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Eminem apologizes for offensive lyrics in Guts Over Fear …

By Bianca Soldani for Daily Mail Australia

Published: 21:36 GMT, 24 November 2014 | Updated: 22:29 GMT, 24 November 2014

Eminem apologizes for the hurt he has caused as a result of his often graphic and violent lyrics in his new track Guts Over Fear.

The 42-year-old rapper, who most recently sung about dragging singer Iggy Azalea by his Humvee and raping her, reflects on his long-standing career and expresses a keen sense of remorse in the hit which dropped on Monday.

‘It just breaks my heart to look at all the pain I caused,’ he raps in the emotive single which is the first to be released off his album Shady XV.

‘It breaks my heart’: Eminem apologizes for hurt cause by his often graphic and violent song lyrics in his new track Guts Over Fear that reflects on his career

‘The pain spawns all the anger on, but it wasn’t until I put the pain in song, learned who to aim it on, that I made a spark,

‘Started to spit hard as s***, learned how to harness it while the reins were off… But the crazy part was soon as I stopped saying I gave a f*** haters started to appreciate my art.’

The accompanying video depicts the personal struggles and self doubt that have riddled Slim Shady’s almost two decades in the industry through an aspiring boxer.

Beginning with the sound of a heartbeat and a lone boxer preparing to enter the ring, it flashes back to suburban Michigan – Eminem’s hometown – and instead of training for his next fight, the character is scrubbing dishes in a local diner.

Heart-felt: The 42-year-old expresses his personal struggles and self doubt in the emotive track

Double edged sword: While he apologizes for causing pain he says his own rage is what inspires his songs and that without it he can’t create anything meaningful

He raps about his fear of becoming irrelevant and losing a hold on the anger that inspires his songs.

‘The media made me the equivalent of a modern-day Genghis Khan. Tried to argue, it was only entertainment, dog,’ he says of his controversial lyrics in earlier days.

‘But what am I gonna do when the rage is gone?

And the lights go out in that trailer park,

‘And I’m frozen, cause there’s no more emotion for me to pull from, just a bunch of playful songs, that I make for fun.’

Australian singer-songwriter Sia provides the vocals for the chorus but doesn’t appear in the music video herself.

Instead, the camera-shy star is portrayed by America’s Next Top Model finalist Chantelle Brown-Young who suffers from Vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation in parts of the skin.

Collaboration: The track, which is the first to be released from the rapper’s new album, features vocals from Australian singer-songwriter Sia

Doesn’t appear herself: The camera shy star’s part is played by America’s Next Top Model finalist Chantelle Brown-Young in the music video

The track comes less than a week after a preview of his single Vegas, which is produced by Marshall Mathers’ band Bad Meets Evil with Royce da 5’9″, features violent and misogynistic threats levelled at Iggy Azalea.

‘B****, shut the f*** up and get in my car. And suck my f***ing d*** while I take a s***,’ he sings.

‘And I think with my d*** so come blow my mind. And it tastes like humble pie.

So swallow my pride, you’re lucky just to follow my ride,’ the 13-time Grammy winner is heard rapping.

‘If I let you run alongside the Humvee. Unless you’re Nicki, grab you by the wrist, let’s ski.

‘So what’s it gon’ be? Put that s*** away Iggy.

You don’t wanna blow that rape whistle on me. Scream! I love it. ‘Fore I get lost with the gettin’ off.’

Wigged beauty: The young model wears a blonde wig with a fringe to represent Sia

Rising star: Chantelle suffers from Vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation in parts of the skin

On past albums, Eminem has given Mariah Carey, Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Kim Kardashian a similar treatment.

He has also rapped about viciously murdering his ex-wife Kim in two songs – Kim and ’97 Bonnie and Clyde.

The musician was nominated for Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Album at the American Music Awards on Sunday but lost out in both categories to Iggy who had the grace to mention him in her acceptance speech.

Targeted: Iggy Azalea became the latest victim of Slim Shady’s vile lyrics when he threatened to drag her by his Humvee and rape her in his song, Vegas

Winner: The Australian artist won Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Album at the American Music Awards on Sunday and mentioned Eminem in her acceptance speech

‘It just means so much that I can stand here against Eminem and Drake and come out with this, it’s amazing,’ she said.

Earlier in the week, the Fancy hitmaker took to Twitter to respond to the rapper’s vile lyrics.

‘I’m bored of the old men threatening young women as entertainment trend and much more interested in the young women getting $ trend.

zzzz,’ she said on Thursday.

‘It’s especially awkward because my 14-year-old brother is the biggest Eminem fan and now the artist he admired says he wants to rape me.


Tough slog: The rapper’s story is told through the struggle of an aspiring boxer



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Showing face or not hit songwriter Sia heads to centre stage at …

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Think it’s tough to catch a glimpse of Sia’s face during her performances these days? Try booking an interview with the reclusive singer.

The performer, who has risen in the pop music ranks thanks to writing hits for female stars and hitting the charts with her own tunes, has dodged press and even turns her head during live performances. The creative campaign for her latest album, “1000 Forms of Fear,” was a success thanks to radio airplay and its highly viewed music videos starring Maddie Ziegler of “Dance Moms.” Sia’s album debuted at No.

1 and “Chandelier” became a multi-platinum international success.

She even earned four Grammy nominations though she’s not sure she’ll attend the big show on Sunday.

“I know, it’s getting a little close,” longtime manager David Russell said in an interview last week (Sia, obviously, wouldn’t be interviewed for this story). “It remains to be seen what we’ll do.”

Sia and “Chandelier” earned nominations in the top categories, including song and record of the year. The Australian singer didn’t attend the recent ARIA Music Awards the Australian version of the Grammys though she won five honours, including album of the year. Instead, Sia filmed an acceptance speech starring comedian Carrot Top.

Russell, who has worked with Sia for more than a decade, said they didn’t see the commercial success coming.

“We didn’t anticipate that kind of reaction, but that fact that that’s come has been extraordinary,” he said.

Last year marked a breakthrough for 39-year-old Sia, who released her first album in 1997.

After writing for a slew of singers, from Rihanna (“Diamonds”) to Beyonc (“Pretty Hurts”), she finally saw her own Top 40 success with “Chandelier,” a song she originally thought she might send to Rihanna. The writing success came around the time Sia co-starred on David Guetta’s “Titanium,” a song the mega-producer had to convince her to do.

Russell says Alicia Keys was originally considered for “Titanium,” and even Mary J. Blige cut the track.

“It simply came down to David begging that Sia stay on the record, and wisely she agreed,” Russell said. “I mean, it literally happened like two days after she was like, ‘That’s it.

I’m done making my own records. I’m just going to be a behind-the-scenes writer now.'”

Russell says at the time, Sia was becoming famous and it began to make her “feel really uncomfortable” and “really unhappy, so she wanted to put the brakes on that.”

But “Titanium” became a seminal moment for Sia, which was followed by another Top 10 hit, Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones,” which she also sang on and co-wrote.

“I was amazed by this woman, but she was definitely the less famous on the entire album, but still this record became like the biggest record and I’m so glad that we decided to keep her voice on the record,” Guetta said in an interview. “It makes me really happy and proud for her, because she’s so talented, to see how amazing she did. Like, she kept it really real to herself, to who she is without compromising.”

Sia also has written for Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Kylie Minogue.

She earned Golden Globe nominations for her work on the “Burlesque” and “Annie” soundtracks. And Russell says she is currently writing for other artists.

“I think she’s honed her craft over the years,” said Greg Kurstin, who co-produced Sia’s latest album and worked with the singer for a decade. “It’s amazing to see that progression. It’s sort of a gradual rise.”

Sia’s other Grammy nominations include best pop solo performance and music video for “Chandelier.”

“I never thought I would be performing for such a big artist …getting to kind of become her new face,” said 12-year-old Ziegler, who starred in Sia’s “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart” videos and has appeared on TV programs to perform alongside the singer.

Though Sia has been riding high on her success, the singer received some backlash for the video for “Elastic Heart,” which featured Ziegler in a nude leotard dancing with Shia LaBeouf and drew complaints because of Ziegler’s age.

“Obviously I don’t see any of the controversy that other people have called out on that video or ‘Chandelier’ video.

I think art is supposed to provoke thought and I think our videos did,” Russell said. “I think it’s insane.”

Russell, who wouldn’t comment on whether the Grammys invited Sia to perform Sunday, said instead of focusing on Sia’s latest video, people should pay attention to his client, “a woman who is 39 years old and isn’t trading on sex or accessibility.”

He also adds that Sia’s grown over the years, especially watching her get sober.

“Getting to a place of recognizing you have an addiction issue and then taking the strides, the major strides it takes to combat that issue, I can’t think of anything more important that she’s achieved than finding that spiritual centre and finding sobriety,” he said.

The Grammys will air live Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.



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