Jennifer Lopez kicks off the World Cup and Neymar fires Brazil to comeback victory!

Jenny made the crowd rock! J-Lo, 44, wows as she performs during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on Thursday

Jennifer Lopez kicked off the FIFA World Cup 2014 in style on Thursday, as she performed at the Opening Ceremony in Brazil.

The 44-year-old singer showed off her incredible figure in a sparkling leotard she sang the official FIFA song We Are One (Ole Ola) alongside rapper Pitbull and singer Claudia Leitte.

Bouncing back! After a rocky few weeks that has seen the star split from her long-term boyfriend Casper Smart - Jennifer managed to put on a spirited performance on Thursday as jumped for joy on stage!

There had been initial reports that Jennifer was due to drop out, but by the looks of her energetic performance there was nothing that could have kept her away from the stage.

Dressed by the Lebanese Designer Charbel Zoe Khoury.

The song is the lead single from the World Cup album, and follows on from Shakira’s 2010 anthem Waka Waka.

Bouncing back! After a rocky few weeks that has seen the star split from her long-term boyfriend Casper Smart - Jennifer managed to put on a spirited performance on Thursday as jumped for joy on stage!

The trio put on a spirited show as they jumped up and down on stage, swaying their arms and encouraging the screaming crowds to join in.

J-Wow! Jennifer looked stunning incredible and she kicks off the World Cup in Brazil performing on stage with Pitbull and singer Claudia Leitte during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo

As they finished the song and walked around the stadium, Jennifer looked overcome with emotion and almost tearful as she mouthed ‘thank you’ to the crowds and touched her chest with her hand.

The three amigos! Claudia, Jennifer and Pitbull put on a show of co-coordinating dance moves performing to the beat

Neymar fires Brazil to comeback victory!

Star: Neymar shined for Brazil as they beat Croatia in their opening World Cup game

Neymar was the star of the show as Brazil came from behind to secure a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup™. The hosts’ star No10 equalised after Marcelo’s own-goal, and converted a second-half penalty after Fred had been fouled by Dejan Lovren.

Croatia had the ball in the net before the end of the game, but Ivica Olic was adjudged to have fouled Julio Cesar in the build-up, and Oscar made sure of the victory late on.

Neymar fires Brazil to comeback victoryThe opening goal of the 2014 World Cup was remarkable in itself, the first own-goal scored by a Brazilian in the history of the tournament. Ivica Olic received the ball on the Croatia left and ran unopposed into the Brazilian half. His low cross fizzed across goal and was turned in by Marcelo, who failed to readjust his feet in time. Ivan Perisic was ready to pounce if the Real Madrid man had not made the final touch.

Angry: Pletikosa reacts after allowing a goal from the penalty spot against Neymar which he could have saved

The crowd were stunned, but they rallied behind their side, who were level before the half-hour mark. Oscar worked hard to regain possession for Brazil in the middle of the park, before passing the ball to Neymar. The Barça man skipped free of a Perisic challenge, steadied himself, and fired hard and low with his left foot across Pletikosa. The ball rebounded off the post, nestled into the back of the Croatia net and the Arena de Sao Paulo erupted.

The remainder of the first half saw Brazil dominate possession, with Croatia looking dangerous on the counter-attack.

Battle: Perisic (left) and his terrific cross should have led to an early goal for Croatia but he kept Marcelo (right) busy

After more Seleção pressure in the second-half, the hosts went ahead. The ball was played into the box towards Fred, who tried to swivel to hit it towards goal. He was impeded by Lovren and the referee pointed to the spot. Neymar stepped up, delayed his run-up, and hit hard to Pletikosa’s right-hand side. Croatia’s No1 got a hand to it, but could not stop it putting Brazil ahead.

Brazil: Beat two men before providing the ball from which Neymar scored, and showed ambition.

Despite a valiant effort by Croatia, including their disallowed goal, Brazil wrapped up the three points when Oscar fired home from the edge of the box.

Man of the match: Neymar was outstanding for Brazil in their 3-1 win

Apple buys “Beats by Dr. Dre” for $3.2 billion!

The Financial Times newspaper yesterday reported that Apple is in the final stages of negotiating a $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a startup behind the recently unveiled Beats Music streaming service and the maker of premium headphones and assorted audio accessories.

Dr. Dre, who co-founded Beats, has now seemingly jumped the gun on announcing the deal in a video published on Facebook, which has now been deleted because Apple – as I’m sure you know by now – is not fond of leaks…

He all but confirmed – drunkenly, it would seem – Apple’s rumored Beats buy in a video Tyrese Gibson – R&B singer-songwriter, actor and Dre’s “homie” – posted on his Facebook page.

The short clip showing Dre boasting about being “the first billionaire in hip-hop” has since been removed from Facebook.

“I’m the first billionaire in hip hop right here from the mothafucking West Cost,” he proclaims in an NSFW clip.

Here’s a YouTube version.

Take Dre’s claim with a pinch of salt as he was “drunk off of Heinekens”.

If the deal come through, Dr. Dre will take home nearly $1 billion. As Forbes points out:

Dre’s stake in Beats currently stands at somewhere around 20-25 percent. Capital gains taxes could take a bite out of his big payday, likely leaving him with a net worth in the neighborhood of $800 million.

It’s not quite enough to land on the Forbes 400, but it would easily make him hip-hop’s richest man, topping current champion Diddy by $100 million.

That Dre, 49, would all but confirm the Beats buy could be a PR move though I doubt the famous hip hop artist needs to piggy-back on Apple’s popularity – the man is an institution himself.

Beats was founded in 2006 by music producer Jimmy Iovine (pictured above) and hip-hop star Dr. Dre. Beats Audio technology can currently be found in select HTC handsets and on certain Hewlett-Packard notebooks.

Iovine also co-founded Interscope Records in the early 90′s, which later became part of the Universal Music Group. The New York Post claimed yesterday that the music mogul would be joining Apple as a special adviser to CEO Tim Cook on “creative matters.”

Last year, the music exec gave Walt Mossberg a nice history lesson on the rise and fall of the music industry, you can watch the entire AllThingsD interview here or check out highlights in the YouTube clip below.

According to the official website, Beats Electronics comprises the Beats by Dr. Dre family of premium consumer headphones, earphones and speakers as well as patented Beats Audio software technology and streaming music subscription service Beats Music.

And here’a short clip showing Steve Jobs and Dr. Dre talking about the iPod and iTunes in a video chat at Apple’s keynote almost a decade ago.

The Santa Monica, California headquartered Beats is going to pull in about $1 in revenue this year. That said, paying three times the revenue for a headphone company isn’t all that bad, according to Peter Kafka of Re/code.

Others don’t share his enthusiasm.

Jay Yarow of Business Insider, for example, cites a couple reasons why the deal “goes against the soul of Apple”.

What’s your read of the situation?

And what is Tim Cook thinking here?

Help us read his mind!

 

Shakira & Rihanna Release ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’ Video! Watch it Here!

When a Latin blonde bombshell pairs up with a Barbadian brunette, it just screams sexy! So it’s no surprise that when Shakira and Rihanna’s ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’ video came out on Jan. 30, it was the definition of sensual. Watch it right here!

Rihanna and Shakira look absolutely stunning in the official music video for “Can’t Remember To Forget You”! They’re draped all over each other, showing off their amazing bodies, and their equally unique voices and looks compliment each other perfectly!

Shakira & Rihanna Release ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’ Video

WOW. That’s pretty much all we can say about the new video for Shakira and RiRi’s new song. They singers absolutely stun in the video — from Shakira throwing herself into a wall in a lace bikini top, to cozying up to Rihanna while both of them are TOPLESS — it was definitely one of the sexiest videos yet.

In the video, Shakira romps around on a bed in a couple of very revealing outfits as she sings about making the same mistakes over and over again with Mr. Wrong. Shakira looks more gorgeous than ever!

And just when we thought this video couldn’t get any hotter, Rihanna showed up! After twerking against the walls, the two sexy singers hop into bed together, where they smoke cigars and rub each other legs while seductively staring into the camera.

It doesn’t get much sexier than this!

Shakira: Rihanna Is ‘The Sexiest Woman On The Planet’

“Working with [Rihanna] was utopia,” Shakira said in Glamour, as she was the cover of their February 2014 issue. ”She’s the sexiest woman on the planet. And at the end of the day, we’re both just basically Caribbean girls. The chemistry was so good and so real. She taught me dance moves. She was a sweet teacher.”

Well it looks like they both can dance — this is the sexiest video we’ve seen in a long time! Shakira posted a behind-the-scenes video the day before the release, too that shows just how much fun they have together.

Watch it below, then tell us — do you think they look sexy in the new video?

WATCH: Shakira & Rihanna – ’Can’t Remember To Forget You’