The Olympics Closing Ceremony Will Be An “Elegant Mashup Of British Music” From Elgar To Adele

by (@kat_george)

Hype is building around the 2012 London Olympics, especially since it was reported that iconic Brit Pop band Blur will be headlining a concert in Hyde Park to celebrate the closing ceremony. Now details about the actual closing ceremony are beginning to circulate, and excitement and speculation abound as the theme is revealed: “A Symphony Of British Music”. Stephen Daldry, executive producer of the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies says, “It is, in a sense, the soundtrack of our lives,” while Kim Gavin, the ceremony’s artistic director says it will be an “elegant mashup of British music.”

Music director David Arnold says, the “mashup” will include everyone from “Elgar to Adele,” but does not confirm whether or not the Grammy award winning star will actually perform (although we’d put money on yes). Other rumored performers include The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and the Spice Girls, and for a country with such a rich pop history and a decidedly artful taste for celebration, we can’t wait to see what the closing ceremony will reveal.

The 2012 London Olympics begin on July 27th, and close on August 12th.

Olympics Closing Ceremony to Be a ‘Symphony’ of All Things British [Billboard]

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Is Ester Dean The Next Artist To Cross Over From Songwriter To Super Star?

by (@kat_george)

Prolific songwriter Ester Dean has just released her own song (featuring Nicki Minaj), called “Gimme Money”, and it’s got everyone talking — will Dean be the next big songwriter to cross over into the world of pop stardom as a performance artist? The track is Dean’s second collaboration with Minaj, after her vocals appeared on Nicki’s hit single “Super Bass.” If the success of “Super Bass” is anything to go by, then the pairing of the two women is a match made in chart heaven, and may just kick off Dean’s solo career. “Gimme Money” is in keeping with the euro-dance led anthemic beats that found popularity in 2011, with just the right amount of hard femme-edge in the girl raps and Dean’s husky r&b vocal.

Dean is no stranger to the hit song, already with 2009′s “Drop It Low” featuring Chris Brown under her belt as well as her vocal is also appears twice on the critically received soundtrack for Rio. But, like many songwriters-turned-performers who have come before her, including Katy Perry, Ryan Tedder and Ne-yo, Dean has that extra edge — understanding the hit machine from behind the scenes, and knowing what it takes to create a memorable, iconic pop song from the ground up. And Dean’s songwriting experience is nothing to sneeze at, writing almost all of Rihanna‘s Talk That Talk and having written songs for the likes of Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Ciara, Nicole Scherzinger, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Girlicious, R. Kelly, Britney Spears, Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, Pia Toscano, Tinie Tempah, Lil Wayne, and Machine Gun Kelly. With such an impressive resume, we’re thinking that Ester Dean might just be the next songwriter to become a worldwide pop sensation.

Nicki Minaj Guests on Ester Dean’s ‘Gimme Money’: Listen [Billboard]

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Tuned In: Jessie Baylin Sings A Relaxed “Hurry Hurry” On Leno

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We loved the Scarlett Johansson directed video for Jessie Baylin‘s “Hurry Hurry,” and now we’re also huge fans of her live performance of the song. Appearing last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Baylin was impeccable in black, with her diaphanous tulle skirt matching the romanticism of the song perfectly. A relaxed, beachy ode to love, “Hurry Hurry” is cute and whimsical and Baylin’s live vocal was just as perfect as it is on the recorded single, so if you happen to be in one of the cities Baylin is hitting on her US tour, use this as incentive to buy yourself a ticket!

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Last Lap: Beef Alert! Kreayshawn Disses Lana Del Rey Then, Ummm, Poops In Front Of A Reporter!?!

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Beef Alert! Kreayshawn Disses Lana Del Rey Then Does A Poop
Kreayshawn knows how to get everyone talking about her again — diss the hottest music act of the moment, Lana Del Rey, then poop semi-infront of a reporter. Click the link at your own peril, but don’t say we didn’t warn you. [Complex]

Lily Allen Speaks Up About Adele’s Brits Acceptance Speech Being Cut Off
We miss the days when Lily Allen had a whole lot of stuff to say. Talking about Adele’s controversially cut short Brit Awards acceptance speech, Allen said “I’d rather hear Adele’s acceptance speech… I can’t say I’m surprised. It was like the music industry’s attitude to women played out as a metaphor.” [NME]

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Adele’s 21 And Katy Perry’s “Part Of Me” Top The Charts Post-Grammys

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Let’s hear it for the girls! Adele and Katy Perry are topping the Billboard charts post Grammys, rolling over their historical successes from 2011 into what looks to be an equally successful 2012 for both young women. Katy Perry’s new single from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, “Part Of Me”, which she performed for the first time live at the Grammys, debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 — making it the 20th number one entry in the chart’s 53-year life. How’s that for sticking it to the man? The last artist to debut at number one was Lady Gaga with “Born This Way,” which followed last year’s Grammys where she performed the hit, adding some pretty hefty weight to the importance of being able to grace that illustrious stage for performers. Unfortunately for Katy however, singles from The Complete Confection will not count to her record for number one singles from Teenage Dream — so she’ll remain tied with Michael Jackson at a legendary 5 number one songs from the same album. On the bright side, “Part Of Me” sold 411,000 downloads, marking Perry’s best sales week to date in her career.

As for Adele, it doesn’t look like the reign of 21 is ending any time soon. After picking up six Grammys last week, Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” follows “Part Of Me” at number two on the Hot 100 chart, with “Rolling In The Deep” jumping back up to number five and “Someone Like You” at number seven, making her the first woman in history to place three songs in the top 10 as the lead artist. But it doesn’t stop there for Adele — over on the Billboard 200 chart, 21 is still breaking records with it’s 21st (ha!) nonconsecutive week on top. Usurping the late Whitney Houston‘s throne, Adele now has the record for the longest held number one album spot for a female performer. The numbers tell a very vivid story — that for Adele, it definitely isn’t over, she won’t stay away, and we can’t fight it (not that we’d want to).

Katy Perry’s ‘Part of Me’ Debuts Atop Hot 100 [Billboard] Katy Perry to Release ‘Teenage Dream’ Special Edition in March [Billboard]

Hurry And Vote In Our 8 Greatest Women In Pop Video Bracket Countdown Extravaganza!

by (@kat_george)

In our 100 Greatest Women in Music series that aired on VH1 last week, we declared Madonna as the greatest female artist of the last 20 years. Now we’ve decided to let the fans have their say — yep, it’s your turn to tell us who YOU think is the Greatest Woman In Pop. The first round sees Lady Gaga pitted against Madonna, Britney Spears vs. Rihanna, Katy Perry fighting Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez weighing in against Beyoncé.

So far, Madonna is ahead of Gaga, 53% to 47%, but it’s a damn tight margin! We’re biting our nails to see if Mother Monster comes out on top of the Queen Of Pop. Also going head to head are Katy Perry and Mariah, with a mere 3% separating them and Katy ahead by just a pinch! On the other side of the scale, Britney is absolutely crushing Rihanna with 67% of votes to RiRi’s 33%. And in the battle between J-Lo and Beyoncé, Mamma Bey looks like she’s going to take out the round with a huge 68% of votes compared to Jenny’s 32%. If you’re not happy with the results so far don’t worry — it’s not over yet! You still have time to get your vote in for the first round, so be sure to click on your favorite pop lady before 11:59 p.m. EST tonight!


Ronnie Wood Hints At A Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour: “We Owe It To Ourselves And To The People”

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Ronnie Wood has got the rumor mill spinning with comments that have only served to fan a flame that was already burning. With 2012 marking The Rolling Stones‘ 50th anniversary, speculation as to whether or not they will tour seems more than warranted — and now that Wood has expressed his desire to see this happen, fans might just be flipping into an anticipatory frenzy. Wood said of a possible tour, “Be lovely, wouldn’t it? That’s what we’re on the verge of. I dunno what the hell is gonna happen yet but we all feel we owe it to ourselves and to the people to do something… Basically, get the boys feeling comfortable with each other, ’cause we’re all ready to go individually. It’s just a matter of tying up loose ends and coming together as a unit.” Apparently there’s a bit of beef between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards after the latter made fun of the former’s er… family jewels. We hope the boys can make nice and set off on the road for what we’re sure would be an explosive tour!

The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood: ‘We’re on the verge of touring’ [NME]

Obama Gets Vocal Again, Singing “Sweet Home Chicago” At The White House

by (@kat_george)

President Obama has flexed his larynx yet again, this time singing a few lines of Robert Johnson‘s “Sweet Home Chicago” during a concert at the White House yesterday. We first heard the President sing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” at a fundraiser last month, and admittedly, the snippet of Obama’s vocal ability left us, and apparently even American Idol, hankering for more. So when he was baited by Buddy Guy (who was part of an All Star Band including B.B. King, Booker T. Jones, Mick Jagger and Derek Trucks), who said “I heard you had sung Al Green, so you started something so you gotta keep it up!” Obama, although reluctant at first, had little choice but to belt out a few lines from “Sweet Home Chicago”. Look out for the pretty amazing moment when Obama holds the microphone out to B.B. King, and the two have a brief back-and-forth style sing-a-long.

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Posted: The Fray Gives Us An Intimate Insight Into The Moments Right Before They Go On Stage

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The Fray are VH1′s Posted artist for the month of February, and every week they’ve been giving us intimate blog posts from the road. So far, lead guitarist Dave Welsh has given us a poignant portrayal of travel, a story about watching the Super Bowl and a post about head colds and surprises. The guys even stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live to play their song “Heartbeat,” and now we have a fourth blog post for your weekly February Fray fix. This week, Welsh tells us about the back stage moments leading up to a live show — read all about it after the jump!

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Tuned In: Blur Play At The Brits But Not Before Adele Flips The Bird On Live Television

by (@kat_george)

Adele got caught up in her very own M.I.A. moment at the Brits last night when she gave everyone the bird on live television. After winning album of the year, an emotional Adele, obviously composing herself and fighting tears, began a heartfelt, humble acceptance speech in which she expressed her pride at “coming home with six Grammys,” and “being British and flying our flag.” But almost as soon as she began her rousing speech, she was cut short by presenter James Corden who seemed to follow his direction to cut her off rather reluctantly. As Corden welcomed Blur to the stage, Adele expressed her frustration with a very clear gesture, flipping a giant bird at the room. But unlike M.I.A. who made her apologies, Adele had nothing to apologize for, and instead it was ITV and the Brit Awards apologizing to her.

Adele did clarify that her middle finger was for “The suits, not the fans,” and she was “Sorry if I offended anyone but the suits offended me.” ITV came back with a statement saying, “The Brits is a live event. Unfortunately the programme was over-running and we had to move on. We would like to apologise to Adele for the interruption,” while a spokesperson for the Brit Awards said, “We regret this happened and we send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short this evening due to the live show over-running. We don’t want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night’s biggest award. It tops off what’s been an incredible year for her.” Corden was equally horrified and said, “I just feel bad about having to cut Adele off. I really don’t understand quite why I was made to, but it’s not a very nice way to end… She’s the biggest star in the world. I don’t understand what happened but I’m upset about it. Blur played for 11 minutes and she didn’t get a chance to say thank you once.”

Speaking of Blur, the band gave a rousing, five song strong set including the iconic Brit Pop hit “Parklife” (which you can watch after the jump). Damon Albarn looked pretty excited to be there, jumping around the stage like a kid who’d eaten too much sugar. Blur were presented an Outstanding Contribution To Music award, and their closing set proved just why — Brit Pop really is a very Blur-y thing.

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