What happens on tour doesn’t always stay on tour. For some reason, pop stars and musicians can’t seem to resist the allure of hooking up with their back up dancers. Maybe it’s because they all love music. Maybe it’s because they’re sharing the road. Or maybe it’s just because back up dancers are insanely hot?
Beyoncé caused quite an Internet stir yesterday when pictures emerged of her wearing a nipple-baring outfit on her new “Mrs. Carter World Tour” that would make even Joel Schumacher blush. It’s definitely the raciest outfit that she’s ever been spotted in, which got us thinking about where this outfit ranks among the most controversial concert outfits of all-time.
Why is the Michael Jackson Estate going to court for $40 billion? Why does Prince hate twitter so much? And which “One Hit Wonder” has Ryan Gosling‘s face tattooed on his leg? All this in today’s Last Lap.
Whether or not it was a hint at an identity crisis, Gucci Mane‘s short-lived experimentation with the name “Guwop” is far from the only time a celebrity has made a high-profile name change in the prime of his or her career. Below, a toast to 30 stars who opted to do what unborn children are rarely allowed: create a different name for themselves–and at times, an accompanying persona.
What? You didn’t think Beyonce was going to come back quietly did you? It’s beyond Beyonce overload as we predicted in December, and Bey has returned snatching wigs. Her Super Bowl XLVII performance slayed and has helped solidify her place among the greats such as Prince, Diana Ross and Madonna. And the general consensus may have ranked Bey’s mini-concert (because that’s what she gave) above Madonna’s halftime performance last year, the numbers don’t agree. Read more…
When it comes to creating a soundtrack to a classic such as The Great Gasby one must call on an artist with a level of musical genius. Director Baz Luhrmann already featured Watch The Throne’s “No Church in the Wild” and listened to Jay-Z on-set as motivation. The next step then doesn’t seem as much of a shock. Rumors sparked that Lady Gaga and Prince would contribute to the project’s soundtrack, but no other information had been confirmed. That was until a tweet from producer Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts. Read more…
“Diplo and an Orthadox Jew walk into a studio” sounds more like the opening line of an off-color joke than a surpisingly fruitful musical pairing.
While most people were likely introduced to British vocalist Alex Clare through a commercial for Internet Explorer 9 wherein his addictive single “Too Close” captivated unprepared television viewers’ eardrums, they may not have been aware that he actively studies the Talmud, has indeed collaborated with Major Lazer, or that he even used to date the late Amy Winehouse. Now happily married and tight-lipped on the latter, the electro-soul singer sat down with VH1 Tuner this week to candidly discuss the opportunity that saved his career, and the whirlwind that has been his last few months.
“I was stuck in a bit of a career rut,” remarked Clare on the period before radio would touch “Too Close,” a Mike Spencer-produced song that has since charted internationally and hit #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 domestically. “Without [the IE9 commercial], I definitely wouldn’t be sitting here right now… No one was really listening to my music, and now people are.” It’s been quite the 180. When his debut LP The Lateness Of The Hour dropped in the UK in July of 2011, incorporating electronic elements into soul music was more rare than it is now, but Clare has since surrendered to the fact that, as we approach 2013, “everyone’s doing it.”
After taking five weeks off to observe Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot in Israel, celebrating Hanukkah while on the road is “easy” for the gritty-voiced singer who performed at Irving Plaza on Tuesday night. “Wherever you go, you just light your menorah, sing some songs, eat some donuts – happy days.” But seeing an Israeli flag lifted in the show’s crowd on that fourth day of the Festival of Lights was a first for Clare, who could only really make sense of the incident with a geographical explanation: “I guess it’s New York and there’s a lot of us here.” Despite the venue’s sound being quite a bit off, Clare’s live show showcased his versatile voice well, and he was able to execute a wide variety of covers including Prince’s “When Doves Cry,” Etta James‘ “Damn Your Eyes,” and Gyptian’s “Hold Yuh” – a version of which he was forced to re-write since an actual cover of the dancehall song would be both “inaudible and slightly obscene.”
There will never be another musical genius like Michael Jackson. Now that that’s out of the way, today marks the 30th anniversary of MJ’s classic sixth studio album, Thriller. One album produced greats like “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).” As usual he outdid himself with a project draped in smooth vocals, feel-good lyrics and melodic instrumentation. But aside from the album’s greatness, Thriller is etched in history books for one reason: the video to “Thriller.” Read more…
Once Kaleidoscope Dream dropped the comparisons began. Not to jump on the bandwagon that is certain to continue, but Miguel channeled Prince in his performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Instead of performing the obvious “Adorn” or “Do You” Miguel went with the guitar-heavy rock-ish track “The Thrill.” The garage rock sound of the song allowed for an energized Miguel to actually do more than stand on the stage and sing. Read more…
Please forgive us if this post is only moderately coherent. Last night, the iHeartRadio Music Festival came to a close by showcasing some of the best artists ever to enter the game. And one of the most jaw-dropping performances came from a guy — a legend, really — who wasn’t even in the lineup.
When Mary J. Blige announced she was going to perform a cover, the audience went into a frenzy when it realized the song in question was “Sweet Thing,” Blige’s cover of the Chaka Khan classic. But heads nearly exploded when Blige turned to stage right and introduced her friend Prince. Immediately, every person in the MGM Grand Garden Arena gasped and then screamed. The sound was deafening, the excitement palpable.