Britney Spears‘ video for ‘Perfume’ isn’t actually coming out yet, but it is finished and in order to drum up excitement, she’s released a sneak peek for it.
Let’s keep it short but sweet: What do you guys think?
December 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Sure, big sister Britney gets most of the attention, but Jamie Lynn Spears did have a burgeoning career at one point… until she got pregnant at 16 and left the limelight (and Zoey 101) for mom life. Now that she’s older and so is her baby, she’s engaged and life is coming together, it’s time to focus on her career again. With that in mind, she’s released a single called ‘How Could I Want More’ and oh snap, it’s actually good! It’s a bit Taylor Swift-ish – that was my first thought – but I think it could do well for her. And guess what – she can actually sing!
The song was inspired by her fiancé, apparently. I’m into it, but I’m not sure why she’s styled so old for the video. She’s only in her early 20s, so why is she dressed like she’s 20 years older? Ah, well, can’t win ‘em all.
November 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World (stupid name) performed their single, ‘Say Something’ on The Voice a couple of weeks ago and it really freaked me out because I swear I’ve heard this song somewhere a LONG time ago and I can’t figure out where. In a movie? A TV show? I don’t really listen to the radio besides Radio 1, so I’m not sure where it could have been, but anyway, it’s an okay song, even if it is a little dramatic/cut out for a Nicholas Sparks movie.
It’s nice seeing Christina doing something that’s a bit more scaled back and isn’t all over the vocal charts. As she often coaches her contestants on The Voice, sometimes less is more and you don’t need be running scales every five seconds to prove that you’re a good singer. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to watch The Notebook.
November 22, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
If there are two names you don’t expect to see in the same sentence, they would be Wiz Khalifa and Adele. But here we are, putting those names together, because apparently they’ve collaborated for Wiz’s new album. This all apparently started because Adele complimented Wiz’s wife, Amber Rose, at this year’s Grammys. I’m not sure what that has to do with anything, but let’s just go with it.
Here’s what he told something called SKEE LIVE:
“She ran up on Amber. She was like ‘Amber! Amber!’ and told her how beautiful she looked.”
“Her people contacted some of my people when they found out we were working on the album and sent some ideas through, so we were able to knock some things out.”
Well, this should be interesting. I keep thinking of that Childish Gambino remix of ‘Rolling in the Deep’, which is making me think this might end up being really good, actually! I wish Adele would get work done on her OWN album, though. We’ve been waiting for that shit!
November 21, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
If you loved Katy Perry‘s video for ‘Roar’, then you’re going to love the 20-minute behind-the-scenes clip she just released about what went into making it! To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever watched the full video (y’all know music videos ain’t my thing) so I don’t really have any interest in this, despite my love for Katy.
The video was filmed at the Arboretum in Los Angeles and features a monkey named Ripley. Fun!
“We like to make big visuals and basically re-remind people that we like to paint with broad strokes… we like to have fun. There’s a wonderful message in this song about… standing up for yourself. Sometimes if you have a serious video and a serious song it can be a little tough. We [wanted] to have a lighthearted visual to go with the song.”
Kewl, Katy. We’re with it. Watch the ‘making of’ video below:
November 15, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Well, Lily Allen certainly knows how to make a (re)entrance. After releasing ‘Hard Out Here’ earlier this week, she’s been thrust right back into centre stage, and not all the feedback she’s been receiving is positive. Personally, I “get” it and think the song – and the message behind it, and the video – is great and raises some really valid points while poking fun of a lot of the shit we see in mainstream music today, but there are obviously others who have, as Lily would say, “misunderstood” her intentions… exactly as she’d worried they might.
From The Evening Standard:
“It’s been an exciting 24 hours, that’s for sure. I’m a bit of a catastrophiser. I haven’t really slept much in the last couple of weeks, thinking about the negative feedback I was going to get.”
Asked why she wanted to return, she said: “I felt like I had to connect with myself again. I knew that I needed to get out of the house and do some work, and when confronted with that I thought about what it was that I was able to do, and writing songs is pretty much it.”
Becoming a mother meant she had “been through a lot”. She added: “My eyes are now a little bit more open to the rest of the world.
“I suppose beforehand, the things I had done had sort of, in terms of my career, come from quite an egocentric, maybe narcissistic place, whereas now it’s a lot more to do with my children and providing them with a future.”
She said of sexism in pop: “I think objectification of women is fine if I feel that there is a sense of ownership from the woman. If it comes from somewhere else and it feels like the woman is being coerced or forced into something then it’s gross.”
I love Lily Allen and think she’s so, so needed in pop music. But I think people also assume that feminists are meant to have perfect politics or that their version of confronting a narrative needs to be exactly the same as someone else’s. Some people are going to prefer satire, and others just aren’t going to get it and think it’s offensive. You’ll never please everyone. But this is the kind of thing that you can put smack up against Miley Cyrus, who claims she’s doing what she wants but is really doing exactly what she’s seen sells records and gets press, which is not about ownership in the slightest.
I mean, I’m no scholar and other people have talked about this far better than I ever could, but I wish more people would chill out with the “this is racist and offensive” bullshit and actually look at what Lily is trying to do here.