Josh Schwartz, the dude who brought us boob tube guilty pleasures like The O.C., Gossip Girl and Chuck, took a break from writing angsty teen dialogue for mutants long enough to share his picks for the albums that defined the last decade with EW‘s Music Mix blog. It’s hard to dispute that Schwartz has been incredibly influential in music and pop culture throughout the Noughties—credit him with introducing the world to Jason Schwartzman’s other gig (we’re still bummed), and for making Death Cab For Cutie famous enough that they could eventually move on to even more soundtrack work. Heck, we kinda love him, too, for booking power acts like No Doubt and Lady Gaga on Gossip Girl — a show that spawned two of its own potential music stars (even if it only promotes one of them), so we generally approve of what he has to say. A sampling of Schwartz’s self-titled categories after the jump: More »
Uh oh, there’s trouble a-brewin’ behind the scenes of Gossip Girl between aspiring double threats Leighton Meester and Taylor Momsen. Hollywood Life reports that Taylor’s miffed that GG producers have prominently featured Leighton’s musical output (her own “Somebody to Love” and Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls Go Bad”) on the show—in addition to premiering the video for “Somebody to Love”—while they haven’t bothered to reach for any of the music yet recorded by Momsen’s band, The Pretty Reckless. Truth be told, Taylor should be more upset about the horrifying clothes the costume department forces her to wear on the show, but hey, she’s picking her battles. More »
Among the slew of new releases today—Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle and Adam Lambert, to name a few—comes the A Very Special Christmas Volume 7 compilation. Yes, it’s chock full of the usual holiday suspects. But hark! AVSC 7 also features a cover of the yuletide classic, “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” by Gossip Girl starlet Leighton Meester.
So will Blair Waldorf’s rendition of the holiday fave become as celebrated as the Darlene Love original and the 1987 cover by U2 (which, incidentally, appeared on the very first A Very Special Christmas album)? Have a listen to a clip of it after the jump and see what you think of her prospects. More »
Admittedly, it’s been awhile since we tuned in to Gossip Girl. Whereas Season 1 offered up decent fodder worthy of original Melrose Place-type watercooler chit chat, Season 2 got a bit off track. And though the Hilary Duff stunt-casting/lesbian kiss wasn’t enough to draw us in recently, there was an overall morbid curiosity to watch last night’s episode and see how Lady Gaga’s performance of “Bad Romance” (not to mention her neverending red gown) would factor into it all.
Thankfully, that’s where YouTube comes in handy. Catch Lady Gaga briefly weaving in and out of Dan, Vanessa, Serena and Nate’s forever-tortured love lives after the jump. More »
Here’s a sneak peek of Monday’s Gossip Girl featuring Lady Gaga, performing “Bad Romance.” Thankfully, the idea of being a distracting celebrity muisical guest doesn’t seem to weigh Gaga down, and she makes her mini-performance just as wacky as you’d expect it to be. (Plus, I want that neverending red gown, and the dress-waving men to go with it. Do you think they have a cheapo version of that at Forever 21?)
Is anyone going to watch this ep of GG now that almost all of Gaga’s guest appearance has been leaked online? More »
Last night I ventured to New York’s Hiro Ballroom for the 16th birthday party of Taylor Momsen, who stars on the cult-beloved TV show Gossip Girl and who fancies herself a rocker chick in the Sassy cover girl mold. (Note this recent quote from her Teen Vogue cover story: “I would eat a boy my age alive.”) The “party” wasn’t a meet-and-greet affair as much as it was an opportunity for her band, the Pretty Reckless, to perform in front of a crowd of radio-station contest winners, assorted VIPs (including some video-camera-wielding family members), and co-stars. (Who, it should be noted, I didn’t see at all, due to them presumably being ensconced in the club’s roped-off upstairs area.) More »
In today’s lunchtime headline roundup: Spoon makes it all about them, John Legend is looking green, and even when it’s down, the music industry is still desperate enough to sign celebrities to recording contracts! More »