Every girl wants the bad boy. Even Lady Gaga. If it means dumping the King of Kings for him, even better.
In her new video for “Judas,” Lady Gaga transforms the 12 disciples into a motorcycle gang—— Heaven’s Angels, maybe? Regardless, it’s a brilliant idea. She’s Jesus’s Old Lady, but she’s got it bad for Judas, played by Norman Reedus, who gets in bar brawls, gropes women and seems adverse to washing his hair. As she sings in “Judas,” “Jesus is my virtue/Judas is the demon I cling to.”
Her longing is so great she has to break out in dance and rock some “Thriller”-type/Michael Jackson moves. While Jesus is off healing people and performing other miracles, she’s declaring her love for Judas for all to hear. Her love has even reduced her to making that stupid little two-handed heart symbol that Taylor Swift made famous.
The video should come with a warning tag: “based very loosely on a true story,” since she takes so many liberties with the story of Jesus, Judas and Mary Magdalene, including sharing a bath with J + J and writhing orgiastically while Judas pours water on her clothed bum. Of course, if one is looking to Lady Gaga for Biblical accuracy, there’s a much bigger problem brewing there, umkay?
Stevie Nicks released her first solo album in 10 years on May 3. “In Your Dreams” is vintage Nicks: her raspy vocals wrap around swirling tales of love, both secret and sacred.
Produced by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, some of the album’s songs grew out of poems that Nicks had written years ago that she finally set to music with her collaborators. For Nicks, “In Your Dreams” is as definitive a work as Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” or her acclaimed 1981 solo album debut, “Bella Donna.” “I’m more proud of this than anything, really,” she says. Hitfix talked with Nicks about creating “In Your Dreams,” as well as lonely bus journeys and her love for Edgar Allan Poe.
You wrote first single, “Secret Love” in the ‘70s, but put it away and never played it for anyone. You’ve said now that you don’t even remember who it was about.
That song is a song that had I played it for Fleetwood Mac or for Lindsey [Buckingham], he really would have liked it because it’s a very simple kind of song. It’s very sophisticated in its simplicity. Christine [McVie] would have loved it, so I never played it for them.
At that point, in ‘75, I didn’t have a house in Phoenix because I was just in Fleetwood Mac and I was a waitress up until 1975 so I would send stuff to my mom. I put that in in a box and put it in my mom’s garage and I never took it out. It went out bootlegged somehow because the world has heard it because when I sent [my sister] home to look for it and [we] found it on Youtube. I don’t know whether to be thrilled or horrified by that. It’s possible when I first wrote it I left it out on a table and it said “Secret Love” on it and somebody took it and recorded it from cassette to cassette and put it back. I have no idea otherwise how it could have gotten out because I put it away. It was always a song that I didn’t want anybody to know about because whatever it was about, it was a secret.
“E.T.” has found a home, a long-term residence in fact, atop Billboard's Hot 100 as Katy Perry’s tune lands at the top for a fifth non-consecutive week.
“E.T.” featuring Kayne West, staves off a charge from Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” after both titles sell around 300,000 copies. The Hot 100 tabulates digital sales and radio play.
Coming in at No. 3 is Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends,” which zooms 11-3, based on a remix featuring Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha. In fact sales of the remix and the original version were up more than 100% over the previous week, according to Billboard. The sales are similar to the surge Rihanna’s “S&M” experienced after a remix of that song featuring Spears surfaced.
Rounding out the top five, The Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough” slips 3-4, while Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song” proves to be quite an achiever, climbing 6-5.
The aforementioned “S&M” slides 4-6, while Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor” holds at No. 7. The rearranging of the Top 10 continues as Ke$ha’s “Blow” rises one spot to No. 8, Jeremih’s “Down on Me” featuring 50 Cent, goes down 5-9. Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes falls 8-10.
Lady Gaga’s “Judas” continues to fall after debuting, and seemingly peaking, at No. 10 two weeks ago. It fell to 12 last week and to 20 this week. However, the song will likely get a boost on next week’s chart following today’s debut of the “Judas” video.
Stop what you’re doing and take a chill break by watching the lovely video for “Longing to Belong,” from Eddie Vedder’s “Ukulele Songs.” We guarantee you’ll feel more relaxed within three minutes.
Amid a backdrop of silent waves cascading and sunny skies, Vedder strums his uke as he sings about hoping his loved one will come around. The “loved one,” seen only fleetingly, is, of course, of the super model variety (despite all his sensitivity, he is a rock star, after all). The gorgeous water footage looks very similar to some of the scenes used in the Pearl Jam clip for “Amongst the Waves.” Hey, we’re all for a little recycling. http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-beat-goes-on/posts/watch-get-wet-with-pearl-jam-on-video-for-amongst-the-waves
It’s a sweet, simple clip whose tone perfectly matches the low-key, simple, beguiling song.
Epic Records will release the soundtrack to Showtime’s “The Big C” on June 7. The show stars Laura Linney as a patient with cancer, so it makes sense that Epic, Showtime, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, which produces the series, will donate 100% of the net profits from the soundtrack sales to Stand Up To Cancer. The non-profit raises funds for cancer research.
1. I'll Take You There (The Staple Singers)
2. Sunshine Goodtime (Minnutes)
3. Katherine Kiss Me (Franz Ferdinand)
4. Let The Rain (Sara Bareilles)
5. People C'mon (Delta Spirit)
6. Little Motel (Modest Mouse)
7. The Last Day On Earth (Kate Miller-Heidke)
8. Game Called Life - THE BIG C Main Title (Leftover Cuties)
9. Don't Hold Me Back (Alex Cornish)
10. Everything's Okay (Lenka)
11. We Turn It Up (Oh Land)
12. Seven Days (Andrew Allen)
13. Say A Lot (Buddy)
14. The Big C Season One Suite (Marcelo Zarvos)
The Black Keys are among nearly 20 artists paying tribute to Buddy Holly on “Rave On Buddy Holly,” out June 28 on Fantasy/Concord.
Many of the acts covering the Texas music pioneer’s tunes weren’t even born (obvious exceptions are Paul McCartney, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Graham Nash and Nick Lowe) when he perished in a plane crash in 1959 following a performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
“Dearest,” which many folks may have first heard on the soundtrack to “Juno,” is, as the title suggests, a love song about growing old with someone. Sadly, in Holly’s case, it wasn’t to be true, as he died less than a year after getting married.
The Black Keys put a bit of a shuffling back beat into the tune, while keeping the tempo basically the same for the first verse before snazzing it up with more percussion.
What do you think?
'Rave On Buddy Holly' track listing:
1. "Dearest" - The Black Keys (2:06)
2. "Every Day" - Fiona Apple & Jon Brion (2:19)
3. "It's So Easy" - Paul McCartney (4:35)
4. "Not Fade Away - Florence + The Machine" (4:02)
5. "(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care" - Cee Lo Green (1:31)
6. "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" - Karen Elson (2:25)
7. "Rave On" - Julian Casablancas (1:55)
8. "I'm Gonna Love You Too" - Jenny O. (2:11)
9. "Maybe Baby" - Justin Townes Earle (2:06)
10. "Oh Boy" - She & Him (2:18)
11. "Changing All Those Changes" - Nick Lowe (1:41)
12. "Words Of Love" - Patti Smith (3:20)
13. "True Love Ways" - My Morning Jacket (3:25)
14. "That'll Be The Day" - Modest Mouse (2:15)
15. "Well...All Right" - Kid Rock (2:09)
16. "Heartbeat" -The Detroit Cobras (2:20)
17. "Peggy Sue" - Lou Reed (3:19)
18. "Peggy Sue Got Married" - John Doe (3:57)
19. "Raining In My Heart" - Graham Nash (3:30)
This marks the 10th anniversary of the fan-voted awards show. It will air live on Wednesday, June 8, from Nashville. Until then, fans can pick their favorites on CMT.com through June 7.
Aldean has four nominations, including a nod for video of the year. Lady A, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland have three nominations each and are competing against Aldean for the top prize. Urban is up for two awards, including male video of the year and CMT performance of the year.
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Call it the anti- “Lookin’ for a Good Time.” After extolling the virtues of one-night stands several singles ago, Lady Antebellum is now looking for something that lasts a little longer.
On “Just A Kiss,” the first single from the Grammy-winning trio’s forthcoming third album, innocence wins over passion as the couple decides to take it slow so we “don’t mess this thing up.”
One of the most appealing aspects of Lady Antebellum is the way Hilary Scott and Charles Kelley can wrap their vocals around each other as well as trade off verses to give both the male and female perspective. They do it winningly here. Musically (although not lyrically), the song is the same mid-tempo as “Hello World.” Quite frankly, we like their songs with a little more grit and tempo, like “Love Don’t Live Here” or “I Run To You,” but this is a good summer song for young lovers.
Part of Stevie Nicks’ great charm as a songwriter is that she seldom apologizes for her actions in her songs. Whether from her days in Fleetwood Mac or throughout her solo career, she’s concentrated on providing the listener with an insider’s view of her romantic entanglements —and what incredibly entanglements they’ve been— unfiltered by any judgments. It’s a rare, vulnerable trait that has only endeared her further to her millions of fans.
She’s not about to change now on “In Your Dreams,” her first solo album in 10 years out today (May 3).
In the first two songs on the album—first single “Secret Love” and “For What It’s Worth”—she’s involved with taken men. She neither gloats about her bewitching appeal nor recriminates herself for her actions. These are her stories and her feelings. Let others sort out the messiness of such complications.
There’s a lovely country-rock tinge to “For What It’s Worth,” the superior of the two tracks, which written with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell. “What you did was, well, you saved my life. I won’t forget it,” she sings, making the song about much more than an illicit affair.
Katy Perry bounces back to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 as “E.T.” featuring Kanye West rises 2-1 and displaces Rihanna’s “S&M.” It’s the tune’s fifth non-consecutive week at the top. “S&M” drops to No. 4.
The jump is likely due to Perry’s performance on “American Idol” last week , which propelled digital sales.
Adele, whose “21” hops back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, sees first single “Rolling in the Deep” rise 6-2. The Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough” stays at No. 3. Jeremih’s “Down On Me” falls 4-5.
Rounding out the top 10, Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Me” jumps 11-6. Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor” and Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now,” flip positions as Lopez drops 7-8. Ke$ha’s “Blow” moves 12-9 and Cee Lo Green’s “F*** You” drops 10-5.