"You're So Beautiful..."
You know, it’s like I really want to be one of the cool kids who doesn’t watch Empire and isn’t foaming at the mouth thinking about Season Two, but I am just not that cool. My body is ready for Empire and you can’t stop me from singing “You’re So Beautiful” to myself, my kids and the cookies I’m going to make later this afternoon. DEAL WITH IT. Jussie Smollett and Yazz the Greatest performed the hit track at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards, but IMO, it was the god Gabby Sidibe (AKA Becky) who stole the show when she popped up on stage. Peep the video for more!
Up down, up down, UP. Down.
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So, my Saturday turned out to be quite a doozy … one that has left me reeling a bit today. I somehow managed to keep my Saturday mostly free with the intent of resting up and being lazy by day (in the insanely scorching heat) and then going out to dance in WeHo with friends by night. Instead, I managed to pack quite a bit of fun stuff in my day before I eventually went out last night. I got to spend time with old friends and new friends, enjoyed some art and engaged in my first bit of dancing in ages. It was a fun, if tiring day ;D More »
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Last night, Tamar and I made our way to the Hollywood Bowl to see a live performance of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony and we had the absolute best time ever. The show features live performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and screenings of classic Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes cartoons and is probably one of the most magical things that I have ever seen at the Hollywood Bowl in my life. My first introduction to classical music was via Looney Tunes cartoons and now to see hear the music performed live by one of the greatest orchestras in the world, coupled with those beloved cartoons from my youth … it was an almost overwhelming experience. Tam and I were charmed from start to finish, it was truly a magical night. More »
Way back in January, not long after she released new music for Tim Burton‘s film Big Eyes, Lana Del Rey announced the title of her forthcoming album … Honeymoon. After not hearing any new music news all spring long, LDR started releasing new music from her new album in June. First, we got to hear the Honeymoon title track and last weekend, we got to hear LDR‘s latest song High By the Beach (you may recall that the HBTB video dropped yesterday). Today we learn from LDR herself that her album will be released next month. Lana posted a photo on her official Instagram profile that announces, in the super chillest way, the day that her album will hit music stores … find out below. More »
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She will join Gwen Stefani and Pharrell on season 9
Rihanna may be hard NOT at work on releasing her much anticipated next album … which means she has plenty of time to do other stuff … like appearing on competitive reality TV shows like The Voice. As you may know, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will be the main judges in the upcoming 9th season of the show and today we learn that they will be joined by none other than Rihanna this season. Rihanna won’t appear on The Voice as a judge but she will appear as an advisor to the judges … which means, I think, she will impart her musical knowledge on The Voice judges as they seek to find talent on the show … or something to that effect. More »
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"These are all just Kurt by himself with the guitar"
Back in May we learned that the first ever solo album from Kurt Cobain was scheduled for release this summer after the HBO documentary film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck was released in the spring. Today we learn that plans for the album’s release have been pushed back from the summer to a fall release to coincide with the DVD/Blu-Ray release of the Montage of Heck film. This solo album is intended to be a soundtrack to the film as it will feature music written and performed by Cobain featured in the film along with “a dozen additional tracks, ‘audio montages’, and even a comedy sketch”. The album will feature Kurt Cobain and Cobain only. Click below to learn more. More »
Last weekend, we got to hear Lana Del Rey‘s new song High By The Beach, the second from her upcoming new album Honeymoon, which leaked online a couple of days before it was officially released. Today we get to see LDR‘s official music video for the song which has just been unleashed upon the world. As you can see in the embed above, Lana is being harangued by an ambitious paparazzi photographer who won’t go away until Lana makes him go away. The video is pretty straightforward but it but be watched from beginning to end in full. I love this song, I dig the video and I want to hear the rest of LDR‘s Honeymoon immediately. Please enjoy.
The second song from their new album 'Every Open Eye'
Last month we learned that the band Chvrches is readying the release of their sophomore album Every Open Eye, due out in September, and we got our first listen of the first song from the album … a track titled Leave A Trace. Today we get to hear the second song from their new album and it is as gloriously perfect as the song we heard last month. The lyric video for Never Ending Circles is embedded above for your listening pleasure and as you can hear, it is so perfectly Chvrches, I can’t even. The music, the lyrics, Lauren‘s voice … perfect, perfect, perfect. This is the music I want to hear from Chvrches and I’m so glad they are giving us what we want. I know I am going to be obsessed with Every Open Eye when it is released. Until then, I’ll just gush and fawn over Never Ending Circles. Ugh, it is so good. Please enjoy.
"I would tell any young artist ... don't sign."
Just a few days ago we learned that Prince is planning to release his new album HitNRun exclusively on TIDAL, Jay Z‘s “artist-owned” digital music streaming service just a week or so after Prince released a new song titled Stare exclusively on Spotify, a competing digital music streaming service. Today we learn that Prince, while promoting the release of his next album, is once again comparing record contracts with slavery. Back in the ’90s, Prince attempted to get out of his record contract with Warner Bros. Records by openly referring to himself as a “slave” that was owned by the record company (he even went so far as to write the word slave on his face in public). He changed his name to O(+> in a further attempt to get out of his record contract. Since then, he has reverted back to his name Prince and has re-signed a contract with WB Records for a new album. These days, he’s back to comparing record contracts with slavery because, obviously, everything old is new again. More »
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As Kelly Clarkson‘s Piece By Piece Tour continues to roll across the US, she keeps blessing her audiences (and the rest of us watching from afar) with brilliantly beautiful cover songs. So far, we’ve heard her renditions of Prince‘s Purple Rain, Taylor Swift‘s Blank Space, *NSync‘s Bye, Bye, Bye and Rihanna‘s Bitch Better Have My Money. Today we hear her spin on Bryan Adams‘s classic ballad Heaven. Heaven, as you may know, is also featured in Magic Mike XXL but I think Kelly‘s version featured above is the far superior tribute to the song (tho, Matt Bomer does give her a run for her money). Click the embed above to watch Kelly Clarkson sing the Hell out of Heaven by Bryan Adams and instantly re-fall in love with the song all over again.