After remaining largely quiet in 2013, Korean pop star Psy has revealed that he recently completed work on a new single with Aerosmith frontman and rock icon Steven Tyler. Speaking with an Italian news publication, the YouTube sensation confessed, “When I was in middle school, I literally cried when Aerosmith were singing ‘Crazy’ or ‘Amazing’ or whatever. They were my lifetime role models, and now I am collaborating with Steven Tyler. What the fuck, man? [laughs] I love my life.”
Psy was not just interviewed for the magazine, but was actually the first Korean pop star to be given a cover story. If you’ll recall, his breakout single “Gangnam Style” was the first video in the history of YouTube to cross one billion plays.
There is currently no projected release date for the collaborative single, but given that Psy has been reportedly recording in Los Angeles for months it’s likely something will surface sooner rather than later. You can view a tweet posted by Psy featuring a photo of himself and Tyler below. Follow OurStage on Twitter to stay updated as more information becomes available. (more…)
The Super Bowl Halftime Show has become an overblown spectacle of such proportions and delusionary grasping at the straws of musical-artistic relevancy that it quite simply may never be good again. Yet there have been some standout performances – mostly those that concentrate on actual performing. There were some very dark years here and there that were not focused on the artists and their music as much as the pageantry (I’m looking at you Disney), so I didn’t even count those. There were also a lot of ‘meh’ moments that are not really worth getting into.
2000: PHIL COLLINS, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, TONI BRAXTON
I don’t remember this and I’m not going to watch it, but it’s awful. It’s literally the worst thing I’ve never seen.
Classic bands like Def Leppard, Aerosmith, and Squeeze seem to have found a clever way to get back some of that royalty money they’ve been missing out on for all these years. While many of these bands’ record companies still own the master recordings that made the bands famous, most of the labels do not own the music itself. This means that a band like Def Leppard could decide to, let’s say, re-record their entire catalog of songs down to every last production detail to the point where the tracks are completely indistinguishable from the originals. We’ll call this the golden loophole. (more…)
Lauren Alaina may not have won the two Teen Choice Awards for which she was just nominated ” Choice Female Country Artist and Choice TV Female Reality Star for American Idol ” but she’s got plenty of other successes to celebrate.
Not only is she looking ahead to joining Sugarland‘s “In Your Hands” tour in support of her debut album Wildflower, but her new single “Eighteen Inches” has been released to radio with great success. The song, written by Carrie Underwood, Kelley Lovelace, and Ashley Gorley, which references the space between a person’s head and heart, is something which resonates strongly with Alaina.
Recently the 17-year-old American Idol season 10 runner-up and Georgia native took time out of her schedule to talk about her music, her idols, and just what she learned from recording with American Idol judge and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
OS: Let’s talk about your album and how you chose such great songs like “Eighteen Inches.”
LA: In the process of making the album I was listening to quite a few songs. I had to narrow them down to what what was going to go on the album. When I heard [“18 Inches”] that reminded me so much of my mom. She has literally gone through the exact same thing as the song. Eighteen inches is the distance between the head and the heart. It delivered such a beautiful message. I remember being very proud of being the person who sings it.
OS: I know you admire Carrie Underwood very much. Was that another reason you liked it so much?
LA: I didn’t know she wrote it [when I first heard it]. I think [my team] didn’t tell me on purpose.
There has been a great deal of speculation regarding the current batch of American Idol judges and their commitment to the show in recent weeks. Tyler was first to announce his plans to leave Idol on Thursday, beating Lopez to the punch by a matter of hours. In a statement regarding his exit, Tyler cited Aerosmith as “his first love,” and admitted his desire to return to making music with the band. “It’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit,” said Tyler, referencing an infamous scene from the 1987 film Fatal Attraction. Lopez’s statement regarding her exit was a bit less colorful then Tyler’s. “My time has come,” Lopez said to ex-coworker Ryan Seacrest on his radio show. Lopez’s schedule post-Idol is already packed, with a greatest hits collection and a world tour in the works.
It remains to be seen if even long time judge Randy Jackson will remain. In the wake of Tyler and Lopez’s departures, rumors have flown that Jackson’s exit may also be imminent. US Weekly quoted an unnamed source on the matter, who stated that, “[Show producers] think they need to freshen everything up now.” Any viewers concerned for the future of Idol shouldn’t fear, however. Back in April, host Seacrest reupped his contract with the show for another two years. Replacements for Tyler and Lopez are already being considered, as well. The pool of rumored judging candidates includes the likes of Mariah Carey (shades of Abdul!), Adam Lambert (fierce!), and Charlie Sheen (terrifying!).
If this is going to be just another case of recent history repeating, a first blush of modest success (his Idol winner’s single “Home” entered Billboard’s Hot 100 at No. 10, with 278,000 downloads), maybe even a platinum post-Idol album (like his predecessor, Scotty McCreery), then… nothing much. Unlike American Idol‘s early seasons, which made durable stars out of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, taking the grand prize no longer comes with guaranteed gold or platinum (if only for one album).
Even Adam Lambert, Idol‘s eighth runner-up and the show’s lone international star launch in the past several seasons, is in the throes of a sophomore slump. Although Trespassing, his second studio album, released on May 15, entered Billboard’s Top 200 album chart at No. 1, it did so with only 77,000 copies sold its first week. That’s 120,000 less than his 2009 debut, For Your Entertainment, and the lowest one-week total for a No. 1 album since last August, when Adele’s 21 sold 76,000 copies in its 12th non-consecutive week at No. 1. (more…)
President Obama is sexy (and he knows it)
Who woulda thought that President Obama was such a big LMFAO fan? Turns out he’s been surreptitiously dropping lyrics to Sexy and I Know It into all his speeches. As long as he doesn’t collaborate with Madonna, we’re OK with it. Watch the Commander in Chief bring sexy back below.
Deadmau5 taps fan to collaborate
The Internet has elevated many things to a whole new level: spying on your exes, indulging your cat obsession and, in this case, interacting with your favorite musician. Deadmau5, otherwise known as Joel Zimmerman, streamed an unfinished track on his Web site to give fans a listen to the songwriting process. One industrious follower tweeted the DJ a vocal track, and Zimmerman liked it so much he promised to add it into the song. Oh Internet, will your powers ever cease to amaze? Watch the magic happen below.
Jerry Lee Lewis marries for seventh time, to cousin’s ex-wife
File under gross: Jerry Lee Lewis, who is now seventy-six years old, got married to his seventh wife ¦ wait for it ¦ who also happens to be the ex-wife of his own cousin, Rusty Brown. But there’s more! Cousin Rusty is the younger brother of Myrna Gale Brown, who married Lewis when she was only thirteen years old. Lets hope this latest dysfunctional marriage cools those great balls of fire once and for all.
Earl Scruggs dies
Bluegrass pioneer Earl Scruggs passed away this week from natural causes at an area hospital in Nashville. He was eighty-eight years old. Scruggs, along with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, formed the most influential bluegrass acts of all time”the Blue Grass Boys. Scruggs is credited with popularizing the three-finger style of banjo playing. He went on to play with Flatt in the Foggy Mountain Boys (later known as Flatt and Scruggs). His hits”which include the theme song to The Beverly Hillbillies and Bonnie and Clyde”helped bring bluegrass to mainstream audiences. R.I.P.
Wayne Coyne bleeds collaborators for Record Store Day release
For his upcoming Record Store Day release, entitled The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, Wayne Coyne wasn’t content to give fans his figurative blood, sweat and tears. The Flaming Lips front man is including his actual blood as well as the blood of his collaborators on the vinyl and packaging of the record. That means folks like Yoko Ono, Bon Iver, Ke$ha, Biz Markie, Chris Martin, Erykah Badu and more will be donating a sample to this bio-hazardous album. Handle with gloves, people.
Bobby Brown arrested for DUI
Bobby Brown was charged with two DUI counts and a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license after cops pulled the singer over on Monday. Brown faces up to six months in jail if convicted. His court date is scheduled for April 16. Our advice? We think Brown should pack up his group, get a grip, come equipped, grab his proton pack off his back and then split. Oh wait, that only works if you’re a Ghostbuster.
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