Archive for the ‘Highlights’ Category

Justin Bieber’s Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Has Been Groped Once Too Often: Morning Mix

Feb 12th, 2014 // Comment

Did You Hear?

:: Justin Bieber really can’t win. On top of his mounting legal woes, the Canadian superstar’s wax likeness has been removed from Madame Tussauds in Times Square, New York due to excessive groping from visitors. [Gossip Cop]

:: Instagram really is a window to the soul. Lorde‘s latest update — a picture of her face lathered in acne cream — highlights the fact that she really doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Good for her. [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Skrillex puts on a really good show. Perhaps too good. Ever the showman, he dived off stage at a 2012 gig and landed on a fan. She suffered a stroke and is now suing the DJ. Fair enough. [NME]

:: Need another distraction in your life? Download Radiohead‘s new PolyFauna app. It doesn’t really do anything but was inspired by their new LP King Of Limbs, so it must be good. [Pigeons & Planes]

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Kanye West’s Air Yeezy 2 Sneakers Sell Out In Minutes: Morning Mix

Feb 11th, 2014 // Comment

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:: Kanye West‘s Air Yeezy 2 sneakers sold out in minutes despite Nike starting the online sale with no prior warning. Bidding for one pair has reached $16.4 million on eBay. [Pitchfork]

:: Speaking of hip hop fashion pioneers, Pharrell is doing his bit for the environment by signing on to design a line of jeans made from rubbish fished out of the ocean for G-Star Raw. You couldn’t make this up! [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: 2 Chainz is a man of many talents — rapper, weed connoisseur and educator. He dropped by Tanner Elementary School in Chicago to give students a lecture about staying in school. [VIBE]

:: Some critics made the mistake of slamming Bruno Mars‘ halftime performance at the Super Bowl. He fired shots back in the most hilarious way possible on The Ellen Degeneres Show. You tell ‘em! [YouTube]

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Kanye West’s “The New Workout Plan”: Revisit His Hilariously Brilliant ‘College Dropout’ Single

Feb 10th, 2014 // Comment
Dropout Turns 10
We celebrate a decade of The College Dropout. Read More »

Second Spin is a look back at our favorite pop gems that never got their due. They may be gone, but we’re here to make sure they’re not forgotten.

Before there was Yeezus, there was Kan The Louis Vuitton Don — a blossoming young producer from Chicago and Roc-A-Fella’s newest gem. Replace his menacing scowl with a cheesy grin, the leather joggers with a pink polo and a (fuckin’) backpack and Kim Kardashian with Alexis Phifer — and the result is a younger, more humbled Kanye West. Today (February 10) marks the 10th anniversary of West’s debut album The College Dropout, and its fifth and final single “The New Workout Plan” embodies the album’s underlying educated humor.

So head below to revisit a tongue-in-cheek, joyous Kanye West (so much smiling!) as he teaches women how to transform from a ho into a housewife, in one of his most fun music videos to date. More »

Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’ Turns 10: Backtracking

Feb 10th, 2014 // Comment
Dropout To Deity
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13 old Ye songs that trace his Yeezus evolution. Read More »
Ye's Pop Report Card
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We revisit Yeezy's catalog & grade each album. Read More »
Young Yeezy
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Behind the scenes of College Dropout with Ye & A-Trak. Read More »
Yeezus Review
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Our take on the relentless, exciting album. Read More »

Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Our friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

“I’m the funny version of Dead Prez.” That’s Kanye West giving an amazingly succinct and accurate summary of his career during an interview. Without a timestamp on that quote, it could have easily been something he said in the handful of, ahem, “honestinterviews he gave during the lead-up to the June 2013 release of his cathartic, abrasive and game-changing sixth studio album Yeezus. West’s incendiary “New Slaves,” for all intents and purposes, was the best Dead Prez song they never recorded, and it was a fantastic example of the ways in which his sonic and thematic fascinations mirrored those of the Brooklyn duo’s seminal first record Let’s Get Free. But that quote was actually from a Rolling Stone profile that ran in May of 2004, only a few months removed from the release (and subsequent smashing success) of West’s debut The College Dropout, which turns 10 today (February 10).

That made me take a step back. I’ve spent the past eight months lauding Yeezus as not only West’s best album, but one of the most important, innovative hip-hop albums of the last decade. For me, the angry, bass-blaring, Corbusier lamp-inspired, Chicago house-riddled Yeezus made the rest of his back catalog look downright saccharine. I remembering thinking at some point during the fourth minute of “I’m In It” that it would be very hard for me to revisit West’s earlier material — like, say, the day-glo urban working class paean “We Don’t Care” from his debut —  and not yearn for what I saw to be his career’s avant-garde zenith in Yeezus.

But I went back, and ended up being astonished at how Ye’s creative vision and philosophical ruminations have stayed consistent and vital throughout a career spanning 10-plus years. The College Dropout is the brilliant foundation of his raging, creative restlessness, as well as his constantly sharpening social mind. With this album, he wasn’t given access to the zeitgeist. He took it. More »

Whatcha Say: Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga Got Our Readers Talking

Feb 7th, 2014 // 1 Comment

Well, we’ve made it through another week in pop world! The week kicked off — quite literally — with a powerhouse performance from Mr. Bruno Mars during the halftime show at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Did you miss it? Probably not, since it was the most viewed halftime show….ever.

And of course, as with every week, we were given another nude Miley photoshoot, this time courtesy of Vogue Germany…much to the delight (and outrage) of many.

Plus, we were treated to new releases from the likes of Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, a promising up-and-comer named Allie X and Kelis, as well as Queen Kylie’s “Into The Blue” music video. As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments below! More »

Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae And Pharrell To Perform At The NBA All-Star Game: Morning Mix

Feb 7th, 2014 // Comment

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:: Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae and Pharrell will perform at this year’s NBA All-Star game on February 15. The talented trio will provide a little distraction before the titans of basketball get to it. [Consequence Of Sound]

:: It’s been nine long years since Missy Elliott last released an album but the pioneering femcee has a new album on the way. Maybe. She’s waiting to feel fresh and collect new ideas. Obviously, it’s an involved process. [Rap-Up]

:: Usher has soul music on the mind. He has tapped R&B diva Jill Scott to act as mentor to his recruits on the new season of The Voice. Sounds like a match made in heaven. [Vibe]

:: In case you were wondering where Lady Gaga keeps her meat dress, ARTPOP exponent has divulged that she keeps all of her glamorous outfits in Hollywood. For her sake, I hope it’s refrigerated. [Billboard]

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Clay Aiken Is Running For Congress: Morning Mix

Feb 6th, 2014 // Comment

Did You Hear?

:: Clay Aiken is running for congress. No, we’re not joking. The former American Idol winner is seeking the democratic nomination in North Carolina. He’s got our vote! [Gossip Cop]

:: In perhaps the least helpful scoop of all time, hitmaker Ryan Tedder has revealed that Adele‘s new album sounds “amazing” and “very Adele-ish”. I wonder if he heard the Phil Collins collaborations or not. [Twitter]

:: Red Hot Chili Peppers have come clean about not playing their instruments at this year’s Super Bowl. It seems there wasn’t enough time to set up live instruments, so they used a backing track. [MTV]

:: You know you’ve made it when Dave Chappelle crowd surfs at your show. That’s exactly what happened on the opening night of Skrillex‘s tour in San Francisco and there’s video to prove it. [Vice]

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Deranged Ke$ha Fans Are Sending Dr. Luke Death Threats: Morning Mix

Feb 5th, 2014 // Comment

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:: Ke$ha‘s stint in rehab for an eating disorder has pushed some fans to the brink of sanity. Producer Dr. Luke, who the diva’s mom blames for the situation, has been inundated with death threats on Twitter. [TMZ]

:: Congratulations to the all-conquering Katy Perry. The “Dark Horse” hitmaker is now the most followed person in Twitter history with a staggering 50 million+ followers. All hail the queen of social media! [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: Beyonce fans now have the perfect place to dine on Valentine’s Day. A restaurant in New York City is offering a Queen Bey-themed menu for the discerning stan. Pasta Fierce anyone? [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: While less relevant divas spend hours doing interviews and photo shoots, Mariah Carey just strips down to her ever-handy bikini for publicity. See Mimi’s sexiest Instagram update yet. [Instagram]

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Kylie Minogue Turned ‘The Voice’ UK Into A Ratings Winner: Morning Mix

Feb 4th, 2014 // Comment

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:: Kylie Minogue‘s addition to The Voice UK’s judging panel has been credited with turning the show into a ratings behemoth. Saturday’s (February 1) program drew 8.5 million viewers, giving BBC a 36.6% audience share. [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: Congratulations to Kevin Jonas and wife Danielle Jonas. Their first child Alena Rose was born on Sunday night (February 2) and the new parents shared an adorable photo of their daughter on social media. [MTV]

:: Timbaland can pick and choose projects as he pleases. So it’s somewhat surprising that the man behind new music from Justin Timberlake and Beyonce will be helming ’90s R&B band Jodeci‘s comeback album next. [Rap Up]

:: Now this is different. Rap star A$AP Rocky is releasing an instrumental single called “Riot Rave” followed by an instrumental album tentatively titled Beauty And The Beast: Slowed Down Sessions (Chapter 1). [Hot New Hip Hop]

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Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime Show: Review Revue

Feb 3rd, 2014 // 7 Comments
Super Bruno
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Watch Bruno Mars & RHCP perform at the Super Bowl. Read More »

Bruno Mars drum-soloed, stutter-stepped and sang his way through the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on Sunday (February 2) for an invigorating, if predictable, 15 minutes of retro-tinged (and, in the case of that Red Hot Chili Peppers cameo, legitimately retro) entertainment. It was a master class in pop class, and while it didn’t give us a “shocking” moment to pretend to care about for the next week, it also didn’t bore us. After Nipplegate and Miley’s twerking and Kanye’s rants, it’s kind of refreshing to see a solid performance, enjoy it in the moment and then not have to think about it ever again.

That’s our take, at least. As for the rest of the Web, the consensus seems to be that Mars turned in a workmanlike performance, that his vocals were live and that RHCP’s presence was a little befuddling. Head below for the roundup of reviews. More »