makes for an unusual guest on talk shows, because of his loud candor but also the cognitive dissonance between how he appears on a couch
and portrays himself in Yeezus.
In the album
he’s anti-pop if not anti-establishment, as he snarls through certain lines
, imagines himself pillaging through the Hamptons
and demands that you hurry up with his damn croissants
As announced today, West will go one step further on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when he debuts his “Bound 2″ video on — wait for it — The Ellen DeGeneres Show. For reference, child YouTube stars (and Ellen regulars) Sophia Grace and Rosie appear the day before to perform “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Ellen‘s official site also hints that West’s “Bound 2″ video “may or may not” star his fiance Kim Kardashian. Either way, while the show’s yet to release a promo trailer for West’s spot, Saturday Night Live did provide an oddly timely hint of what to expect in a new skit called “Waking Up With Kimye.”
“What better way to start your morning than with my energy, my opinions and the sound of Kim’s voice?” “Kanye” says, before host and musical guest Lady Gaga (!) enters as an Apple employee. Check it out after the jump. More »
Week! Yes, this week was full o’ Miss Lady Gaga
: From her crazy #ARTRAVE release party
in New York, to the official release of ARTPOP
(check out our review!
), to her candid interview with Howard Stern
, it was all about Mother Monster’s Reverse Warholian Expedition.
But that’s not all — there was tons happening in pop: Almighty diva Mariah Carey dropped her long-awaited “The Art Of Letting Go,” RiRi gave us something to get scared about with the creepy “What Now” video and we started looking back at the best albums of 2013. (Have you voted yet?) Plus, we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Jay-Z‘s The Black Album and the 5 year B’Day of Beyonce‘s I Am…Sasha Fierce with a Stan & Deliver.
We also had a bunch of premieres ourselves, including Never Shout Never‘s Christmas collabo with Dia Frampton on “Meet Me Under The Mistletoe” and Sabi‘s cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Dreams” And of course, you guys had a ton of things to say about all the releases this week. Check it out! More »
This is either brilliant or just more proof that all the creatives are out of new ideas. Alanis Morissette
is bringing her sneering ’90s smash Jagged Little Pill
to Broadway. The Canadian singer’s entire 1995 international debut will be adapted for a jukebox musical, also titled Jagged Little Pill
, along with other songs from her catalog and new tracks penned by Morissette for the show.
“I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story,” she said, and we’re hoping that means more details about her doomed relationship with Dave Coulier. The show will get orchestration and arrangements from Tony winner Tom Kitt, who worked on Green Day‘s American Idiot stage show. It’s scheduled to debut as a workshop production in 2014, giving you plenty of time to think up more “Ironic” jokes. More »
has toyed with nudity — and revealed a wide range of influences, from Botticelli
— in the months leading up to the release of new album ARTPOP
. She finds yet another compelling way to strip herself down in the album’s final buzz single, “Dope.”
Like other album tracks, “Dope” is theatrical pop. Unlike those songs however, “Dope” draws all attention to Lady Gaga’s voice without traces of other genres (’80s R&B, glam rock, house, trap) interfering. To a piano and organ, she roars as she sings through her apologies — “I know I fucked up again, because I lost my only friend” — and reveals the sentiment behind the title. She isn’t pining for dope, she needs you more than dope, and she wants to make sure that listeners hear that loud and clear in this ARTPOP ballad.
Lady Gaga’s “Dope” will make its live debut at the YouTube Music Awards, tonight (November 3) at 6 p.m. EST, and premiere on YouTube tomorrow. For now, hear a stream of “Dope” after the jump. More »
will debut her next single “Perfume”
today (November 3) at 6 p.m. EST on Facebook. Meanwhile, a leaked snippet helps to show exactly why it’s significant to Spears.
“Perfume” is a song that wrestles with the possibility of an ex moving on to another woman. On paper, Spears’ chorus ends on a determined note. “And while I wait, I put on my perfume / yeah, I want it all over you / I gotta mark my territory,” she sings. In a snippet of the sparse Britney Jean ballad though, the “Work Bitch” pop star sounds vulnerable, if not wounded.
“‘Perfume’ is incredibly special to me because it hits close to home, and I think the story is relatable to everyone,” Spears recently said to E!. “Everyone’s been through an insecure moment in a relationship that’s left them vulnerable and I think this song captures that.” While it skips and sounds garbled, the preview still helps to show why “Perfume” is as worthy of attention as Spears (and her team) has said.
Hear the “Perfume” snippet after the jump. More »
Stars — they really are just like us. How many times have you found yourself in this
situation — am I right, ladies? Yes, down-to-earth, normal human people Kanye West
and Kim Kardashian
have filed a lawsuit against a gentleman by the name of Chad Hurley
for leaking video footage of their marriage proposal
It’s a bit nastier than just that, though: Hurley, who co-founded YouTube and is currently hard at work at a new video “remix” platform called MixBit, reportedly crashed West’s low-key engagement at San Francisco’s AT&T Park (which he rented out for the occasion, remember) and despite signing a confidentiality agreement, then uploaded the footage to MixBit (described in the papers as a “foundering” business, yikes) in an effort to promote the service and himself. More »
songstress and perpetually underrated pop star Cady Groves
released a new song yesterday called “Take My Hand,” and it’s a stunner: A midtempo ballad with acoustic guitar, a skittering backbeat and an emotional vocal delivery from Cady. Produced by Kevin Rudolf
(Selena Gomez, Nelly Furtado
), the track was written in honor of Groves’ brother Casey, who passed away several years ago; “Take My Hand” serves as a touching ode to his life. Try not to get a little misty over the lyrics: “If you knew the pain that I went through, for never knowing / And if your sons could see you one more time,” she sings.
While fans continue to wait for Groves’ long-delayed album via RCA Records, it’s an excellent stopgap — and a salient reminder of just how talented she is. More »
Swedish-Australian songstresses Say Lou Lou
are one of those rare pop acts that don’t seem to be capable of releasing anything subpar: Each song is a pristine little pop gem, with perfectly dreamy production that swirls around their high, frosty vocals.
Their latest effort, then, is just par for the course, following up their genius cover of Tame Impala‘s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”: “Better In The Dark” is hazy and luminous and twinkly as a night sky, with a Kyliesque chorus that surges from a bed of synths and crashing drums. I don’t know how, exactly they keep on doing it, but I hope they don’t stop. More »
has twisted the Credo That Drake
Built for her Matangi
track “Y.A.L.A” (as in, “You Always Live Again”) which is a sly, if nonsensical, twist on the “You only live once” rallying cry of Generation Y.O.L.O. Maya posted a preview of the song on her Soundcloud, accompanied by the tweet, “If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit?”
M.I.A. spends the snippet rapping in a nasally yelp, and based on the 90-second cut, the track isn’t quite as frenetic as “Bring The Noize” or “Come Walk With Me,” but it’s got enough unhinged energy to bring to mind the dancehall rush of Major Lazer. If we learned anything from that sneaky “Come Walk With Me” teaser, though, it’s that it’s futile to judge an M.I.A. song before hearing the whole thing.
Hear a preview below, and check out M.I.A.’s tweet. More »
Tegan And Sara
made one of the best pop records of the year with their impeccable Heartthrob
— its only shortcoming was that it was too short
— which is why their new song, “Shudder To Think,” serves as such an excellent bonus. A b-side taken from the soundtrack for the upcoming Matthew McConaghuey
vehicle The Dallas Buyers Club,
the song features some nice, chirpy 8-bit instrumentation and ’80s-evoking production (I’d wager that this, like their album, was produced by Greg Kurstin
), with typically wistful lyrics from the sisters Quin.
Listen below. More »