<p>Miranda Lambert</p>

Miranda Lambert

Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Miranda Lambert longs for a simpler past on new song, 'Automatic'

HitFix
B-
Readers
n/a
Does nostalgia suit her?

Miranda Lambert is only 30, but she’s already longing for the good old days. 

On “Automatic,” the first single from her forthcoming fifth solo album, laments how easy folks have it these days as she reminisces about the days that people used maps, dried laundry on the line, recording the country countdown on cassette from radio (guilty on that one, but for me it was the Top 40), driving a stick shift…and that’s just the first verse.

The greater theme of the song, written by Lambert, Nicolle Galyon, and Natalie Hemby, is that when everything is handed to you, you don’t appreciate it. I’m not so sure that having to roll down our windows instead of pushing a button built character, but Lambert seems to think so.

The song "is about slowing down, taking a breath and remembering what it's like to live life a little more simply," Lambert said in a statement.

Read Full Post
<p>Broken Bells</p>

Broken Bells

Credit: Nasty Little Man

Broken Bells' lyric video for 'Leave It Alone' sums up the song's isolation

Did you now the duo embraces a pink aesthetic?

Broken Bells’ lyric video for the stark “Leave It Alone” is an appropriately bleak clip with a coldness that matches the downer lyrics.

Read Full Post
<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' heads off a charge from Beyonce to remain top song

Jason Derulo's 'Talk Dirty' also surges

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J remains a winner on the Billboard Hot 100, as it spends its second week at No. 1, but Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay Z, is hot on its trail.

Read Full Post
<p>The Chili Peppers</p>

The Chili Peppers

Credit: AP Photo/Matt York

Axl Rose weighs in on Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'karaoke' Super Bowl performance

My thoughts on 'Peppergate'

For reasons that are unclear, Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose has decided to weigh in on Peppergate, as I’m now calling it, which is better known as the mini-scandal that has erupted since it was revealed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were not playing live during their guest appearance with Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl  halftime show on Sunday.  In fact, their instruments weren’t even plugged in.

Read Full Post
<p>Broken Bells</p>

Broken Bells

Credit: James Minchin

Album review: Broken Bells' 'After the Disco' is a melancholy beauty

HitFix
B+
Readers
n/a
Danger Mouse and James Mercer come together for their second full set

On the excellent “After the Disco,” Broken Bells —aka Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer — wonder how we got here. Not physically, but metaphysically. Song after song on the synth pop-driven set asks hard questions for which there are no answers.

Read Full Post
<p>Outkast will headline Sasquatch this year</p>

Outkast will headline Sasquatch this year

Credit: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Outkast and Soundgarden set to headline expanded Sasquatch!

Music festival spans two weekends with two different line-ups

An expanded Sasquatch! Music Festival will see Outkast headline its first weekend,  May 23-25, while Soundgarden does the honors the newly added second weekend, July 4-6.

While the dates are far apart, and certainly a switch from fests like Coachella, which offers the same line up over two adjacent weekends, Sasquatch, which takes place at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Wash., is going for your holiday money by holding its usual Memorial Day festival and adding the second over the Fourth of July weekend.

Read Full Post
<p>Bruno Mars performing at the Super Bowl</p>

Bruno Mars performing at the Super Bowl

Credit: AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Bruno Mars sees sales surge after Super Bowl halftime performance

Sales of 'Unorthodox Jukebox' soar 164%

Bruno Mars saw an immediate bump in sales following his halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday (2) night.

The sales chart closes each Sunday at midnight for the week, but it would appear that enough folks liked what they heard during his energetic set to purchase his current album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” immediately. Billboard predicts that it will sell up to 40,000 copies, up 164% from last week’s 15,000. His show featured special guests Red Hot Chili Peppers on a robust "Give It Away." 

Read Full Post
<p>A moment from Kylie's new video</p>

A moment from Kylie's new video

Credit: Parlophone Records

Kylie Minogue's sexy new video for 'Into the Blue'

HitFix
A-
Readers
n/a
Isn't this how your weekend went?

Kylie Minogue is having a good night in her sexy video for “Into The Blue.”

Read Full Post
<p>Musician Ben Folds with a piano</p>

Musician Ben Folds with a piano

Credit: Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP

Interview: Ben Folds on his classical turn and why pop fans shouldn't be afraid

Pianist starts 18-month tour in March

Ben Folds is taking a classical turn. The musician has just finished a three-movement, 25-minute piano concerto. In fact, the day we caught up with him, he had just sent the piece to the copyist.

Co-commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, Folds tells HitFix he will begin 18 months of international touring with symphony orchestras next month. The first date is March 13 with the Nashville Symphony.

Read Full Post
<p>Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk during the Grammy Awards</p>

Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk during the Grammy Awards

Credit: AP Photo

Daft Punk and other Grammy acts surge on next week's album chart

'2014 Grammy Nominees' album may freeze 'Frozen' out of top spot

Grammy Award winners and performers will see a big uptick next week as acts like Kacey Musgraves, Daft Punk, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis gallop back into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 following exposure on the Jan. 26 show. Even the show itself sees a victory as the “2014 Grammy Nominees” album surges to No. 1, selling up to 95,000 copies.

The soundtrack to “Frozen” continues to do well, dropping from No. 1 to No. 2 (90,000) and trading places with the “Grammy Nominees” set.

The latest from Christian contemporary group Casting Crowns, “Thrive,” will bow at No. 3 (75,000), while Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” moves up one spot to No. 4 (70,000). The only other debut in the Top 10, Of Mice & Men’s “Restoring Force” will launch at No. 5 (55,000).

 Grammy show opener Beyonce’s self-titled set falls 4-6, but the remaining four performers/winners all see rises. Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” rises 11-7 (35,000), Kacey Musgraves’ “Same Trailer Different Park” surges 28-8 (35,000), Daft Punk’s Grammy-winning album of the year “Random Access Memories” rises 39-9 (27,000) and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” moves 14-10 (27,000).

 

Read Full Post