At the infamous 2008 VMAs, where Tommy Lee and Kid Rock fought over Pamela Anderson while Kanye West complained and moaned about not being offered the main stage, there were other good things to be noticed. That year, Justice was the featured “side-performance” artist and they did their best to impress.
Their effort wasn't in vain, as they put on excellent performances that featured other unknown and up-and-coming artists, like Daniel Merriweather and Robyn. Three years later, they are here with their second studio album, Audio, Video, Disco.
Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Kelly Clarkson is back, and she’s holding no prisoners. The OG American Idol winner released her fifth studio album, Stronger, this week. The album, if anything, is definitely a reflection of both her growth and artistic style. Stronger is Clarkson’s first record to recapture the vibe and magic of her previous effort, Breakaway, without simply releasing a carbon copy.
Her lead single, "Mr. Know It All," which is available for listen below, hardly does the record justice. The LP is a compilation of rock-infused edgy pop that thematically deals with resolution, love and forgiveness. Overshadowing the title track are “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” and “You Can’t Win,” the latter of which explores the idea of aimlessly trying to please anyone but yourself.
It’s not everyday that you get to see the large-scale expansion of a music career via a piece of art that’s racking up double-takes all over Tumblr. The piece of art seen left is a surrealist portrait of acclaimed video director, Yoann Lemoine.
His name may sound familiar when you consider the production company that he keeps. Hype Williams and David LaChapelle are always handy producers to have on set when you’re producing your films/music videos. But it shouldn’t be hard for him considering he’s directed the music videos for Katy Perry’s “Teenage Draeam,” Taylor Swift’s “Back to December” and the Mystery Jets’ “Dreaming of Another World.” With that much artistic swag on his résumé, it’s hard to imagine that he would need to do much if he wanted to switch from directing the videos for the music to actually composing the music himself.
Cocaine 80s has returned with their latest EP, Ghost Lady. In usual fashion, the self-proclaimed champions of “dope” music surprised their fans with the release via various social media outlets such as Facebook and their personal blog.
According to Pitchfork, the group was started by acclaimed and coveted producer No I.D. The hip-hop collective is an ode to the feel of authentic 80s Hip-Hop and real music. With such an ambition in mind, its not surprising that No I.D. employed Common and underground R&B guru James Fauntleroy for the collective.
If you just heard your neighbor exclaim “Oh yeah” or “No way,” it's simply because he or she heard some mind-blowing news; Drake and The Weeknd are doing not one, not two, not three, but four songs together on Drake’s upcoming album, Take Care.
Although the album was originally set to be released today for Drake’s birthday, the album was yet again pushed back, presumably to fine-tune and add some tracks to the still unreleased track list for the record.
According to Uproxx, Drake told MTV that the rising star, also hailing from Drake’s hometown of Toronto, would be included on the album for sure. The collaboration, as Drake puts it, is happening because of a mutual respect that the two artists have for each other.
Rihanna released her much-anticipated video clip for her latest single, 'We Found Love,' yesterday. The single is the first track to be released for her sixth studio album, 'Talk That Talk' which comes out on November 21. Despite the general uplifting nature of the song, the Barbadian songstress's video is everything but that. One could guess that she decided to focus more on the hopeless place that she found love in rather than deal with the expected theme of love.