Timbaland never really went away, but thanks to his work on Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/2o Experience, as well as Jay Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail, there’s a renewed interest in the super-producer as he enters a new era of his career. With more eyes on him again, Tim’s prepping another solo album, Textbook Timbo (I guess judging by the title, that’s bad news for anyone who’s tired of his trademark skittering, beat-boxing sounds). Tim today (December 12) has dropped the lyric video for monster single “Know Bout Me.” Featuring Drake, Jay Z and James Fauntleroy, the beat consists of a “Tubular Bells”-like piano loop unspooling over a trap stomp.
Jay is relegated to an opening ad-lib, but Drizzy more than makes up for the absence with a few standout lines, including this couplet: “I been singing and rapping, I make a killing in both / If I had to choose a Jackson, man I’m feelin’ like Bo.” There’s still too much of Timbo’s chirping and scatting for our liking, but other than that, it’s pretty dope! Makes us think he saved his fresh material for this release and unloaded all the leftovers on 20/20 Part 2.
Check out the lyric video below. More »
The boys from To Be One are shaping up to be one of the hottest new boy bands in the game under the expert guidance of Lady Gaga‘s ex-manager Troy Carter and MTV host/TV personality Layla Kayleigh. They impressed with debut single “Wherever You Wanna Go” but take things to the next level on “Do You”.
For starters, the band experiments with a slick, hip-hop sound on the new track and update their image with a more mature look in the flashy video. Given their breakthrough on America’s Best Dance Crew (they were runners-up), it’s no surprise the clip focuses on eye-popping choreography. Watch up top. More »
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 »