Well, we were lucky enough to grab some time with The Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney over the weekend and were able to ask them about this controversial decision. Carney told us that, “[Streaming services] are becoming more popular, but it still isn’t at a point where you’re able to replace royalties from record sales with the royalties from streams…For a band that makes a living selling music, it’s not at a point where it’s feasible for us.” He went on to explain that he endorses services like Pandora, where fans are able to sample and discover new music on a song-by-song basis, but commented that the Spotifys of the world are “set up to be a little more fair for the labels than for the artists.”
What say you guys, the music fans, about this hot button issue in the today’s music industry? Are you on the side of the Black Keys, and think that fans should support their favorite artists by buying their albums and singles through retail outlets? Or does the Black Keys’ decision not to allow El Camino to appear on streaming services like Spotify make you less likely to listen to their music? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Chris Martin Thinks Lady Gaga Writes Better Music Than Him Coldplay‘s Chris Martin things Lady Gaga is a better songwriter than him, revealing, “I just admire all of the hats and the dresses and the madness and everything because I know that underneath it all she can beat me at writing choruses.” We reckon she probably looks better in a dress, too. [Spin]
Grinderman Announce That They’re Splitting Up
Music legend Nick Cave has announced that his band, Grinderman, will be no more, but cryptically added, “See you all in another ten years when we’ll be even older and uglier.” [Prefix]
Previously unseen footage of Beyoncé‘s A Night With Beyoncé show in the UK is now available for seeing, and what a sight! Performing “Run The World (Girls)” (above) and “I Care” (after the jump), Beyoncé is spectacular in a sheer, nude colored body suit that is adorned strategically with sparkles to hide her, er… naughty parts. With her signature windswept hair, Bey kills it on the dance floor, proving who runs the world with her all-female ensemble — and it’s King B, because even with all those other beautiful, talented women up there, we’ve only got eyes for one. One of the most glorious things about watch this is the crowd — we’ve never seen a pop concert illicit such commitment in the quality of dance moves, so it must be true, Bey really does have the best fans. There’s also footage of Bey clad in white as a Grecian goddess for “Party” (after the jump), and if you haven’t fainted from the awesomeness of the other two clips, you should definitely watch it.
Adele has all become Queen Of The World this year, unanimously placed at the head of “Top” and “Best” lists for her album 21 (ranked by both industry critics and the public), and yet again receiving nominations for a slew of Grammys, which it seems she’s a shoo-in to win a handful of. So how does the international super star plan to follow up her epic year? With a good old fashioned rest, to be sure!
Forget a hastily produced third record (as has been the trend with pop stars of late, resulting generally in quantity of quality), Adele is going to get some much needed R and R before leaping into her next musical offering, which, she predicts, will be when she’s 25 or 26. Of the decision, Adele says, “I’m just gonna lay some concrete, set up home and just ‘be’ for a bit. I’ll disappear and come back with a record when it’s good enough. There will be no new music until it’s good enough and until I’m ready.” On the mend from vocal cord surgery, the move seems like a sensible one for Adele’s voice, and a rather mature one from the perspective of someone who values their art over the dollar value assigned to it.
We’re excited to let you know that VH1 You Oughta Know artist Ximena Sarinana will be performing via live stream tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET. The live stream will be an intimate experience with the Mexican singer-songwriter, a dream for fans and newcomers alike. With many of our You Oughta Know artists moving on to big things (like Grammy nominations), this is a special event you don’t want to miss — get on board with Ximena Sarinana so you can say you always loved her when she becomes a household name!
You can watch the live stream here at 1pm EST on Tuesday December 13.
Today, for the 6th Day of DIVAS, we’re asking what’s better than a trip down memory lane with one diva? A trip with two, of course! We’ve got Gladys Knight performing “I Don’t Want To Do Wrong” with Joss Stone. While Stone appears in reverential awe of the veteran Knight on stage, the young performer holds her own with her sexy, gravelly vocal performance. Knight, of course, will make your heart skip a beat with her huge, soulful voice. And the two together? Think spine-tingling sensations and an irrepressible desire to hit repeat.
VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul will premiere exclusively on VH1 on Monday, December 19, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Can anyone say “fan girl”? Showing her commitment to Drizzy, this young woman went all out and got “DRAKE” tattooed across her forehead. Drake. Tattooed. Across her forehead. For realsies.
We could forgive a “Drake” tattoo, but emblazoned across her forehead in tall letters that start at her eyebrows and end at her hairline? We’re frightened, but still intrigued. Vice spoke to Kevin Campbell, the LA based tattoo artist responsible for applying the horrifying homage, and he says of his decision to accept her patronage, “Sure, I could have turned her away, and I’m already getting a ton of flack from other tattooers for this, but the way I see it, if she’s got her little heart set on getting her forehead tattooed then she’ll just keep on trying until somebody finally goes through with it.” Righto. The move is pretty bad ass for a fan of someone who has been deemed the “softest” player in the hip hop genre; maybe a little bit too bad ass? Would you get a tattoo of your musical icon smacked, bang! in the middle of your forehead? A cursive “Bublé,” or “Nickelback” in a bold font? What we’re wondering is if the unnamed woman has any regrets; if she’s even vaguely employable as anything but a Drake roadie; what Drake thinks about the whole thing and will he indeed be employing her?
On a Katy Perry hosted episode of Saturday Night Live, Robyn gave an impeccable performance of her songs “Dancing On My Own” and “Call Your Girlfriend.” One of the few solo performers that can carry a live act alone, Robyn manages to captivate with high energy, perfect vocals and killer dance moves that require no extra fuss or frills. The best part is, while Robyn is a joy to watch, her lyrics are… well… a tad depressing! Despite that Robyn still makes toes tap, even when she’s be jilted by her lover and is left dancing on her own. Add an introduction by the adorable, newly blonde-bobbed Katy Perry, and you’ve got a recipe for pop deliciousness.
“There’s white people in the house, I must be blowin’ up or somethin’!”
Robin Thicke sounded genuinely surprised when he made this statement about halfway through his 19-song set at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom last night. Arguably the most successful white R&B artist of the last decade, Thicke has earned himself the adoration of ladies of all races, creeds, and religions, many of whom showed up in their finest Friday wear to squeal and scream their enthusiasm for the 34-year-old crooner. Thicke’s new album, Love After War, hit streets this past Tuesday, and is another outstanding collection of brassy, high-energy jams and soulful, babymakin’ mood music.
After an errant fire alarm and persistent strobe lights delayed the start of last night’s show by a good 30 minutes, Thicke and his four-piece band belted out from backstage and shook the crowd out of their stupor by serving up the Stax style funk of “An Angel On Each Arm,” the lead track on his new LP. Thicke was wearing the same Aviators that he wore during his appearance on VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live earlier this week, and posed a question to the largely female audience: “Can I take you to the mountaintop tonight?” Judging by the volume of shrieks and the way Thicke exploded into an ear-to-ear grin, the answer was a resounding “Yes, please.”
NBC Will Now Screen All The Roots’ Walk On Song Selections Before Airing
After causing some controversy by playing Fishbone‘s “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” for Michelle Bachmann’s walk-on on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last month, The Roots will now have to run all their song selections past NBC before airing. Wrist, meet slap. [Paste]
Bon Iver Not Just Grammy Nominees, Also Good At Fitness Bon Iver are going to be in a fitness video. This is a true and real thing that is actually happening. Never thought you’d see the day, did you? [NME]