Well! Ryan Tedder
, he of OneRepublic
demi-celebrity and writing all the biggest songs for all your favorite people (“Halo” by Beyonce
, anyone?) has been hard at work on some big albums for some people whose names you might know (Beyonce
, so no big deal) and he’s spilling the beans in a new interview with The Herald Sun
, where he revealed nothing of great
significance but probably “built hype,” which should make everyone happy. (Basically, there’s nothing here that anyone’s publicist is going to get upset about — it’s all good news.)
On the subject of Adele, for whom he penned “Turning Tables” off her bajillion-times-platinum 21: “[She] sounds even better than before,” he said. “I love where she’s at, she’s still my favourite artist in the world. I would press pause on my entire life if it meant I could go into the studio for a month straight with her.” I would too, Ryan. I would too. More »
In a year dominated by massive, game-changing hip-hop albums (think Kanye West
‘s experimental Yeezus
and Jay Z
‘s pioneering Magna Carta Holy Grail
), the pressure to stand out from the crowd must be almost unbearable. Wiz Khalifa
, however, might have found a way to do just that by calling on two of pop’s hottest ladies to feature on his forthcoming LP Blacc Hollywood
Wiz told Fuse News that he has already recorded songs with Miley Cyrus and Adele but hasn’t got permission to release them yet. “I got a lot of guest appearances that I’ve already done, but none of them have been cleared for the album yet,” the rapper admits. The ambitious Taylor Gang chief is also eyeing a collaboration with Lady Gaga.
“I want to do something with Lady Gaga really bad,” he told Fuse. “Lady Gaga/Wiz Khalifa — we need to make that happen.” More »
Hip hop has always been a musically competitive sport, with rappers going head-to-head in battles ever since the genre’s birth in the late ’70s. The best diss songs have sparked the most fueled beefs in rap history (Tupac
, Jay Z
, Nicki Minaj vs. Lil’ Kim
, etc.), but the light is rarely shed on other music genres. It turns out that some of our favorite pop stars know a thing or two about taking lyrical shots at other artists.
The tune that started it all was John Lennon‘s infamously brutal “How Do You Sleep?” in 1971, which was geared towards former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney. Later, in the 1990s, Alanis Morrisette brought back the diss track theme with her gritty signature song that was made for Full House‘s Dave Coulier, “You Oughta Know.” Since then, pop music has had its fair share of musical battles . Get into the beef below!
Grammys, diamond certifications and a legion of fans — all of that pales in comparison to Adele
‘s latest achievement. Yes, the “Skyfall”
singer has been immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds in London alongside pop legends like Kylie Minogue
and Tom Jones
. Her wax figure was unveiled earlier today (July 3) and the resemblance is uncanny. When the guy she penned “Someone Like You”
about wakes up to himself and realizes what he’s missing, the poor sod can always catch a bus to the museum and take a happy snap with a lump of plastic. More »
HBO’s Behind the Candelabra
, Steven Soderbergh
’s highly anticipated biopic on Liberace
, debuted this past weekend to much critical fanfare, with many critics praising Soderbergh for approaching his subject with a modicum of humanity (as opposed to mean-spirited camp). Although Liberace never openly pined to be taken seriously, we think he’d appreciate the film’s attempt to go behind the caricature and laud him for his ivory-tickling talents. Not to mention his other talents, demonstrated mostly on lover Scott Thorson, played by Matt Damon
In the spirit of reviving all things Lee, we’ve compiled this playlist of piano-packing pop stars, all of whom — whether they want to admit it in their cool little hearts or not — owe a debt of gratitude to the first man to make pianos hip since Tchaikovsky. Well, may “hip” isn’t the right word for the rhinestone encrusted, old-lady-arousing Lee…. perhaps we should say, Leee-gorgeous! More »
Memorial Day is sort of about remembrance, but mostly about getting an extra day of avoiding work or school which you probably won’t remember. And since this year it falls so close to the release of Daft Punk
‘s Random Access Memories
, we decided to throw together a Memorial Day 2013 playlist comprising some of our favorite memory-themed songs.
There’s something for everyone here: 80s classics, past legends like Michael Jackson and David Bowie, current legends like Jay-Z and Madonna, pop queens like Demi Lovato and Adele. So fire up the grill (can we finally say warm weather is here to stay?) and fire up the below 25-track playlist to cap off your three-day weekend. More »
Did You Hear?
:: A new poll of US citizens found that a majority of us just plain do not like Justin Bieber (54% unfavorability rating, 20% likablity). Same goes for Chris Brown (shocker!), who scored a whopping 57% on the unfavorable scale. The best-scoring pop star was Adele with 54% favorability, which begs the question, who are the unfeeling psychopaths responsible for the remaining 46%? [NME]
:: The lovely Solange has launched her own label, Saint Records. It’ll be distributed through Sony and she’ll put her forthcoming album out on it. [Billboard]
:: Maroon 5 are heading on tour with Kelly Clarkson this summer, and frontman Adam Levine says it will be unlike any other M5 trek. Levine told Ryan Seacrest, “I think the scene of this tour is going to be hip hop … we’re working in some amazing things that I don’t want to talk about.” So, get ready for whatever that means! [RyanSeacrest.com]
:: Gucci Mane has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault charges. The rapper allegedly struck a man in the head with a bottle at an Atlanta nightclub in March, and was in jail for three weeks before being released on bond earlier this month. [TMZ]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can catch on TV today. More »
This week’s Ibrawlator was feisty, to say the least: Soundtrack queens Adele
and Lana Del Rey
went head-to-head for best soundtrack single. (Have you seen the results
The Lovatics were in full force with the release of behind-the-scenes footage from Demi Lovato’s ‘Heart Attack’ video, while Beyonce’s “Back to Black” cover and Ke$ha’s remix track with Pitbull brought out the skeptics. But the release of Janelle Monae‘s new single and a preview of tracks from the upcoming Backstreet Boys album were here to save the day (or the week, in this case).
Check out some of this week’s best comments below!
Good news: Adele
is working on an album, and it’ll be out “mid-2014,” according to sources at The Mirror
). Reportedly, she’s in “lockdown mode” at a London recording studio for the next few weeks finishing up several songs: “Four tracks are finished in terms of writing and she’s now laying down preliminary vocals with backing music and singers,” explained an insider. “The rest of the record will be done in LA. The feel is very much Adele going back to her roots, with some modern jazz and a couple of classic old songs.” (That doesn’t sound very auspicious, does it? She can probably pull off anything, though, so we won’t panic just yet.)
Bad news: This isn’t faring well for Susan Boyle, who is no longer the label’s priority now that Adele is back in the studio. Sorry, SuBo. More »
Hey! It’s the 10th birthday of the iTunes Store, and Apple has very helpfully put up a sort of timeline going back through the store’s 10-year history, with all kinds of nifty trivia about what songs have performed well (The Black Eyed Peas
!) and what artists got an early start on iTunes (a lot of them!), and it’s a nice opportunity to reflect upon huge-selling songs and albums past, especially from a few years ago when things were, well, a little bit darker. (We’re talking Hoobastank
‘s “The Reason” being the third-best-selling song of 2004-level darkness.) More »