Two Door Cinema Club have the internet buzzing this afternoon. The Irish trio debuted “Sleep Alone,” the first single from their forthcoming sophomore album Beacon, and now both “Sleep Alone” and “Two Door Cinema Club” are trending on Twitter as evidence of a world as excited about these You Oughta Know alums as we are! Back again are the jangly guitars and danceable beats that remind us almost of New Wave, if only Ian Curtis could have had access to a MacBook, and we are so glad. Have a listen below, or download it for free off of their website.
VH1 News caught up with the guys last month in L.A., where they were still hard at work on their new album — and on a new diet. “We spend the first hour or so just drinking coffee and watching YouTube or something, and then we’ll just take it as it comes and work until 11 in the evening and then go home and do it all over again,” they said of their process. And in the off hours that they weren’t in the studio? They were out enjoying Southern California’s hills, sunshine and preferred roughage. “The most L.A. thing we’ve been doing is just eating really healthily,” guitarist Sam Halliday admitted. “I’d never heard of kale before.”
Did you watch that video we posted yesterday, the one of the fierce kid in a snuggie doing Beyonce? It undoubtedly deserves all sorts of awards for it’s attention to detail and good humor, but it just earned something better yet: the high praise of Beyoncé herself, who thinks that he-so-fierce “did this video better than I did.” She wrote just that on her blog, adding also a smiley face emoticon and a “Love, B” for good measure.
It looks like rapper and producer Swizz Beatz might not not be off the hook for that Megaupload business, after all. When the once dominant file sharing site was shuttered back in January, Mr. Alicia Keys was revealed to be a “CEO without citation”. Beatz’s lawyers adamantly denied his involvement, and he was left out of early indictments. Megaupload has since claimed that, being a foreign company with no offices or agents on U.S. soil, they were functioning outside of the U.S.’s jurisdiction. In order to build a case otherwise, U.S. attorneys have dragged Beatz back into the case, listing him as an U.S. representative to the site in their most recent filings. Uh oh, that doesn’t bode well for Beatz, who has so far been both uncooperative with the feds. As for those of you who liked those “I Like Megaupload” videos, the ones that starred Beatz’s A-List friends like Kanye West and Will.i.am, you might have more fun propaganda to look forward to.
It will be interesting to see how Beatz, a high-profile producer dragged to the center of a high-profile anti-piracy case, explains his involvement in the site if he ends up summoned. As he and some of his also very successful musician friends have argued, file sharing sites like Megaupload are not just havens to piracy, they are also a means for artists to share and collaborate. In an interview with The Fader, Beatz suggested that “in due time everybody will understand everything.” Well, it might be that time, and it could very well also be Beatz’s chance to help shape music’s future on the internet.
Ponder on this: Brandy was 15-years-old when her debut self-titled album Brandy dropped. At 33 the R&B songstress still has the powerful voice beautiful enough to put goosebumps on your arms. At 93.9 WKYS’s free concert held at the Howard Theatre in D.C., Brandy performed Put It Down in a royal blue romper. Brandy is back like she never left! Along with a couple backup dancers, B puts the ‘umph’ in every choreographed move hitting each gyration flawlessly. Similar to her BET Awards tribute to Whitney Houston, it’s obvious Brandy is here to win. The vocals? My god. Like every time Brandy opens her mouth (remember her singing Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” in her bathroom acapella?), even performing a song about putting it down between the sheets, she reminds you why she’s a true vocalist to the core. Read more…
Drake is not exactly a baron of good taste. Rather, he’s more the type of guy who is not too ashamed to spend that new, big pile of money on whatever he wishes. And so it’s no surprise that his latest investment, a new home in the Hidden Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, is a haven to all that is excessive and cheesy.
The seven bedroom, nine bathroom and 7,444 square foot mansion comes complete with all the amenities a bachelor like himself might want. There is a tennis court for his friend Serena, a home theater for Ice Age 4 screenings and Degrassi marathons, a mechanical bull (why not?), a wine cellar worthy of a wine fanatic like he, and a grotto that puts Hugh Hefner’s to shame. Because, well, Drake has long been into that sort of thing. His new, nearby neighbors include the likes of the Osbournes, the Kardashians, and Sinbad. And all that for less that $8 mil? That’s what you call dreams money can buy.
Yes, P!nk is known for her feisty personality as the person that says what everyone else is thinking. Take for instance her throwing shade on Twitter about Chris Brown‘s lip-syncing performance at the Billboard Awards, or the “Stupid Girls” song dedicated to, well, stupid girls. But it’s the hits she churns out consistently that she’s best known for. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” the first single from the forthcoming The Truth About Love, rose 49 positions making it the No. 9 song on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. And that No. 9 position gives her more top 10 hits than Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Considering her 12 year career there’s no surprise there. Read more…
Walk the Moon sure don’t need that face paint they are so famous for. Last night in late night, the boys from Cincinnati dropped in on Conan to plug their sold-out homecoming show next week in Ohio and to play their hit single “Anna Sun.” Back-lit by lights tinged like twilight, they rattled the stage set like a garage — or a ghost town — with their frenzied energy. Frontman Nicholas Petricca took center, where he alternated between keys and drum and wail while all the rest of the band bounced to and fro around him. An anthem for the forever young, their synth-drenched and heart-filled “Anna Sun” has become a staple on our playlists during these hot months when it is, like they sing, “all a wash.” They are just the charge we need.
“Hype According to Ms. Melodie” was her first single released in 1988. She is best known for her video to “Live on Stage.” In 1989 she released her first album Diva through Jive Records. One of the shining moments of her career was her performance in “Self Destruction.” And as one of the few female emcees during her time, she made a cameo on Queen Latifah‘s “Ladies First.” Read more…