"I was born in Detroit. I'm a famed high school drop out"
31 years ago today, on January 14, 1984, Madonna made her first appearance on Dick Clark‘s American Bandstand and gave one of her first nationwide interviews and, in the process, made history. After her performance of her then new single Holiday, Madonna spoke with Dick Clark in a sort of worldwide introductory interview where when asked what her future plans and dreams were she famously said “to rule the world”. I think a very strong argument can be made that she has achieved that goal — and more. Click the embed above to watch Madonna inform the world of her intention to rule it and then click below to watch video of her famous American Bandstand performance of Holiday. More »
Coming in March
Björk is readying the release of her new album, the follow-up to 2011′s Biophilia, scheduled for a March release. Vulnicura is the title of her new album, which she announced on her official Instagram profile. In the accompanying caption, Björk reveals that she worked on some songs with a producer named Arca (Alejandro Ghersi) who has worked with other artists like Kanye West and FKA twigs. She also reveals the titles of 9 of the songs included on the album (tho, hopefully, Vulnicura will feature more songs as well). Click below to see the Insta announcement that Björk made about her forthcoming new album. More »
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'Piece by Piece'
Yesterday we got our first listen of Kelly Clarkson‘s new single Heartbeat Song, which is the first from her forthcoming new album. Today we learn that Kelly has revealed the name and rough release date of her album … which she has titled Piece By Piece. Kelly broke the news in a radio interview and altho we don’t know the exactly release date, Kelly seems confident that she will have the album out in March. Wee!! More »
'Emperor' is out on January 20
Back in October we learned that Marilyn Manson was planning the release of a new album titled The Pale Emperor and since then, we’ve heard three songs from the album — Third Day of a Seven Day Binge, Deep Six and Cupid Carries A Gun (which was released last year as the theme song for the WGN TV series Salem). Today, one week ahead of the album’s release in stores, we get to stream The Pale Emperor in full. Because the stream isn’t embeddable, you will have to click HERE to stream the album in full on Soundcloud but having given the album a listen, I can assure you it’ll be worth your time. After just one listen, I can already tell that The Pale Emperor is the best album that MM has released in years. I’ll deffo need a few more listens to adequately judge the album but, yeah, after one listen I am already impressed with this release. MM fans, give it a stream and see what you think.
"Johnny came rumbling into PaxAm one night ..."
Ever since the release of his new self titled album, Ryan Adams has been releasing a string of digital and 7″ singles of new songs on a monthly basis — they’re called the PaxAm Singles (named for his Hollywood recording studio PaxAm). His most recent release is for a single titled No Shadow that features 3 songs which all feature actor Johnny Depp on guitar. No Shadow is deffo a release that you need in your music library but you can stream the whole thing in full below. More »
Along with AC/DC, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and more
Last month, in one of the first interviews she gave after a number of her unfinished demo songs were leaked online, Madonna teased that she might be performing at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Last night, ahead of the official announcement by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Madonna announced officially that she will be performing at the Grammy Awards next month. Following her announcement on social media, NARAS announced that AC/DC, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Eric Church are among the first performers confirmed — along with Madonna — for the Grammys this year. More »
Released January 12, 1999
16 years ago today, the world was blessed with the debut album …Baby One More Time by our dear Britney Spears and the pop music landscape was changed forever. Almost immediately, Britney stormed the charts and our hearts with an album that contained 5 hit singles that burned their way into our hearts and minds and firmly established herself as the new princess of pop. Since that fateful day, Britney has released follow-up albums that have enjoyed success on their own (her sophomore album Oops! I Did It Again still holds the record for the most albums sold in its first week of release by any female artist) but it all goes back 16 years ago to the release of Baby. Click below to join me in celebrating the sweet 16th birthday of Britney‘s debut album. More »
"This is my heartbeat song and I'm gonna play it"
A few days ago, Kelly Clarkson employed the aid of her baby daughter River Rose to help her tease the release of her new single Heartbeat Song. Today, Kelly has FINALLY unleashed the song upon the world for our listening pleasure … and quite unsurprisingly, the song is a smash pop hit. Kelly has an uncanny ability to write catchy, upbeat songs that you want to bop along to — not just dance, but bop bop bop. Kelly Clarkson is back! Thank the gods! Have a listen, have a little bop and enjoy.
Click below to read the lyrics in case you want to sing along as you bop to the beat. More »
"A rock n roll icon, a guitar god"
Back in November we learned officially that Katy Perry will be headlining the halftime show during Super Bowl XLIX next month and today we learn from Katy herself that she will be getting by with a little help from one of her friends. Katy announced on NBC last night that “rock n roll icon” and “guitar god” Lenny Kravitz will be performing the halftime show with her on Super Bowl Sunday. Katy didn’t go into detail about what the two will be doing on stage but I have a feeling they’ll come up with a performance that will be fun and entertaining. At least, I hope they will.
You've heard this song before
Marilyn Manson continues to promote the forthcoming release of his new album The Pale Emperor with the release of a song titled Cupid Carries A Gun. This song, tho, isn’t necessarily new as it is used as the theme song for the WGN series Salem (you may recall we got our first listen of the song as the Salem theme song back in April of last year). This is the first time we get to hear the song in full as it will appear on MM‘s new album so click the embed above and check it out. The Pale Emperor is out on January 20.