Oh, heartbreak! We’ve all felt it’s cruel pincers nipping at our heart at one time or another, and we’ve all at some point cried the devastated tears of loss. And let’s be real — we’ve probably listened to one of our favorite pop stars sing about the whole sordid palaver while we’ve wallowed in our own despair. So that got us to thinking of the expressiveness of sadness in music videos, and the one motif that seems consistent across the songs of different artists — black mascara tears. Because musicians are not always the best actors, and because of the highly visual spectacle of pop music, dramatic smudged raccoon eyes in scenes where the stars are crying seems like a go to for the more melancholy songs. With that in mind, we’ve selected our favorite runny raccoon eyes — have we missed any? What are your faves?
1. Beyoncé – “Why Don’t You Love Me?” Beyoncé wins best panda eyes on the strength of melodrama. Oh, and because she looks really hot in vintage style lingerie. Clearly tortured, Beyoncé’s panda eyes are paired with martinis, cigarettes, and just the right amount of crazy to make the whole thing unbearably sexy.
2. Katy Perry – “The One That Got Away”
There’s so much emotion in the scene where Katy Perry is crying in her future self’s wardrobe in “The One That Got Away” that we just want to give the girl a big hug. Katy gets points for realism — we’re pretty sure that even without the panda eyes we’d still feel the heartbreak.
M.I.A. Will Have To Shell Out The Big Bucks To Cover Any FCC Fines That Might Arise From Her Bird M.I.A.‘s contract with NBC states that she’ll have to shell out to cover any fines that might be enforced by the FCC following her Super Bowl performance. While the world waits with baited breath to see if the most famous finger in the consumerist world will be reprimanded by the FCC, we’re guessing M.I.A is waiting just as anxiously to see what happens, especially since Janet Jackson‘s nip-slip cost CBS a cool $550,000. [Spin]
Evan Dando has always been one of the music world’s free spirits. From his days in the Lemonheads, to his short-lived affair with Courtney Love, there’s always been aspects of the rock rebel in his persona. Now his sense of candid charm is coming through on Twitter, after he posted this hilarious photo of some… er… questionable post-concert behavior in Phoenix. Have a look and see for yourself after the jump, but be warned, it’s NSFW. And NSFN, too (Not Safe For Noses).
Madonna‘s riding the hype train and it doesn’t look like she’s disembarking any time soon. The Queen Of Pop, following her spectacular Super Bowl show (which was overshadowed by that middle finger), has announced that she’ll be taking to the road on tour to promote her forthcoming album, MDNA. The tour will kick of on May 29th in Tel Aviv and will continue until it wraps up States side in late November.
We’re guessing the tour will be just as much as a visual feast as the Super Bowl, and we fancy that Madge will play some of the classic hits too, but what we’re really curious about is the guests. Will she have any? Will she bring M.I.A. back for “Give Me All Your Luvin’” after The Bird Flip That Stopped The World Turning (it’s still unclear as to whether or not the incident was staged, or if Madonna is furious with Maya or not)? Or will Nicki be left to cover both rappers parts, after she behaved like such a good little girl for Mamma Madonna at the Super Bowl?
The New York Times described Jay-Z‘s performance last night, “the highest-profile hip-hop show ever at Carnegie Hall.” Playing two shows in support of charity (the second one being tonight), Jay-Z is proving that he might not be as miserly as we first thought — the concerts are being put on in support of the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.
From all accounts, last night’s show was an inspiring event, with guests Alicia Keys for “Empire State of Mind,” and Nas for “N.Y. State of Mind” and “If I Ruled The World” (for which Keys sang the Lauryn Hill part) joining Jay-Z on stage, before he finally took to a balcony to close the show amongst his enthusiastic fans. But according to reports, the shining moment of the night was when Jay-Z sang his ode to new baby daughter, Blue Ivy, “Glory.” After the emotional song, Hov told the audience, “I didn’t think I was gonna make it through that one. That one was tough.” We love the track, and we’re glad Jay-Z is keeping it in his repertoire. We’re also wondering if new mom Beyoncé was just as emotional as Jay — she was in attendance at the concert, which was her first post-birth public appearance, and she looked great!
The Black Keys have gone from dishing out downright insults (see their recent bashing of Nickelback in Rolling Stone) to offering some slightly backhanded compliments. Recently, the two Ohio natives were asked their opinion on Lana Del Rey‘s overnight success and her controversial Saturday Night Live performance, drummer Patrick Carney told MTV that “It’s different for everybody. It took us a really long time to get on Saturday Night Live, and it took her a shorter amount of time. But I honestly feel bad for a lot of bands that are starting out with the way things are… The trends kind of flip over so fast — something’s cool and not cool and it all happens within two to three months.” For those of you scoring at home, that’s a bit of sweet (“I honestly feel bad”) mixed with a taste of sour (essentially saying LDR’s career will be over in “two to three months”).
Frontman Dan Auerbach had a similar comment to make on the matter; “On some level, we’ve seen that Lana Del Rey thing since we first started, like, all of a sudden this new band would be headlining festivals, and we’re like, ‘Wait, how did they get that?’ We’ve been here for two, three, four, five years and we’re still working our way up. But then they’re gone. Just as quickly as they get up there, they disappear.” Obviously, The Black Keys are veterans in the game, and have had to work very hard for a long time to find mainstream fame (which only came very recently with the release of El Camino in 2011) and we wholeheartedly commend them for their resilience and determination.
But while we’ve come to expect controversial commentary from The Keys, we’re starting to really feel their bitterness over the success of acts they’ve deemed lesser than themselves, and it’s not a good look. Are they really the arbiters of what kind of fame is legitimate? Does it matter if Lana’s stock drops in a few months? Isn’t her moment in the spotlight just as important as theirs, regardless of how lengthy or brief it might be?
As exciting as the last season of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson are back for the tenth season of the show that’s revered by metalheads and musicians alike, and although the show won’t be back until Saturday, March 31, we just got our hands on a sneak preview of the first batch of confirmed guests and it’s a DOOZY.
Leading the way will be a first time That Metal Show appearance by Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden, which we are totally geeking out in anticipation of. “I’ve known the Maiden guys for a long time and been a fan since day one,” host Eddie Trunk told us. “They are easily one of the most requested bands to have a member of on TMS. Because they are such a global band it’s been hard to track them down, but thrilled we were able to catch up with Adrian. It will be cool because we don’t hear from him often, he’s a great guy, has a huge history with the band, and has a new side project to discuss.”
We asked Eddie if there’s any chance that he’d dress up as Iron Maiden’s infamous mascot, Eddie The Head, for the show. His reply? “I do have a mask, so you never know…”
Also on the docket this season will be appearances from Jason Newsted (another TMS newbie!), Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich, Motorhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister and the one and only Alice Cooper. “We’re super psyched about this lineup, as is Eddie Trunk. “I’m so excited about the evolution of the show, having rock and metal artists, and first time and returning guests,” he told us. “I love all the variety and am thrilled for a huge 2012!”
Pitbull was all about affection from abroad last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing his track “International Love.” The high energy, thumping dance track was met with flashing lights and Pitbull’s signature sunglasses at night. There was even a Super Bowl theme which was pertinent given this week’s game, as Pitbull rapped, “I don’t play football but I touchdown everywhere.” We’re pretty sure there’s some dirty innuendo intended in that line — but what would a Pitbull song be without it? It also looked pretty warm up there on the stage, as Pitbull and his band glistened with sweat — but then we realized that was probably just Pitbull bringing the heat to the euro dance beat.
The Black Keys gave us a peek at their video for “Gold On The Ceiling” last week, and now we’ve got the whole shebang available for your viewing pleasure. The second single from their breakthrough album, El Camino, “Gold On The Ceiling” is an honest, organic rock song that is as faithful to the roots of the genre as any modern band can be. The video features footage from New York, with lines of people waiting to get into their shows at the Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall for their album launch tour, as well as some dates in Los Angeles and overseas. There’s also footage of the guys recording in the studio, and an adorable trying on clothing montage in which they giggle over a bedazzled jacket. Mixed in are also some serious, “the road is a grind” moments with the band traveling in cars and airports, but overall, the vibe of the video is a fun one, and gives a sense of the adventure The Black Keys have partaken in during their meteoric rise over the last few months.