This pre-T-day Tuesday, there’s a whole lot to be thankful for. Not one friggin’ turkey in the bounty that is this week’s new music releases. Sweet potato pie! Basically, Kanye West’s album is beautiful, dark, twisted, rad-onkulous awesomeness, if you listen to the critics; Nicki Minaj’s debut record is the motha-frickin’ lady-rappin’ hawtness; My Chemical Romance is back, and Jersey-er than ever; Ne-Yo, Ke$sha, Lloyd Banks and Robyn want you to get down in da club. Plus, the wild card, Royksopp, will help you sleep it all off. So, if that motherload of jams didn’t convince you to get your headphones on, you need to check your pulse. Let’s get into the groove, after the jump. Keep reading »
Kanye West is many things — an egomaniac, brilliant, pompous, crazy; an a**hole; a douchebag; an artist; a Grammy winner. Well, now he can add “Perfect Score On Pitchfork” to his resume. The notoriously snotty online music mag gave Kanye’s new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (which dropped yesterday), a perfect 10.0 when they reviewed the record this week. They haven’t given
an album a non-reissue album a perfect score since 2002, when Wilco’s Yankee Foxtrot Hotel also garnered a 10. So, is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy really a perfect album? Let’s see what the critics have to say … Keep reading »
This is the cover art for Nicki Minaj‘s debut album, Pink Friday, which drops this week. It’s very pink. Nicki appears to have lost both her arms, like the Venus de Milo. Her legs have been Photoshop-stretched like Gumby. What does it all mean? It’s a little Lady Gaga, a little Paris Hilton, or maybe that’s just how Nicki likes it. [Amazon] Keep reading »
She’s been a bird who wants to fly away. She’s been a promiscuous girl who eats men. She’s even been a Spanish-speaking songstress, waving her hands in the air. It’s hard to believe it, but it’s been 10 years since Nelly Furtado released Whoa, Nelly!, and to celebrate the anniversary, she dropped The Best Of Nelly Furtado last week. Below, Nelly sits down with The Frisky to talk about putting out a “best of” album at the young age of 31, and to give us the dirt on working with dudes like Justin Timberlake and Keith Urban.
What are the “best of” albums you listen to most often?
Caetano Veloso. He has more than one. Ironically, he’s featured on my Best Of album on the deluxe version—I have a song with him called “Island of Wonder” that we recorded for my second album in 2003. He’s got some great collections because he’s had over 30 albums. Also Mary J. Blige. Madonna. Hello, Immaculate Collection. Oasis. Keep reading »
Yeah, so Justin Bieber
won the biggest award, Artist of the Year, at last night’s American Music Awards and Rihanna
gave great performances. But the moment we were waiting for was New Kids On The Block getting on stage with the Backstreet Boys for a medley of their biggest songs—”Step by Step,” “You’ve Got It (The Right Stuff),” “Everybody,” “I Want It That Way,” and “Larger Than Life.” When do tickets go on sale for their joint tour
this summer? Keep reading »
En Vogue should really consider doing a reunion tour. The classic ’90s vocal group is having a serious moment. In a span of a week, their lady-power anthem “Free Your Mind” appeared in song-and-dance numbers on two of the biggest shows on television—”Glee” and “Modern Family.” On Wednesday night’s “Modern Family,” Mitchell joins a flash mob grooving to the song at an outdoor mob. “This dance is my love letter to Cam,” he said, explaining why he rehearsed after work to be a part of the group dance.
The “Glee” clip after the jump. Keep reading »