Exclusive: Joseph Trapanese scoring 'Divergent' sequel 'Insurgent'

Exclusive: Joseph Trapanese scoring 'Divergent' sequel 'Insurgent'

The composer/arranger catches us up on Kelly Clarkson, M83, 'Annie,' 'Tron' and more

Catching up with Joseph Trapanese is like getting a summary experience for a hustling composer. In the past year, he's scored, worked in sound design and arranged for a diverse array of films, including franchises like "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" and the "Divergent" series; remakes like "Annie"; a sequel like "The Raid 2"; and original scripts like "Nightcrawler." He's dipped into TV like for "Wonder Woman," and nabbed further video game gigs like he did for racing title "The Crew." On top of all that, he's still active in the pop music sphere, having just completed work with repeat customer Kelly Clarkson and collaborating with acts like M83 for live performances.

I sat down with Trapanese back in January, after "Raid 2" punched Sundance in the face, and even after only 10 months, it was time we caught up. This week, during our chat, Trapanese exclusively revealed that he's on tap as composer for Shailene Woodley-starring "Insurgent," the sequel to "Divergent," out Sept. 14, 2015. The first film, which came out earlier this year, featured music be electronic musician Junkie XL and had Hans Zimmer on as executive music producer (Trapanese did for some additional arranging).

Trapanese also filled us in on what's happening with Clarkson, how scoring for video games is different for film, if "Tron 3" is still in the works and what's happening with "Oblivion" score co-composer Anthony Gonzalez aka M83. Below is our abridged interview.
 

HitFix: Tell me everything about "Insurgent." That's a big deal for you!

Joseph Trapanese: It's a great step forward for me, in terms of scoring a franchise film on my own. It's really exciting to step into a mythology that's going to last over several films, work with a world built over those films... to be part of a franchise like that.

I had already read the books for the first film, and the script, and worked on M83's songs and Ellie Goulding's song for the soundtrack.

How's "Insurgent" going to be different from the first movie?

It's going to connect the world of the film and Tris' mind. The first film was all about Beatrice becoming Tris, coming from a peace-loving community and becoming this warrior. In this movie, she has become a warrior, but there's obviously a bigger war that's going on. We've stepped from beyond a world of just focusing on one woman's journey, and now we're looking at the world in a very different way. We've grown up in this film. It's a bigger concept to be had.

The first film had a lot of sounds in it, very song-driven from artists like Woodkid and Ellie Goulding. It gave the film something to hold on to, to really bring you through the journey. This film, there's a lot more danger and a lot more at stake. We've vacated the song-based soundtrack, relied more on the score. The score is darker and more intense.

But are you still going to be working with guest and featured vocalists? I sure do love Ellie Goulding.

I love Ellie as well. We'll just have to wait and see. Not only can I not talk about it, but I haven't finished the score yet. We've scored about two-thirds to three-quarters of the film, about to dive into the final steps. With digital filmmaking, everything can be changed, which is a good and bad thing. Before, you have to be bound to a decision. Now, it's also great but challenging if,  later in the game, we have to tweak those decisions. We've been working on this since July, slowly. We've been talking about it since March.

Is it also kind of nice, though, to be the only composer?

My goal is whether I'm with another composer or collaborator... it's a team effort to score a film like this. It's always exciting to score, period. I am the sole composer, though, so it's a real challenge.

How's scoring for a video game any different? Talk about "The Crew."

It's extraordinarily different. It is so different day-to-day. You have to break apart the production process and the pipeline. We wanted to make sure we had different sounds for different parts of the game, so I had to make a chart, for each mission, what kind of speed, what kind of sound... it was a nerdy, scientific way to think about it, it's a whole different set of rules.

One thing that got easier as I went along was that I had no pictures. You had to just imagine, one player could take 30 seconds for a level, and someone like me would take 10 minutes, so I thought about loops. Music plays a very different function for these loops.

We also build it differently, adding a second layer of music in addition to the first. I explain it like this: you have a race lap, so you have the base song. When you get to the final lap, there's actually a second layer that makes it more intense more exciting. The classic version of this happening, like for Mario Kart, is you take the same music and just speed it up. For us, we wanted to do something more sophisticated. So the intensity is greater. Those are the types of things that get to the heart of "How was that different?".

In a movie, I go up to a guy and punch him in a scene. In a video game, you could go up to a guy and talk to him and then punch him. The elements are so much more malleable.

What's new with Kelly Clarkson? You guys worked together on [2013's] "Wrapped in Red." Are you working on a lot more pop?

I just wrapped on some arrangements and recording for her new album. I know nothing about when it will be released, but I was with [producers] Greg Kurstin and Jason Halbert. It was really fun to work on Kelly's album again.

And with Greg, he produced the music for the new "Annie" film, so I did some arrangements for that. David Campbell was the lead orchestrator on that project. He's an incredible person when it comes to arranging pop music for orchestra. He did all the songs, and I came in toward the end and did the score with Greg, I arranged and orchestrated the orchestra. That was super fun.

It's been a really, really great year because I've had the pleasure being involved in so many different things. For "Nightcrawler," James Newton Howard asked me to do some additional music production and some interesting sounds, alternate mixes and remixing for that score, and that was super fun. It was Jake Gyllenhaal like nobody's ever seen.

How many tracks did you work on for Clarkson's album? What size of orchestra did you work with?

I did four or five arrangements, I don't know how many will end up on this record. It was a full orchestra. When we first worked on "Wrapped in Red," and when we got a chance to work on her Las Vegas run, it was fun to see when a great pop artist who has rarely seen the full force of the musicians. It goes beyond the big bombastic scope of a whole orchestra -- the big timpani and cymbals thing --  there's a certain humanity you can't replicate when you have 50 or 60 members in a room. That's one thing that led Daft Punk from "Tron Legacy" to [their 2013 album] "Random Access Memories." Even though I didn't work on that album, as a fan, you could tell what a lot of what they did was influenced by working with an orchestra. There's no way to replicate it.

Is there any update on those Joseph Kosinski projects, the Tom Cruise Le Mans film or the follow-up to "Tron: Legacy?"

For that Le Mans project, I would love to be involved if that moves forward. Joe Kosinski, in my book, is one of the greatest working directors out there. Any time he asks me to jump, I say "How high?".

And for "Tron 3," every few months, I hear a rumble from a friend who's either a sound designer or a producer, someone involved who was on "Tron" say, "I hear it's coming... I hear it's coming." I hear it's coming and I know they are actively working on it, but stars have to align for everyone to get the green light. Hopefully that happens soon, because I would love to strike up the band again and do something new for the Tron world.

How's M83 doing?

I know he's in pre-production on his new album, and if he comes calling again... Anthony remains one of my closest collaborators and musical friends. Any time, whenever I see his name pop up on the caller ID, I get very excited. I sure hope we can work together again on this new record.

American Music Awards 2014 Live-Blog

American Music Awards 2014 Live-Blog

Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande (times two!), One Direction and more...

Get ready to have your hair blown back by the 2014 American Music Awards. Broadcast live on ABC from The Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, there's promise of lots of Iggy Azalea -- the night's nominations leader -- opening act Taylor Swift, singer Ariana Grande, a Lil Wayne sighting and more

Follow along in our live blog below.

5:00pm EST: Did you know the American Music Awards are three hours long? That's why this intro is 15 minutes long.

5:02: Taylor Swift's "Blank Space is up first. If you're not familiar, it's the new single from her runaway hit album "1989" and is by far her CRAZY-CRAZIEST-EYED song ever. How many men will she kill in this performance?

5:04 I lost count of dead ex-lovers. Is this "Fury?" Did you see that perfectly set of crazy eyes? She's on her knees pulling her best "Bad Romance." I'm kind of in love with her now, too, I should wear a hazmat suit.

5:06 Pitbull is just shouting buzzwords at me now. Off the chain! Raising roofs! Music, go team, score all the points!

5:08 "Not all Latinos are Mexican. Mexicano!" Pitbull starts. It's like a joke with no punchline. "President Obama said we can all stay."

5:09 Iggy Azalea is not impressed with Pitbull having admitted watching her "Booty" video hundreds of times in slow motion. Iggy Azalea is a serious artist, Azalea thinks to herself. Iggy Azalea's booty is, like, art.

5:11 Oh that's so weird, One Direction won a fan-voted award, so strange. I'm guessing the category is for Cutest Boy In Math Class (actually, it's Favorite Pop/Rock Band Duo or Group).

5:17 Ansel Elgort, swoon-man of "Fault in Our Stars," introduces Charli XCX's "Boom Clap," featured in the movie. This song is also possibly the best pop song of 2014. You slept on it. It's ok. Loving the junior prom theme.

5:20 This leather-clad boobie death grip was brought to you by Charli XCX's "Break the Rules," from the forthcoming album "Sucker." The goth transition was cool until she tried to get all punk rock. It was Hot Topic punk rock. I miss the pink balloons :(

5:22 Wyclef Jean is here singing "Remember When I Was in the Fugees." Or, rather, it's a song that's for charity, released with Avicii called "Divine Sorrow."

5:24 Magic! The band that requires an exclamation point due to copyright and previously named acts called Magic! Just looking at that dude makes me hate middle school all over again. "Rude" is simultaneously the catchiest and worst song of 2014. We're really hitting all our superlatives here.

5:30 I can't understand half of what Pitbull's saying, and I'm not talking about his Spanish. That's kinda fun. No, he's speaking really fast. Big breath, dude.

5:32 Jamie Foxx is holding a little girl who is about his own size. It's weird.

5:33 Iggy Azalea plundered Lorde's wardrobe.

5:34 "This is the first award I've ever won for anything..." Azalea is genuinely moved for her Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album win. Go get it.

5:35 For those who may be confused about who 5 Seconds Of Summer are, they're like the community theater kid version of Green Day. For those who know and love 5 Seconds Of Summer, Green Day is a pop-punk band from the 1990s, who made some questionable choices and took great career risks in the aughts, you should look them up.

5:42 Imagine Dragons is still the rock-formatted band that is still making actual rock music in the rock sphere. They're on the radio for making rock. They make rock records. There is something to be said for that, I'm glad they're around. That being acknowledged, "I Bet My Life" feels like 3 minutes of someone yelling at me inside my own house.

5:47 Mega-LOL at OITNB stars Taylor Schilling and Uzo Aduba laughing hard at their wooden script.

5:49 Congrats to Sam Smith, for his win Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist, based initially off of a song that is pretty much exactly Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down" but less stoned and sacredly sung.

5:52 I just figured out what 1D's Louis Tomlinson's haircut reminds me of.

5:54 Intrepid reporter Chris Eggertsen and I took like a full minute to figure out Pitbull's glaucoma joke. We're not true Californians, I guess.

5:58 Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One" is the reason his "In the Lonely Hour" will be your folks' stocking stuffer x100

5:59 "Women can run hip-hop..." says T.I. They can, but is Iggy the way into that convo? Nicki Minaj is backstage somewhere, throwing so much shade she needs a marlin net.

6:01 This Iggy Igg medley with "Fancy" (Charli XCX) and "Beg For It" featuring MO is already twice as good as her ill-fated SNL appointment. More space, more dance, more lively. And Mo isn't there. BIG SIDE EYES

6:05 Luke Bryan Forgets A Button, Wins Favorite Country Male

6:12 LORDE IS IN A TINY ROOM. GET HER OUT OF THE ROOM

6:13 LORDE'S SURROUNDED BY THE GUILTY REMNANT FROM 'THE LEFTOVERS' GET HER OUT AND SAFELY

6:14 This actually might be one of my favorite performances from the night. So stark. It's like the anti-performance. The Courtney Love lipstick smear, there's no need for broken instruments and spikes. Kudos for Lorde, get that "Mockingjay" visibility for "Yellow Flicker Beat" and for the rest of that soundtrack.

6:16 Ariana Grande is on with a smooth jazz version of "Problem," sung at 75% speed and yet still I can't tell what the words to this song are. All hail Queen Mushmouth.

6:18 Giant expanding hearts in pink and blue blow up behind Grande for "Love Me Harder," Mariah Carey is at home, sharpening knives. Weeknd has a rough start and looks a little lost on a stage this big, but I think he's earning new fans.

6:21 This newsroom just filled with barf sounds: Jenny McCarthy's on TV.

6:23 One Direction wins for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, and it doesn't really matter for which album, just look at Harry Styles' Johnny Depp hat. What do you think he's hiding under there?

6:25 Harry Styles is hiding panties under his hat

6:25 Harry Styles is hiding Four Loko under his hat

6:25: Harry Styles is holding Zayn Malick's career back... under his hat

6:28 Miss America is proud to introduce the night's host, who already introduced himself. And you wonder why this show is three hours long.

6:31 You can tell the state of Pitbull and Ne-Yo's self-esteem by the number of scantily clad dancers dancing at them.

6:34 Favorite Pop/Rock Female goes to Katy Perry, as presented by three carved driftwood statues. The Kardashian sisters say that Perry's live acceptance speech is via satellite, but we are not stupid and... well it doesn't matter, Perry seems less-than-excited anyway.

6:40 I can't believe "Alternative Rock Album" is still even a category. Imagine Dragons win. At least they're "rock."

6:41 Mary Lambert! We love you!

6:42 "The Heart Wants What It Wants." Rumor has it those voice mails are to/for Selena Gomez' on-and-off bey Justin Bieber. Dark clouds roll, barbed wire glazes flesh, roses burst. Love is a nightmare you guys. Don't fall in love with Justin Bieber.

6:45 Mascara stained tears, a winged being flies into an eclipse. Take it easy on us, Gomez, we're getting a case of the Mondays on a Sunday.

6:47 Best New Artist (presented by Kohl's) is given to 5SOS. "Bastille, you guys are awesome," they say at the podium. "This really shows that a little band from Sydney can do great things."

6:56 Second Aussie win in a row. Azalea takes home Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop artist, stumps for David Geffen.

6:58 Kate Beckinsale introduces a little tiny band, One Direction. How does she stay so young? Drink the blood of her foes?

7:00 One Direction hitting you hard, where it hurts: with a forgettable mid-tempo father-daughter dance in a corn field.

7:02 "Goodness gracious great wall of China..." Lil Wayne rhymes in his song "Start a Fire" featuring eye candy Christina Milian. The rest of that stanza was bleeped. But knowing Weezy's affinity for cunnilingus, we can take a guess what he rhymed it with. Lotta fire in this show. And yet my eyebrows are still intact.

7:06 For her first act, Nicki Minaj keeps things classy in a nearly bridal white gown, getting serious-faced with Skylar Grey tickling the ivories. Check out the music video for this song, "Bed of Lies," here. Minaj will be back later, for "Bang Bang" with Ariana Grande and Jessie J.

7:11 Diana Ross is having a hard time with her dress. She may be more excited than she normally would, to cover for the fact she may accidentally expose her Supremes.

7:15 Congrats to Taylor Swift, for the first-ever Dick Clark Award For Whatever Gets Her Back Up Here

7:17 Here's why I love Taylor Swift, Celebrity. She graciously thanks her presenter, Diana Ross, while simultaneously nodding to her own legacy, for "a woman who would stick up for herself" even when it wasn't popular to do so. She uses the apple box to thank her fans, and most specifically those fans who bought her album. In other words, thanks for the purchase and suck it, Spotify. Her "value" speech has everything to do with her "quality versus quantity" argument against streaming services. But makes all that as a compliment to her fans. Crafty. Smart. Celebrity.

7:22 Fergie having a tough time to snap attention back to the performances, ends on a soft note with a wardrobe issue at the end of "L.A. Love (La La)." The single hasn't moved the needle enough for a full-fledged comeback, and I don't think the neon lights and the shaggin' wagon setpiece will do it either.

7:28  Luke Bryan experiencing a little disconnect, dealing with an AMAs crowd (North Carolina what... what?) as opposed the CMAs, AMC, CMTs, AACCMMMMs. Get excited for Garth Brooks, though.

7:31 Garth Brooks tore down the roof... anywhere other than in L.A. "People Loving People" is rowdy, knee-dancey, and the perfect time to check your phone, because there will be no cutaways to Taylor Swift. "Country," she sniffs somewhere grand, grasping a flute of champagne, "I think I remember country."

7:33 I know exactly what this performance will be. It's Mary J. Blige being great and almost uniformly indistinguishable from the 200 other awards shows she'll say "yes" to in the coming year. "Whole Damn Year" isn't the best melody to depart from her mouth but, again, it's lovely. Thanks Ms. Blige, you can collect your check in your green room.

7:41 Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj come together again for "Bang, Bang," and they do a killer job with their vocals, their wild gold outfits, their grinding up on the front row. Taylor Swift and Jessie share the frame, blowing minds for anybody who read my "Good Girls" piece. Minaj has a little more fun here. Sad that Jessie J still isn't A Thing here in America, what crazy pipes.

7:54 "We genuinely  can't believe it..." Really, One Direction, you genuinely can't believe you've won a trio of fan-voted music awards, including this one, Artist of the Year? If they're happy, you're happy. We did it, America.

7:57 Houston, we have butt-rubbing. Azalea joins Jennifer Lopez for "Booty," Lopez' derriere rising and falling like the moons of Jupiter.

7:59 "Booty" gets yet another remix as Lopez steps out and does what Lopez does best: hoof it. She makes any non-dancing act tonight look like a bunch of drowsy squirrels. "Booty" may not be a music achievement, but J-Lo has this magical ability to make any performance utterly entertaining.

8:00 It ends on time! I'm flabbergasted! Out of the woods! In the clear! Good.

Beyonce's song '7/11' is terrible. Beyonce's '7/11' music video is amazing.

Beyonce's song '7/11' is terrible. Beyonce's '7/11' music video is amazing.

Spinning while my hands up

Fresh off of me slagging Beyonce's "7/11" as a song, here is the "7/11" music video. It is amazing. Here, watch it.

Beyonce is just like you. You are just like Beyonce. When you have a nice hotel room, you trash it, you dance in your underwear, you spill your drink, you wear the first piece of crumpled clothing you can find at the foot of the bed and rock it. When your girlfriends come in, you know your phone is out faster than you can say "Flawless."

I have 100 favorite moments from this "homemade" masterpiece. Beyonce as a roomba. Beyonce as a Christmas present. Beyonce doing that jump-through-your-own-leg move and falling on her ass with a smile. That guy who's trying to escape the frame at 3:24. Phone foot. Undies pyramid.

She just had an intern to make her Precious Moments fresher. Fresher than you.

"7/11" is off of the platinum edition of the "Beyonce" album re-release, out Nov. 24.

New Beyonce songs leak: 'Ring Off' is a triumph, hit skip on '7/11'

New Beyonce songs leak: 'Ring Off' is a triumph, hit skip on '7/11'

An ode to mama to shake up your weekend

"Now it all makes sense," Beyonce sings in her new song "Ring Off." "Always know that you’ve got a daughter / That’s so, so proud you took the high road."

"Ring Off" is one of two totally new songs that are included on Bey's self-titled album reissue, out on Nov. 24. It's easy to see why this song -- were it cut last year -- maybe wouldn't have made the initial cut of "Beyonce," released last December. "Ring Off" was off-brand for the landmark year adjacent to that ground-rattling release.

From spring of 2013 to the spring of this year, the singer and entertainer hoofed through her Mrs. Carter World Tour; the very title of the tour itself, as cheeky as it was, brought about the association that Beyonce is not Ms. Knowles, but instead used her year to celebrate being a wife, a new mother, a headliner with strings attached.

"Ring Off" is about divorce, of her mom Tina from her dad Matthew, and becomes an ode to the strength of her mother. Tina and Matthew had an allegedly nasty divorce in 2011 after he had an affair and a child with his mistress. Professionally, Beyonce had her own divorce from her dad-manager shortly thereafter.

That's two years to deal with parents' divorce, one that came after 31 years of marriage. Beyonce's daughter Blue Ivy was born about a year later.

Then Beyonce goes on a Mrs. Carter World Tour a year after that.

The topic of divorce as explored in hip-hop, pop and R&B could fill litters of books, but a pop star of Beyonce's caliber laying out her POV in her parents' divorce is pretty eye-opening, for several reasons. Beyonce famously keeps The Personal close to vest in her songs, and her "Beyonce" album explored more sensuality and togetherness, not separation. She's spent all of last year and 2014 battling or ignoring rumors that her own marriage to Jay-Z is on the rocks. And yet here is a clear-eyed, heart-felt ode, taking a side in her own family concluding: "We can still love again," that her mom is precious and deserves to one day get her swerve back.

This showing-your-hand isn't about Perfect Brand Beyonce, it's about The Actual Life Of Beyonce, which is why it may have not fit on "Beyonce." It would have arrived at a time to make gossip-mongers titter and, likely, Dec. 2013 was too early to pour all that out. My guess is that she sat with "Ring Off" for a good hearty minute. It's the antithesis to "Single Ladies," for those who got the ring on it, and for their own good, had to take it off.

Pile that sentiment on top of a sunny guitar riff that sits somewhere between 1975 and Mary J.'s "Real Love" and a deep, dark synth underbelly that lurks in the minor key, and you've got some stirring material from Queen B.

Which brings us to the other song to leak today, "7/11." Comparatively, this club throwaway isn't likely to move you, even physically. This literally could be any artist, it's like mad-libs for people who get bottle service.

"Beyonce," the platinum edition, is out on Nov. 24 and includes remixes of "Flawless" featuring Nicki Minaj, "Blow" with Pharrell and "Drunk In Love" with Jay-Z and Kanye, and more.

Idina Menzel, Michael Buble's 'Baby It's Cold Outside': The most G-rated video

Idina Menzel, Michael Buble's 'Baby It's Cold Outside': The most G-rated video

Cute kids ballroom dance into 'Frozen' star's spotlight: Go ahead, send this to your mom

When I think of the holiday song staple "Baby It's Cold Outside," I mostly think of it as a sultry song a man sings to convince his fair maiden to stick around his house so they can screw.

When you hear Idina Menzel and Michael Buble's duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside," you will probably hear the polar (ha!) opposite of screwing. If you watch the new music video to this music video, it will probably replace the most G-rated thing your mind ever conceived (double-ha!).

Spoiler: Child actors drink soda pop and ballroom dance in a fantastic hotel lobby that you can't afford even as an adult. Happy holidays.

Menzel, of course, was the voice behind Elsa in Disney's runaway hit "Frozen," which may have been that previous G-rated high-water mark for you. The "Let It Go" Broadway belter has a whole album out now of Christmas songs, titled "Holiday Wishes"; I'll soon post my thoughts on this year's whole new crop of holiday sets, including which other songs I always assumed were about adult matters.

Exclusive: The Griswolds are 'Right On Track' in this new tour video

Exclusive: The Griswolds are 'Right On Track' in this new tour video

Aussie band to hit American shores on spring trek with Walk The Moon

Following their biggest headlining tour in their homeland Australia this fall, pop-rock crew The Griswolds are headed to American shores this spring with newly announced tour dates with Walk The Moon. In an exclusive premiere here on HitFix, the quartet also unveils their brand new tour video, soundtracked by the song "Right on Track," so you'll get some idea of what fun to expect on the road.

"We are absolutely frothing to be heading back to America and Canada with Walk The Moon. We have been fans of the band for a while and we are certain that every show is gonna be a raging party,” The Griswolds said.

"Right on Track" is off of the Wind-Up artist's new album "Be Impressive," released in August and produced by Tony Hoffer. You may have also heard their sing "Beware the Dog," streaming below.

Walk The Moon is releasing its new album "Talking Is Hard" on Dec. 2. You can check out that dance-pop band's song "Different Colors" here.

Here are The Griswolds' 2015 North American tour dates with Walk The Moon's Talking Is Hard Tour:

March 10 San Diego, CA HOB San Diego
March 13 Anaheim, CA HOB Anaheim
March 16 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
March 17 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
March 19 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
March 20 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre
March 22 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
March 25 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
March 26 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
March 27-28 Minneapolis, MN First Ave
March 29 Madison, WI Orpheum
March 31 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian @ Murat Theatre
April 1 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
April 2 Columbus, OH LC Pavillion
April 3 Cleveland, OH HOB Cleveland
April 4 Chicago, IL HOB Chicago
April 7 Detroit, MI St. Andrew Hall
April 8 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theater
April 9 Providence, RI Lupo’s
April 10 Portland, ME Asylum
April 11 Boston, MA HOB Boston
April 14 New York, NY Terminal 5
April 16 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
April 20 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
April 21 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
April 23 Greensboro, NC Cone Denim
April 24 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
April 25 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
April 26 Tampa, FL State Theatre
April 27 Ft. Lauderdale Revolution Room
April 29 New Orleans, LA HOB New Orleans
April 30 Houston, TX HOB Houston
May 1 Dallas. TX HOB Dallas
May 2 Austin, TX Stubb’s Amphitheater
May 4 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
May 6 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
May 7 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater
May 8 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
May 9 Las Vegas, NV HOB Vegas

David Bowie's sad 'Sue' music video creeps through alleyways, dies in your arms

David Bowie's sad 'Sue' music video creeps through alleyways, dies in your arms

Die in the arms of The Thin White Duke's new retrospective box set

Only a few days out from the release of his new "definitive collection" box set, David Bowie takes you out to an alley and laments your death.

The Thin White Duke has released the new music video for "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" that's black and white and film noir all over. Serving more as a lyric video than a narrative, the clip is directed by Tom Hingston (who leads a British creative agency) and photographer Jimmy King.

It subtly lets you focus on the small story Bowie's telling of Sue, and the humming contributions of the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Grammy Award-nominated saxophone honcho Donnie McCaslin.

"Sue" and Bowie's recently released (and dizzyingly titled) demo "Tis a Pity She Was a Whore" were released in promoting "Nothing Has Changed," a new retrospective box set from Bowie and Columbia/Legacy. It comes in a variety of formats -- the tracklists for all are below; it gathers music from Bowie from 1964 to 2014.

Here are the tracklists for the various digital download, CD and vinyl versions of "Nothing Has Changed":

3CD DELUXE EDITION/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

CD 1:
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)
Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (3.57)
New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (edit) (3.29)
Slow Burn (radio edit) (3.55)
Let Me Sleep Beside You (3.14)
Your Turn To Drive (4.44)
Shadow Man (4.48)
Seven (Marius De Vries mix) (4.12)
Survive (Marius De Vries mix) (4.18)
Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1) (clean edit) (4.30)
Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
The Heart’s Filthy Lesson (radio edit) (3.32)
Strangers When We Meet (single version) (4.21)

CD 2:
Buddha Of Suburbia (4.24)
Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
Time Will Crawl (MM remix) (4.18)
Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
Loving The Alien (single remix) (4.45)
This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
Blue Jean (3.11)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
Fashion (single version) (3.25)
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version) (3.32)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)
Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
“Heroes” (single version) (3.35)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Wild Is The Wind (2010 Harry Maslin Mix) (5.58)


CD 3:
Fame (4.14)
Young Americans (2007 Tony Visconti mix single edit)  (3.13)
Diamond Dogs (5.56)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)
Sorrow (2.53)
Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
All The Young Dudes (3.08)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
Moonage Daydream (4.40)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Life On Mars? (2003 Ken Scott Mix) (3.49)
Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11
Changes (3.33)
The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
Space Oddity (5.12)
In The Heat Of The Morning (3.00)
Silly Boy Blue (3.54)
Can’t Help Thinking About Me (2.46)
You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving (2.32)
Liza Jane (2.18)
 

2CD EDITION/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

CD 1:
Space Oddity (5.12)
The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
Changes (3.33)
Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11)
Life On Mars? (3.49)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
Moonage Daydream (4.40)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
All The Young Dudes (3.08)
Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
Sorrow (2.53)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)
Young Americans (original single edit) (3.13)
Fame (4.14)
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
“Heroes” (single version) (3.35)
Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
Fashion (single version) (3.25)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)

CD 2:
Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
Blue Jean (3.11)
This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
Absolute Beginners (edit) (4.46)
Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
I’m Afraid Of Americans V1 (clean edit) (4.30)
Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
Everyone Says 'Hi' (3.29)
New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)
 

DOUBLE VINYL

SIDE 1:
Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)”
“Heroes’’ (single version) (3.35)
Changes (3.33)
Life On Mars? (3.49)

SIDE 2:
Space Oddity (UK single edit) (4.38)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)

SIDE 3:
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Fame (4.14)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
Under Pressure (3.56)  - Queen & David Bowie
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)

SIDE 4:
Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) - with The Pet Shop Boys (4.23)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)

"... A Whore" is a b-side to the digital bundle with "Sue" and was on the limited edition 10" single release.

Lorde dances for you -- or herself? -- in 'Yellow Flick Beat' music video

Lorde dances for you -- or herself? -- in 'Yellow Flick Beat' music video

Song culled from 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' soundtrack

Lorde stars in the music video to her latest "Yellow Flicker Beat," and she got all dressed up in a half-dozen ways for you.

Or is it for her? The New Zealand songwriter turns 18 tomorrow and is celebrating in all manner of style, for a song that was made for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." Some of it, she's rocking dress for a ball. Most of the rest of the time, though, she's like a rare spirit that wanders the night in some unisex button-downs and a red get-up that will have you watching Prince videos. She's personifying her own protagonist of the song, without nary a Katniss to be seen.

"Yellow Flicker Beat" sits on the "Mockingjay" tracklist besides new songs from Chemical Brothers with Miguel, Pusha T, HAIM, Major Lazer with Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, Grace Jones, a Kanye West remix and more. The soundtrack will be out on Nov. 17, while the Jennifer Lawrence-starring film hits theaters on Nov. 21.

Best And Worst of the 2014 CMA Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert
Credit: Wade Payne/Invision/AP

Best And Worst of the 2014 CMA Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

Annual awards show is feeling the Taylor Swift absence, says hello to Cheezballs

The 2014 Country Music Association Awards were definitely mourning the loss of mainstay Taylor Swift to the pure pop sphere, but not without some fun -- and, still, with a lot of pop mixed in with its roots-based music.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, once again, hosted the annual performance-oriented awards show, out of Nashville and broadcast on ABC.

Below, I flip through some of the highlights and lowlights of the show, from Kacey Musgraves' defining win, to Little Big Town's multiple performances, from Brad Paisley's Cheezball carrier and character, to Vince Gill and Garth Brooks tipping their hats. We're still trying to make sense of that Kenny Chesney set.

Which were some of your favorite performances from the show?

Here are all the winners of the 2014 CMA Awards; here is Carrie Underwood's performance and new music video of "Something in the Water"; and here is Loretta Lynn taking the stage with Kacey Musgraves.

Kendrick Lamar marches to his own beat in colorful 'i' music video

Kendrick Lamar marches to his own beat in colorful 'i' music video

Rapper is the best car buddy

Kendrick Lamar's "i" music video could've just been the rapper holding a single  balloon and crying, and I'd still be like, "K."

Because this song has grown on me. The single certainly was an unexpectedly upbeat jam from the "Good Kid," with the lilting sampled guitars and Compton MC preaching self-love to all the kids that "went to war last night." While his upbringing was rough, Lamar talks about finding peace, even in depression.

Thus, in his video, Lamar moves freely. He goes where he wants, dances how he wants, wears what he wants, his crew follows his lead through colorful streets and with interesting characters, one of which takes him on a car ride and he hangs out the backseat window like a dog on a joyride. There's a nostalgic '70s flare throughout, punctuated by the "one nation, under a groove" in the beginning. 

It's cool, and Lamar's cool in it. No wonder the NBA adopted it as its official anthem this season.

The song "i" will supposedly be on Lamar's next album, as-yet-untitled and with no release date, though he's warned that Dr. Dre and Pharrell have helped out on it so far. Lamar will be the musical guest on the Nov. 15 episode of "Saturday Night Live" (with host Woody Harrelson), so maybe we'll know more by then?

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