The TV Guide
Yesterday was a really great day for me. I got to spend time with dear friends who I hadn’t seen in far too long and then I got to attend a really fun concert of one of my fave singer/songwriters. Before yesterday, it had been almost a month since I saw Emma, Josh and baby Duke … which is just, unacceptable. Emma’s sister Chelsea has moved to LA and her boyfriend Michael was visiting from San Francisco so we had a nice family affair yesterday afternoon/evening. Last night, I made my way to the legendary Troubadour to see Lenka live in concert. I saw her last year in concert at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood and, well, I simply must see her every time she comes to town. The show last night was so much fun … and getting to chat for a bit with Lenka afterward was just the icing on the cake. More »
In celebration of her new album release day
Hilary Duff‘s new album Breathe In. Breathe Out. is out TODAY and in honor of the occasion, Hilary made an appearance on Good Morning America earlier today to perform her current single Sparks. Sparks, as you may recall, was released in 2 music video forms … one that was a commercial for the dating app Tinder and a second video that was more like a proper music video. Sparks is still in heavy rotation on my playlist so I am still in love with the song. Check out Hilary‘s performance of Sparks above on GMA today (preceded by a short interview) and then you get your buns to a record store and pick up her new album … or, you know, just download it on iTunes, Amazon, etc. Hilary Duff is back! It’s a joyous day all around :D
Janet hits the road in August
A month ago today, Janet Jackson made a HUGE announcement totally out of the blue that she will be releasing a new album and she will be going on world tour later this year. Today, Janet makes another announcement … that her world tour has been titled The Unbreakable Tour and that it will begin in Vancouver, British Columbia on August 31. Before Janet made her new album/tour announcement last year, it was rumored that her album would be titled Unbreakable. This world tour announcement seems to confirm the name of her new album, which we know will be released this fall on her own record label. Click below to see the just-released concert poster artwork for The Unbreakable World Tour and see the list of dates for the first leg of the tour. More »
The TV Guide
20 years ago today, Alanis Morissette released her album Jagged Little Pill and single-handedly managed to transform the music world with her collection of songs. Jagged Little Pill is one of the most important albums of my life and, I think, of my generation. With just 12 songs (plus the hidden track Your House), Alanis successfully married an emotional, confessional songwriting style with the pop music zeitgeist that resonated with almost everyone. Angsty grungers, riot grrls, casual pop fans, anyone with a radio or MTV … Alanis Morissette spoke to everyone with her musical story. Because it is an album that is still so integral to me (and I suspect, many of you), I wanted to make sure to mark the occasion of the album’s 20th anniversary. More »
"I saw you start the fire"
Just about a month ago we learned that Veruca Salt is releasing a new album titled Ghost Notes next month when they released a couple of new songs, including their single Laughing in the Sugar Bowl. Today we get to see the just-released music video for Laughing and as you can see and hear, the Salts are back with a vengeance. For the most part, this new music video is mostly a performance video but it reminds me very much of the group’s first music video for their smash hit song Seether back in 1993. Check out the video for Laughing in the Sugar Bowl and be reminded what a force to be reckoned with Veruca Salt is as a rock band. I am SO excited for the release of their new album. This song is so effing great!
"Today is a great day"
Earlier today, our dear Britney Spears casually noted on Instagram that she went and got a haircut. She posted a photo of her new ‘do that, altho it isn’t the best photo she’s ever taken, gives us a pretty good look at how cute her new cut is. That in and of itself would be a fine Britney update for the day … but then I found out that singer/songwriter Sam Bruno tweeted that she worked with Britney on new music in the recording studio yesterday. UM. What?! Could we be on the verge of another new Britney Spears song soon? More »
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For the first time outside of the Museum of Modern Art
Last weekend we got to see Björk‘s inventive music video for Stonemilker, taken from her new album Vulnicura. Today we get to see, in full, the music video for her song Black Lake. As you may recall, a portion of the Black Lake music video was released in a trailer back in February to promote the Museum of Modern Art‘s exhibit on Björk and her art in NYC. Until now, the full Black Lake video was only available to those who attended the Björk exhibit at the MoMA. I’ve already watched this video a couple of times and it is just … wonderful. You definitely have to check it out … it may be the best 10 minutes of your day.
Oh and Pitbull, too
Jennifer Lopez, WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE COLLABORATING ON NEW MUSIC WITH MISSY ELLIOTT RIGHT NOW BUT WE DON’T KNOW FOR SURE EVEN THO THE LADIES *ARE* HANGING OUT TOGETHER THESE DAYS, is really having a moment right now. In recent weeks, she paid beautiful homage to Selena Quintanilla at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, she slayed the red carpet at the MET Ball Gala, she announced her forthcoming concert residency in Las Vegas, she guests on Jason Derulo‘s new song Try Me and — of course — there are those hints that she may be collaborating on new music with Missy Elliott. Today we see that J. Lo is featured in the music video for Prince Royal‘s new single Back It Up. I can’t say that I’m at all familiar with Prince Royce but as you can see and hear above, Jennifer‘s guest appearance in this video makes it a million times better (even if we have to deal with a guest appearance by Mr. Worldwide himself Pitbull). Check out the embed above and have a look at/listen of Prince Royce‘s collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull and see what you think. Does this song sound like it could be a contender for the Song of the Summer?
Undercover in The A.V. Club
Actress and sometime pop star Leighton Meester paid a visit to The A.V. Club to perform live in their Undercover series where artists are asked to perform cover songs from a predetermined list. Leighton and her band decided to perform a cover of the 1996 song Lovefool by The Cardigans (made famous by its inclusion on the soundtrack for Romeo + Juliet, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes). Leighton released her debut album Heartstrings last year and enjoyed a pretty decent hit with Cobra Starship with their song Good Girls Gone Bad back in 2009 … so she’s been an elusive chanteuse for some time now. I love this song and I surprisingly enjoy Leighton‘s cover. I know some of you are fans of this song so I think you’ll enjoy this cover … and for those of you who aren’t familiar with Lovefool or The Cardigans, I urge you to check them out. Also, keep an eye out for Leighton‘s baby bump in this performance video. She should be birthing her baby with husband
Seth Cohen Adam Brody sometime this year. Enjoy!!
The BET Experience
This year already, we’ve seen two trailers (HERE and HERE) for the upcoming N.W.A. biopic movie Straight Outta Compton which opens in theaters on August 14. Today we learn the VERY HAPPY NEWS that Ice Cube will be reuniting with the surviving members of N.W.A. for a live concert performance at the Staples Center later this month as part of the annual BET Experience. The BET Experience is a multi-day festival that features some of the biggest acts in concert. This year, they managed to get N.W.A. — together again. Wow. More »