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served as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live
on January 18, where he kept the show lively with a strong opening monologue (in which he apologized for the proliferation of “YOLO”) and a string of solid impressions — from Jay-Z
to Lil Wayne
as Urkel to Katt Williams
Later, he took the stage to perform a medley of “Started From The Bottom” and “Trophies” on a mostly darkened stage, illuminated by only a red light that made him look oddly saturated. More »
Swedish songstress Lykke Li
has been pretty quiet since her 2011 LP Wounded Rhymes
dropped, spawning the ubiquitous track “Get Some” and brilliant sophomore single “I Follow Rivers,” but that doesn’t mean the singer-songwriter hasn’t been hard at work cooking up more melancholy Scandinavian gloompop for you — and today, Li announced that she’s ready to release her third album in May.
In an interview with NME, she shared that she conceived this album as the third in a trilogy that began with her debut Youth Novels in 2008: “Hopefully this one [is] the last in this chapter,” she said. “It’s always about me and the guilt and the shame and the hurt and the pride and the confusion of being a woman.” More »
Given their dubious reality TV origins, the bickering and drama, and their divergent career paths since splitting up, it’s easy to forget that Danity Kane
turned out some exceptionally forward-thinking pop tunes; but since reuniting as a four-piece
(now sans D. Woods
) the girls have been hard at work in the studio, and now the first official fruit of their labor has been unveiled: A new track called “Bye Baby” that sounds as fresh and current as anything on radio.
Production that sounds like Pharrell (there’s plenty of “Blurred Lines” in this song’s DNA) and luscious harmonies from the girls lend the song a casual, effortless funk; the chorus, though, is an instant earworm, with the kind of jazzy crescendo that wouldn’t sound out of place in an Amerie song. More »
went all slick pop with her recent single “SuperLove,” but she’s gone fuzzy and electropunk with new offering “Allergic To Love,” which clocks in at 71 rather noisy seconds. It’s not clear whether it’s just a scratch demo or something properly canonical but either way, it’s catchy and appealingly shouty — call it punk-lite, if you will — and appears to be a collaboration with Swedish alt-rockers Snuffed By The Yakuza
, which includes her longtime producer Patrik Berger
(he of Robyn
‘s “Dancing On My Own” fame). (I’m assuming as much based on the title.)
Either way, it’s rough around the edges and rawer than her previous output — and while it may not sound much like the Charli of her last LP, it reflects the intensity and vitality of her live performances. More »
Even as the EDM craze has begun to decline
, David Guetta
has managed to stay busy — producing tracks on recent LPs for Britney Spears
and Lady Gaga
, however dubious their quality —
but the French DJ and superproducer is still cranking out his own tunes as well, and for his latest single, he’s roped in singer-songwriter Skylar Grey
for a dance version of the 1966 hit “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” originally performed by both Cher
and Nancy Sinatra
The full thing drops on Beatport on January 20, but until then, there’s a little teaser video that makes it sound pretty solid; at least, there’s pummeling electro beats and luxuriously husky vocals from the reliable Grey, so there’s that. More »
Hello! How is your day? Could it be improved by a very low-resolution photo of Nicole Scherzinger
in the studio with producer Tricky Stewart
? You’re in luck!
The “Boomerang” songstress posted a new photo to Instagram last night which shows her hard at work, writing a new smash (with a pencil, no less) while Stewart (who helmed “Umbrella” for Rihanna and “Touch My Body” for Mariah Carey and “Single Ladies” for Beyonce, so he more or less knows what he’s doing) hangs in the background. She captioned it, “Studio making #magic.” Yes, hashtag magic. Everyone’s favorite kind. More »
People always said that if you believe it, you can achieve it, and friends, our dreams have finally come true: Celebrated songbird and apparel mogul Jessica Simpson
has finally joined Instagram, so she can share the minutest details of her personal life with her many fans. And look — she already has over 40,000 followers! That’s probably more than you have, but then, you’re not Jessica Simpson.
In the two days since she joined, she’s posted three pictures, each more scintillating than the next. Let’s take a look one by one, shall we? More »
Have viewers abandoned American Idol
? The show returned for its thirteenth season last night
with judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban
and new addition Harry Connick Jr.
— and posted its worst premiere ratings ever, notching 15 million viewers and a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49, down 23% from last year. Yikes.
Entertainment Weekly notes that the show’s ratings have been trending downward since 2006, with consistently decreasing ratings since 2010; then again, maybe it all comes down to how you spin it. Fox seemed to consider the ratings a triumph, highlighting the facts that it was their best-rated night of entertainment programming yet this season and the first time in three years that Idol outperformed its previous year’s finale in the ratings. More »
courted plenty of controversy with her satirical single “Hard Out Here”
(and its lacerating video), and the songstress promises that it won’t stop there: “When you put something out there, people want to write about it,” she said in an interview with NME
. “They want the hits, they want American Apparel to advertise on their blog. So, yeah, I’m sure people will find things to get angry about on the record.” Uh-oh.
That said! Just because the lyrics might get listeners a little riled doesn’t mean that the sound will. NME reports that it’s “a modern sounding pop album.” As Allen elaborates, “The last couple [of albums] looked to the past for their influences, whether it was ska or reggae or whatever, but this one doesn’t do that at all. There’s one that has a quite country-ish, Primal Scream-y vibe to it — but that’s about the extent of it.” More »
Well! As if there weren’t enough legal complications to keep Kanye West
eye-deep in lawyer’s fees (at least he can afford it!), the rapper has now filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the creators of a digital currency called COINYE
(get it?). New York Daily News
reports that COINYE is a crypto-currency (like Bitcoin!), which features a cartoon illustration of West sporting shutter shades; unsurprisingly, West objects to his likeness being used in this context.
As the suit details: “In interviews with the press, defendants brazenly admit that they adopted the marks COINYE WEST, COINYE and COYE to directly associate their newly minted crypto-currency with Mr. West… With each day that passes, Mr. West’s reputation is irreparably harmed… Consumers are likely to mistakenly believe that Mr. West is the source of these digital coins.” More »