It’s time for Kanye West‘s annual Bashing Of The Grammys, truly the most wonderful time of the year. During his Yeezus tour show in Phoenix, West addressed the fact that he only managed to score two Grammy nominations, which really is all kinds of bogus. “Yeezus is the top one or two album on every single list,” he told the crowd, “but only gets two nominations from the Grammys. What are they trying to say?”
It’s true: Yeezus has landed in the #1 spot of nearly every major list of 2013′s best albums: Rolling Stone, SPIN, EW, Stereogum and even freaking Time have him at #1 (He also made our top 10, at #4). And the LP isn’t just a critical darling: it debuted with 327,000 sales, at the time the year’s third-highest opening week.
That said, leaving Yeezus out of the Album of the Year category makes sense. The music is simply too confrontational and abrasive for that honor, which was the point of this album in the first place. West wanted to buck the mainstream. Well, this is what happens when you buck the mainstream. Kanye wants to have it both ways, because that’s his entire MO, and that’s why he’s so interesting/infuriating.
But the merits of Yeezus are incidental to this particular issue. More »
Norwegian singer Maya Vik will release her Lay Low EP on December 16, and ahead of that, Idolator is premiering the funky, synthy and altogether ghostly set in full. Vik herself lays her sensual vocals over “Lay Low,” the first cut, before guests like Dawn Richard, rappers Little Pain and Handerre Linni and crooner Morgan Phalen each take a crack at the same haunting track, all of them detailing the story arc of a winter romance, from its beginning to the inevitable end.
“Since my music usually leans more towards funk, I think it’s really fun to put out music that wouldn’t necessarily be a part of my live show, but is still related to what I do live,” Maya tells Idolator. She continues, “I really like the idea of putting out as much music as possible at this point. And I felt that this beat that I produced was something that I could take in so many different directions that I really didn’t want to choose one direction. So I asked some of my favorite artists at the moment, all very different, if they wanted to do a song on this beat, and this is the result.”
Give her Lay Low EP a listen in full below. More »
Last night (December 10) the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show finally aired, and it was one of those rare television events that a horny teenage dude could watch alongside his emo sister and their Top 40-obsessed mother, since Taylor Swift performed with Fall Out Boy to open things, as outrageously accessorized lingerie models stalked around them. Swift, decked out in an equally outrageous Union Jack costume with a tiny hat, joined the pop-rockers for “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up).” Watch her strut her stuff up top.
Taylor also stuck around for “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Catch that performance below. More »
Tuesday night (December 10) was a night of homecomings on The Voice, now that NBC is using “homecomings” to mean “nights where employed musicians were busy, so we let some former contestants perform and took them out to Red Lobster afterward in lieu of payment.” Even Monday night’s promise that coach Christina Aguilera would perform turned out to be a blatant lie, and that one loves performing this season!
Perhaps the performance lineup was just an effort to help viewers understand the deep disappointment the soon-to-be eliminated contestants would feel when they exited the stage for the last time. Or, again, all the actual working musicians other than Xtina, Adam Levine, Cee Lo and Blake Shelton were at the American Country Awards in Vegas Tuesday night. Either way. More »
Do you have “Royals” fatigue yet? If so, that’s understandable! But don’t let that prevent you from exploring the rest of Lorde‘s debut Pure Heroine, one of the year’s best albums. And don’t let that keep you from watching Jason Derulo‘s recent live cover of the hit for BBC 1′s Live Lounge.
The jacked Tattoos singer was reading the lyrics off an iPad, but that didn’t stop him from turning out a solid rendition, even adding his own twist during this rare male cover of the song: “You could call me King Bee.” Hate to break it to Jason, but things might get contentious if he runs into King B.
Check out the performance up top. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Demi Lovato has opened up about the extent of her pre-rehab drug habit, admitting that she couldn’t go 30 minutes without cocaine and would even smuggle it on airplanes. [Just Jared]
:: Looking for new threads? Drake is opening pop-up stores in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Miami and New Orleans. Now you have no excuse to be unfashionable! [Vibe]
:: Britney Spears gets lip injections. That is one of the many completely non-shocking revelations in her interview with InStyle magazine. Oh, she also enjoys face masks! [Billboard]
:: Congratulations go to The Wanted‘s Siva Kaneswaran, proposed to his shoe designer girlfriend Nareesha McCafferey. Sorry, ladies. She said yes! [People]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »