Pharrell has dropped a video for G I R L opening track “Marilyn Monroe.” He sings, “I just want a different girl,” and in the video, he certainly gets his wish. It starts with Pharrell going in to embrace some beautiful goddess, only to see her vanish just before he wakes up from a dream — but then the remainder of the reality-based visual is more like a fantasy, as he’s surrounded by dozens of women dancing to the orchestral funk number in what basically amounts to an ode to the manic pixie dream girl.
There’s also an appearance from the purple-coiffed Kelly Osbourne, who is featured briefly on the track and has struck Pharrell with cupid’s arrow in the visual. Check it out up top. More »
Kelis is one of the industry’s most versatile entertainers: She’s tackled funky, Top 40-friendly R&B (“Milkshake”), hip-hop (“Bossy”), dance floor-ready electronica (“Acapella”) and now, she’s moved into the throwback soul arena, tossing blaring horns, gentle guitars and rich vocals into the appropriately titled Food, a filling homemade concoction released yesterday (April 22) via Ninja Tune. (Have you checked out the review yet?)
Featuring foodie-friendly titled cuts like “Jerk Ribs,” and “Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy,” as well as “Rumble,” the album takes us out of the dance floor and into the dining room for some tasty sonic grub.
Since we believe all good music should be served at high volume, we’re giving away a 3-room Sonos Wireless HiFi system to blast this Food out loud. Want to win? Head below to find out how. More »
Kiesza, her love affair with ’90s dance music and the success she’s having in the UK at the moment have all come full circle. Following the Canadian singer’s ascent to the top of the British chart this week with debut single “Hidewaway,” she’s unveiled a video for her haunting piano-and-synth cover of Haddaway‘s Eurodance staple “What Is Love,” which NME premiered this week.
Originally released in 1993, “What Is Love” danced its way to the upper reaches of charts around the globe (and, of course, even gained a second life later in the decade thanks to this Saturday Night Live skit). Here, Kiesza and several extras symbolically go naked in the visual and delivers a stunningly stripped-down version of the tune.
If you’re at all squeamish about NSFW material, be warned: there are (the top halves of) butts. Otherwise, head below to watch Kiesza’s take on the song, plus the original Haddaway video. More »
After debuting a couple Ghost Stories tracks during their concert at SXSW, Coldplay have unveiled another album cut in a live setting, today (April 23) performing “Oceans” for BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge.
While the restrained, generally hushed tone of the band’s new material has invited comparisons to their debut album, “Oceans” is the first track that truly feels like it could’ve come from a Parachutes session. There’s hardly a hook to be found, but it’s a lovely, slightly forlorn sway of a song, with an acoustic guitar anchoring Chris Martin‘s meandering falsetto amidst some swirling atmospherics. Perhaps the studio version has a heftier arrangement, but for now, it sounds like the unassuming, pre-”Clocks” iteration of the band.
Update: Now with video! Watch them perform “Oceans” and “Magic” below.
Wiz Khalifa has scored himself a nice little hit with his trappy Auto-Tuned party anthem “We Dem Boyz.” And just as he knows how to make a hit out of the simplest of hooks (“Black and Yellow,” anyone?), he also knows how to charm a TV audience with some simple “stoner zonked out on the couch” behavior. Earlier this month, he cooked up some weed snacks on Arsenio, and Monday (April 22) Wiz appeared on Chelsea Lately to get that Blacc Hollywood promo with guest host T.J. Miller.
The main takeaway from the appearance is that Wiz has a strain of weed named after him (Khalifa Kush), which he gets for free from the marijuana company that sponsors him. Watch him talk about the incredible business deal up top. More »
Glee’s fifth season has all been leading up to this: Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) opening night on Broadway. In fact, she’s been dreaming of this night since we first met her on the show so five years ago. With the pressure mounting for her to perform, the big question of the episode will be whether or not she’ll be able to pull it off, or if she’s going to choke on the stage for all the world to see. More »
Oh The Voice, how did you manage to make this season’s live eliminations even more contestant-crushing than in previous years? Now, in addition to standing on stage as the results are slowly rolled out throughout the episode, and in addition to the live save component, the bottom three contestants are subjected to 90-second last-ditch performances meant to convince the voting audience to save them.
Yes: right as their confidence is shattered by the news that they are in the bottom three, the contestants have to “sing for their lives,” as Carson Daly so dramatically states it, for the 33% chance of making it to the next round. Evil? Deliciously so. Love it? Definitely.
Before that whole sudden death situation, coaches Adam Levine, Shakira and Blake Shelton perform live! No Usher this week? Nah: there needs to be some things left to the imagination/end of the season. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Lorde had to postpone her six-date Australian tour due to a nasty chest infection. She is heading back to New Zealand to recuperate before returning to the road. It was probably the dust at Coachella that made her ill. [The New York Times]
:: There’s something to be said for knowing your limitations. Gisele Bundchen is one of the world’s most beautiful women but she’s not exactly pop star material as her new H&M commercial proves. [BuzzFeed]
:: Willie Nelson‘s daughter was arrested in Texas for marijuana possession on 4.20 — otherwise known as the international day of the pot smoker. She now faces 180 days in jail and a $2000 fine. This is positively un-American! [Rickey]
:: Raise your glass to Ryan Lewis‘ mom. She is celebrating 30 years of surviving the HIV virus, which she contracted from a blood transfusion. The Macklemore producer is helping her launch a new healthcare project. [Billboard]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Lily Allen will ruffle some feathers with the title track of her awesomely-titled Sheezus LP. The spoken-word hip-hop/pop song is a rather biting commentary on the industry and her fellow divas. “Now wish me luck, I’m gonna need it,” she admits. “I’ll see you on the other side if I’m still breathing.” What is causing the Brit so much inner-turmoil?
Well, it could have something to do with the next verse of the song. “RiRi isn’t scared of Katy Perry’s roaring, Queen B’s going back to the drawing,” Lily quips before singing a certain Kiwi wunderkind’s praises. “Lorde smells blood, yeah she’s about to slay you.” It’s the next lyric that’s really controversial. “We’re all watching Gaga. LOL. Dying for the art, so really she’s a martyr,” she sings about the state of Mother Monster’s ARTPOP era.
Regardless of how you feel about Lily’s observations, you have to admire her honesty. This is a return to the fearlessness of her 2009 LP It’s Not Me, It’s You — a characteristic that has been sorely missing from Sheezus jams like “Air Balloon”. As for the video? It’s a multi-colored affair to evokes M.I.A.‘s visual approach. Watch up top. More »
Ricky Martin shared a preview of his latest World Cup anthem “Vida” yesterday (April 21) but the finished product is even more of a blast from the past than expected. With the exception of a couple of grey hairs in the heartthrob’s expertly pruned beard, the Salaam Remi-produced party anthem and video (for that matter) is fairly interchangeable with anything the 42-year-old released at his late ’90s peak.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s something to be said for consistency and Ricky sure knows how to knock out a summery smash with generic Spanglish lyrics that probably sound pretty inspiring after a couple of Coronas. It’s just that the “Adrenalina” singer seems to be revisiting former glories (ie. “The Cup Of Life”) when he could just as easily have a hit with something more current. Maybe next time. Needless to say, he looks great in the video and the Brazilian scenery is pretty awesome. Watch up top. More »