Part of being an artist is believing that you’re the chosen one. The one and only messianic megastar to save the masses from musical mediocrity! No wonder every top-selling pop star we can think of has a staggering God complex. From Kanye West naming his new album Yeezus (really, dude?) to John Lennon proclaiming that “the Beatles are bigger than Jesus,” these narcissistic icons take hero worship to biblical levels.
One of the biggest stories in the world of pop music over the last week has been the (pardon the pun) upROAR over whether or not Katy Perry‘s new single “Roar” borrows a bit too liberally from Sara Bareilles‘ “Brave” (see: Is Katy Perry A Sara Bareilles Kopy Kat?). If you ask us, both songs are under suspicion for lifting the opening piano line of “Something Beautiful” by Robbie Williams, so we feel like neither party can claim absolute innocence here.
It’s worth noting that this is neither the first—nor will it be the last!—instance when one songwriter accuses another songwriter of cribbing a riff or a melody. With that said, it’s time to present you with this: the Top 10 Rip-Offs In Pop Music History.
The Immortal Bard once wrote, “If music be the food of love, play on!” but in the cases of these ten amazing bands, love was the fuel behind the music. In each of these 10 bands, at least 2 (if not all) of the bandmates were involved with each other and that off stage romance inspired an amazing song. For some of the couples on our list, their tumultuous break ups inspired classic hit songs, while for others, their true love gave way to sweet, soulful ballads. The course of true love ne’er did run smooth, but it truly inspired these 10 songs.
We’ve probably all heard of the motto that proclaims, “Live fast, die young and leave a good looking corpse.” Some of our favorite rock stars of all time only seem to have gotten to the “live fast” part.
For whatever reason–good luck, great genes, or maybe lots of Tai Chi–the 20 bad boys on our list did every drug imaginable, slept with every person they could find, drank every drink in sight and are still somehow with us as old men.
Hip hop is a curious genre — a rapper with the sickest flow could have a name more befitting a cartoon character (Eminem, anyone?). From Snoop Dogg to Too Short, here are the silliest rapper monikers of all time.
The return of Erykah Badu on Janelle Monae‘s new song, “Q.U.E.E.N.“, reminded us of a genre that hasn’t seen much love in the past few years: Neo Soul. In the late ’90s, it seemed like everyone was exploring a world of retro R&B influenced by soul and hip hop but these days, the artists channeling this vibe are far and few between. We rounded up 32 artists that helped define this genre of music. Read more…
Imagine how invincible it must feel to be a movie star, top athlete, supermodel, or gazillionaire reality star (sigh, it is what it is) — you must think you can do anything, right? Next stop, rock star fabulosity! Thing is, a music career ain’t so easy to pull off — and these A-listers found out the hard way.
Irish hard rock legends Thin Lizzy, who are the subject of this week’s Behind The Music: Remastered, were true badasses whose tomes of fighting and hard living were matched in real time brawls and drug abuse. And like all true tough guys beneath the rough exterior lay a sensitive heart, that of bass-wielding frontman Phil Lynott, one of rock’s most thoughtful and sophisticated song-writers.
Lyric obsessives like us are always parsing through lines and phrases of songs to get a better understanding of our favorite musicians. What inspires them? What causes them consternation? Who do they constantly dream of having sex with? Read more…
Ryan Gosling has a mighty sexy plus-one; so does Brad Pitt. But when you’re talking about the flyest wives and girlfriends, ever — we’re talking Beyonce, folks — they aren’t found in Hollywood, they’re in hip hop.