Drake is not exactly a baron of good taste. Rather, he’s more the type of guy who is not too ashamed to spend that new, big pile of money on whatever he wishes. And so it’s no surprise that his latest investment, a new home in the Hidden Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, is a haven to all that is excessive and cheesy.
The seven bedroom, nine bathroom and 7,444 square foot mansion comes complete with all the amenities a bachelor like himself might want. There is a tennis court for his friend Serena, a home theater for Ice Age 4 screenings and Degrassi marathons, a mechanical bull (why not?), a wine cellar worthy of a wine fanatic like he, and a grotto that puts Hugh Hefner’s to shame. Because, well, Drake has long been into that sort of thing. His new, nearby neighbors include the likes of the Osbournes, the Kardashians, and Sinbad. And all that for less that $8 mil? That’s what you call dreams money can buy.
Walk the Moon sure don’t need that face paint they are so famous for. Last night in late night, the boys from Cincinnati dropped in on Conan to plug their sold-out homecoming show next week in Ohio and to play their hit single “Anna Sun.” Back-lit by lights tinged like twilight, they rattled the stage set like a garage — or a ghost town — with their frenzied energy. Frontman Nicholas Petricca took center, where he alternated between keys and drum and wail while all the rest of the band bounced to and fro around him. An anthem for the forever young, their synth-drenched and heart-filled “Anna Sun” has become a staple on our playlists during these hot months when it is, like they sing, “all a wash.” They are just the charge we need.
Maybe looking for one less thing to worry about, Passion Pit passed directing privileges for the “I’ll Be Alright” video over to a Genero.tv contest winner. Staged in an art gallery and replete with a pill-popping docent, gold glitter, and toga’s galore, they ended up with maybe the most thought-provoking music video we’ve seen since their last! Read more…
Maybe you’ve seen this commercial, the one where the Hawaiian vacation of dreams is planned with the help of his friends and social networks and Bing. And maybe it even inspired you to give Microsoft’s search engine go. Most likely of all, though, it left you with that song stuck in your head and anticipation of the next commercial break when you might hear it again. That oh-so-catchy song is “Ho Hey!” by July and Augusts You Oughta Know artists The Lumineers, and it sounded even better yet when they performed it at VH1 headquarters for their You Oughta Know Live session.
“Ho Hey” swells around the band’s three members, a simple guitar melody, a little kick-drum and a shake of tambourine. It’s the battery of ho’s and hey’s, though, that get into your bones, making the song impossible to shake. Not that you’ll want to.
A young, pop singer past, JoJo has begun edging herself back into the spotlight with adept covers and sexy singles that have her sounding ever more like a grown R&B star. “Demonstrate,” her brand new single that is produced by Drake‘s partner in crime, Noah “40” Shebib, is no exception. Now 21-years-old, JoJo offers to demonstrate that which she can’t say. “I can let my body explain, I know I can demonstrate,” she sings after a tinny guitar intro. She moves capably from a near-whisper to an almost whistle-register and back without overwhelming the patently patient and self-conscious 40 beat, much like she did with his “Marvin’s Room.”
If it’s got her doing like this, we hope she keeps letting that “freaky sh**” run her mind. If she can keep this up, and if R&B continues to get weirder and darker like it has, she’ll prove a real force when her third studio album, Jumping Trains, comes out later this year.
The polls have closed and the people have spoken: Pitbull is indeed headed to the far away and frozen tundras of Kodiak, Alaska! But he’s taking the man who got him sent there with him.
As we reported earlier this month, Walmart promised to host Mr. World Order and his preferred brand of energy-stripes to whichever store could accumulate the most “Likes” on their Facebook page. The competition was quickly hijacked by a trouble-making Boston Phoenix reporter and Something Awful contributor, David Thorpe, who figured it would be funny to send Miami’s pride to the coldest and most remote Walmart America’s got. Needless to say, his #ExilePitbull campaign worked, Kodiak’s far-off Walmart blew away the competition, and to Alaska Pitbull must now go. Read more…
Best Coast dropped in on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to play “Storms,” the bonus Fleetwood Mac cover from their recent album The Only Place. Bethany Consentino and Bobb Bruno were joined by only a bassist on the dark stage for a performance that was quiet save for Constentino’s impressive voice. “Never have I been a blue calm sea, I’ve always been a storm,” she sang, staid like we don’t often get to hear her and channeling her inner Stevie Nicks in a floor-skimming black dress and turquoise jewelry. Best Coast’s take is a bit more somber than the original Tusk b-side, but no less beautiful for it. Nicks, we have to believe, would approve.
BOB DYLAN‘S TEMPEST IS SLATED FOR A SEPT. 11 RELEASE
The Bard with a guitar (but not that guitar) returns this fall with a 35 studio album meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the day his self-titled debut hit shelves. To call this an accomplishment would be an understatement. [ArtsBeat]
COACHELLA SHIPS OUT
The promoters behind Coachella are looking out to sea for their next project: floating festivals. Music has long been an important part of cruises, but this seems like a huge undertaking. How long will it take Urban Outfitters to make 2,800 life preservers? [LAT]
Counter to the well wishes of a Belieber Army’s parents, the object of their daughter’s worship is growing up and into himself. Justin Bieber has already worked through PDA and baby mama drama, and his recently sophomore album made a concerted effort to present a mature (or at least maturing) artist. And now, August’s Rolling Stone cover — which was revealed (via a retweet) today by the Biebs himself – declares the once precious pop star once and for all “HOT, READY, LEGAL.” Could it be? Justin has made the transition from “Baby” to “Boyfriend”, but does that make him “ready”? Did Rolling Stone jump the gun? You might want to take a deep breath now, because something tells us we have only seen the tip of the ice berg.
All pop stars grow up, and Justin is not the first young pop star to come out as an adult on the cover of Rolling Stone. Below, see three other celebrities who jump started the second stage of their careers with a “Too Soon?” declaration of maturity on the magazine’s front cover.