Category Archives: Magazine Covers

We’ve Moved! WATMONLINE.COM


After years of contemplating, I decided to move my site and change its name. Not only the name, but its purpose. WorldAccordingtoMonte.com is now WATMONLINE.COM. When I launched worldaccordingtomonte.com in 2009, I had NO idea what I was getting into. All I wanted to do was post few stories and give my opinion, in hopes of getting a few readers and call it day. Back then, I was clueless to the work, time and energy it takes to keep up a blog, especially when you enjoy it.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with music. I might not know the day of the week, but I KNOW when Grammys are. Long story short, I took my obsession beyond friends and family and made it public to anyone with access to the Internet, and that’s how worldaccordingtomonte.com was born.

Since my first post about Barbara Streisand keeping Mariah Carey out the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, worldaccordingtomonte.com has grown beyond my expectations. Knowing that nearly a half million people have, at one time or another, visited the site blows my mind. In the grand scheme of things that’s a small fraction of world’s Internet population, but to me, that’s EVERYTHING!

As World According to Monte becomes WATM ONLINE, I’m confident in knowing that this is only the beginning. I’ve seen what a hard work and dedication can do and I refuse to give up until I reach my goals. Whenever I do decide to take on something, I want to be the best; regardless of how it takes to get there, I’m willing and will work my ass off to get to the next level.

There are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of music-related websites, offering music and entertainment news, celebrity gossip, exclusive interviews, etc., but few are actually credible. And that’s what will set WATM ONLINE apart from the run-of-the-mill music blog.  I want to give the facts, then give my opinion, even if the facts and my opinion conflict. My hope is to highlight artists, known and unknown, with stories that will spark conversation and become your go-to for the latest about your favorites and the best you never heard.

If you’ve ever clicked on a link, left a comment, scrolled down the homepage, liked on Facebook, retweeted a Tweet, subscribed via email, or have been involved with worldaccordingtomonte.com in any way, I humbly thank you!

I’m excited about the new journey and look forward to all that lies ahead! Head over to WATMONLINE.COM and subscribe to receive posts via email, bookmark the site, and if you’d like, drop me a line at monte@watmonline.com. (The fact that I have personalize email for the new site is the coolest shit, EVER!)

See you there!

— Montè

G.O.O.D. Music Covers Complex Magazine’s August/September 2012 Issue


The G.O.O.D. Music crew — Kanye West, Big Sean, John Legend, Common, Kid Cudi,  Pusha T, 2 Chainz and Q-Tip — takes the cover of Complex Magazine’s August/September issue.  Inside the magazine, available on newsstands August 7, the collective — minus Kanye, who maintained his “no press” policy — discussed for the first time their first group album, Cruel Summer, their creative chemistry and more.

Check out excerpts from the cover story below.

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Rita Ora covers AMMO Magazine’s ‘Art + Music’ Issue


Roc Nation’s Rita Ora takes her cue from Andy Warhol on the cover of AMMO magazine’s second annual ‘art + music’ issue. The talented Brit, whose debut album is expected later this year, shares her love of Harlem, talks fashion, and dishes on Beyoncè, Madonna and Gwen Stefani being her inspiration.  Check out excerpts from the interview below.

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Hot Shots: Rihanna Covers Harper’s Bazaar


 

Rihanna wows in white on the cover of the August 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Inside the mag, the “Where Have You Been” singer opens up about her body and falling in love.

On her body: “I don’t know if there’s something going on with my body right now, but I’m eating everything in life! I miss my ass. It just went away! I need a butt. I have an idea of one, but it’s not living up to its full potential right now.”

On falling in love: “When I was in love, I fell so hard. I was really, really, really in love. The way it made me feel was priceless. And in a blink of an eye my whole life changed. Everything that I knew was different. I never thought I’d feel that pain in my life. I’m afraid of feeling that again.”

Check out more shots below.

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D’Angelo Breaks Silence in GQ


 D’Angelo is on the comeback trail. After a 12-year hiatus, the reclusive crooner opens up about his time away from the spotlight, “evil” in the music industry, the negative effects of the “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” music video, his encounter with Madonna and more in a six-page feature in the June issue of GQ.

Questlove, Chris Rock, his ex-girlfriend and mother of his son Angie Stone, and Paul Hunter, who directed the “Untitled” music video, also provide commentary on the singer and his absence.

D’Angelo’s long-delayed third album, his first in 12 years, is rumored for release in September. Earlier this year, he returned to the stage for a series of concerts in Europe; he’s scheduled to perform at the opening night of the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on July 6.

Read excerpts from the interview below.

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Usher covers Billboard, talks blending genres on ‘Looking 4 Myself’


Usher takes the cover of this week’s issue of Billboard.  The multi-platinum singer talks about his blending genres on his new album, prepping for his role as Sugar Ray Leonard in the Roberto Duran biopic Hands of Stone, with Robert De Niro, and more.

Described as a “fusion of electro-soul, old-school R&B and modern club anthems,” Usher looks to expand his audience with Looking 4 Myself, his seventh studio album, due June 12. “Electronic music has given me a new story,” he says, “a new opportunity to build something I think a mass audience will understand.”

The album’s lead single, “Climax,” currently sits at No. 18 on the Hot 100, and No. 1 for a third week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.   “He gave us messages like, ‘We’re going to bring the strip club to the stadium.’ His references were crazy; he was bringing up Monsters of Folk, Little Dragon and all kinds of things. He makes big, giant pop records but he is also a huge fan of everything,” Diplo, who produced “Climax,” says.

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Ke$ha looks incredibly clean on the cover of ‘V’ magazine



Wearing nothing more than an American flag painted on her face, Ke$ha shows her patriotism on the May cover of V magazine. Inside the magazine’s Americana issue, which hits stores on May 10, the “Tik Tok” singer talks about her place in the world of pop, her sophomore album and possible collaborations.

“I do feel like there are the pop stars of the world and then I’m like their dirty little sister, running around with s**t on my face in combat boots because I can’t walk in heels.”

Her sophomore album, the follow-up to 2010’s Animal, is still untitled with no release date, but she says it will shock and excite people. “The first record was all me living in L.A., trying to pay my rent, have a really good time, and look good on nothing,” the singer explained. “But ever since then I’ve seen how many people my music can reach, and I’ve realized that I have somewhat of a social responsibility to make sure everything I say is positive.”

As far as collaborations, the possibilities are indeed shocking — Justin Bieber and Keith Richards?

“The range of artists I want to work with is so vast it’s bizarre. I would love to have Keith Richards on the record. I would sure as hell like to do a collaboration with Bieber and at the same time do a song with the Flaming Lips. If someone is a real artist, you can’t confine them to a particular genre. It’s my mission to make it all make sense somehow.”

Ke$ha’s debut effort debuted atop Billboard’s Top 200 and has sold 1.4 million copies to date according to Nielsen SoundScan. It spawned four top 10 Hot 100 singles, included “Tik Tok,” which spent nine weeks at No. 1

Check out Ke$ha’s V magazine spread below.

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Monica & Brandy beam on the cover of EBONY


Monica and Brandy’s musical reunion comes full circle on the June cover of EBONY magazine. Inside the magazine, the 90s divas open up about life, love, and reuniting 14 years after “The Boy Is Mine” for their collaboration “It All Belongs To Me.”

Monica’s latest album, New Life, debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 4, becoming her fifth consecutive top five debut. In addition to the collaboration with Brandy, the album features guest spots from Mary J. Blige, Wale and Rick Ross. The wife of NBA player Shannon Brown and mother of two is prepping the release of the album’s second single, “Without You,” produced by her cousin Polow Da Don.

Brandy hit big last week, following her episode of Behind the Music, with the premiere of her new single, “Put It Down” featuring Chris Brown. Netting rave reviews from fans and critics alike, the lead single to her upcoming album, Two Eleven, arrives on iTunes on May 8.

Check out excerpts from Brandy’s interview below.

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