Gossip monster aside, we’re really enjoying this performance. It starts of slowly but by the end Katy is really into it, and her vocal becomes more aggressive as she spits into the microphone. We imagine there’s some discomfort at having a woman, and a white woman no less, sing the controversial lyrics, but Katy carries it off with poise, eloquence, and some serious attitude. Our favorite part is when she raps, “That so cray / Ain’t it Kate?” Talk about adding a personal touch! Is this a career change for Katy? Are we going to see her rapping her own material in the future? Or do we smell another Kanye collaboration? A feature on Watch The Throne II, perhaps?
Poor Lana Del Rey; she’s yet to make it through one of her videos alive. In the video for her track “Blue Jeans” video, Lana meets the same plight as in her “Born To Die” video: Death. And this time, like last time, it’s all the fault of her heavily tattooed boyfriend. With a cinematic Noir aesthetic, Lana moves in and out of shadow in a black and white rendering, except she is not the dangerous femme fatale of the Noir genre; she is not preying but being preyed upon.
The clip is racy, with lots of phallic imagery and not so subtle innuendo (tattoo guy sticking his fingers in her almost lifeless lips is pretty creepy, and is only made creepier in the next scene where his elongated body penetrates the still water of a pool, the splashes creating some pretty suggestive imagery), and climaxes with, well, Lana’s climax. As she cavorts in the shadowy swimming pool with tattoo boyfriend, he turns mystically into a crocodile, upon which metamorphosis there’s some awkward bestiality and finally Lana’s petite mort. Is Lana’s constantly dying for love and sex an acceptable motif? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below!
Like we really needed confirmation, David Guetta has told BBC Radio 1 that Nicki Minaj (who he worked with on “Turn Me On”) is “Almost crazy.” Except that it’s not entirely what you think. While the limber faced Minaj does sometimes appear to have lost her mind, not only with her zany outfits but with controversial videos like “Stupid Stupid” and performances like her Grammys show, Guetta sees the craziness as coming from a much more commendable place. Guetta denied that Nicki is a “handful” saying, “Oh no, she’s really focused on work… Like incredibly. She’s a real perfectionist, like almost crazy… She’d make me re-do things like ten million times.” That seems like a pretty productive kind of crazy to us, and we guess it’s a testament to Nicki’s huge success! In the interview Guetta also talked about his collaborations with artists will.i.am and Sia, who he’s been writing music with — it really is the reign of the DJ with Guetta being one of the most powerful and prolific figures in pop music at the moment.
We told you we’d have a treat for you — and here it is! Gavin DeGraw‘s new video for his single “Sweeter.” The video sees a cheeky faced DeGraw sitting in a bar while a beautiful blonde girl fights with her boyfriend in the corner, casting furtive glances in his direction. Eventually the girl leaves with a clearly stoked DeGraw, and mischief ensues to the sound of summery beats. The pair break into a house and a montage ensues — and you all know how much we love a good montage! The video is filled with fun and ample sex appeal, from both DeGraw and his sassy female friend who ends up semi naked and parading for him on a dining table doubling as a run way. Everything certainly does seem “Sweeter” in Gavin DeGraw’s world.
New UK sensation Ed Sheeran has a new video for his single “The A Team”. The video, in an almost melancholy black and white rendering, tells the story of a young homeless girl. From the moment she wakes up in the morning on a park bench, she seems intriguing and charismatic as our heroine, but is also a profoundly sad figure as we see her day around London. From the crowded subway stations to the street where she stares longing at carts of flowers while trying to sell copies of The Big Issue, her plight is an unhappy one. Sheeran seems to be the only one noticing her, as he not only stops to buy a big issue but sits with her to talk for a while. The girl is forced to do some desperate things for money — it’s a bleak view of poverty set to Sheeran’s gorgeous vocal.
Katy Perry means business in the trailer for her new video for “Part Of Me”. Dressed in camouflage, Perry makes a formidable looking soldier, and there’s none of that “California Gurls” sugary sweet sex appeal that you’d expect from Perry. Instead, it’s all drills, helicopters and army objectives. It’s hard to tell exactly what the story could be from the video, but it looks pretty darn serious. We’re thinking there’s going to be some serious physical hardship in this video, and hopefully at least one explosion. There’s definitely guns and some fighting, but what we love most is Katy’s unmistakable blue eyes at the end of the teaser, staring out of her camo-painted face with a look of defiance and power. The full video drops next week on March 21st, so be sure to check back to see how the “Part Of Me” story unfolds, in the meantime, play the trailer on repeat and check out the cinematic promotional poster below!
Promoting their new album “The Big Roar”, The Joy Formidable played on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. A cross between M83 and Arcade Fire, with a haunting chillwave vocal, The Joy played “A Heavy Abacus”, which moved between a soaring hook and unassuming verses that built into an epic, stadium ready sound. That’s not to mention that the band themselves are pretty adorable, in that inoffensively quirky way that musicians in this newly defined genre of artists are. They Joy really are quite formidable!
Justin Hawkins Talks About The Darkness; “We All Hate Each Other”
In an interview with Spin The Darkness‘ Justin Hawkins talks at length about the The Darkness, his addictions and personality. Of The Darkness, he says, “we all hate each other. That’s why we make great music. You can’t make fire without friction. Well, maybe you can, but it’s like a chemical fire which would tear your skin off.” There’s lots of other great tid bits in there so when you have a spare moment make sure to give the interview a read. [Spin]
Elton John’s New Record Is “Exciting” Elton John says his forthcoming record is, “The most exciting solo record I’ve done in a long, long time.” We know we’re definitely ready for the return of the Rocket Man. [NME]
Are y’all ready for this? Oprah has infiltrated the house of Gaga — and will be the first member of the media to interview Lady Gaga and the real Mother Monster (Gaga’s mom) in their family home. The trailer for the episode is compelling, with Mrs. Germanotta describing how she and her husband thought their daughter had a “screw loose”, and according to Oprah’s website, “Gaga’s mother, Cynthia, breaks her silence on what it’s like to be the mom of the world’s most famous pop star”. Watching the video it’s easy to see the closeness between Gaga and Mother Gaga, as together with Oprah they laugh and banter naturally.
But the most intriguing part of the trailer is when Gaga, very earnestly, tells Oprah that she’ll be keeping quiet following the interview. Making emphatic hand gestures, Gaga says, “Other than this interview, Oprah, I do not intend to speak to anyone for a very long time.” We’re guessing she means the media and interview type scenarios, but what if it’s more general than that? What if Lady Gaga intends not to speak to anyone at all? HOW WILL SHE MAKE PHONE CALLS? Jokes aside, these are big words coming from the master of spectacle — Gaga is known for being vocal not only regarding her own art, but in social issues including bullying and LGBT issues. Who will speak for those who can’t speak for themselves, if Gaga wont? We’re hoping that the statement is cryptic, and that while she might not be speaking, she’ll be singing, and communicating through song and dance!
Rihanna courted controversy last month by releasing not one, but two tracks with ex-boyfriend and convicted criminal Chris Brown, who maliciously beat her in 2009. Brown provided guest vocals for a fully realised version of Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” while in return RiRi sang on a remix of Brown’s “Turn Up The Music”. Feelings in the industry and public were mixed following the releases, with both Rihanna and Brown zealously defending their work-place reunion. Rihanna has now spoken at length about her decision to work with Brown, and on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, divulged the following:
“The first song that came about was ‘Birthday Cake.’ I mean we ended up recording them at the same time and executing them together, but I reached out to him about doing ‘Birthday Cake’ because that’s the only person that really–it made sense to do the record. Just as a musician despite everything else that was going to be the person. You know I thought about rappers, and I’ve done that so many times, and the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown.
So I wanted him on the track, and then in turn he was like ‘Why don’t you do the remix to my track?’ and it was a trade off. We did two records. One for my fans. One for his fans, and that way our fans can come together. There shouldn’t be a divide. You know? It’s music, and it’s innocent.”
As an autonomous adult, Rihanna seems to be totally in control of her decisions, and from what she says working with Chris Brown was more of a savvy business move than anything else. And as long as it’s abuse free, good luck to her.