Sky Ferreira’s album is really, really good --and that’s not because Pitchfork said so. Sky Ferreira is only 21, yet seems to encapsulate the pop sounds of the 80’s on Night Time, My Time like she lived through it. Pre-album, the star did have to face minor setbacks; run-ins with the law and concert cancellations had gossipers ready to throw out comparisons of her to controversial stars like Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus. However, Ferreira never set out to portray a squeaky clean image in the first place, she lives a life under the radar and spectators simply gravitate to her grunge-y, rebel image. She was able to navigate a musical career almost completely through social networking which sets her apart from her peers and makes this album debut an applaudable effort.
Avril Lavigne’s career has been an interesting one, not without its twists and turns. When she exploded on the scene in 2002 with the album Let Go, the sixteen-year old prodigy produced a shockingly adult sound. Though known for her radio mega hits, “I’m With You”, “Sk8er Boi”, and “Complicated”, the album also featured more soulful ballads about vulnerability, loving, and struggling to find your identity.
Since then, Lavigne’s sound has skittered all over the place. Though she still managed to produce radio singles on her next three albums, the overall tone of her work ranged from maudlin in Under My Skin to obnoxious in The Best Damn Thing, finishing with mix of sentimental and bratty in Goodbye Lullaby. More often than not, Avril Lavigne’s music videos featured her flouncing and skipping, batting her eyes and pulling at handfuls of pink-streaked hair. She projected the image of a spoiled child screaming and running wild in a park, combining it with melodies that were neither pop nor punk. Her music teetered on the verge of obsolete with the ascendance of stars such as Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga.
Smilers, rejoice! Miley Cyrus has announced the tour dates of her latest album, "Bangerz", and it's sure to be twerk-tastic. The tour kicks off on February 14th in Vancouver, BC, and wraps up in Uniondale, NY on April 24th, with over 35 cities in between. Tickets go on sale November 16th, so get yours before they sell out! The tour will also feature rising pop phenom's Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop.Below is a list of places where Miley will be performing. Get your tickets here.
February 14 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live @ Rogers Arena
February 16 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
February 20 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
February 22 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
February 24 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
February 25 San Jose, CA SAP Center
February 27 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
March 1 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
March 4 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
March 6 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
March 7 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
March 9 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
March 10 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
March 12 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
March 13 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
March 15 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
March 16 Houston, TX Toyota Center
March 18 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
March 20 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
March 22 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
March 24 Orlando, FL Amway Center
March 25 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
March 29 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
March 31 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
April 2 Boston, MA TD Garden
April 3 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
April 5 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
April 7 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
April 8 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
April 10 Washington, DC Verizon Center
April 12 Detroit, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills
April 13 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
April 15 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
April 16 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
April 18 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
April 19 Louisville, KY KFC YUM! Center
April 22 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
April 24 Uniondale NY Nassau Veterans War Memorial Coliseum
Lady Gaga returns to the pop music scene with her highly anticipated, highly crafted ARTPOP. The iconic pop star continues her mission to turn pop music into a movement and an art installation piece with her latest effort, and at some times it’s just too much.. too much of the same thing
With first single “Applause” leading the pack, Ms. Gaga attempts to bring back the Fame days, discussing celebrity and how screaming fans give her life. It’s a smart, refreshing first single from the singer, after her questionable choices from the Born This Way era, as “Applause” is easily a radio friendly, Top 40 hit with an extremely catchy hook.
Yesterday, November 7, Avril Lavigne's eponymous album was released, and the "motherf*cking princess" of pop serenaded a group of lucky radio contest winners at the iconic Jazz Capital of the World, the Blue Note. Normally, the singer perfroms to full stadiums, nevertheless easily changed gears to accomodate the smaller, more intimate crowd.
Avril Lavigne skyrocketed to fame at the age of 17, and became well known for her tomboy demeanor and in-your-face attitude. Her uncanny ability to remain charismatic, despite her relative "fuck-off" temperment, translated well on her previous singles "What the Hell" and "Girlfriend," while her sensitive side shines through on her albums "Let Go" and "Under My Skin".
There's one thing you know you will always get with M.I.A. and her music, and that's a full dose of raw and uncut Maya. Her delayed fourth album 'Matangi' is finally out today (November 5) and it definitely does not disappoint. With the variety of sonic influences on the record, nothing feels out of place and is arguably M.I.A.’s best body of work to date. The fusion of World sounds with EDM, along with r&b infused with rock, rap and garage is something that most people aside from M.I.A. could never pull off, but she does and does it exceedingly well. The 15-track instant classic has a little bit of everything, from social commentary, to pomp, as well as a complete disregard for playing it safe. The rebellious album is a banger from start to finish, and stays true to everything we have grown to love about M.I.A.
Although the album will not be released until November 11, fans can now stream Lady Gaga's newest album, ARTPOP, on iTunes radio in its entirety.
On Monday night, November 4, Gaga posted on twiter, "US fans can listen to ARTPOP now on #iTunesRadio!"
News of the stream came just before reports that Gaga and Troy Carter, her long time manager, are no longer working together due to creative differences.
The first of anything is never going to be a flawless affair, and that was the mindset that many people, as well as the creators, had coming into the first-ever YouTube Music Awards yesterday (November 3), and the live event was an absolute embodiment of the internet; funny, awkward, and creative. The show held at New York City’s Pier 36, was a star studded event that was on everyone’s radar, not only for the sake of it being an awards show, but for the innovation of the event itself.
Hosted by Jason Schwartzman, along with comedian Reggie Watts, the Spike Jonze directed event was very YouTube in that you didn’t know what you would get, and once you got it you didn’t know why you enjoyed it--you just did. Chock full of awkward moments, the anything goes motto was on full display.From both hosts climbing ladders to get to the VIP section to present an award, to crying babies interrupting Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ acceptance speech, to the chaotic run around the hosts were on throughout the show to find winners, it was different, engaging, and it definitely shook up the traditional format, which people have been calling “snoozefests” as of late.
On May 17, 2012, the world lost a legend with the passing of Donna Summer, dubbed the "queen of disco." In the following interview Bruce Sudano, Summer's husband, discusses his contribution to Love to Love you Donna the new remix album on Verve Records celebrating the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and voice of the ages.
Let’s talk about Donna’s legacy and how you chose to honor her work?
This morning, Lady Gaga surprised fans by releasing her new song Venus via Twitter and, if we're being honest, it's a little on the bonkers side. We're used to the singer's bizarre antics but it looks as though she's taking things to a whole new level of crazy with this latest album cycle. With lyrics like "aphrodite lady seashell bikini, garden panty" nestled alongside gems like "have an oyster, baby, it's Aphrod-isy, act sleazy" and "don't you know my a** is famous?" - the latter of which is delivered in a manic snarl - the track is, as far as we can tell, about a relationship. With all of the dense and perhaps slightly ham-fisted space imagery and references to Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, however, it's difficult to tell. Productionwise it's solid but nothing groundbreaking, featuring agressive synths that hammer along underneath thick layers of Gaga's celestial vocals and pounding beats. Genius or just downright crazy? We're not sure. Have a listen below and decide for yourself.