Where's Anna Kendrick?
Wilson joined her castmates like Skylar Astin and Ester Dean for the musical number, which combined tracks like Eminem's "Lose Yourself," Miley Cyrus "The Climb" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop." Wilson took on the Miley tune alone, and it went on for, like, two minutes. It was awful. And it was also kinda great.
What also may ring a bell from the movie (SPOILER ALERT), Wilson gets a little strippy, busting out of her bright pink sweat suit into a saucy leather number.
Music arrives in 10 days, ahead of fresh album 'The Electric Lady'
The royal title is the first song from the singer/entertainer's next album, "The Electric Lady," with release expected some time this summer.
The studio version of "Q.U.E.E.N." will bow on April 22 at 7:45pm EST on Monae's website. But will there be a sneak peak of the song live even sooner? The "ArchAndroid" minister will be performing tomorrow night at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Gobi tent. HitFix writer Dave Lewis will be in attendance, so he'll give us the heads up on if she debuts new music. Badu's calendar is free for this weekend, maybe she can drop by?
'I Am Not a Human Being,' 'Blueprint,' 'The Chronic' and... remember Lloyd Banks?
Rappers seem to love sequels as much as film studio executives. Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Dr. Dre and Raekwon have tried to replicate earlier success by releasing a sequel, a threequel or even a four-quel to a hit album (or the one that got them through the door). Lil Wayne has sold hundreds of thousands of copies of "I Am Not a Human Being II," for instance, in his most recent release. But, critically, is it better than the first?
Some artists have met more success than others, with few follow-ups topping the initial offering. We compiled a list of some notable hip-hop album sequels to see how they stack up.
[Additional reporting by Dave Lewis.]
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Rapper also addresses recent brouhaha over the Brooklyn Nets
Sounds like vacation is over for Jay-Z.
The rapper recently took a much-publicized trip to Cuba with his wife Beyonce, but it didn't take long for him to churn out a new track -- with a surprising subject matter.
In just a matter of days, Jay recorded and released what can only be called a diss track entitled "Open Letter."
Short, stripped down and to the point, there's no mistaking to whom this "Letter" is addressed. And, to paraphrase an earlier Jay-Z track, he don't need no hook for this sh*t.
"They wanna give me jail time and a fine/Fine/let me commit a real crime," Jay-Z threat-raps, no doubt responding directly to Rubio and co.'s letter-wrting and Twitter campaigns decrying the duo's Cuban vacation.
Later, "I'm in Cuba/I love Cubans" is followed by the sound of Jigga taking a puff on a cigar, "Scarface"-style.
In the song, Jay-Z claims he got "White House clearance" from his pal the president. He raps, "Obama said, 'Chill you're goinna get me impeached'/You don't need this shit anyway/Chill with me on the beach."
Earlier this week, the U.S. Treasury Department stated that the couple's trip was indeed legit, having been previously authorized as an "educational and cultural exchange."
However, just hours after the song was released today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney addressed the issue, saying that, while Jay-Z indeed followed proper protocol, he didn’t communicate directly with President Obama. Carney added, hilariously, "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury. Because Treasury gives licenses for travel and the White House has nothing to do with it."
Hova also addresses the recent kerfuffle about the NBA team he co-owns, the Brooklyn Nets, saying "I would've moved the Nets to Brooklyn for free/Except I made millions off you f*cking dweebs/I still own the building/I'm still keeping my seats/You buy that bullshit/you'd better keep your receipts."
It's been a while since "dweeb" has been used with such venom, but somehow Jay-Z makes it work.
Listen to "Open Letter" here:
What do you think of "Open Letter"? And Jay-Z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba?
Late, great folk singer joins a famed soprano on space-bound song from 'Dreamchaser'
Sarah Brightman has an unusual and beautiful duet partner on the latest song to arrive from her new album. "Hawaii '78" features the late and great Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, who originally released "Hawai'i '78" for his 1993 album "Facing Future." That album also featured his most famous track, his cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and coincidentally "Hawai'i '78" was another expression of hope and prayer.
Here, Brightman is joining in that vision with this interpretation, "Hawaii '78." A bonus track available only on Target's limited edition CD of "Dreamchaser," this version sends the roots-laden song space-bound, with the famed soprano's voice padded with harmony, synths and strings.
Listen to the exclusive premiere of "Hawaii '78" below, and then give a go at the original.
Brightman's interstellar sound here is part of the larger aesthetic on "Dreamchaser," which expresses the Broadway star's ultimate goal of traveling into space. And she may yet: last year, it was announced that Brightman is "anticipated to be the first musician to travel to the International Space Station." You can learn more about the voyage in the vid below.
Get your Sinead fix
Get your sad synth on: Lightning Dust's new song "Diamond" cuts deep, and it is divine.
The electronica duo is prepping the release of "Fantasy" on June 25, and have come with a light load. This, their third full-length, will be a concentrated effort of minimalism, and "Diamond" gives the listener a good idea of just what that really means.
Another gorgeous go from Nabil
- Critic's Rating A
- Readers' Rating A+
Pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty, haunted.
Check out Nabil's breathtaking video for James Blake's "Overgrown," the title track from his latest album, out this week. Reconsider your feelings on lightness and dark. Repeat.
Look at all those awards...
- Critic's Rating C-
- Readers' Rating n/a
Nicki Minaj defends the Nicki Minaj Brand in the new music video for her "Up In Flames," yet another cut off the endlessly long-slash-promotable "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up."
The rapper/singer spends some serious screen-time mugging seriously in the dark as stunt bikers remind you that the '90s were real and this was a thing that happened. This very slow beat allows for Minaj's Queens accent bite at her competitors in full-throat, though I've never found the zingers particularly zingy. Instead, she seems defensive, rather than offensive, and the camera is out fishing for proof of her successes.
One particularly funny (and awkward) moment is when it pans to a table of her endorsements and branding opps -- for her perfume, for a liquor endorsement -- and it just looks like a plate full of tchotchkes sitting sad and alone in a room. Then zoom to the shelves of her awards, including some MTV and BET honors. The quick shot barely allows the viewer to remember there's no Grammys glistening in the collection.
Radiohead and Atoms For Peace members tackle what happens when girls like boys
Rookie Magazine -- Tavi Gevinson's online features site for teenage girls -- has a fabulous feature called "Ask a Grown Man," and the featured "grown men" this week? Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich of Atoms For Peace and Radiohead.
Self-titled set has the band right where you want them
- Critic's Rating B+
- Readers' Rating B
Especially when it comes to music made by women, rock bands are frequently described in terms of their infancy or when they're all-grown-up. Rarely is there an album that so perfectly encapsulates the in-between, the space where Paramore now occupies with the release of their self-titled set out this week.