The Second Coming of Fiona Apple

Let’s face it, sometimes the past should stay dead. But when an awesome artist fades from popularity, their fans later wonder, Where are they now?  You may not know it, but many artists you’ve loved in the past are still hard at work writing new albums or preparing to tour once more. Fortunately, you now have Second Coming to reintroduce some of your favorite acts of the last few decades and give you the scoop on what you can expect from them in the future.
THEN: Fiona Apple made a splash on the ’90s music scene with her debut album, Tidal. Thanks to the success of the album’s third single, “Criminal” (and its suggestive accompanying video), 20-year-old Apple quickly became the poster child for sullen, piano-based pop. “Criminal” drew a sharp contrast to rising Top 40 radio stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera back in 1997, as did Apple’s tendency to discuss taboo topics and include obscenities in her speeches and interviews. Her second album, When The Pawn… (as the full ninety-word title is typically abbreviated) was not a mainstream hit, but it did solidify her status as a powerful alternative rock icon. Musically, Apple went off the radar until 2005, thanks to delays in completing her album meant for a 2003 release, and a rumored strain in her relationship with Sony Records. Following the leak of the entire album, her fans rallied together against Sony, demanding that the album be released for sale. This third effort, Extraordinary Machine, was met with critical acclaim, but Apple continued on to only record one-off songs for other projects in the years following its release.
NOW: At the dawn of 2012, Epic Records chairman LA Reid tweeted: Lots of good music coming from @Epic_Records in the next few weeks. Stay tuned music fans. Welcome back Fiona! In March, Apple announced the title of the new record to be The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do (yes, really). In preparation for her comeback, she performed at the South By Southwest Festival and did a small tour of several sold out shows. For now, keep an eye out for The Idler Wheel, which will be released this June. And based on the ticket sales for Apple’s shows earlier this year, we’d expect a tour to be right around the corner, too.
Though it was pretty tough to turn on MTV in the late 90’s without seeing the risqué video for “Criminal,” this is nothing compared to what we see today:

Madonna Gone Wild

At 53, Madonna apparently still likes to party like she’s in college.

Her 12th studio album MDNA has received much criticism over the past few months, not because her music seems to have “fallen behind,” but because of the obvious drug reference the title makes. What’s more, her latest single “Girl Gone Wild” has been the center of controversy, causing a stir with Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis, as well as earning an age restriction on YouTube for being too obscene.

Now, EDM stars Paul Van Dyk and Deadmau5 have lashed out at Madge for yet another drug reference during her cameo at Ultra Music Festival. “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” said Madonna, in what Van Dyk calls “the biggest mistake of her career.” While she has denied all claims that the comment was a reference to the drug ecstasy, we’re not quite convinced. At the very least, we’re hoping she chooses her words more carefully from now on.

Pauly D Signs to 50 Cent's G-Note Records

According to Rolling Stone, television sensation Pauly D has signed to 50 Cent’s G-Note Records, the alternative dance/pop sister label to 50’s rap mecca G-Unit Records. Unlike his buddies on Jersey Shore, Pauly D is moving away from the one night stands, binge boozin’ and fake tanning (well, maybe not that) to step up his brand recognition as a DJ/TV superstar.

For the past year, Pauly D has been performing at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas as one of their resident DJs. Last night, Mr. D premiered his Jersey Shore spin-off show, The Pauly D Project on MTV, which is meant to focus more attention towards his musical career.

OurStage on 8tracks: Best of What's Around

Best of What’s Around from OurStage on 8tracks.

We sought to provide you with only the best music for this Friday’s 8tracks playlist. Chris Pureka, Bronze Radio Return, Stepdad and Blondfire have already made it big in the OurStage scene, and side by side with radio hits like Gotye and the Black Keys, this playlist is sure to get you pumped. Besides, you know you’re in good hands with our Vice President of  Community and Artist Relations, Kristin, behind these tracks. So what are you waiting for? Press play and get ready for the weekend!

Friday, March 30th, 2012