Nickelback aren’t actually in the video for “Trying Not To Love You,” the latest single off of Here and Now. Instead they go full-caffeinated and funny, and it’s a refreshing change from the generally serious rock band. The clip stars Seinfield‘s Jason Alexander (aka George Costanza) as Bud, the proud barista of the plainly named Cafe, and Baywatch‘s Brooke Burns as Gennifer with a G as the center of his latte art universe. Bud’s specialty is the half-caff mocha soy latte-ccino but Gennifer just wants a plain latte, and so he sets out to pour her one so beautiful it could send her into some sort of sexy espresso-bean-and-steamed-milk, 90′s music video referencing orbit. Think LIT‘s “Miserable,” but instead of Pamela Anderson on a fur rug, we get Burns shimmying in a pile of coffee grounds. Anyways, Bud’s good, but along comes a motorcycle riding, vest wearing, sunglass-shaded better one who can paint anything you want in a single pour and the latte-art battle for the lady’s heart is on. Worry not, though, because a coffee made with love is the tastiest cup of all.
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Neon Hitch made her television debut as a solo artist on Jimmy Fallon, where she performed her new single, “Gold.” Co-written by Claude Kelly, Bruno Mars and Hitch herself, “Gold” is a equal parts club banger and lush pop anthem, aggressive beat and pretty vocals. Whomever she’s singing about may shine like gold, but last night Neon shined quite literally neon. In a glowing bra and with a set of glowing phoenix wings to match, she bounced around the stage while her neon-tibal painted back-up dancers pulsed around her. We find that artists generally keep things simple when they perform on late night, but no, not Hitch — she goes Lady Gaga-lite. The raunch may have been toned down a bit by her standards, but neon never fades and Hitch was as provocative as ever.
The line-up for next week’s Do Something! Awards just keeps getting better, with Flo Rida and fun. already set to perform, and now news that the precocious Kids These Days will be jamming as the Do Something! Awards house band. This up-and-coming band has already showcased their talent on stage at Lollapalooza and SXSW, as well as at the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and on Conan, winning over audiences all along the way with their high energy live show and their genre-blending. In short, they’re a band that seems wise beyond their oldest member’s 21-years. So, if you are just now being introduced to this Chicago-based crew, you are in for a treat. Read more…
Meet Marina and the Diamonds. This pretty, Welsh-Greek “Primadonna” has spent the past six weeks stateside touring with Coldplay, and she’s rounding out the trip out with a handful of New York dates to celebrate the release of her new record Electra Heart, including a special acoustic set on the roof of the Mondrian SoHo on Monday night. Marina arrived looking angelic in a beige crop top and glittery pencil skirt, and was awash in the twilight of the city sunset. Staked out in a corner of the roof where Brooklyn and Queens glowed behind her, she performed a five song set with only a keyboard and guitar to back her.
Today is Madonna‘s 54th birthday, and she is no less edgy nor relevant than she was when she first broke onto the scene. As much the Queen of Pop as she is the Queen of Controversy, she has defined herself as a good at the game and even better at breaking the rules. And she is still, after all these years, causing trouble and making hit songs.
Throughout her career, she’s challenged pop to be better and badder, forever changing the game on one simulated sex act, defiant F-bomb drop, and hot young boy toy at a time. And at 54 years-old, she’s showing no signs of slowing down. So in honor of this day, we are taking a look back at her 54 most gloriously controversial moments. To many more!
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Stephen Colbert has been celebrating his “StePhest Colbchella ’012 — Rocktaugustfest” all week. Last night he brought VH1 staple Santigold aboard for a perplexing “gut mouth” versus “face mouth” discussion (Santigold, for what it’s worth, figures she sings from both: “the impulse is from the gut, there’s no thought in it at all.”), and then a three song set on the USS Intrepid stage. She was joined on stage by a troupe of dancers, who Colbert thought might have been raised by wolves. “I feel like they give physical life to the song, and the songs have a little bit of aggression,” she told him, assuring him otherwise. And so, all on stage together, they “gave physical life” to “The Keepers,” the funky and confident new single off of Master Of My Make-Believe. “One tough move, throw your hands up,” she sings, “Say I don’t make no rules, No one even knows I am here.” Santigold’s boat rocks to her own tune, and last night her tune surely rocked Colbert’s boat.
Looks like that June altercation could cost Drake and Chris Brown their dignity and then some. Entertainment Enterprises, the company that owns the nightclub where the now infamous late night brawl went down, has filed a lawsuit against the dueling rappers, alleging “gross negligence,” “ultrahazardous activity,” and “illegal acts,” and seeking a not-so-cool $16 million in damages. And were that not enough to get the boys sweating, the suit goes on to suggest that defendant Brown and defendant Drake’s fight was a violent escalation of a “shared grudge against the other arising out of their romantic relationships with the same woman.” That woman, of course, being Rihanna. Yikes!
Not much more has come of the fight since June — both continue to deny that they took part in the fight and neither seems to have the bait on that boxing match. Will they put their differences aside and come together to fight the case and maintain their innocence? Or will they take the strike, pay up, and continue to duke it out on the low — on the mic, over Moon Men, etc.?
This week, Flo Rida‘s “Whistle” song shakes “Call Me Maybe” from its comfy perch atop Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, a feat that seemed impossible just a few weeks ago. It took sixteen weeks to rise in the charts, but it was evident to all from first listen that Carly Rae Jepsen‘s hit would be a smash. And so what, maybe she’s never actually given a guy her number. After sixteen weeks of rise and nine at number one, it seemed possible that “Call Me Maybe” beamed with a sort of pop magic that could never be dampened. But alas, here it has, and we now are forced to reckon: is the reign of “Call Me” over, maybe? Read more…
Canadian synth-pop singer Grimes made a splash in the last year, her standout album Visions and her distinctive fashion — both on show in the weird and wonderful “Oblivion” video — earning critical acclaim from Pitchfork and W Magazine the New York Times alike. Already a darling of the fringe, she made her American television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and we have to imagine she earned herself a few more fans with her performance. Draped in a long red robe and standing in a pile of flower petals, she sang “Genesis” while two women danced behind her in jets of stream. If her etheral-coo of a voice isn’t enough to charm you, then her impressive managing of the keyboard, mixer, and mic all at the same time is sure to get you.
KELLY CLARKSON WANTS TO BE A COWBOY
Kelly Clarkson took a break from all her touring and cover song singing to rep her team, the Dallas Cowboys, with a new anthem called “Get Up.” Silver, blue, white, away or home — you don’t have to be a Cowboys fan or even a football fan to get into this one. [Mix965Houston]
CROCS CO-FOUNDER CRASHES HIS PORSCHE, BLAMES HIS “GIRLFRIEND” TAYLOR SWIFT
Despite his drunk rantings, we are confident that this foam clog king is definitely not the guy Taylor wrote “Never Ever Get Back Together.” [NYDN]