If you’re gonna do a cover of Backstreet Boys‘ “I Want It That Way,” you should go into it knowing there’s a good chance the Boys themselves will see it. No pressure! After One Direction covered part of the hit, Howie Dorough said 1D did “a great job.” Well it’s been a good week for BSB covers, as Charli XCX performed a beautifully woozy cover of the song at a Chicago record store, which was lauded by BSB as well.
“Woah! Did you see this cover of “I Want It That Way”?” they tweeted with a link to Charli’s performance. Charli thanked BSB for the Twitter love, and the gushing continued: “Seriously such a great performance. We can’t wait to hear more from you!” See their exchange below. More »
Picture all the big clove-smoking early-to-mid-’90s crunchy girl guitar groups colliding with Sly & The Family Stone for a midnight jam session at the coffeehouse, and the results would surely be something akin to “Fixurlifeup,” the cool, weird new song Prince and his protege’s 3RDEYEGIRL dropped last month. Actually, I take that back — it’s not weird at all. It sounds straight-up like something out of a time capsule that was buried in 1993.
The video provides another flashback moment, as we see the Purple One himself looking not unlike he did during his rocked-out Billboard Music Awards performance this past Sunday (May 19): ageless, lithe and ever the star. The ‘fro suits him well, too. More »
Jennifer Hudson is joining American Idol as a judge next season. E! News reports that “multiple sources confirm” the deal has been signed, making Hudson the first former contestant to return to the show in a judging capacity. FOX is wisely trying for an Idol alum theme to draw in once-loyal viewers after the massive ratings drop for season 12: as reported earlier this week, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken are also in the running for the remaining two judging spots for season 13, and E! says Clarkson is close to inking a deal for one of those judges’ chairs. More »
Katy Perry is a darling. If ever there was doubt about that fact, it’s gone after she apologized to Chief Keef even after he lobbed a couple despicable tweets her way, one threatening violence. To recap: a few days ago, Perry tweeted that after hearing Keef’s “Hate Bein’ Sober,” she had “serious doubt for the world.” Keef came back with a predictably trashy response, posting “Dat bitch Katy Perry Can Suck Skin Off Of my Dick” and “Ill Smack The Shit out her.”
Late last night (May 23), Perry apologized to “Mr. Keef” on Twitter. “I’m sorry if I offended you. I heard a lot of people guesting on the song & didn’t even know it was you in particular.” She added, “I’m a fan of your ‘Don’t Like’ video tbh. I was really just having a general opinion on our generations desire to be constantly intoxicated.” We have no problem with Katy’s clarification regarding her distaste for the song’s message, especially since she has firsthand experience with addiction (via her past romantic relationships with drug users).
But, ugh, why give Keef the satisfaction of a COMPLIMENT after he directed such cretinous vitriol your way? That is so perplexing, and so disappointing. On the bright side, now we don’t have to write about Chief Keef anymore.
Anyway, head below to see KP’s tweets (which were then retweeted by Keef). More »
Kendrick Lamar‘s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” video centered on a rather festive funeral, and at the end, the words “Death to Molly” flashed on screen. Turns out the rapper is serious about ending hip-hop’s glamorization of the drug MDMA (for example, this). But K-Dot’s not exactly doing it for drug-specific reasons. Speaking with Sway of MTV, he’s making it a fight against lyrical laziness, and not necessarily about the harmful drug culture.
“I like trends…but sometimes you have trends that’s not that cool,” Lamar said. He argued that when everyone keeps rapping about molly (or any other ubiquitous trend/phrase), it just waters down the music. “It’s really about keeping hip-hop original and pushing away the corniness…It’s time to move on.” Check out the interview up top.
There was nothing about Mariah Carey‘s performance on Good Morning America this morning that went according to plan — and yet, somehow, it’s probably her greatest appearance ever. Such is the way with Mariah Carey, a walking camp classic, the diva to end all divas.
As Mimi, joined by her collaborator Miguel, took the stage, everything seemed to go horribly wrong, and perfectly right. More »