Tupac isn’t the only artist experiencing a resurrection: Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes will appear with her TLC bandmates in an upcoming reunion tour, despite the fact that she died 10 years ago, the group’s rep tells TMZ. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas are currently planning the tour, which will take place this year in the US. Lopes’ vocals will be incorporated into the live show, and her image will be projected onto a large screen. Read more…
In a not-really-surprising move, British boyband The Wanted has revealed that their song “Glad You Came” is about orgasms. Glad you came, get it? It seems awfully obvious when you think about it.
Being a boyband, The Wanted has a pretty young audience. A lot of their listeners are probably too young to pick up on the dirtier aspects of the song. What a surprise they’ll be in for in a few more years. This got us thinking back to the pop music from our childhood. Read more…
It feels like we’ve been waiting forever, but Coachella has officially arrived! The festival has gotten so huge that this year it will span over two consecutive — each sold out! — weekends. While there are a ton of incredible acts to look forward to, we can’t help but recognize the bevy of beautiful, talented, and fierce lady rockers who will grace the stage and are sure to put on kick-ass shows. Click through to find out why we think each of these 20 chicks will rock Coachella’s world. Read more…
Kickstarter, it’s a platform to help dudes make their shitty indie films, or help girls fund their life-affirming cross-country trips, or support bands’ quirky concept albums. But! Now! Kickstarter is also the platform of choice for ’90s smooth R&B jamz makers Jodeci. It seems Jodeci producer Dren aka Guerilla Hollywood has chosen to reach out to the fans for the band’s latest project, and is hoping to raise $25,00o for their new single. What do you get if you support? Well, all I’m going to say is that if you pledge $1,500 or more, you get to appear in the music video. I feel a tidal wave of wallets opening right about now. [Kickstarter]
Oh, Odd Future. Tyler the Creator, et al, love causing trouble and controversy. Last night, their show in Boston was shut down by the cops — but that’s not all! Their New York “pop-up shop” is still going strong. And in typical uninformed incendiary Odd Future fashion, they’re referring to it as “the sweatshop.” Because you know, sweatshop jokes are super duper funny. Keep reading »
Meet my new obsession, Susan Justice. She’s the singer/guitarist behind this awesome mashup of Kanye West’s “Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson’s single of the same name, and her own song, “Eat Dirt.” Eat Dirt is also the name of her upcoming album, out on Capitol/Kite Records on March 26, which I will be buying and playing on repeat. But I’m also obsessed with Susan’s story: she grew up as a member of the religious sect The Family, and spent her childhood on the road with her parents and siblings, performing as street musicians in the U.S. and in Europe. But The Family banned members from experiencing many aspects of mainstream culture, including the music Susan secretly came to love. Finally, she ditched her family and The Family and struck out on her own, performing in the New York City subway. From there, her star rose. So cool. [Susan Justice]
A few years ago, I was in LA for work and actually encountered Paris Hilton in the wild. I was at what I guess was a “hip” bar and she waltzed in with her entourage and settled in a booth at the back. She spent the entire two hours she was there texting on her Sidekick. I don’t think she made eye contact with anyone all night. That girl was clearly a texting addict! So it does not surprise me in the slightest that her new song — how excited are you?!?! — is all about texting. Keep reading »
Last night, Adele was up for six Grammy Awards and took them all home. She also performed “Rolling In The Deep” for the first time since having throat surgery (she even thanked her doctors in one of her acceptance speeches). Check out her performance above and her adorable acceptance speech for Album of the Year after the jump. Keep reading »
“I don’t understand why it’s so horrible to create an image of yourself, because that’s what pop music is. Even the celebrities who seem to be really real and down to earth still separate themselves from their image, so I don’t get it. I feel like people think she’s threatening because she’s all these things that women aren’t allowed to be, so people are trying to find the quality that isn’t genuine, and want to take away credit that she, you know, made herself.”
– An incredibly wise beyond her years Tavi Gevinson defends Lana Del Rey in an off-the-cuff interview with NYMag.com. Of Lana’s much criticized performance on “Saturday Night Live,” Tavi admitted it “wasn’t good,” but it also was “proof to people who think she has a whole team behind her that she wasn’t that trained.” Whatever you think of Del Rey’s music, Tavi is exactly right — first, Lana was trashed for having a too-perfectly crafted image, then she was trashed for not living up to that image in her first major television appearance. Which is it? [NYMag.com]
This weekend, the music industry lost an incomparable talent with the death of singer Whitney Houston, at the much-too-young age of 48. Here’s a look back at her career and life in pictures.