"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 »
Posted under: Britney Spears, Sam Bruno
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 »
Apple held it’s annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA earlier today to make a few announcements about new products and services the company plans to release this year and at the tail-end of the presentation, announced that forthcoming launch of a new online music streaming service called Apple Music. In an attempt to combine music streaming, downloads and radio in one service that also features a heavy social media component, Apple hopes Apple Music will be the only service you use to listen to music — no matter where you are. Click below to learn more about Apple Music, which launches later this month, and see if it sounds like a service you would like to subscribe to. More »
Posted under: Apple Music, Trent Reznor
A "handful" of dates
Back in March, Garbage announced that they would be performing a pair of concert dates at the end of this year in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album. Shortly thereafter, the band clarified that these anniversary dates would feature the band performing the entirety of their debut album in full … complete with b-sides and rare songs from the era. Today we learn the VERY HAPPY NEWS that Garbage has expanded their 20 Years of Queer Tour to included a “handful” of dates here in the US … including stops in LA, NYC and Detroit!!! Click the embed above to watch video of this tour announcement and then click below to read portions of the press release including a full list of US concert tour dates and information about the forthcoming release of the remastered version of their debut album. These shows WILL sell out. And believe me, this is a tour you do NOT want to miss! More »
Follow the Björk
Visionary artist Björk has released the music video for her new single Stonemilker, the latest from her new album Vulnicura, and as you can see above … the woman has managed to outdo herself, yet again. Björk has always pushed the boundaries of her artistic expression from the very start of her career. This time around, Björk has given us the first interactive music video filmed with a 360° camera. As you can see above, Björk moves out of the picture frame and you have to use your computer mouse to follow her. It’s a very simple yet very clever effect. You just never know what you’re going to get when Björk releases a music video project. This video for Stonemilker is brilliant. I am in love.
The BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge strikes again
Kelly Clarkson paid a visit to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge yesterday to do a bit of promo for her new album Piece By Piece and she busted out a performance of Rihanna‘s Bitch Better Have My Money that is so perfectly Kelly that I can’t even even. The video embedded above starts out with a bit of banter between Kelly and the DJ (including an unintentional Paris Hilton diss at around the :40 mark … I don’t know her! — lol) and then the performance starts at around the 1:50 mark. Kelly‘s version of BBHMM is per.fec.tion. Please enjoy.