Honestly, the new Rihanna/Paul McCartney/Kanye West track ‘Four Five Seconds’ is one of the most perplexing single releases in recent history. It’s an absolutely horrendous song with a collaboration that just does NOT fit (and that probably only happened because they thought it would be ~unexpected~ and ~legendary~), no matter what way you slice it. I get that RiRi needs to get back out there, though I don’t think this is the way to do it. I’m not really shocked at Kanye, though – he’s always trying to one-up everyone with some crazy shit (which REALLY worked with 808s and Heartbreaks, but NOT here).
One of the best “bits” Jimmy Kimmel has ever come up with has got to be the Mean Tweets videos, right? There’s nothing like sitting some celebrities down and having them read the rude and ridiculous shit people say about them on Twitter to really brighten up your day. The ones about musicians tend to be particularly hilarious, and now we have a whole new crop of artists to laugh at.
Elton John may be long past the prime of his career, but he’s also a living legend, so obviously he’s getting paid the big bucks to perform in concert. How many “big bucks”, exactly? $500,000 per show to perform in Las Vegas at The Colosseum, far outdoing Britney Spears‘ run at Planet Hollywood.
There’s nothing that can change my mood more than music, and when it comes to the end of the day on Friday, who doesn’t want a little chill time? That’s why today, we’re starting a new feature here on EB: the TGIF Track of the Day. Today’s mood, being chill and all, requires a very chill song to get us there… and I think I’ve got the perfect one.
Below, check out the wonderfully brilliant Jessie Ware in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, covering Labrinth’s ‘Jealous’, mixing in some Chaka Khan and basically being really incredible. Have a great weekend!
Kelly Clarkson has been out of the spotlight for a while – she’s been busy hanging out with her baby and yes, preparing for her comeback. The first step of that comeback is to release a new single, which she’s done with ‘Heartbeat Song’.
On first listen, I must admit, this is fucking awful. However, Kelly has been known to make some jams in her day (looking at you forever, ‘Since U Been Gone’) so maybe there are better things to come, or maybe this one’s a grower or something.
What do you think? Are you excited for a Kelly Clarkson comeback?
Also, here’s the adorable teaser she put up for the song a few days ago, before the full track was out:
You’ll remember Sophia Grace Brownlee and her cousin Rosie, right? They got super famous on YouTube and then Ellen DeGeneres made them major stars in the US. Such big stars, in fact, that Sophia Grace seems to have secured a record deal and, at the tender age of 11, has released her first REAL single – a song called ‘Best Friends’ – and an accompanying video that’s downright horrifying:
Of course, you’ll probably remember that she already released a song called ‘Girls Just Gotta Have Fun’ back in 2013, but from all the buzz I’m seeing about this one, people seem to think she’s going to be a major star. Those rap skills, tho!
My biggest question is WHERE IS ROSIE because hello, they came as a team! I don’t care that Rosie never said anything and she was super shy. That was part of the charm. Sophia Grace is 11 now and the cutesy princess dresses and kindergarten cheese is getting a little old, but I also love that little girls have shit like this – shit that’s actually innocent, fun, playful and age-appropriate – to listen to, so I guess I’m with it. But I’m still terrified by it.
Even though Kanye West is a bit unstable, you have to admit the guy has some pretty impressive chops when it comes to music (or maybe you don’t have to admit it – whatever, it’s a free country). I’ve been on board for pretty much everything the guy has done, musically speaking – 808s and Heartbreaks is still one of the best, most underrated albums – but I don’t know if I can get on board with this.
Basically, Kanye wrote ‘Only One’ since he felt like it was his late mother’s way of speaking through him to his daughter, North West. The song is… not great, and some of the vocal effects are so distracting that it’s hard to get at that deep meaning, but I suppose it is there. I don’t know why Paul McCartney is involved with this, either, but he’s a bit messy himself these days, so… yeah.
Half the song is Kanye singing ‘Tell Nori about me’ over and over again, there’s a little Wurlitzer interlude, etc. It’s a bit too all over the place for me, this one. What do you guys think? And Happy New Year, by the way!