Well, John Mayer (who Katy Perry recently described as having a “beautiful mind” and a “tortured soul,” in case you wanted to feel a lot of feelings about something this morning) has just released a new single and a new video: The song’s called “Paper Doll” and it’s a quintessentially John Mayer track, with a little Mumfordesque drum bit and a catchy-sweet melody, but it doesn’t feel like it’s really up to much.
The song’s release comes paired with a video that’s called a video but is actually a lyric video, since Mayer’s nowhere to be found: Instead, he recreated the viral Prancercise video, with lyrics running across the screen. It’s just so John Mayer, isn’t it? You can sort of see him stroking his chin in a lounge somewhere, thinking about #content and how to #go #viral, and then — “Aha!” he thinks, calling his manager. “Get that weird old lady from the Prancercise video, quick.” So even if there’s something sweet about it, for some reason it feels difficult to trust, because it’s John Mayer, and there’s a lot of baggage there. More »
On Monday we kicked off a week where we here at Idolator will be analyzing the five top contenders for this year’s Song Of The Summer by shining a light on Robin Thicke‘s surprise hit party jam “Blurred Lines.” I mentioned then that it was just one of the big songs vying for the title that features Pharrell Williams. And here now is the other: Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky,” on which the Neptunes mastermind delivers the bulk of the lyrics.
Over the past few months, Idolator and much of the Internet have feverishly covered the anticipation of new music from Daft Punk, the arrival of “Get Lucky,” the collaborators on the album Random Access Memories (including Giorgio Moroder, who we interviewed) and the LP itself.
Really, there’s not much more we can say about the funky lead single from RAM that hasn’t already been shouted from the mountaintops, but below I’ll state the very obvious case for why “Get Lucky” is here in this roundup of possible Song Of The Summer contenders, all of which you can vote on starting next week. More »
In the video for Electric single “Vocal,” Pet Shop Boys take a cue from the song’s lyrics (“everything about tonight feels right and so young / and anything I’d want to say out loud will be sung”) and literally transport us back to the Thatcher-era Euro rave scene — a time period and culture that inspired some of the duo’s most highly-acclaimed work (see: 1990′s Behaviour and 1993′s Very).
Ever eager to experiment and step out of the box, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe tapped photographer Joost Vandebrug to edit together footage of late-’80s British raves, along with scenes from legendary Manchester club The Hacienda, for the “Vocal” visual.
The Boys note the following on their official site: “The video (and the song) was inspired by the way British youth at this time found its own freedom with a new culture epitomised by dance music and raves.” More »
The image of Katy Perry on the July cover of Vogue already made the rounds last week; she was shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz (who finally got to pay off her T-Mobile bill) and styled in a lot of beautiful couture gowns on a farm somewhere (because #fashion, or whatever).
That said! These are sickening times we live in, folks, sickening times, because the pull quotes that are being reported from the cover story are about Perry’s relationship rather than what I really want to know (which is, of course, her work on the hotly anticipated follow-up to Teenage Dream.) Awful. Just awful. More »
It’s been a big season of The Voice! Two new coaches — Shakira and Usher — joined Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in the rotation, Shakira gave birth (off-camera, but still), country took over, Carson Daly didn’t change out of his suit and Christina Milian rocked approximately 14 different nonsensical hairstyles during the live shows.
Oh. And some contestants performed. Try not to forget about them in the excitement and guest performances.
The two-night, four-hour season finale of The Voice got underway on Monday. In an evening filled with hyperbole and the earnest use of the phrase “go big or go home,” each of the three finalists performed three songs: a throwback from earlier in the season, a coach duet and a solo turn. While all of the performances would certainly hold some sway in voter decisions, only the solos are factored into the iTunes downloads portion of the vote. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Iggy Azalea is still work, work, working on her sheeeet. The Australian femcee silenced rumors she had left the Hustle Gang family by inviting mentor and ”Murda Bizness” collaborator T.I. to perform with her on stage in New York. [Rap Up]
:: Which artists inspired Daft Punk‘s massive number one album Random Access Memories? Hint: Legendary producers Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder are on the list. [NPR]
:: Kanye West hits up Scott Disick to star in an American Psycho-inspired Yeezus commerical. In all honesty, it’s scarier than the movie. You have been warned. [Rap Radar]
:: This was always going to be controversial. Lil Wayne stands on the American flag in behind-the-scenes footage of his “God Bless Amerika” video. Sinead O’Connor was exiled for less! [Billboard]
:: Drake wants to sit down with Chris Brown to discuss their differences man-to-man. We wholeheartedly support this – as long as its telecast for all of us to enjoy. [MTV]
After the jump, find out what music acts you can catch on TV today. More »