Lady Gaga played both host and musical guest on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live and, suffice to say, she won herself a newfound layer of respect from people who think of her solely as a weirdo. She’s caught a lot of flack during her seemingly endless promotional tour for ARTPOP, but both her sense of humor and outstanding musical talent were on full display last night, reaffirming just what a unique talent that she is. Both of those qualities were showcased during her first musical performance last night, “Do What U Want,” which featured a surprise cameo from none other than the Pied Piper of R&B himself, Mr. R.Kelly!
Rock ‘n’ roll is packed with rebellious bad boys (and bad girls!) who drink, fight, have tantrums, and just generally do things their-way-or-the-highway-dammit! But occasionally, some combination of drugs, booze, ego, money and general rock star excess pushes them over the line, and that’s what police get involved. Sometimes it’s fairly light-hearted stupidity (usually involving urination), but others times it’s far more serious, and changes the way we think about them and their music forever.
She may have been born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, but the world is coming to know September’s You Oughta Know artist simply as “Lorde.” The “Royals” singer took her love of monarchy to the next level when she looked through books for aristocratic titles that she could call herself on stage and “lord” just jumped out at her. She said, “I love the sound of the word and how it looks, but I also like how it’s a little arrogant, you know what I mean?” Of course, not everything about the teen star is “arrogant”…
Underage, incestuous, drug-fueled….All love is good love, but some couples really push it! Rock ‘n’ roll is filled with folks who don’t play the rules, and this can also extend to their romantic life, leading to affairs that shock the world.
Twenty years ago today on August 6, R. Kelly gave the world a new subtle way to tell booty calls everywhere you want to do it with his release “Sex Me” (parts I and II, thank you) – the first single from his debut solo album 12 Play. Fact: no one has come close to recreating such a soulful, and provocative, ode to intimacy in the last two decades. Read more…
It’s been over fifty years since R&B legend Ronald Isley first made folks wanna shout with a string of hits that remain guaranteed dance-floor fillers. Alongside his soul-brethren in the Isley Brothers, he gave us “Shout,” “Twist and Shout,” “This Old Heart Of Mine,” “It’s Your Thing,” and tons more funky classics, before finding new life in the ’90s as the collaborator/musical rival of R. Kellyon an unforgettable series of storytelling tracks. And now Isley’s busting out his trademark falsetto once again for some all new songs!
In two weeks’ time, American Idol will crown a new winner and three of the final four ladies in the competition will be losers. At this point in the competition, all of the remaining contestants —Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, and Angie Miller— are capable of winning. They each have a beautiful, big voice. They each have cultivated a distinct “brand” with an eager fan base. And they each have multiple opportunities to mess up big time.
It’s not about the talent anymore. It’s about the song choices.