Haim 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…)
First 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…)
I 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.
This 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, Lorde, Robin 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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I 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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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.
@kendricklamar you wont win macklemore is better
” Kelsey (@KelseyHilson) December 19, 2013
” Doudou (@martian_Mulah) December 19, 2013
Nobody care – that’s an order from your Empress!:
” Empress Yoncé. (@EmpressBeysus) December 19, 2013
This past Friday, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced during the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night which featured performances by Taylor Swift, Lorde, Katy Perry, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Among the nominees were the above mentioned performers, along with a slew of others that you’d expect including Daft Punk, Zedd, Michael Bublé, The National, and Vampire Weekend. Check out the full list of nominations below. (more…)
Lots and lots of new videos lately. Yesterday we brought you clips from Best Coast and Lorde, today we have Bowie, The Field Effect, Angel Olsen, and some Daft Punk. So stop working (jk, I mean stop checking Twitter) and watch some, won’t you?
DAVID BOWIE, “I’d Rather Be High”
Yes, it’s a new video for “I’d Rather Be High – Venetian Mix (Wasted Edit),” from Bowie’s recent LP, The Next Day. Unlike the lead video from the record, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” this one is mostly devoid of Bowie himself, opting instead for manipulated wartime footage. This pairs oddly well with the woozy sway of the music.
Daft Punk spent the summer atop the pop charts, and in doing so inspired a flood of covers and reinterpretations that we’re still sifting through. Very few of these offerings are all that different from the original, but this afternoon hard rock outfit Halestorm tossed their hat into the ring with a new version of “Get Lucky” that will have you headbanging until the sun goes down.
Before fans begin scratching their heads wondering what may have inspired Halestorm to undertake such an offering, we should mention the group recently announced plans for a new release, ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP, out October 15. The exact tracklist has not been confirmed, but we know these songs will make an appearance:
Dissident Aggressor (Judas Priest)
Get Lucky (Daft Punk)
Shoot To Thrill (AC/DC) (more…)
When not assisting the biggest names in music with his production magic, Pharrell Williams has been spending his time as of late recording a wealth of new music. His hit with Daft Punk (the inescapable “Get Lucky”) is still dominating at radio, and if the pop gods have any sense of good music his Despicable Me 2 contribution “Happy” will soon follow.
Though Bruno Mars brought back the 70s soul pop, few have truly tapped into the sound’s potential to bring people together in a joyous celebration of life. I’m not talking about disco or anything like, but rather the kind of music that is not only catchy, but also positive all round. You don’t have to be having a bad day to relate, nor do you need to be in the midst of club night. “Happy” is a song for everyday, and it’s going to be stuck in your head before you know it. Click below to enjoy “Happy.”
The soundtrack for Despicable Me 2 hits stores next week. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “Happy.” (more…)