Plus, Rita Ora performs on Ellen, Lily Allen shares two new songs from the Pan movie and Lady Gaga's working with Barbara Streisand.
Will Smith is well aware he's been M.I.A. from the music business for 10 years, but he's ready for that to change. Smith appeared on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show Monday (Oct. 5) and said he has about 30 songs recorded at the moment, "six or seven that I really, really like, that I'm trying to get the ideas to come out right."
Smith recalls jumping back in the studio has been a terrifying experience because of the expectations people have of him after he saw mainstream success with songs like "Miami" and "Wild Wild West."
"I have so many things that I want to say and I'm struggling with saying them in a way that fit the flavor of music that I tend to like," he adds.
Smith wants to embark on a tour with DJ Jazzy Jeff. "I'm pretty certain I'm going on tour," he later revealed said. "Jeff and I actually never have done a full tour. I was always on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I was always either making a movie, so we've never actually done a full tour. So I'm looking this summer to be the first time that we go out on a full world tour."
Last week, Smith's contribution on Bomba Estereo’s Grammy-nominated song “Fiesta.” [Billboard]
■ Rita Ora performed "Body On Me" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show:
■ DeJ Loaf premiered his new music video for "Back Up" featuring Big Sean:
■ Katherine McPhee dropped an acoustic version of her song "Lick My Lips":
■ We have an idea why Lady Gaga, John Travolta and Barbra Streisand were hanging out last summer. It might be due to them brainstorming ideas for a movie version of Gypsy directed by the legendary Barbra Streisand.
"Barbra [has been] wanting to do Gypsy for years, and she’s been developing it, Travolta tells Extra, "and I think she always visualized Gaga as Louise and maybe me as Herbie.”
The news comes a day after Lady Gaga received rave reviews for her role in American Horror Story: Hotel.
■ And finally, Lily Allen contributed two songs to the Pan movie soundtrack, including "Something's Not Right" and "Little Soldier":