January 19, 2014 |
It's an idea that's easy to grasp: Justin Vernon onstage in Los Angeles the week before the Grammy Awards. Two years ago, after all, the singer-songwriter and his Wisconsin band Bon Iver were named best new artist at the Grammys, and “Bon Iver, Bon Iver” -- a modest masterpiece of deep-feel introspection -- won the prize for alternative music album. So it seems natural that Vernon would return to town for the annual crush of concerts and parties that takes place during the run-up to “music's biggest night,” set this year for Jan. 26. PHOTOS: Concerts by the Times Only Vernon didn't draw a sold-out crowd to the Fonda Theatre on Saturday with Bon Iver.
January 17, 2014 |
Kim Kardashian loves having a baby. Being pregnant with that baby, however, that was another thing entirely. "I think it's a real head trip," the reality-TV star told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview that aired Friday. "Your body is going through so many things that you can't even explain. ... It was really hard mentally on me. " That and she did have preeclampsia, which led to an early delivery. PHOTOS: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West "My labor was easy, but just the whole pregnancy, was so -- I had a few medical issues so it was really tough, and I gained a lot of weight, but it was just, they are all lying to you if anyone says it's easy," she said. But does she want to have more kids with the man she intends to marry over the summer, overseas ?
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January 13, 2014 |
Beverly Hills police launched a battery investigation Monday involving rapper Kanye West, police said. The alleged incident was reported about 12:15 p.m. Monday in the 8800 block of Wilshire Boulevard, a commercial district, according to a statement from the Beverly Hills Police Department. "The named suspect was identified as Kanye West by the victim and several witnesses," police said in a statement. West left the scene before officers arrived, police said. Authorities are conducting a follow-up investigation.
January 7, 2014 |
We're a touch late to the game on this, but recently, both Hall & Oates and "Ballin' Oates" have been popping up on shuffle with a mysterious frequency, so much so that it deserves mention. Hall & Oates? Dismiss them at your peril: The team long ago proved that its string of durable soul and rock hits in the 1970s and '80s could stand the test of time. How can you argue, after all, with "Maneater" or "Family Man"? Oft-critically maligned during their prime, Hall & Oates endure because the songs move forward through infectiously graceful grooves and catchy hooks. Hence the joy of "Ballin' Oates," a recently issued set of renegade reworkings that pits the duo's hits against classic raps by, among others, Wu-Tang Clan, T.I. and Kanye West.
January 7, 2014 |
The record-industry score-keepers at Nielsen SoundScan recently confirmed something many music fans had probably already assumed: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" - the cheeky disco-funk jam with the controversial, nudity-enhanced video - was the biggest-selling single of 2013, with 6.5 million copies sold. The tune, nominated for record of the year at this month's Grammy Awards, spent 12 straight weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100, longer than any other song last year; that video, meanwhile, has racked up nearly 300 million views on YouTube.
December 30, 2013 |
Beyoncé's stealth midnight release - a self-titled collection of new music and videos - may have arrived in near silence earlier this month, but it now rules the charts and The Times' Consensus Top Albums of 2013. The list, which stretches to a dozen albums this year because of voting ties, pools the Top 10 lists from pop music critic Randall Roberts and seven other pop music staff writers, assigning 10 points for a No. 1 album, 9 points for a No. 2, 8 points for No. 3 and so on. Beyoncé's "visual album" was named album of the year by two Times writers - August Brown and Gerrick Kennedy - and picked up additional points with its fifth place finish on Times pop music editor Lorraine Ali's list.