In high school, Sheryl Crow was a wall flower. This quiet girl from the tiny own of Kennett, Missouri went from landing small parts in high school musicals to being one of country music’s most successful stars. This Sunday, Crow will head back to her hometown to help the future stars of Kennett hone their skills and to give them an amazing show.
Fall Out Boy took a cue from lead singer Patrick Stump and his 2011 solo album Soul Punk by taking on Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars‘ monster hit “Uptown Funk.” The boys ditched their punk rock sound to funk things up at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge recently, and from the electrifying feel of this cover, there’s no doubt– these boys got soul.
If your loved ones think you’re nuts for believing in aliens, don’t fret. Your favorite music stars are also fascinated with extraterrestrials, UFOs, and everything that might live beyond Earth. Sammy Hagar claims aliens infiltrated his thoughts,John Lennon says he saw a UFO flying high over the New York City skyline, and blink 182‘s Tom DeLonge boasts photographic evidence!
It’s been a full two decades since “Macarena” topped charts all over the world and brought with it the dance of the decade. Everyone who was sentient in ‘95 remembers dutifully doing the simple arm movements to the Los del Rio one-hit wonder, and blushing each time we had to shake our butts at the end. But the impossibly joyful mega-hit overstayed its welcome, and suddenly the whole world was kind of embarrassed about getting a little too into it. So to celebrate the Macarena’s big 2-0, we’re looking back at 12 more flash-in-the-pan dance crazes that—no offense—need to sit down.
There are some albums that almost reach the pinnacle of musical perfection, but fall short just because of one poor song choice. You know the one: a sour note in an otherwise harmonious collection of hits. On an album full of gems, it’s the song you skip over every time, no matter how many times you try not too. To be blunt, the song just sucks. From Katy Perry‘s “Ur So Gay” to Kanye West‘s “Drunk and Hot Girls,” here are the truly terrible songs that ruined albums that otherwise defined perfection.
Music legend Kim Fowley died Thursday at the age of 75 after a long battle with bladder cancer. Although perhaps best remembered as manager of the all-female rock band the Runaways, his influence extended far beyond. The brilliant yet eccentric artist was equal parts writer, producer and impresario, working with a genre-spanning list of talent over his half-century in the business. Whether proto-metal dynamite with Blue Cheer and The Lancasters (featuring a young Richie Blackmore), quieter acoustic fare with Cat Stevens, ’60s pop perfection with Paul Revere & The Raiders and the Byrds or harder ’70s rock with KISS and Alice Cooper, Fowley put his unique stamp on the musical world. As we mourn his loss, we take a look back at our 15 favorite tracks that he left behind.
Nicki Minaj has been airing out her life lately with the release of her emotional albumThe Pinkprint, the accompanying movie, and her MTV documentary trailer for My Time Again. But as she reveals this vulnerable side, she only grows stronger and more inspiring to the public. More recently the rapper has opened up about a heartbreaking experience from her teenage years— one that nearly changed the course of her life.
What’s better than Sam Smith on the radio? Sam Smith live. Watch this Austin City Limits web exclusive performance of Smith gently slaying his single “Lay Me Down” before the television broadcast premieres this weekend (1/17) on PBS.