Band co-founder discusses his group, his label and playing video games while drunk
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“Telephone” featuring Beyonce: A sibling to “Video Telephone,” featured on Beyonce’s “I Am… Sasha Fierce,” “Telephone” is a mid-paced dance number about finally hanging up so you can hit the dance floor. The melody recalls “Poker Face” and Ciara’s “Goodies.” (Plus, of course, any number of Madonna-dance oriented numbers).
“So Happy I Could Die”: Another chance for Lady GaGa to sing. Again, she sounds remarkably like Madonna, but in this case crossed with Rihanna because of the “hey-ey-hey-ey” refrain. Hypnotic and a fun sing-along, this could be a single.
“Teeth”: “Show me your teeth.” That’s a novel pick-up line if we’ve ever heard one. Then, of course, there’s the more traditional “Don’t want your money, just want your sex.” This stomp of a song that sounds like it could be in a musical. Really inventive and intriguing more than catchy, but compelling in a way that many of the other songs on “Fame Monster” are not. “Open your mouth boy, show me what you got.” I’ll have to try that one. Can’t wait to see the video on this one.
“The Fame Monster” begins rolling out in three different configurations on Monday, Nov. 23. That day, fans can purchase only the eight new songs or the “Deluxe Version,” which features the original 13 tracks from “The Fame” and these eight new songs on an additional disc.
What's with the hairdo, Bob?
Sporting a top hat (and then fedora) and a blunt, chin-length wig that recalls a wacked-out cross between Tom Petty and Anna Wintour’s hairstyles, Dylan seems above the fray as the raucous party goes from nice to naughty. We think he’s sporting the wig so he could easily use a stunt double in the dancing scenes.
Do you think that’s him dancing in the Santa hat?
Dylan and Santa shrug their shoulder in the closing scene and, in our minds, scamper up the chimney to deliver toys to all the good girls and boys. It’s a short blast of holiday cheer, but we suspect Dylan’s been dipping into the eggnog one too many times.
Does the British singer avoid the dreaded sophomore slump?
'American Idol' winner is first Season Eight contestant out of the gate
As anyone who’s seen the “American Idol” knows, Allen has a pleasing and strong, if somewhat non-distinctive, voice—sometimes he sounds like Jason Mraz, other times Adam Levine. There’s a reason why he won “American Idol”—Allen hits all the right notes without ever being remotely polarizing--unlike "AI" runner up Adam Lambert, whose album drops next week. If you don’t love him, you certainly don’t hate him-- you probably feel indifferent about him. Like most mainstream artists, there’s nothing edgy or distinctive enough about him to find disagreeable.
It's almost Super Tuesday! The year's heaviest release schedule is jam-packed with superstars
Also, look for CDs to drop on Monday instead of the traditional Tuesday as labels try to ratchet up opening-week sales by adding an extra day into the mix. It's conceivable that the top 10 of the Billboard 200 released next week is comprised of all debuts. The only question is who will come in at No. 1 and leave the others licking their wounds.
Plus: 'Making of' footage of the clip that permiered on 20/20
That message is lost in the video that looks like something out of “12 Monkeys.” Rihanna, clad in the funkiest jailhouse outfit we’ve ever seen: designer revealing mini with a hoodie and high heels, leans up against a wall—we know she’s in anguish by her messily coiffed hair. Her tattooed love boy pushes a gun (remember, it a metaphor for love) towards her. She takes it and transported back to the olive green, sterile prison, which then seems to turn into a gas chamber as red plumes pour in. But wait! Somehow, Rihanna has broken free and managed to change into a tan, clinging, long-sleeved mini as she walks down a street. Then she’s under water performing some form of water ballet when she is shot in the heart—but keeps on swimming. Unlike the song, the video ends before the final gunshot, so it seems to end abruptly with Rihanna, out of the water, and back on dry land, distraught but very much alive.
Which song rings off the hook, which is a wrong number?
Who's the surprising chart topper?
Unless there’s a last minute surge by New Jersey record buyers, the Italian classical crossover singer keeps Bon Jovi’s “The Circle” out of the pole position. That title is slated to shift around 150,000 copies. This week’s charttopper by Carrie Underwood drops to No. 3. Only two other new releases are poised to come into the top 10: Flyleaf’s “Momento Mori” and Switchfoot’s “Hello Hurricane.” Otherwise, old standbys like Taylor Swift’s “Fearless,” which will get an even bigger bump following her CMA wins, hold court.
Spend Dec. 28-31 with the band
The concerts cap a phenomenal year for Phish, as the band reunited for its first tour in more tha five years. The sold out outing, which starts another leg Nov. 18, was one of the top tours of the year. Plus, more than 40,000 people attended Festival 8, the group’s three-day festival where it played eight shows. In addition, Phish covered the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street.” Phish also released its first non-archival album on its label, JEMP Records. “Joy,” produced by Steve Lillywhile, came in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.