New teaser for Beyoncé‘s self-directed HBO documentary begins with Beyoncé saying “I always battle with how much I reveal about myself” and ends with her pretty much revealing it all — assuming that we are all on the same page, understanding “it all” to mean “Bey’s bare Baby Blue filled belly.” Because everything else that flashes by in the 30-seconds — a sleepy-eyed and make-up free Beyoncé, Beyoncé in nothing but a towel, Beyoncé on stage, Beyoncé in the studio, Beyoncé hugging Jay-Z — will feel familiar to even the most casual of the Bey-hive observers. But this, this is as far as we can tell something new and actually revealing for fans to feast their eyes on:
In anticipation of it’s December 11th release, Bruno Mars has been leaking one song at a time off of Unorthodox Jukebox. So far what we’ve heard has been diverse — “Young Girls”‘s doo-woop, “Moonshine” with it’s 80’s sheen and his Sting-cribbing “Locked Out Of Heaven” so far included — but generally joyous. This latest song is different in that it catches Mars at his most mournful and with his head hung low, and he was so nervous to share that he prefaced it with a tweet admitting that “I’ve never been this nervous. Can’t explain it.” The song is (of course!) pretty good and so he won’t have to, but we can definitely imagine the nerve it must take to let a song so raw and regretful as this out into the world. Read more…
Up, up and away! Tomorrow we ship off to Miami for the SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show where we will celebrate a crop of fledgling visual artists who we think You Oughta Know (learn more about them here), and we are very excited to be bringing Metric, our You Oughta Know musical artist for December, with us to play the opening party!
When we caught up with the group last month, Metric lead singer Emily Haines assured us that “it will be great,” offering that “they have had too much fun there in the past” as evidence of the good art, music and beach town fun sure to come. “Different film and art inspiration come to us when we’re making music and sort of keep us going throughout the process,” she explains, citing an Italian radical architecture school as a particular inspiration and stop she’ll certainly be making when she’s down there. The boys in the band voiced excitement for late night beach trips, and we’ll offer that we are very excited to hear them perform some of the new stuff of Synthetica, like “Youth Without Youth,” as well as an oldie/goodie, like “Gimme Sympathy,” or two!
Shania Twain: Still The One, Twain’s brand new Vegas spectacular opened to rave reviews this past weekend. Really! The New York Times loved it, calling Shania “comfortable and strong” and declaring that the show truly lives up to Vegas standards. That Celine slot is a tough ones to fill, especially when you’re used to wearing cowboy boots.
What else appears during Shania: Still The One? The reviews written so far give a good idea of what to expect–and even if you’re not planning on going, why you should book your flight, like, now:
1. She appears riding a motorcycle through the air.
From The Las Vegas Sun:
It morphed into a roaring double-ton, high-speed motorcycle ride through a video tunnel to reveal her flying in on the souped-up chopper above the stage. Whereas Cher came in by basket, Shania amped it up with a heavy, horsepower, hammer-down throttle aerial assault.
From an Instagram of the Shania: Still The One program:
You may recognize Metric‘s dynamo frontwoman Emily Haines‘s voice from Broken Social Scene‘s breathy classic “Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl” (which surely was an anthem to us when we were a seventeen), or from that lovely scene at the end of Eclipse wherein Bella and Edward make out in a field of flowers. Or perhaps you were turned onto them by Lou Reed, a notoriously hard-headed legend who shows up at the end of Metric’s fifth studio album Synthetica because he’s got a soft spot for Haines. We do too, and that’s why we are celebrating the prolific indie-rockers as our You Oughta Know artist for the whole month of December. And so for those just joining us and Reed in the Metric fan club, here are five things we think you really oughta know:
Ok, so what DMX doesn’t know how to Google his name! And who cares that he doesn’t like the word itself, “What the f— is a Google?” He knows the words to “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and watching him sing it makes everything right in the world. Read more…
It has to be written: Chris Brown and Rihanna are the new age Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. The main ingredients of their similarities are rebellion and
dysfunctional addictive love. Rihanna’s Oprah interview opened the floodgates for the pair’s openness about their friendship/not-so-secret-relationship that would soon follow. Whatever their relationship status is, “ain’t nobody’s business” (except the whole Internet). They’re now comfortable letting the world publicly see their love for one another through tabloids, Twitter and Instagram, and you will deal. By the way, Chris is back on Twitter, as we predicted he would be. It took all of a week. Read more…
Until someone can prove otherwise, we are going to go ahead and assume Guy Fieri is teaching Drake — a devotee of all things extra-luxurious and excessively cheesy, and a vocal Italian food fan — to make spaghetti bolognaise, Drake’s favorite (and an apparently off-menu) dish at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, in this head-scratcher of an Instagram that surfaced online last night. Or maybe as Vulture suggests, it’s the lesser known sixth mother sauce, “YOLO sauce.” Either way, Drake looks pretty serious about whatever is going on in that pan and we wish we could cop a taste.
We can’t speak directly to the “breath stinkin'” or the “broken weaslin'”, but one thing we can’t imagine hating Big Boi for is his music. And so where he really loses us in his new lovelorn Kid Cudi collaboration “She Hates Me” is when he tries to convince us that, “Recently she even seems to hate on all my songs.” Has this woman he so loves really not heard any of these new Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors tracks? Not the hometown banger that is “In the A”? Or the so-slick “Lines,” featuring A$AP Rocky? Because she might think she hates him, but we certainly can’t. Read more…
All fall Taylor Swift has worked hard — like, her face on pizza boxes and every magazine and in your pharmacy and on your television every day hard — to promote Red‘s release, and even though she has already moved more albums than everybody not named Adele this year, she’s still keeping on working hard. This week alone she made stops at the 2012 ARIA Awards, on Fifi & Jules and TODAY in Australia, and then back stateside today on Ellen. Whew! We’re exhausted just thinking about Taylor’s schedule, but we’re definitely not tired of watching her perform. In these weeks since Red‘s release she’s been really good at mixing up her song choice, alternating between “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Begin Again,” “Red,” “State of Grace” and “I Knew You Were Trouble,” new to the mix after last week’s American Music Awards.
All that in short: Taylor stays being all over our televisions and we stay being interested. Here’s a quick rundown of this week in Taylor Swift televised performances.