November 12, 2013 |
Jhené Aiko offered a quick warning before she played her single, “The Worst.” It's best enjoyed alone with a joint (her words). She curled into a plush leather chair, took a long sip from a cocktail and gently swayed as the wrenching production unfolded, her eyes shut as the particularly aching hook filled a North Hollywood recording studio. “I don't need you, I don't need you, but I want you,” she sings. “I don't mean to, I don't mean to, but I love you.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times “The Worst” is the lead single for the singer-songwriter's new EP, “Sail Out.” Released on Monday, the EP serves as an appetizer as she completes her debut album, "Souled Out," and is the first release from producer No I.D.'s Artium imprint under Def Jam. In hip-hop Aiko is the new “it girl,” offering sultry, emotive hooks countering rhymes by J. Cole, Wale, Big Sean and Drake.
November 9, 2013
Mind your manners Pearl Jam singer and Seattle SuperSonics fan Eddie Vedder, speaking to the crowd in Charlotte, N.C., about why his band hadn't come through the city in 10 years: "To be honest, we might be a bit upset because you have a basketball team and we don't. " Going for it Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, tweeting about his hopes of winning the NBA's defensive-player-of-the-year award: "DPoY. Goodnight! People act like I can't have individual goals. I didn't talk about it in the past.
November 5, 2013 |
When Sky Ferreira turned up recently at an Echo Park watering hole to talk about her debut album, the singer's seen-it-all manner - joyless expression, slumped shoulders, eyes hidden behind dark sunglasses - hardly communicated the giddy excitement of an artist on her way up. But it wasn't entirely unexpected of someone who's been through what Ferreira has. In 2007, when she was 15, the Los Angeles native signed a major-label record deal after developing...
November 5, 2013 |
Britney Spears is back -- perhaps for real this time. In September, the teen-pop veteran sassed her way though "Work Bitch" with enough zombie-eyed determination to get Pop & Hiss mildly enthused about her comeback album "Britney Jean," due Dec. 3. But with its chanted vocal hook and its unforgiving stadium-rave beat (produced in part by will.i.am), " Work Bitch " is very narrow-band Britney; it presents only a tiny part of the broad emotional spectrum reflected in Spears' best work, including her last comeback album, 2011's excellent "Femme Fatale.
November 3, 2013 |
The show's over. Madonna has sold her mansion in Beverly Hills for $19.5 million. The single MLS listing photo offered only an aerial view, and agents and their clients who toured the home were among the few who have had a look inside. Those expecting the gabled-roofed home to have a gothic air were disappointed. "Tastefully decorated" was the word in real estate circles. During nearly a decade of ownership, the pop icon went on a spending spree, rebuilding and expanding the estate, which was completed in 2010.
November 3, 2013 |
In her role as a counterculture den mother to a group of suburban would-be rock stars in the new musical "The Black Suits," Annie Golden isn't just going through the motions. She knows rock 'n' roll. The 62-year-old actress was the lead singer of the Brooklyn-based punk band the Shirts in the 1970s. She was discovered by director Milos Forman when the band was headlining the legendary East Village rock club CBGB, and he cast her in his 1979 film adaptation of "Hair. " Although she has acted on Broadway, in movies and on TV - including most recently on the hit Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" - she still relates to her rebellious roots.