Twitter legend and occasional recording artist Cher performed her new-except-it-already-leaked-like-a-year-ago-but-who-cares-it’s-Cher single “Woman’s World” on The Voice last night, but wait! There’s more! She also gave all kinds of details to Billboard about the sound of her upcoming LP Closer To The Truth, sort of — at the very least, she revealed that “Woman’s World,” penned with and produced by Paul Oakenfold, was the starting point for the new record.
“Then Pink gave me a beautiful song,” she said. “Then Mark [Taylor], the man who produced the Believe album, came up with four great songs. There was a beautiful country song and a song a friend of mine and I wrote for Interview with a Vampire that got turned down. It’s very eclectic, you know. The songs are good songs that just happen to be together.” More »
Let’s all help Kelly Clarkson usher in a new era: An era of change; an era of happiness; an era of wedded bliss and hoedown throwdowns and country stylings. Yes, Kelly Clarkson is getting married, which is kind of significant, and she’s also a country girl at heart, which is kind of significant, and those two threads come together on her new single “Tie It Up,” which is — surprise — a country song about getting married.
A twangy “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”-style guitar loop kicks open the song, as Clarkson tells the tale of spotting her groom across the room before launching into a triumphant chorus: “Let’s set the date / Let’s hire the band / Let’s cut the cake / Tie up the cans,” she roars. It may not be a mainstream radio smash, but it sounds like the kind of thing that’ll go over pretty well in the heartland (probably better than, say, “Hole”) and even if it feels a little bit hamfisted, you just can’t not love Kelly Clarkson. Is there anyone who doesn’t love Kelly Clarkson? Is that even possible? I hope not. More »
There’s a new Eminem single heading your way: Not, though, from the new album that the MC is expected to release later this year, but rather from DJ Tony Touch‘s upcoming compilation PieceMaker 3: Return Of The 50 MCs. Apparently that’s out July 9.
So! Em’s got a single on it, and in the song, “Symphony in H,” he’s channeling old-school Slim Shady — not the grown-and-mature Em of recent years, but something a little more pissy and petulant. And violent! Sure, “Got an Oscar but I’m still a grouch” is a pretty great line, but there’s a casual misogyny at play that feels like it’s grown tired in the decade since Em was at his peak: “Plus you remind me of cocaine, ho / Always in a mirror with your face off / Feel an urge to put you over the line and chop you with a razor blade,” he raps, which is just so ugh. That said, the rhymes are tight and the beat is appealingly ominous, so maybe this is just what fans have been clawing for. But I kind of hope not. More »
It’s a very special week of meditating on the songs of summer, while each of our editors pick one of their favorite sunshine-dominating radio tracks and predict whether it will do for 2013 what Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” did for 2012. (My personal song of the summer was obviously Mariah Carey‘s “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” but I know I’m alone in that.) This year? My pick for single of the season is Avril Lavigne‘s “Here’s To Never Growing Up,” which has a YOLO-rific forever-young message that’s sweetly and wistfully nostalgic and the catchiest chorus in a minute. So, to address the titular question, will it be the song of the summer?
No. Probably not. But it should be. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Katy Perry found out Russell Brand wanted a divorce via text. This is literally the worst. I hope he at least had the decency to use an emoticon to lessen the blow. [Billboard]
:: Is Drake purposely keeping his feud with Chris Brown alive by continually mentioning him in interviews? Come to think of it, trashing Breezy is a rather effective way to plug a new album. [Hollywood Life]
:: Rap music isn’t ready for Amanda Bynes. That seems to be the general consensus but Wyclef Jean could have big plans for the fallen angel. [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: We all love a celebrity retweet but one J. Cole fan took things to the next level, threatening to kill a child if the MC didn’t show him Twitter love. Unclench, people. You’re probably being retweeted by an intern anyway! [VIBE]
:: Brad Pitt wants to work with Selena Gomez on a movie to impress his daughters. She knows who to turn to if they ever greenlight Spring Breakers 2. [Pop Sugar]
After the jump, find out what music acts you can catch on TV today. More »
Christina Aguilera and Cher performing on the same season finale? Nope, not the long-awaited Burlesque comeback tour. It’s The Voice Season 4 finale! “There are a lot of amazing musical things going on tonight,” announces Carson Daly, and right he is! Not only are those two divas hitting the stage, but it’s Blake Shelton’s birthday (HBD, BS!), the return of our favorite contestants past and more live performances than you can shake a stick at (should you enjoy stick-shaking)!
Ah yes, and the matter at hand: the winner of The Voice Season 4 will (eventually) be announced after two hours jam-packed with suspense, performances, laughter and tears. Mostly laughter at the tears, but laughter none the less. More »