Inside Music with Melinda Newman
There's no cure for her summertime blues
Lana Del Rey’s videos tend to be as ethereal as she is. The latest, “Summertime Sadness,” relies on the same film technique as some of her past efforts. There’s no linear storyline, instead there’s flickering, grainy footage that looks like it’s out of ‘60s home movies and is cut to create a feeling more than a narrative.
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She also reveals what type of music she avoids
Pink will have some very special guests on her new album, “The Truth About Love,” out Sept.18.
British singer Lily Allen will appear on the album, as will Pink’s 13-month old daughter Willow, who plays bass and bells on two tunes. Bass? Really?
In an interview with Carson Daly on Los Angeles radio station 97.1, Pink said she wrote about 40 songs for the album, ultimately whittling the number down to 13, her lucky number. Interesting, random Pink factoid: “I had my first kiss on Friday the 13th in a graveyard,” she told Daly.
Pink revealed no details about her song with Allen, but hinted there may be more pairings: “For the last 14 years, everyone has said no [to collaborations]. But this album, everyone said yes! And I think that’s because people think I’ve softened. I think people maybe think I bite!”
She, like many folks, is loving first single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).” She told Daly she’s loved it from the start and when she hears the break-up song: “I just instantly want to rip my clothes off and dance and drink and just blow off steam.” Despite that, she says the album does not capitalize on the latest dance trends.
Does 'Jeremy' make an appearance?
If one had to come up with a soundtrack for “Hamlet,” one could certainly do worse than the music of Pearl Jam. Both the play and the Seattle band’s music have a good measure of material about tortured souls and miscreants.
Well, someone thought of that. Here, a New York City art space, has mounted a production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” set in the ‘90s with Pearl Jam’s music as the backdrop. The songs are performed live by a cover band. In what must be wonderful or horrible, “Hamlet: A King of Infinite Space” takes Hamlet and turns him into a college boy who returns home to the Lower East Side to discover that his uncle had married his mother and wants to turn their apartment building, The Elsinore (get it?), into modern condos.
If you want to see it, move quickly: The production only runs through July 21. No word from the members of Pearl Jam on how they feel about this appropriation of their music. Since the play isn't using the original master recordings, as long as Here pays royalties to the appropriate performance rights society, they probably don't need Pearl Jam's permission. We scanned online for some reviews from opening night, but, alas, could find none.
John Fogerty, Butch Vig and Trent Reznor chime in
Dave Grohl has unspooled a new trailer for “Sound City,” the documentary the Foo Fighter directed and produced on the legendary Los Angeles recording studio.
Sound City is where Grohl’s former band Nirvana recorded “Nevermind,” and where a number of other classic albums, including Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and “Fleetwood Mac,” Neil Young’s “After The Gold Rush,” and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Damn The Torpedoes” were recorded.
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'American Idol' finalist will perform two songs
So it looks like that “American Idol” judge thing was just a rumor, but Adam Lambert is confirmed to appear on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” in a special Halloween edition.
The “American Idol” season eight runner up will appear in a scene with Lucy Hale and sing two songs, according to Ryanseacrest.com, which broke the news. No word on whether the two tunes will be from his new album, "Trespassing."
The episode will begin shooting next week and it’s a good fit, says Seacrest, calling Lambert, “a Halloween party on two legs.”
Lambert, who is performing tonight at the OC Country Fair in Orange County, Calif., confirmed the news, tweeting today, “Yup--Imma be a Pretty Little Liar!” He and Hale also exchanged tweets about how excited they are for the taping.
The singer just wrapped up a series of four shows in Kiev and London with Queen.
Lambert's news comes a week after "90210" announced that Carly Rae Jepsen will appear on the season opener of the show in October.
Cher excitedly tweets about Pink's and Lady Gaga's contributions
Pink has written two songs for Cher’s new album and Cher couldn’t be more delighted. The constant tweeter took to Twitter to reveal the details late last night.
“Had meeting 2night w/Record Co. They love song I’ve done. Got 2 new! Pink wrote them! Co wants it out end yr. pic’d single,” Cher tweeted, including a photo of herself taken in a mirror looking a little serious for such happy news. The album will be Cher's first set of new studio material in more than a decade.
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Pink and Katy Perry have wonderful weeks as well
It’s a good week for women on the Billboard Hot 100 as Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” stays at No. 1, while both Katy Perry and Pink make great strides as well.
Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” the first single from forthcoming album “The Truth About Love,” blows into the top 10 this week, catapulting 58-9. “Kiss” makes an even dozen Top 10 hits for Pink, leaving her only behind Rihanna and Beyonce for the most top 10s by any female since 2000. Perry’s “Wide Awake,” climbs 4-3 on the Billboard 100 and topples “Call Me” from the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart.
Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa stays at No. 2 while Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” slips 3-4. Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” remains at No. 5.
In addition to Pink’s flight into the top 10, Flo Rida’s “Whistle” gains five places to stop at No. 7. “Whistle” is his third top 10 from current album, “Wild Ones,” following “Good Feeling” and the title track, according to Billboard.
Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” stays No. 6, David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring Sia falls one to No. 9 and Usher’s “Scream” stays at No. 10.
Just in time for 'Sparkle's' opening
"Whitney!", an exhibit at Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum that celebrates Whitney Houston, will open Aug. 15., two days before the superstar’s last movie, “Sparkle,” bows nationwide.
"Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston" received full cooperation from the Houston family and will concentrate on the six-time Grammy winner’s life on and off stage. Houston died Feb. 11.
The exhibit will include stage costumes worn by Houston, including the white, beaded gown she wore when awards the 1992 Grammy for album of the year; album and career scrapbooks from the early days of her career; concert posters and tour booklets, rare photographs of Houston, and her personal Bible.
There will also be interviews with a number of musicians and artists who worked with or were influenced by Houston.
“Sparkle” opens Aug. 17.
The Whitney! exhibit will be on display at the Grammy Museum until February 2013.
Where do Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift come in?
Veteran acts still rule the touring roost: Midway through 2012, Roger Waters’ “The Wall Live” is the top-grossing concert outing.
Based on reporting to Billboard Boxscore from Nov. 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012 announced by Billboard today, “The Wall Live” has grossed $131.4 million from 1.2 million tickets sold to easily top the second place entry: “Michael Jackson: The Immortal Tour by Cirque du Soleil,” which grossed $68.4 million.
Other vets in the top 10 include Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Van Halen. The only acts in the top 10 who released their first albums in the new millennium are Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Kanye West, whose “Watch The Throne” tour with Jay-Z comes in at No. 4. While older acts may not have the impact at radio that they once did and that their younger counterparts do, they can still command top dollar and a large audience based on their strong catalog of hits.
The Top 10 touring acts of 2012
1. Roger Waters, $131.4 million
2. Michael Jackson’s “Immortal,” $68.4 million
3. Bruce Springsteen, $52.4 million
4. Jay-Z/Kanye West, $46 million
5. Lady Gaga, $44 million
6. Van Halen, $38.6 million
7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, $33 million
8. Taylor Swift, $26.3 million
9. Pearl Jam, $25.4 million
10. Andre Rieu, $25.3 million
Are they coming to a city near you?
Declaring that they're "anxious to work together again before they drop dead," the remaining members of the The Who, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, will return to the U.S. for their first tour in four years. Given that fellow members Keith Moon and John Entwistle are no longer with us, it's a legitimate wish.
The outing, which starts in Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla., will feature the band performing their 1973 album “Quadrophenia,” “plus a few classics,” as the group announced today. Among the hits from the rock opera are “The Real Me,” “5:15,” and “Love Reign O’er Me.” Tickets for the 37 dates go on sale to the general public on July 27.
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