#Rihannaplane landed last night in New York, and while we wait on the final dispatches from our brave colleagues who were onboard, we thought we would take a moment to start looking at the album that has inspired the whole thing but been seemingly tucked a back seat pocket for the duration of the seven days. Who has time to talk dub-break downs when there’s Ace to be sipped and buses to catch! We get it.
But Unapologetic marks Rihanna’s seventh turn, and it brings to the table much to be reckoned with regarding quality and quantity and he-who-shall-not-be-named. There is also Rihanna’s confidence and swaggering deviance, and of course: “Diamonds.”
Did you know that Kelly Clarkson wanted to be a back-up singer? No, we didn’t either, and it’s hard to imagine her anything less than a star she is today. But she insists that ten years later she still doesn’t “fit in most environments in this industry.” “There are prettier girls or oh, there are more talented girls, or oh, there are always more things that people will tell you,” she explained when we sat down with her in LA. “To all those people, like I was totally one of those kids, like that people kind of were like, oh you’re obviously never going to make it.” And so she resolved instead to hang behind the scenes, where she could flex that gargantuan voice of hers and keep out of the spotlight.
Of course, things worked out otherwise: “Like, I love singing. You know, that’s what I love to do, so but, and ya know, life had different plans for me … People just have to be ready for whatever life is gonna present you. And embrace it, whatever that is.” And so she advices young or up and coming stars to make sure they are doing it for the right reason, because, she says, if “it’s innate in you, you know, you just feel like it’s your purpose. Like, I just feel like that can’t be wrong.”
Their month may be passed, but we just can’t quit VH1 You Oughta Know artist Delta Rae and this last clip from their You Oughta Know Live session has just been freed from the vault and is way to good not to share. After a rousing run of their own tracks — “Morning Comes,”“Bottom Of The River,” and “If I Loved You,” – they broke out this cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “The Chain,” so stormy and impassioned that the original sounds almost like a lullaby by comparison.
Lil Wayne won’t work with just anybody — try asking Justin Bieber, who’s still gotten nothing for all his texting — but for some reason he was willing to do this. Last night TMZ posted a brand new Paris Hilton song called “Last Night,” and lo and behold, it’s got Wayne spitting bars for and about the hotel heiress turned pop star. The song is produced by Paris’ ex-boyfriend, Afrojack, and it finds the two recalling a rowdy evening prior. “I want to say, ‘Oh my god, that was so much fun’!” Paris sings, typically dulcet and ever enthusiastic. Wayne chimes in to agree that “last night was awesome, super f*cking awesome,” and then kicks the raunch up another notch with a reference to Paris’ infamous sexcapade: “Last night I had fun with her/ I got 99 problems, not one with her/ And excuse my French, but f**k the cameras / I wanna spend a night in Paris.”
How early is too early to begin your Christmas caroling? Never, if you sound as Pentatonix do. We caught up with the The Sing-Off winners ahead of the American Music Awards on Sunday and asked them if they might ring in the holiday season with a tune. The group has just released their second EP, a Christmas collection called PTXmas, so they had a few festive options ready to roll and they happily obliged. Above, check out the group singing “Angels We Have Heard on High” on the AMAs red carpet.
The biggest pop news of the last few weeks has been the rumored split — and possible reuniting? – of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Young love is tough and love in the spotlight tougher, so we figured we would take the opportunity of the American Music Awards red carpet to solicit advice for the young and struggling and oh-so-famous couple from some of music’s hottest stars. First up? Auto-tune casanova Jason Derulo. Mmm whatcha say, Jason?
Jay-Z, making the white truffle more famous after one visit than the white truffle industry themselves can. Italian newspaper La Stampaboasts a curious report today about Jay, who apparently spent his weekend in the mountains of Northern Italy where he enjoyed egg and spinach ravioli, $10,250 worth of the local blend of wine and $15,400 worth of white truffles with his friends. So awed by all the local flavor, the boy from Brooklyn then suited up and went out in search of a truffle of his own, according to NME:
“Jay-Z even ventured into the woods with a local farmer and his dogs to search out the prized truffle.”
As they should, truffle retailers in the region have taken Jay’s visit as an opportunity to sing of their precious fungi’s praise and to speculate about the possibility of a Hov Bump, the likes of which Cristal champagne and middling New York basketball teams teams have enjoyed. According to The Guardian, “Big spenders on white truffles currently include Chinese millionaires and Gulf sheikhs,” but perhaps the Nathans Hot Dog stand at Jay’s brand new Braclays Center might make use for them?
Forget that American Idol win, the records gone multiple times platinum and Greatest Hits — Chapter One collection, her duets with Reba McEntire and Vince Gill and music’s most esteemed; more than anything else her gargantuan voice has earned her, Kelly Clarkson admitted to us when we spoke with her in LA last week that she counts falling in love as her biggest accomplishment to date. “Prepare yourself,” she said, warning that things were about to get “really cheesy.” “My biggest accomplishment has nothing to do with my work, it’s finding love. I never thought it existed or was going to happen, I never thought I would be this happy,” she says. “The high from a Grammy does not compare, to even close, to how you feel when you’re in love. You float. I’m so cheesy. Sh*t.” All together now?
Old pros Maroon 5 returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend for their fourth turn as musical guests. Donning matching red outfits, they played their reggae inflected “One More Night.” The Overexposed single has enjoyed a long run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts — the longest of the year, if you’ll believe it — and Adam Levine’s spirited performance lends new appeal into the song as it edges towards ubiquity. We have always thought Levine to be a little self-serious when it comes to his music, but he spent almost the entirety of his time on stage wiggling his hips and throwing his hands up in reverence to the highest notes, apparently still inspired by the song he’s been performing for almost six months now. Its nice to see him having fun, and — hey, it doesn’t hurt that red’s a nice color on him.
They returned later in the show in all gray uniforms to perform their new single, the more staid and moody “Daylight.”