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Mariah Carey better start wishing for more at Christmas

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I grew up absolutely idolizing Mariah Carey. I had every single album on cassette, I knew every word to ever song, I loved her. She was an amazing singer and there was no one else like her. Then she divorced Tommy Mottola and started exploring more than straight pop. I was on board! ‘Shake It Off’ and ‘We Belong Together’ are two of the most amazing songs ever.

However, they still don’t compare to her earlier work – especially ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. Everyone knows and loves that song. Seriously, everyone in the world, even if they hate Christmas or don’t celebrate Christmas or whatever. The song is an earworm and it’s amazing. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Mariah’s live performance of the beloved track on the televised lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center.

I won’t spoil you too much, but she basically missed every single high note, was all over the place pitch-wise and it was just a hot mess. It wasn’t her worst live performance by far, but oh man, it wasn’t good. Here ya go:

There was also apparently a lot of drama surrounding this performance because Mariah was actually due to pre-tape her performance but turned up three hours late since she was on the phone to her divorce attorney for a long ass time, so network execs sent her home and she eventually decided to wing it and do it live. Props for that, but I can see why they wanted to pre-tape…

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Gwen Stefani releases ‘Spark the Fire’ video

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Gwen Stefani is getting back in the swing of things as far as her music career goes, and her first offering to the world in several years is this: ‘Spark the Fire‘, a semi-shitty rap/pop whatever-the-hell you’d call it that’s… not very good. I mean, even Fergie’s comeback single is better than this shit.

I love Gwen and think she’s absolutely divinely beautiful, but I feel like she probably needs to give the music a rest. Your mileage may vary, of course… I’ll let you decide for yourself:

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Rihanna’s finally ready to release some new music

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Rihanna was in the habit of releasing a new album every year but so far, she’s left us hanging. But guess what – #R8, the new album, is said to be on the way. A tracklist leaked, Rihanna has been in the studio and we are about to have some new jams on our hands!

First, a clip of what she’s up to in the studio:


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Next, the supposed leaked tracklist:

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Thirdly, someone said that her first single from the album is going to be called ‘Kisses Don’t Lie’, which… okay, girl. I’m here for this. Just give it to us now!

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The 5 Most Ridiculous Things Beyonce does in the ’7/11′ video

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It’s time Beyoncé came out with some new music, I guess, so she’s dropped the first single from her upcoming album. The song is called ’7/11′ and it already has a video. The “unique” concept behind it, I guess, comes from the fact that it’s all shot in home movie format – we’re meant to feel like we’ve got a sneak peak into how Beyonce lives because all of this was shot on the balconies or in the hallways of the penthouse suites she spends her life in. How do I feel about it? Eh…

It’s all downright ridiculous, really. While the entire clip is full of “WTF?” moments, the following 5 take the cake:

1. Beyonce, in a fit of laughter, sits on the bathroom floor and lifts her foot to her ear, pretending to use it as a telephone. Your foot cannot transmit or receive data.

2. Beyonce attempts to do that weird “dance” move where you hold your leg in front of you and then jump over it with the other leg. She fails.

3. Beyonce and friends crowd around a small pile of bills – the bills look to be small denominations and add up to probably no more than $100. Hardly ballin’ out.

4. Beyonce wears a blue sweatshirt that says “KALE” in large letters. Kale is gross.

5. Beyonce has a split second light saber fight with a fully masked/hooded villain who disappears as soon as he appears.

And that’s just to name a few.

The beat of the song is fantastic – whoever Beyonce has producing for her now is great – but I just don’t know what any of it means. I don’t think pop music (or any kind of art) has to mean something – it can certainly exist for itself without reference to anything else, but something is just… missing. Then again, I thought that about the self-titled album for about half a day and now I will lose my mind to it, so… there’s that. ‘

What do you think?

Two new Beyonce tracks have leaked… sorta

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Beyonce is set to release a new album soon, and the Beyhive is desperate to hear what it’ll be like. Luckily for the fans, snippets of two tracks – one called ’7/11′ and another called ‘Ring Off’ – have leaked online. The verdict? Eh… I don’t quite know, really.

First, let’s listen to the bit of ’7/11′, which sounds like a continuation remix of ‘Drunk In Love’ or something. Have a listen:


And next, it’s ‘Ring Off’:


I get that Bey is really embracing her hood roots and I love that about her, but I just don’t know about this. Again, these tracks feel like further ruminations on what she started on the self-titled album, and I’m sure it’ll be good and do really well because hello, it’s Beyonce, but she’s really hitting up the experimental phase in her career, it seems – and I don’t know what it all means, really. Ah, well, we’ll just have to wait and see. We should know something either way on November 24.

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Lorde covers Jeremih’s ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ in BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge

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I really liked Lorde‘s debut album and I really like what she represents in music. I like that sick burn she gave to Dipshit Diplo yesterday. I like that she doesn’t give a fuuuuuuck what you and I might think of her. One thing I do not like? Her “dancing”. It’s so distracting! In theory it’s great, because she’s totally into it, doing her thing, getting her groove on, clearly not caring whether she looks like she might be having a seizure. That’s awesome and she should keep doing her. But from a viewing standpoint, I have to turn off any visual of her in order not to ruin the sound – and the sound is pretty awesome in this case.

Lorde stopped by to visit Annie Mac in BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge yesterday, where she covered Jeremih’s ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ and did a pretty amazing version of it. I’m not sure why she’s dressed like it’s mid-summer in a crop top when it’s the middle of November, but again, let your freak flag fly, girl! Be a free spirit!

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Eminem raps about punching Lana Del Rey in the face

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Eminem has been problematic (to say the least) throughout his career. His violent lyrics – particularly towards women and gay/trans people – have been a serious cause for concern, even though he’s brushed it off as an “alter ego” and whatever the fuck other nonsense he’s saying. Well, now that he’s prepping for the release of his new album, he’s back on the scene and offending people left and right.

Take, for instance, his cypher which he did with some fellow labelmates. I won’t go too far into it, but he has this lovely line: “Bitch, I punched Lana Del Rey right in the face like Ray Rice in broad daylight in plain sight of the elevator surveillance.”

In addition to being a really shitty rap lyric, it’s also obviously (and once again) violent towards women. Why Lana Del Rey? Did he actually punch her? Why is he praising that scumbag Ray Rice? None of it makes any sense. I so want to root for Eminem sometimes but he makes it hard impossible.

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