Last night’s X-Factor premiered the new Britney Spears/will.i.amvideo “Scream & Shout” and even though the song’s not festive in any holiday-specific manner, there’s definitely a slew of specifically placed electronics that you might want to add to your Xmas shopping list. Don’t get me wrong, will.i.am’s not shilling any liquor brands, but he does show off a white Maserati and I have a feeling his new signature hat (with the fangs!) will be sold in stores near you. What Will did place throughout the video were shots of pretty cool (and high-tech!) electronics–everything from an iPad typewriter to a bionic hand–stuff that you could buy in stores right alongside stuff that you could only dream of owning.
But let’s say you did let will.i.am (and Brit) choose your gifts this year. What should you be buying?
It’s no real secret that Rihanna doesn’t write her own music, but as Leona Lewismight tell you, just because she can make a song famous does not necessarily mean she always does it best. And so when we first heard “Diamonds,” we noted that Rihanna seemed to be mimicking the song’s author Sia‘s enunciation and vocal quality at times. Sia sounded good on Rihanna, but the eerie verisimilitude got us wondering — if Rihanna’s is this good, just how great could the former You Oughta Know Artist‘s take be?
Sia performed the song at the Norwegian-American Achievement Awards ceremony a few weeks back and — to nobody’s great surprise — it turns out Sia’s version is really, really, very good. Stripped of the glimmering production and 808 thump, her go is interestingly haunted and maybe a bit mournful where Rihanna’s is hopeful and inspiring. Sia’s got a much more expansive vocal range and she was able to open new corners of the her song that’s since become Rihanna’s hit. And because it’s not duplicitous or better but just different, we now have two “Diamonds” to enjoy.
We think that the world is a better place for having both these “Diamonds” out there for out listening pleasure, but what say you: Do you think Sia should have kept “Diamonds” for herself? Or is it better suited for someone so #unapologetic as Rihanna?
Earlier this week Wiz Khalifa held his smoked out listening session in NYC for his sophomore album O.N.I.F.C. (Only N*gga In First Class) dropping December 4. It was an extravaganza of the largest blunts you’ve ever seen along with three bikini-clad women painted in animal print. There was music, too, including a video to “The Bluff” featuring Cam’ron. Where have you been, Cam? It’s been a minute. Read more…
Let me start my saying that if this was your first time watching Nashville, I am so sorry. This was maybe the worst episode of the season, due in large part because of how weird the camera angles, quick, dramatic zooms, and stupid dialogue were. The word I’m looking for here to describe this episode is “unsubtle,” I think. From the totally predictable moment where Scarlett tries to visit and maybe reconcile with Avery, only to discover Marilyn walking around his living room in just a bra (who does that? Surely just women more confident than I), to Peggy’s total overreaction when Teddy tells her that for the sake of his mayoral campaign that they can’t be seen together (I mean, if she likes him at all, wouldn’t she be understanding?) to Juliette’s “Are you gay??” accusations toward Sean just because he doesn’t want to sleep with her on the third date, it was a lot of unrealistic cheese for one episode. Read more…
It’s all eyes on will.i.am (and will.i.am 2.0, and will.i.am 3.0, and…) and Britney Spears (and Britney 2.0, and Britney 3.0, and…), bitch, who get multiplied many times over in the glitz-ed out new video for “Scream & Shout,” the latest single off the Black Eyed Peas frontman’s upcoming solo album #willpower. The video giddily indulges will.i.am’s future fetish; and much like his album was named to be tweeted, it was made to be .GIF-ed.
Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium can’t even handle the VH1 Divas “Dance Party” about to go down, and you don’t want to miss it. If you’re feeling like this is the kind of event you just have to see in person, we’ve got good news to share: Tickets for VH1 DIVAS 2012 just went on sale on Ticketmaster! We’ll keep dishing more Divas dirt as we get closer to December 16. Until then, get more details from the latest press release to hit our inbox.
VH1 DIVAS ADDS KELLY CLARKSON, MELANIE FIONA, METRIC AND PITBULL AS PERFORMERS
Red Carpet to be Live streamed on DIVAS.VH1.com on Sunday, December 16
VH1 “DIVAS” Dance Party Hosted By Adam Lambert to Include Tribute to Legends Whitney Houston and Donna Summer
Special airs live Sunday, December 16 at 9 PM/8c on VH1
NEW YORK, NY –November 29, 2012 – VH1’s beloved, popular franchise “VH1 Divas” announced today additional performers to join this year’s dance music tribute. Kelly Clarkson, Melanie Fiona, Metric and Pitbull will join VH1’s dance party, along with Havana Brown as House DJ. Airing live from the L.A. Shrine Auditorium “VH1 Divas” will be hosted by Adam Lambert on Sunday, December 16 at 9PM/8c on VH1.
American Idol producers might want to drag another chair up to the judges’ table, because Steven Tyler has landed himself in the drama-fest and the already sure to be explosive season might be more fun yet if they leave him put, don’t you think?
As you’ll recall, Tyler said over the weekend that Nicki Minaj would have sent Bob Dylan “to the cornfield” had he turned up to try out. Nicki of course thinks otherwise, and said as much on Twitter, where she suggested that the comment might have been racially motivated. And almost as soon as she hit send on that last one, Tyler was on television apologizing.
Oh, brother. Did Rita Ora land the role Rihanna secretly coveted in the forthcoming The Fast and the Furious 6? Hopefully this is just another silly ploy by the tabloids to create a non-existent chick beef between the singers. The fact is: Rita Ora did nail her audition enough to snag a role in the sixth flick in the series that shall never end. Read more…
The lights, the trees, all the other Christmas songs — nothing gets me feeling festive quite like Mariah Carey‘s modern classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” a song I enjoy all year round and with particular joy this time of the year. And so Thanksgiving has come and gone, and you all have probably been brimming with holiday joy for almost a week now, but I am only just now beginning because I needed this to happen before I could begin on my festivities:
Now that Yasiin Bey has championed to get people to stop calling him Mos Def he’s focused on the music. And Yasiin has not one solitary ounce of care to give about offending anyone with his latest freestyle over the Chief Keef turned Kanye West “I Don’t Like” beat. And he’s an equal opportunity offender. From tossing around the word cracker and Natzi to going in on how he doesn’t like fake thug rappers, everyone is fair game. Read more…