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Frisky Q&A: Norwegian Pop Star Annie On Her Tunes, Clothes, And Guys

Norwegian singer/songwriter/DJ Annie is the kind of woman who looks like an off-duty model, but also has a huge record collection and likes wearing a sweater with a penis print on it to business meetings. In other words—she’s just cool. So it’s not too surprising that her new album, Don’t Stop is supremely addictive. But what is a little shocking is that it almost didn’t happen.

After her first album, Anniemal, was lavished with critical acclaim, Annie was signed to Island Records. Things went fine for a little while—until the guy who signed her left the label and she was left with executives who just didn’t get her high-energy electropop tunes with their oddball flourishes. After stalling release of the album for more than a year, Annie decided to take matters into her own hands and release the album on her own, with the help of label Smalltown Supersound. The result is a sophomore effort that breaks the curse, with songs that range from the wistful, indie-tinged “Bad Times” to the best insult song ever penned, “I Don’t Like Your Band.” We sat down to chat with Annie about writing almost 400 songs for the album, getting the right album cover, picking out stage ensembles, and what she thinks of American guys. Keep reading »

Hints Of Chris Brown On Rihanna’s Rated R

Rihanna has been in the news a lot over the past year, thanks to the Chris Brown assault back in February and, finally, yesterday’s release of Rated R, her first new album in two years. Some of the lyrics on the record seem to tie these two big events together. Let’s take a look … Keep reading »

Is Leighton Meester The Next Mariah Carey?


Leighton Meester has been working hard on launching her singing career, providing guest vocals on other groups’ songs (Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls Go Bad“) and performing at the opening of American Eagle’s flagship store in New York City last week. Now, she’s trying to get a holiday song stuck in our heads à la Mariah Carey. I definitely prefer this seasonal tune to her upcoming album’s first single, “Somebody to Love“; however, we all have “All I Want for Christmas Is You” in our heads 15 years after it first came out, so I’d say Mariah still holds the top spot. Keep reading »

Heidi Montag Time Warps To The ’80s For Her “Superficial” Album Cover

Behold, the cover art for Heidi Montag‘s album, Superficial, which will be torturing us hitting store shelves come Jan. 12. “This cover is a shout out to the ’80s,” says Heidi. “It makes you remember when you just had to run out to the record store and get your favorite album. You dreamt of those tapes.” The tapes are actually pretty cool—someone should start manufacturing a wallpaper with that pattern—but, uh, why would you want to be cross-eyed and looking so drag queen on your debut album cover? Then again, why would you let this be your debut performance? Logic isn’t relevant when it comes to Heidi. [People] Keep reading »

The Muppets Do Queen And It Is Beautiful


It’s a well-known fact that Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is one of the the hardest songs to sing and until this very second, I didn’t think anyone but my beloved Freddie Mercury could pull it off. I don’t know whose brilliant idea it was to have The Muppets sing this classic rock song, but they should be given a prize or a medal or perhaps be knighted by the Queen. I particularly like Beaker’s contribution — mee-mee-mee-mee! [via Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Quotable: Rihanna’s Original Name For Her New Album

“I actually wanted to name my album, “Such a F**king Lady,” but a couple of stores, a couple of major outlets didn’t allow that… That was the title for a while, but “Rated R” made more sense because of the overall story. It’s a movie really, the album. But ‘Such a F**king Lady’ — we take everything back to that — especially in our style … I like playing with the tough but not too tough, and being a lady but not too girlie because that’s not me. I kind of play on both. I like things a little twisted, a bit of a bad ass and a bit of lady. And you know, ‘such a f**king lady,’ no lady says ‘a f**king lady.’”

– Rihanna on the original working title for her new album, Rated R in an interview with journalist Toure, set to air on FUSE on Thanksgiving [ONTD] Keep reading »

Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Rihanna To Adam Lambert

Today is not much of an indie day. Nope, today is a day for big, huge, mega-blockbuster releases from the likes of Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Shakira, and Susan Boyle. Why? So that they’re in stores, sitting on the new releases shelf, on Black Friday when people storm the doors of Wal-Mart, hopefully not trampling people their way to big discounts. So if pop is your thing, congrats! And if it’s not your thing, come back next week. Keep reading »

New Favorite TV Show: “Dinner With The Band”


Friends, I have found my new television obsession—the Independent Film Channel’s “Dinner with the Band,” which conveniently airs on Tuesdays (tonight!) at 11 p.m. The concept is simple. Tattooed chef Sam Mason invites a different band each week to his New York loft. He shows them how to make a souped-up version of their favorite tour food and, while things cook, the band plays a set. The reasons the show does it for me: A) Sam is way hot, regardless of his mustache situation, B) because the bands he invites are great, from Kid Sister to Les Savy Fav and, C) you get to discover some rockin’ new tunes and cook stuff at the same time. Also, since we’re dealing with bands, there is a high instance rate of tight jeans. My DVR is already set. Keep reading »

Creed Frontman Takes Issue With His BJ Video Being Called A Sex Tape

Back in 1999, Kid Rock and Scott Stapp of Creed made a little tape of them partying and getting blowies (thanks for the new term, Amelia) from groupies in a tour bus. The 45-minute video was supposedly stolen out of the safe in Stapp’s house in 2006, and fell into the hands of Red Light District, the company that brought you “One Night in Paris.” They released a preview online, but were sued for invasion of privacy by Stapp, Kid Rock, and one of the female stars of the video—all independently—before they could release the full thing. The case was settled in 2007—and the tape never to see the light of the day. But that isn’t keeping Stapp from talking about it. Keep reading »

Adam Lambert Smooches A Dude On Stage


Last night’s American Music Awards were pretty darn amusing, from the opening medley of Janet Jackson’s classics to Lady Gaga‘s piano bursting into flames as she sat down before it. But the stand-out number was the last: Adam Lambert‘s performance of “For Your Entertainment.” The single is thoroughly eh, but the image of him holding the leash of two men in bondage gear as they crawled across the stage was pretty provocative. Then there was the moment where one of the dancers licked his belt, the part where he humped his mic stand, and then when he felt up the leg of a dancer straddling him. Oh, and then there was the moment when he aggressively made out with his keyboard player. Keep reading »

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