My colleague Katie Hasty will post a full review of Daft Punk’s “Tron: Legacy” soundtrack later today, but until then, check out the official video for “Derezzed,” which MTV premiered today.
The video is decidedly old-school (well, as old school as futuristic knights can appear jousting on their combo lightcycles/dinosaurs) as the duo play a video game manufactured by Encom in 1981 (the original “Tron” came out in 1982; Encom is the company that creates "Tron").
There’s no footage from the new movie, which opens Dec. 17, except there’s a reveal at the end that ties it up neatly to bring it back to the future.
Quite honestly, we like the trailer that features the music better. Of course, dialog interrupts the music in that one, but it's much more visually appealing. See that one here.
Periscope up! Snoop Dogg is on deck of a mystical, magical submarine in this new Gorillaz clip for “Welcome to the Plastic Beach,” the title track from their current album.
The totality of the clip is a camera on Snoop surveying his unseen kingdom,as he does his thing over the Gorillaz’ retro-soulful/”Superfly”-like beat (okay, there are a few cut ins with lyrics, but those are seldom). And it’s as compelling as can be. That’s because Snoop’s charisma leaps off the small screen as he tells us kids to “gather round.” He knows “the world seems to hopeless,” but he’s here to give us some redemption. We’re not sure exactly how, but we’re buying whatever he’s selling.
And let’s take a moment to check out the awesome fashion statement SD is making: The stovepipe hat is unlike anything we’ve ever seen a captain wear, although the jacket is straight out of the Captain Bligh collection.
We are so ready to rock it in the bubble bath with Snoop after watching this.
Animated versions of Jason Segel and Jack Black bring you holiday cheer.
Jack Black and Jason Segel spread a little holiday cheer of their own with this fun cartoon of the twosome singing “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy 2010.”
The pair, who (ready for the obligatory plug?) appear together in “Gulliver’s Travels,” recreate the now legendary David Bowie/Bing Crosby 1977 television special where Bowie just happens to drop by on the Bingster and they spontaneously burst into song, their voices miraculously intertwining on the two Christmas tunes.
In the video, which debuted on collegehumor.com today, Black and Segel lovingly adhere to the premise, but also make this their own as the former stops by in search of ginger. Turn out, Black has a “ginger bushel” out back. The animation is delightfully retro ‘70s. I almost expected the Jackson 5 to pop out and join them.
It turns out both Black and Segel have very pleasant voices, especially Black when he takes the lead on “Peace on Earth.”
And best of all, proceeds from sales of the video from iTunes go to Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization that deals with issues facing military families.
Below, check out Black and Segel and then scroll down to watch the bizarrely awkward Bowie/Crosby original.
In a track that now seems eerily prescient, the video for T.I.’s “No Mercy” seems to foreshadow the rapper’s return to prison.
The title tune to his new album is about his initial incarceration from a 2007 felony gun possession charge, according to a number of reports. Lyrics such as “Tell the judge if he throwed [sic] the book at me/Make it the Bible...loyal beyond belief to my detriment/it’s so vital I change or blow opportunities.”
T.I., who is back in prison for violating his probation, then invokes both 2Pac, including questioning if his near-biblical suffering means he is the “second coming of Pac,” as well as Princess Diana, although that reference seems to be more for the sake of the rhyme “I just ask that I can make my peace with god and say goodbye/For the world like Lady Di.”
The video keeps with the religious theme as T.I. enters a church seeking some kind of redemption and mercy, although deeply aware that “nightmares have become his dreams.” And how handy is it that The-Dream is there to sing the refrain about “letting me go,” so he can fulfill his destiny.
It’s a compelling, often beautifully shot clip, especially with the sun streaming through the stained glass, T.I. makes a convincing case that he has learned from his crime and time--although that begs the question of how did he end up in prison again? Is it really his destiny?
The last major release date before Christmas yields a few nice treats, including a long-awaited set from Natasha Bedingfield, a stripped-down set from Adam Lambert, as well as rapper T.I.’s “No Mercy” and Daft Punk’s highly-anticipated soundtrack to “Tron: Legacy.”
Natasha Bedingfield, “Strip Me” (Epic): British songstress of “Unwritten” fame returns after a long break with a provocatively titled new set of uptempo tunes. First single, the title track, showcases a different sound, full of heavy beats and echo.
Daft Punk, “TRON: Legacy” (Walt Disney): French duo combines its trademark electronica with traditional orchestration for the adventurous, futuristic score to 1982’s “Tron,” itself composed by electronic pioneer Wendy Carlos. And the amazing thing is they never remove their helmets.
Duffy, “Endlessly” (Mercury): English thrush who broke big with “Mercy” two years ago returns for a second set of retro pop-soul that suits her amazing pipes perfectly.
Flyleaf, “Remember to Live” (A&M/Octone): As lead singer Lacey Sturm preps for her impending motherhood and a break from the band, Flyleaf delivers this placeholder to keep fans happy until the group can provide a full-on follow up to 2009’s “Memento Mori.” The EP contains seven songs, including five older tracks, as well as two reinventions of previously released tunes.
Hinder “All American Nightmare” (Universal Republic): Rockers from the heartland return with their third major-label effort. The slight glam sound from album No. 2 is gone for straight-ahead rock. First single, the title tune, already had a strong showing on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, peaking at No. 7.
Juanes, “P.A.R.C.E.” (Universal Latino): Colombian superstar Juanes unleashes his fifth album that deals with, in part, with his reconciliation with his wife and the birth of their new home.
Adam Lambert, “Acoustic Live” (19 Recordings/RCA): “American Idol” runner up from season eight throws a few tidbits to the faithful with this set of five unplugged tunes, including “Aftermath” and “If I Had You.”
Plain White T’s, “Wonders of the Younger” (Hollywood): “Hey There Delilah” dudes are back with another melodic/harmony filled soft rock.
T.I., “No Mercy” (Grand Hustle/Atlantic): T.I. may be incarcerated, but that won’t stop him from unleashing his seventh album, “No Mercy” (previously titled “King Uncaged”). There’s a passel full of guests on the effort, including Kayne West, Kid Cudi, the Neptunes, Chris Brown, Eminem, The-Dream and Christina Aguilera, on top track “Castle Walls.”
Susan Boyle’s “The Gift” keeps on giving. After Kanye West nudged her out of the top spot this week, it looks like she’ll be headed back to No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 with sales of up to 300,000. That takes her past the million mark in only four weeks.
After last year’s disappointing “Relapse,” Eminem roared back this summer with “Recovery.” The striking album, which has already spawned two No. 1s —”Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie”— keeps gaining momentum. In addition to the commercial success, Eminem received the validation of his peers as he garnered 10 Grammy nominations on Dec. 1, the most of any artist.
1. Eminem (not ranked last week): His year just keeps getting better and better. “Recovery” is the top selling album of the year (so far) and now he’s landed atop all Grammy nominations. We can go ahead and shorten the too long Grammy Awards, slated for Feb. 13 by giving him album, song and record of the year in one fell swoop.
2. Esperanza Spalding (not ranked): Before Wednesday night, no one, except perhaps Barack Obama (who requested she play when he received his Nobel Peace Prize), knew of the jazz bassist/vocalist. After being nominated for a Grammy for best new artist, she’s probably up to 1%. Hey, it’s a start.
3. Kanye West (No. 2): He’s never going to be as phenomenal as he is in his own mind, but West comes damn close with “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” The album wins West some of the best reviews of his career and is his fourth to debut atop the Billboard 200, shifting nearly 500,000 copies in its first week. We doubt Taylor Swift was one of those half-million buyers.
Jamie Foxx is nothing if not consistent. Every few years, with very little advanced warning, he drops a new album just days before Christmas.
In 2005, he released “Unpredictable” on Dec. 20; in 2008, he put out “Intuition” on Dec. 16 and today comes word that the Oscar winner’s latest, “Best Night of My Life,” streets Dec. 21. Ho, Ho, Ho. He is the perfect last-minute stocking stuffer.
Cee Lo’s living the good life. In his new video for “It’s OK,” he’s got women literally throwing themselves at him.
But despite this bevy of beauties, each one clad in a primary color, he longs for the one that got away. However, we’d say that perhaps he protests too much. As he’s singing “I still think of you,” he’s canoodling with the monochromatic lovelies (And drinking Crown Royal, in a very obvious product placement.)
As Stephen Stills famously sung, "if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with" and Cee Lo is definitely making the most of his heartbreak. It’s a fun, stylish, cartoony video that perfectly matches the retro-soul vibe.
It’s a good time to be Pink: she and hubby Carey Hart are expecting their first child and she just landed her third No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Raise Your Glass,” one of the two new tunes on her greatest hits set.
Will it stay at No. 1 for more than one week? Not if the recent past is any indicator. In a move that hasn’t happened in more than 20 years, there have been five different No. 1 songs in five consecutive weeks, according to Billboard.
So who may we be toasting next week? Possibly Katy Perry, as “Firework” shifts 6-2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 4-1 on Hot Digital Songs.
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Last week’s No. 1, Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)” falls from the top perch on the Hot 100, but it rises to No. 1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, giving the pop queen her sixth chart topper.
Bruno Mars, who earned a remarkable seven Grammy nominations on Wednesday, continues his winning ways, as “Grenade” bursts 17-10, giving him two songs in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. “Just the Way You Are” jumps 7-4 as a result of strong digital sales, most likely due to the song’s appearance on “Glee.”
Cee Lo changes “F*** You” to “Forget You” in his bid for radio play, Enrique Iglesias modifies “Tonight (I’m F****** You)” to “Tonight (I’m Loving You)” for the same reason and it worked like a charm. The clean version of the song explodes onto the Hot 100 at No. 18, Iglesias’s highest debut ever on the chart.