Beyoncé, Kanye and Andre 3000 Serve Up a Sassy Summer Anthem

by (@Lacezilla)

We’ve got a live one! Leaking last night with the rest of Beyonc?’s album, 4, “Party” might be one of the strongest new contenders for our Song of the Summer, and we’re hoping it will also be her third single. Produced by both Kanye West and Consequence and featuring an insane verse from novelty-spitter Andr? 3000, this sweetly sexy track delivers something for every listener, including a silly line from Yeezy woven in-and-out that’s so cheesy it might actually grow on us (I mean, “swag sauce” and “dripping swagu”? If you say so!).
But don’t let the song title deceive you; while “Party” can easily help complete a laid-back, trill evening with friends, its sound is more reminiscent of a come-hither lady anthem from the R&B 90s. And who better to pull off a grown and sexy summer smash than B, singing sassy lyrics that demand the most intense kind of intimacy from her suitor– but only if he “don’t tell nobody tomorrow.” The need for intimacy, however, is a self-proclaimed bi-product of a (perhaps unrequited?) love that crowns the track’s endearing confesional nature. Of course Beyonc? is a happily married woman, but at one time, she was a single lady looking for love and cruising for a man to be her equal. Perfectly suited for brewing summer romances, “Party” can serve as the backdrop to a BBQ, a bikini-targeted workout session, or -you guessed it- some good old-fashioned boot knockin’. Proceed with caution, y’all!

Last Night On Late Night: Cee Lo And A 17-Piece Band (!) Perform “Bright Lights, Bigger City”


The best part about the promotion of NBC’s The Voice is that Cee Lo Green keeps turning up on late night. Last night, backed by a seventeen-piece band, including horns and strings, he continued his “Bright Lights, Bigger City” victory lap on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Frankly, a lot of his backing music was probably unnecessary, but Cee Lo is one of the best when it comes to selling it, so it worked?much as it did on his episode of Storytellers. Watch it above.

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Songwriter Of Golden Girls Theme “Thank You For Being A Friend” Dead At 59

by (@unclegrambo)

People reports this morning that Andrew Gold, the 1970s era singer-songwriter, died on Friday night after suffering a heart attack. Gold got his start as a multi-threat talent (session player, producer, songwriter) in the dynamic Los Angeles music scene of the early seventies, gaining widespread acclaim for his work as a multi-instrumentalist and arranger on Linda Ronstadt‘s seminal 1974 album, Heart Like A Wheel (#164 on Rolling Stone‘s Top 500 Albums of All-Time). His success with that project enabled him to launch a solo career, which arguably culminated with his 1977 Top 10 Billboard hit, “Lonely Boy.”

However, Gold will likely be best remembered for penning “Thank You For Being A Friend,” which was a success in its own right when it was released as a single in 1978. However, it wasn’t until singer Cynthia Fee re-recorded the song in 1985 and NBC producers chose it as the theme song for The Golden Girls that his song reached iconic status. In his memory, take a listen to his original take on the song above. Gold was 59 years-old.

2011 Gathering of the Juggalos Commercial Promises “Good Times and Hard Rhymes”


Ever since the bizarre dichotomy of Insane Clown Posse‘s horror-fetishism and family-friendly state-fair advertising that was the commercial for the 10th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos Festival went viral in 2009, the arrival of the festival’s ads have been greeted with glee by fans and haters alike, and this year is no exception. Vanilla Ice, who over the past ten years has been accepted as one of the Juggalo “family,” costars in this twenty-seven minute advertisement for the festival taking place August 11-14 in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. We don’t advise sitting through the entirety of this press conference-as-report to alien superiors, but we do recommend clicking through it for a taste.

Highlights include the authenticity ethos that characterizes the majority of pop music as “commercialized, mainstream, watered-down, safe-and-censored, unauthentic, pop p***y-fart bulls**t” and the misspellings of artist names onscreen (“DJ Quick,” “Juvinile,” and “Kitty“).

Beyond that, the main surprise of this clip is how good the rap bookings are for this show: aside from the requisite Psychopathic Records rap roster, the Gathering will feature Mystikal, E-40, Xzibit, Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube (in his second Gathering appearance), and Tech N9ne (in his fifth appearance, one shy of Vanilla Ice’s count!), plus DJ Quik and Juvenile, as mentioned above.

And of course, the biggest fan favorite will return to the Gathering: helicopter rides!

[HT Sound of the City]

Bob Lefsetz Takes More Hilarious Jabs at Lily Allen


Bob Lefsetz may not have good music industry sense, but he sure has a good memory for personal feuds. The self-styled “First in Music Analysis” (who last week wrote that Tyler, the Creator’s Goblin didn’t have any online word of mouth) took a shot at Lily Allen in September 2009 after she decried filesharing on her myspace blog. Believing Allen’s complaints to actually be about Allen’s own relative lack of success in the United States, Lefsetz proceeded to criticize both her artistry and what he believed was an expectation of success due to birthright.

Last night Lefsetz rekindled the feud when Allen tweeted, “Everyone watch Case Histories on BBC1, my mummy produced it.” He fired back:

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2011 Song of the Summer Countdown: Adele Continues To Roll Deep

by (@unclegrambo)

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Welcome to Week Two of VH1′s Song of the Summer countdown. Each and every Monday from now until Labor Day, we’ll be utilizing today’s most advanced data collection techniques Microsoft Excel to chart the competition of what will become THE song that people will think of when they remember the summer of 2011.

Last week, Adele‘s monster smash, “Rolling In The Deep,” captured the top spot, scoring 87 of a possible 100 points. (For a reminder on how the scoring system works, click here.) Somehow, the English songbird managed to increase her stranglehold on the #1 spot in this countdown this week, racking up 91 (!!!) points and proving that no matter what medium people use to consume music these days, they’re using it to listen to Adele.

However, lest you think that Adele has got this summer on lock only two weeks in, there are a number of new songs that cracked the charts this week for the first time: Jason Derulo‘s “Don’t Wanna Go Home,” DJ Khaled‘s superstar-laced hit “I’m On One” (which features Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne), Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” (which was just released on Friday) and Taylor Swift‘s bid for power pop domination, “The Story Of Us.” Oh yeah, and Adele’s powerful anthem of lost love, “Someone Like You,” managed to crack the Top 20, too.

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Kanye Finally Releases Misogynistic “Monster” Video, Now With Hilarious Disclaimer


The NSFW video for Kanye West‘s feature-packed single “Monster” premiered on yesterday, largely unchanged from what was seen in the unfinished cut that surfaced five months ago. One notable addition: the disclaimer “The following content is in no way to be interpreted as misogynistic or negative towards any groups of people. It is an art piece and it shall be taken as such.”

What a joke! The song remains one of the highlights of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but every music video is an “art piece”?some just happen to be more self-conscious about it?and interpretation is the task and privilege of the viewer, not the creator. Besides which, this disclaimer, preceding six minutes of sexualized “dead” models, is the most absurd non-apology for the treatment of women since R. Kelly’s “When you say ‘teenage,’ how old are we talking?” in Tour?’s interview with him on BET.

The tracks’ guests have varying levels of complicity in Kanye’s sexist aesthetics. Rick Ross portrays some sort of serial killer, complete with chainsaw, whose victims just so happen to be female models. Jay-Z raps in the foreground while a nude model is half-buried under the cushions of a couch in the background. Nicki Minaj (who, musically, steals the show on this track) portrays one of her personalities mildly torturing another of her personalities. But mainly this is Kanye’s problem.

Considering the appearance of zombies in the video (and his self-proclaimed idolatry of Michael Jackson), we have a pretty good idea of where Kanye got the idea for a disclaimer, but it goes without saying that “Monster” is no “Thriller.”

Nicole Scherzinger Officially Replaces Cheryl Cole on U.S. X-Factor


Just six weeks ago we provided a primer to Cheryl Cole, the least-known of the announced judges of Fox’s forthcoming Simon Cowell-helmed reality singing show X-Factor, and ever since there’s been a roller-coaster of gossip about drama behind the scenes. Just a month after joining the show (and two weeks after the show’s first auditions), Cole was allegedly replaced as a judge by X-Factor host Nicole Scherzinger. Five days later, negotiations for Cole’s return to the UK version of X-Factor also fell through. But Fox and X-Factor producers Fremantle Media and Syco TV only today announced Cole’s departure from the American edition, set to launch this fall.

Why the delay? Apparently Cole’s contract stipulates that she gets paid whether or not she appears on the show. So while Cowell may have wanted Cole out (to the extent that she and he can no longer come to an agreement to work together in the UK), the show likely didn’t want to have to write off a buck and a half so easily. (This also helps explain why Cole’s replacement was someone already on the show’s payroll.)

Scherzinger has guest-judged on the UK X-Factor before, but will she be able to hold her own beside Cowell, L.A. Reid, and Paula Abdul?

Coldplay Debuts Four New Songs at German Festival


Coldplay headlined Day 2 of Germany’s three-day Rock am Ring Festival this weekend, by playing a number of songs from their forthcoming LP, including their potential Song of the Summer anthem, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” and the above “Hurts Like Heaven,” featuring a New Order-esque guitar riff. The festival was streamed on German TV station Eins Plus, and inevitably ended up on YouTube. Below are the three other new songs, in descending order of how much we like them:

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2011 MTV Movie Awards: Foo Fighters, Lupe Fiasco And Trey Songz Perform


The highlights of last night’s MTV Movie Awards may largely have been Robert Pattinson-related, but there were a couple of great musical performances, too?like the Foo Fighters, above, who played their new single “Walk,” which incidentally has a movie-themed music video. (The band has played the show before, closing out 2005′s musical performances with “Best of You.”)

Later in the show Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz performed a two-song medley: performing not only their collaboration “Out of My Head” (Lupe’s latest single) together live for the first time, but also the earlier Lupe single “The Show Goes On,” with Trey Songz handily supplying JR Get Money‘s “Float On” chorus.

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