Yesterday, Colbie Caillat
surprised fans by pulling a small-scale Beyonce
and releasing Gypsy Heart Side A
, a five-track EP that is to precede the singer-songwriter’s full-length Gypsy Heart
album (due out later this year). The Babyface
-produced “Try” serves as a single for this particular appetizer of Caillat’s.
“We did four or five songs. I love him as a producer and writer,” Caillat told Idolator a few months back while discussing her work with Babyface. “I just tell him any style that I’m in the mood for and we write it. It’s not like he’s pigeonholed in being an R&B producer.”
The lyric video for “Try” features Caillat, her fans and other famous faces — like Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Osbourne, Sara Bareilles, Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, Natasha Bedingfield, Christina Perri and Jessie J — going sans makeup in an effort to spread the message that beauty truly is on the inside. More »
is getting mighty festive, including country superstar and The Voice
judge Blake Shelton
, who has just released a cover of the Yuletide standard “Silent Night” with his old pal Sheryl Crow.
The campy cover artwork aside (that outfit! That pose!), it’s a solid offering from the country king, pairing his twangy, raspy vocals with the more velvety vocal stylings of Crow.
Sure, it’s a little self-serious — it’s rare to find a holiday offering in the country genre that doesn’t — but hark! Just try to listen to these two wailing together in the song’s final moments and tell me it isn’t great. More »
The three sisters of HAIM
were raised on ’90s radio, and their music refracts all those influences into an exciting pop tangle. Amidst their cornucopia of reference points, though, is a clear reverence for strong female acts from that era: Fiona Apple
, Alanis Moriessette
, Spice Girls
. And, of course, there’s Sheryl Crow
, who similarly churned out rock music slathered in pop sensibility.
So it makes sense that the L.A. band recently covered Crow’s 1995 hit “Strong Enough” for Australian radio station Triple J’s Like A Version series. Lead singer Danielle Haim offers up huskier vocals, as well as a smooth guitar solo, and the gals add some synth to the earthy song. Check it out up top.
While Lance Armstrong
thrashes against the current of ill will flooding over him from a betrayed American public, his ex Sheryl Crow
has announced she’ll be a mentor on the upcoming season of NBC’s The Voice
. Crow will coach Blake Shelton
‘s team, a spot that has been filled previously by Kelly Clarkson
and Reba McEntire
. Speaking about the announcement, Shelton called his friend Crow “one of the coolest people in the music industry.”
The new season of The Voice begins March 25 and will feature Shakira and Usher in place of Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, which is sad news for fans of ridiculous The Voice GIFs.
During the making of 1987′s Bad
, Michael Jackson
wrote “100,000,000″ in red Sharpie on every mirror that he used — as in, number of copies he hoped to sell. Jackson wanted to outdo his success with Thriller
, and as Spike Lee
‘s new documentary reveals, he turned to a wide range of sources, both old (Frank Sinatra
) and new (Public Enemy, KRS One
), for inspiration.
After making its television debut last night (November 22) on ABC, a pared-down version of Michael Jackson: Bad25 is available to watch online. The Roots‘ drummer Questlove has already complained of crucial information being left out of this edited version, but what’s left is still worth watching. Check out Bad25 above, which features an early interview with “Bad” music video co-star Wesley Snipes, a breakdown of the dancers that most inspired Jackson and a crucial question posed with the help of Justin Bieber: Who is Annie?
Rumor has it the producers of the next James Bond film, Skyfall
, have only one diva in their sights
for the sure-to-be-blockbuster theme song: multiple-Grammy-winner Adele
! Nothing has been officially
confirmed by either camp, but we think the platinum 21
songbird is an ideal fit for the classic James Bond motif. Not only is she dynamic enough to follow in the footsteps of Bassey
, and, er, Garbage
, she’s got the talent and smarts to make the job completely her own. UPDATE:
it’s no longer a rumor — Adele’s “Skyfall” has finally been confirmed
To further illustrate our point, we’ve compiled a Top 10 list of our favorite Bond themes of all time. (Nobody does it better, right?) More »
Today (Aug. 29) would have been Michael Jackson
‘s 54th birthday, so it’s fitting that Spike Lee’s Bad 25 documentary
— about the King of Pop’s seminal follow-up to Thriller
— has finally found a home. On Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) ABC will air
Lee’s in-depth look at the making of Bad
and its impact 25 years later. (Can you set DVRs three months in advance? No? Shoot.) More »
bravely won her fight against breast cancer in 2006, but the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has revealed that she has struggled with another serious health issue. The 50-year-old “If It Makes You Happy” singer has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, though, thankfully, it’s benign. “I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumor,” she told the Las Vegas Review Journal
. “And I was, like, ‘See? I knew there was something wrong.’” More »
Fresh off of her surprise performance at Coachella
‘s first weekend, Rihanna
performed for quite a different Cali audience on Tuesday night (Apr. 18). The “influential”
pop star took the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the 15th Annual An Unforgettable Evening benefit for the EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund. Among the famous faces in the crowd were Courage Award Honoree Sheryl Crow, actress Rita Wilson and director Steven Spielberg. By the look on his face, Spielberg really enjoyed RiRi’s set. (Who knew he was such a pop fan?!) We can only imagine what an unforgettable
evening it would have been if the Barbadian beauty had kicked off the night with “Birthday Cake
Did You Hear?
:: Lady Gaga enjoys a football game like any normal sports fan – wearing a diamond-encrusted tutu while pouring out extremely expensive champagne. [Celebuzz]
:: Ke$ha gets patriotic while pimping out her Baby-G watch line. [Just Jared]
:: Sheryl Crow will write the score to a new Broadway musical based on the 1982 movie Diner. “If It Makes You Hungry” opening number, anyone? [Vulture]
:: Twilight star Robert Pattinson is reportedly recording an album. The first track will just be pre-teens screaming in joy. [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: Kelly Clarkson has gone through a variety of looks over the years, but she’s pretty much always been the definition of “super cute”. [MTV Buzzworthy]
Below, find out which music acts will be appearing on the tube today. More »