Kanye West debuted a promotional clip for Yeezus, starring Kim Kardashian‘s best friend Jonathan Cheban and Kourtney Kardashian‘s boyfriend Scott Disick. The clip was projected Friday outside a Los Angeles studio during a Yeezus listening party, and as previously reported, was inspired by the 2000 film adaptation of American Psycho.
In particular, the Yeezus clip is inspired by an ax murder set to “It’s Hip to Be Square” by Huey Lewis and the News. As rumored, the clip substitutes mentions of Huey Lewis and “Square” with that of West and Yeezus. Disick reprises Christian Bale‘s starring role of Patrick Bateman, the Manhattan businessman and serial killer, while Cheban plays a colleague who often gets mistaken for Bateman (played by Jared Leto in the film).
“I think their undisputed masterpiece is ‘Hip to Be Square,’ a song so catchy that most people probably don’t listen to the lyrics,” Bateman says in American Psycho. “But they should — because it’s not just about the pleasures of conformity and the importance of trends. It’s also a personal statement about the band itself.” Watch the clip after the jump. More »
The lineup at this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee is light on pop and heavy on, well, Serious Rock Artists, so pop chanteuse Charli XCX was a welcome injection of good vibes and high energy when she took The Other Tent (just go with it) on a sweaty summer afternoon.
Rocking a camouflage crop top, tartan miniskirt and a tangle of hair that she flipped liberally through the set, her affably grungy look marked a contrast to the crystalline pop melodies that she turned out — not only in her own songs (she performed all the highlights from True Romance), but in a pair of covers: Icona Pop‘s summer smash “I Love It” (which she she co-wrote and “features” on, so she has some ownership there), and what’s rapidly becoming her signature cover, Backstreet Boys’ iconic “I Want It That Way.” More »
This week’s Ibrawlator got heated when we asked our readers: Which of the up-and-coming girl groups would reign supreme in 2013, Fifth Harmony or Little Mix? Mixers and Harmonizers do not play games when it comes to defending their favorites. Who will win? We’ll find out on Monday.
Another big topic this week: Kanye West. With the release of Yeezus a few days away (err, despite the leak), the rap mogul has been making headlines all this week. whether he’s performing at Governors Ball, shooting an “American Psycho”-themed video in Brooklyn, or doing peculiar interviews with the New York Times, it’s always a G.O.O.D. time with Yeezus.
Additionally, this week was filled with new music from Jonas Brothers, Snopp Dogg, as well as some song premieres from up-and-comers Eli “Paperboy” Reed and The Dolls.
Check out some of this week’s best comments below! More »
Miley Cyrus continues her “We Can’t Stop” promo-onslaught by covering the latest edition of Billboard – in a cleavage-showcasing swimsuit, no less. She looks suitably adult and edgy, erasing whatever memories of Hannah Montana may have been lingering in our subconscious. After all, as the headline declares, this is Miley 2.0.
In the article, the “Blurred Lines” stage-crasher emphasizes her new sound and image, saying: ”Right now, when people go to iTunes and listen to my old music, it’s so irritating to me because I can’t just erase that stuff and start over.”
Can someone please reassure her that Can’t Be Tamed – and all previous recordings, for that matter – are actually very, very good? She’s growing up and reinventing herself. We get it. But I won’t stand for the outright dismissal of pop classics like “Party In The USA”! More »
If you’re under 25, all you need to know is that Belinda Carlisle has a super hot gay son. For the rest of you, the ’80s superstar needs no introduction. After changing the face of rock with The Go-Go’s, the gorgeous redhead forged a hugely successful solo career – notching up worldwide hits like “I Get Weak”, “Mad About You” and most famously “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”.
Well, after an extended break to focus on yoga, Belinda returned to pop music earlier this year with a glorious Ian Masterson-produced dance anthem called “Sun”. To celebrate the diva’s comeback, four of her solo albums from 1987 to 1993 are being reissued with bonus tracks and DVDs. Get all the details after the jump! More »
Wallpaper. will unleash their debut album upon unsuspecting music fans on July 23. The genre-defying band, fronted by Bay Area MC Ricky Reed, has been steadily building hype and winning fans for the past couple of years with their oddball party jams and outrageous remixes. Today they unveiled the cover and tracklist of the suitably-titled Ricky Reed Is Real and we couldn’t be more excited.
From the moment “#STUPiDFACEDD” went viral, we knew Wallpaper. was an act to watch. The pop culture junkies have reinforced that with each subsequent release – most of which, somewhat surprisingly, are absent from the final cut. Happily, they have included the poetic “Puke My Brains Out” and are even offering new single “Drunken Hearts” as a free download if you pre-order on iTunes (available June 18). More »
The return of Aly & AJ, now known by the rather alluring-but-confusing moniker 78Violet, has been one of the best feel-good events of 2013. To further underline the fact that the duo is back and ready to conquer the pop world with new single “Hothouse”, the lovely ladies are hosting a live chat on USTREAM tomorrow at 11:30 am PST.
What will you ask the Michalka sisters? Personally, I want to know about their stunning collaboration with Japanese dance legend Ami Suzuki. And someone needs to find out why the girls are dressed like those doomed siblings from The Virgin Suicides in their promo pics. More »
Last time we checked in on Lady Gaga and her ARTPOP sessions, we were tempted to make the “hard at work or hardly working?” dad joke. Since releasing a flurry of information and some “Cake” videos late last year about the album/multimedia project, things have been quiet on the Gaga front. Her frequent collaborator Zedd spilled a few details about the album in January, and now he has spoken to Rolling Stone for a more detailed update.
The DJ-producer says the pair have finished “five or six” tracks and that they were completely open to any ideas. “Whatever is dope is dope,” he said, before echoing Justin Timberlake‘s 20/20 Experience thought process by adding, “We do whatever we want, and we don’t have to make a song that’s 3 minutes and 30 seconds just to fit the radio.”
But what will it sound like? Maybe EDM. But maybe not EDM. More »
Avril Lavigne doesn’t strike me as a particularly enthusiastic person. She probably celebrated all those number ones by rolling her eyes and applying more mascara. Not caring very much is an integral part of the pop/rock pioneer’s enduring appeal and she stayed true to form by looking bored out of her brain while performing “Here’s To Never Growing Up” on Kelly And Michael this morning.
At least she sounded great. Avril did a brilliant job of stripping the summer smash back-to-basics for a timeslot-appropriate sound. With the Martin Johnson-produced jam shooting up iTunes (in part due to a price reduction but mostly because it’s a very, very good song), the future Mrs. Chad Kroeger is covering all promo-bases. More »
Following Cyndi Lauper‘s groundbreaking Tony Awards win on Sunday (June 9) — she’s the first female to nab the statue for Best Score — the Kinky Boots music mastermind began tweeting photos of herself posing with her shiny, new mantel decoration. As the days wore on, Cyndi’s followers caught glimpses of the “Time After Time” icon’s overjoyed face backstage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall — both by herself and with Kinky Boots director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, conductor Stephen Oremus and actor Billy Porter.
Our favorite image, however, is the one one snapped in the Paramount Hotel winners’ room late Sunday night, which features Cyn passed out on a couch, clutching her Tony closely while placing her hand on her spinning head. More »