Lana Del Rey unveiled her Tropico short film, and it’s, um, very Lana! There’s lots of poetry recited over visuals of nihilism and sexuality, because art! Del Rey plays a modern-day Eve, guided by American icons like John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe, and she transports to modern times as a stripper who galavants around with her boyfriend (played by model Shaun Ross).
The whole thing essentially comprises three big-idea, extended music videos butted up against each other: alone, they’re not too conceptual, but presented like this, there’s a Garden of Eden-grime of Earth-golden fields of heaven narrative. Visually, it’s fairly arresting, but beyond that, there’s not much left to chew on. But that’s our take. Head below to see what critics across the Web thought of Lana’s collaboration with director Anthony Mandler. More »
This year’s breakout pop act Betty Who‘s exceptional debut EP The Movement featured production from up-and-coming Los Angeles-based tunesmith Peter Thomas — and now, Thomas steps into the spotlight as the credited artist on his debut solo single, featuring Betty as his featured vocalist and muse. (Who could be better?)
The fruits of their labor together take shape in the form of “All Of You,” a deliriously euphoric dance-pop gem that rushes and crashes gloriously. Betty’s epic roar, “Oh, wind me up tight, convertible nights with you / Oh, I’ll give you romance, a hundred last chances too” is nothing short of chill-inducing, as a big Daft Punk-style synth breakdown cascades in triumphantly. Like all of their songs together, it’s anthemic and happy-sad (that wistful instrumentation at the bridge!), like Robyn at her most wonderfully pained. More »
Well, it kinda seems like Britney Spears has had it with the entertainment industry (could you tell?), and while she snoozes through interviews promoting her new album Britney Jean and her upcoming Vegas residency, she suggested that once that wraps up, she may turn her attention back to motherhood fulltime.
The two-year stint at Planet Hollywood, which will include 96 shows in total, said that the future is TBD: “I might, who knows… I may have tow more kids and get married… I’d like to have more kids,” she told Mario Lopez in an Extra! interview. More »
Jay Z took to his Life + Times site to post his own personal rankings of his albums from best to worst (thus, these are the official rankings). He also stacked the physical copies in the same order, as you can see up top — solo LPs only. No surprise, Reasonable Doubt stands at the top of the summit, with Kingdom Come smothered on the bottom. (Someday, someone will be brave enough to write a “Kingdom Come isn’t as bad as everyone says” piece.)
This is so great, though! It’s pretty rare for an artist to get into the catalog self-critiquing business beyond the “well, this one is my favorite right now” or “they’re all my babies, I can’t choose” boilerplate answers. Not only that, but Jay also offers some brief commentary next to each entry, admitting to artistic missteps and misjudgments. (It wasn’t all self-flagellation, of course. Hov posits that the top four selections are “classic.”)
Check out his full list below. More »
Rocking his bejeweled Phantom of the Opera mask, R. Kelly performed a medley of Black Panties songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (December 4). He quickly tore through ”Genius,” You Deserve Better” and “My Story,” with some help from 2 Chainz on the latter. But the best part, obviously, is that Kells recreated the cover of his album (which is out December 10), with a woman sitting on his lap and Kelly “playing” her like a violin.
Check out the performance up top, and then watch his interview with the host below, where he talks about the inspiration behind the album’s title, the next installments of “Trapped In The Closet” and his plans to bring it to Broadway. More »
“It’s a 16-minute introduction to our love of hip hop, films, guitar music and massive hooks.” That’s how Roman Rappak, singer from Breton, describes his band’s upcoming Force Of Habit EP to Idolator. Indeed, the four songs here run the gamut, from the indie rock of single “Envy” to the dark, synthy dance grooves on “Got Well Soon” to the orchestral and pensive soundscape that is “Sticker Factory.”
The frontman from the UK quintet explains, “We are really excited about this US EP, as we wanted to make something that people who had heard [2012 debut album, Other People's Problems] could listen to as a continuation of what we had put out already, but also that would work as an introduction to the band.”
Force Of Habit will be officially released on December 16 on Breton’s own imprint label Cut Tooth, via Believe Recordings. But ahead of that, Idolator is premiering all four tracks. Give the EP a spin below. More »