As you may have heard, Robin Thicke recently released a new album, Paula. In an effort to win back his wife, hottie actress Paula Patton (the couple separated in February due to his cheating shenanigans), the R&B singer threw together this album of baby-come-back-to-me ballads — but it’s been greeted by crickets. The album has bombed completely, selling only 25,000 copies so far. And it gets even worse in the UK, where it sold only 530 copies! Perspective? An album has to sell at least 500,000 copies to be certified by the Record Company Industry of America. Not really the ex-wife panty-dropper the crooner was expecting, was it?
The music video aesthetic du jour of the late 90s and early 00s was “futuristic.” In the years surrounding the millennium, everyone seemed to become obsessed with technology and the future, and so much of that obsession played out in the themes, costumes and elaborate sets of music videos. With the Internet finding its way into households as a commonplace new amenity, literally everything was exploding with possibility.
Most of my childhood memories before age 12 involve Spice Girls. Some say this is a bad thing, but to those people I say pshhh! You’re just a Wannabe and I could Holler Goodbye in your face. Who Do You Think You Are?
“Fun fact,” tweeted Taylor Swift before last night’s premiere of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” proud to have you know that the wheEEEE-msical new video — which includes five costume changes, multiple dance parties, and a boyfriend very dismissed — was shot in one continuous and unedited shot. And as she should be, as the latest to pull-off the one-shot feat.
A particular fixture of the 90s, this sort of one-shot music video was popularized by Michel Gondry, and includes classics like Lisa Loeb’s “Stay (I Missed You)” and Weezer’s “Undone (The Sweater Song).” But the one-shot seems to have fallen out of favor as late, computers generally being the video-director’s preferred trick. It’s nice to see reviving this old one. And so, in celebration of Taylor’s entry into the One-Shot Club, let’s take a look back at five other important one-shot videos:
As promised, the Spice Girls performed last night at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony. And it didn’t matter that they haven’t performed together since 2008, or that “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” are both older than most members of the gold medal winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team — aka, the other Fab Five — because this was like a two-and-a-half twists to a blind landing Amanar and they totally stuck the landing. Posh, Scary, Sporty, Ginger and Baby looked and sounded great from the moment they arrived on stage each in their own jazzed-up black cab until the moment they disappeared. There was a little bit of dancing, lots of sparkle and platformed shoes, of course. Even Posh seemed to have fun (though she looked a little nervous atop her taxicab). The whole thing was everything we wanted, really really wanted, zig-a-zig-ah! Read more…
BILLS, BILLS, BILLS NO MORE: JAY-Z AND BEYONCE HAVE TAKEN THE THRONE
Forbes has anointed Jay and Bey the Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple this year, having earned a cool $40 million between them in music sales alone. [Idolator]
THE OLYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE “THE GREATEST AFTER-PARTY IN THE WORLD”
Medals have been awarded and heroes have been made, but the end is nearing and now the rumors start spinning: the music director for the the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony says Sunday’s event will include 20 British artists performing 30 pieces of music, “like spinning plates and they’re all on fire.” Among in those 20 acts? Almost definitely Muse, Kate Bush if we’re lucky, and probably not Ed Sheeran but definitely not Pink Floyd. And please, please, puh-lease someone make sure the Spice Girls are there. [NME]
The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kicked off with an opening ceremony conceived by the Academy Award winning British film director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire,
Trainspotting, 28 Days Later). One of the sections of tonight’s broadcast bore the unusual name Frankie And June Say Thanks Tim, a love story that contained what NBC’s Matt Lauer described as “a tribute to the best British musical acts of the last 40 years.” Well, although Boyle and his musical supervisors managed to include a decent selection of bands that could be considered canon-worthy, we’d like to call your attention to this (quite undefinitive!) list of 29 highly respected bands that got royally snubbed (in alpha order*):
Elton John (!!!)
Earlier this summer and before the temps had truly peaked, word spread that 98 Degrees would be reuniting for one night, and una noche solamente at the Summer Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania on August 18th. Talk about news that leaves you wanting! Of 98 Degrees’ colleagues in 90′s pop, the Backstreet Boys are back in the studio together, and the Spice Girls are prepping a new musical memoir. No Doubt and Green Day are also both back and running the charts like they never left. Dusting off all those old dance routines and cueing up the hits takes work, and for only one show? It’s best to make it count. And the boys are going to do just that, with a newly announced Today Show performance and new music! “With so much to celebrate, this reunion is going to be one big party,” the band says. “Everyone’s invited.” Count our calenders marked.