Check out the latest happenings around the music world…
- VH1 has handpicked a new bunch of talented female artists for their popular franchise VH1 Divas and this year, it’s all about heart-pumping dance music. The network announced Thursday that Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks will pay homage to the “greatest divas of dance music” with performances dedicated to the late Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and more. The vibrant Adam Lambert will serve as this year’s host; additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. VH1 Divas will take place Sunday, Dec. 16 at 9/8c.
- Ironically, Kelly Rowland is turning up the heat on her new single “Ice” featuring Lil Wayne. The Destiny’s Child alum is gearing up to release the visual for the sexy song and it’s going to be a hot one. “The whole feeling of ice is very sensual. How hot and cold ice can be is very sexy. [...] It’s gonna be so magical.” “Ice” is the first single off Rowland’s upcoming album Year of the Woman. Catch a sneak peek below!
- After the shame and ridicule of “How Your Pussy Works,” Brian McKnight says he is back in the studio to make some real music. The album, tentatively titled Words, will bring the 43-year-old singer back to what he describes as a creative space. “I kinda went back to that period between ’88 and ’94 where I felt like I was the most creative, without being hindered by powers that be,” McKnight told Billboard. “I was no longer going to try to hinder myself to what I thought was going to be on the radio. I went back and listened to the first three albums I made and tried to figure out what was special about them, why people keep going back to them. I think it was because I didn’t know what I was doing. I had no idea if they were going to play it on the radio or anything. All I did was write songs, so that’s what I got back to.” The album is slated for 2013.
- And finally: There are only a few artists that can pull Andre 3000 out of hiding. Rapper T.I. recently unearthed the details behind getting together with the Outkast phenom for a track they’ve been circling around since 2006. (Yes, 2006.) The collaboration called “Sorry” will appear on T.I.’s eighth studio album Trouble Man, in stores Dec. 18.