The Music Video
Last month we got to see fan shot video of Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj performing the Flawless (Remix) in Paris, France. Today, Bey has released the pair’s live performance as an official music video for the song. This remix of Flawless was performed LIVE for the first time in Paris during the filming of the HBO concert special On The Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z which aired on the network on September 20. In case you missed it or just want to watch the performance again, you can check out the official LIVE music video above.
Sorry Lambs, this video is REALLY tough to watch :(
Back in August we learned that Mariah Carey, amidst major personal problems, would be touring in Asia in support of her newest album Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse and in September, we saw photos from her tour rehearsals for The Elusive Chanteuse Show. Over the weekend, Mimi kicked off her tour in Tokyo, Japan and as the video above painfully shows, she suffered a lot of vocal problems throughout her entire performance Saturday night. The video is tough to watch, I have to admit, but if you’re curious, click the embed above to hear Mimi struggle to hit her trademark high notes and have difficultly staying on key … among other problems. Ugh. I love Mariah so much … this is just really hard to watch. I sincerely hope these problems were just a few errant mistakes and not a sign that her tour ahead will be a bona fide disaster. OOF!
Sink back into the ocean/Sink back into the ocean
It’s always a good day when Fiona Apple drops some new music, and I’ve been curious about this new Showtime series, The Affair. A few months back I saw the first trailer, but it’s strange how Fiona Apple‘s involvement is now making me even more interested. She’s singing the main title sequence song, Container, and it gives you a sense of the beautiful, haunting quality that the show may also possess. Click inside for more!
Posted under: 'The Affair', Fiona Apple
Whitney, Janet, Madonna and OMG Samantha Fox FTW!
I’m at this point in my life where it feels like all of my friends, co-editors, and fellow school moms are about 7-10 years older than me. It’s a very cool feeling, because they all talk to me like I’m, like, 17 and I think being friends with older people exposes you to/makes you interested in other music. ’90s kids—we’ve had some great stuff. Britney, Beyoncé, Jay Z-those guys are cool. But we also missed out on a whole, bizarre,amazing, 80s universe. Now, I was born in ’85, so I had no real way of appreciating any of these songs when they first came out. But now that I’m all grown up, I’m amazed at how much fun these some of these classic jams still are. Click inside for more!
Posted under: Madonna, Whitney Houston
The TV Guide
Last night I made the 1 1/2 drive up to Santa Barbara, CA to see Ryan Adams live in concert and it was one of the better decisions I’ve made all year long. It had been a few years since I’ve seen Ryan in concert and I almost opted out of seeing him live this time around. Ryan is one of my favorite singer/songwriters and I’ve been going to his shows for many years now. In recent years, tho, it has been a bit painful to listen to Ryan‘s music and the thought of seeing him live has stung me for longer than I care to admit. Where music is concerned, my ex and I didn’t really share much of the same interests (if truth be told, his taste in music is generally pretty horrible) but the music of Ryan Adams was one thing that was pretty important to the both of us and, sadly, I’ve been avoiding Ryan Adams ever since my break up. I decided I would not sacrifice my love for one of my favorite musicians for anyone … and I’m happy to share that last night’s concert was really wonderful and really healing for me. More »
Posted under: 'Run To You', Ryan Adams
Bow Down, seriously
Yesterday we heard the official audio of Aretha Franklin‘s cover of Adele‘s song Rolling in the Deep, which is featured on Aretha‘s new album of cover songs titled Aretha Franklin Sings The Diva Classics. Some folks took issue with the song’s production so today, I present to you Franklin‘s LIVE performance of Rolling in the Deep from The Late Show with David Letterman last night. As you can hear in the embed above, Aretha blended her performance of Rolling with the Ashford & Simpson classic Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. This, my friends, is the undisputed Queen of Soul in action. IT IS SO GOOD!! Watch the performance above and then click below to watch video of Aretha‘s interview with Letterman from last night’s show. More »
Pharrell is producing, the first single will drop SOON
For the past few weeks there have been rumblings about new music from Gwen Stefani but today we learn from Billboard magazine officially that Gwen has almost finished work on a new SOLO album. OMG. A NEW SOLO ALBUM. AND! ANNNNND! And as if a new solo album from Gwen wasn’t exciting enough, we also learn that the album is being produced by Pharrell (her new co-judge/coach on The Voice and the man responsible for man of the biggest hits from her last album The Sweet Escape). AND, Billboard reports that Gwen will perform the first single from her new album on The Voice later this season. OMG! New Gwen Stefani music possibly as early as THIS YEAR! AHHH!!! More »
Posted under: Gwen Stefani
Live from Glasgow, Scotland on Nov. 9
Nicki Minaj has announced on her official Instagram profile that she will be hosting the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards when they air live from Glasgow, Scotland in November. Not only has Nicki signed on to perform during the EMAs broadcast this year but clearly she is up to the task of hosting the entire show as well. Click below to see the regal photo that Nicki shared with the world along with the news of her EMAs hosting gig. More »
The Queen of Soul shows the divas how it's done
Aretha Franklin is releasing an album of cover songs next month titled Aretha Franklin Takes on the Great Diva Classics which includes songs by other, lesser divas. Click the embed above to hear Aretha‘s recording of Adele‘s monster hit song Rolling in the Deep and have a listen of how the song sounds coming from Aretha‘s golden pipes. Is this album of cover songs meant to be a tribute to these songs sung by other women or is it the ULTIMATE shade that Aretha is taking other divas’ songs and singing them better? Click below to read the official press release announcement for this album and see the full tracklisting. More »
"The scars that mark my body, they're silver and gold"
Last week we got to see the cover art for Lorde‘s new single Yellow Flicker Beat, the first single from the forthcoming soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Today, we get to hear the song in full!! Lorde has released the official audio of her song and as you can hear above, she managed to craft a song perfectly for the film. The lyrics are really, really good. With lines like, “my blood is a flood of rubies, precious stones” you know the song was written by this genius songwriter. Check out Yellow Flicker Beat in full above and fall in love.