Last night, Ellie Goulding stopping in on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to celebrate the release of Halcyon, her highly anticipated follow-up to Lights. Goulding has been big in the UK for a few years now — and even with the Royals — but she only really started getting buzz over here this summer, when everyone at once decided to make “Lights” the glittering soundtrack to all late-night happenings. “Lights” shot up the charts as a result, and our ears were perked by the time “Anything Could Happen” dropped. We really love her coo of a voice, but were have always wondered what it would sound like when separated from the gauzy production its typically packaged with. Her appearance on Fallon last night quashed our concerns, though, as she easily proved that the voice is all hers and that she’s really good. Or, as Jimmy tells her: “That’s the way to do it.”
Dressed plainly in all black leather and with the sometimes vibrant pink in her hair toned-down to just a tint, she performed her uplifting new single “Anything Could Happen.” The bouncy Halcyon track gives her more leeway to show off her voice than the more insistent “Lights,” and live she really lets her voice flare and fill that space. And she looked and sounded every bit the veteran pop star she already is, even if this was technically her U.S. television debut. Maybe if we ask nicely, England will let us keep her?
Though you might think otherwise after watching this powerful performance, the members of October’s You Oughta Know artist Delta Rae were all smiles at their You Oughta Know Live. The family-and-friend folk-rock — or gospel, or show tunes, or whatever else might move them! — crew seem to genuinely enjoy each other’s company. But as you’ll see, when the count runs down and it’s time to play, the music takes a hold of them in a way that’s almost spiritual.
This stripped down rendition of “Bottom of the River,” from their outstanding debut album Carry The Fire, is the perfect example of the power these six can wield. Instruments left aside, the song builds around their vocal harmonies and is dragged forward by the clanking of chains in a trashcan. When they perform it, the group stomp the song out like an evil in need of exorcising. Delta Rae boasts four vocalists and six members total, and when they all get going they really get going. The end result is a performance so chilling that you’ll be left actually looking for a hand to hold.
Rihanna is preparing to set her seventh studio album to sail this November, and this morning she treated her #Navy to a sneak peek at the album’s cover and title. The album, out November 19th, will be called called Unapologeticand the cover goes ahead and bares all. Certainly we know that the Queen of No F***s Given is unapologetic, she’s never been one to say “sorry” for her habits or hobbies as bad as they may sometimes be. But she’s never been one to go into great detail about her personal life in her music either. Will this be the album that Rihanna spills all the “Diamonds” and tells all? Read more…
Now that we are older and allowed to eat candy for dinner any time we want, we find that Halloween is often only so sweet as our favorite television show’s spooky holiday special. And this year, Pretty Little Liars has roped the full-sized Snickers equivalent of a guest star for theirs: Adam Lambert. How’s that for a treat?
Back in August, Adam teased the role by sharing a picture of himself all gussied up in a ruffle-chested blouse, his face blotted pale and fangs in full show. Now, we get one better as a preview the episode has made its way online. The quick clip shows Vampire Adam and Aria (played by Lucy Hale) getting chatty before Vambert runs off to perform and a spooky mime sweeps through the Halloween party. What brings Adam to town? What songs will he play? Is he actually a vampire, or does he just look really good dressed as one? Guess we’ll have tune in on October 23rd to find out!
What a blessing, that the 2012 BET Awards were pre-tapped. Lived in Atlanta on September 29, first word from people who were there was that back-stage tangles between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy and Gunplay and 50 Cent‘s G-Unit had stolen the show, giving the media something juicy to chew on until the show aired last night. And so by the time we sat down to watch the show last night, the music shined totally untarnished by the beef, which seems well behind us. There were a whole bunch of winners (spoiler: Kanye West took home a whopping six trophies), and then at least three onstage moments that were way more fun than all that parking lot drama. Read more…
Charlene Kaye‘s music is at once classic and contemporary, a mix of glam rock and classical music in just the right measures. In her new video for “Forever Is A Long Time,” she takes a darker turn.
“I wanted do a ballsy rock video, something that would really capture the chaos and panic of the song,” Kaye explained to VH1. “Liam (White, the video’s director) got a bunch of public access footage and projected it over us, and if you look closely you can see that there are two narratives going on- one of the past, and of the present, which is something I think is really beautiful and relevant to the song. The shots range from bombs raining down during WWII to old circus acts in the 1920s to the Hindenberg exploding, so there’s no lack of things to look at!”
“Forever Is A Long Time” is the third song off her most recent, Kickstarter-funded album, Animal Love, to get a music video, and is definitely less sunshine and hope than Kaye’s previous tracks.
After repeatedly blowing us away with her impeccable covers, Kelly Clarkson stopped for a moment to catch her breath. Ryan Seacrest premiered Clarkson’s new single “Catch My Breath” from her first greatest hits collection Greatest Hits–Chapter 1. The song is celebratory in that it acknowledges she’s going to live her life the way that makes her happy. Her voice flows from a leveled alto to a high near-scream for the chorus. “I will spend the rest of my life/Catching my breath/Letting it go/Turning my cheek for the sake of the show/Now that you know/This is my life/I won’t be told what’s supposed to be right.” The hook is slowed down only for her to deliver a perfect high-pitched “In everything!” Clarkson penned the song with one of her best friends who she says has seen her through everything. Read more…
We’ve always known that P!nk was a strong chick, but it turns out she can be pretty elegant, too. Dressed like a forest nymph with her hair platinum blonde hair streaked blue, P!nk gets physical in the stunning new video for Truth About Love‘s tough ballad “Try.” Directed by Floria Sigismondi, the video depicts her struggle with love with a seriously intense interpretive dance, that was choreographed by The Golden Boyz and P!nk’s own trapeze partnerSebastien Stella. Like the relationship she’s singing about, her tangle with her handsome co-star is sexy but violent, and there are more than a few moments that look like they might have been actually painful (can someone check to make sure she’s okay after that drop at 2:03?). P!nk’s nothing if not tough, though, and that guy’s sharply chiseled abs seem the perfect motivation to get up and keep trying.
Rick Ross‘ “Diced Pineapples,” featuring a spoken word intro from MMG affiliate Wale and a sweet hook by Drake, has had us scratching our heads since the beginning. When it was just a title on a track list, we wondered what on earth Ross might have to say about the titular golden fruit. Before it’s release, he suggested that it was inspired by his doctor mandated post-seizure diet, when he ate woke up every morning at at diced pineapples at his doctors insistence. But then we heard the slow-and-sexy song and realized that it’s not about pineapple at all, really. There’s a little fruit-as-sex (“diced pineapple make make my baby taste the best”) and fruit-as-riches (“diced pineapples, talking diamonds by the jar”) action, but it’s otherwise a pretty standard Bawse affair.
And so we held out hope that Ross might go in on a pineapple in the video the way he did that steak in the “So Sophisticated” video. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as the video that arrived last night features only a flash of pineapple (see below). Instead, the Vitamin C deficient feature finds Ross and his boys and a bunch of pretty ladies taking in beautiful Caribbean sunsets while enjoying a well Instagram-ed vacation. You know, a relaxing affair, just like the doctor would prescribe. Read more…