While drastic weight loss for an upcoming role is common in television and movies, the music industry has witnessed its share of body transformations by chart-topping performers. For some, shedding pounds and adding muscle is gradual–or strongly related the a sudden influx of hormones (hello, puberty) they’ve been hit with. For others, the conscious decision to go for the bulge comes later, leaving us stunned by their shocking new looks.
Eminem took to the stage with Rick Rubin on Saturday Night Live last night (with host Kerry Washington) to perform his new single, “Berzerk.” While the theme of the song might be about going crazy and cutting loose–and while the tune itself might harken back to the classic days of raw hip hop–is it possible that Eminem phoned in his performance? Some viewers thought Marshall Mathers wasn’t spitting rhymes so much as he was lip synching them.
Miley Cyrus, who released her album Bangerz this week featuring the hit song and video “Wrecking Ball,” isn’t the first artist to sing about balls in popular music. Hell, she isn’t even the first performer to sing about wrecking balls; Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen all beat her to the punch. But whether used as a noun, a verb or a turn of phrase, whether they be wrecking balls, balls of fire, crystal balls or the type of balls that men do their best to protect, balls figure prominently in a number of classic songs. So without further adieu, here are 10 of the biggest songs ever written about balls.
The creative partnership between Eminem and Dr. Dre is one of the most successful in the history of hip hop, both artistically and commercially, but considering the latter is busy raking in bazillions of dollars with his line of headphones and not finishing Detox (which is never coming out, btw), we don’t have any beef with Em collaborating with Rick Rubin for his new single, “Berzerk.” Before he became the Zen master of the recording industry, Rubin was, of course, the architect of the trademarked rap-meets-rock Def Jam sound of the ’80s, producing such seminal works as Run-DMC and Aerosmith‘s “Walk This Way” and Licensed To Ill by the Beastie Boys. He and Eminem revisit this golden era on “Berzerk,” for which the Syndrome-directed video also goes decidedly retro.
May I have your attention please: Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? Ahhh those infamous lyrics. We all have song faves from years ago, even decades, but few lyrics have stood the test of time. Fortunately, some musical gems have stuck, past the days of butterfly hair clips, tattoo stretch chokers and Velcro sneakers. So which songs made the cut? Eminem‘s “The Real Slim Shady” and Smash Mouth‘s “All Star” of course! Vote now and tell us which catchy song is still adored, even in 2013. Now go on… get your game on, go play.
While Avenged Sevenfold leads this week’s albums chart, the real story of the week involves a 96-year-old widower who’s making a big impact on the singles chart. As usual, #SoundScanner is all over it: