Last time, she gave herself a boost by performing “Video Games” on American Idol. This time, she got a shout out from John Mayer, the now-mute guitar hero who recorded an echo-filled, guitar-only cover of “Video Games.” It’s spare and lovely without being laborious. (If Mayer’s voice is gone for good, he can still have a career crafting instrumental versions of already popular songs).
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Any Beyoncé fan worth their leotard knows that “4” is a special number to the Carters. Besides being the title of Queen B’s fourth solo album, she’s been vocal about her special connection to the single digit.
(It’s the day both she and husband Jay-Z were born, the date of her mother’s birthday, and her wedding day. The couple even rocks matching IV tattoos on their wedding fingers to prove it.)
So there’s no way the couple’s four-year anniversary, on the fourth day of the fourth month, was going to pass by without a diva-sized celebration.
You can now feast your eyes on a Bey-Jay-apalooza. Beyoncé unveiled an official Tumblr today, chronicling the more personal part of her life. For the swarms in the Beyhive and soldiers of the Roc Nation (a.k.a. fans — to those of you less obsessed), it’s a special treat from the duo who’ve been notoriously mum about their private life.
Even Baby Blue made her official Tumblr debut before her mogul parent. Brace yourself; the 100+ intimate images might just send you into a Beyoncé-induced spiral — at least that’s my excuse for the revival of my search for the perfect freakum dress and a playlist heavily padded with 4 and B’Day.
Tells us what you think — between sharing pictures of Baby Blue only a month after her birth to this new tumblr, are you crazy in love with this new more accessible Beyoncé? Or do you like your superstars to retain their mystery?
Did Katy Perry just take a dig at Beyonce? You be the judge
Jay-Z burns through SXSW set, requires police escort to get there — see his performance
Beyonce books first post-birth concerts in Atlantic City
It’s written by a dude named Chris who is on an ongoing quest to decide which film released between 1990 and 1999 is the most ’90s movie of all time. He uses a handful of rotating criteria, like whether or not the plot of the film could be executed using today’s technology and social customs, the extreme ’90s-ness of the fashion, the use of outdated technology (like pagers and gigantic laptops), and whether the stars of the film are inextricably linked to the decade.
“The Quest” has been going on for a year, but I was so enamored of the idea that I ran through dozens of posts in a single afternoon, internally debating the merits of the scoring system and trying to decide whether or not Angelina Jolie is tethered to any particular era (and even if she isn’t, Hackers is still a paragon of ’90s-ness).
Top scoring entries so far include Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (major points based on the impossibility of the plot in today’s technological landscape), Clueless (obvious nods to several different levels of fashion as well as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones), and Encino Man (a winner just based on the presence of Pauly Shore, perhaps the most ’90s a person has ever been).
That walk down memory lane appealed to me not only because I have so many personal memories tied up in movies like Happy Gilmore, Mallrats, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, but also because ’90s film soundtracks are about the only compact discs I still buy.
Whenever I’m in a used record store (especially in a city I’ve never visited), my first stop is always the soundtracks, where incredible relics like Twister and Batman Forever live in permanently unloved rotation. I’ve amassed a pretty thorough collection that acts as a remarkable summation of the times — especially the ones that were clearly curated to appeal to fans of the associated movies (and the ones that weren’t are even more mind-blowing).
So naturally, I started thinking: What ’90s movie soundtrack is the most ’90s? READ FULL STORY
Madonna will kick off the release of MDNA by sitting down with Jimmy Fallon for a livestream chat on Facebook on Saturday, March 24, at 6 p.m. EST.
The interview will take place before a live audience and will feature Madonna sharing sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes snippets of rehearsals for her upcoming tour. The news of the interview was confirmed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and both Fallon and Madge will be sharing posts on Facebook in advance of the interview.
MDNA is scheduled to be released Monday, March 26, through Interscope Records. Lead single “Give Me All Your Luvin'” hit number one on Billboard’s Dance/Club chart and marked Madonna’s 41st number one dance hit in her career.
Another day, another Madonna song leaked: Listen to ‘Falling Free’ here
Madonna, daughter Lourdes share the mic on new track ‘Superstar’ — listen here
Madonna laments the loss of Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse: ‘How did it happen?’
Usher’s new single “Climax”—which, he’d like to remind you, is not about sex at all—is steadily climbing up the Billboard Hot 100 (it jumped up from 81 to 57 this week), and nothing injects a fresh track with a little adrenaline like a new video.
In fact, “Climax” has adrenaline to spare. While Usher is usually content to show off his dance moves and flash his abs, “Climax” is a purely cinematic affair that casts him as a jealous spurned lover.
It has everything a proper action noir needs: Guns! Fast cars! Violent sex! Brooding behind steering wheels! The narrative is a little muddled (is Usher thinking through all the various scenarios that could happen should he act, or does the car chase simply follow him capping that other dude?), but it looks sharp and allows Usher to really live in the pathos of the song’s heartbroken lyrics. If “Climax” is a bellweather, then Usher’s upcoming album should be one of the all-time great divorce records—his Here, My Dear.
Check out the video below, and see if you can follow the Lynchian plot threads. READ FULL STORY
Is she a good Twitter girl gone bad? Rihanna has taken to the 140-character site to offer up a steamy image of herself on Wednesday — in which she strikes a strategically covered-up topless pose with the message, “Where have you been all my life?!”
The post has sent already-wagging tongues into overdrive, wondering if this is just another part of her alleged feud with Chris Brown’s current girlfriend, model Karreuche Tran.
Last week, the songstress tweeted a feasibly harmless but potentially offensive picture of a packet of rice cakes dressed up in hoop earrings and shades with the caption, “Ima make you my b****.” Rihanna’s followers made the obvious link to Tran, who is half-Vietnamese.
Then, when one of Rihanna’s followed asked her to save him some rice cakes, she responded with, “Kinda DRY.” Was it all a thinly veiled dig? Maybe. Maybe not.
On her “Birthday Cake (Remix)” single with Chris Brown, she does sing, “Come and get it / Sweeter than a rice cake / Cake worth sipping.” And anyone who has ever eaten a rice cake knows that yes, they can be dry.
While we were busy decoding Rihanna’s twitpic game, Karreuche retaliated with Nicki Minaj lyrics on her Facebook. “I win you loose!!! [sic] *nicki voice* I mean I got him, you got pictures of him” with a friend posting adding, “I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. C’mon, you see where Brad at.” Jab? Again, maybe. Maybe not.
Karreuche tweeted that she doesn’t even have a Facebook page, but that retreat didn’t seem to phase Rihanna, who fire back song lyrics from Minaj’s rival, Lil Kim: “I’m a leader, yall on some followin s—, comin in dis game on some modeling s—!”
Is this a full-on feud? It’s all still a mystery. Either way, it’s clear these two won’t be trading friendship bracelets and braiding each others’ hair anytime soon.
What do you think? Is this a war of words or is just some silly social-media back-and-forth?
The Internet is almost always used as a tool for evil, allowing criminals to access our bank accounts, marketers to try to sell us genital enhancement, and Kirk Cameron to promote his weird little movie about a monument that makes him cry.
And that’s OK, because there are enough adorable photos of kittens and the entirety of the greatest season of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge to keep us from rising up and setting servers ablaze from coast to coast.
Every once in a while, though, there are moments of incredible, transcendent greatness. Over the past few weeks, fans of both hip-hop and CSI-style investigating were in the thrall of a blogger who deduced that he had determined the exact day around which Ice Cube’s legendary hit “It Was a Good Day” was based. Cube drops a handful of clues throughout the track, including the fact that the Lakers beat the SuperSonics, there was no smog, and beepers were in use.
Need a refresher course? Spin “It Was a Good Day” below. READ FULL STORY
Since music was invented, people have been adding all sorts of crazy extracurricular instruments to songs. Some go for whistling, others opt for trash cans, and one guy even managed to invent a dinosaur, the “sexasaurus.”
Of course, one of music’s most classic ingredients is the old-fashioned handclap. But beware, striving artists: it’s trickier than you think.
Good thing you’ve got James Mercer of the Shins to show you how it’s done. In a new Funny or Die video, the indie frontman reveals the secret of how to get the best, album-ready sounds out of your hands: Clapping Butter.
That’s right, you’ve been doing it wrong this whole time! Take notes as you watch Mercer slather himself up in the video below:
The release date on Madonna’s twelfth — twelfth! — studio album, MDNA, is still a good four weeks away (damn you, Leap Day!), leaving us to wonder what we’re supposed to do with ourselves in the meantime.
The lyric video for her new song”Girl Gone Wild” gives us another taste of what we’re to expect from MDNA. Compared to the album’s first single “Give Me All Your Luvin,'” this track is less Gwen Stefani-at-a-pep-rally and more Cyndi Lauper-at-Le-Bain, with lyrics like “Girls, they just wanna have some fun” and “The room is spinning / It must be the Tanqueray / I’m about to go astray / My inhibition’s gone away.”
Check it out in the video below:
Whitney Houston covered by Chris Cornell, Robin Thicke, Aretha Franklin, and more: Watch the videos here
Over the weekend, Whitney Houston was laid to rest in a ceremony that featured testimonials from friends and family as well as performances from Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder, and a host of other stars who either worked with Houston or were deeply influenced by her work.
The tributes didn’t end there, as a number of artists continued to tip their hats to Houston in concert and elsewhere. Shortly after his arrest in New York City for possession of marijuana, Robin Thicke dropped his cover of Houston’s 1995 hit “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).” As recorded by Houston, the track was a fully realized Babyface production, but Thicke breaks it down to little more than a piano lilt, a bit of an organ hum, and his breathy coo. It’s a lovely rendition of one of the best slow-rolling R&B jams of the ’90s.
On the surface, it would seem that Thicke’s tribute to Houston would make much more sense than Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s, but consider the grunge icon’s pedigree: Not only does he own a gigantic set of pipes himself, but he also cut an R&B album (granted, one that everybody seems to forget about).
During a fund-raiser for Barack Obama on Friday night, Cornell spun out an acoustic rendition of Houston’s signature hit “I Will Always Love You.” It wasn’t quite as moving as Jennifer Hudson’s take on the song at the Grammys, but it was still well-executed. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY
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