Bad Boy Mase has spent the past six months patiently working himself back into the game, from the pulpit to the mic, one remix verse and surprise appearance at a time. Next week, Mase is scheduled to make a big return next week with a feature on G.O.O.D. Music’s much anticipated all-star comp, Cruel Summer. And before then, he’s warming up with a quick verse on Miguel‘s slinky showstopper, “Adorn,” off of his Kaleidoscope Dreams: Water Preview.
Mase uses his opening verse to spoil his object of his adoration with vacations to all the “places Mrs. Obama went” and “gifts that are prominent.” Because “every bad girl need ‘em a good guy,” he raps, flow back in familiar form. He sounds comfortable alongside a tender Miguel, and this team-up lends a helpful relevance to a rapper long looking for a welcome back and a nice name check for the young R&B artist well on the come-up.
Mumford & Sons have been hard at work road since they broke big a few years ago, cutting out only long enough to record a new album to take back out on tour. The time, though, has paid off, and their already impressive live show now appears to be epic. The new video for “I Will Wait,” a song very much about all that time spent away, is cut together with footage shot during a recent show at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and it really shows off what the You Oughta Know artists past have got what they hit the stage. There of lots of panning shots over an enthused audience and close-ups of the hard working band, and the video as a whole takes a scale and grandeur that reaches for that of the Martin Scorsese’s classic The Band doc The Last Waltz. As it should. These guys are really something.
Babel hits shelves September 25th. Until then, we “Will Wait”!
For those of you who listened to “Try” and worried that P!nk may be going soft, fear not! This next snippet from The Truth About Love suggests quite the opposite, with a title even more suggestive than “Blow Me (One More Kiss)” and a bracing beat to match. In this preview clip, P!nk leads a “you’re not my little friend” that breaks free into yowled wooo-woooo’s and “wham bam thank you ma’am”‘s, and makes the provocative claim that: “I’m gonna let you know the truth,” she sings, “I’m a slut like you.” Let’s get this Truth About Love party stated, then, shall we?
It’s hard to say, with just this 45-second snippet, what exactly”Slut Like You” is about or who it’s for — a warning for an old flame’s new “friend”? An empowered promise to keep pace with a less than loyal lover? — but we are sure it’ll be a topic of conversation when it drops in full with Truth About Love next week. P!nk is ever strong-willed woman, and this song will sound plenty at home on our party mixes, but reclaiming of the once negative term “slut” seems likely to be thrown into the conversation around the use of “bitch” in music that’s currently at a rollingboil. Is her embracing of the once negative term empowering? Or is she doing herself and other women a disservice?
And if we are lucky, P!nk will share her thinking behind this proactive new track when she lays it all down during her VH1 Storytellers session, set to air November 12th.
Though they kept things mostly local for the Olympics Closing Ceremonies, London called in a roster of big shots from worldwide for the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremonies over the weekend. Coldplay and Rihanna celebrated the end of the 11 day competition with a large scale show that included a host of hits and a surprise appearance and brand new verse from Jay-Z.
Coldplay anchored the evening with a parade of peacocks and fish, followed by a parade of their own hits like “Clocks,” “Viva La Vida” and “The Scientist.” A newly shorn and orange cap draped Rihanna then sailed into the arena on a boat for their “Princess of China.” She returned again later in the show, this time on a swing set above the stage, to perform her own “We Found Love” with Coldplay acting as her backing band. Afterwards, Jay joined the gang for “Run This Town” and a remix of Coldplay’s “Paradise,” during which he dropped a new and never before heard verse. Read more…
Whether she’s kicking you out the door or letting you back in, P!nk is ever inspiring with her strength. Every bit the kiss-off the title suggests, the first single off her soon to be released The Truth About Love, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” is the opposite of forgiving. “Eyes on fire,” burning from all the time, “she thinks she’s “finally had enough” and that she maybe “thinks to much.” And so “no more battles for me,” she begs, ending things. “Blow me one last kiss.”
Meanwhile, this second The Truth About Love single takes the opposite approach to the maybe too challenging relationship by forgiving. Instead of walking out the door, she’s going to “Try.” “Sometimes I think it’s better to never ask why,” she submits, because sometimes “we fall in love so easy, even when it’s not right.” So instead of blowing one last kiss, she keeps trying. “Just because it burns doesn’t mean you’re going to die, you gotta get up and try,” she sings on the ballad’s chorus, determined as ever. Sometimes it takes as much strength to forgive as it does to kiss-off.
In this recent resurgence of boy bands, The Wanted and One Direction have so far been together in leading the way. Like *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys but British, they’ve traded singles and left fans conflicted as to who is cuter. Last night’s MTV Video Music Awards didn’t exactly paint an equal picture of the two, though, with One Direction taking the stage as performers and several more times as winners, while The Wanted were there only as presenters. Today, though, The Wanted have made up for last night’s less than spectacular showing with a huge new single.
The new song, “I Found You” was produced by Steve Mac, the same guy who co-wrote their smash hit “Glad You Came.” Consequently, it sounds like “Glad You Came” — but unleashed. Early on, “I Found You” is built around those same bouncy synths and drum machine, but, a few beats in, the song swerves into something much bigger and more insistent. The chorus is finding a life-saving sort of love in the “darkest hour” or “pouring rain” or “when I was on my knees,” and is sung in an extra-falsettoed chorus. Whereas “Glad You Came” favors equally the beat and vocals, “I Found You” seems to give the boys more space to work their chops. As a result, it’s got a more soul, and sounds almost like an R&B song as remixed for a hot and hazy Ibiza late-night. And like that, they’ve got their groove back. Read more…
Green Day‘s actually sort of punk performance last night at the MTV Video Music Awards found the guys looking and sounding more like the pop punk band they were when they started out 20-years ago than the Broadway song producing one they are of late. A rock release in the middle of a pop-centric show, they debuted “Let Yourselves Go,” a new song from the soon to be released ¡Uno! that sounds a whole lot more punk than “Oh Love” and “Kill The DJ,” or really anything we’ve heard from them in a long while.
Mostly, “Let Yourselves Go” finds Billie Joe Armstrong revisiting the sass that was instinctual to a younger he. “Shut you’re mouth because you’re talking too much and I don’t give a d*** anyway,” he sings in the first verse. Next time around, “I don’t give a d*** anyway” gives way to “I don’t give a f***k anyway,” and by the time the refrain — “Let yourself go,” sung all-together-now — we had totally forgotten that One Direction were the night’s big winners, and that the award for Best Rock Video wasn’t even handed out during the show. And performing from the floor of the Staples Center, eventually inviting the crowd in for some carefully monitored moshing, and with their alternate guitarist rocking a “FREE PUSSY RIOT” shirt, they almost looked, too, like the band they were 20-years ago.
No more is the timid girl from a Christmas tree farm with a big voice, hiding behind a guitar and country guise. Rather, behold Taylor Swift, the pop star, who closed last night’s MTV Video Music Awards with a big and choreographed performance of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Big live shows like this have never been Taylor’s forte, her songwriting being far stronger than her singing, and so she’s created scenes — the “You Belong with Me” subway crawl, the this-one’s-for-you-Kanye but also Little House on the Prairie inspired “Innocent” — in which she might star for each of her VMA performances past. This year, though, she was the scene. There was stomping and hair flipping, a choreographed routine and dashing male backup dancers, an extra-fitted pair of short shorts; and all was befitting of the high-impact and empowered pop song she chose to perform. And more so, the pop star she is evolving into. Read more…
In the beginning of Bracket Madness there were eight acts, impossibly chosen from a decade with so many worthy to compete for the Greatest Artist of the 00s title. One by one, they dropped off: *NSYNC beating the Backstreet Boys, only to be beaten themselves by Britney Spears in the next round; and Eminem topped Jay-Z before being knocked by Linkin Park. Left with Britney versus Linkin Park, and with more than 124,000 votes were cast between them, we at last have a winner: Linkin Park is your Greatest Artist of the 00s.
Accepting the crown in their absence, Linkin fan Bryan Bruner joked that the band was “too busy screaming at the world and saving it at the same time” to be there themselves. Only sort of joking, though. Linkin Park may have been the Greatest Artist of the 00s, but they are great artists still in this next decade. Still out and about, on tour and making new music, they continue to expand the boundaries of rock and roll and inspire fans with their hard working lyrics. So here’s to their Greatest Artist of the 00s win, and to a decade more of greatness!
With only a hours left until showtime, we’ve got our seat chosen and snacks purchased and and watched everyone of the nominated videos, so all that’s left to do now is wait and see who Rihanna pulls from the pile first when Chris Brown and Drake get in a big fight. Though their attendance has been much buzzed about, this hopefully won’t happen. And anyways, the schedule of events has so much more to offer: a slew of high-profile performers, many Moonmen to be won, and, as always, moments to be made. There’s going to be a lot to take in, so we’ve come-up with a plan of action and here are the five things we are most excited to watch for tonight: Read more…