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THE MILKSHAKE MIGHT BRING ALL THE BOYS TO THE YARD, BUT DIRTY ICE CREAM KEEPS THEM AWAY. Lady Gaga has an unreleased track in every flavor, but “Dirty Ice Cream” is one of her tastiest. The campy pop tune made its debut on the singer’s old MySpace (RIP) page in 2007, and later made appearances in some of Gaga’s live performances. Framing its origin in the era of the MySpace days might make it feel like a relic, but more than a decade later “Dirty Ice Cream” stands the test of time. Though Mother Monster never officially released it (a crime I tell you!), she knew it contained the essential ingredients that a masterful pop tune demands. Gaga ultimately penned and released “Telephone” (though it almost went to Britney Spears), a song about how annoying guys can be / not having the time of day to deal with their neediness, but before releasing that mega-tune, Gaga was already pissed. She was primed and aggravated by men, and it was churned out in the form of “Dirty Ice Cream.” She acted on impulse, they satisfied a craving, then she discarded them in the bin with the bowl and spoon. Read the full RX story on the main page then leave a comment! https://www.breatheheavy.com/lady-gaga-dirty-ice-cream/
DRAKE IS CONFIRMED AS A SIGNEE OF LIL WAYNE’S YOUNG MONEY RECORDS ON JUNE 29, 2011. This Day In Pop is a reoccurring RX piece, where BreatheHeavy examines a monumental anniversary in pop music. Whether it be a blockbuster release, game-changing performance, live mishap, or something in between, we’re here to dig through the archives and highlight some of the biggest moments in pop music history. If you let go of the traditional definition, Drake is certainly up there as one of the most popular pop stars of our time. Hip-hop might be his sweet spot, but we’ve watched his soundscape open up as he’s swayed in and out of the blurry genres of rap, R&B, pop, dancehall. In our latest installment of BreatheHeavy’s This Day In Pop, we’re revisiting the chart-topper’s origins when it was confirmed that he had pledged his allegiance to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Records on June 29, 2011. Only a few years after his final appearance on Degrassi: The Next Generation, the aspiring superstar offered up So Far Gone, his debut commercial mixtape, under his October’s Very Own label. The buzz from the set caught the ears of many folks, but when you have figures like Kanye West, Talib Kweli, as well as a number of executives like Warner Music‘s Lyor Cohen, all in attendance of your show, you have to be doing something right. Whispers circulated that he had nabbed a deal with Universal Motown, but it was clear that the loyalty of his inner team might have influenced his decision in a label. “Just know that whatever label we sign to it’ll be because they’ll add to what we’ve created on our own,” Drake told Billboard prior to the announcement. “I am very happy in my situation now, which is signed to Cortez [Bryant] and Gee Roberson at Young Money and management through ‘Hip Hop Since 1978.’ The most important thing for me is being around my team – they are stronger than any label.” June 29, 2011 proved monumental for the Canadian star when it was announced that he landed a joint venture between Young Money and Cash Money, with Universal Republic distributing. No concrete details about the deal were revealed but it’s rumored that the contract included an eight-album obligation. And if you’re wondering how Birdman is involved in all of this, YM serves as a division of Birdman’s Cash Money Records. Interestingly enough, his management wanted Drizzy to be viewed as an independent artist, despite Universal’s role in distributing. “Independent is a funny term. I can go independent, but you need distribution, period. You need somebody to distribute your record and you need that army that a label has to really push the record,” he told MTV News on set of his video for “Best I Ever Had.” “Today is a definitely a comfortable day for me, having my team now that’s been in place for a couple of years. It’s just a great day,” he said. “It’s something new, but it feels familiar.” Drake’s origin might sound like inside ball, but it’s certainly an interesting milestone to revisit in the entertainer’s career, even more so for the folks that watched him play Wheelchair Jimmy on Degrassi. Almost a decade since the signing, it appears as if the contractual obligations of the past are coming to a close. Earlier this month, Drake dropped two new songs in celebration of the Toronto Raper’s first-ever NBA championship win. After the release of his 2018 LP, Scorpion, word spread that the project fulfilled his obligations and the new two cuts Omertà” and “Money in the Grave,” featuring Rick Ross allude to that. The pair marks his first release as a lead artist that isn’t under the Young Money or Cash Money umbrella. Instead, they were released via his Frozen Moments LLC, with licensing through Republic Records. In an era where record labels aren’t a necessity to prosper as an artist with social media and streaming being monumental lanes of promotion, Drake’s next step is an exciting one — just as it felt when he signed to Young Money in 2011. It’s something new, but it feels familiar. This article is a bonus BreatheHeavy RX story. Start your free 7-day trial and enjoy the best premium pop music content on the Internet.
AH, LOVE AND RAINBOWS ARE IN THE AIR AND PRIDE IS HERE. Every year, the LGBTQ community comes together in the month of June to rally, and this year brimming with colorful displays of equality. It’s an opportunity to celebrate diversity and inclusion. It’s a moment to come together in a safe space and feel seen, liberated, and loved. Pride parades and festivals are taking place all over the world and it’s a pretty incredible thing to see as someone who belongs to the LGBTQ community myself. It’s a celebration and movement that gets larger with each passing year. Of course, no pride festival is complete without music pulsating up and down the streets. I mean, did pride even happen if you didn’t hear “Born This Way” at least once? Whether it’s Madonna’s “Material Girl” or Britney’s “Work *****” blasting at your local gay bar or club, one thing is for sure – there is a lineup of pop legends that resonate with the gay community. Have you ever wondered what life is about? You could search the world and never figure it out. I have spent years wondering why so many LGBTQ people gravitate towards the same pop divas. While, I want to avoid making vast generalizations here – as obviously everyone has their own unique taste, there is no denying a common thread here that ties the LGBTQ together with some of these pop music legends. Lots of LGBTQ people make-up the core audience for the likes of Madonna, Britney, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Cher, Rihanna, Kylie, Mariah, Taylor Swift and many others. Why is that? And what do most of these reigning women have in common with the LGBTQ community, even if many of them are straight women? To answer that we will need to peel a very subjective, unscientific onion. I could probably write an entire book trying to dissect this. But for now, let’s keep it high level. Read the full RX story on BreatheHeavy.com then leave a comment! https://www.breatheheavy.com/pride-pop-divas/
A remembrance of who she is. Since announcing her work hiatus in January, Britney hasn't been seen or heard from. There's all sorts of conspiracy theories floating around as to why that could be, including one that she's pregnant. I'm not here to speculate whether she is or isn't (she's probably not and just watching The Princess & the Popstar on repeat), but I couldn't help but think of her Ace of Base cover, "All That She Wants." Most notably the line: "all that she wants is another baby." Brit sang that lyric during her 2016 stint on Carpool Karaoke, and if Queen B is indeed expecting, it would explain a lot. Down the rabbit hole we go! Would love for you guys to read the story on the main page and leave a comment! https://www.breatheheavy.com/britney-spears-all-that-she-wants/