Nicki is somewhere giving the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences a major side-eye like the one in the above photo. A day after Justin Bieber‘s manager, Scooter Braun, used his Twitter page to rant about Bieber deserving a Grammy nomination, Manaj’s manager, Cortez Bryant, caught on to the trend. And Bryant isn’t happy with his artist’s non-inclusion. It was all positive at first. “Congrats to @LilTunechi and @Drake and @Hit_Boy on their Grammy Noms butttt……” With that many t’s in ‘but’ the next tweet was bound to go awry. “They was on some bullsh*t for not nominating @NICKIMINAJ.” Oh, really? Read more…
This new, black-and-white shot video for Emeli Sandé‘s “Clown” is no laughing matter. The Scottish songstress’s sharp vocals are weighted with emotion, because like she recently told a sold-out crowd at the Royal Albert Hall in London, “the lyrics of this song are so important to me. No matter how kind you are to people someone is always looking for a clown and sometimes you can be that clown.” But as the bookers for the London Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Rihanna and Alicia Keys and we (– Sandé is a former You Oughta Know artist! — will tell you: her talent is not joke. Read more…
Last night, Ke$ha debuted her new single “C’Mon” on The X Factor in a pair of leather thigh high boots and with her bottle-blonde mane teased big. For most of the performance she stood alone on a platform, rolling around on the ground and performing stripper moves while singing astoundingly well. There were some lasers and projections of planets and tigers, but it seemed pretty pared down for a natural maximalist like K$. Until the song’s final breakdown that is, at which point her glowing palms summoned a troupe of foxes and a flurry of glitter. Phew! That’s our girl — a little rowdy, a little raunchy and a lot rock star. If Ke$ha wanted to do this every night we would certainly watch.
Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating the eight-day Festival of Lights starting tomorrow! We’re all about any holiday that involves gift exchanges and food, so we’re facing off Drake and Adam Lambert - two pop stars who, practicing or not, have a Jewish heritage. Who’s video would you bet your dreidel stash on to win this battle: “HYFR” or “Whataya Want From Me?” Read our case for each if you can’t decide. Vote after the jump while we our stuff our faces with latkes. Mmmm…latkes.
Like Santa down a chimney, A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary album dropped last month and it was like Christmas come early. The double-disc, sixteen song compilation has all our favorite acts — Jewel, Michael Bublé, Jordin Sparks, OneRepublic, Jason Mraz, Christina Aguilera, for just a few — singing all the classic Christmas carols, but sounding all the more angelic because proceeds from the album go to the Special Olympics. So basically, if you’re not watching these 5 off-beat holiday videos, you should probably be listening to this Very Special compilation.
Train‘s contribution, a rock-infused rendition of “Joy To The World,” shows off everything that’s fun about the collections. The video inter-cuts footage of the band hard at work in the studio, scenes from the Special Olympics and festive Christmastime imagery. And Train interweave their “Calling All Angels” seamlessly into their otherwise faithful interpretation of the holiday season classic, giving good (not that you should need one) reason for adding yet another version of this song to the collection.
Wendy Williams has gone and done what few before her have been brave enough to do: she dissed Beyoncé. The vaunted talk show host went in this morning, telling her loyal daytime audience that she’ll be tuned-in when the Queen B’s HBO documentary airs in February, but confessing that she’ll have to turn the closed captioning on because “She can’t talk.” Ouch!
Having survived nearly two years of nonstop promo for Teenage Dream — an album that just kept giving, more hits and videos and tour dates — and a fall busy with do-gooding, we understand that Katy Perry has hard earned the low-profile she’s keeping these days. But the rabid Katycat residing inside us less so, and so we are pleased to find an extended cut of her video for “The One That Got Away” (originally shown exclusively at a My Week With Marilyn advanced screening, for some reason) has found its way online to fill the void she’s created with her absence.
Directed by Floria Sigismondi, this seven-minute cut goes deeper into “Sad Katy” than the original cut could in five, as well as some Stevie Nicks Old (but still hot) Woman Perry voice-overs, a pair of American flag pants and even more dreamy moments with Diego “The One That Got Away” Luna. It’s not the new Katy we were hoping for, but it’s more Katy, and while she rests up and gears up for whatever is next, it’ll more than do. But we have to ask, is there no extended cut of the “California Gurls” video in that candy-colored vault?
You’ll want to know, “Who’s this Midian chick?” after watching the VH1 premiere of the video to her debut single “Bitter.” Her chilling voice is soulful to its core. Vocally she’s a mix between Adele and Christina Aguilera. Those are not comparisons of her artistry as it’s much too early in her career for that. In what may be her breakout song, the R&B singer/songwriter pours her transparency over the soft piano keys and drum beat. “You don’t know how I feel when I see you out with your new girl/And knowing that you don’t love me anymore makes me so bitter.” Vulnerability is a gamble. No one wants to to admit to the feeling of bitterness after a failed relationship, especially when the ex has moved on. But vulnerability can also be relatable. Read more…
Maroon 5 never really get fancy with their performances, probably because they don’t really need to. They are practiced at what they do, and even in the least desirable of circumstances — the SNL soundstage, for one, is notorious for warbling even the most adept of vocalists but Adam Levine sounded just fine there — they put on a tight and enjoyable show. No pomp or circus necessary, and usually Levine just wears a t-shirt. And so it’s no surprise that the medley of hits they performed last night at the Grammy Nomination Ceremony was very laid back but everything it needed to be, and then a little more. Taylor and LL Cool J, we hope you are watching closely, because this is how you do it.
Earlier this week the week early streaming of Bruno Mars‘ Unorthodox Jukebox left some music critics and writers scrambling to add Mars to the “Best Of” 2012 lists. Short and sweet, the 10 track album is already receiving grade A raves prior to its December 11 release. To celebrate Mars’ sophomore album MTV will launch a multiscreen celebration with a performance of “Locked Out of Heaven” on Tuesday, December 11, and a performance of “Young Girls” and in-depth interview with the singer during “The Big & Best of 2012: A Year End Celebration Presented by T-Mobile” the following day. And if performances by one lovemaking crooner wasn’t enough to get you excited, try two. Miguel has been added to the list of performers for the December 12th event. You won’t want to miss it. For more info read the full press release below. Read more…