Maybe it’s too soon to call, but our money is on Carly Rae Jepsen winning the 2012 London Olympics MVP, as “Call Me” fever has been spiriting medal winners Canadian and otherwise. Last week, the so-far winning U.S. Olympic swim team won our affection with a spirited, lip-synch to the song that just won’t quit. And now, the team’s breakout star has earned himself a “Call Me” cover as good as his gold.
Ryan Lochte upset Michael Phelps in the 400m IM on Saturday, and emerged from the pool one of the most fawned over U.S. Olympians this round. He atop the podium, the internet went ahead and declared him “King of the Pool” with this hilarious “Call Me Lochte” paradoy. “It’s hard to swim right by Phelps, baby/ But this is my year, so call me Lochte,” the rework riffs, swapping the original’s indecisive “maybe” for the more confident kiss-off of a winner. Is it too late to change the national anthem? Because this seems to be working. Read more…
J. Cole doesn’t care about Twitter. We’re guessing having graduated from the School of Jay-Z (yes, we made that up), he understands the art of mystery. After a three month Twitter hiatus Cole reappeared Thursday night with new music. Behind the scenes he’s been touring with Big K.R.I.T and making new music. The North Carolina native dropped his latest track “The Cure,” which samples Jay-Z and Kanye‘s “Lift Off” from the Watch the Throne album. Over Beyonce‘s vocals from “Lift Off,” Cole addresses haters, Twitter, beef and what he considers weak songs rappers drop every week. If you’re expecting him to name anyone specific–don’t. That’s not his style. He raps, “Cole World/the new Nat King/If I ain’t the illest n—- I’m his new vaccine/Really more like poison when it’s New Jack Swing/And my bed is like a deck of cards/Two black queens.” And that’s just the opening bar. There’s no other way to say it: J. Cole kills it! Whatever the ailment, J.Cole has “The Cure.”
Our You Oughta Know artist Emeli Sandé performed the “calming and reflective pause” at Friday’s Olympic Opening Ceremony in London, before the parade of nations and the storm of sporting that has followed. One of only a handful of performers, and the only female vocalist, Sandé stood as a vision in a blue floor-length dress in the center of it all. She sang a moving rendition of “Abide With Me,” a heavy hymn written her fellow Scotsman Henry Francis Lyte in 1847, while a troupe of dancers performed a dance choreographed and led by Akram Khan below her. The moment is thought to have been a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terror attacks in London, and it appropriately pulsed with emotion. If you were watching the ceremony on NBC, though, you missed it, as it was cut from the broadcast in order to make time for Ryan Seacrest’s Michael Phelps interview (or, maybe to keep things American). Watch the quietly stunning performance above, and listen to Sandé’s “Abide With Me” below. Read more…
We’re excited to announce that the eleventh season of That Metal Show will be starting up August 11 on VH1 Classic. Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine are all returning to host and, of course, talk all things hard rock and heavy metal. (You shouldn’t miss a minute of it!) We are so excited about returning to your TV that we wanted to share our new promo with you guys. Mark your calendars: August 11 at 11 pm ET/10 CT on VH1 Classic. Don’t be late.
The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kicked off with an opening ceremony conceived by the Academy Award winning British film director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later). One of the sections of tonight’s broadcast bore the unusual name Frankie And June Say Thanks Tim, a love story that contained what NBC’s Matt Lauer described as “a tribute to the best British musical acts of the last 40 years.” Well, although Boyle and his musical supervisors managed to include a decent selection of bands that could be considered canon-worthy, we’d like to call your attention to this (quite undefinitive!) list of 29 highly respected bands that got royally snubbed (in alpha order*):
Elton John (!!!) Read more…
We’re not exactly sure where this picture of Axl Rose wearing a Missoni robe came from, or who his galpal is, but one thing we are sure of is that this picture sort of gives us the creeps. [Dangerous Minds]
YOUR CARLY RAE OF THE DAY
Your favorite US Olympian swimmers (Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, etc.) are the latest squad of athletes to go cray for Carly Rae Jepsen (who, we should point out, is Canadian). We’ll overlook their lack of patriotism this time around. [Vulture]
The competition show talent shuffle continues today, with word that Billie Joe Armstrong has signed on to The Voice as a mentor on Christina Aguilera‘s team. The Grammy winning Green Day frontman explained in a statement accompanying the announcement that he chose The Voice because it is “not molding artists, it’s just giving them a little bit of guidance and direction without giving them a complete makeover.” Which is to say that it is, by his figuring, as close to punk as these sorts of shows come. Aguilera’s not exactly Kathleen Hanna or even Haley Williams, but that’s not really been Armstrong’s thing for a while now, and he assures that the two are having fun together. And if this means more “Longview” on the tube, well, we’ll go ahead and look the other way. Read more…
Leave it to Chelsea Handler to sit on Rick Ross‘ lap and declare, “I love big black men.” Rick Ross was welcomed with an unusual greeting–a too tight for TV hug and lap saddle– when he stopped by the Chelsea Lately show to promote Tuesday’s release God Forgives, I Don’t, which leaked Wednesday night. “Last time I saw you I was sitting on you too, remember?” she asks. “At the VMAs I got to ride him on a scooter.” Since she’d already delved in with a reference to riding him, Ricky Rosay reminds her that she promised him sex. Read more…
Madonna has no effs left to give. The controversial MDNA tour had its fair share of controversies with nip slips, tears and the superimposed swastika on French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen. As if that wasn’t enough drama for Madge, she was recently booed after her club gig performance at Olympia in Paris. Fans were not pleased when Madonna’s set ended after 45 minutes. Loud boos filled the room quickly, which were followed by water bottles thrown onto the stage. To really show their disappointment the attendees united with chants of “salope,” the French word for slut. The show was livestreamed on YouTube for all of the world to see, but none of the fans’ pleas were enough to get the Queen of Pop to return for an encore. Madonna marches to the beat of her own stilettos. Read more…
It’s Friday, and the internet has so kindly graced us with two worthy covers to drive us into the weekend:
Last night in Sydney, Lana Del Rey gave Nirvana‘s “Heart Shaped Box” a stormy and orchestral cover. Nirvana has come to be considered sacred territory, just ask Miley Cyrus, who took serious flack for her “Smells Like Teen Spirit” cover, but Lana’s haunting voice makes for an interesting tribute. Her obsession with fame is not without understanding of Kurt Cobain’s obsession with escaping fame, and her belts of “Hey, wait, I’ve got a new complaint” feel almost as tortured as Kurt’s devastating originals, and she somehow managed to make the brutal “I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black” line sound feminine and delicate. This was a risk, but it seemed to work.