Joss Stone‘s website proclaims that her forthcoming LP1 is “the first album Joss has recorded with total creative freedom.” Her fans needn’t worry, though; Stone’s newfound freedom is directed into another album of blues-rock soul, if last night’s performance of “Karma” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is any indication. She was joined by Eurythmics cofounder Dave Stewart, who co-produced LP1 and who, with Stone, comprises 40% of Mick Jagger‘s supergroup SuperHeavy.
“Karma” is the latest entry in the long and proud tradition of female vocalists’ wronged-lover songs, though despite Stone’s soul chops, it’s guitar-heavy and horn-free. Perhaps it’s more inspired by country’s takes on the theme, albeit with much less anger than, say, Carrie Underwood‘s “Before He Cheats” or Miranda Lambert‘s “Gunpowder and Lead.” LP1 was, after all, recorded in Nashville. Stone’s narrator does wield a loaded gun, though, so who knows?
Black Eyed Peas Turn Themselves Into Split Peas
During a concert performance in England, will.i.am, Fergie and the other two guys told the crowd that the show was going to be the “last time we’re going to be in England for a long time”; they later expanded on that statement by announcing that they are taking an “indefinite break” from making music together. Sadly, this probably means that you are likely to see will.i.am once again appearing as a hologram on a television near you imminently. [HuffPo]
“Big Baseball Player Back In High School” From Springsteen’s “Glory Days” Identified
His name’s Joe DePugh, and he tried out for the Dodgers. He would probably amend his assessment about his glory days passing him by if asked today. [New York Times]
When Matthew Morrison stopped by VH1 to appear on Big Morning Buzz Live to promote his eponymous debut album back in May, we knew the Glee actor and solo artist would be a perfect subject for our Music Seen feature. As it turned out, his day was too jam-packed for him to explicitly show off his style to VH1 photographer Jen Marigliano, but these photos give a pretty good look anyway, as Morrison travels from BMBL to a VH1 Save the Music press conference to an interview with The Insider to a soundcheck and performance at the Hard Rock Caf?. That’s a lot of work?and a lot of wardrobe changes?without leaving Times Square. Our thanks to Morrison for being such a great sport.
Internet sensation Rebecca Black, fresh off a starring role in Katy Perry‘s Song of the Summer frontrunner, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” clearly isn’t your typical 14 year-old. Not only does her confidence belie her years—as she explained to us, she doesn’t get nervous because “I don’t see the point in it”—but she has no intention of spending her summer vacation simply marinating with friends. Instead, she’s looking to catch viral lightning in a bottle for the second time in less than six months.
On July 18, Rebecca Black will make her new single, “My Moment,” available on both her YouTube channel and on iTunes. It seems highly unlikely that she’ll be able to grab the cultural zeitgeist by its proverbial cojones once again, but you never know! One thing we do feel fairly certain of is that, regardless of the quality of her song, she’ll quickly outpace Lexi St. George, the girl handpicked by Ark Music Factory CEO Patrice Wilson to be his company’s Next Big Thing™. Despite getting a week’s worth of promotion on ABC’s Good Morning America, “Dancing To The Rhythm (With Me)” has stalled out at 194,000 views and failed to crack either the Billboard or iTunes 100.
When Lil Waynespoke to MTV News last Thursday, he revealed an August 28 release date for Tha Carter IV and promised that the Sorry for the Wait mixtape would drop Tuesday or Wednesday (that is, tomorrow or the day after). The next day, the first mixtape track, “Tunechi’s Back” (based on the “Tupac Back” beat) hit the web. [HT Rap Radar]
When Lady Gaga‘s music video for “Edge of Glory” premiered, we liked the stripped-back aesthetic, but we quickly found ourselves in the minority. Gaga acolytes who had been anticipating a high-concept spectacle from director Joseph Kahn, based on rumors of mermaid-Gaga (as she was costumed when she performed “The Edge of Glory” on French TV), fumed on social media until Gaga and Kahn responded directly (and for a while afterward, too). Lest her fans consider the mermaid concept scrapped, she tweeted the following:
In an interview with Taiwan’s V News on Saturday, Gaga confirmed that the concept would live on: “Yuyi is in incubation, for anyone who knows what that means.” She then added, “Yuyi may just be born in the next video.” Fans are speculating that the mermaid’s name (not mentioned until after the “Edge of Glory” video premiered) is a clue to the next single: Yu + y + i = “Yo? and I,” which is a clever bit of wordplay that could just as easily be coincidental. There is no word on who the new clip’s director will be, but we suspect Kahn didn’t get the call this time.
The radio-station festival gets a big-budget upgrade this fall as Clear Channel celebrates and promotes the relaunch of their online music-streaming service iHeartRadio. The two-night iHeartRadio Festival, announced this morning by Clear Channel’s highest-profile music-show DJ, Ryan Seacrest, will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 23 and 24. Its claim as “biggest live music event in radio history” may be a stretch, but the star-studded lineup (see below) is certainly a significant cross-section of pop in 2011, and tickets start at a fairly reasonable $45 plus fees. The shows start at 7:30pm each night, which suggests short sets from each performer, but it is taking place in Vegas, after all, so perhaps the show will just run extremely late into the night.
The festival is a canny move by Clear Channel, who in addition to promoting the centralized streaming of each of their stations in one place, are battling the strong brand-association Pandora has with “streaming, create-your-own radio” (the announcement above even describes iHeartRadio’s custom functions as being “like Pandora”). Clear Channel will likely prove a strong opponent to turntable.fm for similar reasons.
You know the moment when, near the end of horror movies, the seemingly-dead killer pops back to life, only to be shot/stabbed/poked-in-the-eye-with-a-wire-clothes-hanger by the protagonist? Well, if the Song of the Summer Countdown were a horror movie –this analogy is admittedly a stretch, but just follow us here for a sec– and Katy Perry were the doe-eyed Final Girl, then Adele would have to be the villain of our race.
Last week, after being unseated the week prior by “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),”“Rolling In The Deep” came back from the grave to make one final (?) run at the #1 position. However, on this week’s just-updated Song of the Summer countdown, Katy Perry once again asserted her dominance as the Queen of the Summer Songs to claim the top spot back from the British songbird. However, the race is nowhere near over yet.
Pitbull and Ne-Yo’s ode to joys of pre-apocalyptic nookie, “Give Me Everything,” continues to climb its way up the charts; its third-place position this week marks the song’s best performance on the charts to date. LMFAO‘s “Party Rock Anthem” is currently sitting atop the Billboard and iTunes charts, and OneRepublic‘s “Good Life” burst into the Top 10 in its first week on this chart, no doubt propelled by Ryan Tedder’s recent appearances on NBC/Universal linear properties, The Voice, Platinum Hit and the Today Show (corporate synergy at its finest!). It’s entirely possible that the zeitgeist could blow in the direction of any of these songs and put some serious wind behind their sails (and sales), but at this point, it sure seems like Katy is once again the girl to beat!
Early this morning, the NY Daily News Gatecrasher blog reported that Joe Jonas got a particularly chilly reception from the “hostile hipsters” who attended the Paper-affiliated party at the branded temporary skatepark-cum-music venue House of Vans in Williamsburg, Brooklyn last Wednesday. According to the Gatecrasher report, Jonas was booed and pelted with “Nerf-style mini-basketballs.” The story is getting some buzz because it confirms readers’ (and some writers’) assumptions about both Joe Jonas and Williamsburg residents, and it illustrates the long road Jonas will have to walk if he hopes to cross over into dance-pop. The reality of the situation, though, may be a bit more complicated. Read more…
Fifteen years ago, Spice Girls released their first single in the UK and set the pop world ablaze with a sassy little tune called “Wannabe” that introduced the duel concepts of Girl Power and zig-a-zig-ahhhhh. Eventually hitting #1 in thirty countries across the world, Spices Scary, Ginger, Posh, Sporty and Baby parlayed the “Wannabe” phenomenon into fame and fortune, selling twenty-three million copies of their debut album Spice and seizing the throne for the best-selling girl group in history.
Because we’re sentimental when it comes to all things pop culture, other fave ?lady jams started flooding our memory bank and got us thinking that, well, sometimes they can get a bit raunchy. However, to us, that’s the beauty of girl groups: They balance with one foot on the empowerment soapbox, and the other foot on the soapbox that reads “gimme some.” Maybe we have it all wrong, but?this list of ten anthems that say “come hither” all while commanding some R-E-S-P-E-C-T will bring you back in time and get you set for a (hopefully) spicy week.
10. Dream, ?He Loves U Not? Puffy’sBad Boy girl group?pre-Danity Kane was sort of flop-ish, but their single wasn’t! And while the lyric “he’s into what he’s got” might be somewhat tame, it serves it’s purpose to give off a “there’s more where that came from” warning to ladies trying to steal their men.
9. Destiny?s Child, ?Lose My Breath?
“Put it on me deep in the right direction,” demands Kelly Rowland in this uptempo Destiny’s Child track. Serving as both an aphrodisiac and a challenge, the entire song begs the question of the ladies’ male suitors: “Can you keep up?”