John Legend dropped by Conan last night to perform his single “All Of Me.” If it had been more faithful to the vision of the music video, it would have taken place in a body of water of some kind, while he and wife Chrissy Teigen frolicked blissfully in the sunshine.
But no, this one was shot indoors, so it was at a piano in a fairly spare set-up, a stripped-back rendition of the song that was all about them keys and them pipes. It was nice, though! Good vocals, as per usual. More »
This is a very Prince story, following a year of very Prince stories (remember the amazing “Breakfast Can Wait” cover?): The Purple One is a fan of the FOX sitcom New Girl (who isn’t??), and he’s such a big fan that he got in touch with the show’s producers and pitched them an episode idea involving his (famed?) all-night pajama dance parties. And that pitch became a reality. Dr. Funkenberry says the episode features the Artist playing himself, and it will air after the Super Bowl on February 2. This will be Prince’s network television debut (not counting performances, of course). More »
Lea Michele stopped by Ellen today to perform her new single “Cannonball,” and unsurprisingly — given her musical theater roots and heavy schedule of practice on Glee — she sounded tremendous singing the song live, powerful and emotional and well-matched for the track, neither dwarfing it nor letting it drown her. Basically, she was a pop star. (Her pronunciation is still a little funny and curiously Sia-esque — maybe that can get hammered out in successive productions — but her voice is just spectacular.)
After that, it was time for the requisite emotional Cory Monteith interview, which was (as expected) totally heartbreaking. More »
At this point in the music industry, where there’s more transparency than ever about how egregiously labels mismanage their talent, is there anything more satisfying than seeing an artist drop the act and throw their record label under the bus? No. No, there isn’t.
That’s what was so refreshing about an interview Jordin Sparks just did with HuffPostLive, where she talked openly (albeit diplomatically!) about her frustrations with being unable to release her music. “It’s been almost five years, though!” she said with a sigh of exasperation. Per the host’s question — “How long does it take to release an album?” she exclaimed, “Thank you! Ask them,” and motioned offscreen, presumably to her label reps. “How long does it take?” More »
Rising alt-R&B singer LIZ aims for the dance floor on new track “All Them Boys.” Produced by Mr. Carmack and Colta, it finds the Cali crooner moving away from the twitchy turn-of-the-millennium R&B that influenced her earlier songs in favor of ’90s house. LIZ’s feathery voice, falling somewhere between Aaliyah and Ariana Grande, glides over airy synth pads and an ultra-smooth glam ball beat, but she hasn’t totally abandoned her first love: her swagger and that finger-snapping breakdown are pure R&B.
“All The Boys” is part of her forthcoming EP, planned for an early 2014 release. Hear it below. More »
Shots fired! (I’ve always wanted to write that.) Pink was on the red carpet at her own event (receiving the Woman Of The Year award at Billboard‘s Women In Music event, namely), and while chatting with Access Hollywood, she directed some particularly nasty shade at fellow songbirds Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. Not that it was totally undeserved.
When some poor unsuspecting journo said, “You’re an inspiration to a lot of the younger musicians coming up like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga,” Pink began laughing. (And not in a jolly, good-spirited way, but in a, like, whoa kind of way.) More »