First Listen: Lady Gaga’s “Hair”

In: Music, Tyrell

Another Monday, another new Lady Gaga to give us an eargasm in anticipation for the full length Born This Way to drop. Her previous single release The Edge of Glory came as a big surprise to me. It wasn’t edgy, it wasn’t super heavy, it was just a great melody and some great saxophone playing by the man, Clarence Clemmons. So when it was announced that Lady Gaga would release Hair I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Would it be thrilling and edgy like Judas or would it be smooth and delicious like Edge of Glory?

Well the verdict is in and it follows the path of last Monday’s release. Hair is simple, clean and kind of rocks. I’m really into it. Back in February in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Gaga revealed that this track is actually one of her favorites on the entire album. She states that even though it has a club vibe, it has an element of Bruce Springsteen in there. Clemmons is back playing sax on the track which is nice compliment to the electronic sound. The chorus rings out loud and clear, “I’ve had enough, this is my prayer. That I’ll die living just as free as my hair.”

Listen to Lady Gaga’s “Hair” after the jump.

FOX Unveils Its 2011-2012 Primetime Schedule

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Today was Fox’s turn to unveil its 2011-2012 schedule at this year’s upfronts presentation. The upcoming season is a huge one for Fox. Not only are two highly anticipated series finally making it on air (Terra Nova and X Factor), but the network is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It’ll commemorate this milestone with a star-studded retrospective special airing on Sunday April 1. It’ll feature Fox’s biggest stars from both past and present paying homage to the network.

Overall, Fox picked up nine new shows. Five of which will premiere in the fall, while the remaining four will debut midseason. Obviously with new shows coming in, room has to be made to accommodate the brand new shiny hopefuls. Gone are “The Chicago Code,” “Lie to Me,” “Breaking In,” “Traffic Light,” “Human Target.”, “Running Wilde”, “Lone Star”, “The Good Guys” and “America’s Most Wanted“. None of them are too surprising with exception to the latter.

The criminal catching series has been on the network since 1988 and still garners over 5 million viewers on Saturday. Pretty impressive for a dead television night. However, with the production costs increasing, producing the show no longer became viable and thereby canceled. That said, the show will return with four specials throughout next season. With over 1000 episodes and equally as many captures underneath its belt, it’s ironic the long running show won’t make it to FOX’s 25th milestone year.

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This news can make many of us breathe a sigh of relief I’m sure. After all of Donald Trump’s crazy accusations towards President Obama and where his birth certificate was, the Donald has officially stated that he will not be running for President. Oh, did Obama’s roasting hit too close to home Mr. Trump?

In an official statement today, Donald Trump says that his passion truly remains in business, not in politics, so in business he will stay.

“I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly,” he said. “Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.”

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Britney or Gaga? Whose New Magazine Spread Is Better?

In: Donovan, Music

Not only are Britney Spears and Lady Gaga going head to head on the Billboard charts, but they’re also taking their battle to the magazine stands. Arguably, two of today’s biggest pop stars, they are facing off in two very different magazine covers this month. Stylistically speaking, they couldn’t be any further from each other. Brit Brit gets glamorous for Harper’s Bazaar while Gaga becomes a three-headed monster for hers.

At 29-years-old, Britney has officially outgrown her “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” mantra. She looks sophisticated, sexy and self-assured in her latest cover and photo spread for the fashion magazine. In her interview she talks her upcoming tour, motherhood, past fashion mistakes and much more. Photographer Alexi Lubormirski snapped the “Femme Fatale” singer for the pictorial.

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Don Lemon & Rick Welts Come Out

In: Totally GAY!, Tyrell

Well, not together as a couple or anything but both of these major players, one in news and one an NBA executive came out publicly over the weekend. Don Lemon, an anchor for CNN talks about his homosexuality in his new memoir titled Transparent while Rick Welts revealed his in an article for the New York Times.

Rick’s revelation comes at a pretty opportune time when homosexuality in sports has been in the forefront of sports news. Recently, New York Rangers player Sean Avery took a stand in the New Yorkers For Marriage Equality campaign and raised quite a stink with a sports manager saying that gay marriage was wrong. Wowza.

In the article, Rick states that his public outing will hopefully break down the final barrier of gays in the world of sport. Before meeting with the Times, Rick went to a few of his colleagues including Steve Nash, all of them offering their overwhelming support. Rick says in the article that pro sports is one of the last industries where the subject of homosexuality is off limits. No one is comfortable in engaging in the conversation. Many have yet to comment on Rick’s statement but I’m hoping that the athletic world will man up and give him the support he deserves.

Don Lemon’s side of the story after the jump.

Ever wonder how much the celebrities make on “Dancing With The Stars“? I know, I do. The glory of holding the mirror ball at the end of the season probably isn’t enough compensation to motivate them each week. You know what they say- money talks. So before you watch tonight’s episode, keep the following numbers in your head.

According to an insider source, every star receives a $150,000 for the first six weeks of rehearsals and the first two live shows. Then as each week goes by, they make an extra $10,000 then $20,000, then $30,000 for surviving each elimination. Ultimately, the winner takes home a grand total of $350,000. Sounds like decent salaries, right?

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Jennifer Love Hewitt Replacing Mariska Hargitay?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Not surprisingly, NBC renewed “Law & Order SVU” for another season. While it was a no-brainer to bring back the venerable drama for a 13th season, the deal hinged on bringing back the show’s two leads. Mariska Hargitay has made it widely known that she wanted to spend less time solving crimes. The network was able to work out a deal that would keep her on the show.

Hargitay signed a sweet deal to earn the same amount of money ($385,000 an episode) but for less hours. Reportedly, halfway through next season, Hargitay’s character, Detective Olivia Benson, will receive a promotion to become a supervisor. With Benson spending less time on the streets, her partner Detective Stabler will need a new partner. Enter Jennifer Love Hewitt.

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Concert Review: Dancing To Yelle’s Safari Disco Club

In: Donovan, Music

If you haven’t heard of Yelle, what are you waiting for? She’s the French Lady Gaga and she’s kinda awesome. I was first introduced to Yelle’s music, embarrassingly enough, through MTV’s “The Hills“. Remember when Lauren and Whitney headed off to Paris for a debutante ball? So frickin’ funny. I digress.

Yelle is comprised of lead singer Yelle (born Julie Budet), GrandMarnier and Tepr. Their name began as an acronym for “You Enjoy Life” (YEL), but later changed it to Yelle due to a Belgian band claiming rights to the name. Coming off excellent reviews at this year’s Coachella festival, I knew I had to check them out when they hit my fair city. On Friday night, Brian and myself along with our friend Joel and his friend David headed to the Commodore Ballroom to watch my little French goddess. Yelle’s performance was in a single word, mesmerizing.

The fact that Yelle doesn’t sing one iota word in English, yet can pack the house with concert goers who probably aren’t fluent in French speaks volumes about them. Music truly does transcends all. Everyone was dancing their collective butts off from the second Yelle appeared on stage. With her infectious energy, Yelle worked the crowd to a climaxing frenzy. To their credit, Tepr and GrandMarnier, also did their part to get the crowd hanging off their every beat. They were the most active keyboardists I’ve ever seen onstage.

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