“Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh…”
Beyoncé is just full of surprises.
On Sunday, the Queen of Unannounced Visual Albums unexpectedly dropped the tantalizing teaser for the hotly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey, everyone and their grandma’s favorite introduction to BDSM. The brief tease also supplied us with a few notes of what sounded like a dark and mysterious reworking of her 2003 debut solo single, “Crazy In Love” — and now, we’ve got even more of the song to enjoy.
This morning, the full Fifty trailer hit the web and, steamy flirting and heavy petting aside, the clip includes an extended preview of B’s mesmerizing “Crazy In Love” re-work. Far from the upbeat pop sound of the original, the gloomy and dramatic number breathes new life into the song as King Bey seductively yelps and purrs above cinematic strings and a slow-marching drum beat, almost bringing Lana Del Rey to mind. It’s a haunting and chilly makeover — no doubt a fitting vibe for the film.
Listen to Bey work it out in the full trailer after the jump, and let us know what you think of Bey’s contribution to the S&M-themed film in the comments below. More »
Justin Bieber, more famous these days for drag racing, egging houses and making racist jokes on camera than for his music, has revealed that he’s actually been cobbling together songs for what one would assume is a new album. He did so via the time-tested news outlet of Instagram, where the tatted-up heartthrob posted a grand total of 11 new song snippets last night.
Many of them are R&B slow jams, one is a dance number, there’s a dash of reggae-lite, two are cutesy guitar-pop ballads and one prompted a certain Belieber to comment, “Fvck me Justin!!”
If you yourself would like Justin to fvck you, that’s probably not going to happen. But at least you can listen to bits of his new baby-making music below. More »
:: “Break Free” songstress Ariana Grande paid tribute to her late grandfather with a series of tweets. He passed away from cancer on July 22. [MTV]
:: To celebrate her golden 22nd year on Earth, Selena Gomez went to St. Tropez for her birthday vacation with gal-pal and model Cara Delevinge. The paparazzi followed suit, getting too close for comfort and causing Selena to demand some much-needed R-E-S-P-E-C-T. [Gossip Cop]
:: After dumping rapper Big Sean back in April, Naya Rivera just got hitched to actor Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. What can we say — girl moves quick. [Oh No They Didn't]
:: Justin Bieber has reportedly signed on to become the next celebrity spokesmodel for Calvin Klein underwear, completing his inevitable Marky-Mark spiritual journey. [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: Sheezus singer Lily Allen lashes out against BBC Radio 1 after getting dumped from their playlist and talks music-industry sexism. [NME]
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There’s catchy and then there’s “Geronimo”. Australian indie-pop collective Sheppard unleashed the unstoppable sing-a-long anthem at home earlier this year and scored their first number one hit (a rare feat for an independent act) and eventually sold triple platinum. The runaway smash soon caught the attention of overseas labels and the band is now a priority for Republic Records in the US.
So what makes “Geronimo” so irresistible? Well, the giddy pop anthem has hooks upon hooks and the kind of chorus that gets lodged in your head from the very first listen. It will be interesting to see if the song clicks over here but it would be unwise to bet against it. Check out the colorful “international” version of the video above and the original Australian version after the jump. More »
Angus & Julia Stone have unveiled another gorgeous cut from their self-titled third LP (due August 1 on Republic Records). The Australian brother and sister duo snagged legendary producer Rick Rubin to helm the album and his raw, less-is-more approach is very evident on “Grizzly Bear” — a melodic groove that channels ’70s Fleetwood Mac.
“Yeah I seen you there, lookin’ all pretty when you brushed your hair,” sings Angus over breezy guitar and warm keys. Julia then joins him on subtle but insistent chorus (“Can I take you home? We can go anywhere you want to go”). It’s softer and prettier than buzz track “Heart Beats Slow” and every bit as intoxicating as official lead single “A Heartbreak”. Listen after the jump. More »
Lana Del Rey‘s Ultraviolence era got off to a slow start — at least, visually — with her atmospheric but generally underwhelming “West Coast” clip. She turned things around with the wonderfully seedy saga that accompanied “Shades Of Cool” and the 28-year-old looks set to deliver yet again with her Nabil-directed “Ultraviolence” video.
The Complex cover girl shared a black-and-white still from the extravaganza on Instagram and she appears to be dressed as a bride. Only, Lana looks a little worse for wear, which would tie in with the bleak ballad’s disturbing lyrics (“he hit me and it felt like a kiss”). It will be interesting to see if the video tackles the domestic violence references head on or takes a more subtle approach. The visual is said to be “coming soon”. More »