Welcome to a new semi-regular feature on The Frisky in which we comb through all the new releases in books and music, and present you with our top picks. We’re calling it “Like this, Love That” — think of it as a human “Amazon Recommends,” or that friend of yours who’s always on top of the newest and the latest. Check out our picks for this week — including J. Cole’s new album and Neil Gaiman’s latest — after the jump!
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Miley Cyrus is back, and her new single, “We Can’t Stop,” is the last stop in her transition from Disney star to Rap Game Hannah Montana. Let’s be real — we saw the signs. Twerking in a unicorn onesie. Partnering with Snoop Lion on “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks.” Posing near nude and looking like a hotter Susan Powter on the cover of V magazine. Now, the transition is complete with this new lowkey party anthem produced by Mike Will Made It. Moving away a bit from his trademark dark, woozy, strip-club-in-hell sound, Mike WiLL drops a considerably lighter beat for Miley to warble charmingly about dancing all night, and just having a good time. Summer — I’m ready. You should be too. Check it out.
Kelly Rowland — one-third of Destiny’s Child and Beyonce’s BFF — recently came out with her solo single “Dirty Laundry,” which is about the intense competitiveness that comes with being famous. In her case, that meant competing with Beyonce her whole life, both when they were in a group together and after Bey went solo. The song also delves into Rowland’s experience with a destructive and abusive relationship. “Dirty Laundry” is gorgeous and heartbreaking — so much so that Rowland herself broke down on stage while singing it at her concert in Washington, D.C. this weekend. Watch above. [via The Gloss]
To usher in the unofficial start of summer (supposedly), we’ve created this beachy, summer jam-filled mix, sure to be the perfect soundtrack for your holiday weekend. We hope wherever you are, you’re relaxin’, maxin’ and spending some time in the sun. Keep reading »
God, I love the internet. Some brilliant person out in the world took footage of Celine Dion rocking out at one of her French concerts and swapped out the audio for Daft Punk’s new hit single, “Get Lucky.” You will not believe how perfectly they match up. Also, if you’ve never seen Celine dance, well, prepare to be amazed. [YouTube via Gawker]
Earworms. That’s what super catchy songs are sometimes referred to, because they burrow deep in your psyche and don’t let go. They become the soundtrack to whatever you’re doing — eating, shopping, working — and basically take over any spare brain space. Daft Punk’s new single “Get Lucky” is one of those earwormy tracks — an endlessly repeating riff featuring vocals from uber-charming Pharrell. The full length album, Random Access Memories, won’t be out in the states until May 21, but writer Alex Bailey deftly explains just what makes “Get Lucky” so compelling. Keep reading »
Because seriously, not yap wa’ Hol — one language is never enough — you know? Especially when it comes to really bad pop songs. [YouTube]
We were saddened to hear that Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett passed away over the weekend, after a long battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Aphlett and her bandmate Mark McEntee shot to fame over their early ’90s ode to masturbation, “I Touch Myself.”
“Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity,” said her husband Charley Drayton, in a statement. “She always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength, she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women.”
“I Touch Myself” was one of the few pop tracks that blatantly referenced masturbation, and certainly was one of the most popular. It reached number one in Amphlett’s native Australia, and climbed to number four on the American pop charts. Not to mention, the video for the song was everywhere when it first came out.
In more recent years, Amphlett had focused her attention on her ailing health, but also took time to star as Russell Crowe’s mother in an Australian stage production of the musical “Blood Brothers.” After the jump, a playlist dedicated to Amphlett’s forwarded-thinking, sexually open hit track.
It’s hard times for Wheelchair Jimmy, you guys. The rapper Drake — also famous for his role on the Canadian teen show “Degrassi” — may be at the top of the rap game, but he’s having a hard time with the ladies. In his newly released track, “Girls Love Beyonce,” Drake, with help from singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy sampling Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” bemoans his lady troubles: Keep reading »
Last week, Samantha Malson was arrested for pushing and chocking her boyfriend Lars Hansen after a drunk Hansen refused to stop singing the song “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore. Sure, “Thrift Shop” is a great song, but hearing anything over and over again is going to be annoying.
Poor Lars is hardly the only person to suffer for a song. Read on, for more tales of music murder and mayhem. Keep reading »