September 8, 2013 |
Poor Miley Cyrus . Apparently, she's been kicked off the cover of December Vogue. Unless you've been, say, trekking for several weeks in Bhutan, you undoubtedly recall her rather infamous performance at the recent MTV Video Music Awards . Her jam with Robin Thicke and that giant foam finger was rather ... lascivious. At the time it seemed she wasn't really worked up about the controversy. She's already said she doesn't regret the performance -- it's about making history -- and her manager says the VMAs "could not have gone better.
August 16, 2008 |
Thursday night at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Robin Thicke introduced "Dream World," a track from "Something Else" (due out Sept. 9), by telling the packed room that the song is about "an ideal world with no racism and no poverty." The tune offers a few more features of Thicke's utopia: "The ice caps wouldn't be melted," and "energy would fall down from the sky." Oh, and also -- the singer "wouldn't be so damn sensitive." Yeah, right.
December 10, 2013 |
"I think I started with drums," says Pharrell Williams. He launches into the strong, clean, distinctive beat to the "Despicable Me 2" song "Happy" with his hands slapping his lap, then vocally adds more and more percussion sounds: "You know what I mean?" Even without instruments, singing the word "music" for the rave-up organ line and tapping on his body in this nearly empty meeting room at the Four Seasons, he brings out the song's giddy dance-party feel: "'It might seem crazy, what I'm 'bout to say … music, music, music, music," he sings in a '60s croon somewhere between Curtis Mayfield and Jackie Wilson, "Sunshine, she's here, you can take a break … music, music, music, music ….' "So that led the whole feeling for the track.
August 6, 2013 |
Last week, we brought you news that Robert Glasper, the wide-ranging jazz pianist, would release a new album by his band the Robert Glasper Experiment on Oct. 29. Now you can hear the album's lead single, "Calls," below. A luscious neo-soul cut with vocals by R&B singer Jill Scott, the track comes from Glasper's sequel to last year's "Black Radio," which won the Grammy Award for R&B album. In addition to Scott, "Black Radio 2" is to feature guest spots by singers and rappers including Anthony Hamilton, Snoop Dogg, Common and Faith Evans, as well as Patrick Stump of the emo-rock band Fall Out Boy. (That one should be interesting.)
November 25, 2011 |
New Irish pub alert: Rock & Reilly's on Sunset Boulevard (a Blarney stone's throw from the Viper Room) has attracted curious visitors Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Piven, Geoff Stults, Darren Criss and Lauren Conrad .... Glamour magazine hosting a book party for Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" at the Roosevelt's Spare Room, drawing Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, Aziz Ansari, Nicole Richie and Anna Faris .... Beverly Boulevard eatery Sherbourne hosting American Eagle's celebration of Nylon magazine covergirl Rachel Bilson , with Ashlee Simpson and her "Boardwalk Empire" beau Vincent Piazza, Trevor Donovan and night life player Scott Sartiano .... The Black Eyed Peas ( Fergie, will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo )
September 18, 2013 |
After Tuesday's post about how dressing as Miley Cyrus this Halloween might earn you a bit of a reputation, the folks at HalloweenCostumes.com reached out to let us know they've compiled an extensive DIY tutorial on channeling the former Hannah Montana. Every last detail of how to create one of Cyrus' looks from the "We Can't Stop" video is twerked -- pardon us, worked -- out in this post by Aleksandra Sobic, so we won't bother rehashing it here beyond noting that it involves, among other things, a pair of white hot pants and a teddy bear backpack.
August 7, 2013 |
Sure, the president was on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday, but it was Stephen Colbert who easily had the most memorable moment of the night. To celebrate his annual summer concert series, “StePhest Colbchella '013,” the host donned tube socks and roller skates and boogied down to the song of the summer, Daft Punk's “Get Lucky.” He was joined in the celebration by a slew of celebrity friends, including Hugh Laurie, Jeff Bridges, Charlie Rose, Jimmy Fallon, a plaid leisure suit-wearing Bryan Cranston and, naturally, Henry Kissinger.
September 14, 2013 |
Hate those "Blurred Lines"? Gotten over "Get Lucky"? Those songs have been crowned the "song of the summer" by various taste-makers. But according to analysis by the music data mining company the Echo Nest, neither of those tunes, nor the ubiquitous One Direction smash "Best Song Ever," truly deserve the coveted title. The Echo Nest's Paul Lamere, director of the company's developer platform, looked at what songs were played the most times...