Today we’re wishing our favorite musical redhead, Ed Sheeran, an incredibly happy 24th birthday. The ginger Brit has found our way into our hearts with his smooth, romantic sound— although he’s not the first musical carrot top that we’ve fallen irrepressibly in love with. Ever since Art Garfunkel and Daryl Hall were young men, we’ve held a soft spot for the orange haired troubadour. And when it comes to the ginger ladies, they’re not lacking in willful girl power: from Geri Halliwell to Annie Lennox to Neko Case to Shirley Manson to Tori Amos, red hair on a woman in music is synonymous with independence and power.
Annie Lennox blew everyone away at the Grammy Awards on Sunday with her Earth-shattering performance of YOK alum Hozier‘s “Take Me To Church” and “I Put A Spell On You” from her 2014 album, Nostalgia. Not only were her vocals powerful and on-point, but she seemed to be having the time of her life, and the entire audience was eating out of the palm of her hand. Read more…
Annie Lennox joined Hozier on stage tonight while he sang his breakout hit “Take Me To Church.” This was Hozier’s year to shine, but during his performance tonight, Lennox shone brighter.
Does the world look a little clearer today? Because yesterday, after 16 weeks on the charts, Carly Rae Jepsen‘s seriously infectious “Call Me Maybe” took its deserved place atop the Billboard Hot 100. Accepting the honor, Jepsen told Billboard that she feels “so blessed” because “life keeps surprising me lately,” but we are pretty that anyone with ears and a heart has known since that first listen that this would happen. And, thank you Justin Bieber co-signs and Katy Perry lip synchs and Carlos Pena productions, it finally has!
In honor of the inevitable — and because, really, we still can’t get enough — we’ve rounded up a few new ways for you to listen to America’s favorite song:
- Rostam’s Annie Lennox/Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me On Broken Glass”
Conceived of and executed by Rostam Batmanglij, of Vampire Weekend fame, this thumping mash-up of Annie Lennox’s “Walking On Broken Glass” appends the drama of Lennox’s 20-year-old hit to Jepsen’s winking hit. Rostam says that his work “is strictly for the lulz,” and even warns that “it might be evil,” but don’t let that stop you! The best of two songs as an equally good third, this is everything a mash-up should be.
Annie Lennox has made some very empowering and yet very measured comments about Rihanna to The Telegraph, telling the newspaper that it would be “So f**king powerful,” if Rihanna decided to speak out publicly about domestic violence. With the resurfacing of some touchy issues lately — Rihanna teaming up with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who brutally assaulted her in 2009 for two new tracks, as well as Chris Brown’s divisive Grammys performances — everyone seems to have an opinion on what Rihanna should be doing.
Lennox, however, while taking a strong stand against domestic violence and encouraging Rihanna to speak out, is equally respectful of RiRi’s decision to stay quiet on the matter; “Here is a young woman who has been through domestic violence and she could become a tremendous spokesperson for that issue but the choice is hers. It’s not up to anybody else to do that… Of course if she did choose to do that it would be so f**king powerful but it’s her personal right to choose it or not. We all have our issues and we have to deal with them in our own way.” Lennox is a known social activist and regarded by many as a feminist icon, and in many respects we agree that Rihanna has a great power at her disposal, but also that it’s entirely her choice as to whether or not she exercises it.
Rihanna urged to condemn domestic violence [Music News]
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