Posts By Zara Golden

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Madonna Appeases Protests And Paid Tribute To Warsaw Uprising

After several weeks of controversy and defiance, Madonna has hewed ever so slightly to her protesters. The Queen of Pop compromised with critics in Poland, and incorporated World War II-era newsreel footage of the Warsaw Upsrising against the Nazis into her set during her MDNA tour stop there last week. The audience was, by all reports, very pleased with the tribute. Read more…

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Fiona Apple Gets An Unlikely Cameo In Rick Ross’ New Video

Rick Ross has had a busy week –  dropping an album and several videos, helping to bring Mariah back. Between all that, do you think he also found time to get his Fiona Apple ticket before the show sold out?

The new “911″ video finds Ross cruising the moonlit streets of Los Angeles in the 911 Porsche for which the menacing God Forgives, I Don’t song is named. Spliced in with quick cuts are shiny chains, XXL sports jerseys, multiple sunglass changes, and all the rest of the Rozayian embellishments that make for a Ross video. And then, atypically so, The Bawse pulls up to a venue with a marquee that says “SOLD OUT,” but above it reads Fiona Apple’s name instead of his own. Huh? Ruh. Read more…

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Emeli Sandé Transforms Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”

You Ougha Know‘s Emeli Sandé has borrowed “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” from her tourmates Coldplay, stripped it of the synth and jangle, and made it entirely her own, and in one take with just one mic and her unshakeable voice. Reviewing Our Version of Events, the New York Times suggested that, “What’s magical about this album is how Ms. Sandé’s stance remains unmistakable regardless of what the backdrop is.” And that proves true as ever in this beautiful and intimate rework of a song that was built to fill stadiums. Sandé has got a voice to be reckoned with, and let her at an ancient Scottish hymn or one of Coldplay’s biggest hits and she will transform it into a moment wholly her own.

Emeli Sande Covers Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” [Idolator]

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Tuned In: Tenacious D Were The Greatest Band On Conan Last Night

Last night on late night, Conan led a thorough investigation into “the greatest band on Earth.” Tenacious D have long been hailed — by themselves, at least — as such, and Conan called them just that in his intro, before asking them if the title was meant to be a joke. “It was a joke, kind of,” Jack Black explained, adding that, “but now, there’s no question about it: we are the best band.” However, it’s the thought that counts most for Black, who also said that, “If you don’t think you are the best band in the world, you should just de-band.” By any definition, Tenacious D were the greatest band on Conan last night, performing their “Senorita” live and “39″ as an online exclusive in front of an enormous, inflatable Pheonix. “It’s got very powerful leg muscles,” Black assures. Greatest or otherwise, rock comedy doesn’t get much better than this.

Check that out “39″ and their interview below!

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Beyoncé To Direct A Documentary About Beyoncé

Not willing to sit around and wait for someone else to do it, Beyoncé has decided that the world needs a Beyoncé and that she’s the one most fit to make it. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bey and her agents have begun shopping a film — “a mix of music and personal study, blending concert footage with confessional interview,” to be directed by Beyoncé herself — to Hollywood studios. Pop star, mom and wife, actress, blogger extraordinaire — if anyone is fit to do it all, we would count the Queen B. This project should be fast tracked in no time.

Last summer, she starred in (but did not direct) a mini-documentary about the run up to and making of her album 4Beyoncé: Year of 4 included footage of Bey floating in the Red Sea (“The coral was spectacular!”), making ROC diamond shadow puppets with her nephew Juelz, and whittling down a track-list with Jay in a label boardroom. Running just twenty minutes, it was an intimate and insightful look into one of today’s biggest stars, and we can only anticipate what a full-length feature, à la Katy Perry’s Part of Me or Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never, might show. More Blue Ivy, that best be for sure.

Re-live the magic of Beyoncé: Year of 4 below!

Beyonce to direct, star in a new documentary [LAT]

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Frank Ocean And Friends Pose For Terry Richardson Again

Frank Ocean‘s summer in the spotlight continues today with the release of photos from a new sitting with photographer to the hip and powerful, Terry Richardson. Ocean has joined his Odd Future brethren on visits to the studio past, notably the time they shot their epic and free-whiling “Oldie” video (super cute best-friend stuff, but probably NSFW if you’re without headphones today), and more recently to shoot the XXL spread that resulted in these beautiful and intimate pre-Channel Orange shots of Ocean. Back in New York again last week for a coupling of Odd Future and Frank Ocean shows, the boys sure enough showed up once more at Uncle Terry’s for another raucous free-style session and shoot. Today, Richardson posted some of that day’s outtakes to his Diary. Ocean in his new favorite red, white and blue handkerchief, a shirtless Tyler making mischief, and Earl Sweatshirt back in the mix — Wolf Gang’s all there! And two things are for sure: these boys have a ton fun together, and Richardson knows how to capture it all.

Check out their freestyle below (Ocean comes in at the end, leaving us to wonder what he was up to that whole time! And again, we warn: lots of “mature” language), and browse the gallery of images below or on Terry’s Diary.

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Tuned In: Jason Mraz “Won’t Give Up” On Conan

Jason Mraz teared up while talking about “I Won’t Give Up” during his VH1 Storytellers taping. The song speaks to the stagnant points in life and love. “I was really bummed out, and I hate sharing that, because I’ve had everything, I’ve had all my dreams come true,” he said. “And yet,” he continued, “One still experiences melancholy.” And so he set  — or, he says it “was coming out whether I like it or not” — the feelings to song, and it has since become his mantra.

Though there were no tears last night on Conan, he performed still with all the same emotional charge. His long locks tucked underneath his trademark fedora, he played the Love Is A Four Letter Word single quietly at first, then building drum rolls and conviction to the song’s climax — “I had to learn what I got, and what I’m not and who I am” — before jamming it out until the end. We might make this our mantra, too.

Check out Mraz’s Conan performance above, and hear him talk about the song on VH1 Storytellers below.

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