Posts tagged "Gotye"

Kimbra’s ‘The Golden Echo’: Album Review

There is not a single person on this good Earth who didn’t, at least once, attempt to sing Kimbra’s last note on Gotye’s 2011 hit, “Somebody That I Used To Know.” You tried, you failed, and the reason why is because you’re not Kimbra.

With the release of her second album, The Golden Echo (out today, ), we can all come to terms with the fact that no one is Kimbra. (Except for her, of course.) The singer melds every genre you’ve ever loved from childhood onward, providing a cohesive party that places the New Zealand siren at center stage. More »

Gotye Rejoins The Basics, Releases Brilliant Rock Anthem “So Hard For You”: Watch The Retro Video

Wally's Back!
Before Gotye conquered charts around the globe with “Somebody That I Used To Know”, he toured small pubs around Australia with a side project called The Basics. After a three year break the rock band is back together and have just released a seething new break-up anthem. “So Hard For You” is is an old school, ’70s-influenced rock song with refreshingly raw lyrics (“never really cared for friends they were more of a means to an end”). Wally doesn’t have a lot of luck with the ladies, does he?

The Andrew Mortlock-directed clip taps into the track’s retro vibe by focusing on someone’s very impressive vinyl collection. As for being back in the band? “It’s been a great challenge nutting out how to bring a large band, visuals and studio compositions together for the Gotye live shows over the last two years,” Kimbra‘s former duet partner said. “But right now I’m looking forward to getting sweaty behind the drums and playing rock ‘n’ roll in these fab clubs with my brothers Kris and Tim, and what better track to lead them into the fray with than ‘So Hard For You’.” More »

One Direction, Ke$ha, Beyonce, Bruno Mars & More Unite For Global Citizen Tickets Initiative

What do Beyonce, One Direction, Kanye West, Ke$ha, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Usher, Tim McGraw, Pearl Jam, No Doubt and Gotye have in common? They’re all richer than you! Also, they’re all part of the new Global Citizen Tickets Initiative, a new project designed to incite social activism by offering people free concert tickets.

Billboard reports that the campaign, created by the Global Poverty Project, allows ordinary people (just like you and me!) to take a “variety of social actions… to earn points they can use to win free tickets to concerts,” which is cool if you love music and feel like doing something. All of the associated issues relate to extreme poverty and include “polio, malaria, women’s empowerment, education and more.”  More »

‘The Great Gatsby’ Soundtrack: Hear The Sampler Featuring Lana Del Rey, Florence, Sia & More

Great Gatsby Soundtrack Sampler Video
Pretty Great
There are many great things about the upcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, but one of the great-est is the soundtrack, which features new tunes from Florence & The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Sia, Emeli Sande and a lot of other great artists, too. Great!

Now, the official sampler for the soundtrack has been unveiled, featuring 30-second snippets from each of the songs. Unsurprisingly, Lana Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful” is an instant standout, but Emeli Sande’s 1920s redux of Beyonce‘s “Crazy In Love” is stiff competition. As for Fergie‘s “A Little Party,” which was unveiled in full yesterday — well, it’s not the best thing here, mercifully. Listen to the full sampler up top, then check after the jump to skip around. More »

‘The Great Gatsby’ Soundtrack: Hear New Music From Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Florence & The Machine

Great Gatsby Trailer
It All Sounds Pretty Great
The star-studded, Jay-Z executive-produced soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann‘s upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby has been the subject of much speculation — questions like, “Oh my God, when can we hear this masterpiece?” and “If we don’t get this soon will we literally die?” and “Is this going to be the greatest soundtrack ever? Actually, never mind, that’s not even a question” — and now, more details are emerging.

The full trailer was released today, and not only does the movie look spectacularly lush and histrionic, there’s three new songs featured in the trailer: Beyonce and Andre 3000‘s cover of Amy Winehouse‘s “Back to Black,” Lana Del Rey‘s “Young and Beautiful” (originally entitled “Will You Still Love Me?”), which was produced by Rick Nowels for the re-release of Born to Die but left off the final tracklist, and Florence & The Machine‘s new original song “Over the Love.” More »

Grammy Awards: Review Revue

Justin Timberlake Was a Highlight — But what About the rest?
Adele added another award to her collection. Gotye added another minute to the 15 he already has by winning three statues. Fun.‘s Nate Ruess and Frank Ocean each sounded out of key. Katy Perry‘s breasts appeared to have tripled in size. Justin Timberlake returned with a standout live performance that included a full orchestra and Jay-Z. And Kelly Clarkson admitted on-air that she doesn’t know who Miguel is.

These were just a few of the moments during the three-and-a-half hours that made up the 2013 Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 10). We admitted in our wrap-up of music’s so-called big night that the whole thing was pretty underwhelming on this end. So how did the rest of the Internet react? Head below for a roundup of reviews. More »

Grammy Awards 2013: See All The Winners

The 2013 Grammy Awards have come and gone, and boy, that was an insufferably boring show, wasn’t it? We’ll be highlighting all the major moments in our recap and you can watch all the performances here, but here’s a few things we can all agree on: Kelly Clarkson is adorable, even if she doesn’t know who Miguel is, and LL Cool J loves himself a good hashtag.

Several heavy hitters were crowned with awards earlier in the day — see Rihanna and Taylor Swift — but the live acceptances were pretty much as expected. Check the full list of winners after the jump. More »

Grammys: Who Will Win Record Of The Year?

Oh, it’s that Grammys Record of the Year award, the one that always causes people to say, “Wait, didn’t somebody just win the Song of the Year Award?” But that distinction aside — the Song of the Year honors an exceptional composition (the lyrics and music), while Record of the Year awards the entire track, including the vocal performance and production — the Record of the Year is all about the epoch-defining songs of the last year, and it shows in the nominees.

These are the songs that were ubiquitous, but deservedly so, from the alt-ier end of the spectrum (The Black Keys‘ “Lonely Boy”) to the sugary pop bite of Taylor Swift‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” But what’s most notable is that the list is dominated by artists who had breakout successes this year, demonstrating that the year’s best songs are no longer the domain of music’s veterans: It’s anyone’s game now. Check our analysis after the jump. More »

Adele And Gotye Have Best Selling Album, Single Of 2012

Remember how Adele‘s 21 and Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know” were deemed to be the to-date best selling album and single, respectively, of 2012 last July? Well, both toughed it out through the end of the year and warded off all pop competitors to remain on top on Billboard‘s final 2012 tallies.

The publication notes that 21 sold another 4.41 million copies in ’12 (down just a bit from 5.82 million in 2011), thus marking the first time since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991 that the same album is tops two years in a row.

Elsewhere, Gotye’s Kimbra-featuring smash “Somebody That I Used To Know” racked up  a total of 6.80 million digital sales, with Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe,” the top tune on iTunes for the year, nipping just behind with 6.47 million overall. More »

Top Songs Of 2012: We Review Each #1 Single…In One Word

A Brief Summation Of The Year In #1s
When it came to the chart-topping singles of 2012, some artists, like fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and Taylor Swift, reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the very first time. Others, like Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna and Maroon 5, were no strangers to the dizzying highs of the pop chart’s upper tier.

Altogether, 13 lucky songs made it to #1 — down one from last year. And several have since gone on to be nominated for Grammys. Maroon 5′s “One More Night” and Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” spent the most time at the top (9 weeks), while on the other end of the spectrum, three other singles spent one solitary week in the peak position.

So how will you remember the biggest songs that sound-tracked 2012? Idolator editors Robbie Daw, Sam Lansky, Carl Williot and Erika Brooks-Adickman all racked their brains and tried to sum up each in one word. (It’s harder than you think!) Catch their abbreviated, retrospective reviews below. More »