Flashback Friday: That Time Nickelback Crashed VIBE's Crown Royal Tasting

The spirit brand has also released the Crown Royal Artist Collection, in addition to their special Wine Barrel Finished rollout.  

Crown Royal's allure lies in its connection to hip-hop (Big Boi, EPMD) and the ability to kick your tastebuds with a unique whiskey blend.

It's one of the few reasons why we were thrilled have National Brand Ambassador Stephen Wilson swing by VIBE's New York office last month, where we were treated to Crown Royal Wine Barrel Finished, the second expression in the Crown Royal Noble Collection.

To our surprise, we weren't the only ones to be an admire of the whiskey brand.

While learning about the inclusion of Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels in the finished spirit, we couldn't help but notice the lingering eyes outside of the tasting. With our new home set up at Billboard (read about it here), the combinations of acts that walk through the glass doors are intriguing to say the least. The wanderer turned out to be Ryan Peake of Nickelback, who were performing for Billboard's Facebook Live session just a few feet away.

After a performing their latest single "Song On Fire," the group joined the VIBE staff for a few laughs and of course, shots of Crown.

Crown Royal is used to pleasant surprises. The brand's latest campaign, the Crown Royal Artist Collection, released last week, showcases fun twists on the Crown Royal bag, its signature accessory that remains long after the bottle is finished.

The two new limited edition bags were designed by New York City-based artists Santtu Mustonen and Yoon Hyup and shared at The Explorer's Club on July 6. One of the bags even doubles as a silk scarf.

“Our purple bags are a source of pride and we are honored to be working with Santtu and Yoon to launch the Artist Collection,” said Crown Royal Brand Director Jim Ruane. “They both created bags that add a beautiful touch of sophistication when displayed on Crown Royal Deluxe bottles and we know consumers will enjoy being able to purchase these limited edition works of art.”

The limited edition bags are $50 through ReserveBar.com and sold on a first-come first-served basis. Find out more about Crown Royal's artist campaign here.

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Not Sicko Mode: Nick Cannon Says Travis Scott Isn't For The Culture

Nick Cannon takes great issue with Travis Scott performing at the Super Bowl but says for Big Boi, it's okay.

During a sitdown with TMZ's Raquel Harper, the host of Masked Singer said "I'm Kaepernick all day," but said Scott doesn't have enough "cultural equity" to perform during Super Bowl LIII halftime show.

"To me, I call it cultural equity. So we're not mad at Big Boi for performing at the Super Bowl. He's for the people," 38-year-old Cannon explained. "[For Scott] he has to walk gingerly."

Harper followed up and questioned Cannon, to which he further explained having a child with Kylie Jenner also reduced his "cultural equity."

"It's more about truly having integrity in your music and in your art form. The people you choose to interact with. The people you choose to procreate with. That decision wasn't for the culture. But we not mad at you," Cannon said.

Harper reminded Cannon he's dated a few white women in his past, to which Cannon then looked into the camera and shouted: "I love white women."

The New England Patriots will face off against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3 for Super Bowl LIII. Maroon 5 along with Travis Scott and Big Boi are set to take the stage at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Out of respect for Colin Kaepernick, several artists declined to perform including Rihanna, Cardi B and JAY-Z who reportedly tried to talk Scott out of it.

After Scott agreed to perform, reports revealed he spoke with Kaepernick about the decision. Kaepernick's longtime girlfriend Nessa Diab took to social media to blast Scott and say it was a lie.

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Teyana Taylor (L) and NBA player Iman Shumpert attend the Globe Fashion Week X China Moment fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Art Beam on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows

Teyana Taylor Addresses Iman Shumpert Cheating Rumors: "He Know I'd Kill Him"

The social peanut gallery hasn't been kind to Teyana Taylor and her marriage with Iman Shumpert.

The singer-songwriter has decided to address rumors of infidelity in her marriage head-on by clearing up the claims that the NBA star conceived a child with another woman. Since teasing her upcoming video "WTP" over the weekend, the singer abruptly deleted her Instagram and Twitter platforms. At the same time, rumors spread about Alby Rydes, a 28-year-old pornstar, who allegedly shook hands with the couple in the bedroom and birthed Shumpert's child in November.

Jokes appeared left and right on social media, as Taylor came forward to simmer down the chaos. "I've never seen/touched that girl in my life," she tweeted. She also claimed she shut down her socials as a rebuttal to her label not releasing the visuals to "WTP" on time. She also claimed her husband knows better. "Iman is not dumb. He know[s] I'd kill him. End of story."

Welp.

The couple has been at the center of cheating rumors in the past with both denying them every time. Rydes has also come forward to condemn the baby rumors. "I had my baby with the man I was dating and that ain't Iman," she said. "Y'all should be ashamed of creating this negative energy and throwing it around like it won't affect anyone."

 

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Drake's "In My Feelings" Receives Kidz Bop Treatment

After the release of Drake's chart-topping Scorpion album, his single "In My Feelings" skyrocketed to number one, so it's no surprise the City Girls assisted track received the Kidz Bop treatment.

Since 2000, the compilation LP has sold about 17 million copies and over the weekend, Kidz Bop released its 39th installment offering the world a G-rated and tween-friendly version of today's biggest hits.

Once Twitter learned Kidz Bop laid its prepubescent hands on Drake's song, there was a mixed bag of feelings. Some went along with it and commented positively, while others were frankly offended.

I just saw a Kidz Bop commercial with the Kidz Bop version of In My Feelings and I feel like a curse has been placed on me

— Jeremy (@TacticalRPG) January 10, 2019

That Kidz Bop version of In My Feelings lets me know that hell is a real place.

— Nappy Head Nietzsche (@AugustCulture) January 19, 2019

This #KidzBop version of "In My Feelings" is SENDING me! 😂 pic.twitter.com/EQzTwdbfb6

— Nicholas D. (@Creat1ve) January 18, 2019

This isn't the first time Drake's music has been Kidz Bopped. For Kidz Bop 31, "Hotline Bling" was also featured. The new 18-track album also features Cardi B's "I Like It" as well as Khalid and Normani's "Love Lies."

The lyrics to the hook received a slight change:

KiKi, do you love me/are you with me/say you'll never ever leave from beside me/cause I want ya/and I need ya/and I'm down for ya always

And when it came time for the City Girls portion of the song, they turned that down as well.

All of us kids and we hangin' in the rain/hangin' in rain/I need a black card with the code to the safe/code to the safe.

Hey, kids need love too. Watch the Kidz Bop version of Drake's "In My Feelings" below.

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