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost.”
The iconic words of Dante’s Inferno appear at the beginning of Grimes new music video, “Go” Ft. Blood Diamond. Grimes also known as Claire Boucher originally wrote the song for Rihanna but after she declined, Boucher reclaimed it as her own. “Go” was her first song in two years which released in June as part of her forthcoming EP. The song reached over 1.5 million plays on Soundcloud and now the video that was produced by Boucher and her brother Mac (Roco-Prime) is making a splash with its dark post-apocalyptic/ 90’s fisheye theme.
In her post on tumblr Gimes explains her video, “It’s supposed to be dante’s inferno (abstractly), different layers of hell etc. super visually inspired by like x men, metal gear, dune. haha, maybe thats too all over the place and doesn’t make sense, but yea, enjoy!”
Rihanna goes tribal for the September issue of W, which has dubbed her “The World’s Wildest Style Icon.” Bad gal RiRi can be seen in looks that she describes as “Eskimo Horror” in the cover story, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Rihanna can also be seen looking ladylike alongside Naomi Campbell and Iman in an article profiling Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing in the upcoming issue.
See below for photos of Rihanna rocking a septum ring, posing with wolves and looking fierce in face paint.
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Today’s #FlashbackFriday is here to infuse your day with whimsy and beauty. We bring you 14 iconic Vogue editorials featuring cover stars from the past decade, shot by photographers including Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino. Scroll down for the full #FlashbackFriday!
‘Beauty and the Beast,’ Vogue April 2005. Drew Barrymore photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
‘Kirsten Dunst: Teen Queen,’ Vogue September 2006. Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman and Jamie Dornan photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
‘Sienna Miller: 8 1/2,’ Vogue September 2007, photographed by Mario Testino.
‘Penélope Cruz: Made in Spain,’ Vogue December 2007, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
‘Keira Knightley: Wanderlust,’ Vogue September 2008, photographed by Mario Testino.
‘Gisele Bündchen: Earth Mother,’ Vogue April 2010, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.
‘Blake Lively: The Swell Life,’ Vogue June 2010, photographed by Mario Testino.
‘Rihanna: Living Out Loud,’ Vogue April 2011, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
‘Kate Moss: Kiss Me, Kate,’ Vogue September 2011. Kate Moss and Jamie Hince photographed by Mario Testino.
‘Michelle Williams: My Week with Michelle,’ Vogue October 2011, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
‘Rooney Mara: Playing with Fire,’ Vogue November 2011, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
‘Great Expectations: The Inimitable Carey Mulligan,’ Vogue May 2013, photographed by Mario Testino.
‘The Kate Upton Effect: America’s Favorite Bombshell,’ Vogue June 2013, photographed by Mario Testino.
’Golden Hour: Cate Blanchett is Back,’ Vogue January 2014, photographed by Craig McDean.
Images via Vogue
Grimes released a new song titled“Go” that was originally intended for Rihanna. She and Blood Diamonds collaborated to create this song that premiered on Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show.
Download the song here.
Listen to the song below.
Here’s your CFDA recap – what the stars wore and the winners of the night!
Lupita Nyong’o, in Suno, with Jennifer Fisher jewels, and Womenswear Designer of the Year Award winner Joseph Altuzarra.
Solange Knowles, in custom Calvin Klein Collection, with jewels by Jennifer Fisher and Lorraine Schwartz, and designer Francisco Costa.
Monique Lhuillier and Chanel Iman, in a dress by the designer.
Blake Lively, in Michael Kors, with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and Casadei shoes, with Michael Kors.
Joan Smalls, in Prabal Gurung, with the designer.
Chris Kattan, Alexander Wang, and Anna Ewers, in a dress by the designer.
Tyson Beckford and Naomi Campbell, wearing Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
Emmy Rossum, in J. Mendel, with designer Gilles Mendel.
A few of the nights winners shown below:
Accessories Designer of the Year winners Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row.
James Marsden, center, in Public School, with Menswear Designer of the Year Award winners Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne.
Richard Buckley and Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Tom Ford.
Swarovski Award for Accessories winner Irene Neuwirth.
Swarovski Award for Menswear winner Tim Coppens.
And last, but definitely not least, we have Bad Girl RiRi as the Fashion Icon of the Year! Rihanna, in custom Adam Selman, with a Pologeorgis stole, and Paul Morelli jewels.
Last night, the fashion industry’s most highly regarded elite boarded chartered “Dior” ferries and crossed the East River to Brooklyn, New York for the Dior Cruise Show 2015. Celebrities in attendance included Rihanna, Margot Robbie, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nicola Peltz, and many more. Dior even flew in 120 editors from various countries like Japan, Russia, U.K. and Germany. Overall, the guest list included more than a thousand names.
The runway itself took place in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, right on the water. Guests wear seated on specially constructed bleachers at window level. The show was a fast-paced viewing of 66 of Dior’s latest looks, mostly consisting of blacks and greys, with the occasional pop of red and pastel blue.
The overall atmosphere of the night reflected the location, as Dior carried the navy/ocean theme throughout the event.
The Met Gala has becoming one of the most highly anticipated events of the season. Bikini season is near, so since we can’t binge on chocolate and wine, we’ll binge on the red carpet looks instead! Though some people hit the nail on the head last night, a lot of people left us quite confused. This year’s theme, Charles James: Beyond Fashion, brought the best of the best in the industry. From much talked about star couples like Kimye, to Beyonce and hubby Jay Z to Anna Wintour herself there were lots of amazing, and shocking red carpets moments, as well as the hours leading up to the event. Check out the best moments!
Cara Delevingne getting dolled up while making crazy faces… Which is why we love her, obviously.
T-Swift and Karlie Kloss takes selfies while hair and make up does them up.
Reese Witherspoon, Kate Bosworth, Stella McCartney and Cara Delevingne partying it up.
Here’s a peak at the power couples of the night:
David and Victoria Beckham, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian and finally, Beyonce and Jay Z.
Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Stella McCartney, Kate Bosworth and Reese Witherspoon,posing for the cameras.
Rihanna wows in a crop top with a long white fitted skirt.
Taylor Swift looked gorgeous, but predictable in this soft pink gown.
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The Council of Fashion Designers of America Inc. announced today that pop-star Rihanna will receive the honors of this year’s CFDA Fashion Icon Award.
Being presented with this award means that Ri-Ri is being recognized as having a magnanimous influence and impact on style and pop-culture around the world. And we agree, Rihanna is definitely an international style icon!
Past recipients of this same award include Kate Moss and Lady Gaga.
The 2014 CFDA awards will take place in New York on June 2nd. Congrats Rihanna!
Two defining artists of this generation, Rihanna and Eminem will be pairing up yet again for an upcoming 3-city tour this summer. The tour, called the Monster Tour is named after a song that features Rihanna on Eminem’s 2013 album, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2.” They will be making appearances in New York, Detroit and Los Angeles. Eminem made the announcement via XXL and twitter, which was retweeted by the “Stay” artist.
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