R. Kelly‘s return to prominence has been one of 2013′s oddest success stories. Unexpected features and sexually charged tunes caught everyone’s attention but his formidable talent is why most of us are — low key — happy to have him back. Not convinced? Look no further than the R&B icon’s moving tribute to Nelson Mandela on last night’s (December 5) The Arsenio Hall Show.
The 46-year-old sat down at the piano to perform “Soldier’s Heart” — a gentle ballad, which he once performed for the great humanitarian. It’s a simple, moving tribute. “He stood on the front line, he lead the way out of the darkness,” Mr. Kelly sings. “He didn’t let us go astray.” Watch up top. More »
Getting sisters Tegan and Sara Quin to reveal their favorite albums of 2013 to us proved to be a bit tricky, but not because they didn’t want to take part in our year-end coverage. In fact, the Heartthrob pair chatted in the above video clip at length about their two respective picks. It was simply that word “favorite” that had them sort of at odds.
“We feel it necessary to set a disclaimer, which is that we’re Canadian and also twins, and we were raised not to say ‘favorite’,” Tegan says. “Everyone is equal. Not all records are equal, but all the ones we like are equal.” More »
One reason to look forward to the new year: Tensnake will release a full album, titled Glow, on March 14 (via Capitol imprint Astralwerks). The German remixer/producer teased his forthcoming set late this past summer with the Fiora-featuring dual single “58 BPM”/”See Right Through.” As it turns out, vocalist Fiora features heavily on Glow — she turns up on no less than seven of the album’s 15 tracks.
One of those songs is “Love Sublime,” a collaboration that also features revitalized legend Nile Rodgers. Our one-word review of the track? Just knock “Love” off the title. Dance music — and pop in general, for that matter — doesn’t get much better than this slinky disco jam. (Note: Rodgers does some classic Chic-esque guitar licks here.) Consider this a last minute contender for your Best Of 2013 playlists.
Hear “Love Sublime” and catch Tensnake’s Glow tracklist below. More »
A last-minute scheduling conflict has kept Drake from being able to make his appearance at tonight’s Grammy nominations concert, says Drake’s publicist. (Who else?) TMZ reports that his publicist cites scheduling complications: ”[He's] currently in the middle of his nationwide ‘Would You Like A Tour?’ and sincerely apologizes to his fans that he can’t be there.”
There’s a wrinkle to this fable, though: He doesn’t have a show this evening. Hmph. Maybe he just needs an extra night to rest those pipes. More »
Despite some very shaky reviews, NBC’s live staging of The Sound Of Music last night (December 5) garnered huge ratings for the network. The three hour special averaged 18.5 million viewers, due in no small part to the huge fanbase of star Carrie Underwood, who took on the lead role of Maria von Trapp.
The broadcast peaked with 19 million viewers in the 9 p.m. hour, according to Variety, and the 7.0 rating in the female 25-54 demographic helped the musical beat out CBS’s Thursday night juggernaut The Big Bang Theory. It was NBC’s biggest non-sports Thursday since the ER finale in 2009. More »
Kendrick Lamar and his guru Dr. Dre team up in a new commercial for the Beats Pill. The 90-second spot starts with the two hip-hop heroes in Dre’s cavernous studio laying down a new track. The brief snippet sounds pretty killer, but they both agree that something’s missing. At this point we get to see some acting from the guys. Fast forward a day, they reconvene, and have an epiphany — needs more drums.
K-Dot takes up the mic again, this time with the revamped beat, and while we only get a few seconds of the song, hooo man, does it sound like a beast. Watch the ad up top, and start speculating about a new album from the “Control” king for 2014. More »