Katy Perry‘s Prism FINALLY leaked yesterday, in case that’s something you were looking forward to as much as I was. It’s really good! It’s a LOT different to Teenage Dream – much darker, a bit dancier – but I’m loving it so far. I don’t necessarily know that I’m loving ‘Unconditionally’ as the choice for the next single. It’s a good song, of course, but there are so many good ones on there that are better than this one.
Give it a listen:
There’s a few self-empowerment tracks on the album, which is proper Katy (‘Firework’, anyone?) and while some of the lyrics on the album are a bit touch-and-go, somehow the tracks all come together. ‘Unconditionally’ is a good example of that. The production and the melody make up for the bit the lyrics lack and it’s great. What do you think?
October 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Avril Lavigne wants to assault our ears with a new song called ‘Hello Kitty’ which is apparently about her love of the Japanese cartoon brand but also has a “flirtatious” and “sexual” side to it… and that makes me want to chop off my eyes and ears.
Here’s what she told Digital Spy about the track:
“‘Hello Kitty’ was such an interesting topic and subject,” she said. “It was really exciting for me.
“I didn’t want it to sound like anything I’d done before. I wanted it to sound over the top so I ended up hiring a new producer to help me with it.”
Asked if the song has a double meaning, she replied: “Obviously it’s flirtatious and somewhat sexual, but it’s genuinely about my love for Hello Kitty as well!”
Okay, please tell me what fucked up universe you have to live in to associate a child’s cartoon cat brand and sex? Unless you’re a plushie, but even then… girl, keep that behind closed doors. I don’t think Avril’s mentality has evolved beyond a 13-year-old’s, so we’ll have to give her a pass on this one.
October 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Taylor Swift is like the Kate Middleton of Nashville (just go with it), so the city is always bestowing her with plenty of songwriting awards and other accolades… and now they’ve allowed her to open her own music school! The Taylor Swift Education Center opened on Saturday (bit weird, but again, go with it) and is part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The whole thing cost a cool $4 million to create.
Here’s Taylor’s statement:
“I’m really excited about this music education center and the fact that right now they have three different classes going on today. It’s really exciting that we can be here on a day when they’re not only unveiling it, but they’re starting to actively use it today.
“We’ve been talking about different programs I can be involved in. I hate to call it a lecture because that sounds like I’m yelling at people, but we could do a Q&A talking to students here and a songwriters discussion would be really fun to have at some point.”
Sweet. Look, I know it’s Taylor Swift and some people are gonna give her shit for this, but music education programs are seriously underfunded, so any contribution to that area is a good one. It’ll be great for local kids in the area, so go team!
October 14, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
I think we can all sorta agree that Lady GaGa‘s new music is shit and that ARTPOP is going to be a mess – though admittedly, ‘Applause’ has really grown on me. Whatever, I’m secure in who I am, I can own up to that! Either way, she’s released the lyric video for ‘Aura’, which features on her new album and the soundtrack for the new Robert Rodriguez film, Machete Kills.
If that’s not enough, GaGa is even IN the movie as La Chameleon. If ever there was a perfect movie role for her, this is it. Mel Gibson, oddly, is also in it. Not so sure about that bit of the casting.
What do you think of ‘Aura’? I think it’s absolutely horrendous, but I suppose to each her own. It’s like 9 songs in one, though. Pick a direction, girl.
October 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri have a long history and have worked together already on two songs – the classic ‘Always Be My Baby’ and ‘We Belong Together’ (which I love) – but I’ve got a serious blast from the past for you: she’s now hired him to be her manager. I seriously feel like I’ve just entered a time machine back to the mid-’90s for this one, but hey, she must know what she’s doing.
Here’s Mariah’s statement:
“We have a bond that surpasses music. I am super excited about our merger because we have so many innovative ideas that I know will come to fruition.”
And here’s Jeremaine’s:
“A multi-talented artist of Mariah’s caliber should be doing everything imaginable. I’m sure others have said this but not the way I intend to do it. For me, it’s about the execution.”
Well, aren’t we excited? I don’t think I realised until I read it in the LA Times that Mariah was being managed by Randy Jackson before this. I haven’t followed Mariah’s career closely like that since the Tommy Mottola days, so that’s that. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of material these two come up with together.
October 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Perhaps aptly titled – considering her prison tenure for not paying taxes – Lauryn Hill‘s release of a new track entitled ‘Consumerism’ the day before she was released really gives me a chuckle. Also, considering The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was a massive part of a lot of our lives in the late ’90s, I had high hopes before pressing the play button.
Apparently ‘Consumerism’ is part of a project she’s working on called Letters From Exile that should be released through Sony Music at some point. Here’s what Lauryn had to say about it:
“‘Consumerism’ is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in,” Hill said in a statement. “We did our best to eke out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side.
“Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it.”
“I haven’t been able to watch the news too much recently, so I’m not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens.
“I couldn’t imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking its level.”
Well, fair enough, I guess? She’s not the first rapper to do “higher consciousness” rhymes and I respect that. I also don’t want to undermine her views (which admittedly have been extreme/off the wall in recent years and have accompanied some pretty eccentric behaviour), but I just don’t understand.