Beyonce dropped her fifth solo record without warning last Friday around midnight, and the only post-release promotion she’s done thus far has been a couple of explanatory, behind-the-scenes-esque videos about the making of the album. The first, “Self-Titled #1″ was posted the night of Beyonce‘s release, and a second was posted on YouTube and Bey’s Facebook page last night. “Self-Titled #2″ goes into the thinking behind the first track on the album, “Pretty Hurts,” as well as the song’s accompanying music video. Beyonce gives a pretty clear explanation for what all those trophies represent — her many, many achievements and accolades — especially in the context of a song about picking on flaws, being someone you’re not, and being judged based on how perfect you are. Fame, “beauty,” fitting in … it all comes at a cost. Bey explains that this album is about embracing those imperfections. Keep reading »
Guys, I don’t know about this. Katy Perry and John Mayer, two marginally talented musicians who are dating, have put out a song together called “Who You Love” and this morning on “Good Morning America” they debuted the video for it. Refinery 29 nailed it by calling this a “less sexual” “Bound 2,” referring of course to Kanye West’s ridiculous music video co-starring Kim Kardashian. Instead of riding a motorcycle, John and Katy — and a whole bunch of other couples — ride a bull, ecstatic looks on their faces. The bull being a metaphor for relationships, I’m assuming. I like that the other couples in the video are diverse — interracial couples and same-sex couples are well-represented, which is always nice to see. The song is pretty too, if you’re into pretty things. It’s no “Drunk In Love” though. [GMA via Refinery 29]
All hail Queen Bey! Beyonce’s fifth studio album is billed as a “visual album” complete with 17 music videos on top of the 14 tracks. Click through for stills from each.
And you thought she would be a one-crappy-hit wonder … wronnnnnnng! Rebecca Black, the singer behind the Internet sensation “Friday,” is back with a followup called, naturally, “Saturday.” So what makes “Saturday” different from “Friday”? Well, Rebecca is two years older, for one, which means she’s way more mature and got way more freedom. There’s frolicking on a beach and a party where everyone gets doused with a hose and lots and lots and lots of boys. Now, musically speaking, “Saturday” is easier on the ears than “Friday” — it still pretty much sucks, but it doesn’t suck super duper hard. Anyway, I wonder if Rebecca will continue her music career by releasing “Sunday” next. Mellowest day of the week … maybe that one will be a ballad.
The Grammy Award nominees were announced last night and the results were about what you’d expect — lots of nominations for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry Justin Timberlake and, yes, Robin Thicke. I’m most excited that Kendrick Lamar got a lot of love, but am DISMAYED that Janelle Monae was overlooked. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump! Keep reading »
So John Mayer and Katy are all in lovvvvve, so in lovvvvve that they recorded a duet together called “Who You Love.” Love love love! LOVE. So much love. Anyway, the duo went for a kind of moody, sixties, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez vibe with the black and white cover photo, part of a larger shoot that you can see after the jump. My favorite photo is the one where John’s denim shirt (natch) has amputated Katy’s hand. Also, they look like siblings which makes me sort of uncomfy. [Vanity Fair] Keep reading »
This morning on my way into work, John Mayer’s “Assassin” came on my iTunes, and I said “Ugh, this song is so underrated.” Then I realized I said it out loud on the train and the lady next to me shot me one of those “whatever you say” glares, having no idea what I was listening to. But the song speaks to me. It’s haunting in a beautiful way, but it was never pimped out like the majority of John’s other songs—which is probably why I love it.
I listened on to one of my favorite jams and realized there are SO many great tunes, by well-known and lesser known artists alike, that are completely underrated. Some songs just never made it big and others are simply underplayed and under appreciated for how freakin’ awesome they are. Because why listen to fantastic, fresh songs when every radio station can play Lady Gaga’s “Applause” one hundred times between breakfast and lunch, amiright? Keep reading »
Alison Gold is one of those post-Justin Bieber/Rebecca Black aspiring pop star types who is looking to hit it big via the interwebs. Her first effort was the vaguely racist ode to egg rolls and wonton soup, “Chinese Food,” the video for which featured her creepy producer, Patrice Wilson, bouncing around in a panda suit. The video for her latest song, “ABCDEFG,” has Wilson in an even creepier role as a guy at a club who keeps putting mysterious “potions” in Gold’s drink as she sings about the alphabet with a bunch of Muppets. “Sesame Street” this is not. I doubt Jim Henson would approve. [Fishwrapper]
On one hand, Lady Gaga singing “do what you want to my body” to R. Kelly, of all people, is disturbingly hilarious in that the self-described “Pied Piper of R&B” has a prior history of doing some pretty, um, icky things — is a golden shower really what you want, Gaga? On the other hand, the song itself is fantastic and indicates that perhaps Gaga’s upcoming ARTPOP record will be much better than the silly Jeff Koons cover art led us to believe. Fingers crossed!
Twerkin’ like Miley not your style this Halloween? Go the alternative route by channeling your inner teenage witchy goth as Lorde, the rising star on the pop scene. Lorde has got a thing for black mesh body-con dresses, almost black makeup, and the kind of jewelry that’s likely been cleansed by some new agey priestess. Memorize the lyrics to “Royals” or “Tennis Court,” wear your hair in long waves or plaited into a crown braid (as above) following this tutorial, and you’ll be a dead ringer for next year’s big Grammy winner (I predict, anyway). Deets on the items above, after the jump! Keep reading »