Haim "If I Could Change Your Mind" Video Teaser

2012HaimPR050412Haim have released a 22-second teaser for their upcoming music video, “If I Could Change Your Mind,” and as vague as it is (read: we have no idea what’s happening in it) we’re pretty excited to see what the full video holds. Unfortunately, with no release date as of yet, we may have to wait a while. The video was directed by Warren Fu (Daft Punk, The Strokes, Depeche Mode) and since it’s Haim we’re talking about, we feel confident saying fans won’t be disappointed. Check out the teaser below. (more…)

Russian Police Perform "Get Lucky" At Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

Russian Police OlympicsFirst of all, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as the Russian Police Choir, much less that they were fans of Daft Punk‘s hit, “Get Lucky.” (Where was I when they covered the track last November?) But Friday night at the Olympic Opening Ceremony, the Ministry of Internal Affairs Choir got all gussied up in their dark green and yellow uniforms just before letting Daft Punk’s music take over and spending the next five minutes boogying away for thousands of live audience members. Two lead singers stole the show (I mean, they were really into it) while others gave noteworthy bobs and sways, grooving to the music in the background. To be honest, it was kind of endearing. Check it out below or at NBCOlympics.com. (more…)

The 2014 Grammys Were Long: Best Performances And Winners List

grammysI feel like I might still be watching the Grammys. Is it still on? I can no longer distinguish the Grammys from reality. It was so long that the much-hyped finale, featuring Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Fleetwood Mac‘s Lindsey Buckingham, was like a minute in when the producers lowered the curtain in the form of promo ads for Delta and Hilton before running the credits and then just cutting out entirely. That was ridiculous, especially for those of us who hung in, thinking, ‘well, at least there’s still the finale to see.’

Do you know how many awards they give out during the telecast? I think it was fewer than 10. And it took them just under four hours to do it. YOU ARE OVERBOOKING, GRAMMYS.

There were a lot of performances, but the standouts alone would have sufficed. For my money, they were:

1. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, and Stevie Wonder, “Get Lucky.” In addition to the quality performance (Stevie Wonder should guest on all songs by all artists from now on), they had easily the best stage set in, I believe, Grammy history. It was a sick-looking ’70s-era recording studio, in which the robot duo appeared from behind the control room glass. Inspired.

2. Imagine Dragons with Kendrick Lamar, “MADD City/Radioactive.” It’s easy to imagine dragons while listening to this band, cause you’re usually asleep and dreaming 20 seconds in. But with Kendrick Lamar to fire things up, this was a blistering co-performance.

3. Beyonce with Jay Z, “Drunk In Love.” No surprise here, this was a solid show-opener.

4. Sara Bareilles and Carole King, “Beautiful/Brave.” With a simple dueling piano setup, these two harmonized beautifully on a mashup of their two songs. Carole King continues to prove that she’s still a musical force, after over 50 years in the business.

Other: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on a new Macca song “Queenie Eye,” which is hardly the best song on his new album. Ringo played drums alongside Paul’s (amazing) drummer Abe Laboriel, so it was really more of a photo-op than anything else. The way it’s been hyped, you’d think these guys haven’t played live together since 1970, but they have performed together several times over the years. Ringo also performed his ’70s hit “Photograph” (a nice plug for his new photobook), befuddling teenagers everywhere.

Kacey Musgraves performed her hit “Follow Your Arrow” as though she were at the Grand Ole Opry circa 1983, complete with light-up boots and shirts and neon cacti. I thought it was actually kind of a cool throwback, considering what popular country music has become. To wit, she beat Taylor Swift, who hasn’t actually released a country album since she was like 15, for Country Album of the Year.

Gary Clark Jr. and Keith Urban – this was nothing special musically, except that they are both great guitarists and each injected some much needed, old fashioned guitar soloing into the proceedings.

See the full list of winners below.
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Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Paul McCartney Join Grammy Performance Lineup

Grammy AwardsThis year’s Grammy Awards lineup is nothing if not diverse. Recently announced Paul McCartney and Ringo Star will perform alongside Taylor Swift, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, John Legend, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Carole King, and Sara Bareilles. The crew joins several previously announced artists, such as Katy Perry, LordeRobin Thicke, and fun.‘s Nate Ruess. We’ll also see what one can only imagine will be a strange, yet intriguing collaboration between Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder.

Check out the full performance list here, and catch the 56th annual Grammy Awards Jan. 26th on CBS.

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Most Pirated Artists of 2013: Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk

rihanna-2013I imagine that there’s a certain feeling of flattery in being named one of the most illegally downloaded artists of the year. Musicmetric, which analyzes data from Bit Torrent, has revealed that at over five million downloads each, Bruno Mars and Rihanna earned the top spots in this category, while Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, and Flo Rida rounded out the top five. Also in the top 10 were Kanye West, Jay Z, Eminem, Drake, and Pitbull. 

Gregory Mead of Musicmetric reminds readers that the analytics “don’t condone piracy,” but rather help artists plan around where their fans are, in order to optimize tours ” similar to what Iron Maiden has started doing. Musicmetric also measures social media success, and found Taylor Swift to be the winner, with an added 29.5 million new followers in 2013, with Katy Perry close behind at an added 29.2 million new followers.

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Daft Punk and Kendrick Lamar Will be Among GRAMMY Performers

the-hood-internet-doin-it-good-kanye-west-x-daft-punMan, I hate capitalizing GRAMMYs. I’m supposed to use a little â„¢ too, but sometimes a man’s gotta draw a line. COME AT ME, GRAMMYS!

Anyway, Kendrick Lamar confirmed via Twitter that he’ll be one of the featured performers on the GrAMMmy telecast on January 26th. The rapper has been nominated for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Rap Album. Lamar will apparently be joined by Imagine Dragons.

Now comes news, via Rolling Stone and confirmed by executive producer Ken Ehrlich, that Daft Punk will also be performing. I only hope this gives Stephen Colbert more opportunity to take shots at them for canceling on him in favor of the VMAs.

Now please enjoy these selected responses to Lamar’s tweet.

Prediction:

Prolly:

Nobody care – that’s an order from your Empress!: