I don’t know about you, but I’ve been listening to the newest Taylor Swift album, Red, non-stop. It’s officially out as of yesterday, but Swifties (That’s code name for Taylor Swift fans) and music critics alike have been passing around .mp3s like they were contraband. One song that didn’t hit the web before it hit stores? “22”. An ode to being an adult yet NOT being an adult. An ode to friends (Taylor’s got Ashley Greene, Dianna Agron, Claire Callaway and Selena Gomez, apparently). An ode to spending too much time getting ready to go out. And ode to the effortless rhyming of practically anything to “twenty-two”. Meanwhile, Taylor herself was born in 1989, which makes her actually 22. And for obvious reasons, this makes the song even more potent.
Taylor is “22”, but once she was “Fifteen” — also the title of a popular song off her first album, Fearless. “Fifteen” spoke of high school drama, first love and was so personal to Taylor that it “gets her every time” (thanks Wikipedia). It’s about her freshman year of high school, where she and her BFF Abigail Anderson encountered heartbreak. “Fifteen” is, in fact, written in retrospect — Fearless came out in 2008, and Taylor’s advice to her younger self encapsulated her own high school experience.
So how do the two compare? Has Taylor actually grown up from “Fifteen” to “22”? Does it mean anything that “Fifteen” is written out and “22” isn’t? Would Selena Gomez have hung out with Taylor in high school?
Happy 41st birthday Snoop Dogg…er…Snoop Lion! It’s been a big year for you. One of name changes and breaking the big 4-0. There’s nothing more wonderful then spending your b’day with some of your closest friends, doing the things you love to do the most. That’s why we’ve collected a few of your most heartwarming friend hangs (we think) and imagined what you could do to celebrate your birthday. Think of these as merely suggestions, and ways to make sure you have the best birthday a Lion could ask for.
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Kells promised that “Trapped in the Closet” would go on forever, and he’s no liar. 20 new chapters, all featuring the same melodic hook we’ve grown to love, will be appearing on IFC the day after Thanksgiving. That’s right, Black Friday will finally live up to the hype. Put away your credit card(s) and grab yourself some pie, and cozy up to the ever-surprising, ever-amusing twists and turns of the insides of R. Kelly’s mind.
For Twan’s sake, check out the preview…
It’s hard not to lump Sky Ferreira in with the rest of the models often recognized on his Tumblr blog. She is indeed the perfect encapsulation of what a “scene girl” should look like: grunge-y bleached blond hair with peeking dark roots, bright red lipstick, wrapped up in a jean jacket. But Sky Ferreira’s (pronounced as such) latest EP hit the digital shelves yesterday and it’s pretty awesome. It’s got five full tracks featuring a plethora of sounds from a plethora of special friends–everyone from Jon Brion to Sherley Manson–not to mention Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) who helped Solange with her latest, “Losing You“.
The EP is a diverse collection of songs–Ferreira goes easily from teary-eyed acoustics (on “Sad Dream”) to rock reminiscent of Courtney Love and Garbage (on “Red Lips”, which Manson co-wrote, so it makes sense.) “Everything is Embarrassing”, produced by Dev Hynes, thumps away in the style of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know”, infusing Ferreira’s far-away vocals that continue to layer as the song progresses.
Get the stream.
Wyclef Jean is 43 years old today, but he certainly doesn’t feel that way. “I look + feel 26!” he tweeted, along with this stunning photo of him atop his most patriotic Ducati. “U cant keep à good Man down! Keep à smile when they want you to frown!” he wrote, and yet this photo depicts a very oiled, very stern-looking Wyclef.
Either way, he looks good and who knows what’s lurking in that fancy two-car garage behind him. More bikes? More body oil?
Actually, Wyclef, we have just one question for you…
Here’s some music that’ll make your mid-week blues feel more like end-of-week joy. Swedish duo Icona Pop, Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt, have shared a stream of their newest EP, Iconic, with the web and it if played correctly (all the way through) it should cure your weekday woes. Joining the irritable pop anthem, “I Love It“, five other tracks prove Icona Pop to be consistent with their musical heritage (Swedes truly make the best pop) and confirming their “iconic” band name. Melodic synths, thumping drums, choruses perfect for screaming sing-alongs: It’s like ABBA for 2012, if you ask me. (And I am not referring to the A*Teens.)
The best part about an EP? It’s short, and exactly the length time it should take to get ready for a night out.
As R. Kelly gears up to take his latest album, “Write Me Back”, on tour, he’s also giving the fans exactly what we want: More Trapped in the Closet.
According to an interview with Time, R. Kelly is ready to charm the shirts off every single lady (and man!) in town and, more importantly, he states that the beloved Trapped in the Closet is “forever” — in every sense of the word. With 20 new chapters promised to appear “the day after Thanksgiving”, Kells also swears he’s got “like a hundred chapters to come.”
Wait, DID YOU SAY ONE HUNDRED CHAPTERS? You mean TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET IS GOING TO LITERALLY HAPPEN FOREVER AND EVER?
R. Kelly on His Single Ladies Tour, Bedroom Ballads and the Future of Trapped [Time]
I guess Aaron Carter‘s parents are out of town (again!) because he’s acting up on Twitter. Just kidding, that’s the premise from his 2000 hit “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)“. It’s 2012, Aaron’s now 24 years old and he doesn’t need permission to have a rager. He does, however, need to be careful who he accuses of music video theft. He recently went on Twitter to call out Justin Bieber’s new music video “Beauty and the Beat” (that Biebs himself wrote, produced and directed) for reminding him of the one for his 12 year old hit. Meanwhile, that song is only six years older than Bieber himself.
Let’s compare them…