Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban have joined the roster of country superstars performing at this year’s CMT Music Awards. Underwood adds this to her list of upcoming marquee TV appearances (The Sound of Music special and the Sunday Night Football theme song, both for NBC), while Lady Antebellum was recently seen performing on The Voice.
Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, George Strait and Jason Aldean are confirmed to perform as well. In addition to his set, Aldean is sharing hosting duties with actress Kristen Bell. Previously announced performers for the Nashville ceremony include Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and the Pistol Annies. More »
In our own review of Daft Punk‘s much-hyped and uber-buzzed-about fourth album, we noted that “Random Access Memories is many things: a gamble, a Genesis scroll of Daft Punk’s musical DNA, a mesmerizing summation of their career to this point and a dynamic jumping-off point for the next phase of their creative evolution. Oh, and also, it’s fun.” And for the most part, online critics seem to agree that by abandoning the use of samples and digital technology this time around, the arbiters of French electro-pop have presented us with sonic, cerebral journey through time that is as thrilling as it is ambitious.
Head below for our roundup of what the Internet at large had to say about Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. More »
Robin Thicke has dropped another Blurred Lines song, but unlike the bouncy, breezy title track or the buzzing “Give It to You,” this one is has no guest spots and no dance beats. “4 the Rest of My Life” is a blue-eyed soul ballad, the chorus riding along with a ’50s-style canned orchestra and eventually building to a guitar solo, as Thicke celebrates his (love) life sentence. So, yeah, time to break out those Justin Timberlake comparisons again.
It’s not as exciting as Thicke’s two prior cuts, but damn it’s a pretty listen. Hear it below. More »
Well, a version of Beyonce‘s Timbaland-produced five-minute Pepsi jingle “Grown Woman” leaked last night, and it’s definitely good if you like tribal beats and the absence of a chorus (personally, I do), but not so great if you were expecting a big commercial single with a big commercial hook. Then again, it’s Beyonce, so she’s not really playing by anyone’s rules but her own. Maybe this is what commercial sounds like in 2013. Who knows.
Our own Carl Williott wrote that the song is “a frenetic, globetrotting dance track with a tribal rhythm, chants and a descending bass line,” which it certainly is — and critics seemed to steer clear of offering too much judgment, instead simply noting the production quirks. Perhaps they, too, fear the wrath of the BeyHive. Check their thoughts below. More »
This is really shaping up to be Kelly Rowland‘s year, isn’t it? She’s going to be judging The X Factor! Talk a Good Game is finally coming out! Everyone loves “Dirty Laundry”! “Kisses Down Low” is available on iTunes! Yes, I think 2013 is going to belong to Miss Kelly. Bow down, as it were. (Sorry.)
The latest feather in the “Stole” songstress’ cap is a nice, seductive performance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, where she joined The-Dream to perform their duet “Where Have You Been” from his upcoming album IV Play; rocking all-white everything, the sultry chanteuse delivered velvety vocals (so did Dream, as ever) on the piano-led ballad. More »
Bay Area duo The Limousines try to resist temptation with ”Love Is A Dog From Hell” — the new single we’re excited to premiere from their upcoming sophomore album, Hush. The track is an ’80s-inspired New Wave gem about the temptations of falling in love. Interestingly enough, the song’s title is borrowed from a book by poet Charles Bukowski that discusses the darker side of love. Heady stuff!
The track’s shimmering, dream-like synths are paired with lyrics about cigarettes, kisses and heaven, and it’ll surely leave you reminiscing about the one who got away. Head below to hear “Love Is a Dog From Hell,” and to check out the Hush trailer/album teaser, which briefly demonstrates how The Limos have diversified their electro-pop stylings (peep that velvety sax on “Fool’s Gold”!). More »