Look what Snoop Dogg dropped into our Trick-or-Treat bags last night! A first look at his turn as Snoop Lion the reggae star, by way of this oddity of an Eli Roth-directed video for “La La La,” fresh cut off of Snoop’s much ballyhooed about reggae album, Reincarnated. The song is not exactly what we’ve come to expect from the west coast rapper, but produced by Major Lazer (otherwise known as Diplo and Switch, or the producers responsible for much of the new No Doubt album), it’s a fine jam. This video, though, is a trick, treat and treasure to behold. Read more…
By Pegah Rashti (@PegahRashti)
We know Rihanna is full of surprises, but this just made our day, scratch that, OUR YEAR. The Bajan princess is set to embark on her 777 Tour to perform seven shows in seven countries in seven days, just in time for the release of her seventh studio album, Unapologetic, out November 19.
And the surprise part? The pop star has invited a group of superfans from her Rihanna Navy and 150 journalists (us!) from 82 countries to join her on a Boeing 777 Twin-jet (get it?) to travel to each show. Oh yeah, did we mention that WE’RE GOING???
That’s right folks, we’ll be there every step (er, flight) of the way giving you behind-the-scenes updates of it all. And hey: If we could pack you in our suitcase, we totes would.
Details of when and how to purchase 777 tickets to hang out with us along the way are yet to come. In the meantime, if you’re anything like us and need your Rihanna-fix ASAP, two limited edition deluxe box sets are available for pre-sale on RihannaNow.com.
A classic rap album is born every five years or so. Extraordinary hip-hop bodies of art captured on a disc, though, are birthed more frequently, but the two aren’t always synonymous. Kendrick Lamar has something special. Indisputably. His 2011 digital only release Section.80 kicked off the co-signs of countless hip-hop fans, including his peers. Everyone wanted to see him win. The buzz around the 25-year-old Compton native grew while he continued to work on his first major label debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. With all the hype, the pressure to deliver was heavy. There’s nothing worse than an album being overhyped then failing to live up to said hype. Read more…
It’s been 5 years, 1 month and 26 days since the last time Britney Spears last appeared for an extended period of time on live television. That occasion? Her infamous, zombified, bewigged performance of “Gimme More” at the 2007 Video Music Awards, an event that forever altered Britney’s reputation (and one, some would argue, that she never really recovered from).
In the five-plus years that have elapsed since that night, Britney has appeared on TV a handful of times (a VMA acceptance speech here and there, pre-taped segments of X Factor), but those events have always unfolded in a highly-controlled and scripted manner. Tonight marks her official return to the pressure-packed world of live television, and millions will be tuning into the X Factor on Fox tonight to see how she holds up under the spotlight. Britney admitted to Extra that she’s “a little nervous,” and it turns out her producers are, too, but not for the reasons you might think.
On this Dead of the Dead there seems to be a pop music zombie who has just arisen. According to WWW.ASHLEESIMPSONMUSIC.COM (as opposed to Ashlee SimpsonActress.com or Ashlee SimpsonJessica Simpson‘sSister.com), our girl is back with new music in T MINUS 20 DAYS and continually counting down. The official drop date for this new single and its accompanying video? November 21st.
In 2007, Led Zeppelin reunited for a rapturous, one-off set at London’s 02 Arena as part of a tribute concert for Atlantic Records’ beloved founder Ahmet Ertegun. Few of us will ever be so lucky to catch the rock legends live, so the performance was filmed for a concert film called Celebration Day, which will be out on DVD November 19th. Read our full review of the film here.
If you missed the film while it was out in theaters or are otherwise waiting until the film’s home release, there’s this: the band rocking their classic (well, one of them!) hit “Kashmir.” The guys sound nonetheless for their time away, and not at all like they are “just hangin’ on for dear life,” like Robert Plant said. Rather, in the words of Jimmy Page, they “really played their hearts out.” And we’ll savor it, because you never know when this sort of magical classic rock moment might come again.
Unfortunately for fans, Green Day have begun scrapping and postponing tour dates so that Billie Joe Armstrong can continue to get the help he needs. All remaining 2012 dates have been cancelled, and the band is currently working to reschedule postponed 2013 dates. They aren’t letting Armstrong’s recovery slow them down otherwise, though: Rather, the band has opted to move up the release date for ¡Tre! to December 15th, just in time for those last minute holiday shoppers. “We feel bad we have to delay our tour, so to make up for it we want to give our fans the music earlier than we had planned,” Tre Cool explained. “If we couldn’t be there to play it for you live, the least we could do was give you the next best thing.”
Also for while we wait, they’ve dropped another treat: a brand-new clip for “The Forgotten,” their contribution to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 soundtrack. The video inter-cuts grainy footage of the guys in the studio with new (and teasing! Because, OMG look at how big Bella’s baby is!) footage from the final entry in the Twilight series. The song, also featured on ¡Tre!, is a big ballad that’s complete with a string section that’s reminiscent of “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” and somberness that feels appropriate given the band’s recent struggles. “Don’t look away from the arms of a bad dream,” Armstrong sings. “Don’t look away from the arms of love.”
Just in time for Halloween, Mya’s newest effort is a tropical track with a trashy theme. That’s because she inexplicably embodies a (sexy) garbage woman–complete with lacy bra, reflective vest and protective gloves. One of these things is simply not like the others. The song itself is moderately catchy, featuring rapper SPICE and Mya airing our her laundry (literally).
All 2 Chainz may want for his birthday is a “big booty h-.” In real life, off wax, he’s passionate about felons reinstating their right to vote. Don’t you love when celebrities use their influence for a greater cause? And 2 Chainz being somewhat political tickles our fancy. Nearly 20 million Americans are convicted felons, including this dreadlocked rhyme spitter. Five million of those felons cannot vote, but of the remaining 15 million who can, only one in five actually do. Insert the “No Lie” rapper to the rescue. Read more…
Fifty years ago this week, an aspiring actor turned songwriter named Bobby Pickett reached the top of the Billboard charts under the moniker Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers with his song, “Monster Mash.” The novelty track spent two weeks at #1 on the charts in October of 1962 and, to this day, displays remarkable staying power: A quick look at the iTunes Singles chart this morning shows the track sitting in the #40 position, likely being purchased by children whose parents were not even alive when the song was first written during the music industry’s dance craze phase of the early 60s (think “The Twist,” think “The Mashed Potato,” think “The Loco-Motion”).
S-Curve Records founder Steve Greenberg penned a fascinating tribute to the “Monster Mash” on his record company’s website this morning, and it got us thinking a bit. Why is a song that is 50 years-old, written as a parody of (if you’re generous) or a cash-in on (if you’re more cynical) a long-forgotten dance craze, and pegged to an (admittedly awesome) impression of a film star who rose to fame in the 1930s still relevant to today’s youth?