Art, I guess
A few weeks ago Lady Gaga released the cover art for her new single Applause, the first from her upcoming new album ARTPOP. Yesterday we got to see the lyric video for the song and today we get to see the official music video. There appears to be all sorts of “art” going on in this video … which, IMHO, looks like a whole lotta nothing really going on. The focus appears to be on the song itself, which is good actually, but overall, I can’t say that I’m crazy about this video. MTV announced today that Gaga will open the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards this coming weekend with a performance of this song but no word on whether or not she’ll appear on stage as a swan with a human head. Stay tuned. As for the video, what do y’all think? Is this a hit or a miss?
Posted under: 'Applause', Lady Gaga
'Higher' By Just Blaze & Baauer, Featuring Jay Z
Nabil has made amazing music videos for artists like Kanye West and Frank Ocean, and now it looks like the acclaimed director might be venturing into short film. Just Blaze (one of Hip Hop’s biggest producers and frequent collaborator of Jay Z‘s) has teamed up with Baauer (the guy who brought us the whole Harlem Shake movement) on a new single called Higher. Higher features Jay Z, and the video just premiered the other day. None of the artists actually appear in the video/short film; instead Nabil shot the footage in Kerala, India and created a powerful story of honor and revenge, inspired by the Kalaripayattu (Indian martial arts) warriors. The video definitely has me yearning for more, which is why I was psyched to hear that a longer film might be in development. Peep the video for more! Are you into it?
'Breakfast Can Wait'
If you are anything like me (or PITNBr Alecia), every time Prince does anything, you think of Dave Chappelle. Since walking away from his hit sketch comedy series Chappelle’s Show and the $50 bajillion contract that came with, Dave Chappelle has been deemed a recluse, popping up here and there for the occasional live performance. But many of us will never, ever forget the amazingness that was his show, and the True Hollywood stories he used to do with Eddie Murphy‘s big brother Charlie Murphy. Apparently, Prince hasn’t forgotten any of that awesomeness either. And now that he’s discovered and embraced Twitter (and, perhaps the internet as a whole) he’s sharing the hilariously appropriate cover art for his new single, Breakfast Can Wait. Chappelle fans will totally get the pancake reference, LOL. Click inside for more and listen to a snippet of the new track, above! It’s on friggen YouTube!
Fans Are Lit'rally Prostituting Themselves To Win The iTunes Contest
So the other day Lady Gaga released a lyric video for her new single, Applause. Folks have not been going especially gaga over the new jam, but her Little Monsters remain devoted… even to a fault. Here’s what’s going on. Gaga announced on Twitter that she was starting a contest for her biggest fans. The only thing is, the way you win the contest (and a chance to party with Gaga in Europe) is by, basically, having enough money to buy as many copies of the Applause single as you can. A lot of her fans got pissed when they heard the qualifying factors for the contest, but some of them are legitimately prostituting themselves out in exchange for Applause proofs of purchase! Um. What?!?!?! Read more about this creepiness inside and click above to check out the lyric video for Applause.
Posted under: 'Applause', Lady Gaga
'Slave 2 the Rhythm'
It’s been a few years now since the world lost the acclaimed King of Pop Michael Jackson but that doesn’t mean that he stopped releasing “new” music. A previously unheard, unfinished MJ track titled Slave 2 the Rhythm has surfaced online … which features vocals by Justin Bieber. Yes, folks, Justin Bieber. MJ recorded the song before his death in 2009 but the song was unfinished. Somehow, The Biebs got his hands on the track and recorded vocals to finish the song and then … voila! It hits the Interwebs. Click below to hear MJ and JB “dueting” on Slave 2 the Rhythm and see what you think of this collaboration between the two. More »
"The take over has begun"
Last week we learned the title of Miley Cyrus‘s new album from Miley herself on Twitter and today we learn when we can expect that album to be released. According to a new report from Billboard magazine, Miley‘s new album BANGERZ will be released in October. Click below to learn more about the album’s release, check out the possible cover art for BANGERZ and learn where Miley got the inspiration to name the album thusly. More »
Posted under: 'BANGERZ', Miley Cyrus
Earlier this month we learned that Beyoncé‘s husband Jay Z surprised her on stage during the final performance of the Summer leg her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in Brooklyn, NY but it turns out that that wasn’t the only surprise of the night. Bey‘s crew came out on stage to surprise her with a special dance performance which was recorded and released for the rest of us to watch and enjoy online. Click the embed above to watch this cute little on stage surprise. Bey looked genuinely surprised and extremely happy. It really is a fun video to watch.
Throwback Thursday Says Hip-Hop Beef Can Make For Great Music
So the other day my entire Facebook feed was flooded with updates about Kendrick Lamar‘s new verse on Big Sean‘s Control. Eeeeeveryone and their mama (and even Lindsay Lohan‘s dad… LMAO) was talking about the previously unreleased track and I finally got to listen yesterday. By the time I got through with 7 minute song I was reminded of one simple fact: some people seriously do not get rap music. Like. Seriously. Now I’m no expert, but I know a friggen diss record when I hear it, and Kendrick Lamar did NOT write a diss record or a diss verse or anything of that sort. Not even a little bit. What he actually did was say something that pretty much every rapper has said or says at some point in their career, he just said it with a little more aggression in his tone, and he did it in kind of a brilliant way. Let’s click inside to settle this K-Dot confusion once and for all, AND to re-live and re-lurve some legit diss records from back in the day!
"You'll never take my prize from me, It'll have to be pried from me"
Back in February we heard news that claimed that Detroit rapper Eminem would be releasing a new album after Memorial Day of this year but here we are in mid-August and there is no new album in sight. Back in June, tho, we got to hear a snippet of a new song that Em was reportedly working on for his as-yet unannounced album but news about Slim Shady and his music has been pretty light this year thus far. Eminem made a surprise appearance/performance last week in NYC at a private event called Shock the World which was a 30th anniversary celebration for G-Shock Watches but he performed no new music. Today, at long last, we FINALLY get to hear a new song from Eminem that will be featured on the forthcoming soundtrack to the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts. Click below to hear this new song, titled Survival, in full and learn more about Em‘s reported plans to release more music soon. More »
Britney Tweets, TOO!
Oh lawd … will.i.am, the man who is executive producing Britney Spears‘s new album, posted a couple of tweets on his official Twitter profile about Britney‘s new music and IT’S EVERYTHING I CAN DO TO KEEP FROM FLIPPING THE EFF OUT WITH EXCITEMENT! will‘s tweets teased Britney‘s collaboration with William Orbit (!!!) AND THEN Britney Spears posted a tweet of her own on her official Twitter profile that pushed my excitement level over the edge! IT’S JUST TOO MUCH TO HANDLE ALL BY MYSELF! Click below to read all the tweets and PLEASE get excited with me. More »
Posted under: Britney Spears, will.i.am