Singer believes in the song's message, despite the word choice
Ke$ha continues to try to clarify her feelings about the lyrics for “Die Young,” her first single off “Warrior,” which was yanked from many radio stations following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings last week in Newtown, Conn.
Earlier this week, she tweeted that she was “forced” to sing the lyrics. That tweet was quickly deleted.
She has now attempted to further explain by issuing the following statement on her website: “After such a tragic event I was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to ‘Die Young.’ Forced is not the right word. I did have some concerns about the phrase “die young” in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics especially because so many of my fans are young and that’s one reason why I wrote so many versions of this song. But the point of the song is the importance of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are things I truly believe.”
Note that she never says whether she voiced her “concerns” about the phrase ‘die young’ when she was recording them or just kept them to herself. Now that the song has come under increased scrutiny, she seems to be scrambling to disassociate herself with the lyrics. If she felt that strongly about it, maybe she should have spoken up a little more vociferously at the time. Let’s face it, Ke$ha hardly seems to be the type artist who has trouble expressing her opinions. Plus, she is listed as one of the song's co-writers (along with Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, Cirkut and Natt Ruess), so we're not sure how she was "forced" to sing lyrics she may have written herself.
Regardless, it’s one of those strange, sad cases where a song/artist gets pulled into a situation that really has nothing to do with the song at all. Maybe now that she’s made nice to Dr. Luke, who signed her, and anyone else she may have offended, we can put the focus back on where it should be.
The quintet breaks out new holiday tune in first performance on the show
Tribute will benefit music education programs
Prince will follow in the footsteps of R.E.M., Rolling Stones, The Who, and Bruce Springsteen with an All-Star Carnegie Hall concert.
To be held March 7, the ninth installment of the tribute series will raise funds for music education programs for underprivileged youth.
The line-up for the show will be announced shortly. Other past honorees include Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Neil Young. For more information, go to www.CarnegiePrince.com.
Where do Frank Ocean and Dierks Bentley show up?
Coming up with a Top 10 list always feels like a fool’s errand. It’s impossible to listen to all the music that I want to, so any list always has to come with the caveat that these were the songs that stuck with me throughout the year that I actually heard. Other crititcs’ lists inevitably turn me on to stuff that I’d totally missed.
Rihanna's 'Diamonds' remains at No. 2
Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” locks up the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second week in a row.
The move makes him one of only nine male soloists to spent at least two weeks with his first four singles, according to Billboard (Billboard counts his feature on B.o.B.’s “Nothing On You” in its tally).
“Heaven” reigns over former chart topper, Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” which is No. 2 for the second consecutive week. The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” climbs 4-3, switching places with Ke$ha’s “Die Young.” As Billboard notes, part of “Die Young’s” drop-off comes from a number of stations’ decisions to decrease airplay of the song following the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings.
Maroon 5’s “One More Night” stays at No. 5, while Flo Rida’s “I Cry” also remains in the same spot at last week, at No. 6.
Rounding out the Top 10, Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat,” featuring Nicki Minaj rises 9-7, Phillip Phillips’ “Home” falls 7-8, fun.‘s “Some Nights” drops 8-9 and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” zooms five places to No. 10.
As the Christmas freeze goes into effect with few new singles going to radio through the holidays, the highest debut belongs to newly-crowned “The Voice” victor, Cassadee Pope, whose version of Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy” bows at No. 40.
What happens when Superstorm Sandy shuts down production?
Music video shoots are often fraught with drama, but rarely so much so as Imagine Dragons’ shoot for “Radioactive.” While the Las Vegas rock band was filming the clip in New York, the quartet came face to face with Superstorm Sandy.
In this exclusive behind-the-scenes footage below, lead singer Dan Reynolds talks about how the wacky concept for the video came about. As you know, the music video, which came out last week, features stuffed animals and puppets fighting it out in a “puppet octagon.” The losers who survive are sent to a prison, where the members of the band are being held. The clip also stars Lou “Diamond” Phillips as the evil overlord and Alexandra Daddario as a force for good. Director James Larese calls it “‘Fight Club for puppets.’”
Not only do the band members, Daddario and Phillips talk about making the clip in this exclusive footage, the victorious Pink Bear, whom Phillips refers to as “The Jackie Chan of the bear world,” also does his share of interviewing. Turns out shooting lasers out of his eyes isn’t his only talent.
About half-way through the the shoot, Sandy closed production down and after being evacuated, the band hightailed it to London to complete the shoot. Appropriately, the band realizes its trials are nothing in the grand scheme of things. “We all got stuck [In New York] for a few days, but we made it out with our health, so we count ourselves as lucky for that,” Reynolds says.
“Radioactive,” the band’s follow up to its breakthrough hit, “It’s Time,” is No. 8 with a bullet on Billboard’s Rock Songs chart. The group’s new album, “Night Visions,” bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September. The band will embark on its first headlining tour this spring. For more tour info, go here.
British singer and American rapper combine for an emotional track
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Dido has a voice that seems to float ethereally above the notes. It works best when it’s tethered to the ground by an opposing vocals such as on Eminem’s “Stan,” which used her song “Thank You.” *
Here, on Dido’s new song “Let Us Move On,” Kendrick Lamar’s gruff rap fills that role.
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She's her own woman and don't you forget it
Alicia Keys has had enough of you telling her what to do.
In the video clip for “Brand New Me,” Keys, sporting a full, curly hair-do, as opposed to the sleek bob she’s been seen in recently, walks around a stage singing the song about finding herself and empowerment.
Her sense of self discovery is none too subtle. As she walks along some props, she sits down alongside a klieg light that turns on as she sings to it. Then she looks into a mirror at the Brand New Alicia. She pulls off the wig her handler has insisted she wear at the beginning of the video.
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Just how much did Madge rake in from the MDNA tour?
Madonna stirred up plenty of controversy on the MDNA tour by bearing arms and baring body parts in 2012, but it turns out she also brought in a ton of cold hard cash.
Her MDNA outing grossed $228.4 million to make it the top-grossing tour of 2012, according to Billboard. The tally come from 72 shows, all of which, according to Billboard, were sell out.
Coming in at No. 2 is Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. They grossed $199.4 million, also from 72 shows. Springsteen’s ticket price was considerably lower than Madge’s: His 72 shows drew 2.165 million people, compared with the Material Girl’s 1.63 million.
Rock relics continued to rule the top 10: Roger Waters’ tour, also with 72 shows (we’re sensing a theme here) comes in at No. 3 with a gross of $186.5 million.
Proving that his legacy goes on and on even after his death, “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil” claims the No. 4 slot with a tally of $147.3 million, based on 183 shows reporting.
Coldplay rounds out the top 5 with $147.2 million from 67 shows. That should tied them over nicely during the band’s recently announced hiatus.
One has to go to No. 6 to find an act that first started releasing music in this millennium. Lady Gaga’s 65 sell-outs register at No. 6 with a gross of $124.9 million.
That’s the end of the $100 million club. Coming in at No. 7 are Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw’s Brother of the Sun tour, which shone brightly enough to raise $96.4 million from only 23 shows (they were all stadiums).
Van Halen’s thwarted reunion tour ended with a slate of cancellations due to band burn-out (or any other reason you want to believe), but it still managed to gross $54.4 million from 46 shows to come in at No. 8. Coming in at No. 9 is Jay-Z and Kanye West’s The Throne tour with $46.9 million from 31 shows. And rounding out the top 10 is Andre Rieu, the Dutch composer/violinist who is astonishingly popular throughout the world even though you’re probably never heard of him. He brought in $46.8 million from 99 shows.
To see the list of the Top 25 tours, ranked by Billboard, go here.
Who belts the loudest on VH1 Divas?
Adam Lambert paid tribute to Madonna’s 30+ years of hitmaking at Sunday night’s VH1 “Divas,” with this odd cover of “Ray Of Light.”
Dressed in some kind of very strange hieroglyphic robe, or perhaps as a medieval knight, Lambert starts off really shaky vocally, but then he rises to the occasion. It’s an amped up version of Madonna’s take on the song. We’re not sure about the squat thrusts.
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