How early is too early to begin your Christmas caroling? Never, if you sound as Pentatonix do. We caught up with the The Sing-Off winners ahead of the American Music Awards on Sunday and asked them if they might ring in the holiday season with a tune. The group has just released their second EP, a Christmas collection called PTXmas, so they had a few festive options ready to roll and they happily obliged. Above, check out the group singing “Angels We Have Heard on High” on the AMAs red carpet.
The biggest pop news of the last few weeks has been the rumored split — and possible reuniting? – of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Young love is tough and love in the spotlight tougher, so we figured we would take the opportunity of the American Music Awards red carpet to solicit advice for the young and struggling and oh-so-famous couple from some of music’s hottest stars. First up? Auto-tune casanova Jason Derulo. Mmm whatcha say, Jason?
Yikes. Things aboard the #777Tour are getting intense. Janell Snowden and our trusty Tweeter Pegah are still stuck aboard the S.S. Rihanna and it doesn’t seem like they want to be there much longer. Meanwhile, there’s a livestream of Rihanna’s London show happening as we type, but what’s getting more attention are the antics on the plane. Only a few hours ago, a frustrated Aussie reporter streaked while the cabin chanted. That’s right. And we have the video so check it out. (Don’t worry, we’ve blacked out any evidence of nudity.)
Jay-Z, making the white truffle more famous after one visit than the white truffle industry themselves can. Italian newspaper La Stampa boasts a curious report today about Jay, who apparently spent his weekend in the mountains of Northern Italy where he enjoyed egg and spinach ravioli, $10,250 worth of the local blend of wine and $15,400 worth of white truffles with his friends. So awed by all the local flavor, the boy from Brooklyn then suited up and went out in search of a truffle of his own, according to NME:
“Jay-Z even ventured into the woods with a local farmer and his dogs to search out the prized truffle.”
As they should, truffle retailers in the region have taken Jay’s visit as an opportunity to sing of their precious fungi’s praise and to speculate about the possibility of a Hov Bump, the likes of which Cristal champagne and middling New York basketball teams teams have enjoyed. According to The Guardian, “Big spenders on white truffles currently include Chinese millionaires and Gulf sheikhs,” but perhaps the Nathans Hot Dog stand at Jay’s brand new Braclays Center might make use for them?
Perhaps you’ve been following all the fun (and mutiny) the Rihanna plane has been enduring and feeling jealous? Tonight is your lucky night, because Jay-Z is hosting a live stream of Rihanna’s Day 6 show in London on his website Life+Times tonight at 5 PM ET. The stream may not come with Ace of Spades nor those coveted Rihanna socks, but it will allow you to enjoy the splendor that is Rihanna’s 777 Tour without all those transit hours and streakers. And, who knows — with all the eager eyes diverted temporarily from @VH1Music, @RihannaPlane and #freetherihanna150 and with Unapologetic‘s release to celebrate, anything could happen! Tune here it at 5 PM ET.
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Forget that American Idol win, the records gone multiple times platinum and Greatest Hits — Chapter One collection, her duets with Reba McEntire and Vince Gill and music’s most esteemed; more than anything else her gargantuan voice has earned her, Kelly Clarkson admitted to us when we spoke with her in LA last week that she counts falling in love as her biggest accomplishment to date. “Prepare yourself,” she said, warning that things were about to get “really cheesy.” “My biggest accomplishment has nothing to do with my work, it’s finding love. I never thought it existed or was going to happen, I never thought I would be this happy,” she says. “The high from a Grammy does not compare, to even close, to how you feel when you’re in love. You float. I’m so cheesy. Sh*t.” All together now?
How ironic. Today is the release of Nicki Minaj‘s The Re-Up and Rihanna‘s Unapologetic. It’s not the first time the two pop stars have found themselves unintentionally gunning for the same trophy. At September’s VMAs Nicki won over Rih for Best Female Video to which Rih Rih sat by idly without offering one single hand clap. But Rihanna took home the biggest award of the night winning the VMA for “We Found Love.” But where was their camaraderie? Read more…
A needed break from those Rihanna club bangers, “Half Of Me” is only a bonus track, but perhaps one of the most honest Rihanna’s ever sang. Written by singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé, a You Oughta Know artist whose track “Heaven” hit the top of the U.K. charts a few months back, “Half Of Me” starts almost where “Diamonds” left off — with Rih in her finest octave, singing about the pitfalls of a life in the spotlight.
Perhaps an allusion to Rihanna’s famous Instagram antics, she sings, “You’re entitled to your opinion, sitting shake your head at my decision/ I guess the kind of songs that I’ve been singing, make it seem as if I was winning/ But you saw me on the television… but that’s just the half of it.” Yep, those commenters can be harsh.
But if you know Rihanna like we do (BFFs, for life) you know that won’t stop her from doing her, no matter the consequences: “You know me/ Everybody knows that I’m crazy/ Sticks and stones, they never break me/ And I’m the type who don’t give a f*ck /And that’s just the half of it.”
Old pros Maroon 5 returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend for their fourth turn as musical guests. Donning matching red outfits, they played their reggae inflected “One More Night.” The Overexposed single has enjoyed a long run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts — the longest of the year, if you’ll believe it — and Adam Levine’s spirited performance lends new appeal into the song as it edges towards ubiquity. We have always thought Levine to be a little self-serious when it comes to his music, but he spent almost the entirety of his time on stage wiggling his hips and throwing his hands up in reverence to the highest notes, apparently still inspired by the song he’s been performing for almost six months now. Its nice to see him having fun, and — hey, it doesn’t hurt that red’s a nice color on him.
They returned later in the show in all gray uniforms to perform their new single, the more staid and moody “Daylight.”
Ah, a rare and special day that brings new Fiona Apple music! This year she has already treated us to a new record — which was followed by a somewhat tumultuous promotional run, replete with drug arrests and cross-legged ranting — and already she’s back again with another new song called “Dull Tool.” Written for Judd Apatow‘s Knocked Up spin-off This Is 40 — a film that will also feature songs from the likes of Paul Simon, Paul McCartney and Ryan Adams, all produced by Apple’s When The Pawn… collaborator Jon Brion — it is dense and fevered, like the tortured antidote to Idler Wheel‘s yearning “Hot Knife.”
Clearly, something — ahem, children? — has gone awry in this relationship, and leave it to Fiona to go ahead and tell it exactly as it is: “You don’t kiss when you kiss, you don’t f*** when you f***, you don’t say what you mean, you don’t talk loud enough,” she sings, evil and angry and awesome over hissing strings and racing percussion. And then she continues to explain that, quitely but no less searingly that: “You forgot the difference between equanimity and passivity, you forgot that you have to try.” The dull tool does indeed still cut.