Tonight, after seven weird and wonderful seasons, Liz Lemon’s world at 30 Rock comes to an end. Blergh. We’ve been brokenhearted for weeks–crying with one’s mouth doesn’t even begin to explain it–at the thought of saying goodbye to the kooky characters who have become our best friends, eternal crushes, and, in some cases, mortal enemies, as well as the lessons the show within a show has taught us should we ever become famous enough to hire two loquacious and opinionated entourage members.
But there have also been many musical moments that will be greatly missed as well. For Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), every passing second is an opportunity to audition for someone more famous than Harvey Weinstein, while Lemon’s unique philosophies are always best delivered in song. For a reminder of the longstanding rap beefs of Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and the stunning walk-off tributes for Kenneth Parcel (Jack McBrayer) check out our favorites.
If you’re celebrating the 35th anniversary reissue of Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours, don’t even think about hosting an average sing-along or staging a dramatic interpretation of the band’s personal lives–Glee already beat you to the latter, anyway–without including some glorious contributions from an unexpected source: 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz and Fleetwood Mac?! Yes, the Earth is still spinning, even if we were one day too early in publishing our weirdest musical collaborations list. Stevie Nicks and Chainz both enjoy maintaining long locks, but who knew their musical stylings were so compatible?
To satisfy those of us who don’t get our kicks from endless streams of NFL commentary and statistical projections this week, but rather leotards and big hair, Beyoncé is revealing more of his pre-game prep before Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show. In addition to a selection of fierce rehearsal photos that double as demonstrations on how to properly stretch, Bey posted a new video of her camp preparing for battle, set to 4‘s “Countdown” (yes, apparently “Countdown to Touchdown” is not just something that’s forced upon her when Pepsi execs are in the room).
Heels! Hair! High kicks! Last week we got a peak at what might just be Bey’s set list for Sunday night. It was Destiny’s Childheavy, but what about… everything else from her catalog? Reunions are great, but bring on the B solo material.
Shooting music videos with Tara Reid, judging America’s Best Dance Crew, and singing at sorority functions? While J.C. Chasez has kept a lower profile than his former *NSync buddy Justin Timberlake in recent months, the latest locale he’s turned up in is more surprising than the time we learned what the acronym for “ADIDAS” really meant. Yes, he has a tendency to wear fedoras in public and hang out with Glee‘s Matthew Morrison, but apparently JC is also a fan of the unexpected pop-up performance and somewhat stealing the thunder of nervous male undergrads who are just trying to snag a formal date.
It’s so much more than a weirdly tropical Hump Day here in New York City. The funny minds over at Saturday Night Live are letting you–yes, you–make a case for the musical guest you think deserves a shot on the late-night program. No promise on whether they’ll listen, but #SNLMusic Suggestion Day, as you’ve always dreamed, is finally here.
Four days and counting until Beyoncétakes over New Orleans, bringing what we hope will be a life-changing experience that leaves us all feeling a little more empowered and a lot more entertained. Oh, and I think there’s a football game going on? Something about two brothers and a tattoo enthusiast slash quarterback who has a large pet turtle? Eh, anyway, back to business.
We have a sneaky suspicion that football would be a lot less violent if Bey was blowing the whistle.
Lucky for those of us who can’t get to NOLA in time, Beyoncé is documenting her rehearsals (or carefully posing in flattering light) leading up to Sunday’s big game halftime show. Inauguration schmauguration, right? The best way to deflect negative attention is by offering up a tasty, exclusive peek at an otherwise mythical and secret life; no one understands this better than Beyoncé and her team. But what will she sing? What will she wear? Who will join her for a not-so-surprising live collaboration? Will we cry?
Miley Cyrus‘s March Cosmopolitan cover story is the interview that keeps on giving. Not only did she reveal two key groups to align yourself with if you want to make it in showbiz (that would be “Brazilians and gays”) and go bra-less on newsstands nationwide, but she finally elaborated on plans for her new album. We’ve seen some Twitter communication between Miley and Odd Future‘s Tyler, the Creator–including a enthusiastic suggestion to “get fat and watch TV”–and now we have proof that this friendly banter may have been born in the booth. Says Miley:
I wrote this song with Mary J. Blige, and Tyler, The Creator heard it and said, “I am obsessed with this song, and I will guest on it if you promise me that you will keep it on the album.’”And he killed it!
While Tyler isn’t the first artist we’d guess Destiny Hope would call for studio time, but when combined with her performance of “Rebel Yell” and penchant for dropping Twitter truthbombs, we’re liking the diva more and more each day. As we wait for what will be either a head-scratcher of epic proportions or the reinvention of music (not to mention Disney star career paths) entirely, let’s look back at some of the more unexpected, and to be frank, WTF musical collaborations over the years.
Ke$ha is taking her illustrated memoir, My Crazy Beautiful Life, to the small screen in a new docu-series from MTV. Like her book, the show follows the 25-year-old through professional and personal settings during the recording of her latest album (Warrior) and was shot over a two-year period by her brother, Lagan Sebert. “With this documentary series I’m revealing a more complete picture of what my life is really like. It’s not all glamorous but it’s all real. I want you to come on a whirlwind journey with an all-access pass to My Crazy Beautiful Life,” Ke$ha told our friends. No word on whether or not her romp with a ghost was captured on camera.
We saw you nervously sweating over Justin Timberlake‘s multiple appearances at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, but there’s no need to worry: JT’s musical comeback continues, now with a scheduled performance at this year’s Grammy Awards on February 10. And you knowAnne Hathaway is excited (and probably Taylor Swift–why let a good opportunity for the surprise face go to waste?).
Happy New Music Tuesday! Tegan & Sara‘s very excellent Heartthrob is out today (currently available for purchase on iTunes and streaming via Spotify). For their seventh album, the band wanted to switch things up a bit, drawing inspiration from their ’90s favorites and creating their own version of pop that’s dominating the mainstream. We sat down with the sisters to get the inside info on the album title, a tongue-in-cheek attempt at switching up some commonly held gender roles… at the expense of one of our most beloved boy bands.