Once again, Apple may not be first, but, per usual, it will have the last word. Following Amazon and Google, Apple unleashes its new locker service, iCloud, this week. (Still to come, eMusic, which plans to launch its cloud service later this year).
In a nutshell, all of your music (and anything else clogging up space on any of your devices) can now be sent into space (or wherever it goes, perhaps onto a fluffy white cumulus cloud) and can be beamed down instantly to any of your machines, wirelessly. The more exciting element, iTunes Match, which lets you scan your library and download it to any device--regardless of whether the music was obtained legally, will bow this fall. One small step....
1) Apple iCloud (not ranked): Steve Jobs makes a rare appearance to announce the latest Apple innovation, which stores all your music (and other stuff) and pushes them to your devices wirelessly--think of it, as Apple says, as “a hard drive in the sky.” Apple gets the big four labels to sign off on the deal, which is a little something that Amazon forgot. Whoops.
2) Bonnaroo (not ranked): The 10th anniversary of the Manchester, Tenn. fest sold out before the first note was played with one of its most diverse line-ups. Here’s hoping the Thursday death will be the only downside during the June 9-12- festival.
3) Pandora (not ranked): The online music streaming service is expected to raise a whopping $200 million in its upcoming IPO. This is for a company that has yet to turn a profit, yet has 90 million registered members.
4) Coldplay (not ranked): British band returns with “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” the first single from its fifth studio album. The song, which samples Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson’s “I Go To Radio,” is part synth, part The Edge-like guitars and all hit: it debuts at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100. Welcome back, fellas.
5) Google (not ranked): The search engine’s incredibly cool logo on June 9 to commemorate what would have been Les Paul’s 96th birthday may not have saved the world or made the company millions, but how cool was it to be able to strum and record and share what you created. I wish I knew how to play “How High The Moon.” Click here to see what guitar wiz Tom Morello created from his Google Doodle.
6) Shania Twain (not ranked): She took a big tumble at the CMT Music Awards, but otherwise it was a total thumbs-up week for Twain as she announced her return to the stage via a Las Vegas Caesars Palace residency that will begin late 2012. That’s huge news after her near-decade long hiatus and her fears that she’d never sing again.
7) Taylor Swift (not ranked): She never stepped foot in the venue and yet stole the CMT Music Awards with her “Thelma & Louise” spoof with opening with Shania Twain and took home the big prize, video of the year.
8) Jason Aldean (not ranked): He was the leading nominee going into Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards and walked away with empty handed in terms of trophies, but was the clear winner when it came to his performance of “Dirt Road Anthem” with rapper Ludacris. Their duet is now on iTunes and country music’s best kept secret may not be such a secret any longer.
9) Steve Popovich (not ranked): His name wouldn’t mean anything to the average music fan, but Steve Popovich, who died this week, was the consummate label executive and he’s largely the reason we all have Meatloaf’s “Bat Out Of Hell” in our music collections--or should. His death comes on the rapid heels of Andrew Gold and Martin Rushent’s passings. Could we please slow the shuffling off this mortal coil down just a little?
10) Erykah Badu (not ranked): God bless her, she hasn’t had a hit in a hot minute--or two (unless you want to count the modest success of last year’s “Window Seat”), but she tweets that her label, Motown, is folding following the departure of Sylvia Rhone and all eyes are on her. The powers that be say it isn’t so... until, of course, it is.
If you’re offending every single group possible then do all the insults just cancel each other out?
That’s what I’m trying to figure out after watching the video for “Fast Lane” by Bad Meets Evil featuring Eminem and Royce Da 5’9.
First, the good part: the video, which features the pair and some friends in a dilapidated warehouse is fast moving and compelling with Royce spitting out rhymes, as the words appear like cartoons in front of him and he pushes them away. He shoots at cartoon targets, he hangs the testicles of a cop on an animated unicorn (What is it with unicorns this year? This is the third sighting of the mythical creature after Ke$ha and Lady Gaga’s clips... )
Eminem appears, wearing a Flavor Flav-sized clock and a white track suit, straight out of the ‘80s. He keeps the insults going. I’ve never met Nicki Minaj, but I’m going to go out on a wild limb and guess that hearing that Em wants to put his “penis in your anus” is just not going to go down as one of the greatest c’mons she’s ever received. Certainly, not the most romantic, but I don’t want to assume (we know what that makes me).
Eminem is mainly concerned with making sure he gets serviced. So much so that he threatens a cartoon blonde, “If you don’t fucking give me head, I’m going to have to take it,” as he rips off her head. At least he was smart enough not to say that to Minaj, who’d probably make it so that he never had to worry about getting oral sex again.
This is old school Eminem... the one that has no filters and lets the words tumble out with lightning speed, no matter how profane and/or silly they are (such as when he says he’s on a roll and the next word that comes out is “danish.” ).
As Royce told Billboard, June 14’s “Hell: The Sequel,” the EP which contains “Fast Lane,” was meant to take both MCs back to their early days together in the ‘90s. They first appeared as Bad (Royce) and Evil (Eminem) on Eminem “The Slim Shady EP,” but then had a falling out and didn’t reconcile until a few year ago.
"A lot of people love the new, more mature, more sober, conquering- his-demons (Eminem)," Royce tells Billboard "But a lot of them want to hear the old, crazier Em from back in the day. So whenever we get together we try to make it as nostalgic as possible, just take it back to when it didn't matter and we just wanted to rhyme. We wanted to play those characters again. That's what feels normal to us when we get together."
Well, if gay-bashing, misogynistic rapping is what you’ve been hankering for, then this is meant just for you.
As for the song, “A Kiss,” which also appears on the EP and in which Eminem declares Lady Gaga that she “can quit her job at the post office/she’s a male lady,” Royce says it’s all just a joke.
"(Eminem) has a great sense of humor,” Royce says. “He's been doing that type of thing his whole career. It's one of the things that makes him great. I laughed when I heard it and told him he was crazy. I definitely don't think anyone should take it as an insult."
Here’s the thing. Words do have meanings and they do have an effect. Em and Royce may want to go back in time to what they considered the good old days, but I sure as hell don’t want to join them there, no matter how inviting the beats may be.
They sealed their friendship with a scandalous kiss years ago at the MTV Video Music Awards and now Britney Spears sends another love letter to Madonna with a remake of the Material Girl’s “Burning Up.” The song, gulp, came out in Spring, 1983, when a young Brit Brit would have danced to it in her diapers, since she was only about 16 months old at the time.
It’s another day, so that means we have another new Beyonce song. She goes back to the ‘80s with the soulful, exuberant, mid-tempo finger snapper, “Love On Top.” It’s deliciously sunny and sweet.
Can’t you hear Shalamar singing this? Even the production feels like it spilled right out of 1985 complete with a thumping bass line, horns and backing vocals. It’s not going to be on radio--unless we have some kind of magical wayback machine-- but it’s a pure delight, plus her voice sounds great. Put a cherry on top of this one and call it a day... although we want a video. Listen to it here on Idolator before it gets taken down.
Each of the five songs from “4,” officially out June 28, has sounded wildly different from one another. This is one of our favorites so far.
And while we’re discussing “4,” as you know it leaked in full yesterday. Let’s just assume that Beyonce’s team was not happy about this Sony Music has gone out of its way to stop leaks, issuing cease and desist letters whenever new songs would crop up before they were officially ready to let that happen.
The leaks started with first single, “Run the World (Girls)” a few weeks ago, and most recently on Monday when the Kanye-West produced “Party” featuring Andre 3000 leaked out. It became a game of whack-a-mole with lawyers knocking down one leak only to have it pop up again somewhere else.
Beyonce took to her Facebook page to respond very graciously to the leaks realizing that at this point there’s nothing to be done: “My music was leaked and while this is not how I wanted to present my new songs, I appreciate the positive response from my fans. When I record music I always think about my fans singing every note and dancing to every beat. I make music to make people happy and I appreciate that everyone has been so anxious to hear my new songs.”
Here’s a day brightener for you: Cee Lo Geen's cover of “(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care.”
The tune, penned by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, was first recorded by Elvis Presley in “Jail House Rock.” But later, Buddy Holly covered the song, which makes it fair game for “Rave on Buddy Holly,” the collection of tunes made famous (sort of ) or written by Holly that’s out on June 28. We’ve already posted contributions from The Black Keys and Paul McCartney.
What we like is that the versions we’ve heard so far really do re-interpret the Holly tune with each artist giving the songs their own spin.
Other artists include Florence + the Machine, Kid Rock and Fiona Apple.
“The Voice” judge gives “You’re So Square” a positively island vibe with what we think are steel drums. Between the finger snaps, the guitar, bongos and Cee Lo’s lighthearted delivery, just try to stay seated. Everyone conga!
“Rolling in the Deep” rolls its way to its fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The biggest hit of Adele’s young career rises in airplay as it continues to gain traction at various formats.
After conquering most pop-leaning charts, it is now, believe it or not, climbing Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, according to Billboard.
The rest of the Top 10 remains fairly static as titles shift a little or hold steady. Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack and Nayer remains at No. 2 (it’s No. 1 in the U.K.) as does Katy Perry’s “E.T.” featuring Kanye West at No. 3.
Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song” ambitiously moves 6-4, bumping Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor” featuring Pitbull down one spot to No. 5.
LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock rises 9-6, recapturing its highest mark on the Hot 100 so far. Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory” gains one spot to No. 7.
Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough” falls 5-8, Britney Spears’ “Till The World Ends” lives another day, but slides 7-9, while Lupe Fiasco’s “The Show Goes On” eases into the Top 10, moving 12-10.
The chart’s highest debut is Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” which blasts on the Hot 100 at No. 29. Lil Wayne’s “How To Love” also gets a lot of love, as it zooms 69-12 on the big chart.
In other noteworthy chart news. “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery’s first chart entry, “I Love You This Big” tumbles 11-35, while runner-up Lauren Alaina’s “Like My Mother Does” plummets 20-60. The good news is that while the falls are due to major dips in single sales, both tracks are gaining at radio.
Bad news U2 fans: it looks like we’re still a good year away from a new album from the Irish lads, possibly 18 months.
Blame “Spider-Man” and the never-ending 360 Tour. Both have sucked time away from the recording process that started in 2009 after the release of “No Line on the Horizon.”
After months of working with RedOne, best known for his work with Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, and Danger Mouse, the band finally realized that its hopes of finishing the set in time for a 2011 release were nil, as there was no time when they could get back into the studio. “We just realized that we couldn’t,” bassist Adam Clayton tells Rolling Stone. “To be honest, everyone was a bit gutted. But it was the only sensible decision.”
He adds that the Danger Mouse songs will likely surface on the new album, but the RedOne tracks will not. “We have to focus on what we do best, and the work we did with Danger Mouse came closest to that,” Clayton said. “In the end, the thing we did with RedOne doesn’t feel like the right fit.” The hope is to now have the album ready by the end of 2012.
By the way, by the time the 360 Tour wraps up 20 dates or so from now (dates postponed from last summer following Bono’s back surgery), it will grossed more than $700 million, making it the highest-earning tour of all time. And if you’d like to feel older, 2011 marks U2’s 35th anniversary. Gulp.
In related Spidey news, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will have its real opening June 14, we promise. After more delays than we can count, the musical, for which U2’s The Edge and Bono, wrote the tunes, is finally ready to go. For anyone who’s counting, the show has had 177 preview performances, making its preview season much longer than most Broadway shows ever run after opening.
Jason Aldean performs with Ludacris during the 2011 CMT Music Awards.
Credit: AP Photo/Dave Martin
Here’s the thing about country music award shows, whether it’s the CMAs, the ACMs, or CMT Music Awards, you know going in that there’s never going to be the awesome highs or the awful lows that rock-oriented awards show, like MTV’s Video Music Awards have simply because the audience won’t tolerate such egregious hijinks.
We’ve been waiting, waiting and waiting for the first No Doubt album in nearly a decade and every now and then a band member drops a little hint that it will eventually arrive.
Gwen Stefanitells Entertainment Weekly in a story coming out Friday, June 10, that her professional focus is solely on making No Doubt music---that is when she’s now being a L’Oreal pitchwoman or working on her L.A.M.B. fashion line.
Her solo career, which spawned two albums since the last No Doubt 2001 album, “Rock Steady,” is over and was, if spectacularly lucrative and fruitful, “a moment in time,” she says. “It went on a little longer than we all thought it would, because it was inspired and you have to go with wherever you’re at in that time in your life … [But] everything works out how it should,” she says.
As we reported in January, the band was back in the studio, but that forthcoming babies for Tony Kanal and Tom Dumont would slow the process.
Consumers who want an extra dose of Beyonce’s “4” will need to head to Target, which will reportedly carry an exclusive deluxe version of the June 28 release with extra tracks.
It’s undetermined yet how many additional tracks the mass merchant’s edition will contain, according to Billboard, which adds that the European version of “4” is also rumored to have six more cuts, including three remixes of “Run the World (Girls).” Target has not confirmed the exclusive.
Billboard also reports that Sony Music Entertainment, Beyonce’s label, will ship approximately 1 million copies of the CD. That amount is half the tally that Universal sent out for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which remains No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week in its second week.
In other Beyonce news, a fourth song from "4" briefly surfaced today before being yanked. The tune, "Party," features Andre 3000 and samples Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh's "La Di Da Di."