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.
January 9, 2014 |
Miley Cyrus considers Marc Jacobs to be a fashion mentor -- among other things she wore his fishnet column gown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala this year -- and now she is the face of his spring advertising campaign, looking kind of dark and moody on a beach. [WWD] Drew Barrymore was named editor at large at Refinery 9. [Los Angeles Times] "Glee's" Naya Rivera's long, usually dark locks were blond at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday. [People]
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 28, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - One down, 99 (or so) to go. Britney Spears on Friday night began her much-discussed two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in which the onetime teen-pop superstar will perform a scheduled 100 shows through 2015, with the possibility of adding more gigs if the production takes off. Singing -- well, sort of -- for what appeared to be a full house at the 4,600-seat Axis Theater, Spears led a show, called “Piece of...
December 26, 2013 |
Miley Cyrus isn't taking much of a holiday break. After spending the last few weeks playing Clear Channel-branded Jingle Ball concerts in various cities ( including Los Angeles ), the controversial pop star on Thursday released a new music video for "Adore You," a spacey ballad from this fall's "Bangerz" album. An unauthorized version of the clip appeared online ahead of schedule Wednesday, prompting Cyrus to complain on Twitter (spiced with some choice four-letter language)
December 16, 2013 |
Leave it to Barbara Walters to get Miley Cyrus to open up about her ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth. Wait, didn't Ellen DeGeneres already do that ? Yes, but 2013 has the unfortunate moniker of becoming the year of Miley Cyrus. Barb asked Cyrus the really tough question about whether she believed she agreed too quickly to getting engaged to "The Hunger Games" star. It turns out little Miley was afraid of being alone. "I was so scared of ever being alone, and I think conquering that fear, this year, was actually bigger than any other transition that I had this entire year," Cyrus told Walters in her " Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 " interview.