Inside Music with Melinda Newman
Find out what else the British singer won't ever do
Hitfix217;s excellent summer festival rundown by Katie Hasty shows fans where to find their favorites like Eminem, Kanye West and Coldplay will be playing this summer. Notice one name that’s noticeably absent from the festival circuit? That would be Adele.
That’s because the singer, whose album “21”will spend its 9th week atop the Billboard 200 this week, is too afraid to play for such a huge audience. “I will not do festivals,” she tells Britain’s Q Magazine (via The Independent). “The thought of an audience that big frightens the life out of me. I don’t think the music would work either. It’s all too slow.” Adele, who is on a sold-out theater tour in the U.S. has made no secret of her stage fright.
She also blasts artists who allow their music to be used for commercials. “I think it’s shameful when you sell out,” she tells Q. “I don’t want my name anywhere near another brand. I don’t want to be tainted or haunted.” While this is definitely a difference between allowing your music to be licensed for usage in a movie or TV show and letting it be used to sell a product, we aren’t really sure that most people can tell the difference when someone’s music is blaring from a commercial promoting a television show, as Adele’s has been for a number of ABC series.
In a strong response in the Village Voice today, new music editor Maura Johnston says that if Adele wants to present herself as “some sort of anti-selling out princess,” it is a “snowjob.” To be sure, the singer has hardly become a recluse when it comes to giving interviews or promoting her own projects.
Adele also says she was “furious” when her record label re-released “19” with extra tracks. She says, “I said ‘No,’ and they did it anyway.” She may have enough clout to keep that from happening with “21,” but we doubt it.
Soundtrack also includes Linkin Park, MCR and Mastadon
Following Linkin Park’s lead, Paramore will contribute music to the forthcoming” Transformers: Dark of the Moon” soundtrack. But unlike Linkin Park’s “Iridescent,” Paramore’s song will be new. Other acts on the soundtrack include Mastadon, who cover ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid,” Taking Back Sunday and My Chemical Romance.
The Hayley Williams-fronted band, who will headline a number of Vans Warped Tour dates, took to its website to announce the new tune, “Monster.” A rep for the band also told MTV News that the group will shoot a video for the song in June in Los Angeles.
Of course, Paramore is no stranger to soundtracks, having appeared on the “Twilight” sets. The “Dark Side of The Moon” soundtrack comes out June 7 on Warner Bros., according to Amazon. Here’s the track listing, courtesy of Indie Wire.
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” soundtrack
1. Linkin Park - Iridescent
2. Paramore - Monster
3. My Chemical Romance - The Only Hope For Me Is You
4. Taking Back Sunday - Faith
5. Staind - The Bottom
6. Art Of Dying - Get Thru This
7. Goo Goo Dolls - All That You Are
8. Theory Of A Deadman - Head Above Water
9. Black Veil Brides - Set The World On Fire
10. Skillet - Alive & Awake (Remix)
11. Mastodon - Just Got Paid (ZZ Top cover)
Ex-Beatle joins Kid Rock, Black Keys and others on 'Rave On'
Paul McCartney always wore his love for Buddy Holly on his sleeve, so it’s no surprise that the ex-Beatle is part of “Rave On,” a tribute to Buddy Holly out June 28.
He gives a wild and woolly performance of “It’s So Easy” that makes it sound like, quite frankly, it’s not so easy to fall in love. Hear it here. It’s tangled and complex and, as he sings, “where you’re concerned my heart can burn.” Then it gets really strange when Macca breaks into a spoken part where he’s channeling Screamin’ Jay Hawkins instead of Holly. It’s down and it’s dirty and sure to be the most inventive of the remakes. Let’s put it this way, you can’t play this track quietly in the background. If this is what his new finance inspires, look out! (McCartney fans know he's occasionally performed the song in concert, including in 2009 in Holly's native Texas).
As we’ve previously reported, the set also includes covers by the Black Keys, Modest Mouse, Cee Lo Green, Kid Rock, Fiona Apple and Jon Brion, My Morning Jacket and more.
What do you think of McCartney’s take on Holly?
It turns out he’s not only feeling feisty on this track. In an interview with the Radio Times (here via U.K. paper The Telegraph), he claims Mick Jagger used to call the Beatles, “the four-headed monster.” It turns out, he was referring to the fact that all four members of the Beatles could sing, whereas Jagger had to carry the full burden of the Rolling Stones’ vocals. What? Keith Richards can’t sing?
What do you think of McCartney’s take on Holly?
'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)
Should an album campaign last as long as a presidential race?
This Little Monster is exhausted. Thank God Lady Gaga’s album, “Born This Way,” finally came out today. I don’t think I could have handled one more day of the endless promotion cycle Momma Monster has been on for nearly a year.
Foster the People, 'The Hangover 2' soundtrack and new Jadakiss also street
We haven’t heard anything about it, but it turns out that Lady Gaga has a new album out this week. Just kidding. The longest set up in the history of man starts to come to a close May 23 as Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” is released. It comes out worldwide on Monday (U.S. releases usually come out on Tuesdays), and so a few other albums take advantage of the tailwind and are coming out the same day, such as Brad Paisley’s “This Is Country Music” and the latest collection from “Glee.”
Joseph Arthur, “The Graduation Ceremony” (Lonely Astronaut): Singer/songwriter/poet/painter, who is also one-third of Fistful of Mercy, releases his first solo album since 2006 with producer John Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band). Download first track, “Out on a Limb,” for free here.
Foster the People, “Torches” (Columbia/Startime Intl): Los Angeles trio already has folks grooving to bouncy alternative hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” (which reminds us of Peter, Bjorn & John’s “Young Kids). Catch them at Lollapalooza and the Sasquatch Festival this summer.
Jadakiss, “I Love You: The Mixtape) (Ruff Ryders/D-Block/Def Jam): Rapper’s latest is a mixtape of original tracks featuring such guests as Rick Ross and Pharrell. Jada tells MTV.com that the set includes, “some joints for the ladies, some heartfelt joints for you to zone out to. It takes you on a journey. I call it a good summertime introduction CD."
Journey, “Eclipse” (Frontiers): The venerable rock band that’s made a comeback of sorts with current lead singer and Steve Perry sound-alike Arnel Pinada, sends you its love via this Walmart exclusive set.
Lady Gaga, “Born This Way” (Streamline/Kon Live/Interscope): Available in both standard and deluxe editions, you can get your Gagas out in whichever form suits your little monster self. Read our review here.
Thurston Moore, “Demolished Thoughts” (Matador): Sonic Youth leader links with Beck, who produces Moore’s latest solo set.
Brad Paisley, “This Is Country Music” (Arista Nashville): In some genres, this is the superstar release of the week and with good reason. There’s nothing Paisley can’t do, whether it’s the weepy ballad, a clever tune bordering on novelty hit, or blazing guitar instrumental.
The Prodigy, “World’s On Fire” (Take Me to the Hospital/Cooking Vinyl/The End): Rave-up for this live CD/DVD from electronic dance outfit recorded at Warrior’s Dance Festival at the Milton Keynes Bowl in the U.K.
She Wants Revenge, “Valleyheart” (Five Seven Music): Third full-length set loosely salutes the Justin Warfield-led band’s home region of the San Fernando Valley...so much so that first single, “Must Be the One” features “Valley Girl” star Deborah Foreman.
Various Artists, “Glee: The Music, Volume 6” (Columbia): For the Gleeks who haven’t been playing as we go along, now is the time to catch up on your season two highlights from “Glee,” including covers of Adele’s “Turning Tables” and “Rolling in the Deep,” Abba’s “Dancing Queen,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and “Go Your Own Way” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”
Various Artists, “The Hangover: Part II” (WaterTower Music): Is there really any other soundtrack that is going to feature both Danzig’s new tune “Black Hell” and Billy Joel’s “The Downeaster Alexa?” We think not. Plus, you get Kanye West’s “Stronger” and Mike Tyson’s surreal version of “One Night In Bangkok” (from the musical “Chess”).
What did Carrie Underwood do to make the list?
We’re going ahead and proclaiming it now: Adele’s “21” will take home the Grammy for album of the year next February. In the meantime, the British singer’s sophomore set shows no sign of slowing down. The album has sold 2 million copies in the U.S. already since its February release. That’s a staggering accomplishment given that she’s still only on the first single from the project, “Rolling in the Deep,” which is also at No. 1 on the singles chart.
1) Adele (No. 1) : “21” logs its 8th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the longest residency at the top of the chart since 2009. Total worldwide sales so far? A staggering 7 million. Too bad a certain Momma Monster will end her reign week after next, but we’ll see if “21” can bounce back to the top again.
2) Lady Gaga (not ranked): She hits 10 million Twitter followers, while her third single “The Edge of Glory” bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3. “Judas” who?
3) Austin City Limits Festival (not ranked): Within hours of tickets going on sale, the Sept. 16-18 multi-artist festival nears a sellout. Given the strength of the line-up, one of the strongest in its 10 years, we’re not surprised.
4) Apple (not ranked): Steve Jobs’ company reportedly reaches a licensing agreement with Sony, following deals with Warner an EMI, for its forthcoming music cloud service. How sky high will it go?
5) Justin Bieber (not ranked): His entire catalog--all four albums—see major sales increases following the release of “Never Say Never” on DVD, which comes in at the top of Billboard’s DVD chart. Bieber fever lives.
6) Carrie Underwood (not ranked): Country superstar surpasses Kelly Clarkson as “American Idol’s” most successful alumnus. Total sales so far: 12.3 million albums and 18.5 million digital tracks. Even Simon Cowell would have something positive to say about that.
7) Oprah Winfrey (not ranked): As the Queen of All Media ends her 25-year reign, we salute the fact that a performance on her show moved the needle like no other TV outlet. Small wonder that Madonna, Beyonce, Usher, Aretha Franklin, Rascal Flatts, Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah, Josh Groban, and John Legend all showed up to salute her on her final shows, which air May 23-25.
8) Chris Brown (not ranked): Either people don’t care about his reprobate ways or they are able to separate them from his music, regardless, Brown leads all contenders for the BET Awards with six nominations.
9) Rock Star Memoirs (not ranked): Keith Richards, Sammy Hagar and Steven Tyler all reached the New York Times’ Bestsellers List with their memoirs this year. Additionally, The Who’s Pete Townshend and Gregg Allman announce plans for their tomes this week. Sex and drugs and rock and roll and...viagra, please.
Has she created a masterpiece?
Somewhere, there’s a shriveled, dried-up husk of what used to be Lady Gaga. That’s because every bit of her creativity, talent, and—more than anything else — her ambition has been poured into giving birth to her new album, “Born This Way,” out May 23.
Every nook and cranny, every note of the 14-track “Born This Way” feels like it was carefully curated and crafted from Lady Gaga’s DNA in some special laboratory where even the lowest level technicians wear Alexander McQueen lab coats and teeter on mile-high, jewel-encrusted platform shoes.
Before we delve into some of the individual tracks, a few thoughts about “Born This Way” as a whole. It is Lady Gaga’s most challenging work yet. As has often been said of her before, she’s a performance artist masquerading as a pop act. Each song operates on multiple levels. Every listen brings a different dimension and more is revealed. Even the seemingly throw-away track like “Government Hooker” takes on more heft.
“Born This Way” is at its core a dance album, and a sonically beautiful one at that. Other genres flit in and out, from pop, rock, metal and electro to industrial and even opera, but the unifying thread that ties it all together has BPM embroidered on it. Songs like opener “Marry The Night” start out slowly before breaking wide open into full-on twirlers.
Lady Gaga seems almost pathologically driven to go full-throttle 100% of every 24/7. Her sweat and blood are on every track here. Every song feels like it was a hard delivery and some almost drown under the pretension and weight. There’s nothing on here other than the title track, which has deservedly become a self-acceptance anthem for the ages, that approaches the light-heartedness of “Just Dance” and that’s a shame. Even “U & I,” the first song that Lady Gaga previewed from the album way back in summer 2010 starts like a great Elton John-style, barrel-house piano-based rocker, but then becomes something much heavier. I would have gladly traded some of the technical proficiency for some flat out fun.
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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.