Is Bey’s surprise album drop the ultimate pop shocker of 2013?
+ Around midnight ET, Beyoncé stunned the pop world by releasing a 14-track, self-titled visual album, pairing every song with its own music video plus a bonus clip for “Grown Woman.” Featured artists include husband Jay Z (“Drunk In Love”), Drake (“Mine”), Frank Ocean (“Superpower”), writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (“***Flawless,” which opens with what was previously known as “Bow Down/ I Been On”), and even Blue Ivy (“Blue”). (MTV News)
+ Lady Gaga will perform on the season finale of “The Voice,” which will air on Dec. 17. Mother Monster’s performance will feature “Do What U Want.” Céline Dion will also be on hand to perform “Incredible” with Ne-Yo during the show. (Idolator)
+ Get ready to ring in 2014 with Miley Cyrus on your TV. “Smilers! There’s been a change in my NYE plans. @RyanSeacrest asked me to perform in Times Square for #RockinEve!,” Miley tweeted. Other performers include Ariana Grande, Capital Cities, Daughtry, and The Fray. (Just Jared Jr.)
+ Prince will guest star on “New Girl” during the show’s Feb. 2 broadcast. As a fan of the show, the singer reached out to the producers and pitched the episode, which will feature Prince as himself and a theme inspired by his all-night pajama parties. (Idolator)
+ Stream and download Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip’s new mixtape, The Abstract And The Dragon. The 28-song set includes features from Q-Tip’s crew A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West, Missy Elliott, and Big Daddy Kane. (Rolling Stone)
+ The Golden Globe nominations are out, and Taylor Swift (“Sweeter Than Fiction”), Demi Lovato (“Let It Go”), Coldplay (“Atlas”), U2 (“Ordinary Love”), and Justin Timberlake (“Please, Mr. Kennedy”) are all nominated for Best Original Song — Motion Picture. See the complete list of nominees. (MTV News)
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