His 'Grand Finale' will be released on August 7
For 15 years, we’ve been hearing about Dr. Dre‘s “new album” in one form or another. We would hear rumors and reports, then nothing … then more rumors … then delays … it was supposed to be titled The Chronic II, then it was supposed to be titled Detox and it was meant to be his career masterpiece and, yet … nothing ever came. Today, tho, at LONG last … we learn that Dr. Dre will finally release his next album next week … on Friday August 7. The Detox album has been scrapped … this new album is titled Compton: A Soundtrack and it will feature artists like Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Snoop Dogg. The songs on this 16-track album, which Dre himself calls his “grand finale”, were inspired by the making of the forthcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Wow. Click below to see the tracklisting for Compton and watch a short video of Dre announcing the release of his NEW album. More »
"Everybody jam cuz this party's going HAM"
Last week we learned that Prince is readying the release of a “super funky” new album geared towards “super hardcore” fans and today we get our first listen of this new music by Prince. Despite the fact that Prince has yanked all of his music off of online streaming music sites like Spotify (because he seemingly hates the Internet), Prince has released a new song titled Stare exclusively on Spotify. I dunno, it makes no sense but what are ya gonna do? Stare is available for streaming in full on Spotify right now but it’s unknown how long Prince will make the song available for listening online. Click below to listen to Stare and keep an ear out for a fun sample of Prince‘s song Kiss at around the 1:25 mark. More »
Posted under: 'Stare', Prince
Earlier this month we learned that former One Direction member Zayn Malik possibly “broke up” with his new producer BFF Naughty Boy after the two got into a very public Twitter feud (you may know that Zayn and Naughty had been inseparable since Malik left 1D earlier this year). Today we learn that Zayn‘s aspirations to become a solo artist are moving forward, even without Naughty Boy at his side. Zayn signed a record deal with RCA Records in an attempt to show the world who he “really is”. Zayn happily shared a photo and his new record deal news on his official Twitter profile, all of which you can see below. More »
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OMG, please let these videos keep coming!!!
Last weekend I shared absolutely BRILLIANT behind the scenes b-roll footage that was filmed on the set of Madonna‘s 1990 music video for Vogue. As you may recall, that 30 video gave us an unprecedented look at the creative process that goes into the making of an iconic music video. Today we get to see more behind the scenes b-roll footage, this time from Maddy‘s music video for Rain (from her 1992 album Erotica) which was released in 1993. Like the Vogue b-roll video, this new footage gives us a really cool look at Madonna at work. I am completely in love. More »
Posted under: 'Rain', Madonna
Earlier this year, singer Eden xo released a new single titled The Weekend which quickly became one of my favorite pop songs o’ the moment. The infectious beat and fun lyrics struck me at first listen and was immediately added to my running playlist (the highest honor I can bestow on any song). AT LONG LAST, Eden xo released the music video for The Weekend that is too cute not to share. Have you ever wondered what it might be like for Disney Princesses to get together and party with friends here in Hollywood? Well, wonder no more. Click the embed above to see the video for Eden xo‘s The Weekend and see how Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Belle, Ariel and co. like to get down and party. Keep an eye out for cameos by singer Bonnie McKee (as Cinderella) drag queen Vicky Vox (as Ursula) and Vine star Matt Cutshall (as Prince Phillip). Enjoy!
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Are you ready to be saved?
Madonna has released two short videos that were filmed during rehearsals for her upcoming Rebel Heart Tour and as you can see above and below, she and her troupe of dancers are working very hard to put together what looks to be an amazing show. In these videos, we see dance steps being choreographed, traditional dance steps being blocked out and religious iconography at almost every tour … which looks very much like the vibe that Madonna has expressed in her most recent world tours. Click the embed above to watch Rebel Heart Tour – Teaser #1 and then click below to watch Rebel Heart Tour – Teaser #2. More »
Cuz you know they've got 'Bad Blood'
It would appear that the “bad blood” between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry remains resolved in the wake of an apparent dig on Taylor‘s part at Katy over the weekend. As you may know, Taylor and Katy have reportedly been “feuding” for some time now stemming from drama that resulted from Taylor‘s previous relationship with John Mayer, who ended up dating Katy afterward. Most recently, Katy interjected herself in the Twitter feud that erupted between Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj by taking a swipe at Taylor and siding with Nicki. Over the weekend, an image of a shark “curiously” appeared on stage during Taylor‘s performance of Bad Blood during her concert performance in Foxborough, MA which many perceive as a reference to the Left Shark that famously stole the show during Katy‘s Super Bowl Halftime Show performance back in February. If so, it would seem that the catty back and forth fighting between these two adult women is still in full effect. More »
Just a few days ago we got to see live video of Kelly Clarkson performing Bye, Bye, Bye by *NSync live in concert. Today, we are blessed with a new video of Kelly performing her rendition of Taylor Swift‘s hit single Blank Space. Now that Kelly is on tour, these kinds of cover song performances will be the norm so it’s going to be a fun summer. Her cover of Bye, Bye, Bye was pretty perfect but I am truly living for her take on Blank Space. I guess the only thing I don’t love is that the way Kelly sings the song, it actually sounds like she is singing “got a long list of ex-lovers” instead of the way Taylor sings “got a long list of Starbucks lovers“. Ah well, can’t win ‘em all ;) Enjoy the video, Kelly is amazing.
Back in April and May, Kanye West delivered a pair of inspired performances of his new single All Day at Coachella and at a NBA Finals basketball game, which will be featured on his upcoming new album SWISH. This weekend, West debuted the official music video for All Day along with a short film titled I Feel Like That, which was directed by Steve McQueen. The screening took place in front of an intimate group of people and has yet to be formally released online. BUT, thanks to one industrious fan, we can watch the All Day / I Feel Like That video in the embed above. Kanye described himself to the assembled audience of 120 people as a “bad celebrity, but a pretty good artist” … which I leave to YOU as the final judge. Check out All Day / I Feel Like That above and see what you think.
The TV Guide
Last night I made my way to the El Rey Theater to see Juliette Lewis‘s band Juliette and the Licks live in concert. Last night’s show was the first the band has played since they broke up back in 2009. I managed to see Juliette and the Licks way back when I was still living in Detroit and I remembered how great the show was so when my friend Austin let me know he had an extra ticket, I knew I had to see the show. Honestly, the band’s brand of Southern Rock music isn’t really my thing but Juliette Lewis is such an amazing live performer that she made last night’s sold out performance a truly memorable experience. It really was a really great show. More »