The New York Times described Jay-Z‘s performance last night, “the highest-profile hip-hop show ever at Carnegie Hall.” Playing two shows in support of charity (the second one being tonight), Jay-Z is proving that he might not be as miserly as we first thought — the concerts are being put on in support of the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.
From all accounts, last night’s show was an inspiring event, with guests Alicia Keys for “Empire State of Mind,” and Nas for “N.Y. State of Mind” and “If I Ruled The World” (for which Keys sang the Lauryn Hill part) joining Jay-Z on stage, before he finally took to a balcony to close the show amongst his enthusiastic fans. But according to reports, the shining moment of the night was when Jay-Z sang his ode to new baby daughter, Blue Ivy, “Glory.” After the emotional song, Hov told the audience, “I didn’t think I was gonna make it through that one. That one was tough.” We love the track, and we’re glad Jay-Z is keeping it in his repertoire. We’re also wondering if new mom Beyoncé was just as emotional as Jay — she was in attendance at the concert, which was her first post-birth public appearance, and she looked great!
The Black Keys have gone from dishing out downright insults (see their recent bashing of Nickelback in Rolling Stone) to offering some slightly backhanded compliments. Recently, the two Ohio natives were asked their opinion on Lana Del Rey‘s overnight success and her controversial Saturday Night Live performance, drummer Patrick Carney told MTV that “It’s different for everybody. It took us a really long time to get on Saturday Night Live, and it took her a shorter amount of time. But I honestly feel bad for a lot of bands that are starting out with the way things are… The trends kind of flip over so fast — something’s cool and not cool and it all happens within two to three months.” For those of you scoring at home, that’s a bit of sweet (“I honestly feel bad”) mixed with a taste of sour (essentially saying LDR’s career will be over in “two to three months”).
Frontman Dan Auerbach had a similar comment to make on the matter; “On some level, we’ve seen that Lana Del Rey thing since we first started, like, all of a sudden this new band would be headlining festivals, and we’re like, ‘Wait, how did they get that?’ We’ve been here for two, three, four, five years and we’re still working our way up. But then they’re gone. Just as quickly as they get up there, they disappear.” Obviously, The Black Keys are veterans in the game, and have had to work very hard for a long time to find mainstream fame (which only came very recently with the release of El Camino in 2011) and we wholeheartedly commend them for their resilience and determination.
But while we’ve come to expect controversial commentary from The Keys, we’re starting to really feel their bitterness over the success of acts they’ve deemed lesser than themselves, and it’s not a good look. Are they really the arbiters of what kind of fame is legitimate? Does it matter if Lana’s stock drops in a few months? Isn’t her moment in the spotlight just as important as theirs, regardless of how lengthy or brief it might be?
As exciting as the last season of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson are back for the tenth season of the show that’s revered by metalheads and musicians alike, and although the show won’t be back until Saturday, March 31, we just got our hands on a sneak preview of the first batch of confirmed guests and it’s a DOOZY.
Leading the way will be a first time That Metal Show appearance by Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden, which we are totally geeking out in anticipation of. “I’ve known the Maiden guys for a long time and been a fan since day one,” host Eddie Trunk told us. “They are easily one of the most requested bands to have a member of on TMS. Because they are such a global band it’s been hard to track them down, but thrilled we were able to catch up with Adrian. It will be cool because we don’t hear from him often, he’s a great guy, has a huge history with the band, and has a new side project to discuss.”
We asked Eddie if there’s any chance that he’d dress up as Iron Maiden’s infamous mascot, Eddie The Head, for the show. His reply? “I do have a mask, so you never know…”
Also on the docket this season will be appearances from Jason Newsted (another TMS newbie!), Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich, Motorhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister and the one and only Alice Cooper. “We’re super psyched about this lineup, as is Eddie Trunk. “I’m so excited about the evolution of the show, having rock and metal artists, and first time and returning guests,” he told us. “I love all the variety and am thrilled for a huge 2012!”
The Black Keys gave us a peek at their video for “Gold On The Ceiling” last week, and now we’ve got the whole shebang available for your viewing pleasure. The second single from their breakthrough album, El Camino, “Gold On The Ceiling” is an honest, organic rock song that is as faithful to the roots of the genre as any modern band can be. The video features footage from New York, with lines of people waiting to get into their shows at the Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall for their album launch tour, as well as some dates in Los Angeles and overseas. There’s also footage of the guys recording in the studio, and an adorable trying on clothing montage in which they giggle over a bedazzled jacket. Mixed in are also some serious, “the road is a grind” moments with the band traveling in cars and airports, but overall, the vibe of the video is a fun one, and gives a sense of the adventure The Black Keys have partaken in during their meteoric rise over the last few months.
“Conclusive” Proof That Nicki Minaj Is Actually Jay-Z
Vice Magazine has slowed down “Super Bass,” providing conclusive proof that Nicki Minaj is actually Jay-Z. Have a listen, and prepare to be amazed. [Vice]
Lana Del Rey Says There Might Not Be A Second Record Lana Del Rey told Vogue “I don’t think I’ll write another record. What would I say? I feel like everything I wanted to say, I’ve said already.” No Born To Die 2? [Prefix]
If you flipped over to VH1 anytime over the weekend, chances are you saw a commercial for our upcoming show, The 100 Greatest Women In Music. Beginning next Monday, February 13, we’ll be airing a one-hour special every night at 10 p.m. ET/PT honoring some of the most talented and influential female musicians of all-time. And we’ve gotten more than a few emails over the last few days asking what song is playing during that spot. Well, we’re happy to give you an answer: It’s Ellie Goulding‘s “Starry Eyed,” which is featured on her 2011 album, Lights.
Stay tuned to VH1 Tuner for more information on our upcoming special, The 100 Greatest Women In Music!
New parents Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles are like, millionaires. You don’t even need us to provide you with the math to know that, but The Daily has made this neat little infographic anyway, just so you can see how much money pop royalty makes, and how little they’ve been contributing to their own charity:
As you can see from the above image, Jay-Z made an obscene amount of money is 2010 — $63 million — and gave only 0.01% of that to his own charity. Feeling a bit miserly in 2010, were you Jay?
Hov’s rep, Jana Fleishman defended the Carter clan, saying in an email to The Daily, “Jay, along with his family, provided office support, overhead support, [mother] Mrs. Gloria Carter’s 100% effort and time, computers, FedEx expenses, accounting, and treasury function support. This was at no cost to the charity.” Except that taxes tell another story, and it seems that the charity paid $7,306 for the expenses mentioned in Fleishman’s email. Maybe Jay-Z needs to be reminded that he wasn’t always Mr. Moneybags, and that empathy can go a long way. What does one buy oneself with $63 million dollars a year anyway? Surely there’s flexibility to share that sort of exorbitant earning?
The unsung hero of last night’s Super Bowl was Kelly Clarkson. Between Madonna’s spectacular visual assault at the half time show and M.I.A.’s controversy wielding middle finger, Clarkson barely got a look in for her moving rendition of the National Anthem. And how! Meticulously groomed, Kelly appeared like a glamourpuss in a form fitting black dress, smokey eyes and a sleek hairstyle. Her perfect look matched her flawless vocal — Kelly hit every note with stirring accuracy. Dynamic and moving, the performance show cased Kelly’s beautiful voice and the ease with which she employs it, doing extreme justice to both her talent and the country’s National Anthem.
How much controversy can one empty gesture cause? If today’s Internet furor is anything to go by, a lot. In a blink-and-you’ll miss it moment (we didn’t even blink and we missed it the first time around!) during last night’s Super Bowl half time performance, rapper M.I.A. gave cameras the middle finger live on stage, as she suggestively sang “I don’t give a shhhh…” during Madonna‘s “Give Me All Your Luvin'”. In an vain attempt to erase the ‘obscene’ gesture, the broadcast blurred seconds later — but it was too late! We already saw it! That dreaded, awful… Middle finger! GASP!
Of the ‘incident’, Brian McCarthy, spokesman for the NFL said, “The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans,” while NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said, “The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show. Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.” We feel like we really missed something here — on the spectrum of one to controversial in the Madonna-sphere, a flipped bird seems pretty weak.
We were really expecting the show to yield some real controversy — Madonna stealing a kiss with Nicki perchance (not that we think there’s anything wrong with that, but we imagine it really would have caused a stir!), or something along the lines of a boundary-pushing, 80s Madonna. Instead what we got was a half-baked push of the button, and not even by Madonna herself. It’s unclear whether or not the action was staged; if it was orchestrated by Madonna, we think it’s a cop out on her part to have the non-white, UK artist make the move. However, if it was an impromptu movement on M.I.A’s part, it seems like a fairly desperate attempt to reclaim the title of “edgy” pop star after the truffle fries incident.
Either way, the flipped bird was school-yard level offensive at best — and it seems like detractors were expecting to have something to gripe about before they even saw the show, so are grasping at straws to find something perturbing about the performance. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and in this case, the complaint-mongers are milking that bird for all it’s worth.