Posts tagged "Glee"

Lea Michele’s ‘Louder’: Album Review

It’s an arguable gift and a curse when an artist readies a new album following life-changing events. While on one hand everyone is tuned in, there’s almost a forced requirement to address said situation on record, whether good or bad. For an artist-slash-actor like Lea Michele, her solo debut album Louder (out today, ), would have served an entirely different function prior to 2013. The breakout star of Glee was geared for greatness the moment she entered the halls of William McKinley High School. However, she is now left with the unfortunate task of using her first project as a means to either vent or discuss the passing of her love, Cory Monteith. As she makes the inevitable move from Rachel Berryto Lea Michele on her new album, fans are left searching for clues that Michele has made gracefully transparent. More »

‘Glee’ Recap: The Best And The Worst Of Frenemies

Things Get Complicated For Rachel & Santana
After several weeks on hiatus, the Glee kids return with an episode title that lets you know pretty succinctly what the theme is going to be: “Frenemies.” Over the course of an hour, old friendships crumble and new ones are forged while certain pals with complicated relationships rediscover the simplicity of just being good friends who support one another.

Side note: It’s a relief to see the show return (at least this week) to the days of using songs that fit with the actual story line, rather than ones that are simply popular on the charts at the moment. And, clearly, the more recently-added characters are being phased out ahead of the series’ big move to the Big Apple in March. More »

‘Glee’ 100th Episode Song List, Plans For The Show’s Permanent Move To New York Revealed

Following a two-and-a-half-month winter hiatus, Glee returns tonight (February 25) for new episode “Frenemies,” which will find, among other things, Rachel (Lea Michele) and Santana (Naya Rivera) spatting over the latter landing an understudy gig in Funny Girl and Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Elliott (Adam Lambert) covering The Darkness“I Believe In A Thing Called Love.” Looking ahead, the cast members, both current and past, got together in January to shoot the series’ 100th episode, which is set to air in two parts on March 18 and March 25. Another big reveal that happened last month: The show’s location will be moving permanently to New York. In other words, goodbye, Lima, Ohio.

So how will it all go down? According to Entertainment Weekly, Lea Michele stated that Manhattan will be the full time location for Glee by end of the March 25 episode. Sam (Chord Overstreet), Artie (Kevin McHale), Blaine (Darren Criss) and — surprise! — Mercedes (Amber Riley) will feature, in addition to Rachel, Santana and Kurt, in future episodes after that. More »

Adam Lambert To Cover The Darkness On ‘Glee’: Listen

Adam Lambert has already covered (and fronted) Queen, so it’s only fitting that he is now covering tongue-in-cheek, Queen-influenced hair metal revival group The Darkness. Quite frankly, we can’t believe it has taken this long, but finally the triforce of theatrical, throaty rock wailing will be complete in this week’s “Frenemies” episode of Glee. (We also can’t believe it’s taken this long for a Glee ep to be called “Frenemies.”)

Lambo and Chris Colfer will be taking on The Darkness’ 2003 hit “I Believe In A Thing Called Love,” and the number takes place in a guitar shop, which is conveniently outfitted with a stripper pole, as you’ll see in the sneak peek after the audio below. More »

Lady Gaga, Tegan And Sara, Goldfrapp, Vampire Weekend Nominated For GLAAD Media Awards

All those up for statues at the 25th GLAAD Media Awards were announced today, and altogether 93 nominees made the cut. The gay media-monitoring organization stages the annual event to honor outstanding representations of the LGBT community in areas of music, movies, TV, and web and print journalism.

In the Outstanding Music Artist category, gay rights advocate Lady Gaga and her troubled (though apparently back-on-track) album ARTPOP are up against releases by Tegan And Sara (Heartthrob), Elton John (The Diving Board), Goldfrapp (Tales Of Us) and Vampire Weekend (Modern Vampires Of The City). Personally, it would be great to see Goldfrapp win here for the duo’s rich, orchestral sixth studio LP. More »

Naya Rivera Covers ‘Cosmopolitan Latinas’, Talks Stripper Poles & Sex With Big Sean

Recently-engaged Naya Rivera covers the spring issue of Cosmopolitan Latinas, where she chit-chats about making babies (someday) with fiance Big Sean, installing a stripper pole in the couple’s home and, well, this gem: “We have sex in public. We have sex everywhere!”

When she and the “Dance (A$$)” rapper are not putting on a display for all within eyesight and earshot to revel in, Naya is, of course, shooting Glee, which returns to Fox after a winter hiatus on February 25 and will also soon celebrate its 100th episode. But, yeah — back to the sex: “Latinas are really great nurturers who are great to our men; we love hard and we love to cook,” Rivera says in Cosmo Latinas. Sounds like Big Sean isn’t starved for anything.

Catch a couple of photos from Naya’s Cosmo shoot below. More »

‘Glee’s 100th Episode Will Be Full Of Familiar Faces: See Photos From The Set

Look Who's Back
Gleeks who are ecstatic over the recent news that Glee will be exclusively set in Manhattan from now on — ie. the current home of fan-favorite characters Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Santana (Naya Rivera) — have even more to look forward to when Season 5 picks back up after a winter break: The upcoming 100th episode will feature practically all of the original cast.

Michele tweeted the above photo from the set last night, which shows her paling around with Jenna Ushkowitz, currently still a series regular, and Heather Morris, who was last seen at the end of Season 4 (but has since left to care for her new son Elijah, who was born in September). More »

‘Glee’ To Say Goodbye To Lima, Ohio & Permanently Relocate To New York City

(Some Of) The Cast Is Making A Move
Glee fans can exhale. Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed at a Television Critics Association panel on Monday (January 13) that the the rumors are true, and the setting of network’s award-winning musical dramedy will officially switch from Lima, Ohio to New York City, exclusively. Longtime viewers have complained about several lackluster new cast members who popped up in Season 4 and their flimsy plot lines (sorry, but we ain’t got time for this Marley/Jake/Ryder nonsense), so this move — to the metropolis where original characters Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Santana (Naya Rivera) are currently living out their showbiz dreams on the show — should theoretically be a saving grace for the series. More »

Lea Michele’s Gets “Louder” With Her Album’s Title Track: Listen To The New Song

Lea Turns It Up
In the mood for some easy-breezy, uplifting pop? Then get a load of “Louder,” the title track from Lea Michele‘s upcoming pop album (due out February 28). “Come out of the shadow, step into the light / this could be the moment, are you ready to fight,” the Glee star sings atop a wash of synths and a driving beat. And speaking of driving, here’s how Lea herself describes the song to Billboard, who premiered “Louder” last night: “It’s a song that, no matter what, I can play in my car with the windows down.”

“Louder” was written by Colin Munroe, Jaden Michaels and Anne Preven — the latter being a former member of L.A. ’90s band Ednaswap, who originally recorded “Torn” (a song made insanely famous by Natalie Imbruglia), and a co-writer of Madonna‘s Bedtime Stories track “Sanctuary.” So it’s safe to say Anne Preven knows a thing or two about penning a tune.

“Louder” is, of course, no “Torn.” But it’s the type of pleasant pop fare that suits Michele’s voice well, and sounds good as we careen happily toward springtime. Give it a spin below. More »

Win A ‘Glee: The Music’ Christmas Bundle!

Gifts For Gleeks!
Attention, Gleeks — yeah, we’re talking to you.

As you might already know (duh!), Christmas is right around the corner now, and Glee is helping us get into the festive swing of things. In fact, they JUST aired their “Previously Unaired Episode” on December 6. (Have you checked out our recap yet?) And now, we’ve got an extra special Glee-sized treat for that special Gleek in your life.

To celebrate the release of Glee: The Music, Christmas Album Volume 4 (available at Walmart today), we’re giving away a complete package of every Glee Christmas album, volumes 1 through 4. Want to win? It’s easy. More »