We’re trying to write this through tears so we’re sorry if what we’re about to say comes off as overly emotional or melancholy, but we’re broken hearted. Frank Ocean has announced via his Tumblr that he won’t be turning his critically acclaimed mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra, into the hotly anticipated Nostalgia, Lite, full album after all. He wrote, “‘Nostalgia, Lite.’ is never coming out… Hahaha. What I look like a year later re-releasing my last album? Not icey. B*tch I’m icey.” Ocean had previously promised the album for summer this year, but instead has left us shattered and hopeless. There will, however, be a Def Jam debut from Ocean this spring, of which Ocean said, “[It felt like Def Jam was] signing a kid with dreams and talent with no intention of following through… [But now] we’re cool. There is a new album coming. I’m super proud of it.” So we suppose all hope is not lost after all!
Esperanza Spalding played live on The Late Show With David Letterman last night, and blew us away with her amazing fusion sound. Somewhere between jazz and pop, Spalding’s track “Radio Song” is a contradiction, frenetic in it’s influences and unpredictability but somehow still completely soothing and soulful. We half expected to see Mark Ronson playing guitar behind her, and we can already see the success of a future collaboration (hint hint). “Radio Song” is from Spalding’s new album Radio Music Society, and it’s the kind of track that’s going to be perfect for sunset cocktails and driving with the top down when the sun is shining.
Nicki Minaj Is The New Face Of Pepsi
You got that super fizz? Or should we just stop with the bad puns? Nicki Minaj is the new face of Pepsi’s “pop” brand, so you can expect some seriously spectacular commercials to start popping up. [Prefix]
Beyonce Announces Her First Post-Baby Performances Beyonce is back on the horse and ready to perform after the birth of baby Blue Ivy. We reported earlier today that Jay-Z is allegedly trying to score Bey a lucrative world tour deal, but it has since been announced that the new mommy will play three shows from May 25th to the 27th at Atlantic City’s Revel entertainment centre. [Consequence Of Sounds]
It looks like it’s Deadmau5 vs. Everyone after the DJ went on a vitriolic rant on his Tumblr today. The helmeted electronic producer wrote, “[sic] All to often, there’s an influx of “big names” that would get thrown around the label from time to time and of course, they fly off the table and out the f**kin door faster than they hit my desk. eg. do you want to do a track with big name X, remix huge pop act y, etc etc. no. i f**king don’t. i really REALLY don’t.” The daggers really start flying the more worked up Deadmau5 seems to get with his written rant, going so far as to say, “The last thing i want to do… is take the meanings and feelings of a piece of music and have some f**king dipsh*t blab about lookin sexy, poppin bottles, “droppin bass”, or ANYTHING club related. which fortunately for the world *rolls eyes* makes up for 99% of the “electronic music” fad that’s apparently considered mainstream now.”
Yikes. We can’t help but feel like there’s some sort of direct stab at David Guetta here, given his propensity for high profile collaborations. But then there also seems to be a dig at LMFAO, Taio Cruz and Nicki Minaj as he ends the rant by stating, “The moral of the story is here, is that this is what songwritting should be about. Music is meant to provoke feeling and thought. So if we were to go by popular music, we should all be thinking how sexy we are and we know it, or how our hands should be contstantly up in the air… or maybe we should drop that bass because its too f**king heavy to lift or whatever the f**king problem with bass is these days.” It’s quite an impassioned rant — and a little bit rich coming from someone who was part of that very confusing Foo Fighters, Guetta, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown Grammys mash up.
In an interview with BBC’s Radio 1, Katy Perry threw us a giant bone (it might be a different kind of bone depending on your gender) by talking candidly about a possible collaboration with Rihanna. Katy said of good friend RiRi, “We’ve collaborated on a lot of things, but just not songs yet. It’s one of those things that’s got so much build up that we have to deliver. I want it to be like that Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin song “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves”, not like [Shakira and Beyonce Knowles'] “Beautiful Liar”". Oof, sorry Bey and Shakira, looks like Katy doesn’t like your collaborative effort so much!
Insults aside, Katy continued, “I definitely want to do something that is so iconic. [Rihanna's] kind of busy too. We’re both busy but we planted the seed two years ago. How disappointed would you be if that song came out and it’s no good? Sometimes you have to wait for greatness”. It’s somewhat of a relief to hear the girls want to produce something of good quality, not just something for the sake of sensationalism, especially given the impending Teenage Dream re-release and Rihanna’s never ending succession of albums. But still — on ya bikes ladies, we can’t wait for this promised awesomeness forever!
Rumors are circulating that Jay-Z is looking for big bucks — $150 million to be exact — to send wifey and baby momma Beyoncé on tour. Apparently, a source told the New York Post, “Just weeks after the birth of Blue Ivy, Jay met with Live Nation to discuss a tour for Beyoncé… He wanted a deal worth about $150 million, but they countered with a lower offer.” While representatives from the Bey-Z camp have not commented on the matter, we can’t help but feel a little bit giddy, and are crossing our fingers that there’s some truth in the report. We were expecting an extended hiatus from Bey after the birth of Blue Ivy, and would obviously love to see her back on the road and performing for us. That does beg the question however — what of the baby? Would Blue Ivy embark on her first ever tour, not even a year old? Could momma Bey possibly leave her behind so soon after she came into the world?
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.