I feel like Coldplay gets a lot of stick here in the US, but I really love them! I’ve been a fan since Parachutes was released, then fell off somewhere around Viva La Vida, then came back during Mylo Xyloto. I even saw them over in the UK during the Mylo Xyloto tour, at an outdoor stadium show in the pouring rain, and they were incredible, so it’s safe to say I’ll always be a fan.
I was a little unsure when that song leaked last week that sounded literally like a track from a Bon Iver record, ‘cos that’s just not them. Thankfully, we’ve got their actual new single now, which IS very much them, and it’s called ‘Magic’. The track was put online on Monday morning, and is taken from their forthcoming studio album, Ghost Stories, which is due out on May 19th.
Listen to ‘Magic’ below and sound off. Do you like Coldplay? Do you like the song?
March 3, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Well, this was never going to end well. Katy Perry has gone full-on Egyptian for for the ‘Dark Horse’ video, which is a shame, because I rather preferred the whole witches’ coven/The Craft vibe she had going during her performance of this track at the Grammys, to be honest.
It’s still a great song and will do really well, no doubt, but it’s a bit strange and I’m sure the cultural appropriation police will be ringing their bells anytime now (especially after the whole geisha thing). I like it, generally speaking, and as far as videos go, it could be a lot worse.
What do you think?
February 21, 2014 at 8:30 am by Jennifer
Lady Gaga‘s been keeping it somewhat low key lately (or maybe I’ve just been ignoring her), so I wasn’t too exhausted off to bat to see her pop up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform ‘Artpop’. It’s a terrible song and an absolute racket, but this version is actually pretty inoffensive.
I like the start on the piano – Gaga can actually sing and sing well when she’s not lost in her own moronic ego. You sorta have to ignore the lyrics to this song, which are a bit daft and ~anti-establishment~ and up herself (as usual), but seriously, I’ve seen worse. Good to see she’s adopted the Donatella Versace wig as part of her act now. She also has zero rhythm and should never dance, but uh, besides that, right on!
Side note: has she got even MORE plastic surgery in the past few months, or is this just a weird makeup job? She doesn’t look ANYTHING like herself!
February 20, 2014 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Nicki Minaj earned a nice chunk of cash American Idol for one season and released an album full of club tracks before taking a while off and telling people that she was over the whole ‘Starships’ phase of her career and was ready to get back in the rap game, where she started. This was exciting to hear – I was always a fan of her early mixtapes and while I don’t mind the radio-friendly dance songs, I was always missing that Nicki attitude.
So, when I heard she had released a new video/single called ‘Lookin’ Ass N***a’, I was on that shit like white on rice. And then… I was kinda underwhelmed? Sure, Nicki looks hot – but no one has ever claimed she doesn’t have curves for days and a bangin’ body. Sure, it’s vaguely “artistic” in that she’s sitting in a desert, shooting guns in black and white. But the song itself, I’m just not sold on yet.
Basically Nicki uses the track to blast lazy ass guys who lie about how well they’re doing but don’t actually have anything to brag about, and goes on to claim how they’ll never get anywhere near her. I’m into that – it’s a tale as old as time, it’s female empowerment, I’m on board. I just feel like the actual verses are slightly lazy from someone who can be a REALLY good rap lyricist with great flow.
If you’re not a hip hop fan, I don’t expect you’ll like this either way – but for those of you who have enjoyed some of what Nicki’s done before, what do you think of this track? It’s certainly a stepping stone on her way back to her rap roots, but I’m just not sure this is what I was hoping for.
February 13, 2014 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Katy Perry took part in the Grammys’ Beatles tribute for CBS this week, and some Beatles megafans are not happy with her version of ‘Yesterday’, claiming it was “gross” and that she changed the words to suit her whim. Frankly, I think she did a pretty great job for her (especially considering some of her other, less successful live performances) and the biggest offense here is the outfit. Like, what? I get she’s going for ethereal beauty, but… girl, no.
All said, I think her voice sounded great – Katy has always worked really well in an acoustic setting and this is no different. You’re always going to have critics when dealing with an artist like The Beatles, however – they’re legendary and people are so attached to their music that NO ONE can do it any justice (even if they sorta do). ‘Yesterday’ is far from my favourite Beatles song (then again, I feel the Beatles are overrated), but I think this was a nicely done, respectable cover.
How do you think Katy did?
February 11, 2014 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
I still can’t get over how much I love this song. It’s a little MIA ‘Paper Planes’ derivative, but only in the slightest way – but it’s all around REALLY listenable. If this is a taste of what Lily Allen has to offer on her new album, I’m all in (though I always have been a fan).
The video was shot on location in Cape Town, South Africa and directed by someone called That Go. I’m not generally a fan of music videos and prefer just to listen to the songs, so it’s no surprise that the video does nothing for me. The song itself, though… so good.
What do you think of ‘Air Balloon’?