The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has proved to be such a box office hit (on track to enjoy a second week in the #1 position at the box office this weekend) that we learn today that plans are in the early stages for a sequel film to come somewhere down the line. Compton briefly features cameo appearances by actors who play Snoop Dogg and Tupac and it is being reported today that the proposed sequel film will focus on those two men and their relation to Death Row Records (which was founded by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight). Normally, I would bristle at news of a hastily conceived sequel film that stems from an already excellent biopic film but considering how well Straight Outta Compton turned out, I am actually looking forward to the same treatment being given to the true life stories of Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. More »
Way back in March we learned that country pop queen Shania Twain would be embarking on a farewell tour this year called the Rock This Country Tour as as soon as tickets went on sale for her LA show, I snapped up a ticket. Last night was my chance to see Shania live in concert again and OMG, did I have the best time ever. The last time I saw Shania, I was still living in Detroit, MI … pre-PITNB days. Shania was ruling the world with her Come On Over album and I was pretty hardcore into my NIN/Marilyn Manson/Industrial music phase … which a not-so-secret love for all things Shania. She played the amphitheater in Detroit then-called Pine Knob (now called the DTE Energy Center) and I bought a lawn ticket so that I could hide amongst the masses. With 2 large beers in hand, I whooped and hollered through her whole set and had the time of my life. I was hoping to replicate that same feeling last night here in LA and I’m happy to report that I had as much fun last night as I did all those years ago. More »
It’s only been about 95 years since R&B singer JoJo has been legally able to release music but the wait is FINALLY over, OMG. After many years of legal wrangling which forced JoJo into professional music silence, she is BACK with a new single which features 3 new songs for our listening pleasure. This “tringle” titled III. is out today and comes with the songs Save My Soul, Say Love and When Love Hurts. You can hear all 3 songs in full below and get your first taste of the first new JoJo music in eons. As you can plainly hear, JoJo still sounds absolutely amazing … have a listen. More »
Back in the Fall of 2013, UK street artist Banksy orchestrated a month-long art residency in the city of NYC, NY where he unveiled a new art piece/installation every single day for 30 days straight. The residency was so popular that it was turned into a brilliant documentary film titled Banksy Does New York. Today we learn that Banksy has produced a new art exhibit in the UK by transforming an abandoned vacation resort called the Tropicana into a 2.5 acre, life-size amusement park called Dismaland. The exhibit/installation will be open to the public for 5 weeks only (it opens officially to the public on August 22) and will feature artwork not only by Banksy but by other artists like Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jimmy Cauty and others. Banksy describes his “bemusement park” as a “family theme park unsuitable for children”. The photos gathered in this gallery were shot by Christopher Jobson for Collossal and give us a pretty good feel for what attendees will see on display when this exhibit opens to the public. HERE is the official site for Dismaland which offers official information about how folks can secure the very in-demand tickets to visit, as well as official promo photos for the exhibit as provided by Banksy. I am absolutely crushed that there is no way that I can fly out to the UK to see this exhibit in person because I am obsessed with the idea of this show. Dismaland may be the Crappiest Place on Earth but it looks like a really amazing place for art fans … street or otherwise.
Lana Del Rey will release her new album, Honeymoon, on September 18 (and it is available for pre-order now) but before the album drops, she wants us to hear another track from the album beforehand. LDR has released the official audio for her song Terrance Loves You, which is the third song to be released from Honeymoon (previously she has released High By the Beach and the album’s title track). As you can hear below, Terrence Loves You is very reminiscent of the slower ballads that made LDR a star, which — coupled with the songs High By the Beach and Honeymoon — begins to show that she doesn’t stray far from the dreamy music style that is famous for. Click below to hear Terrence Loves You in full and check out the official album art for Lana‘s imminent new album Honeymoon. More »
It has been a few months now since Zayn Malik left the pop group One Direction and while he is busy figuring out what his post-1D life will be about, his former groupmates are moving forward — full steam ahead — with their pop music dominance. One Direction has released the music video for their new single Drag Me Down (their first song released without Zayn Malik as a member of the group) and as you can see above, the British boys play US astronauts in the video. Casual attention to the song’s lyrics show that they bare no association whatsoever to the storyline of the music video, which doesn’t really matter to be honest. Click the embed above to get your first look at the new Zaynless incarnation of One Direction as they blast forward into space (and elsewhere) as a newly configured pop music foursome.
Alanis Morissette‘s masterpiece album Jagged Little Pill was released 20 years ago back on June 13 and today we learn that Alanis has announced the forthcoming release of a special 20th anniversary collector’s edition of the album, slated for release in October. This new version of her landmark album will come with a remastered version of the original album plus a collection of 10, previously unreleased demo songs from the Jagged Little Pill recording sessions, a live album from the era and an acoustic version of the album. More »
Last weekend, Britney Spears stole the show at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards but today, she is stealing our hearts with the new photos and video she has shared on her official Instagram profile. Britney uploaded cute photos and video of her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James that show that the happily family spent some time at a chocolate factory together … as well as a fun night of playing with LEGO building blocks. Just a short time ago, Britney shared a photo that was taken poolside … of her wearing a mermaid tail! I mean … what?!! I love it!! Click below to see the adorable family fun that Britney and her sons have been having this week. More »