January 31, 2014 |
Miley Cyrus has been 21 for all of two months now, give or take, but she's already something of a senior statesman, apparently giving advice to a pal, 19-year-old Justin Bieber. "I would just say, you know what, you've got a lot of money. Pay people to make sure you don't get in trouble," she sagely told Jay Leno on Thursday's "The Tonight Show. " "And party at your house. Buy a house, and add a club to it. " From what the neighbors have said, we think he's already following through on the second part, with lousy results, but the first part sounds pretty common sense.
January 31, 2014 |
In spite of the song's title, Pop & Hiss has found it pretty easy to forget Shakira's irritating duet with Rihanna, which after premiering two weeks ago has already dropped to No. 61 on the current Hot 100. But as the fruit of a much-hyped superstar collaboration, "Can't Remember to Forget You" can hardly be left to die on the vine -- especially since the song is supposed to establish some buzz ahead of the March 25 release of Shakira's new album,...
January 30, 2014 |
For close to eight months now -- since she released the music video for her song “We Can't Stop” -- Miley Cyrus has had a look in her eyes that's proved nearly as transfixing as the other body parts she's put on public view. It's a mixture of determination and desperation, a raw visual expression of how brazenly the former Disney Channel star has remade herself in a hip-hop image but also, it seems, of a creeping fear that her license to appropriate may be revoked at any moment.
January 26, 2014 |
“Each name lives up to the adjective he or she deserves.” That's the back-slapping tautology Clive Davis used to introduce some of the A-list entertainers who'd gathered for the record mogul's annual pre-Grammy Awards gala Saturday. The bash at the Beverly Hilton Hotel is known for its high-wattage performances -- this year's acts included Lionel Richie, Miley Cyrus, R. Kelly, Imagine Dragons, Fantasia and Pharrell Williams -- and for its equally sparkly guest list. On Saturday night, Taylor Swift, Jane Fonda, Rod Stewart, Joni Mitchell, Rihanna and the members of Metallica were in the audience, along with many of the producers and executives who seem to take turns receiving the Recording Academy honor that serves as the evening's ostensible focus.
January 11, 2014 |
My favorite album cover is the one for Miles Davis' wonderful “Porgy and Bess.” I love so many things about the photo on the cover: the man's white shirt, the woman's knee, how it's cropped to show just their midsections, how Davis (and surely it is he) is slouching in his chair. But what I love most is the woman's hand touching the trumpet. Is she handing it to him, or trying to take it away? I tend to think she wants him to put it down and just talk to her, for once.
January 10, 2014 |
There's really no question: When it comes to pop songs about spherical implements of destruction, Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" beats Lea Michele's "Cannonball" in every way, not least in the matter of each song's central metaphor. "I came in like a wrecking ball / I never hit so hard in love," Cyrus sings , "All I wanted was to break your walls / All you ever did was wreck me. " That's good writing -- concise, emotional, easy to visualize. Then there's Michele, who sings, "Now I will start living today / Today I close the door / I got this new beginning, and I will fly like a cannonball.