Following the tragic death of singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse earlier this year, two of her closest collaborators, Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, have put together an album using Winehouse’s unfinished recordings that’s set to be released on December 5. Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, oversaw the production. Entitled Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the album will include 12 tracks featuring Winehouse originals, unreleased tracks, alternative versions of her existing songs and covers of other artists’ songs.
All of which leads us to this: Will the record-buying public consider this record, with its mismash of demos, outtakes, and B-sides, as anything more than a “cashgrab”? In its defense, Mark Ronson’s pivotal role in the project— given his close friendship, ongoing creative partnership and overwhelming admiration for Amy—lends a great deal of credence to the project, and having yet to hear it, leads us to believe that the project was assembled with great affection. Additionally, the fact that Â£1 from each album sold will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an institution set up in Amy’s honor to support those dealing with substance abuse issues and addiction, seems to be a positive sign. However, there is a cynical part of us that can’t help but feeling like this record is being rushed to take advantage of the holiday buying season, and also that it won’t be the last posthumous album that Winehouse releases. We seriously doubt that her estate contains the same sort of treasure trove of unreleased studio sessions that 2Pac’s did, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Full tracklisting for Amy Winehouse Lionness: Hidden Treasures below: Read more…
Stealing the late night limelight this weekend, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake joined forces in awesomeness on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon for their latest “History Of Rap” medley. Busting moves like they were born to do it, the dynamic duo’s comedic chemistry is hard to deny. And while we’re all hankering for JT to come back with a new album, we’re quite happy to enjoy him in such musically-related comedy roles. Especially when joined with Fallon, and busting out such classics as Coolio‘s “Gangsta’s Paradise” and other crowd pleasers both past and present, including Nicki Minaj‘s “Super Bass” and Sir Mix-A-Lot‘s “Baby Got Back”.
Madonna, Nicki Minaj And M.I.A Share The Love
In the latest installment of “Madonna Is Down With The Kids (Like, Totes)” it’s been announced that both the eccentric Nicki Minaj and the cooler than thou MIA will appear on Madge’s lead single, “Give Me All Your Love,” from her forthcoming album. On that note, it’s now rumored that these three will also be performing during halftime of the Super Bowl this year. [Billboard]
Controversial Web Sensation Lana Del Rey Signs With Interscope
After a mountain of hype resulted in a tsunami-sized backlash, Lana del Rey has inked an album deal with Interscope, home to not only some of the biggest female-fronted acts in the biz (Mary J. Blige, No Doubt), but also some of the web friendliest (Robyn, Feist). [Pitchfork]
Poptimist Explores The Notion That Epic Rock Is Just “Secular Gospel” Tom Ewing‘s article about stadium-pop as a “hustle” is an interesting read, with references to bands as contemporary as Coldplay and Arcade Fire while remembering classics like The Beatles and The Who. [Pitchfork]
Madonna is difficult to watch at the best of times, with her surgically enhanced face, ludicrously tacky outfits, cringe-inducing raunchy dance moves and ice queen attitude. Even for the most die hard Madonna fans (us!), her public persona can be quite grating. And now, as if hell bent on a mission to destroy and annoy, Madge is holding a search for the next “Lucky Star” with her daughter Lola. We’re not really sure what the competition actually entails (due in part to the confusing video above), nor are we sure when Lourdes became Lola, but we’re both perturbed and amused in equal parts.
The Guardian is reporting that superstar singer/songwriter Adele will be canceling her remaining tour commitments and all other appearances in order to undergo throat surgery. But don’t panic! According to reports, Adele’s condition is manageable, and a full recovery is expected. The surgery has become a priority for Adele as a consequence of ongoing problems including a vocal cord hemorrhage earlier this month. Apparently, the damage to Adele’s throat has been caused not by her singing, but rather by her constant chattering off stage — Adele’s exuberance and talkative charms.
The 23-year-old has resolved to set aside the rest of 2011 to promote a full recovery rather than her top-selling album, 21, in a bid to avoid any long-term or permanent damage to her beautiful voice. While we’re sure lots of fans are going to be bummed out by the news, we’re getting behind Adele with a resounding “Get well soon!” Hopefully the vibrant performer can nip her throat problems in the bud now so that she can keep delivering her moving, heartfelt music to us in the future.
Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne tour kicks off tonight in Atlanta, and we hope if you’re going you’ve got a strong bladder because the set list, as seen on Voyr‘s tour trailer, is a long one. With hits from the collaborative album as well as past favorites from both Hov and Yeezy’s back catalogs (including “99 Problems” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”), chances are you’re not going to want to leave your seat. According to the list as seen on the trailer, the concert is 41 songs long, which is a really long time to wait if you need to pee — hence the strong bladder. Better start your pelvic floor exercises now.
When I was a child, my dad and I used to decorate the Christmas tree together and sing “The Little Drummer Boy,” so my nostalgic recollections have me a little bit miffed at Justin Bieber‘s new take of the classic Christmas carol. The Biebs teamed up with rapper Busta Rhymes for the tune—now simply titled “Drummer Boy”—for a remix of that’s fat-beated, bass-lined and rapped-over. A very strange incarnation indeed.
When he’s not making love in clubs it seems that r’n’b veteran Usher still likes to make a public nuisance of himself — albeit in less sexy ways. Having parked his giant SUV in a handicapped spot outside a mall in Atlanta, Usher was accosted by an angry bystander in his very own Seinfeld moment. The deeply affronted woman took wild swings at Usher, screaming something, something about something, something, doing a lot of manic pointing and finally having to be restrained and dragged from the scene. Usher seemed characteristically nonchalant, failing to apologize for his faux pas while popping his collar and whatnot.
The best part of the whole debacle is the Elvis Presley impersonator that somehow found his way to the center of the action (apparently there was a Halloween parade near by), and the fact that the dudes filming the incident were more preoccupied with the fake Elvis than with Usher, who they only noticed at the last minute.
With Coldplay‘s cover of Rihanna‘s “We Found Love” currently going viral online, we’ve taken the spirit of the song to heart and revisited our favorite covers of RiRi’s songs. And yes, we’ve found love in hopeless places, falling head over heels for renditions of songs we didn’t think we could possibly love coming from anyone’s mouth but hers.
COLDPLAY – “We Found Love”
Coldplay covered Rihanna’s latest release “We Found Love” for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge series and we’re afraid to say this but… it might just be as good, or better than, the original! Earning Coldplay some serious points in the wake of their new album Mylo Xyloto‘s growing momentum, the cover replaces the Calvin Harris club banging beats with a more chilled out vibe. As such, the sentiment in Coldplay’s version is far more pervasive than in RiRi’s self-conscious original, in which the accompanying adds elements of superficiality to (what Coldplay has proved to be) the wonderful lyricism of the track. Read more…
In the midst of a flashing neon light show, LA band and VH1 You Oughta Know artist Foster The People took to the stage for Letterman last night to perform their hit song “Helena Beat”. Electro-pop meets rock’n’roll, Foster The People are the kind of band that you can’t help but dance for, and even as we watched Letterman from the comfort of our homes last night, we couldn’t help but tap our toes and give a little shoulder shake. An uplifting club tune, “Helena Beat” is the perfect way to get yourself in the mood to face your day with energy, smiles and lots of dance-walking.