Today we’re feeling a little dated seeing as how 16 years ago today Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” debuted as their first single, which topped the charts in 31 countries. Yes, the Spice Girls were that girl group! Sixteen years later the group that disbanded in 2000 reunite to launch Viva Forever!, a new musical based on their hit songs. BBC News reports the British pop group consisting of Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell unveiled the musical that explores the “bitter reality of fame” at a London hotel on Tuesday. Viva Forever! is the latest show in what is being called “jukebox musical,” which uses a set of songs for a fresh storyline. Read more…
Upon first glance at the title alone, “Bitch Bad,” it’s easy to dismiss Lupe Fiasco’s second single from Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album PT.1 as just another misogynistic rap song calling women “bitches.” Of course with an artist like Lupe nothing is as simple as it seems on the surface. Within the first line of the song– “I say bitch bad, woman good, lady better”–it’s clear Lupe is going to satirize the concept of “bad bitches” telling the story from how derogatory and damaging the reference can be. Read more…
Southern soul rockers Alabama Shakes stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to play the slow burning “Be Mine” off of their debut LP Boys & Girls. Ahead of their performance, Fallon warned that, “If you don’t know these guys yet, you’re gonna fall in love.” And, oh boy, he was right. You might need to hold on for this one.
At first, the song oozes out of the awesome Brittany Howard, the guitar riff following leisurely behind. “I’ll tell you why I took a shine to you,” she intones. But then, at about three minutes something catches, sparking the powerhouse within Howard. The band starts banging, and wailing “be my baby” again and again, she takes us home. Phewf! Jimmy was right.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WANTS TO BE YOUR “BOYFRIEND”
And makes us wonder: would you rather have fondue by the fire with POTUS or the Biebs? We’ll take both, thank you! SWAGGGY! [YouTube]
SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA PREPARE FOR LAST DANCE
The electronic dance music stars announced have announced, via their website, that their next tour will be their last tour. “We came, we raved, we loved,” they say. Amen. [MTV]
You’ve heard Elle King’s “Playing for Keeps” as the theme song to our new series, Mob Wives Chicago. This season, we’ve decided to differentiate the soundtrack from Mob Wives New York by creating a new through line for the series. We chose powerful female vocals to compliment the strong female characters. Whether it’s quirky pop, emotional acoustic material, upbeat new wave, we’ve got ladies belting out the featured songs this season. “Playing For Keeps” meshes nicely with this soundtrack, but it is also a intended nod to the retro soul inspired theme song to Mob Wives, Rock Mafia‘s “The Big Bang”.
“Playing For Keeps” was pitched to us by Elle’s publisher back in December 2011. There wasn’t an immediate spot for it, but we held on to it knowing what a powerful track it was. The perfect opportunity came with Mob Wives Chicago. The way Elle’s soulfully unique and gritty voice speaks of anguish made this a no-brainer when it was coupled with the visuals of the women who have endured the roughest of rough being the spouses or relatives of alleged mobsters.
Rick Ross takes his steak rare, his women beautiful and his Ciroc by the bottle because he’s just “So Sophisticated” like that. Given the video treatment by Dre Film, Ross and Meek Mill’s “So Sophisticated” is a picture of opulence, replete with expensive cars, fire hot and a shirtless Teflon Don. Because what would a Ross video be without a cameo from Ross’ famous belly?
“I just make it look easy,” adlibs Ross on the song’s intro, setting himself apart from the rest. We find the two rappers in the monstrous warehouse where they garage their nicest cars and their in-house butcher shop, and where they host their most lavish dinner parties. Sometimes lights strobe and other times fire laps; we would be pretty scared to find ourselves in a place as ominous as this, but never does Ross break a sweat. Seated at the table, Ross clutches a glass of bubbly with one hand while he waves a steak knife at the camera with the other as he goes hard over a beat that’s so heavy in bass it could break your speakers. Elsewhere, he dances through flames in a Miami Heat hat and he hacks at away at an animal carcass (you free for dinner tomorrow). That is sophistication made easy.
Long live the King of Pop. Today marks three years since the legendary, incomparable Michael Jackson passed away leaving the world to mourn his death. Everyday we miss the greatest to ever do music. He isn’t called the King for no reason. MJ has sold over 750 million records according to some reports. His 1982 Thriller album is the best-selling album of all time. His accomplishments are too numerous to list, and his influence too great to measure. MJ was single handedly responsible for integrating MTV. The little boy from Gary, Indiana that began singing with his brothers in The Jackson 5 turned out to be Michael Jackson who has changed music forever. Although it’s impossible to name all of our favorites because he has so many great ones, enjoy the five we picked. Read more…
They don’t call him Glambert for nothing.
Adam Lambert channeled his inner disco queen this weekend in San Francisco, where he worked a tribute to Donna Summer into his set at Alice Radio Summerthing’s event in Golden Gate Park. “I love Donna Summer so much!” he effused, before launching into a cover of late disco diva’s classic “Hot Stuff.” “Do you love Donna Summer?”
The crowd cheered because of course they love Summer, and of course they loved Lambert’s rocking rendition. In addition to his signature glam-rock flare, he mostly to the song he brings extra cowbell. It worked though, and made for a particularly nice lead in to “Cuckoo,” off his latest album Trespassing.
“In memory of Donna,” as he says, check the performance out below:
Emeli Sandé’s Our Version of Events has been a constant fixture in the iPod for weeks now. The beauty of her voice matches her incredible songwriting that has the power to make random strangers cry for no other reason than her magical sound. As our June YOK artist we’re happy to share some of our favorite cuts from the album like “Next to Me” or style photos that show her boisterous personality. Today we gift you with her cover of Blur’s “Country House.” Read more…
Coldplay and Rihanna have unveiled this acoustic version of their recent collaboration “Princess Of China” that will feature on the single’s digital EP. The fourth single off of Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, “Princess of China” at first seemed like an unlikely collaboration between rock and pop stars, making sense only as a meeting of the giants (and members of Jay-Z’s inner circle). Bare of the bombast and electronic of the original, this version makes room for the its real Princess and the King, Rihanna and Chris Martin
This acoustic cut strips the song of its arena-ready thump and slows the tempo down, keeping only the guitar line. And it kind of works! Mostly because they finally sound like they are singing in the same room, and like they are heart broken by the fairytale break-up they are singing about. Whereas lines like “You’re holding in your hands to halves of my heart” sound a bit corny when washed in the synths of the original, they seem to bear more emotional gravity here. Rihanna’s “ooh ooh”s become “la la”s, and you can almost hear pain in her voice when she sings “You really hurt me” on the hook.
Have a listen above. What do you think of this new version?