Forget about that Shakira/Rihanna duet! Two bigger sex symbols have joined forces, forever raising the bar for high-profile collaborations. Of course, I’m talking about Robin Thicke and Ron Burgundy. The unlikely duo recorded a sprawling disco anthem for the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues soundtrack and it’s a triumph.
“Ride Like The Wind” should have been on Blurred Lines. The slick ’70s groove is perfect for Robin’s whiskey-drenched vocals and he somehow pulls off the (intentionally) cliche, era-appropriate lyrics without sounding ridiculous. That album’s loss is Will Ferrell‘s gain and he sprinkles the track with hilarious Ron Burgundy-isms.
An example? “I was born the son of a lawless man,” croons the “Give It 2 U” hitmaker over a throbbing bass-line. To which TV’s grooviest anchorman replies: “You mean Alan Thicke?” It just gets better from there. Take a listen after the jump. More »
Expect Debby Ryan to be a name you’ll hear a lot more of in 2014 — the Disney superstar-turned-singer-songwriter is prepping her debut album with her band debby | the never ending — but she’s offered an advance tease at their sound together with their cover of the Yuletide standard “Santa Baby.” It’s not your usual cover, though — Ryan and company have injected this rendition with some unexpected country-rock grit, all twanging guitars and puttering drums. Her voice is nice and smooth, fitting over the production lseamlessly.
The video, too, is a lively affair, with Ryan all wrapped up in fur (an early Christmas gift, perhaps) having a casual jam session with her band. More »
Britney Spears has unveiled the video for her latest single, “Perfume,” and it’s a marked improvement over that abysmal lyric video: Not only does she look great, but as promised, she busts out her most serious acting chops since Crossroads (yep, I said it) in the video, which sees Spears playing the role of the paranoid girlfriend whose insecurity drives her a little nuts. (Not that nuts — really, all she does is work her angles and spritz on perfume, but that’s more than enough.) Or is Spears the other woman, and that non-Britney brunette is the girlfriend? It’s hard to tell. She’s on some kind of Mulholland Drive journey here, that’s all.
The Joseph Kahn-directed clip might have had a few hiccups production-wise — the director sounded off on Twitter about how his preferred cut of the video didn’t make it past the people in charge, and in fairness, it does feel oddly anticlimactic, a whole lot of tension without any payoff — but nonetheless, it shows that while Britney Jean may have underperformed both critically and commercially, the queen of pop’s still got somethin’ special. All those glamorous shots of Spears are great, but it’s the surprisingly emotive performance that nicely matches her full-bodied vocal delivery on the song. More »
Well! It’s certainly a very merry Christmas in Leona Lewis‘ world, as the songstress stopped by The X Factor UK on Sunday night to perform her holiday single “One More Sleep” and the results were, well, bizarre. The huge Diana Ross curls! The dancing Christmas trees wearing disco ball helmets! The oversize presents! Call the show The Camp Factor, because that’s all this is, folks. Just absurdly campy nonsense, with Leona Lewis wailing spectacularly. (She does have just the best voice.) Merry Christmas and all that.
In all seriousness, she does sound sensational — and this is one of the most eminently watchable TV performances I’ve seen in a long minute — and hey, Christmas, With Love is super good, so there you have it. More »
After teasing us with last December’s ’90s house-leaning Jessie Ware pair-up “Aaliyah” (which, it turns out, I posted on this site exactly one year ago today — crazy), the equally retro “What Love Is Made Of,” the similarly 1991-esque “5AM” and moody synth ballad “Crying For No Reason,” solid details on Katy B‘s sophomore LP have finally made their way online. The 24-year-old Londoner’s sophomore LP is scheduled to finally see the light of day on February 3, 2004, nearly three years after her debut On A Mission arrived. More »
After landing a couple high profile cameos on Big Boi‘s Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors last year, Phantogram quietly released a self-titled EP this fall. Today (December 10) we learn that the small bundle was a preview of their next album, Voices, with all four of those songs appearing on Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel’s 11-track sophomore set, which drops February 18.
Along with the news, the synth duo premiered album cut “Fall In Love,” which features samples of lush strings chopped into squeals and a buzzing bass line on the other end, with Barthel’s airy vocals floating in between. Phantogram have always had a slight hip-hop sensibility in their arrangements, and they continue down that path here.
Hear “Fall In Love” below and check out the tracklist (which includes a song called “Bill Murray”). More »
Jay Z‘s Magna Carta World Tour landed in Los Angeles Monday (December 9), and to close out his Staples Center show, Hov dedicated “Young Forever” to Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week and whose massive memorial took place today in South Africa.
“We want to dedicate this song to Nelson Mandela. A great man,” Jay told the crowd. “Spent 27 years in prison, came out to be President. All dreams are possible… So anybody out there that got a dream, y’all chase that motherfucker down as hard as you can. Let that great man stand as an example of what you can do.”
Watch the tribute below. More »
Lady Gaga has recently taken a break from US television appearances to conquer the airwaves across the globe, and lately she’s been posting up on Japanese television. The star recently appeared on the show Sukkiri and performed a beautiful, stripped down version of ARTPOP lead single “Applause.” Well, it was stripped down in the sense that this rendition consisted entirely of Gaga’s voice and piano. But in terms of emotion and musicianship, I’d say it’s actually more intense than the original.
Seated at the piano, surrounded by Mother Monster mannequins, Gaga belted out towering vocals and pounded away on the ivories, showcasing the type of classically-trained skills you rarely see from a pop star these days. Unlike her similarly acoustic lounge version of “Poker Face,” this take is more befitting of a concert hall than a cabaret. Check it out up top. More »
Kanye West stopped by Saturday Night Online recently for yet another interview (can anyone explain why’s he still doing these?). The star had several Peak Kanye moments. For instance, he explained being a creative genius as a “plague,” that it’s painful to have “all these ideas” and not being able to get them all out. He also said, “I’m great like Michelangelo. I’m great like Disney,” and called his rants “visionary streams of consciousness,” which is beautiful. But comparisons to Renaissance artists and entertainment titans, that’s par at this point. Comparing himself to our servicemen and women, and police officers? That’s new territory for Ye.
Speaking about the risks of the extravagant Yeezus tour rig, he said, ”I’m putting my life at risk…this is like being a police officer, or like war or something. You’re literally going out to do your job every day knowing that something could happen to you.” Yes, unfortunately, Ye said this. And this isn’t out of context, he wasn’t joking around. And yes, we get it, going up on a fake mountain and turning up is a precarious endeavor. But we don’t have to spell out why the two occupations are incomparable.
Oh, and Kanye added: “I’ll explain to my daughter my one day that me and her mother had to fight for this position that we finally have.” You hear that, folks? Kim Kardashian, freedom fighter. Watch the full interview below. More »
Lea Michele‘s probably-natural segue from TV’s Glee to pop stardom begins with “Cannonball,” the lead single from her upcoming debut album Louder (out March 4, 2014). Sia penned the track, and as noted yesterday when the song’s preview surfaced, Lea’s vocal deliver here is pretty faithful to what we imagine the go-to Australian singer-songwriter herself sounded like on the original demo.
“Cannonball” is now available on iTunes, along with pre-orders for Louder, and you can hear the song in full below. More »