I wonder if deciding on “Young & Beautiful” as the title for her contribution to The Great Gatsby soundtrack was meant to be autobiographical because it describes her perfectly. The 26-year-old is pure eleganza on the cover of Fashion magazine. Donning her signature red lipstick, Lana Del Rey gives off a slight Spanish vibe with her spread for the Canadian publication. In the accompanying interview, she talks about which women she admires, the early Oscar buzz for her new song and why she thinks she’s in the same boat as Lindsay Lohan. Check out photos snapped by Mark Williams and Sara Kirakawa below.
“Feeling like you’re respected among the people who do the same thing you do is incredible and necessary. I don’t believe in the school of hard knocks, although I’ve had them. All that stuff about whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is so not true. Do you know what makes you stronger? When people treat you and your art with dignity.”
What is it with UK acts all of a sudden celebrity name dropping in their lyrics. First The Wanted with their “Walks Like Rihanna” and now my favorite girl group of the moment The Saturdays are listing off a litany of famous men like Kellan Lutz, Robert Pattinson, Ryan Gosling and even President Obama on their new cut. I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising. After all, both groups were put together after mass auditions held by Jayne Collins.
“Gentleman” debuted online a few days ago, but I waited til Saturday to share with you. Yes, super cheese but that’s me. Their new sound has divided their fans. While some like it, others think it’s one hot mess. With that kind of reception, the journey to score their second UK chart-topper doesn’t look promising.
Personally, I like the change of pace even though I much prefer their mid-tempo tracks like “Higher” and “What About Us” better. The track references the 90s as it talks about how difficult it is to find a good man these days. Preach sista. TGIF I have a good one (most of the time LOL) on my hands. Check out this snippet from the chorus. I think we all know what they’re referring to with the spitting portion.
A gentleman is so 1995, so hard for a girl to find
A real husband is so 1999, so hard for a girl to find, what
Cause most dudes just hit it and quit it
And then they wonder why most girls just spit it
It’s been one of the most anticipated alt-pop releases of the year, ever since last years Candy Bar Creep Show EP. MS MR’s Secondhand Rapture is available to stream in its entirety before it is officially released yesterday and I couldn’t be more excited.
There’s been so much buzz about this over the last year. Their song “Bones” made an appearance on Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars and Game of Thrones within the span of a month which also generated a lot of hype for the group.
While the 4 songs from last year’s EP return on this album, there are also 8 new songs, which don’t fail to disappoint. Out of the new songs, “Fantasy” is definitely one of my favorites. It’s a powerful pop song with Lizzy Plapinger’s unique vocals belting out “How could you be what I wanna see? / When my reality / Could never live up, could never live up / To the fantasy.” Other album highlights include “Head Is Not My Home” and “This Isn’t Control.”
My only critique with the album is that they don’t seem to stray to far from one particular sound, which is not necessarily a bad thing as it does give the album some continuity and cohesiveness.
Secondhand Rapture is available now. Check out the stream below and let me know what you think.
Trying to beat the pirates at their own game, Demi Lovato streamed her entire album a full week ahead of its official release earlier this week. The 20-year-old clearly is still in the giving mood. She also sharing photos from upcoming album Demi as well. Snapped by celebrity photographer Rankin, Lovato sports numerous looks including a high-pony grown-up chick side to a more avant garde one with lacy fabric covering her face. Check out all the photos below.
Lana Del Rey’s contribution to The Great Gatsby soundtrack is arguably one of the best, if not the best, on the Jay-Z curated album. “Young and Beautiful” perfectly captures the decadence and burning desire vibe of the film with its sweeping, romantic and haunting production. Her vocals are like butter over the ethereal orchestral strings and commanding slow drum beats. It makes perfect sense that the track is the first official single from the Baz Luhrmann film.
Given that The Great Gatsby is the perfect platform to introduce Del Rey to a wider audience, I was expecting some big production to highlight the 26-year-old singer. Instead we see shots of an orchestra mixed in with close up shots of the chanteuse sporting glittery hoops and glimmery teardrops painted on her face. It’s dark, somber and deceptively simple. Just like Lana. Check out the Chris Sweeney-directed clip below.
American Idol must be in serious suck up mode after that reported secret plan to oust Mariah Carey midseason was made public. How else can you explain the fact they let Carey’s brand new music video air in its entirety. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think that’s ever been done for any of the judges before. Usually the video is aired up to the second verse before they cutaway, but not for the #diva that is #Mimi.
Out of protest for the silly hashtag in the song title, I”m going to overuse the ever so trendy symbol. “#Beautiful” is vintage Mariah at her best. If you love Mimi wearing #tootight and #revealing clothing and #flippingherhair in slow motion, then you’re going to love the Joseph Khan-directed visual. It’s #fun, #flirty and #fourtyplus. I’m not sure if it’s Khan’s masterful use of #softlighting or some other sort of other magical powers, but the 43-year-old is serving #Butterfly realness. She hasn’t aged a day since those #glorydays.
The clip begins with Carey #ridingbitch on Miguel’s motorcycle. It then segues to her #writhing on the bike solo and eventually executing some #privatedancing a la #TinaTurner in a #beautiful room with gorgeous #chandeliers as Miguel sits in a hot #vintagecar. It’s fairly simple in its concept, but a solid accompanying visual. Check it out below.
Kelly Rowland’s new album title, Talk A Good Game isn’t just lip service. The 32-year-old wasn’t kidding about going back to her R&B roots. She just released a video teaser for her new single “Dirty Laundry” and she’s giving me some serious R. Kelly “Bump and Grind” realness.
The beat is beyond sexy. I can’t wait to hear The Dream-produced track in its entirety. I’m sure her exes can’t either since Kelly is opening up. She’s taking a page out of Taylor Swift’s playbook and writing about her past relationships. When asked by Rolling Stone if she was worried about her past boyfriends’ feelings. She simply replied.
“You know what? No, I really don’t give a shit. [Laughs] It’s nothing like that. My mom would say, ‘The truth shall set you free,’ so no matter what truth that is, I think it’s important to be honest about it.”
“Dirty Laundry” is available on iTunes starting May 21, while her fourth studio album, Talk A Good Game, which will undoubtedly be her frankest offering yet, hits streets on June 18. Check out her laundromat-themed first teaser below. I can’t wait for the subsequent teasers. Kelly is such a
cock song tease.
WOW. Simply amazing or should I say asombrosa since Christina Aguilera is belting her little heart out in Spanish on her new track. “Hoy Tengo Ganas De Ti” which roughly translates to “Today I Feel Like Having You” is a duet with Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez. The track is a remake of a famous Spanish classic originally sung by Miguel Gallardo back in 1975. Xtina and Fernandez recorded it as the theme of the telenovela La Tempestad. Even before learning that, I immediately noticed how dramatic the song was. It all makes perfect sense now.
Alejandro is a fantastic vocalist, but he’s just musical roadkill when Christina gets to her parts. The 32-year-old singer just slays it. Even though he probably connects with the lyrics more since its his native tongue, Aguilera does a good job of pulling it off even though I’m sure she doesn’t understand a lick of it. LOL. Granted, she did release an entire Spanish album back in the day. I loved Mi Reflejo where she translated a few of her biggest hits to Spanish and sang original tunes as well. Check out Auggie’s superb new song below. Love or hate her, you can’t deny the woman has a phenomenal instrument.