Robin Thicke‘s Blurred Lines LP just dropped today and signs are pointing towards it being the biggest album of his career. It is seemingly well-positioned to topple Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail when next week’s SoundScan figures are released, thanks in large part to the buzz created by the worldwide success of the album’s title track. And if you’re looking for inside dirt on the writing and recording of the LP, you’re in luck. None other than Robin Thicke himself recently sat down with VH1 here in our New York headquarters to give us the scoop about Blurred Lines in the latest installment of our Track-By-Track series.
Welcome to the second week of VH1′s Battle of the Summer Jams. Over the next few months, we’ll determine the best songs of summer with your help. Each week two singles will battle it out and it’s up to you to decide which one reigns supreme. Last week it was the battle of the Pharrells. With 52 percent of the vote, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk took home the first round. This week we are putting the hashtag songs to the test. That’s right, “#Beautiful” by Mariah Carey and Miguel is going up against “#ThatPower” by Will.I.Am and Justin Bieber.
Last night’s X-Factor premiered the new Britney Spears/will.i.am video “Scream & Shout” and even though the song’s not festive in any holiday-specific manner, there’s definitely a slew of specifically placed electronics that you might want to add to your Xmas shopping list. Don’t get me wrong, will.i.am’s not shilling any liquor brands, but he does show off a white Maserati and I have a feeling his new signature hat (with the fangs!) will be sold in stores near you. What Will did place throughout the video were shots of pretty cool (and high-tech!) electronics–everything from an iPad typewriter to a bionic hand–stuff that you could buy in stores right alongside stuff that you could only dream of owning.
But let’s say you did let will.i.am (and Brit) choose your gifts this year. What should you be buying?
What: Yep, that’s an iPad plugged into a typewriter, typing out the lyrics to “Scream & Shout” as you gasp in steampunk-ish horror:
Cost: Sorry, you can’t buy one of these just yet. But you can DIY it…
It’s all eyes on will.i.am (and will.i.am 2.0, and will.i.am 3.0, and…) and Britney Spears (and Britney 2.0, and Britney 3.0, and…), bitch, who get multiplied many times over in the glitz-ed out new video for “Scream & Shout,” the latest single off the Black Eyed Peas frontman’s upcoming solo album #willpower. The video giddily indulges will.i.am’s future fetish; and much like his album was named to be tweeted, it was made to be .GIF-ed.
For example, the song’s titular command:
Audition rounds are over, but the battle is just beginning for the competitors of X Factor and The Voice. And now we’ll really see how the mentoring skills of those shows respective pop-stars-turned-reality-TV-judges, Britney Spears and The Voice’s Christina Aguilera, hold up.
We’ve been pitting them head-to-head in that age-old Britney vs. Christina rivalry each week, declaring one the ultimate star spotter. So pick a side then rip into both with us in our comments section.
Sassiest Comment: “She’s definitely possessed.” Read more…
Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am released the track list for his forthcoming and very au courant album, #willpower. Over the years, will.i.am has worked in some capacity with seemingly everyone, and it looks like he’s cashing in all his favors for this fourth solo album. A newly released track list for this next effort is loaded heavy musical collaborations, all of the following making some sort of appearance: Britney Spears, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Chris Brown, David Guetta, Eva Simons, Redfoo and Nicole Scherzinger. And were that not enough, Jennifer Lopez, Mick Jagger and Cheryl Cole, too, will be included on the album’s deluxe edition.
The collaboration doesn’t end there, though, and this next one is truly for the history books: NASA announced today that they have teamed up with will.i.am to debut the album’s next single from the surface of Mars. “Reach for the Stars” will be transmitted to Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, tomorrow at 1 PM PT as part of a special educational event that will promote science education by showing-off NASA’s Curiosity rover and its intergalactic findings — this new song apparently. “My song is finally going to be beamed back to earth from MARS,” tweeted will.i.am yesterday, excitedly because finally. Mars! Read more…
BEYONCE TAKES TO TUMBLR TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR FRANK OCEAN
In a short poem written for the man who wrote (and sometimes sings) “I Miss You” for her, Bey calls Ocean brave, free, and inspirational. Amen. [Beyonce]
PAUL MCCARTNEY IS TEAMING UP WITH HALO CREATORS FOR NEW PROJECT
The former Beatle has hooked up with the team behind the hugely popular video game Halo to make some new music for, well, nobody knows yet. Nevertheless, this sounds like a project worth keeping an eye on. [RS]