What’s an Internet meme to do when her “Moment” seems like it might be over? Release a new song, of course! Viral sensation Rebecca Black sure doesn’t quit — just when you think the teenager is about to disappear into obscurity, BOOM! she comes back with yet another song. Maybe appearing in Katy Perry’s video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” bolstered her resolve, maybe she has an over zealous stage-parent team, maybe despite her small years she’s already ravenous for money or maybe, just maybe, we’re tired old cynics and the girl is just doing what she does because she loves it, she can, and why the hell not?
The new track, “Person Of Interest,” is sort of upbeat, but not particularly inspiring. Firstly, Rebecca Black is fairly flat (come on vibrant, perky teenager, we know you’re hidden in there somewhere!) and secondly, whoever is writing her music isn’t really helping her bring the attitude. With lyrics like, “There’s a chalk line on the dance floor in the shape of my heart / Crime scene tape on the front door,” Rebecca Black is probably as confused as us. The lyrics suggest a distinctly stalker vibe and there’s not much that’s particularly sexy or celebratory about crime. But maybe that’s just Rebecca “thing” now — weird lyrics. Listen to the new track below and tell us what you think!
A far cry from a cash-grab, the album is reportedly an incredibly emotional, not to mention immpecably produced, project; not just for those surriving her, but for Amy herself, as friend and collaborator Salaam Remi recounts to Rolling Stone how the troubled performer broke down during their recording sessions. “Playing guitar and singing into a small hand-held mic, Winehouse unleashed a devastating version of “A Song for You,” Leon Russell’s pained ballad about an entertainer’s regrets. As she sang, Winehouse began to cry. “It’s as if she was literally singing about herself,” Remi recalls. “She was really putting herself into it.””
The ever adorable, completely relatable Kelly reveals that she’s often left stumped by the lyrics to her own songs, and is renowned for forgetting them when on stage. With a cheeky grin on her face the singer admits, “I’m not going to lie. It doesn’t matter if it’s a new song or an old song, I will screw up the lyrics.” Kelly’s forgetfulness is endearing, and as she points out, at least she’s not lip synching: “That means I’m singing live, so that says something.” In the second sneak peek clip (below), Kelly talks about ominous dreams she has before shows of falling down on stage. She tells how following a dream of falling, she almost fell on stage at UK’s X Factor because she “was trying to be all sexy in heels.” Awwwww, Kelly, we really love your honesty!
Since we first saw The Black Keys‘ video for “Lonely Boy”, the first release from their forthcoming album El Camino, we’ve been dancing around our bedrooms in the wee-hours of the morning, trying to get our moves as flawless as the video’s star, Derrick Tuggle. And now, our second favorite dancer in the world, Ellen Degeneres, has interviewed Tuggle on her show, and yes, the two danced together and we basically lost our minds with excitement. It was awesome.
Tuggle was visibly uncomfortable during the interview, which made him even more endearing; it turns out that he’s just a regular guy with some mean moves who stumbled upon his moment in the spotlight completely unexpectedly. His earnestness about his dreams, his family, and his dancing just made us love him even more. And even though Tuggle looked like he was trying desperately not to fall off his seat while chatting to Ellen, he was completely at home on the dance floor, where he reprised the moves that made him a viral sensation for The Black Keys.
Like proud parents, we’re watching You Oughta Know alumna and VH1 Unplugged darling Adele attempt to maintain her chart-topping hot streak with the third single off her multiplatinum 21, “Set Fire To The Rain.” Rumor had it that “Rumor Has It” was going to be the third single, but “Fire” ended up winning out. Already a fan favorite, the mid-tempo power ballad has the potential to complete her hat trick of singles atop the Billboard Hot 100 this year.
Blondie’s Debbie Harry Butchers Herself On Stage
Well not herself, but a nude replica of herself. Blondie‘s Debbie Harry took a knife to a nude model of herself on stage at a recent show. The veteran rock star then stuck her hand in the replica’s chest and pulled out a heart, not of glass, but of red velvet chocolate cake. [NME]
Super-Wealthy Rock Stars Are Allegedly Receiving Government Kickbacks
With all the turmoil around New York’s Occupy Wall Street protests today, a report from the office of Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn stating that stars like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Quincy Jones and Ted Turner have received federal subsidies strikes us as sort of a no-brainer, but interesting nonetheless. [The Daily Caller]
Dr. Dre Says He’s Taking A Break From Music
Those of you who are hopeful that Detox will be released during your lifetime might want to avert your eyes. In an interview with Fader at the opening of the Beats By Dre store in SoHo, New York, Dr.Dre revealed that he would be taking a break from music to spend more time with his family. [Fader]
Billboard.biz has confirmed that Lady Gaga will no longer be working with her long time collaborator, creative director Laurieann Gibson. Gaga has been working with Gibson since she was signed to Interscope in 2007, and the creative director has been central in building the unique, sometimes controversial Gaga-aesthetic that has become so iconic in pop culture. With reports abounding that the two decided to split creatively after a “bitter fight,” we’re wondering how the divide will affect Gaga’s brand; although we do expect that Mother Monster won’t even skip a beat, being that her persona essentially has a life of its own.
The animosity between Lady Gaga and Gibson apparently stems from several comments made to the media by Gibson crediting Madonna as Gaga’s style inspiration. With Gaga working so hard to throw off these comparisons, Gibson’s comments created much tension, which was reportedly compounded by creative clashes over the “Judas” video, in which Gibson became upset with the Mother Monster over the use of religious iconography. Additionally, “The Edge Of Glory” also became the subject of creative clashes featuring Gibon’s conservative visions, hence the low-fi, seemingly very un-Gaga production. Now that we have this information, we’re hoping that the break-up will be beneficial for Gaga, and that the superstar performer will get back on her A game when it comes to music videos. We love Gaga and we prefer it when the pop-star is turning heads, so a return to her directional, experimental beginnings would be just grand — in short, we want our Gaga nice and weird!
As big as Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” was, her follow-up single, “Someone Like You,” is in a position to become the most memorable song from 21. Whereas “Rolling In The Deep” was defiant in its tone, “Someone Like You”—which, we should mention, is currently the #1 song on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown—instead allows Adele (and, by natural extension, the listeners) to wallow a bit in the feelings of anguish, hurt and regret that come on the heels of a difficult breakup. Well, the writers of Saturday Night Live recognized the seismic emotional impact that the song has had on people of all ages, shapes and sizes (even Coldplay!), and devoted a whole sketch to it on this weekend’s show.
Warning: The sketch might make you laugh, it might make you cry, and it very well make you do both at the same time. It’s one of the most memorable sketches of the season to this point, not just because it’s built around a song that everyone knows and adores, but because it recognizes a fundamental truth in today’s culture—no matter who you are, “Someone Like You” packs one hell of an emotional wallop!—and spins it for comedic gold. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to go into the supply closet and have ourselves a good cry.