Lorde Won't Play 'Haters' Game With Selena Gomez


So, what happened is, Lorde gave an interview where she criticized Selena Gomez‘ song “Come & Get It” as being bad for women. A cursory listen or glance at the lyrics bear out her point. See, the chorus of the song isn’t just “come and get it,” it’s “When you’re ready come and get it.”


 You ain’t gotta worry, it’s an open invitation
I’ll be sittin’ right here, real patient
All day, all night, I’ll be waitin’ standby
Can’t stop because I love it, hate the way I love you
All day, all night, maybe I’m addicted for life, no lie.

This is the basic message of the song, which is otherwise a vapid series of platitudes about love and how hard it is, over an obvious hook that desperately looks to Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and its many spawn (“When you’re re-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-ady come and get it”) for the secret to chart success. There’s also so weird, vaguely middle eastern tabla/sitar breaks happening. It’s all very unfortunate.

But I digress. Lorde pointed out that this kind of message (you call the shots, come and get it from me whenever you’re ready) is bad for women. Gomez responded to Lorde’s critique by saying that it’s anti-feminist to not show unwavering support for other women, regardless of what they’re doing.

Now Lorde has responded:

I think there’s a funny culture in music that’s only happened over the last 15 years, that if you have an opinion about something in music that isn’t 100-percent good, you’re a ˜hater,’ even if you have perfectly reasonable grounds for that critique. People will say exactly what they think about a movie or a TV show, and that’s fine, but as soon as you say it about a record, you’re like some little zombie in a funny dungeon.”

Not sure what that last part was about, but she really calls out this cultural trend of instantly discrediting someone by labeling them a hater, as though the only reason they are being critical is for the sake of hate itself. I suppose there are some sad people who do that, but how about stepping up and defending yourself with logic and reason rather than trying to dismiss what is a valid argument?

Culture will only continue to devolve if we can’t debate it on its merits.


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Selena Gomez Releases "Come And Get It" Video

Pop sensation Selena Gomez has taken a break from being tabloid fodder to release the video for her latest single, “Come And Get It.”

Easily one of the most infectious singles on radio right now, “Come And Get” blends modern EDM sensibilities with elements of world music to create a wholly unique listening experience. Gomez has clearly grown up since her last time gracing our headlines, and music fans everywhere are better off as a result. The video is visually stunning, with gorgeous cinematography and tribal-like dance sequences. You can view the clip below. (more…)

Selena Gomez Announces 2013 World Tour

Pop songtress Selena Gomez has announced plans for an epic 56-date tour later this year.

The Stars Dance World Tour will begin August 14 in Vancouver, BC, and will hit major U.S. markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. Support for the dates has not been revealed at this point, but we assume an artist or group will be revealed in the coming weeks. The full routing is as follows:

Aug 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Aug 16 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
Aug 17 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Aug 18 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Center
Aug 19 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Aug 22 – Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
Aug 23 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Center
Aug 24 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Aug 30 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Falcon Theater
Aug 31 – Stockholm, Sweden @ The Arena
Sep 1 – Oslo, Norway @ Oslo Spektrum
Sep 3 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Heineken Music Hall
Sep 4 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Lotto Arena
Sep 5 – Paris, France @ Zénith
Sep 7 – London, England @ Hammersmith Apollo
Sep 11 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Campo Pequeno
Sep 12 – Madrid, Spain @ Palacio Vistalegre (more…)

A Heartbroken Justin Bieber Performs "Cry Me A River" Cover In Boston

Did you hear the so-called news? Justin Bieber recently split up with his girlfriend Selena Gomez! You may or may not consider that news, but gossip and pop culture enthusiasts have not stopped trying to figure out what went wrong between the two since news broke late last week of the separation. Unfortunately, I can offer you very little in terms of new details, but I can provide a clip that is sure to make Beliebers around the world clutch the pieces of their broken heart(s). While performing in Boston this Saturday, Justin treated fans to an acoustic rendition of Justin Timberlake’s single, “Cry Me A River.” You can now view that performance below:

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Sound and Vision: An 'American Idol' Wish List– Who Should Replace Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler?

You couldn’t pay me to be an American Idol bigwig right now. The show is about to face its greatest challenge since the 2008 battle of the Davids (Cook and Archuleta).

The producers and the Fox network already have to worry about sagging ratings (the average viewership in season 11 dropped 23 percent to below 20 million for the first time in nine years, and the show fell from No. 1 for the season”to No. 2”for the first time since 2005), not to mention less commercially viable Idols and external competition from The Voice, The X Factor, and pretty much any reality show that promises to make a nobody a star.

Now, the producers have to deal with pleasing Mariah Carey, who has signed on as a judge next season, replacing either Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler, both of whom left after two years in order to focus full-time on their music careers (and in the case of Lopez, her “acting” career, too).

I once interviewed Carey for an Us Weekly cover story, and I found her to be warm, intelligent and surprisingly funny, but she’s a diva through and through. (She actually walked into the living room of her New York City hotel suite cradling her miniature dog!) Idol will reportedly pay her a very diva-like sum of between $12 and $17 million a season (a hefty and not altogether worthwhile expense, considering that Carey is well past her pop heyday), and I don’t even want to think about her list of perks and demands.

Meanwhile, there are murmurings that Randy Jackson, the last remaining original judge, currently in contract negotiations, might be moving from the judge’s table into more of a mentoring role, in an attempt to revamp the show for season 12, launching in January of 2013. Sadly, that restructuring doesn’t extend to Ryan Seacrest, the inexplicably still-highly employable host, who has signed up for another two years at a pay rate of $15 million per season. Is it too late to invite ex-judge Ellen DeGeneres back for the job they should have offered her in the first place?


New Harmony Korine Movie Starring James Franco Taps Skrillex For Soundtrack, Approaches Hipster Event Horizon

If you don’t like buzzsaw synths, wobbles, and heavy bass drops, then you probably shouldn’t see Spring Breakers. The comedy, directed by noted independent filmmaker Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo), stars James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Benson. Though shooting wrapped earlier this spring, the film still needed a soundtrack that would be a mix of weird and flashy, something over the top that’s a wee bit subversive. Enter Skrillex.

In an interview with Pitchfork, Spring Breakers music supervisor Randall Poster let it slip that, “Skrillex is doing original music for us.” While he didn’t go into further detail as to how much Skrillex would be contributing to the film, Poster did note that, “I had heard of Skrillex, but I wasn’t watching it that closely. And Harmony, who I’ve worked with forever, sent me a link to some Skrillex YouTubes, and I saw one had 54 million hits– I thought he had somehow figured out a way to manipulate the numbers.”

Skrillex, Gomez, and Hudgens aren’t the only links to contemporary music that Spring Breakers has going for it. Franco’s character, a rapper cum drug dealer named Alien, is based on real life rapper cum glorious weirdo RiFF RAFF (not Kevin Federline). Given all of the potential for blog buzz, it’s a small wonder that the hype surrounding Spring Breakers hasn’t collapsed into itself and formed a small black hole.

Spring Breakers is scheduled for release in Spring 2013.