If you weren’t already in love with Katy Perry, then you should definitely watch her interview on Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People. Katy is honest and endearing, revealing just enough but still playing her cards close to her chest, giving a sense of total control, poise and grace. Katy is articulate and warm, and gosh darn it, we just want to be friends with the girl! Of the past year, Katy says it’s “been very intense. Just kind of holding onto the rocket for dear life, hoping I don’t get bucked off.” Katy also talks about her evangelical upbringing, her parents’ past life as hippies (during which time her mother dated Jimi Hendrix and her father was a drug dealer) and her decision to follow her dreams. She also talks about her marriage to Russell Brand and her desire to have children, cutely adding that at the moment, there’s nothing in her belly but Taco Bell.
Ah to be young, weird, tortured and swathed in couture! This year Lady Gaga has proven to be more than just an artiste — behind the conceptual seems to lie a savvy business woman and dedicated, hard worker. Indeed, Forbes has estimated that the Mother Monster raked in $90 million dollars in 2011, which we can safely say is nothing to sneeze at (unless you really need to sneeze and can’t help it). That’s really a lot of money, and we guess it sort of makes sense, with album sales for Born This Way, extensive touring and generally just being everywhere and doing everything all the time. Although we are starting to wonder if Lady Gaga isn’t more than one person — her constant visibility seems near impossible, maybe she’s a triplet?
Lady Gaga really is the dominating femme force in the earnings stakes, with second place holder Taylor Swift making only half ($45 million) of the Lady’s earnings in 2011. Aside from Lady Gaga’s small fortune, there aren’t really any surprises on Forbes‘ list (Celine Dion‘s heart really does go on), with all the independent ladies of pop you’d expect to be buying their own bling making the baller list:
1. Lady Gaga
2. Taylor Swift
3. Katy Perry
4. Beyonce Knowles
7. Carrie Underwood
8. Celine Dion
10. Alicia Keys
10. Britney Spears
Lady Gaga Named Highest Earning Female Artist Of 2011 [Prefix]
The Top-Earning Women In Music [Forbes]
[Photo: Getty Images]
Young Jeezy performed “I Do” And “Lose Your Mind” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, and the rapper had the audience relentlessly waving their hands in the air the entire time. With his deep, gravelly voice, there’s something of DMX and Ja Rule in Jeezy’s vocals, and we’re feeling a bit of a throwback to the late 90s-early Naughties era of hip hop. With a new biographical film due to hit screens on December 20, Young Jeezy is really upping the ante on his visibility, and we’re wondering whether or not he’s having a hard time standing up right under the weight of that hefty gold necklace… Never mind, we’re still bouncing to the beat of his performance!
If You’ve Ever Wanted To Be Lost At Sea With R. Kelly, Now’s Your Chance
R. Kelly has announced he will be hosting a six day cruise starting in Miami in October 2012. He will perform twice while the ship’s at sea, and will charge you between $999 and $2,999 for a ticket. [Rolling Stone]
Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die” Video Leaks Online
Buzz artist Lana Del Rey‘s video for her new single “Born To Die” has leaked online, and you can forget the MacBook, pastiche-y style you’re used to from the big lipped singer — “Born To Die” is all sex. And tigers. [Spin]
YESSSSSS! We have barely been able to breathe for the last 12 hours or so, ever since Adam Lambert sent out this tweet earlier this morning: “Countdown begins…. 12 hrs until a big unveiling….” All day, we’ve been pacing around the office, staring at our watches every couple of minutes, constantly refreshing our Twitter feed, wondering what the one and only Glambert was going to offer up to us. Would it be a special holiday video message to his fans? News that he’s joining Queen on a full-time basis? A picture of him wearing nothing but a piece of mistletoe?
Well, it ended up being none of those things, but we’re not complaining because guess what? A NEW SINGLE IS ON THE WAY! Adam just dropped the cover art for his new song, “Better Than I Know Myself,” on Twitter and announced that “it drops on December 20th! avail on all digital music providers. Happy Holidays!!” We haven’t heard Adam’s version of this track yet, but we’re huge fans of the demo of this song that Claude Kelly cut back in 2009. This song was written by Dr. Luke and Claude, both of whom has a history with Glambert; they co-wrote the title track off Adam’s 2009 debut, For Your Entertainment. (Most versions of “Better Than I Know Myself” have been scraped off the Internet, but if you search hard enough, you’ll be able to find it.)
We’re going to do our best to stay calm until Adam’s release of “Better Than I Know Myself” in six days, but until then, check out his full cover art below!
Merry Christmas, Michael Bublé! Bubés (which, btw, is our own personal nickname for him) has sold 480,000 copies of his Christmas album this week, which keeps him at the #1 spot on the Billboard charts — the seventh, and highest selling week, in the album’s shelf life. The album has sold 1.5 million copies in total and could potentially surpass Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way to be the year’s second-best selling album. So it seems that consumers are really getting into the festive spirit by way of music — but strangely enough the album hasn’t received the sort of critical attention or accolades that Born This Way, or say, Adele‘s 21 have. But still — with what’s turn out to be a faster-than-the-speed-of-light sprint at the end of the game, Bublé has managed to outstrip artists whose albums have been available for months. Talk about Christmas wishes coming true.
Hot on Bublé’s heels in the impressive/blink-and-you’ll-miss-it speedy sales stakes are The Black Keys, whose 7th album, El Camino, has sold 206,000 copies in its first week. This almost triples the sales of the Keys’ last release, Brothers (which sold 73,000 in the first week), and almost doubles the sales of Amy Winehouse‘s Lioness: Hidden Treasures (114,000, if you’re counting at home). Can anyone say “buzz band”? Perhaps The Black Keys strategy of not offering El Camino on music sharing services is paying off, after all.
It’s happened — the world has gone completely mad for Robyn. AND SO THEY SHOULD. Robyn is pretty much the most awesome electro-pop act going around at the moment, and with her bad ass attitude, gorgeous vulnerability and unparalleled dance moves it’s rightly so. Robyn is like no other, and fellow Swedish singers Erato are getting behind Robyn… with empty cottage cheese containers, no less! Singing an a capella cover of “Call Your Girlfriend,” Erato are absolutely adorable with their pixie smiles and sweet and honey harmonies. Not to mention perfectly dexterous as they lay down a beat using only a few hand claps and some empty cottage cheese containers.
Erato sings Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” [New Roman Times]
Are you sick of “top” and “best of” lists for 2011 yet? Surprisingly enough, we’re not — even though they are getting a bit repetitive in the Adele/Iver global back pat that’s happening right now. With all the glory being attributed to musicians for songs and albums, Songtrust have come right out of left field to say, “Yeah, kudos guys, but let’s have a round of applause for the people who are actually writing these songs.”
Some of our favorite hit machines — including You Oughta Know artists Adele and Bruno Mars, as well as Katy Perry — are seasoned song writers in their own right, but what about the guys and gals behind the music that aren’t also household names? Using data from Billboard Radio Songs and Digital Songs charts, Songtrust have compiled a list of 2011’s most seminal writers — yep, that’s right, these are the people responsible for all those songs you’re putting on your favorites lists. So three cheers for the writers! Songtrust’s Top 20 Songwriters Of 2011 after the jump.
Wow, it’s the 8th Day of DIVAS and we’re all the more exited for VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul to air on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and other lovely ladies. For the past 8 days we’ve been reliving DIVAS past, drooling over performances from Jill Scott, Beyoncé, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, a duet between Joss Stone and Gladys Knight and yesterday, Destiny’s Child.
For the 8th day of DIVAS we’re bringing you more Donna Summer, straight from 2000, singing “Bad Girls.” In a disco-fueled performance, Summer is ravishing in a floor length gown adorned with sequins and chandelier earrings. Bringing the attitude with her finger wagging, shoulder shaking, neck popping moves, Summer shows who’s boss, and yeah, it’s those disco bad girls. And as if all that wasn’t enough, the soul veteran delivers and impeccable, powerful vocal to match the dress and lyrics.
VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul will premiere exclusively on VH1 on Monday, December 19, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Death Cab For Cutie took to the stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live and it was a resounding “Awww, big cuddle!” from us to the newly single Ben Gibbard (give us a call, yeah?). From their latest album Codes And Keys, Death Cab played “You Are A Tourist” (above) and “Underneath the Sycamore” (after the jump). In the truest, most emotionally sentimental yet frank lyricism that Death Cab has adopted as their niche, “You Are A Tourist” has all the floating whimsy and grand cavernousness of “Expo 86″ and “Marching Bands Of Manhattan.” With a certain soaring hopefulness beset with often gnarly or despairing lyrics, Death Cab have the Robyn thing (happy sadness) down pat.