Jay Z‘s Magna Carta World Tour landed in Los Angeles Monday (December 9), and to close out his Staples Center show, Hov dedicated “Young Forever” to Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week and whose massive memorial took place today in South Africa.
“We want to dedicate this song to Nelson Mandela. A great man,” Jay told the crowd. “Spent 27 years in prison, came out to be President. All dreams are possible… So anybody out there that got a dream, y’all chase that motherfucker down as hard as you can. Let that great man stand as an example of what you can do.”
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Lady Gaga has recently taken a break from US television appearances to conquer the airwaves across the globe, and lately she’s been posting up on Japanese television. The star recently appeared on the show Sukkiri and performed a beautiful, stripped down version of ARTPOP lead single “Applause.” Well, it was stripped down in the sense that this rendition consisted entirely of Gaga’s voice and piano. But in terms of emotion and musicianship, I’d say it’s actually more intense than the original.
Seated at the piano, surrounded by Mother Monster mannequins, Gaga belted out towering vocals and pounded away on the ivories, showcasing the type of classically-trained skills you rarely see from a pop star these days. Unlike her similarly acoustic lounge version of “Poker Face,” this take is more befitting of a concert hall than a cabaret. Check it out up top. More »
Kanye West stopped by Saturday Night Online recently for yet another interview (can anyone explain why’s he still doing these?). The star had several Peak Kanye moments. For instance, he explained being a creative genius as a “plague,” that it’s painful to have “all these ideas” and not being able to get them all out. He also said, “I’m great like Michelangelo. I’m great like Disney,” and called his rants “visionary streams of consciousness,” which is beautiful. But comparisons to Renaissance artists and entertainment titans, that’s par at this point. Comparing himself to our servicemen and women, and police officers? That’s new territory for Ye.
Speaking about the risks of the extravagant Yeezus tour rig, he said, ”I’m putting my life at risk…this is like being a police officer, or like war or something. You’re literally going out to do your job every day knowing that something could happen to you.” Yes, unfortunately, Ye said this. And this isn’t out of context, he wasn’t joking around. And yes, we get it, going up on a fake mountain and turning up is a precarious endeavor. But we don’t have to spell out why the two occupations are incomparable.
Oh, and Kanye added: “I’ll explain to my daughter my one day that me and her mother had to fight for this position that we finally have.” You hear that, folks? Kim Kardashian, freedom fighter. Watch the full interview below. More »
Lea Michele‘s probably-natural segue from TV’s Glee to pop stardom begins with “Cannonball,” the lead single from her upcoming debut album Louder (out March 4, 2014). Sia penned the track, and as noted yesterday when the song’s preview surfaced, Lea’s vocal deliver here is pretty faithful to what we imagine the go-to Australian singer-songwriter herself sounded like on the original demo.
“Cannonball” is now available on iTunes, along with pre-orders for Louder, and you can hear the song in full below. More »
Ariana Grande is back with another Christmas song, this time taking on the Eartha Kitt classic “Santa Baby.” For the final entry in her holiday series, Grande brought in her (*checks notes*) Victorious co-star Liz Gillies for some help, resulting in a playful duet with plenty of breathy purrs. It’s pretty faithful to the original — a little more uptempo, with the loping bass line paired with a bouncier, modern beat.
The song appears on Grande’s Christmas Kisses EP, out December 17. Hear it below. More »
One minute they’re Blind-Auditioning voiceover actors and sitcom stars’ sisters, and the next they’re on to the semi-finals. They grow up so fast on The Voice! Though Cee Lo stands sans contestants, proud parents…er…coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton are going to any length to win. Help their contestants win? Nah. They’re basically at the point where Season 6 should be called The Coach. More »