Discourse & Dischord

The Good

VMAs packed with action

The VMAs took place this week, and there were plenty of eyebrow-raising, body-raising moments. Let’s begin with Chris Brown, who, during his performance, soared and tumbled through the air between two stages like an R&B mindfreak. Somewhere in there he lost his Rolex, but a fan kindly returned it. Then Britney dissed a kiss from Lady Gaga, dressed as her Jo Calderone alter ego. A belly rub heard round the world from Beyoncé at the end of her performance of Love On Top signaled the heir to The Throne is imminent. Almost makes you wonder if the VMA haters like Adam Levine and Justin Vernon were sorry they missed it.

The Bad

Foo Fighters release Hot Buns promo video

When Foo Fighters announce a tour, they don’t just throw some dates up on a Web site. No, they dress up as ZZ Top-looking rednecks and soap up in the showers of a truck stop. We present Hot Buns for your viewing, uh, pleasure?

Money for Nothing ban lifted in Canada

Remember when the computer-animated video for Money For Nothing was considered cutting-edge? Well, Canada doesn’t. The country banned the song back in 1985 due to a lyric containing the word faggot. Fair enough. We guess the curiosity finally got to them after twenty-six years, because this week Canada announced the ban has been lifted. Hope they enjoy their trip back to the future.

The Ugly

Jack White and ICP team to cover Mozart

True story: There is a Mozart canon called Leck Mich Im Arsch, which translates roughly to Lick My Ass. Apparently the great composer wrote it as a bawdy party song to entertain his friends. That’s not the strange part. This is: Jack White has teamed up with Insane Clown Posse to cover the canon. Listen below, and LOL at the part where ICP calls Beethoven, Beeth Oven.

Insane Clown Posse – Leck Mich Im Arsch by Third Man Records

Kim Kardashian’s Jam video leaked

Sorry, that headline is gross on many levels. Enjoy this snippet of the leaky Kardashian jam below. We didn’t.


Sound And Vision: How Christina Aguilera Can Ignite Her Comeback? (Psst, She Doesn't Need Eminem!)

Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Ke$ha and, of course, herself. As Rihanna sees it”or saw it in the September issue of Glamour magazine”they’re the girls who run the world of pop in 2011.

What? No Britney Spears. I’m pretty sure leaving her duet partner on the recent No. 1 remix of “S&M” off the list was an innocent oversight. But what about Christina Aguilera? That omission must have been intentional. (By the way, I’d certainly argue that Pink, who’s between albums and focused on mommyhood at the moment, and Adele, whose 21 album is outselling all of theirs combined, would qualify as much as Ke$ha.)

There was a time at the dawn of the millennium when Aguilera was the pop princess-in-waiting, second only to Britney Spears. But 2010 was truly her annus horribilis. First, there was Bionic, her fourth studio album, which failed to produce a major hit single and didn’t even go gold. Then her summer tour was cancelled. (She blamed scheduling issues, but the forecast no doubt called for limp ticket sales). And by autumn, her tepidly received film debut in Burlesque (a guilty pleasure and future camp classic if ever there was one, but mostly thanks to costar Cher), was doing nothing to restore luster to her falling star.

Her October divorce from Jordan Bratman, the father of her 3-year-old son Max, blemished her personal record, and flubbing the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XLV in February, further tarnished her professional one. By the time she was arrested for public intoxication in West Hollywood on March 1, her career seemed to be flatlining.

Get it to the OR! Stat!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

'The Voice' Coach And Contestant Updates

After The Voice, a reality show which features star musicians mentoring a pool of talented vocalists, premiered on NBC in April, the program’s buzz went through the roof. Although there are other singing shows, none have succeeded quite like this, and TV audiences seem to be hooked. The show’s popularity has even carried over to the musical careers of all members involved, from coaches to contestants.

Coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine each brought something different to the table with their own unique voices and experience, which bolstered their personal success before The Voice, but since the show’s first season aired, big things have happened in each of their music careers.

Blake Shelton’s sixth album, Red River Blue, came out shortly after the show ended, and seems to be attracting a whole new mainstream audience, while staying very true to his style.  His single, “Honey Bee”, which he sang on the show with contestants Dia Frampton and Xenia, reached Number 1 on the country charts. Levine’s band, Maroon 5, collaborated with Aguilera on a new single, “Moves Like Jagger”, which debuted on the show. And Cee Lo’s show on Fuze, Talking to Strangers, where he sits down with famous musicians to chat, is having a great deal of success.

While the coaches are working on cool projects, season one contestants are busy with equally exciting ventures. OurStage would like to acknowledge a few artists from the show who are also featured on our site, and are doing exceptionally well. Congratulations to Vicci Martinez, Lily Elise, Nakia, TJE Austin, Justin Grennan, Tim Mahoney, Beverly McClellan, Rebecca Loebe and Casey Desmond for their successes on and off the The Voice.  Each of these artists have incredible voices, and have been using the opportunities given to them by the show to further their musical careers. For Top 8 artists Vicci Martinez, Nakia and Beverly McClellan, this means the chance to tour the nation with The Voice Live On Tour, starting July 27th.

Look out world, these singers are taking the world by storm!