Here we have the new video for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and in it we get to watch Taylor Swift actually break up with someone for once. The dismissed dude here is an indie-loving Adam Levine look-a-like, who Taylor tells us told her — extra emphasis on the air quotes — “needed space” before he changed his mind and came running back. But you know what? Grammy Awards, sold out tours, and quadruple-platinum albums and records broken — Taylor’s got a pair of cat pajamas calling her name and a really fun looking woodland creature dance party to attend to. “We are never, ever ever getting back together.”
The video takes us deep into Taylor’s post break-up life and shows off her crocheted home (which maybe isn’t so different than her lovely lacy real-life home). And shot it one-take, 5 costume changes and all, it really puts an emphasis on the “weEEEE.” Post-split Taylor is fun. Read more…
How was your last birthday party? If you didn’t have an a** cake or a mini-bike riding rap star on hand, then it probably could have been better. 2 Chainz shows us how it should done with the help of Kanye West in the new video for his “Birthday Song.” Let’s watch and learn.
All 2 Chainz wants for his birthday is a “big booty hoe,” and so things are of course big booty themed: a big booty cake, ladies undies hung like streamers, real-live big booties everywhere, etc. But the fun doesn’t end there. The video is directed by Andreas Nilsson, who usually works with more indie acts like Yeasayer and MGMT, and so there are clowns and doppelgangers and other oddities, too. It’s a little left field as far as rap videos/birthday parties go, but 2 Chainz is a little left field as far as rap goes, and so the whole thing goes off without a hitch.
Like what you see? You, too, can throw a big booty themed birthday! You will just need a few things:
It’s on! Bracket Madness polls have closed on Round 1, and we are one step closer to crowning The Greatest Artist of the 00s. The battle of the boy bands racked up 71,000 votes, with *NSYNC beating out the Backstreet Boys; and 360,000 votes were cast between them, but Britney Spears has trumped Beyoncé. That leaves us with an extra special match-up and an extra difficult choice for Round 2: Britney Spears versus Justin Timberlake! *NSYNC or Britney Spears? This pairing may pull at your heart strings and resurface emotions that have been buried for more than a decade now, but a decision must be made: who should it be? Read more…
Judging by what we know so far, Red will be like Taylor Swift‘s last few albums in that the songs are all sort of lovey-dovey or heart broken. “I ended up being inspired by a lot of zero-to-100 then it hits a wall and explodes type of relationships,” she laughed, during the YouTube mini-summit she held to announce project. She reiterates that point in an interview in this month’s Rolling Stone, explaining, “I went through a few roller coasters.” Taylor will be Taylor, but of course.
Red will also, though, be not like Taylor Swift’s last few albums, most of which she wrote by herself. Taylor brought a team of “singer song writing and producing artist heroes” on board to help with this round, which means there were a lot of new hands working together to turn those oh-so-Taylor emotions into hits, and Taylor says that she “felt like an apprentice” during the process. What’s that going to mean for the album? 100% more womp-womp, apparently! Read more…
We have eagerly anticipated No Doubt‘s return, first taking comfort in the fact that even if they couldn’t match their Tragic Kingdom game, we would at least have Gwen Stefani back on the scene again. But then we heard “Settle Down,” and were reassured that they still had it. However, it turns out that “Settle Down” was basically just a warm-up for this frenzied and infectious next single.
This morning Ryan Seacrest let loose a second Push and Shove cut, the album’s whiling and genre-shifting Diplo produced title track, featuring Major Lazer and dancehall hero Busy Signal. The song — which we heard snippets of in that early webisode — goes all in, moving between their signature ska-pop and party banger and a soaring chorus and back at a clip so quick it makes the upbeat “Settle Down” sound like a lazy jam by comparison. And though they try on a whole bunch of new sounds and styles in these four minutes, the song manages to avoid cacophony and all the while sounds distinctively like No Doubt. Like Stefani rap-sings, “just when you think it’s over, we be back on another level like we’re doing yoga.” September 25th can’t come soon enough.
Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen have been making rounds together in support of his recently released album and ahead of hers. Earlier this week, they “Good Time”-ed together on America’s Got Talent and The Today Show, and last night, they did it again on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He looking daper in a dress vest and she cute in a sparkling gold dress, the Carly and Adam looked like they were having a “Good Time” performing their Song Of The Summer contender, made extra-rocking by a full band behind them. We had a good time watching, did you?
3 Doors Down reentered our consciousness in a big way last night when they turned up at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida to debut their new single “One Light” in front of a floor’s worth of Republican delegates. Taking convention’s main stage after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s contentious keynote address, the multiplatinum rock band (all wearing almost matching shirts) urged convention-goers to “let’s take this world and make a change” with the song, befitting of the evening’s mood. American Idol season 5 winner Taylor Hicks, Randy Owen, and America’s Got Talent winner Neal E. Boyd are all also billed to provide between speech and nomination entertainment in the days to come.
“I’ve never really followed politics that much, so I am not really qualified to be really political,” said a sweaty Brad Arnold, speaking with Politico before the big show and insisting that the performance was not politically motivated. Rather, he suggests that “One Light” is about “just doing your best and giving all that you can all the time,” and that “it could really apply with anybody.” He sung a similar tune in 2008, when their “Citizen/Soldier” was released in conjunction with a recruitment campaign by the United States National Guard. So, probably don’t get your hopes set on a 3 Doors Down 2016 ticket.
MICKY DOLENZ FROM THE MONKEES HAD NO IDEA HIS SONG WAS GOING TO BE USED ON BREAKING BAD
Singer Micky Dolenz thinks Breaking Bad‘s use of The Monkees’ B-side “Goin’ Down” was “a very smart call,” but wants you to know also that the song has nothing to do with drugs. “I certainly don’t condone meth — that is nasty stuff that kills a lot of people and ruins a lot of lives,” he told THR. He added also that, “On the other hand, I like that TV show, it’s very well-made. …And no, I didn’t make a penny.” The more you know! [THR]
ELSEWHERE IN BREAKING BAD NEWS: WALTER WHITE ASKS YOU “SAY HIS NAME”
Can we get Beyoncé‘s word on meth and Breaking Bad? [Buzzfeed]