Part of the allure of being a rock star is knowing that you get to live the lifestyle. You get the cars, the houses, the freedom from crippling debt… The thing is some of our favorite famous musicians already had all that before they made it big (and we’re guessing some of them might not want us to know they’re not from the trailer next door).
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Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 is in stores now and if you buy the deluxe edition of the album, you can get two more JT tracks, “Blindness” and “Electric Lady.” Both songs are great, but one of them shares a name with Janelle Monáe‘s new double album, The Electric Lady. Monae’s album also features a song called “Electric Lady” and the coincidence has us asking a lot of questions.
Is the lady actually made of electricity? Wouldn’t being in love with a being made of electricity be dangerous? What does this lady have to do with Russian synthpop? WHO IS THIS ELECTRIC LADY?
After carefully analyzing both tracks we think we know who she is…and we think she’s the same person!
Everyone loves a good old fashioned music video countdown, but we thought we’d turn the tables and do a countup…with a twist. The 25 songs on our list aren’t bound together by musical genre or release date. It’s just that when you listen these 25 songs in order, you’re not just listening to great music, you’re also counting from 1 to…25.
Last night, the legends of folk music and the stars of the upcoming Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, took over Town Hall in New York City for “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music of Inside Llewyn Davis.” The once-in-a-lifetime concert was a mix of old school fundraiser, folk music tribute, and publicity event, but it also was the place to be to see some of the most transcendent folk music performances we’ve seen in ages from the likes of Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Gillan Welch, Jack White and Marcus Mumford, as well as the public’s first chance to hear Carey Mulligan and Oscar Isaac perform songs from the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack.
It was an absolutely incredible night for folk music, but what 10 things should you know now before the concert airs on Showtime on December 13?
Arcade Fire took 30 Rock (and NBC) by storm last night. They performed two new songs on Saturday Night Live and then after the show was over, NBC let them air an original special that featured trippy visuals, celebrity guests like James Franco and Ben Stiller, and three additional new tracks. Oh, and the band cropped up in a sketch. All in all, it was quite a night for the Canadian band.
Do you love Michael Jackson, but wish he sounded more like metal? What surprise hit song just became Lana Del Rey‘s best selling single? Did Kings of Leon play the hits at the Global Citizen Festival?
VH1’s September You Oughta Know artist Lorde‘s debut album, Pure Heroine, won’t be released in the United States until Monday, September 30, but it’s already ranked #9 on the iTunes charts (sitting right behind Lorde’s The Love Club E.P. at #8). Even though she’s only 16, Lorde is fully aware of the wild expectations and promises that Pure Heroine is “more mature” and “more developed.”
The ’90s were a simpler, grungier time where a riot grrl could find love with a Beastie Boy and where the hottest thing a woman could do was sling on a guitar and sing about her feelings. The 10 couples on this list not only made music that defined an era, but their stories defined our early romantic fantasies and gave us intense cautionary tales.
No one is born a star. Even if someone is born with a killer voice, they still have to toil away for years. They’ve got to hone their chops and await their big break. Thankfully, obscurity doesn’t mean the same thing as invisibility. The 10 stars on our list all have early moments caught online that they might not want us to see now.
Nevertheless, we think it’s important to remember that Lady Gaga used to perform at New York open mics in simple cotton dresses, or that Kanye West once toiled in the studio trying to impress Jay-Z, or that Ed Sheeran gleefully stuffed marshmallows into his mouth for no good reason at all.