Jay Z, 10 years ago: “I sold kilos of coke, I’m guessin’ I can sell CDs.” That line needs revision, because even the savviest musicians can’t sell CDs these days. Physical albums haven’t sold this poorly since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, and in a report out today the consumer research company reported another brutal year for CDs. Sales of the shiny discs dropped nearly 15 percent in 2014, selling almost 25 million fewer units than in 2013. READ FULL STORY
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In the nine months since Beyoncé dropped her self-titled album on an unsuspecting world, the track “Flawless” has grown from one of the more enjoyable surprises in a thoroughly surprising album–a quasi-manifesto that synthesizes diva-level self-appreciation and blunt real talk about female existence in a patriarchal world, delivered with an instantly memorable hook–into a cultural behemoth. The word “flawless” (or, better yet, “#flawless”) condenses everything that Beyoncé and her featured guest, award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, talks about in the song down into two syllables that somehow contain an entire philosophy of self-love and self-actualization. No wonder it’s been inescapable all year.
Despite the song’s popularity, Bey and her label haven’t released it as an official single. Or maybe it’s because of that popularity–when something grows so big in such an organic way, giving it a traditional professional marketing push could end up ruining a good thing. Either way, the song whose title is emblazoned on most Beyoncé merch is officially just an album cut.
Need a new sexy jam? Usher’s got you covered.
The Voice judge has released a video for the first single off his currently untitled eighth studio album. “Sexy Kisser” moves away from some of the EDM influences on 2012’s Looking 4 Myself, geting a little more soulful and funky.
“You make me wanna tap out and retire/Your pretty lips leave me so inspired” Usher croons. Check out the video for the slighty NSFW track below — which of course includes some of Usher’s signature moves: READ FULL STORY
Usher danced along to the first listen of new(ish) Michael Jackson song “Love Never Felt So Good” Thursday night at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
The song comes from the upcoming album Xscape, which features eight previously unreleased Michael Jackson tracks given a brush-up by producers L.A. Reid and Timbaland.
Usher is a busy man. In addition to mentoring The Voice and popping up at music festivals alongside the Afghan Whigs, Mr. Raymond has taken the time to star in a new Samsung-produced short film, which you can watch the premiere of here.
Titled Usher’s “Looking 4 Myself” Presented By Samsung, the Rich Lee-directed clip features a duel between two versions of Usher — one being down-to-earth side of him, and the other being his celebrity half.
Watch the video below, and read on to find our interview with Usher himself:
It should’ve been obvious from the start. The lineup at the Fader Fort Presented by Converse yesterday listed the ’90s alternative favorites the Afghan Whigs as the headliner, even though they hadn’t put out an album in 15 years.
Beyond that, the Fader Fort typically closes out their events with rap and R&B acts like French Montana and Rick Ross — not aging Cincinnati rockers.
Don’t get us wrong — we love the Afghan Whigs, and their solo set (following performances from Atlanta rappers T.I. and Future) was pretty great. But when they began playing the beginning of Usher’s recent single “Climax,” we knew the jig was up.
And just like that, Usher came out on stage and played his first-ever SXSW, with the Afghan Whigs. After he and the band finished up a particularly rousing performance of “Climax” (Greg Dulli handled the vocals until Usher came out in time for the second verse), they launched into the Whigs’ “Somethin’ Hot.”
Whigs fans were happy, and it even kept the Usher-only sect of the audience happy — though, really, Usher could’ve sang the alphabet backwards and they would’ve been just as delirious.
A year after Whitney Houston’s death, music executive Clive Davis remembered her in words — and video.
Houston died last year just hours before the annual Clive Davis Gala was to start. On Saturday, Davis said his world continues “to be so shattered by her passing” and that Houston’s death still feels “unreal.”
President Barack Obama’s final inauguration is coming up, and apparently he figured he might as well go all in.
In addition to already-announced names Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylor, all of whom will perform during the swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 21, Katy Perry, fun., Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend, and Brad Paisley will also be performing during the Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Jan. 19.
In a statement, Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan said, “We are honored and excited to have such a diverse, talented group of musical guests joining Americans from across the country to celebrate the 57th Inauguration.”
Plenty of other performer names have been tossed around for the series of big events, which include the inauguration, the kids’ concert, and two official inaugural balls. Those names include Nick Cannon, the cast of Glee, Marc Anthony, Smokey Robinson, and Far East Movement, though it’s unclear who of those names will be showing up where.
Perry’s spot on the bill isn’t surprising, as she played a rally for President Obama a few days before last November’s election. In one of the more head-turning fashion moments of 2012’s political discussion, she performed dressed as a ballot.
Who else do you hope shows up for the inauguration? Who would you book? And are you going to miss Aretha Franklin and her fantastic hats?
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