Oh Mon Dieu! What were these celebs thinking when they showed up to the 2013 MTV EMA dressed like this? Okay, sure, music award shows are all about fun and excess, and there’s no better place on earth for fun and excess than Amsterdam, but the ten celebrities on our list may have forgotten that Europe’s all about chic style.
Ellie Goulding, who is burning up the charts and performing at Lollapalooza 2013, is probably more famous for her cover songs. She burst onto the scene with her own version of “Your Song” originally by Elton John and since then has delivered a number of excellent covers. Everyone from .fun to Alt-J (another Lolla performer) has received the Gould-en touch. (Let’s hope she performs one of these over the weekend.)
The last time electro-pop extraordinaire Ellie Goulding was at Hangout Fest she was just a guest of then-beau Skrillex on one of the small stages. A year and a couple of RIAA gold and platinum-certified selling singles under her belt later, the British bombshell was rocking the three-day event’s largest venue Sunday.
Every artist has a different pre-show ritual. While some opt for a quiet night in and gallons of coconut water to look red carpet ready, Skrillex isn’t afraid to mix business with pleasure. The annual Clive Davis party is the place to be come Grammy weekend, but Mr. Moore just revealed he skipped out early Saturday night to catch ex-girlfriend Ellie Goulding‘s L.A. show. Say what?
Last year was dominated by celebrities, athletes and even politicians miming the lyrics to an undeniable musical force known as “Call Me Maybe.” The first few spoofs were cute–dare we say entertaining?–but after a while the sheer ubiquity forced us to temporarily break up with Carly Rae Jepsen and her infectious piece of pop perfection. It was for the best! Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” stepped in toward the end of 2012, but which act and his or he super duper catchy track will receive the same treatment in the new year?
These trends start with the kids, but often get the biggest boost once celebrities get involved. James Franco made a case for Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” last week, which was interesting (as all things Franco tend to be) but covering a song that’s nearly a year old feels like too little too late; there are more important Bieber topics to discuss nowadays. The latest entry vying for most shareable proof of celebrity goofiest comes courtesy of BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, and features a bevy of British acts giving their best G.O.O.D. Music audition. Oh, God!
When electro-producer Skrillex and ascendent pop star Ellie Goulding split, most of all what wanted to know was: will we still get to hear any of those bed-room style collaborations they’ve been teasing? Goulding has insisted in interview after interview that “we’re still big fans of each other, and nothing changes that,” and we got a taste of what the two could do together with “Bittersweet,” their dreamy contribution to the Breaking Dawn — Part 2 soundtrack. And last night the visual for “Summit,” the song that supposedly first brought the two together for the first time, arrived.
The video is comprised mostly of his exceedingly attractive friends (none of whom seem to have Skrillex-ed their hair) running around barefoot at night, playing with black-lights, eating glow-in-the-dark cotton candy and just generally goofing off. Skrillex makes a few brief appearances — hanging at a bonfire; dj-ing, duh — but Goulding doesn’t show. We can’t help but wonder when Ellie sings sort of mournfully about how “If you can hear my now, why don’t you recall / I was the one who cared after all,” if it might really mean something now.
Now, as for the rest of those collaborative tracks, guys…
As Times Square gets ready for the influx of hundreds of thousands of revelers here to celebrate the arrival of 2013 Anno Domini, the Korean sensation PSY is plotting to retire his massive YouTube hit, “Gangnam Style.” “Being in Times Square on New Year’s Eve is already special — it’s the biggest stage in the universe — plus it’s my birthday, so, with all that, it may be the ending of ‘Gangnam Style,’” PSY told our friends over at MTV News. “I mean, what better way to do it?”
We couldn’t agree more! As much as we loved “Gangnam Style” when we first saw it appear on YouTube, we have no reservations whatsoever about retiring the song in 2013 because, let’s face it, the song is #PLAYEDOUT. In that spirit, here’s our list of other songs from 2012 that we hope to hear tonight and will always recall fondly, but honestly hope to never hear again once the sun rises tomorrow morning.
12 SONGS FROM 2012 THAT WE HOPE WE NEVER HEAR IN 2013
12. The Lumineers, “Ho Hey” – After thousands of listens, “Ho! Hey!” is starting to turn into “No! Way!”
11. Neon Trees, “Everybody Talks” – It started with a whisper, but when we hear this song on the radio now, it makes us wanna shout “CHANGE THE CHANNEL!”
10. One Direction, “Little Things” – We can’t remember a more passive-aggressive song ever getting this much airplay. #cringeworthy
We’re three days away from ending 2012– the year the Mayan’s math didn’t quite add up–with a bang. Before we bid this year adieu we’ve documented the Best Ofs for the past 12 months; so during the next predicted Apocalypse rears its false head, we’ll reminisce on the Crunkest Songs of 2012 or 2012’s 8 Most Underated Singles or the Best Songs of 2012.
Our countdown continues with the 12 of Music’s Breakout Stars of 2012. It’s been a glorious year musically with diverse projects by promising new artists. While Frank Ocean‘s stardom is no surprise, who would’ve expected PSY to sing with Bieber‘s manager Scooter Braun? Meek Mill sketched his name in cement as one of hip-hop’s brightest stars this year transitioning from mixtape storyteller to mainstream success. How good 2013 will treat these breakout stars is unforeseeable, but with raised glasses let’s all toast to the year of stars coming out (no pun intended). Read more…