As we reported yesterday, the remaining members of TLC — Chilli Thomas and T-Boz — will release a greatest hits collection on Oct. 15 with the group’s best-loved songs, as well as four new tunes, including “Posh Life,” produced and co-written by Dallas Austin Lady Gaga.
Katy Perry has usurped Lady Gaga's Twitter position
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While we were all focused on other things, like the birth of the Prince of Cambridge, Katy Perry was stealthily collecting Twitter followers.
Perry has now surpassed Lady Gaga as the female with the most Twitter peeps. Perry, who tweets on a very regular basis, has 39.8 million followers, while Lady Gaga has 39.3 million. Lady Gaga’s Twitter activity has been fairly dormant, although she has ramped up slightly since she has a new album, “ARTPOP,” on the way.
Lady Gaga, who has won 13 Moonmen, is no stranger to the VMAs: she “died” at the end of her performance of “Paparazzi,” sung “You & I” as alter ego Jo Calderone, and, of course, wore the infamous meat dress at the awards.
Keith Urban’s “Little Bit Of Everything” comes with a lot of astroturf.
In the new clip for his country hit, which debuted this A.M. on “Good Morning America,” the guitar slinger seems to be camping out surrounded by nothing but blue skies, but as we quickly see, he’s living in a house with nature facades as the real thing. And, in fact, his house is smack dab in the middle of a football stadium (anyone want to guess which one it is? I would say it’s LP Field in Nashville, home of the Tennessee Titans, but it doesn’t look like it.
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The “American Idol” judge steps into his car to take a drive, but even that’s not what it seems, for reasons we won’t spoil.
The video, which gives new meaning to the term fieldhouse, leaves open the very big question of where does he go to live when it’s football season?
Urban’s Light The Fuse tour kicked off last week in Cincinnati and precedes Urban's new album, “The Fuse,” out Sept. 10. Instead of working with one producer on “The Fuse,” Urban enlisted various producers to “expand the boundaries of my sound, rhythm and melody,” he said in a statement.
Fall down the rabbit hole in Franz Ferdinand’s very strange Timothy Saccetti-directed video for “Love Illumination.”
The band plays inside a slightly too small black and white box, while a kaleidoscope of seeming disparate images go by, from people in animal masks, men in drag, robotic modern dancers, assorted geometric images and topless women (man, it is really open season on them now, isn’t it, between Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Justin Timberlake’s “Tunnel Vision,” and now this). We’re especially partial to the two people dressed as a horse.
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A few weeks ago, producer Diplo mentioned that Beyonce’s record, her follow-up to 2011’s “4,” has been scrapped. He then quickly clarified that he didn’t mean the entire album, he only meant two songs that he had worked on with Queen Bey. However, it’s looking increasingly likely that the initial interpretation was correct.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Beyonce is going back to the drawing board after rejecting more than 50 songs. Among the top-notch songwriters who may be “affected,” according to THR, as Ryan Tedder, The-Dream, Sia, Diane Warren, and Ne-Yo. Columbia Records, who did not comment for THR’s story, never announced a release date for the album, but expectations— and not unrealistic ones— were that her Super Bowl appearance would signal a new single and that February’s HBO documentary would also be part of the promotional plan for a new album that would drop sometime in the Spring. Then, the thinking was that the album would come out before she started her world tour in the April. So far, fans have gotten new songs, such as “Grown Woman” and “Standing In The Sun,” but they have been first introduced via commercials for Pepsi and H&M and then not gone on to be promoted as official radio singles.
With Beyonce on the road with The Miss Carter Show World Tour through December (the last date is Boston on Dec.20), it’s not likely an album will be released this year.
So is this any cause for concern? No. Accountants like to think that albums can be turned out like widgets to meet quarterly projections, but that’s not how it works. Beyonce, who now manages herself, may just need to find some time to really think about what she wants to say and that’s hard when you’re going 100 miles per house. Is she spooked after “4”, while critically acclaimed, only sold 1.4 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Maybe, but it’s more likely that she’s a perfectionist and she’s not found the magic mix of songs she’s looking for.
Speaking of Boston, Beyonce played the T.D. Garden there Tuesday night and met with victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. This follows her appearance at a “Justice for Trayvon Martin” vigil in New York over the weekend.
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” spends its seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving it the longest tenure in the top spot on the pop chart this year. The song, which features T.I. and Pharrell, bests Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, which was No. 1 for six weeks. Remarkably, the song, which has spawned some fun covers, is also still gaining in airplay and it tops Billboard’s Digital Songs sales chart for the eighth week.
Not faring so well is Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which had been stuck at No. 2, blocked out of the top spot by “Lines.” This week, “Lucky” falls 2-4, as Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” climbs 3-2, and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” holds at No. 3.
Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” rises 7-5 to land Mars his 10th top 5 hit in slightly more than 3 years.
Rounding out the Top 10, Macklemore & Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, slips 5-6, pushing Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” featuring Nelly, down 6-7. Don’t feel too back for the country crossover duo as “Cruise” celebrates its 21st week at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, according to Billboard. It is now tied with Eddy Arnold’s “I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms),” which also spent 21 weeks in the top spot on the country chart, in 1948, Hank Snow’s “I’m Moving On” in 1950, and Webb Pierce’s Jimmie Rodgers’ cover of “In The Jailhouse Now” in 1955 (of course, back then the methodology was very different, with jukebox play, radio playlists and sales combining to come up with the chart numbers).
Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, is at No. 8. Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” lifts one spot to No 9, trading places with Timberlake’s “Mirrors.”
Phish will kick off a fall tour, its first autumn outing since 2010, with a three-night stand at Hampton (Va.) Coliseum, Oct. 18-20. Tickets go on sale Aug. 8.
The two-week outing is confined to the east coast, as the jam band is spending its five-week summer tour on the West Coast (sorry about that fly-over states).
Phish recently released two live sets: the six-CD set, “Ventura,” culled rom shows in 1997 and 1998, and “Live Bait Vol. 9,” nine tracks available for free here.
Phish front man Trey Anastasio recently revealed that the band is working on its first studio album since 2009's "Joy." In a piece that ran July 2, he told PBS NewsHour that the band was collaborating on the lyrics. Last year, keyboardist Page McConnell gave Rolling Stone a few details about the new project: "We're trying to create something that really comes from the four of us," he said, adding the band was going with spontaneity in an effort to "create something more in the moment." No release date has been announced.
Fall PHISH dates:
10/18 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
10/19 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
10/20 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
10/22 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
10/23 Glens Falls, NY Glens Falls Civic Center
10/25 Worcester, MA DCU Center
10/26 Worcester, MA DCU Center
10/27 Hartford, CT XL Center
10/29 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
10/31 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
11/01 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
11/02 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
Will the first Lady Gaga single from “ARTPOP” be “Applause?” That’s the hint we seem to be getting from Momma Monster.
A photo posted to LittleMonsters by LG’s make-up artist Tara Savelo, features Lady Gaga, with her hand purposefully obscuring the artwork, sitting at an easel, painting what could be the single cover. At the top is the word “Applause.” A caption says “26 days,” which, as her fans know, is when the first single will drop. That would lead us right up to Aug. 19 for this royal birth.