Strap on your boots and kick up some sand
If girls ran the world, I’m not so sure they’d go around in corsets and garter belts 24/7, especially where there’s lots of sand to get into crevices. However, in Beyonce’s video for “Run the World (Girls),” they do.
Add the clip to the long line of female videos that play out like a cross between “Mad Max” and Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” And throw in an awkward Converse product placement for good measure.
The song, as has already been established by its rapid descent down the Billboard Hot 100, is not a particularly strong or compelling track and Beyonce has made an equally not particularly or compelling video to match.
Can she make it five No. 1's in a row on the Billboard Hot 100?
Oh Katy... Lady Gaga may speak convincingly about feeling like an outside, but no one taps into her inner nerd more than you. The cover for Katy Perry’s new single, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” is our go-to happy place for today. She absolutely sells being a wanna be from the stereotypical braces and glasses to the bright blue eye shadow and jeans vest.
Yes, she’s beautiful and she’s married to a movie star, but Perry has somehow managed to stay totally relateable in a way that few pop stars do by continually expressing a willingness to poke fun at herself.
“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” is the fifth single from “Teenage Dream.” As you know, the previous four tunes have soared to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 making Perry the first artist to accomplish that feat in many years. Plus, last week she became the only artist in the 52-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have a song in the top 10 of the chart continuously for a year.
You'll be surprised which music acts make the top 20
The music industry may be in a slump, but the folks making the music most definitely aren’t. Seven of the top 10 men and women on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 lists are musicians.
Don’t think Lady Gaga has power? She comes in at No. 1 to best the Queen of All Media, Oprah Winfrey, on Forbes list, which measures not only earning power, but social influence. Forbes cites the $90 million Momma Monster earned on her tour, but also her 32 million Facebook Friends and 10 million Twitter followers. The calculations are a little hard to measure, but Forbes also factors in TV/radio rank, press rank, web rank and social rank. By the way, this marks only the third time in the past seven years that Winfrey has not claimed the top spot.
In fact, Winfrey is surrounded my music types. Justin Bieber is No. 3, U2 is No. 4 and Elton John is No. 5. But the music doesn’t stop there. After Tiger Woods (?!?!?) comes in at No. 6, the list goes right back to music: Taylor Swift is No. 7, Bon Jovi No. 8 and “X-Factor” music mogul Simon Cowell is No. 9.
Other music acts on the list include Katy Perry at No. 12, Black Eyed Peas at No. 16, Paul McCartney at No. 20.
To see if your favorite artist made the list, check here.
'Glee' star makes the announcement on 'Good Morning America'
Matthew Morrison is ditching his own solo tour to join a pair of teen idols on the road this summer. Today, the “Glee” star announced during a “Good Morning America” appearance that he would be opening for the conjoined New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys. See the announcement below and watch Robin Roberts squeal like a tween.
While it means he won’t get the glory and will play to a lot of empty seats as folks rush from work to the venue, it also means he’ll get in front of a lot more people than he would have on his own. His tour was in 2,000-3,000-seat theaters; the NKOTBSB outing is a mix of arenas and even stadiums.
For those folks who were on the early part of the tour, you may be lucky. Since Morrison’s tour started June 18 and the New Kids/BSB tour doesn’t begin until July 6, some of the earlier shows, including New York’s Beacon Theater performance, are still on the books.
Morrison first date with the boy bands will be July 6 at Anaheim’s Honda Center. He will be on the tour through Aug. 6 in London, Canada, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Morrison’s self-titled solo album is expected to enter the Billboard 200 in the mid-20s on Wednesday.
Electronic traveling show will hit 20 cities starting in August
Most of the focus is on the multi-day festivals such as Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, but there are still a few traveling multi-artist tours making the rounds this summer.
Electronic-music festival Identity will play 20 outdoor amphitheaters starting with Aug. 11 at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Indianapolis.
Appearing on the fest are such electronica luminaries as Kaskade, the Crystal Method, Steve Aoki, Pretty Lights, Rusko, Avicii and Disco Biscuits (who definitely tread that jam band/electronica line).
Ticket and venue info is available at www.idfestival.com.
Identity is billing itself as the sole electronic-only festival, but there is, of course, the Electric Daisy Carnival, which also caters to that musical genre. The Electric Daisy Carnival is holding five raves this summer, some are single day, others are three days. As you may recall, a girl died at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles last year after overdosing on Ecstasy. The festival moved its Los Angeles date to Las Vegas this year.
Stevie Wonder, Fleet Foxes and Cee-Lo Green also on the bill
Kanye West, Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket and Cee-Lo will headline the 10th Austin City Limits Music Festival.
The event, which features more than 130 acts, takes place Sept. 16-18 in Austin’s Zilker Park.
Other acts at the festival, which takes its name from the long-running PBS series, “Austin City Limits,” include Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nas & Damian Marley, Randy Newman, Bright Eyes, Social Distortion, TV on the Radio and Big Boi.
A handful of acts who appeared at the inaugural 2002 festival—Asleep at the Wheel, Patrice Pike, Gary Clark Jr., and Jack Ingram—will return for this year’s festivities.
Three-day general passes, which went on sale before the line-up was announced, are already sold out. Single day passes go on sale at 10 a.m., May 17.
For a full list of performer and ticket information, go to http://aclfestival.com.
Let's clear the way for Lady Gaga's May 23 arrival
As the world waits for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way’s” birth on May 23, the release slate for major artists slows to a trickle for a week. That means that Adele’s “21” likely gets one more week at the top of the Billboard 200 before Momma Monster takes over. In the meantime, there are some tasty treats out May 17.
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi, “Rome” (Capitol): Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) and Italian composer Luppi wrote a number of songs based on classic Italian film music and recorded with many of the elder musicians who originally recorded on such historic movies “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Once Upon A Time in the West.” Guests include Jack White and Norah Jones.
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, “Rocket Science” (E1): Multi-genre instrumental group full of trailblazing musicians records its first album with co-founding member Howard Levy back in the regular line-up since 1992.
Ben Harper, “Give Till It’s Gone” (Virgin): Tremendously talented guitarist/vocalist follows up his excellent 2009 album, “White Lies for Dark Times,” which featured his band Relentless 7, with his first solo album since 2006‘s “Diamonds on the Inside.” Guests include Jackson Browne and Ringo Starr.
Moby, “Destroyed” (Mute): Electronic/ambiant musician Moby sets forth his 10th studio album, which was written largely on tour and late at night during bouts of insomnia. A book of photography with the same name is coming out simultaneously.
Naughty By Nature, “Anthem Inc.” (Illtown/Tommy Boy Entertainment): It’s been a very long time since we’ve been down with “O.P.P.,” but for fans who are still into this hip-hop trio, “Anthem Inc.” marks the first album with Kay Gee since he left the band in 2000 (he came back in 2006)..
Parachute, “The Way It Was” (Mercury): Led off by first single, “Something to Believe In,” adult contemporary pop group returns with a new album.
Seether, “Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray” (Wind-Up): South African rock group that loves long titles returns with its fifth studio album, helmed by Brendan O’Brien.
Tinie Tempah, “Disc-Overy” (Capitol): British rapper, who is already a sensation in his native U.K., finally gets a release date in the U.S. for his Brit Award-winning album.
Frenetic track is the latest from 'Born This Way'
It’s still a week until Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” drops, but the constant teasing continues, this time with “Hair.”
The track, at least the fifth that she’s revealed from the new album, is a rocker that, like “The Edge Of Glory,” features E Street Band’s Clarence Clemons. It’s also another in a series of tunes that salutes those follicles on top of our head, whether it be Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair,” India.Arie’s “I Am Not My Hair” or, of course, the original theme to the musical “Hair.”
According to some websites, we’ve read that Lady Gaga describes the tune as having a “Bruce Springsteen vibe,” but to us it is all about Laura Branigan. She sounds like she’s channeling the late “Gloria” and “Self Control” singer. We first noticed the vocal similarity on “Paparazzi,” but really hear it here.
So far, we’ve gotten an interesting mix of what Lady Gaga has to offer between the piano ballad “You and I,” the anthemic “Born This Way,” “Judas” and “The Edge of Glory.”
This a high energy electro rocker that’s busier than Ben & Jerry’s “Chubby Hubby” ice cream: between the keyboards, the auto-tuned stuttering in the middle, the insistent drum beat, and Lady Gaga’s whelping at the end there is a lot going on here on the RedOne-produced track. But we like it, in part because we really like the songs that show off Lady Gaga’s singing, like “Bad Romance,” and her commitment to the vocal. It may sound a bit like there’s everything here but the kitchen sink, but every element has a purpose, if only to amp up the hair-whipping frenzy.
Lyrically, it’s definitely meant to appeal to the younger end of her demo as she sings about “Whenever I dress cool/My parents put up a fight” and “I scream Mom and Dad, ‘why can’t I be who I want to be’.” She may be a self-confessed Daddy’s girl, but she’s about 10 years past asking her parents’ permission for anything.
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Cameron Crowe's documentary on the band premieres Oct. 21 on PBS
Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary celebration continues as the Seattle band throws itself a big old party over Labor Day weekend.
On Sept. 3-4, the band and several of its famous friends will come together at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wis. for two days of music. Along with Pearl Jam, performers include The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, John Doe, Joseph Arthur, Glen Hansard, Liam Finn and more. The event is the band’s only U.S. show on the books. Find more info at www.pj20.com. Phish fans know that is the same weekend that the jam band is throwing its own little soiree.
Additionally, the band will show its love for its fans in the great white north with a short Canadian tour from Sept. 7-25. Two dollars from every ticket sold to the Alpine Valley and Canadian shows will go to the Vitalogy Foundation
But wait, there’s more: The band will also release the Cameron Crowe-directed film, “Pearl Jam Twenty,” which chronicles the group’s history, as well as an accompanying book and soundtrack this fall. The New York Times reports that the documentary will air as part of PBS’s “American Masters” series starting Oct. 21. Crowe compiled the film from 1,200 hours of footage.
The year-long 20th anniversary activities started earlier this year with the release of “Live on Ten Legs” and then expanded reissues of “Vs.” and “Vitalogy.”
As Pearl Jam fans already know, Eddie Vedder’s solo album, “Ukulele Songs,” comes out May 31. Enjoy the video for first single, “Longing to Belong,” here.
Additionally, Joseph Arthur’s new album, “The Graduation Ceremony,” comes out May 24. It is his first solo album since 2006’s “Nuclear Daydream.” To celebrate, he will perform 10 shows at New York’s The Living Room starting June 12.
Pearl Jam Canadian Tour Dates, Cities and On Sale Information:
Date City Venue
7- Sep Montreal Bell Centre
11-Sep Toronto Air Canada Centre
12-Sep Toronto Air Canada Centre
14-Sep Ottawa Scotiabank Place
15-Sep Hamilton Copps Coliseum
17-Sep Winnipeg MTS Centre
19-Sep Saskatoon Credit Union Centre
21-Sep Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome
23-Sep Edmonton Rexall Place
25-Sep Vancouver Pacific Coliseum
How far do the Beastie Boys fall?
Adele remains the queen of the chart as “21” has a firm lock on the top spot on the Billboard 200 going into the weekend. “21” is poised to sell around 130,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double. That gives it a 50,000 lead over No. 2, “Now That’s What I Call Music 38.” Additionally, her first album, “19,” continues to rally as it storms back up the chart, likely climbing into the top 15 next week.
It’s a strong week for debuts in the top 10 as the Andy Samberg-fronted trio, Lonely Island, debut at No. 3 with “Turtleneck & Chain." The set includes the music from many of the digital shorts first featured on "Saturday Night Live." Duking it out for the No. 4 spot is the unlikely pairing of Christina Perri’s “lovestrong” and Tyler, The Creator’s “Goblin.” Both are on track to sell between 45,000-50,000.
This week’s No. 2, The Beastie Boys’ “Hot Sauce Committee Part 2,” likely drops to No. 6, as "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez’s “Love?,” may fall two spots to No. 7. The Cars’ first album in 27 years with this line up looks to come in at No. 8, with Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes rounding out the top 10.