Like proud parents, we’re watching You Oughta Know alumna and VH1 Unplugged darling Adele attempt to maintain her chart-topping hot streak with the third single off her multiplatinum 21, “Set Fire To The Rain.” Rumor had it that “Rumor Has It” was going to be the third single, but “Fire” ended up winning out. Already a fan favorite, the mid-tempo power ballad has the potential to complete her hat trick of singles atop the Billboard Hot 100 this year.
Blondie’s Debbie Harry Butchers Herself On Stage
Well not herself, but a nude replica of herself. Blondie‘s Debbie Harry took a knife to a nude model of herself on stage at a recent show. The veteran rock star then stuck her hand in the replica’s chest and pulled out a heart, not of glass, but of red velvet chocolate cake. [NME]
Super-Wealthy Rock Stars Are Allegedly Receiving Government Kickbacks
With all the turmoil around New York’s Occupy Wall Street protests today, a report from the office of Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn stating that stars like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Quincy Jones and Ted Turner have received federal subsidies strikes us as sort of a no-brainer, but interesting nonetheless. [The Daily Caller]
Frank Ocean Resumes His First Solo Tour And Plays New Songs
After being struck down by illness and cancelling the New York leg of his first solo tour, solo sensation Frank Ocean resumed the tour in London and played two new songs for his adoring fans. [Stereogum]
Dr. Dre Says He’s Taking A Break From Music
Those of you who are hopeful that Detox will be released during your lifetime might want to avert your eyes. In an interview with Fader at the opening of the Beats By Dre store in SoHo, New York, Dr.Dre revealed that he would be taking a break from music to spend more time with his family. [Fader]
Katy Perry‘s Teenage Dream has been one of the more unstoppable albums to hit record stores since the music industry’s heyday in the 1990s. Released way back in August of 2010, it has been firmly planted in the Billboard 200 for an astounding 63 weeks and counting, and has produced five, count ‘em, five #1 singles so far, the first album since Michael Jackson’s 1987 smash Bad to accomplish that feat. Not content to simply tie this record, Katy Perry has just released a sixth single, “The One That Got Away,” complete with another high-production-value video.
So, will the gamut work? Quite frankly, the road to #1 looks pretty daunting at this point. The song is currently sitting at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and will have to find a way to eclipse heavy hitters like Rihanna‘s “We Found Love,” Adele’s weepy “Someone Like You,” and the red-hot David Guetta/Usher collabo “Without You” over the next few weeks to hit the top spot (not to mention Lady Gaga‘s “Marry The Night,” which promises to be a huge hit during the holidays). Additionally, the song does not benefit from its striking sonic similarities to Ke$ha‘s “Animal”; the choruses of both of these songs share virtually the same melody, and the vocal inflections of Katy and Ke$ha are also remarkably similar, which makes sense considering that Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald was a credited writer on both tracks. Nor does it benefit from covering the same thematic territory as the aforementioned “Someone Like You” in an arguably less emotionally resonant fashion.
VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson makes its highly anticipated premiere exclusively on VH1.com this Thursday night, November 17, at 7 p.m. ET. We’ve already told you how stunning Kelly looked when this show taped back in late October, and if you caught her cover of Carrie Underwood’s “I Know You Won’t” when we premiered it last week, you have an idea yourself. However, VH1 photographer Colin Gray just sent us a bunch of the photos that he was able to take that afternoon and we couldn’t resist sharing his insanely awesome work with you (as well as a quick video of Kelly explaining why she didn’t perform barefoot, like she usually does, while taping VH1 Unplugged). Enjoy!
Billboard.biz has confirmed that Lady Gaga will no longer be working with her long time collaborator, creative director Laurieann Gibson. Gaga has been working with Gibson since she was signed to Interscope in 2007, and the creative director has been central in building the unique, sometimes controversial Gaga-aesthetic that has become so iconic in pop culture. With reports abounding that the two decided to split creatively after a “bitter fight,” we’re wondering how the divide will affect Gaga’s brand; although we do expect that Mother Monster won’t even skip a beat, being that her persona essentially has a life of its own.
The animosity between Lady Gaga and Gibson apparently stems from several comments made to the media by Gibson crediting Madonna as Gaga’s style inspiration. With Gaga working so hard to throw off these comparisons, Gibson’s comments created much tension, which was reportedly compounded by creative clashes over the “Judas” video, in which Gibson became upset with the Mother Monster over the use of religious iconography. Additionally, “The Edge Of Glory” also became the subject of creative clashes featuring Gibon’s conservative visions, hence the low-fi, seemingly very un-Gaga production. Now that we have this information, we’re hoping that the break-up will be beneficial for Gaga, and that the superstar performer will get back on her A game when it comes to music videos. We love Gaga and we prefer it when the pop-star is turning heads, so a return to her directional, experimental beginnings would be just grand — in short, we want our Gaga nice and weird!
As big as Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” was, her follow-up single, “Someone Like You,” is in a position to become the most memorable song from 21. Whereas “Rolling In The Deep” was defiant in its tone, “Someone Like You”—which, we should mention, is currently the #1 song on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown—instead allows Adele (and, by natural extension, the listeners) to wallow a bit in the feelings of anguish, hurt and regret that come on the heels of a difficult breakup. Well, the writers of Saturday Night Live recognized the seismic emotional impact that the song has had on people of all ages, shapes and sizes (even Coldplay!), and devoted a whole sketch to it on this weekend’s show.
Warning: The sketch might make you laugh, it might make you cry, and it very well make you do both at the same time. It’s one of the most memorable sketches of the season to this point, not just because it’s built around a song that everyone knows and adores, but because it recognizes a fundamental truth in today’s culture—no matter who you are, “Someone Like You” packs one hell of an emotional wallop!—and spins it for comedic gold. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to go into the supply closet and have ourselves a good cry.
It wouldn’t be Monday morning without waking up to some deliciously NSFW antics from rock’s original angst princess, Hole frontwoman Courtney Love. This weekend at Brazil’s SWU Festival, Courtney mouthed off on stage after being provoked by an audience member holding up an image of her late husband and Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain. The emaciated Courtney, mere millimeters away from slipping a nip, burst into an angry tirade, aggressively swearing and giving the finger to the fan who had so offended her in what we can only imagine was an attempt at honoring Cobain.
Spitting into the microphone, Courtney scathed, “You know, I don’t need to see a picture of Kurt, a–hole. And I’m going to have you f–king removed if you keep throwing that up. I’m not Kurt, I have to live with his f–king shit and his ghost and his kid every day. Throwing that up is stupid and rude and I’m going to beat the f–k out of you if you do it again.” Somehow, her rant turned to Dave Grohl and the politics of his relationship with Cobain when they were both in Nirvana. Seething, but with a half smirk on her face, Courtney declared, “Go see the f–king Foo Fighters and do that shit,” before flipping the audience a solid bird and storming off stage.
If you want to make Beyoncé slightly more epic, just add The Roots. We know this because that’s exactly what happened this weekend on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Performing “Countdown,” Beyoncé foregoes her signature hyper-choreographed moves in favor of a more subdued, sexy performance. And it’s pretty damn sexy — even when the girl isn’t really moving, damn, can she move! Complete with hip-defining costume and wind machine, Bey proves why she’s the King; even with an amazing band (and they are amazing) like The Roots behind her, all you can think while watching is “Oh Bey!”
(NOTE: For those of you wondering why she looks not-at-all preggo in this video, it’s because this performance was taped over the summer and just aired for the first time on Friday night. H/T to Matt Perpetua for the scoop.)