We thought we were lucky simply by having a chance to watch the superwoman that is Adelereturn to the stage, trading high-fives with 007 and making other nominees cringe at their own acceptance speeches. The Academy Awards is typically Hollywood’s night, showering films and their respective performers with love and a 360 GlamCam, but more recently, music has been finding a way in to the big show more and more.
Part of that trend is the Academy’s planned tribute to the movie musical (amazing, amazing idea) which will take place at this year’s show on Sunday, February 24 (ugh, not soon enough!). Despite the rich canon of excellent examples–do everyone a favor and rid your mind of Nine and Rent–the focus will fall largely on recent screen adaptations. So don’t expect Hugh Jackman to launch into “Trouble,” although I am willing to lend this idea to a casting record for a price to be determined later.
Films like Chicago and Dreamgirls will be featured in the tribute, as well as one of this year’s big contenders, Les Misérables. The former arguably brought the genre–barreling–into the 21st century, while Dreamgirls put Beyoncé on the big screen and made us forget Jennifer Hudson was an American Idol reject–still hard to believe after this. Yes, Harold Hill may have to wait, but if you’ve dreamed a dream that Wolverine and Queen Bey might one day share the stage, you could be in luck.
Beyoncé‘s inauguration duties are behind her, and we’d like to call for a moratorium on chatter about whether she dared to use a backing track in the presence of Barack Obama. There bigger problems at hand and Bey has plenty of fabulous people in her corner should sticklers want to argue about something that escalated Whitney Houston to new levels of fame. And we, as fans, have much more important things on our agenda! Like, planning a Super Bowl party with scheduled bathroom trips as not to miss any important demonstrations of athletic ability–or impressive freakoutery by one Jim Harbaugh–and flawless musical talent from this year’s halftime star. Can you believe we’re just nine days away? I wouldn’t wait much longer to acquire the necessities for seven-layer dip.
Kendrick Lamar‘s beasting on Hot 97′s Funkmaster Flex with three, er, two freestyles to “Keep It Thoro,” “Nas Is Like” and “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F*ck Wit.” If our math isn’t adding up it’s because we noticed the second video over the “Nas Is Like” beat isn’t a freestyle. Yeah, we caught that. It’s actually the second verse from good kid, m.A.A.d city’s bonus track “Country Building Blues.” The kid’s still nice on the mic, though. Read more…
Over in Madrid Taylor Swift learned one Spanish sentence to connect with her international fans. During the 2013 40 Principales Awards, (their version of the Grammys maybe?) she belted out “Love Story” with guitar in hand before performing hit “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” Read more…
The eternal question of “what are we going to do tonight?” plagues those of us suffering from party fatigue, financial strain or just plain boredom. Depending on personal preferences, options for how to fill those precious hours away from work or school can range from marathoning season one of The West Wing to catching your favorite band in a super secret location. Option two sounds like it has the most opportunities for a #humblebrag (not that being able to recite C.J. Cregg dialogue isn’t impressive) but how do we get in? OneRepublic gives a master class in how to find your way into the most exclusive of events in their new video for “If I Lose Myself.” In the clip, Ryan Tedder and Co. teach us that the best way to spread the word about a can’t-miss party or live show is via the mysterious mass texting of forest animals. Yes, animals. Aspiring artists take note.
Upon first hearing about Justin Bieber‘s Believe Acoustic, dropping this Tuesday, the album sounded like a quickly processed collection of more intimate takes on some of his biggest songs. “Boyfriend,” undone, “As Long As You Love Me” like its dubstep fathers never intended it to be, and so on. Reissues are a thing of now, and who better than the Bieb to get in on the potential profits held within? Still, we were more intrigued to hear that the album will potentially–we say with caution, as Justin has a history of pranking us–contain some new material, stuff that Bieber promises will be the (musical?) solutions to the many uncertainties that keep us up at night:
Laugh all you want, but there really are some! Whether it’s the mark of a slow news day or a true attempt to bring down the Bieb and the swaggy empire he’s built in just six years, tabloids seem to love cooking up kooky stories involving everyone’s favorite 18-year-old fondue enthusiast. But even the most ridiculous stories got us thinking: with all that’s been written, tweeted and gossiped about the Canadian star, what are we most curious to hear straight from his mouth (and the acoustic guitar of Dan Kanter)? He’s already addressed the headlines that rocked 2011 on Believe–right, Maria(h)?–so here are a few OTHER ideas…
“The one thing that you cannot doubt is that she can sing. She absolutely can sing,” Keys told Capital FM. “All the rest of the ‘whys’ or ‘whatever,’ we know that she can deliver and she did deliver that song really beautifully.”
“I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather… she did a beautiful job with the pre-record… next time I’ll probably do the same,” the Queen of Soul, who performed at Obama’s 2009 inauguration, told ABC News.
The legendary Broadway star fielded only the toughest of questions (how could one possibly say something mean about Mandy Patinkin?!) from Bravo’s Andy Cohen. “SHE WAS SINGING LIVE I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS!” she said on Wednesday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live.
Over at VH1 we feel like proud parents when one of our You Oughta Know alums goes on to conquer the world. Not to mention it gives us #humblebrag(ging) rights of having introduced a fairly unknown artist before they blew. Ed Sheeran is the latest from the YOK family to get his well deserved shine. Ed will share a stage with his fellow British crooner Elton John at this year’s Grammys. Ed broke the news by tweeting, “I’Il be playing at he Grammys on the 10th of feb, singing a duet of one of my songs with Elton John, very excited about that!” This is what they call legend ish. Read more…
Drama much? The American Idol judges headed to Charlotte, North Carolina on last night’s episode to what turned out to be a crop of talented singers like Brian Rittenberry and Candice Glover and Summer Cunningham. Too bad Summer didn’t know an honest comment about the type of music she’d sang in the past would lead to such diva dramatics.
Summer performed a country version of “Lean On Me” and the judges liked it. When Keith Urban asked where she saw herself musically her “I did the country thing” response annoyed Keith. And he told her as much. It’s not that she doesn’t want to do country, but she prefers “soulful country.” The “country thing” comment was like the gift no one wants but kept on giving anyway. Neither Keith Urban nor Randy Jackson nor Mariah Carey would let it go. Nicki Minaj was not pleased. Read more…