You Oughta Know Artists The Lumineers struck gold with their debut single “Ho Hey.”As a song, it begins from the ground, starting you stomping first as it works its way up and into your heart. As an introduction to the band, it seemed enough to start a movement, as they have spent the better part of this year ho-ing and hey-ing their way up the charts and across the country. There’s more to their self-titled debut album, though, and we’ve always been partial to “Stubborn Love,” a tender song about love aches and now their second single. Today the song gets the video treatment, and it gives us a glimpse of what The Lumineers’ ascendent summer might have looked like — performing for ever larger crowds and on the streets of Nashville for CMT, eating at diners, posing for fans in record stores, and then performing so more. Some of it looks like work to us (particularly the lugging of instruments part), but they make it all just look like love. Keep your head up, keep your love, indeed.
When it was announced that Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey would each occupy a seat at the judges table on the upcoming season of American Idol, most everyone hoped that the pairing of these two divatastic juggernauts would lead to some serious D-R-A-M-A. Well, much to the delight of everyone who has been bored silly by the shade-free relationship between Britney Spears and Demi Lovato on The X-Factor, tensions flared BIG TIME earlier today between the Queen of Young Money and the one and only Mimi.
According to a report filed this evening by TMZ, things got HEATED between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during a round of auditions that were being taped in North Carolina this afternoon. The two apparently disagreed over the merits of a contestant’s performance, which led to Nicki to shout this amazing barb at show producers: “I told them, I’m not f***in’ putting up with Her F***in’ Highness over there.” Then, according to TMZ, Nicki threatened to “knock” Mariah Carey out. (!!!) While this startling exchange did not ultimately result in blows, you can bet this is the kind of thing that might never completely blow over. (Especially considering Minaj and Carey were reportedly beefing only TWO DAYS into taping!)
We’re not taking sides in this battle, because we love both of the former VH1 Divas in equal measure, but we can tell you one thing: We can’t wait for the lucky 13th season of American Idol to premiere in January 2013!
Ashanti is not playing with any woman that calls her man Nelly (who we’re going to imagine she’s referring to) in her new duet “That’s What We Do” with R.Kelly. If she loves you then she’s going to, “Now I’mma look through your phone, and I’mma call back that number. I’mma curse out that h- and let her know to stay away from ya.” Kellz assists her on the hook co-signing her antics with, “’cause that’s what we do.” And let Ashanti tell it, doing all this snooping only means that she loves the guy. Read more…
For years now, the fine folks at Daytrotter have been doing a great thing where they open their studio doors to bands, big or breaking, for an extra-stripped down set. Over the years, they’ve featured offbeat and intimate sessions with everyone from Bon Iver to the Avett Brothers, Kid Sister to Dawes (three times over). This week, Mumford & Sons get the Daytrotter treatment. Recorded on their tour bus during a stop-over in Illinois, the eight-song session counts Babel closer “Not With Haste” and a slew of covers, two of which are particularly noteworthy: Bruce Springsteen‘s “Atlantic City” and Bob Dylan‘s “Nine Hundred Miles.”
Dylan and Springsteen are giants in the American music landscape, but British Marcus makes for a worthy Dylan and their signature banjo makes for a dark and stormy “Atlantic City.” And we probably should have expected as much, they being the gang of Brits who sparked an Americana revival. Their first new album Babel had a killer first week out, they deserve this flexing victory lap.
Head over to Daytrotter and have a listen for yourself. What songs would you like to hear them cover?
Mumford & Sons and Friends [Daytrotter]
If it’s starting to seem like we’ve got a thing for Carrie Underwood — well, we do. The girl can sing, and she truly blew us all away when she went VH1 Unplugged. Her set included all (“Good Girl,” “Blown Away”) and the favorites (“Do You Think About Me,” “Before He Cheats”), lot’s of attitude and of course that voice. We’ve already shared a sneak peek session by way of her tremendous cover of Coldplay‘s “Fix You” and these behind-the-scenes pictures snapped while she was here in NYC back in August. Today, we bring you the rest: watch the full episode online here, and then tune-in to VH1 tonight at 7PM to watch the show on air!
“Before He Cheats” is a sleek, slinky thing on record, with guitar riffs cutting sharp and drums crashing in warning. Carrie doesn’t need all that to say “not on me,” though, as she so proved when she played her bold hit stripped down for Unplugged. Looking a tiny bit rock in her little black dress and a lot country with her blonde mane blown out big, Carrie went in with only a trill of violin and an twang of guitar behind her. Really all this song needs is her voice, strong and kicking when she generously suggests “to think next time before you cheat.” It’s these chops that helped her win American Idol, and that have kept her winning in all the years since.
Well, well, well. Singers are making big moves–and by big we mean topping Forbes annual Hollywood’s Highest-Paid Women list. Endorsement deals and other ventures outside of music are paying off in a major way. Unsurprisingly Oprah topped the list pulling in $165 million last year. Pop (and country) divas Britney Spears, Taylor Swift and Rihanna trailed behind Oprah in the second, third and fourth highest paid spots respectively. Talk about Britney Spears making a comeback pulling in $58 million! The new X-Factor judge didn’t make the list last year, but has since bounced back with numerous endorsement deals and a fragrance line. Read more…
It’s a grey Tuesday afternoon here in New York, and Big Boi‘s got us dancing anyways. The first official single from his Sir Lucious Left Foot follow-up, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors dropped last night, and like the best from that first solo effort, it’s world-shaking and wise all the same. “Mama Told Me” rides high on an 80′s-inspired Casio key and kick drum beat. A seasoned rapper and effortless in his swag, the self-proclaimed “Tom Petty heartbreaker, living legend, rap scholar, art major” drops his verses like it’s nothing and let’s the party come to him.
And so former Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland picks up at the hook, singing oh-so-sweetly about all the sage advice passed on from her momma — “be careful how you play your cards,” “be true to yourself and you’ll go far,” and “try not to break too many hearts.” Big Boi originally had originally tapped Swedish pop group Little Dragon for that part for an artier vibe. Kelly’s got a little glam in her voice, and it gives the song a nice and bright gloss.
In addition to Kelly’s part here, Phantogram‘s Sarah Barthel, Kid Cudi and A$AP Rocky will be featured elsewhere on Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which is due out November 13 — just in time to add a little groove to your holiday season.
Solange is quite happy. And fierce. And having a blast for a girl that’s seemingly losing someone in her latest “Losing You.” Everything, and we do mean everything, is oh so right about the eclectic video shot in Capetown, South Africa. Solange doesn’t take herself too seriously, neither do her friends who made the trek with her to shoot the visual, according to Pitchfork. Co-written and produced by Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), directed by Melina Matsoukas, the “shoot as you go” video captures Solange and friends trekking through Capetown with the Le Sape Society (Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance) formed in the Congo. The singer is high fashion, runway ready, as is her crew. The bold prints are dazzling, but it’s the fun adventures that reel you in. Read more…
You are not tired of heartbreak yet, are you? Taylor Swift loves herself a good “zero-to-100 and than hits a wall and explodes” type relationship, and she loves using her songwriting and storytelling to brace herself in the certain fallout that results. “Red,” the newly released single from her forthcoming album of the same name, is equal parts pop and country, with twangy guitars and a bouncy beat. And although it finds Taylor once again lamenting a fast and fleeting love, she’s not looking for pity or out for revenge this time around. Rather, she just seems wants you to know what she’s feeling.
And so she uses her words, “red” being only generally the intense emotions that accompany a love story fast and fleeting like she wont. She’s got a pallet’s worth of other colors and crafty metaphors to explain how it really really felt. Tell us, Taylor, what was it like?
The visuals for Nas‘ personal desire to find love featuring the indelible Amy Winehouse has arrived. The soulful “Cherry Wine” with vocals from the late soul singer was an instant favorite from Nas’ 10th studio album Life Is Good. True to his word, Nas honored Amy in the video directed by Jay Martin. Nas is the loner bartender mesmerized by a beautiful customer. Peep the cherry he drops in her cocktail. Amy’s soul stirring voice plays over the jukebox while images of her performing flash against the brick wall of the bar. The new object of his affection teases him with seductive eyes as she plays pool alone. Read more…