What could possibly stop the Black Eyed Peas’ party except for, oh say, an actually hummable melody?
OK, I’ll quit being a hater. It’s only because their lives are clearly so much more exciting than ours, as evidenced in the spanking brand new video clip for “Don’t Stop the Party.”
We follow the Peas on their world tour and get to see lots and lots of people jumping up and down to their music, as well as see one overzealous fan hop on stage and try to grab Fergie. There’s even a parrot. Plus, we see their futuristic costumes, etc. Like we've never seen those before. Yawn.
The video gets infinitely better around the 3:40 mark when it turns into a travelogue, as we see sandy beaches, city skylines and gorgeous landscapes that make us instantly want to call our travel agent and jet off to somewhere fabulous where the skies are blue, the champagne corks are popping and there are 60,000 waiting in a stadium for us.
With “Just Can’t Get Enough,” the second single from “The Beginning,” still ensconced in the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, BEP is clearly looking at “Don’t Stop the Party’s” video to get this “Party” started instead of giving it a jump start after its radio life is well underway.
So get packed and jump on the party bus.
What could possibly stop the Black Eyed Peas’ party except for, oh say, an actually hummable melody?
Phish is taking summer time touring seriously, starting its latest concert series on Memorial Day and ending it on Labor Day. That means they can wear white every single day.
The outing closes with three nights at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., Sept. 2-4. Tickets go on sales to the general public on June 4 through various outlets.
Fans are encouraged to make use of nearby campgrounds with three-day camping/parking tickets available through Phish’s website.
The tour starts Memorial Day weekend in Bethel, N.Y. Other highlights include Super Ball IX, Phish’s ninth festival , which takes place in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Ticket prices include a free MP3 download from that show.
Phish Summer Tour Dates
5/27 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
5/28 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
5/29 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
5/31 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
6/1 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
6/3 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Center
6/4 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
6/5 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
6/7 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
6/8 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center - ticket includes free admission to Darien Lake Theme Park on day of show
6/10 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
6/11 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
6/12 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
6/14 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless @ Encore Park
6/15 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless @ Encore Park
6/17 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
6/18 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
6/19 Portsmouth, VA Ntelos Pavilion at Harbor Center
7/1-3 Watkins Glen, NY Super Ball IX - Watkins Glen International
8/5-6 George, WA The Gorge
8/8 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl
8/9-10 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
8/12 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Music Festival
8/15-17 Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion
9/2-4 Commerce City, CO Dick's Sporting Goods Park
After last week’s cascade of top titles including new releases from Beastie Boys, Jennifer Lopez and Stevie Nicks, the release slate slows to a trickle the week of May 10 in terms of marquee names. However, there are still plenty of reasons to be “Glee”-ful as Matthew Morrison releases his solo album debut, plus neo-soul sensation Rafael Saddiq returns with a new set.
The Cars, “Move Like This” (Hear Music/Concord): Ric Ocasek and the boys are back with a tight set produced by Jacknife Lee. It’s their first album featuring original members Ocasek, Elliott Easton, Greg Hawkes and David Robinson in 27 years. We have two words: Let’s Go.
Booker T. Jones, “The Road From Memphis” (Anti-Epitaph): Long gone are the MGs, but in their place, Jones has a slew of modern artists like My Morning Jacket’s Yim Yames, the National’s Matt Berninger and Sharon Jones accompanying the soul vet. He blends originals with covers of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” and Lauren Hill’s “Everything is Everything.”
The Lonely Island, “Turtleneck & Chain” (Universal Republic): “SNL’s” Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, aka The Lonely Island, are back with their second set, a double CD (!!) that includes tunes from their “SNL” digital shorts, including the brilliant “I Just Had Sex” featuring Akon, the newest sensation, “Jack Sparrow” featuring Michael Bolton” and “Motherlover” featuring Justin Timberlake.
Manchester Orchestra, “Simple Math” (Favorite Gentleman/Columbia): Third album from scraggly eclectic alternative quintet from Georgia finds them adding strings to their ragged rock sound of a set of deeply personal tunes.
Matthew Morrison, “Matthew Morrison” (Mercury): “Glee’s” Mr. Schuester gets some help from Gwyneth Paltrow and Elton John on his first solo album that will appeal to fans of Michael Buble and that ilk. No, he does not duet with Sue Sylvester.
Okkervil River, “I Am Very Far” (Jagjaguwar): Austin, Texas indie faves release their sixth set and their first since their collaboration with Roky Erickson.
Christina Perri, “lovestrong” (Atlantic): Is there more to this 24-year old singer/songwriter than her breakthrough smash ballad “Jar of Hearts?” Her label certainly hopes so since they signed her after the song started to take off.
Raphael Saadiq, “Stone Rollin,’” (Columbia): You saw him perform with Mick Jagger on the Grammys and if you’re old enough, you remember him from Tony! Toni! Tone!. Saadiq’s brand of soul combines old school with indie leanings for a smooth, wonderful sound. On his fifth studio album, he tackles everything from mellotron to drums, but gets some able assistance from the likes of Robert Randolph.
Tyler, the Creator, “Goblin” (XL Recordings): Leader of hip hop collective Odd Future releases a solo CD. With titles like “B***h Suck D**K and “Fish/Boppin B***h,” it’s fun for the whole family to enjoy.
Various Artists, “The Royal Wedding: The Official Album” (Decca): Yes, it’s true. This is an album featuring the music from the April 29 extravagance and even William and Catherine’s vows. If it came with a replica of Princess Beatrice’s hat, I would be so in.
With “Judas” underperforming, Lady Gaga is already moving on to the next song from “Born This Way”... or at least giving us a chance to hear more before the album drops on May 23.
Over the weekend, she tweeted that new song, “Till the Edge of Glory” will drop on Monday at 1 p.m. PDT. “Another shot before we kiss the other side. I’m on the edge of something final we call life.” We’re hoping those are lines from the song. The song will be released on iTunes.
Lady Gaga also tweeted a new image to go with the single.
First single, “Born This Way,” soared the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and has become an anthem in very sort order. “Judas” debuted at No. 10 and has fallen to No. 20 in two weeks, although the video, which came out on Thursday, may help it rebound back up the chart this week.
Forget those rumors you’ve heard about Ne-Yo’s fifth studio album being called “Love & Passion.” He set the record straight for us when we ran into him recently. “It doesn’t have a name yet. But be looking for it in September,” he says. “I’m putting it together as we speak.”
Ne-Yo is collaborating with a number of fellow musicians, producers and songwriters on the set, including Tricky, Ryan Leslie and Stargate. As far as guest artists, it’s still unclear. “I don’t know what I’m doing for features yet, but talking with a bunch of people. We’ll see what happens in the long run.”
Don’t look for Ne-Yo to chase trends on the new set, his follow-up to “Libra Scale.” “I wasn’t trying to find the next hot new thing with this album. I went in with traditional R&B, traditional pop music, music that feels good. That’s what this whole album is about. Music that feels good.”
Unlike a number of artists who have postponed appearances in Japan following the devastating earthquake, Ne-Yo kept his commitments there and played a series of shows in late March. “To be completely honest with you, if you didn’t know something had just happened over there, you wouldn’t know. Their spirits are so high. All the shows went over fantastic. We raised a bunch of money for a good cause and it felt good.”
He says he never contemplating not going. “I felt like for me to back out of it at that time, it would have been absolutely wrong. That’s the time when they need music and a reason to smile and a reason to be happy the most. What kind of artist would I be, especially since they’ve been so supportive of my career this whole time, to back out of them in their time of need?”
In other Ne-Yo news, he recently told the Associated Press that he’d inked a deal with The Cartoon Network for an animated series called “I Heart Tuesdays,” about a 16-year old girl who has to save the world every week.
He also keeps acting. Following his stint as a killer in a recent episode of “CSI: NY,” as well as a role in “Battle: Los Angeles,” look for him in George Lucas’s “Red Tails,” a film about the famed Tuskegee airmen. The movie comes out in February.
So it seemed only logical to ask when Ne-Yo finds time to sleep. The answer was up in the air: “On airplanes. That’s the only time I can sleep and I never have any problems. The second my ass touches the seat, I’m gone.”
Look for Adele to log another week at the top of the Billboard 200 when the official chart results are announced on Wednesday. “21” is poised to sell up to 160,000 copies, as much as 50,000 more than the likely No. 2 album, Beastie Boys’ “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two.”
The Beasties kick off a slew of new titles in the top 10: eight potential ones to be exact. “Hot Sauce” and “Now 38” are too close to call for the No. 2 and No. 3 slots, although Hits Daily Double gives “Hot Sauce” a slight edge going into the final round.
Coming in at No. 4 is likely to be Spin cover boys Fleet Foxes’ “Helplessness Blues”, with sales of around 90,000. "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez settles for No. 5 with “Love?” selling up to 65,000 copies as her comeback continues, but probably not at the pace she would have liked. Stevie Nicks’ “In Your Dreams,” her first solo album in 10 years, summons sales of close to 50,000 copies for No. 6, while Musiq Soulchild’s “Musiqinthemagiq” looks good for No. 7 with around 40,000 units.
Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” maintains its residency in the top 10, most likely at No. 8, making it the only title other than “21” to not be a debut in the elite set. Sade’s “Ultimate Collection” and Sixx: A.M.’s” This is Gonna Hurt” (Motley Crue member Nikki Sixx’s side project) are too close to call for No. 9 and 10, with both set to sell between 27,000-30,000 copies.
What started as rumors several months ago ended as reality today as Access Industry’s purchased Warner Music Group today for $3.3 billion in an all-cash transaction. While many industry pundits expected rival label group to get purchased again first following the Citi fiasco, WMG—home to REM and Green Day among others—moved to the front of the line.
Access Industry, helmed by Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik, outbid approximately 10 other bidders in the auction, and will take the company private, depriving all of us who were watching the constantly fluctuating stock price of a daily pleasure.
In terms of what’s next: speculation is that Chairman/CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. will remain and will oversee a likely acquisition of EMI and the sell off of publishing arm Warner/Chappell.
1) Warner Music Group (No. 8): Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries buys the debt-ridden company for $3.3 billion. Want a little perspective as to how much fortunes in the music industry have fallen? In 1998, Seagram paid $10.6 billion for the smaller Polygram. Will Access now buy EMI and finally merge the two.
2) Lady Gaga (not ranked): The video for “Judas” premiered Thursday night and by Friday it had received 5 million views. Will it be enough to push the pulsating track back up the Hot 100? Plus, LG’s Monster Ball tour closed on Friday with a gross of $227.4 million, the most ever--and certainly the longest-- for by a debut headlining act, according to Billboard.
3) Adele (not ranked): She takes a licking and keeps on ticking. She gets knocked out of the top spot on the Billboard 200 only to pop back up to the top spot: she spends her sixth week there this week. We say she’s got two more before Lady Gaga knocks her out, but we wouldn’t put it past her to climb back up again after Momma Monster has her initial run
4) “The Voice” (not ranked): NBC’s new singing competition is already proving to be a sale boon-——for its coaches. The week after the show’s debut, mentor Cee Lo Green’s “The Lady Killer” leaps 72-48 on the Billboard 200, while the Adam Levine-fronted Maroon 5’s “Hands All Over” re-enters the chart at No. 106, representing a 27% jump in sales.
5) Simon Cowell (not ranked): With the U.S. launch of “The X Factor” drawing nearer, co-creator Simon Cowell certainly can’t need the money. He leapt over Sting and Mick Jagger to land at No. 6 on the list of Britain’s richest music folks with an estimated worth of $330 million.
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Meredith Viera is leaving and Matt Lauer may be a question mark after 2012, but NBC “Today’s” summer concert series remains a sure thing.
The morning show will kick off the Toyota Concert Series with Rihanna on May 27. Among the other artists who will be stretching their vocal chords before breakfast Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Train, Lenny Kravitz and Bruno Mars. Interestingly, all the coaches on NBC’s new hit reality singing show “The Voice” are slated to perform except for Christina Aguilera.
The schedule so far:
May 27: Rihanna
June 2: “American Idol” winner and runner-up
June 3: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys
June 10: The Script
June 17: Kenny Chesney
June 24: Bruno Mars
July 1: Pitbull with T-Pain and Ne-Yo
July 8: Blake Shelton
July 15: Chris Brown
July 22: Cee Lo Green
July 29: Journey
Aug. 5: Maroon 5
Aug. 12: Zac Brown Band
Aug. 19: Enrique Igesias
Aug. 26: Train
Sept. 2: Lenny Kravitz
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?
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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.
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