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.
The adorably talented kids from Brooklyn’s PS22 Chorus have done it again! This time, they’re taking on Rihanna’s hot track “We Found Love” — one of my favorites! — giving the song a uniquely innocent and hopeful flair. Loves it.
In case you’re above following these sorts of things, Her Madgesty has been all over the news, the blogs, and the tabloids again lately. There was September’s much-disparaged hydrangeas incident. Critics’ chilly reception to her new movie, “W.E.” The “narcissistic” acceptance speech she gave upon receiving a Golden Globe award for best original song (beating out rival Elton John, who later snarked that she’d better “lip-sync good” at her upcoming Super Bowl performance).
As a devout Madonna fan since age six, as far as I’m concerned, she’s worked hard enough to earn every blip of press she gets. Say what you want about her — and you will — but if there’s one thing M knows how to do, it’s bust her ass to get something she wants. And if the recent onslaught of press is any indication, what she wants right now is to build buzz for her upcoming studio album, “MDNA” (to be released on March 26). What better way to do that than by performing at America’s most center-stage stage of all, the Super Bowl’s halftime show? Here’s why Mads is the perfect pick for such an exclusive gig — which, in classic overachiever form, she’s striving to make “the greatest show on earth.” Keep reading »
My boyfriend and I have been listening to Gotye’s song “Somebody That I Used To Know” on repeat for the past week, and so has everyone else, judging by my friends’ Spotify playlists and the video’s skyrocketing view count (about 50 million of those hits are from me, but still). It’s a great song, and totally worthy of a little obsessiveness, but my god, I need to diversify my musical choices before auditory exhaustion sets in. So can we talk about music for a minute? What song(s) are you obsessing over? Any new artists you’re excited about? Help me out of my Gotye rut! [Weirdly enough, Winona wrote this post without knowing that Julie had also just discovered Gotye and written up his album as a Crave. They are on the same music cycle! -- Editor]
Madonna has returned! The Material Girl has laid low for a few years, but the new video for her song “Give Me All Your Luvin’” proves that 30+ years after rising to fame, she still somehow looks, sounds, and even moves like no time has passed. That’s the extent to which I will allow myself to compliment the pop star’s recent musical debut.
I shouldn’t “hate” on someone who was just resurrected from the grave, but after watching the video, I am tempted to believe that Madonna may actually be a zombie trying to turn me by way of music video zombification. I was literally stuck in a trance-like, brain-dead state after exposing my senses to the neuron-murdering chant: “L-U-V Madonna, Y-O-U, you wanna” compounded by the confused high school football-themed visual diarrhea. Keep reading »
As some of you may know, I used to DJ a ton, and music is still a HUGE part of my life. That’s why I LOVE Spotify, and spend all day listening to it when I’m writing the stories and making the Internet. I’ve made a bunch of great mixes on there — like seriously great mixes — that you guys should subscribe to and check out! It’s also a great place to discover new (and sometimes old) music you might have mixed. (My user name is julie.gerstein). One artist I missed last year is Gotye, an Australian musician whose jams may veer a little on the easy-listening side of things, but whose cutting lyrics more than make up for the less-than-tough-guy jams. I’ve been obsessively listening to “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which also features vocalist Kimbra, and is about a breakup gone bad. “Told myself that you were right for me, but felt so lonely in your company,” he sings. The rest of the record is kinda whatever — actually, really whatever, but dang, that song is so good. [$9.99, Amazon]
I was lucky enough to attend one of the final LCD Soundsystem shows this past spring, and it was nothing short of a religious experience. Perched above the stage at Terminal 5, my friends and I were entranced as LCD frontman James Murphy delivered a raucous two-hour dance punk sermon, swimming through a powerful set list of love, lust, pain and forgiveness. The new film “Shut Up and Play the Hits” chronicles Murphy’s decision to end the band, the band’s final shows and the personal moments of the very private frontman. I can’t wait to watch all over again. [YouTube]