His rap name is an oxymoron. Physically, Big Sean is anything but big. His waifish, 5’8″ frame isn’t exactly gargantuan in stature, but there’s no denying that he has a royal flush in his hands. It’s a winning hand which, if played correctly, could turn him into Detroit’s biggest hometown hip-hop hero since Eminem.
Big Sean, born Sean Anderson, is no overnight success. From the time the 17-year-old rapped for Kanye West outside of WHTD-FM 102.7 in 2005 (if only that infamous 16 bars would surface) to his record deal in 2007 with West’s G.O.O.D. Music to 2009’s first installment of Finally Famous Vols. 1-3 mixtape to his 2011 major label debut, his rise to fame is something like that of the tortoise in “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Slow and steady wins the race. Read more…
Yes, there’s a such thing as Beyonce overload. It happens every time she walks down the street hints at new music on the horizon. Actually, we’re going to be frank. Anything Bey does saturates the Internet and media at an obnoxious level that would make the real Queen uncomfortable. You’d think ‘King Bey’ was truly her title opposed to a playful endearment. Read more…
Scotland’s largest music festival, T In The Park, is planning an unforgettable weekend. Our favorite bad girl is set to headline the 20th anniversary of the festival along with Mumford & Sons. The pop princess and rock band couldn’t be more different as artists, but the versatility in performers is what makes for a unique show. Read more…
And last but not least comes ¡Tré!, the final installment of Green Day‘s ambitious three-album run that’s already given us greats like the big-bikes-and-fake-blood fueled video for “Kill The DJ” and this vintage Green Day-y MTV VMA performance. These last twelve songs — now streaming in full thanks to iHeartRadio — are, by Billie Joe Armstrong‘s own description, “epic” and meant for “cleaning up the mess.” But “cleaning up the mess” in the most punk-y fun manner, of course, because nothing here is a drag.
It’s not due to hit shelves until next week, but Bruno Mars can’t bear to make you wait another day, and so he has made his much-anticipated sophomore effort, Unorthodox Jukebox, available for stream. In full, and right now! And on a nifty virtual jukebox, no less. No quarters necessary, just turn up the volume.
Canadian grunge rockers Nickelback are an easy target, maybe because of all the records they’ve sold or because Chad Kroegeris engaged to be married to Avril Lavigne; because they cast George Costanza in their last video, or maybe because they’ve been the butt of every rock joke for more than a decade now and we’re all just used to it by now? Whatever the reason, College Humor has turned their “Photograph” into a too-good parody song called “Look at this Instagram.”
The video takes digs at frequent Instagram subjects, like nail art, cats, garden gnomes and “coincidental boob,” and maybe is making fun of Kroeger’s warbly rasp of a voice, too. But that’s okay, it’s pretty on point and if the guys wanted to work this song into their sets we definitely wouldn’t mind. Alternatively, if Chavril felt so compelled to Instagram their breakfasts, we would probably “Like” that, too!
Forty-three looks good on Jay-Z. Popping bottles are in order for Jigga man, but not Cristal since “I used to drink Cristal, the muh’f*cker’s racist/So I switched gold bottles on to that Spade sh*t.” The man has a lot to celebrate this year if for one reason alone: Blue Ivy Carter. Of course when you and a legion of your fans have likened you to the status of god–hence the Hov moniker–toasting to the good life for a plethora of achievements are in order. Jay’s an elder statesman at this point in his career. He’s fresher than guys half his age. We’re celebrating his b-day with five things Hov does at 43 that make him one of the coolest guys in the game. Read more…
If you were somewhere near midtown Manhattan and felt your ears ringing with the sound of thousands of teenage girls screaming, worry not that something terrible was going down. We have answers for you.
At some point during their headlining gig at Madison Square Garden. The dashing boys of One Direction hunkered down at the edge of the stage and plucked their way through their heart-swollen single, “Little Things.” And then, around 2:03, VH1 You Oughta Know artist Ed Sheeran — the song’s co-writer and 1D’s BFF (also, the one most likely to have hooked Harry Styles up with his new GF, Taylor Swift) — walks out and the arena’s already insistent shrieking dials up (the girl with or near the camera, for one: “There’s Ed! That’s Ed! NO WAY!”) as he helps the boys out with one last round of the chorus. “Can we just give a massive cheer to Ed for writing that?” someone asked when it was done, as if the cheer he had already received wasn’t downright rapturous.
The only thing that might have been better? If Swift and Styles had taken their late night Backstreet Boys karaoke session to the big stage. We’re fairly certain that human ears aren’t prepared for the shrieks the fledgling lovebird’s “I Want It That Way” duet might have elicited, but can you just imagine?
“It’s the perfect time to go back out. 2013 is going to be the year of Fleetwood Mac,” said Stevie Nicks yesterday, confirming rumors from earlier this year that the iconic band will head out on tour in 2013. They’re packing up their greatest hits and shipping out on a three month tour that will take them all over North America, and eventually Europe and Australia.
“We always have to play ‘Dreams,’ ‘Rhiannon,’ ‘Don’t Stop,’ ‘Tusk,’ ‘Big Love,’ ‘Landslide’ and all our most famous songs,” Lindsey BuckinghamtoldRolling Stone, figuring that about 75 percent of each set will be made up of hits, leaving a quarter of each night for the “under-explored,” “more songs from Tusk,” or “an extended middle portion of the show that’s just me and Stevie.”
Nicks had an even better idea for that remainder of time: “We actually have two new Fleetwood Mac songs that I cut with Lindsey two weeks ago we might play.” Crystal visions, we sure hope.