I was excited to write up my reactions to the just released Breaking Dawn Part 2 soundtrack listing, because I truly love the previous soundtracks from the franchise and think Music Supervisor Alex Patsavas always does a killer job cultivating tracks that suit each film’s mood. However, I know that my deep entrenchment in the Twilight fandom might make my opinion a little biased. Yes, I drink out of a giant Twilight cup and can identify every pair of Kristen Stewart‘s sneakers out of a shoe lineup, so my thoughts are certainly tainted by years of Twi-obsession. So take these silly, quick comments with a couple grains of salt, okay? They’re my unedited, unresearched, immediate reactions. Besides, we all know this soundtrack could be made up solely of songs by The Wiggles and I’d still love it.
1. Where I Come From — Passion Pit
- I thought their last album was a dud, but I like these guys and imagine this song will be fun for a shot of a lighthearted giggle shared between Edward and Bella or a wide-shot of the Volvo cruising along those curvaceous roads that apparently curl through Forks like a cement river.
2. Bittersweet — Ellie Goulding
- Her voice is wonderful and haunting, but I’m a bit less enthused knowing it’s produced by her boyfriend, Skrillex. I expect some serious “womp, womp, wub, dub” happening in the middle, and can really only imagine a ridiculous wolf pack transformation taking place over dubstep. Just feels so jort-y, ya know?
Squint your eyes and you’d swear the songstress gracing the latest issue of L’Officiel magazine is Florence Welch. Between the flowy fiery locks to the extra (maybe suspiciously so) angular shape of her face, our girl Katy Perry is looking strikingly like famed redhead Florence. This isn’t the first time Katy’s been linked to Flo. Remember when she impersonated her on SNL? Or how about when she rebounded with Rob Ackroyd, guitarist of The Machine?
How do you feel about Katy’s vibrant new hair color? Check out her entire “Spectrum” (Flo fans will get what we did there) below and vote!
[Photos: Company Magazine, L'Officiel Magazine]
If there’s one thing that can be said about Kanye West, it’s that the dude wears his heart on his sleeve. When he’s bummed out, he let’s us know. When he’s freaking out, he let’s us know. He’s famously sounded off on injustices like George Bush’s race relations, the VMAs and getting his junk cut off in a nude photo. So it’s no surprise that when Kanye’s in love, he’s gonna share it with the world. Well folks, today’s the day! The rapper has admitted his romantic feelings for Kim Kardashian in his latest song, “Theraflu.”
Rumors of the two being more than friends have been swirling for years now. But when the song made its debut on Hot 97 last night, he might as well have hired a plane to sky-write “Kanye Hearts Kim” over Los Angeles. “I’ll admit I fell in love with Kim around the same time she had fell in love with him,” he raps in track. “Well, that’s cool, baby girl, do you thing / Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop him from the team.” That last part is an obvious reference to Kris Humphries, who plays for the New York Nets, which is co-owned by his Yeezy’s good friend, Jay-Z. Oh the tangled basketball nets we weave…
The Material Girl, the Queen of Pop, Madge, Hydrangea Hater, up-and-coming director, Evita — Madonna has been many things to many people. She’s had hits and a few misses, but she always manages to titillate the masses with her upbeat pop songs, controversial videos and well-calculated publicity stunts. As we celebrate the release of her 12th studio album, MDNA — a collection of juicy pop tunes, invigorating dance beats and introspective lyrics — we’re marveling at the fact that she still knows how to grab and keep our attention.
Of course, she’s done her share of acting and made a case for herself as a director, with W.E. We’ve seen her pour herself into humanitarian efforts, fashion and writing (for mature adults AND children). But amazingly, we’ve realized that there are a few careers Madonna has yet to try. And that made us wonder — what if this music thing hadn’t turned out? We think she would have had a few other options…
A video of Adam Lambert performing “Outlaws of Love” — a song we’re thrilled to hear on his upcoming album, Trespassing — at a concert in Montreal found its way onto Youtube this past summer. In the clip, the singer talks about “acceptance” being a big inspiration behind his song-writing, specifically for “Outlaws of Love.” We asked Adam about it during our recent sit-down.
“I think one of the things about doing this as a career is that I’m able to give people strength and encouragement that feel like outsiders, especially being openly gay,” he told us. “But one of the things I haven’t gotten to do is sing about how it sucks sometimes, how it hurts, and the pain and the struggle that the LGBT community goes through on so many different levels. And that’s what this song is about.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Adam Lambert earlier this week in Los Angeles, where we chatted about the usual: his new album, Trespassing, it’s awesome first single, “Better Than I Know Myself,” and our mutual obsession with The Hunger Games. Yes, in addition to being handsome and talented, Adam is also a total YA nerd. Stars are just like us, guys!
Adam had no idea that he was a fan favorite to plan Cinna back before the movie was cast. “I definitely identified with the character when I read the books,” he told us. “I think Lenny Kravitz is gonna be rad.”
When we pressed him on his allegiance to Team Gale or Team Peeta, Adam admitted, “I didn’t know there were teams!” He added, “I think the thing that was really clever about the books is that, much like Twilight, it really divides the two. They’re both really good guys, for different reasons.”
[Let's pause for a brief swoon break over Adam referencing Twilight.]
We also asked Adam if he’d ever given thought to a movie career (cough, the new Les Miserables movie, cough). “Yes, if someone wanted me to do it,” he said. “I grew up doing a lot of musical theater…and I think much of my last album was me playing a character. But I like music so much, and I think singing is kind of my gift, I think. But sure, why not!?”
Maybe a role that involves a little bit of both?
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What can I say about Adam Lambert that you don’t already know? He is absolutely delightful, fun to talk to, and is wonderfully humble despite being mega-talented. I arrived at our interview in Beverly Hills this week to find Adam decked out in an all-black ensemble, the only color popping from his bright blue shoes. The singer, whose new album Trespassing drops mid-March, is well known for his eccentric fashion taste, but I couldn’t help but notice that his outfit was a bit on the subdued side. Naturally, I had to ask about his current sartorial mood.
“I think what you’re drawn to fashion-wise has to do with where you are emotionally and what you’re exploring in your life,” said Adam. “I think there was a point where, two years ago, in the middle of my first album, where it was all so ridiculous. And I was doing that on purpose. I was having so much fun being completely over the top. And that felt good, and that was what I wanted to express at the time.”
“I wanted to put feathers on and be this kind of glam-rock, glitter fantasy Lisa Frank unicorn,” he said of that time in his life. “I was kind of making a statement and being extra bold on purpose.”
Adam described his current fashion phase as “a little more streamlined, in my life too.” Said the singer: “I’m drawn to clothes that are just a bit more classic with an edge. Something that’s still weird and special; but I’m into a more geometric, darker [look].”
“But who knows,” he said with smile, “I may be wearing neon yellow tomorrow.”
We loved Etta James with all our heart, soul and ears. And obviously so did a MANY of other people. Ever since learning of the singing legend’s tragic passing this morning, celebrities of every stripe have taken to twitter to pay their respects. Click under the jump to see what some of your favorites had to say about the lovely Miss James. And head on over to VH1 Tuner to read her full story and browse through a photo retrospective of her amazing life.
Today is Britney Spears’ 30th birthday! Rather than curling up in the fetal position and wondering where our youth went, we’re celebrating by reviewing the odd and amazing commercials for some of her fragrances. While the ads may err on the ridiculous side, they sell a s—ton of scents. According to trusty ol’ Wikipedia, her first perfume, Curious, raked in $30 million in sales during the first three months it was on the market. Below, we break down all the weirdest and WTF-est moments from her the commercials for her three main fragrances: Curious, Fantasy and Radiance. (Girlfriend’s got nine total. Yes, nine.) Let’s get this perfume party started…
We’re loving the Breaking Dawn soundtrack and were really excited to chat with the musicians featured on the album at the premiere last week. So many interesting, unique artists who were mostly unknowns before their songs were chosen got to go watch their music play in a blockbuster film. How surreal! We were lucky enough to speak with Christina Perri (a major Twilight fangirl), Imperial Mammoth, Sleeping at Last (OMG that song! Tears) and Cider Sky and asked them all if they’d ever consider collaborating with another Twilight musician — actor Rob Pattinson. They were all, obviously, gung-ho and complimented his talent as a singer-songwriter and musician.
“He’s an incredible singer and guitar player,” Perri said. When asked if she’d love to work with him she replied, “I would be so down.” So would every other artist we talked to. Check out their Rob love in the clip above.
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