Following yesterday’s tease, Lady Gaga‘s full, live “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” visual has arrived. If you’re not quite up on the tune, it was originally performed by none other than Cher in 1966 — hence Gaga’s “Turn Back Time”-esque wig — and has been subsequently covered in some form or other by the likes of Nancy Sinatra, Bon Jovi, Audio Bullys, Charlotte Church and David Guetta. Needless to say, the song is a classic, which made it ripe for Gaga to tackle a rendition for her and Tony Bennett‘s just-released LP of standards, Cheek To Cheek — albeit as a live bonus track, recorded (in one take!) at Lincoln Center.
Tony and Gaga have an upcoming PBS special airing October 24, during which the pair will be performing selections from Cheek To Cheek. “Bang Bang” serves as an appetizer for what’s to come from that. Get cocked and loaded by watching above. More »
One Direction fans have called foul on a recent Daily Show joke, though perhaps not for the reason that the Comedy Central show may have expected.
During The Daily Show‘s September 23 episode, featured “correspondent” Jessica Williams joked with host Jon Stewart about newly-forming terrorist organizations. “Just as you were talking, a new terrorist group just formed with one member each from ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hamas, One Direction and the Zetas drug cartel,” Williams said.
The whole bit was a response to how the United States has been in conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) but refusing to call their increased action a “war.” However, Directioners interpreted the joke as a low blow to One Direction member Zayn Malik. Earlier today (September 26), their hashtag #TheDailyShowGoneTooFar, became a trending topic on Twitter. More »
With her Instagram presence gone and her lack of steady (and shady) tweets, Rihanna has surprisingly been under the radar over the past few months – save for a few scandalous photo shoots here and there. But the pop star hasn’t shown any public signs of working on new material – until now!
Rihanna’s been spotted in New York City over the last few days in and out of the recording studio, prepping for her pending eighth studio album (or #R8, as the Navy calls it). Her recent session turned into a reunion, as the singer met up with frequent collaborator Ester Dean. More »
“I am trying something new, don’t know how it will go,” Thom Yorke said today (September 26) on Twitter.
That “something” was a new album. With that announcement, the Radiohead frontman and Atoms for Peace founder released Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes via torrent service BitTorrent. One song, “Brain In a Bottle,” is available for free, while the album can be purchased for $6 – making for what BitTorrent calls “the first paygated torrent in history.” Artists like Madonna have used torrents to distribute content to fans before, but only for free, as The Verge points out.
A memo co-signed by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich explains why Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is out on BitTorrent. “If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work,” it reads. “Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers. If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.” More »
The Jessie J renaissance continues, as her single “Bang Bang” — already a smash in America, and just released this week overseas — is on track to top the UK chart. Great timing, then, for the singer to hit up one of our favorite British talk shows, Alan Car: Chatty Man. And what did the big-voiced songbird get up to talking about with Mr. Carr? The recent nude celebrity photo hack scandal, of course. That’s not to say naked pics of Jessie herself are doing the rounds — it was just one of the topics she ended up discussing with chatty man Carr on the episode that airs this evening, according to MTV UK.
Jessie said, “You know what’s funny, I got asked my opinion — I didn’t even want to talk about this, but hey — someone was like, ‘What do you think about it?’ and I was like, ‘Well…I’ve been in a lot of long-distance relationships, and as a woman, you need to throw down some stuff to make sure you hold down your man, right?’” More »
Influential rock band The Who has released its first new song in eight years, “Be Lucky.” There, it name-checks AC/DC and Daft Punk – two groups that have little in common, other than how they were once rumored to be retired.
“You want to climb without a safety line / AC/DC’s gonna be fine,” lead singer Roger Daltrey growls, before he assures that “Daft Punk’s gonna be fine.” The title of the Who song also references Daft Punk’s comeback hit, 2013′s “Get Lucky.”
Earlier this year AC/DC completed its first album since 2008, but to news that founding member Malcolm Young was hospitalized. (Billboard now reports that Young may be suffering from dementia.) Meanwhile, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories was the French electro duo’s first album in eight years, aside from 2010′s Tron: Legacy soundtrack. That (brief) time away from the spotlight resulted in rumors of retirement.
The Who’s “Be Lucky” will appear in the group’s forthcoming two-disc hits collection,Who Hits 50!, out October 27. Hear the new song below. More »
After making a major announcement about her upcoming single “Something In The Water,” Carrie Underwood is now treating fans to a music teaser! The singer posted the video on her official Youtube page, where she is at a photo shoot for her new album – Greatest Hits: Decade #1.
She seems to be taking the water theme quite literally, as her hair is completely soaked for the photo shoot. As for the actual song (which sounds like a mid-tempo ballad), it seems promising! The teaser jumps straight into the song’s chorus, with Underwood’s powerful vocals soaring over a booming, drum-heavy production. More »
Andre 3000 covers the latest issue of Billboard and talks of how he returned to the spotlight for the first time in seven years, with OutKast‘s high-profile reunion tour. Also discussed: his starring role as Jimi Hendrix in biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. The story finds him in limbo: On one hand, he continues to lay down sought-after guest verses, worth at least $100,000 each. On the flip side, he doesn’t feel that he can top the music he created starting 20 years ago and up until OutKast’s last album, 2007′s Idlewild.
“My opposition is time, age,” Andre says to Billboard. “You can make music forever, but I think there’s a magic window. I think you can go beyond your magic window and still be the greatest instrumentalist and greatest artist, but anything outside that magic window is just not resonating the same.” More »
Ariana Grande shows off her comedic chops in the new promo clip for Saturday Night Live. The singer will be performing on the show’s 40th season premiere on September 27, hosted by actor Chris Pratt. Donning her famous black cat ears, the mini pop diva exchanges some funny banter with the host. In the first clip, Grande jokes she falls asleep to Pratt’s movies. The second clip finds Pratt confusing the singer with being Spanish, not Italian.
The two songs that Grande will perform from her latest album My Everything has not yet been announced, but we’re hoping it’s between a fun-filled performance with “Break Free” and a soothing ballad like “Love Me Harder.” Who knows, maybe she’ll bring out her rumored boyfriend Big Sean as a special guest! More »
After two years since her last album release with Blown Away, Carrie Underwood has announced a musical comeback! The country star took to social media to tell her fans about her upcoming single. Titled “Something In The Water,” the new track will be released on Monday, September 29.
“Something In The Water” will be the first single from Underwood’s first-ever compilation album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, which is set for a December 9 release – just in time for the holiday season! More »