“Cruise on, motherfuckers,” Blondie
‘s Debbie Harry
said at Coachella, while on stage during Arcade Fire
‘s headlining set – one of the biggest surprises of the festival’s third day.
Harry joined the Montreal band on stage to duet with vocalist Regine Chassagne for Blondie’s 1978 hit “Heart of Glass,” then provide backup vocals for Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains),” off its 2010 LP The Suburbs. While Chassagne appeared intimidated by Harry at first, and Harry seemed unfamiliar with the lyrics to “Sprawl II,” the two were also clearly stoked to perform together. (“Debbie motherfucking Harry,” frontman Win Butler later said.) It’s a good thing too, because for Arcade Fire fans in particular, the match-up was inevitable.
When The Suburbs initially dropped, critics immediately compared “Sprawl II” to “Heart of Glass” while calling it an album highlight. Chicago duo The Hood Internet then released a mash-up called “Sprawl of Glass,” still years before. On their U.S. dates leading up to Coachella, Arcade Fire would cover “Heart of Glass” live. Watch Blondie and Arcade Fire team up at Coachella up top, then hear the Hood Internet’s mash-up and Arcade Fire’s live cover after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Gisele Bundchen is more than just a pretty face. The Brazilian supermodel also fancies herself as a singer and will cover Blondie‘s classic hit “Heart Of Glass” as part of her latest H&M campaign. Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt! [Huffington Post]
:: Here’s some great news for fans of The Cure. Frontman Robert Smith announced that the iconic band will be releasing not one but two new albums this year. Apparently, the material comes from the 4:13 sessions in 2008. [Digital Spy]
:: The power of Breaking Bad knows no bounds. Today the composer of the much-missed TV show’s score announced that his soundtrack will be released on limited edition double vinyl after receiving pleas from desperate viewers. [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: Shakira‘s hips don’t lie and her appeal transcends genres. The Colombian diva will perform “Medicine” at the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMAs) along with duet partner Blake Shelton. [Vibe]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
The year’s most talked-about acts dominated Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve
. Robin Thicke
sang “Blurred Lines.” Macklemore
tossed his own red sneakers into the crowd as he and Ryan Lewis
performed “Thrift Shop,” as if to drive home his own lines about rejecting $50 t-shirts. Curiously, Miley Cyrus
chose to sing “#GETITRIGHT” instead of new single “Adore You.”
And strangely, Pharrell
(“#GETITRIGHT” producer, “Blurred Lines” guest, GQ‘s “Hitmaker of the Year”
) popped up but didn’t perform.
“We like New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to be a review of the year in music,” producer Barry Adelman said to Billboard. If so, the special presented a tame and family-friendly roundup, free of the hand-wringing and click-baiting antics that its headliners caused throughout 2013. Well, almost: As Cyrus belted no-brainer “Wrecking Ball,” co-host Jenny McCarthy decided to taste a sledgehammer for herself. Meanwhile, the BANGERZ star wore a weed leaf earpiece throughout, and she kissed co-host Ryan Seacrest when the ball dropped, a moment that Rockin’ Eve failed to air but she succeeded in posting online.
See Cyrus’ performance up top, then catch other performances by Thicke, Macklemore, Blondie, Jennifer Hudson, Pitbull, Billy Joel, Ariana Grande and Big Sean after the jump. More »
‘s glossy new single “A Rose By Any Name,” two bold and brash female singers have teamed up. Debbie Harry
trades verses with Gossip
‘s Beth Ditto
, singing “If you’re a boy or if you’re a girl / I love you just the same” on the refrain.
It’s a dance track that channels Blondie’s disco-via-New Wave sounds of “Call Me” and “Rapture.” And it’s a good fit for Ditto, too, as Gossip’s last two albums found her singing over poppier and more groove-centric cuts. Check it out below. More »
The most talked-about producer on the planet
right now isn’t one of the many crafting new material for Britney Spears
and Justin Timberlake
. It’s Giorgio Moroder
, the 73-year-old Italian musician whose synth-heavy work influenced more artists
than you can fill
on a sheet of paper and soundtracked at least two generations.
Giorgio’s longtime collaborator and close friend Donna Summer passed away one year ago today, at the age of 63. The disco queen kept her battle with lung cancer private, but it’s Summer’s enduring legacy of revered songs like “I Feel Love,” “Last Dance,” “MacArthur Park” and “Bad Girls” that lives on. To commemorate the first year since the passing of Summer and celebrate the extensive work of Moroder, we reached out to the producer, who turned out to be as thoughtful as he is candid.
“The thing I miss most about Donna is the vitality with which she surrounded herself,” Moroder reflects. “She was always ready for a joke, even in the last months, never indicating that she was suffering. She even tried to convince me to lose weight with the special diet [she was on].”
Rest assured, Giorgio is a man whose calendar in 2013 is getting busier by the week. Still, he offered many insights regarding the classic tracks he produced throughout the ’70s and ’80s — not to mention a certain song recently recorded for Daft Punk‘s upcoming LP Random Access Memories. Head below as Debbie Harry and Blondie‘s Chris Stein, Terri Nunn of Berlin and Moroder reminisce about the music of Donna Summer and some of Giorgio’s biggest milestones. More »
After One Direction
announced they’d be covering Blondie
‘s “One Way or Another”
for charity, Daybreak
host Richard Arnold asked
, “Whose dad came up with that idea? It was 1978, lads.” (Their response: “Seems like yesterday to me.”)
A 30-second snippet of 1D’s cover has since surfaced online, and for now, it’s enough proof that the British boy band embraced the challenge, generational gap aside. Their take is a more stadium-ready rendition, featuring heavier guitars and a more dramatic build-up at the bridge. Check it out after the jump. More »
British boy band/instigators of girls screaming One Direction
will be introducing the ’80s rock group Blondie
to a whole new generation of listeners: The group has announced that they will be releasing Blondie’s famed single “One Way Or Another”
as a single for the charity organization Comic Relief in 2013.
The single will be available to pre-order on January 31, with an official release to follow in February in anticipation of March 15, Britain’s Red Nose Day, the biennial telethon that benefits poor and disadvantaged children. More »
Johnny Cash, legendary American singer and songwriter, would have celebrated his 80th birthday today. But even though he’s been gone for nearly a decade, his ground-breaking music and style still wield influence. His impact on songwriting extends well beyond the genres usually associated with his work — country, folk, rockabilly and blues — as artists of all stripes have revived or revamped his classics over the years. One of Cash’s most enduring tunes, “Ring of Fire”, for example, has been covered by everyone from R&B legend Ray Charles to New Wave rockers Blondie. We’ve rounded up six surprisingly pop-leaning Johnny Cash covers — plus one bonus cover-of-a-cover — below. More »