Waka Flocka Flame Plays “Round Of Applause” At Kanye West’s Fashion Week After Party Kanye West is injecting fashion with music, and it looks like Waka Flocka Flame‘s performance of “Round Of Applause” went off at Kanye’s Paris Fashion Week after party. [Prefix]
LCD Soundsystem Release Another Sneak Peek At Their Documentary LCD Soundsystem have released another short trailer for their forthcoming documentary Shut Up And Play The Hits. The clip features the band playing “North American Scum” and James Murphy talking candidly about his age and how it influenced his decision to end the band. [Beats Per Minute]
It turns out Lady Gaga isn’t quite the exhibitionist you think she is. Sure, she’ll expose herself in the name of her art, but it so happens that the avant-pop star is a little more reserved when it comes to her private life. Life & Style has reported that Mother Monster is livid about plans to turn her life into a movie, and according to an “insider,” “She’s furious… She’s cringing at the thought of her life being exposed on television.” The “insider” says that Gaga is angry about the proposed biopic because she “It will portray her as insecure and needy… [Lady Gaga] wants to be seen as powerful and strong.” Apparently the movie is called Fame Monster: The Lady Gaga Story and according to the “insider,” “They want a total unknown” to play the role of Gaga. Liftime bought the rights to the movie, but apparently they’re currently being shopped elsewhere — although we can’t really see the point in a revealing movie about Gaga’s life that’s not endorsed by Gaga herself. For starters, such a production is likely to be more fiction than fact without Lady Gaga’s actual experience driving the narrative and relying on what we assume would be second hand information for the story.
In Behind The Music, Pitbull talks candidly to us about his phenomenal rise to fame, and in this little sneak peek you can find out how he was first discovered by Lil Jon. Speaking about the first time he heard Pitbull on the radio, Lil Jon says, “I was like, that is crazy, because I hadn’t really heard any Spanglish records like that.” Listening to the two guys speaking exclusively on the meeting that followed is a funny montage — juxtaposing Lil Jon’s beeped out swears with Pitbull’s boyish confusion and excitement makes for a giggle-inducing moment that sort of makes you feel like you could be friends with either of these guys. Pitbull describes Lil Jon approaching him with a twinkle in his eye and a giant smile across his face, “[Lil Jon said] “I don’t know what you’re saying, but you’re snapping shorty”… And in my head I’m like I dunno what he saying, what is he saying?” The two then go on to talk about laying down Pitbull’s first verse in the studio, which was adopted on Lil Jon’s album, and the giddiness as Pitbull recalls the experience is downright infectious.
Tune in to VH1 for the premiere of Pitbull’s Behind The Music on March 15th at 9/8c.
ABC has a new talent show in the works, and Kelly Clarkson has signed on to the new project. The TV show, Duets, will be a talent quest in the same vein as American Idol, but will be based on competitors performing duets with all ready famous super stars — enter Kelly Clarkson. The basic premise is that pop stars will trawl the country for the perfect duet partner, with ABC stating that the celebrities “Will individually set out on a journey across America looking for undiscovered talent worthy to be their protégés.” Joining Kelly in the quest will be Robin Thicke, Lionel Richie, and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.
The show will work as most reality talent shows do, with eight separate pairings and a weekly singing battle to the death. Well, not the death, it’s not the Hunger Games, but you know what we mean — contestants will be eliminated (in the most friendly, still living way possible) until there’s a winner. The prize is a contract with Disney-owned Hollywood Records, and depending on the success of the show, probably a charting single with the dueting pop star. Duets is set to debut this summer, so if you still haven’t got your fill of talent quests, then you’re in luck, because this one promises to be pretty fun with the stars getting hands on. We wonder if there will be any uber-fan experiences with contestants?
In a performance that could melt the heart of even the biggest talent show skeptic, Jessica Sanchez bought America to it’s knees last night with her rendition of Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You” on Idol. Jessica’s version of the song was a seamless tribute to the original, and she hit every note with such grace and ease it was hard not to get a little misty eyed as she memorialized the late, great legend with one of the most moving covers we’ve ever heard. And we weren’t the only ones — all three judges were completely ecstatic, and both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler seemed to have shed a tear or two during the stirring performance. Randy Jackson proclaimed, “Give it all to her! Jessica Sanchez is legit… This is one of the best talents in the whole country!” Jenny was equally gushing, but it was Steven who said what we were all thinking, “Jessica, you may be The One. You just made 40 million people cry.”
You know how you always dreamed of Metallica making a film in 3D? Well, it’s now officially a reality, with the band announcing that they’ll begin shooting this summer for a 3D film due for release in 2013. Metallica will be working with Hungarian director Nimrod Antal, and Lars Ulrich had this to say about the project: “I’ve been a fan of Nimrod’s since his first Hungarian film, Kontroll, showed up at Cannes in 2004 and blew everybody away… I’ve watched with excitement his career in Hollywood blossom over the last few years. Within five minutes of meeting him I was addicted to his enthusiasm, his take on the creative process and his ‘thinking outside of the box’ personality. Let’s get on with it!” And while it’s unclear what form the film will take (i.e. will it be a behind the scenes documentary? A concert film?), we’re willing to bet good money that it will be a grand spectacle fueled by the band’s high energy performance style and loud metal noise.
Fiona Apple’s New Album Title Is 23 Words Long
Fiona Apple has seconded herself, announcing the name of her new album which — while not as long as the eight line poem that denoted her sophomore effort, When The Pawn… — is healthily fleshed out with 23 words. The title: The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do. Try saying that fast three times. [Idolator]
Kanye West Unveils His Second Fashion Collection In Paris Kanye‘s second collection is stronger and more concise than his first, but whispers of something borrowed… Givenchy, maybe? Suspicious that pal Riccardo Tisci was spotted front row? Kanye really is a jack of all trades but apparently only a master of music. [Stereogum]
One of our favorite new bands, fun., has become the first rock outfit in more than a decade to send a debut single to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The band’s track “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae, which we were lucky enough to hear live when the boys stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live, has shot to the number one spot from number three, boasting 1.1 million downloads sold since its release, a spot at number 41 on Radio Songs with the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award, and a spot at number two on the Alternative Songs radio airplay chart. Basically, all you need to take away from this is that fun. rules, in a completely literal sense. The last time a multi-member rock band ruled this hard and topped the charts with a debut single was in December 2001/January 2002 when Nickelback burst onto the charts with “How You Remind Me.” Pushing Kelly Clarkson‘s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” to number two, and Adele‘s “Set Fire To The Rain” to number three, fun. are beginning to look like a force to be reckoned with. Indeed, their album, Some Nights, has sneaked up to number three on the Billboard 200 behind the dominating Queens, Adele and Whitney Houston? Should Adele be scared that her previously unshakable number one might be, well, shakable?
Neon Hitch’s new video for “Love U Betta” opens with the metaphorical blossoming of a flower, but for us the meaning is twofold — sure there’s an easy likeness to draw with female anatomy which is in keeping with the “Love U Betta” thematics, but there’s also the blooming of Neon Hitch as a performer who is coming into her own at this very moment. Then there’s the sugar/spice dichotomy which has Neon Hitch pulling some incredibly sexy, NSFW moves, on a chair in a bare room (reminiscent of Britney’s “Stronger”), in a dark cemetery and rubbing up against a lifelike mannequin. This video is definitely not for the faint of heart, as it sees Neon Hitch gyrating, bending and pulling some extremely provocative shapes, and dammit, she’s pretty sexy all the while. We’re also bopping along to the infectious clubby beat, and we’re sure we’ll be doing so even as we hum the tune this evening as we head home on the subway. Yeah, OK, we concede — Neon Hitch CAN love you better.