Way before “Pompeii” was a Top 10 hit on either side of the pond, UK pop-rockers Bastille released the title track from their Bad Blood album as a single. It didn’t really do much in the way of blowing the band up, as it’s got a far darker aesthetic than the more accessible and cheery ’80s throwback “Pompeii.”
But now it’s time for Dan Smith & Co. to strike out with a follow-up in America, and, really, “Bad Blood” truly deserves a second shot. (Actually, in my book, the guys’ Snap!/Corona mashup “Of The Night” should have been a #1 smash, but I digress.) Above you’ll find Bastille fresh off the first weekend of Coachella, performing “Bad Blood” on Conan. And below is a web extra of the group doing “Flaws” on the show. More »
Drake is being sued for some $300K for using a sample of jazz musician Jimmy Smith on Nothing Was The Same track “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2,” according to TMZ. Before the beat drops in on the seven-minute double track, there’s a 35-second spoken word intro from the 1982 track “Jimmy Smith Rap” — and the interesting thing is that the liner notes for Drake’s album indicate the snippet was licensed (“Featuring samples of the Jimmy Smith recording ‘Jimmy Smith Rap’ produced under license from Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.”).
But Smith’s estate claims that not only was Drake never given permission to use the content, but that his camp never even asked. So it’s either blatant stealing or just a case of wires getting crossed at the labels’ legal departments. Either way, the estate is suing Drake and Cash Money for over $300,000. Hear the Drake track in question below. More »
This is why we can’t have nice things. Or, everything is embarrassing, you might say. Sky Ferreira released her thoroughly badass “I Blame Myself” video yesterday, and within about two seconds it was being labeled by some viewers as “racist.” The main issue is that the visual finds the (very) white Ferreira in the role of gang leader/dance commander in Compton, and save for a couple stray characters like a cop, the actors are not white, including her cadre of black backup dancers.
So, like Miley Cyrus and Lily Allen before her, Ferreira was accused of using non-white performers as props (on a related note: she’s the only female in the vid, so does that mean she’s using males as props and thus is SEXIST TOO?). And like those stars before her, Ferreira responded by saying the roles were filled based on who had the most talent, regardless of skin color.
But the critiques didn’t stop, so she didn’t stop with that simple explanation. Sky took to Facebook last night (April 16) to fully defend the video, highlighting her family makeup and upbringing, and absolutely laying into those who cried racism in the process. “Stop trying to search for something that isn’t there… My brother is half black. My cousins are black. My family is Latina & Native American. Some of my family is in the video. I wasn’t raised in a ‘white’ household,” she wrote. “Should I consciously only cast white dancers from now on?… Please do research before you make such shitty accusations about people.”
Read her whole rebuttal below, it’s worth it. More »
Courtney Love was enjoying a rare wave of good will following Nirvana‘s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony where she was booed by a bunch of lunkheads and buried the hatchet with Dave Grohl. But fear not, Love is hoping to right the ship and get back to pissing everyone off. First, video surfaced of the Hole front woman questioning Bruce Springsteen‘s rock bona fides because “saxophones don’t belong in rock ‘n roll.” And now she’ll likely feel the wrath of the Little Monsters after indicating she’s somewhat responsible for Lady Gaga‘s art awakening, saying she served as Gaga’s facilitator into the art world.
“I’m friendly with [Lady Gaga]. She started hanging out with a lot of my art friends and I think it influenced her and that’s great but it doesn’t necessarily translate for the masses,” she told Britain’s Gay Times. “She tried to take it on and sort of acclimate it into pop.” More »
From U2 to The Cranberries, Ireland has a long history of producing great bands. The latest act to add to that impressive list is Dublin-based quartet Kodaline. They broke big in Europe last year with critically acclaimed debut LP In A Perfect World and landed a string of radio hits with emotional rock anthems like “High Hopes” and “Love Like This”.
The band was recently stateside to promote new single “All I Want” and dropped by the Idolator studio for a quick chat between gigs. The guys opened up about their wackiest tour experiences, talked about those flattering comparisons to Coldplay and waxed lyrical about the state of American beer. (In short, they think our Guinness stinks). Watch up top. More »
One of the biggest bands in the world will be performing a string of rare small shows across the globe to celebrate the release of their sixth album. Coldplay announced they’ll perform six shows in Europe, the US and Japan around the May 19 release of Ghost Stories. The first concert is April 25 in Cologne, Germany, then they’ll hit up New York City followed by Los Angeles on release day, before jetting over to Tokyo and finishing up July 1 in their native London.
This won’t be Coldplay’s first experience in a more intimate venue this year. Back in March during SXSW, they performed at the 2700-capacity Moody Theater in Austin, where they debuted a handful of tracks from the new album.
Ticket information for this mini-tour will be mailed exclusively to subscribers to the band’s newsletter (sign up here). Check out the dates below. More »
After bidding a tearful farewell (on my part at least) to Malaya Watson, only seven contestants are left. And since Malaya was clearly my favorite, I’m struggling to figure out who of the remaining finalists deserve my love and support. This week’s theme is Competitor’s Pick, meaning that the kiddos have to select their song choice for the evening from a list compiled by their fellow six competitors. And, there are some super random guest appearances from the likes of Demi Lovato and Terry Bradshaw. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Aaron Paul crashed Arcade Fire‘s Coachella set and nobody noticed. The Breaking Bad actor scuttled across the stage dressed as the pope — complete with a giant bobble head. He later posed for pics with Ellie Goulding. [Spin]
:: Dying to check out Jay Z‘s Made In America music festival but can’t afford to trek all the way to Philadelphia? Good news. Hov is bringing the event to Los Angeles, so you now have your choice of venue. [Billboard]
:: Kylie Minogue‘s outrageous “Sexercize” video starred a bunch of scantily clad women but out pop singer Mike Munich has turned the tables, recreating the opus with a bunch of buff dudes. It’s semi-NSFW so be careful where you watch it. [Same Same]
:: This is really sweet. Lorde finally got to meet George Brett, the baseball legend that inspired her career-making hit “Royals”. He had earlier sent her a signed jersey with the message “Lorde, you are a royal to me”. Aww. [Consequence Of Sound]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
No wonder Taylor Swift‘s mega-loyal fans do wacky things like buy physical copies of her albums and legally download her songs. The Red diva has got their back. Take long-time Swiftie Gena Gabrielle. She invited the country-pop superstar to her bridal shower on a whim, and was visibly amazed when Tay actually turned up.
There’s so much to love about this. For starters, Taylor actually reads her fan-mail. (At least, sometimes). She also whipped up a batch of her own cookies for the bride-to-be and good-naturedly mingled with her friends and family at the Ohio shindig. While filming the event makes it seem somewhat calculated, who really cares when Gena quite obviously had the best day of her life? Watch up top. More »
A Page Six report that Beyonce and Jay Z could be joining forces for a 20-date summer tour had the internet buzzing overtime today (April 16). It sounds almost too good to be true but the Los Angeles Times also chimed in — predicting that The Mr. & Mrs. Carter Show would kick off on June 13 in Atlanta and wrap up on August 6 in San Francisco. They cited an inside source.
I’m trying not to get my hopes up in case this falls through but it’s hard not to wonder about the setlist. Obviously Bey and Jay would perform their own hits but the power couple finally has ample opportunity to tackle any (or all) of their brilliant collaborations. While everyone knows “Crazy In Love” and “Drunk In Love” (I hope), the duo has joined forces on at least eight other times. Peruse our list after the jump and please note that the songs are ranked in no particular order. More »