Amy Winehouse died nearly four years ago, and it’s still pretty hard to believe. I was a massive fan and was rooting for her all the way to the end, but it seemed her demons were just too big for her to beat (and I still think it’s all Blake’s fault). She was an incredible talent, one that was gone far, far before her time, and she was a massive loss to the music world. No one spoke for our generation the way Amy did – so frank, so unfiltered, so emotive. I really miss her a lot.
Director Asif Kapadia has now made a documentary, aptly titled Amy, which followed her life both before and during her fame, and really shows so much love and care for the subject at hand. The movie isn’t due out until July, but we’ve got the first trailer, and it’s really sad:
Jay Z‘s TIDAL – basically a try-hard chic version of Spotify – was unveiled earlier this month with a ridiculous business model and an even more ridiculous membership fee (about 4x that of Spotify). It’s clearly going to fail, but for now, Beyonce is trying to keep her man’s venture afloat by releasing ~exclusive~ material ONLY through TIDAL. Get your credit cards ready if you want to hear the entirety of ‘Die With You’.
Bey released the first teaser of the track on Facebook, directing everyone to head to TIDAL to buy it. Will you take the bait?
I’ve never been so wishy-washy over an artist in my life. Sometimes I absolutely love Beyonce and think she’s an absolute queen. Then she oversaturates the world with her presence and I need her to go the hell away for a long ass time to give us a break from her bullshit. It’s a difficult thing to reconcile, but just FYI, I’m in the “go away for a long time” phase at the moment.
Sia has been working with Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler for a while now. Maddie, who’s 12, has appeared in the music videos for ‘Chandelier’ and ‘Elastic Heart’ and has performed alongside the singer on most of her big TV performances, as well, like Ellen and even at the Grammys. It looks like their collaboration isn’t going to slow down any time soon, either, since Maddie is also the star of the new ‘Big Girls Cry’ video.
I have to say, I absolutely love Sia and what she’s doing. I know some people don’t “get” it or her, and that’s fair enough – to each her own – but I think Sia’s brilliant and Maddie is the perfect way for her to express all the chaos in her mind. Love it.
Kanye West has been terrorizing audiences around the world for years, and following in his unrequited love/musical hero Beyonce‘s illustrious footsteps, he was actually invited to headline this year’s Glastonbury Festival over in the UK this summer. The problem is… no one really seems to want him there. So badly do they desire his absence that a guy called Neil Lonsdale put together a petition to dis-invite him from the festival… and it’s been surprisingly successful.
Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world. We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment.
Kanye has been very outspoken on his views on music….he should listen to his own advice and pass his headline slot on to someone deserving!
Lets prevent this musical injustice now!
At the moment, the petition has over 71,000 signatures. Will it have any effect? Eh, probably not, but wouldn’t it be amazing if it did? Kanye would no doubt unleash the most narcissistic rant of his entire career – a tall order, but I know he’s got it in him.
You may or may not remember this, but some months back, a lawsuit was brought against Robin Thicke and Pharrell by Marvin Gaye‘s estate, claiming that ‘Blurred Lines’ was a pretty blatant rip off of Marvin’s track ‘Got to Give It Up’. Robin was high the whole time and Pharrell was… Pharrell, so they sorta denied the whole thing. Unfortunately for them, a judge decided just this week that ‘Blurred Lines’ also blurred the line between inspiration and copyright infringement and they need to pay up.
Robin and the song’s producer Pharrell Williams are now on the hook for $7.3 million to Marvin’s family because the jury found they infringed on the Gaye copyright for his 1977 hit.
The jury ruled T.I. — who raps on ‘Blurred’ — was NOT responsible for the copyright infringement.
As we previously reported … Marvin Gaye’s kids first sued Thicke back in 2013 for allegedly ripping off the song. “Blurred Lines” was #1 on Billboard for 12 weeks that same year.
Let this be a lesson… of what, I’m not quite sure. Basically that you’ll have to pay back all the money you pretty much stole by blatantly ripping something off and thinking you were slick enough to get away with it, I suppose.
Carly Rae Jepsen pretty much set the pop world on fire with “Call Me Maybe” and then reportedly went broke. Well, it looks like she’s gonna be okay after all, because her new single (“I Really Like You”) is out and the video stars Mr. Tom Hanks (with an appearance from that douche, Justin Bieber). In the video, Hanks lip-synchs and walks around NYC. And yes, it’s just as bizarre as it sounds. I mean, at one point, Hanks tells Jepsen that he’s pregnant.
I think you just have to watch the video to get the full effect:
So how did this come about? According to Rolling Stone, the two met at Scooter Braun’s wedding (he’s Justin Bieber’s manager). Braun then arranged for Hanks to be in the video. Jepsen recounts,
“Scooter was telling the story [of the video] to Tom over dinner, and Tom apparently said ‘Why not me? Why didn’t you ask me?” Jepsen told Access Hollywood. “I got a call three days before Christmas from Scoots being like ‘Do you think Tom Hanks would do?’”
And here we are. What do you think of the video? Will this help Jepsen get back on top?
Kanye West had an absolute fitat the Grammys this year when Beck took home the Album of the Year award, because if Kanye doesn’t get his way, the world is going to know about it. And, in case you forgot, there are no real artists in the world besides Kanye and Beyonce. Everyone else should just step aside and make sure they get all the awards because that’s what’s right.
At least that’s how he felt before… and now he’s seemingly had a change of heart. Not only has he extended the olive branch of peace to his once sworn nemesis Taylor Swift, but he’s also offered a public apology to Beck in the most meaningful way possible: on Twitter.
I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck.