The curious case of Angel Haze continues, this time with her video for “A Tribe Called Red,” her fire-breathing EDM banger from Dirty Gold. There was a decent amount of extraneous bullshit surrounding that album’s release, so perhaps as a reaction to all that, she’s kept the visual for this track pretty minimalist, allowing the music to be the focus again.
The black-and-white clip finds Angel rapping on a soundstage, with a few cool lights littered across the floor. It was directed by Rollo Jackson, and shows that the MC is at her best when the music is poppy but not neutered and the rapid-fire rhymes are inspirational without being cloying.
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The Pet Shop Boys are currently readying their Alan Turing stage project, A Man From The Future, and gearing up for their second North American tour in support of acclaimed 2013 LP Electric, but the duo still found the time to re-work a recent viral gay rights speech by Dublin drag queen Panti Bliss into a 10-minute dance track. Panti, whose real name is Rory O’Neill, appeared on Ireland’s The Saturday Night Show in January and commented on gay oppression and homophobia, causing a subsequent flood of commentary and even legal threats against the RTE broadcasting company.
In response to the outcry, O’Neill gave his “Noble Call” speech last month at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, parts of which Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe pulled from and married to a synthy disco track.
Head below to hear the result — “The Best Gay Possible (Oppressive Dance Mix)” — and to watch O’Neill’s original Abbey Theatre speech. More »
Taylor Swift is the highest paid musician of the past 12 months, according to a new list compiled by Billboard. The 22-year-old superstar raked in $39,699,575, roughly $30M of which came from her six-month Red tour, which makes her tour haul the highest of anyone on the list. Coming in at number 2 is another country star, Kenny Chesney, who earned just under $33M, edging out Justin Timberlake‘s $31.4M. Beyonce, Maroon 5 and Pink comprise the rest of the pop acts in the top 10, while classic rock has heavy representation with Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. Once you hit the top 20, the pop takeover begins, with names like Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, One Direction and Rihanna showing up.
For the rankings, Billboard calculated US earnings from touring, music sales and royalties from streaming and other sources. Some earnings, like corporate sponsorship and merchandise, were not tallied. See the top 10 below, and head over to Billboard for the full list and more details on each entry and the methodology. More »
As springtime draws nearer, so does the release of Florrie‘s short, but hopefully sweet, fourth EP Sirens. The British singer previewed the three-track set last month, and now the first video from the project has arrived. (Each cut will have an accompanying visual.) Title track “Sirens” initially stuck out as a highlight from the EP, but for now we’ll all just have to settle for the colorful clip for minimal (lyrics-wise), banghra-esque dance tune “Seashells,” which was directed by Major Lazer collaborator Ferry Gouw.
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To be honest, it’s probably getting just as confusing for Justin Bieber to keep track of all the legal troubles he currently has as it is for us. And so when TMZ leaked video clips of Bieber’s May 6th deposition in Miami, we kind of had to ask, “Deposition for what, exactly?” The neighbor-egging incident? The limo driver thing? The DUI drag racing drama? Oh, right — that trash where JB’s bodyguard beat down some paparazzi.
During the four-and-a-half hours Justin was deposed in Florida, he was asked by photographer Jeffrey Binion‘s lawyer, as you’ll see in the above, condensed video, about dating Selena Gomez (Bieber’s response: “Don’t ask me about her.”), whether he knows Usher (“Usher…that sounds familiar.”) and if he remembers ever being in Australia (“I don’t know if I’ve been to Australia. Have I been to Australia?”). More »
Rick Ross has premiered the video for Mastermind standout “War Ready,” his collab with former nemesis Jeezy and ominous production from Mike WiLL Made It. It’s a pretty straightforward visual, with Rozay and Jeezy mean-mugging into the camera spliced with scenes of masked goons looking like 300 villains pillaging a warehouse. (And Tracy T pretty much steals the show after not even being listed as a feature on the official tracklist.)
There’s lots of machine gun fire, but amidst all the spent rounds, of course Ross is rocking a plush fur coat, which is not at all a war ready look. Check it out up top. More »