Not surprisingly, in light of the tragic Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”, has been dropped by radio stations. Given its lyrics, “All the other kids with the pumped up kicks / You better run, better run, outrun my gun … better run faster than my bullet,” it’s the sensitive thing to do.
Also receiving a ‘no play’ status at several stations, especially in the regions nearby the shootings, is Ke$ha’s “Die Young.” Even though it’s a pop dance track about seizing the day, some might misinterpret the title as being inappropriate, reveal a few radio spokespeople. Surprisingly, David Guetta’s “Titanium” with its “bulletproof” line is also getting the axe. I guess you can probably add La Roux’s “Bulletproof” to that list.
On the flip side, several songs have seen an increase in airplay since the tragedy. Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven,” Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” and Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All,” have all received more requests than normal, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Sound bites featuring words from President Obama’s speech on Sunday night set to the music of Lifehouse’s “Aftermath” and White Lion’s “When The Children Cry” have played on WDAQ in Danbury, Connecticut.
Speaking of commemorative recordings, did you see last night’s moving tribute on The Voice. The show’s judges and contestants performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” while holding cards with names of those who perished from the brutal shootings. Though relatively short, the performance was beyond powerful. Christina Aguilera’s solo was EVERYTHING. I go tingles and shed a couple of tears. When X-Tina utilizes her voice, nothing even comes close. Check out the performance below.
Almost didn’t recognize that handsome boy above? Maybe it’s because he chopped off all his hair. That right there is Jaden Smith, Will Smith’s oldest son who we know best from his remake of the “Karate Kid” and rapping alongside Justin Bieber on a few tracks. Now, Jaden is ready to show us all that he’s growing up with his new music video for “Pumped Up Kicks (Like Me).” Sampling the popular track by Foster the People, Jaden channels his inner skater dude with some of his friends.
Jaden raps, “Everybody want kicks like me / Everybody want chicks like me / Everybody want flicks like me / Everybody trying to get like me.” Aside from the “kicks” reference, no other lyrics or rhymes match the FTP track. The entire video appears in black and white but slowly fades to color as the kids head to the beach and set up a tent. I assume this track will appear on Jaden’s forthcoming mixtape. Check out his latest video below and tell us what you think in the comments.
Usher’s seventh studio album just debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. “Looking 4 Myself” is his fourth consecutive chart topper following, “Confessions”, “Here I Stand” and “Raymond v Raymond”. I guess all those promotional appearances paid off. One of those media stops included one across the pond- BBC Radio 1.
I love it when musicians stop over there for their Live Lounge series. Why? Because they are asked to cover a contemporary hit along with performing one of their own singles. I love a good song cover. Typically, the artist sings both songs acoustically, but not in Usher’s case. I wonder why he chose to perform with a full-out band. Not that I complaining. His cover of Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” is wicked. Check it out along with a performance of his single “Scream” below.
Indie rock band Foster The People just debuted their follow up music video to their smash hit “Pumped Up Kicks“. That song is undoubtedly one of the breakout songs of the year. Rolling Stone magazine included it as part of their Top 50 songs of 2011. Don’t you feel kinda guilty for loving the song considering it’s about a teenager going on a shooting spree? There’s usually one buzzkill who brings up that fact during a party. You know the one.
You may not know Foster the People’s “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)” but I’m 100% sure you’ve heard it at least a dozen times without ever knowing it. The song is heavily featured in Nissan’s latest commercials. You know the ones where they’re pimping out their Versa Sedan model which claims to have “the most headroom per dollar of any car in America.” Fittingly enough, a car is at the center of the music video.
Funny how it isn’t a Nissan but rather an old beater. You’d think Nissan would’ve given the boys their very own custom one. Perhaps, the car manufacturer didn’t approve of the music video’s concept. It does involve a police car chase, vehicular mishaps and other sorts of shenanigans. Of course, it’s all very comedic. It’s WAY better than any of their commercials. Here’s the quick rundown of the plot of The Daniels-directed music video.
Mark Foster flees with a wad of cash from the DMV. He gets into a car with an Oscar nominated actress (I’ll reveal later). Thinking he’s an instructor, the girl begins to drive in what is now the getaway car. When they run a red light, a pair of cops played by the other two band members, Mark Pontius and Cubbie Fink, begin a hot pursuit. As you can imagine, a lot of things become collateral damage along the way. Watch the clip and see how it ends with some surprising affection.
There is no denying that despite vocal complications and cancelling a few tour dates, Adele had an amazing 2011. She proved herself during countless live performances and with award nominations including a handful of Grammy nods. Now, Rolling Stone just made Adele’s life even sweeter by naming her track Rolling In The Deep the best single of 2011. In a list comprised of 50 tracks that were released this year, Adele topped the list of heavy hitters. Rolling Stone calls it “a breakup scorcher to beat all breakup scorchers.” Here’s more:
This is brokenhearted music that makes you feel like taking on the world – crackling with quiet menace in the intro, then slowly building to that gut-punch refrain of “We could have had it all!” How did such an old-school soul song dominate the charts next to Gaga and Katy Perry? Maybe it’s the hint of hip-hop venom you hear amid the blues-steeped storminess when Adele tells her ex-lover she’ll “lay your shit bare.” Maybe it’s that certain emotions – especially when channeled through a voice this powerful – will always seem timeless.
Adele isn’t the only female singer to hit the list. She joins the likes of Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé in the top ten alone. Check out a few more of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Singles of 2011 below.
Not everything needs a big dance beat when being rethought into a remix. Most of us have a weak spot for the ‘beep boop beep‘ of a high energy remix, or a dance that’ll keep us sweating, but sometime the best alternate versions of songs come from a more subtle approach.
I present to you, a few alternate versions of songs that I think are killer and give us more of a rethought, then a big bass ‘beep boop beep’. Ooooh alliteration and onomatopoeia. Look at me go.
This gem is from a few years ago now, but I just can’t seem to get sick of it. The original from back in 2009, was a touch on the mellow synth side, had a sweet melody, and although this remix doesn’t necessarily make you wanna’ do the butterfly (yes I was doing the butterfly this weekend), it does make you tap your feet, and maybe dance in front of the mirror (yes I was doing that this weekend too). It’s a keeper on the shuffle and always brightens my day a smidge.
This past weekend, Alec Balwin hosted Saturday Night Live for the season premiere of the comedy show and the upcoming season looks like it will keep getting better and better.
First off, this weekend we have the HILARIOUS Melissa McCarthy of “Bridesmaids” and “Mike & Molly“. I just rewatched Bridesmaids for the second time last night since I saw it in theatres when it first came out – she plays arguably what might be the funniest character in the whole movie, up there with Kristin Wiig’s character.
Ben Stiller will lead the show on October 8th with musical guest Foster The People (best known for their hit, “Pumped Up Kicks”). Love Foster the people and Ben Still, who has a comedy coming out later this fall called “Tower Heist“, is always a riot. On October 15, musical guest Drake will make his SNL debut in an episode hosted by Anna Faris, who’s starring in the upcoming movie, “What’s Your Number?,” which opens on September 30th. She’s one of my favorite women of comedy and although she often plays the same kind of “clueless” character, she does it so well that I can’t help but love her. If you haven’t seen the trailer for her upcoming movie, definitely check it out below.
Rock time. This is my mood and this is my fall. Dancey summer, soul and rock autumn. I definitely have one newbie, and a couple that you might not have on your playlist that’ll soon be plugging your ears with goodness.
Ohmygoddess. Another. ANOTHER. After the fantastic debut of their single What the Water Gave Me, something else happened yesterday. YouTube gave us gold. GOLD I SAY GOLD JERRY! Shake It Out hits us over the head with a nice stab of cover art for their up and coming October 31st sophomore release “Ceremonials”. Now I’m pretty sure Florence could fart in a microphone and I’d dance to it, but outside of my own skewed judgement, I KNOW this is good. It’s just plum good. Flo flies in the mic and gives us a screaming anthem to get us more stoked for the new album.