Kanye West plans to take producer Rick Rubin‘s earliest aesthetics, last heard in Yeezus, to a new level in his next album. “I think my next album is going to be eight songs,” he said at Miami’s Art Basel, during a Surface magazine talk with architect Jacques Herzog. “It’s just reducing down the amount of information that you need.”
West had turned to Rubin for help just weeks before he had to submit Yeezus to his label. West even recorded vocals for five songs just two days prior to his deadline. But as he would tell BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe, West had also asked for Rubin’s “Reduced By” aesthetic, as initially popularized by LL Cool J‘s debut album Radio. (“He’s not a producer, he’s a reducer,” West said.) More »
Rebecca Black, of that 2011 viral hit “Friday,” has released a new song-turned-sequel called “Saturday.” In its video she eats a bowl of cereal and sits in the backseat of a convertible, as she sings of doing in “Friday,” but she also moves right along to hang out at the boardwalk, light up sparklers at a beach and crash a crowded house party littered with red Solo cups.
At that party she smacks the butt of a partygoer, rides a stuffed Stegosaurus and laughs at a girl dressed as Miley Cyrus in “Wrecking Ball,” twerking. “Trying to get Friday out of my head,” she sings. “It’s all so hazy, got a little too crazy / You know I’d do it all again.”
Just a few weeks ago, Black said nearly the exact same thing. She was filming herself as she revisited “Friday” for the first time since it dropped. She groaned when she noticed a zit on her cheek. She clarified that no, someone didn’t smack her butt as she was walking by. She notes that she still has the same alarm clock featured at the start, but aside from that, “Friday” had changed her life. (Obviously.)
Watch “Saturday” up top, then see Black re-watch “Friday” after the jump. More »
Well! One Direction were the musical guests on Saturday Night Live this week, and unsurprisingly — given that they’re, y’know, one of the biggest bands in the world — a whole lot of hay was made of their appearance on the show. (That is, they featured prominently in host Paul Rudd‘s opening monologue, where Rudd invited some comedy royalty onstage to perform a rendition of Starland Vocal Band‘s “Afternoon Delight,” as well in a funny little skit where Rudd played their biggest fan.)
They also performed “Story Of My Life” in a nicely understated rendition, looking appropriately polished for the occasion as they turned out the rootsy track, then came out later to perform Midnight Memories track “Through The Dark.” Watch “Story Of My Life” up top, then see “Afternoon Delight,” the biggest fan skit, and “Through The Dark” below. More »
The great Beyhydration of 2013 is finally over! Well, sort of. A preview of Beyonce‘s “Grown Woman” video surfaced online today (December 7) and, despite the low quality and brevity, it delivers everything we’ve come to expect from Mrs. Carter — killer choreography, fierce costumes and masterful wig-whipping.
There’s so much to love about this clip. Beyonce looks incredible with long brown hair, the African influences perfectly reflect the music and it lifts synchronized twerking to an art form. Hell, there’s even a cameo from Bey’s mama Tina Knowles and a scene with three adorable babies.
It’s all very exciting but what does it mean? Was the cute clip scrapped when “Grown Woman” was shelved? Or does the video indicate an eventual release date for the song? Perhaps it’s just an unused projection from The Mrs. Carter Show or bonus footage for a DVD? The only person who knows for sure is Beyonce and we know she’s not telling. Watch up top. More »
The KIIS Jingle Ball rolled into Los Angeles last night (December 6) and the who’s who of the pop world turned up to entertain the sold-out crowd at Staples Center. It’s a genius format. Each act performs between two and six songs, so the emphasis is on big hits and grand gestures. Think 11 encores in a row from an oddball mix of superstars.
While the event flowed smoothly and delivered no shortage of highlights, it also had a couple of dramatic moments due to audio issues and a very public meltdown from one diva having an awful day at the office. The thing is — those blips just upped the entertainment level. In addition to great music, fans also had something to talk about between performers. But more about that later.
An out of place Travie McCoy kicked off Jingle Ball 2013 with a bunch of relatively stale hits, while an unexpected cameo from Neon Hitch just left people confused. Next up was Danish indie-pop band New Politics, who impressed with an electric live set built around breakthrough hit “Harlem”. More »
Lady Gaga stopped by Alan Carr: Chatty Man to explain ARTPOP in a way that she hadn’t before. Her task: paint a portrait of host Alan Carr, who wore nude briefs and a bowl of fruit affixed around his waist, as if it was a fanny pack. “Do what you want, do what you want with my body,” he roared, as Gaga repositioned his leg and placed a pirate’s hat on his head.
Soon though, Gaga realized that she was taking the wrong approach. “This is not really what ARTPOP is about, though,” she says. “ARTPOP is really about, that I am the canvas. Which means that you have to be the canvas.” So she walks up to him, palette on hand, and proceeds to dab, streak and smear paint all over his chest and torso. On his back, she writes “DRUNK.”
Watch the ARTPOP diva paint a portrait up top, then see her chat and perform “Dope” and, yes, “Do What U Want” after the jump. More »