Video: Lady Gaga – “Applause”

 

The video for Lady Gaga’s new single, “Applause” dropped this morning and it’s just as flashy and bizarre as you expected.  I haven’t really enjoyed a Lady Gaga music video since “Bad Romance” (it’s a tough standard to live up to), so I wasn’t expecting much from “Applause,” but it has its moments.  Highlights include Gaga’s head on a swan’s body, a Tim Burton-esque Marilyn Monroe character, and a brief but awesome bit of choreography – clearly her squeaky hip’s as good as new! Continue reading

Music News: Katy vs. Gaga – let the battle begin!

Katy Perry’s new single “Roar” is out and already rockin’ iTunes!  Due to several leaked snippets, Gaga pushed up the release of her new single “Applause” to tonight!  Let the pop girl battle begin!

Strangely enough, both “Roar” and “Applause” suffer from the same problem – strong chorus, weak verses.  Katy’s verses are familiar and cliche (“You held me down, but I got up!”), Gaga’s just don’t make a ton of sense.  But while “Roar” features the most massive and infectious chorus I’ve heard in a pop song this year, Gaga’s “Applause” just has a solid hook…buried beneath a lot of electronic noise.  Advantage: Katy.

I LIKE “Roar” a lot, but I don’t LOVE it.  Vocally, Katy’s never sounded better, but the song is missing the spark (pardon the pun) of past anthems like “Firework” (though the final chorus is really something special).  As for “Applause,” it’s OK.  Like a lot of songs on “Born This Way,” the production just sounds too cluttered and messy to me.

Katy’s been sitting at #1 on iTunes for a few hours today, but I imagine she will be dethroned by Gaga later tonight.  Then, after the hype settles, we’ll see which song is really resonating with the general public!

What are your thoughts on “Roar” and “Applause”?  Which song will ultimately come out on top?

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Music News: Nicki Minaj to collab with Miley Cyrus?

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In demand producer Mike Will (aka Mike WiLL Made It) posted a picture on Twitter this morning of him hanging out in the studio last night with Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj.  Hmm, is a collab in the works?  I could potentially be interested in a Miley and Nicki track (as long as Miley lets Nicki do all the rapping).  Miley recently announced that her upcoming studio album will be called, “Bangerz.”  Yes, that’s “Bangerz” with a Z, not “Bangers” with an S.  Miley’s Mike WiLL Made It produced lead single, “We Can’t Stop” is currently sitting in the #2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Music News: Katy Perry reveals hilarious “Roar” cover art

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Katy Perry’s new single “Roar” went up for pre-order on UK iTunes this afternoon, giving the world its first look at the song’s official artwork.  And it’s hilarious.  Framed in purple tiger print, Katy looks over her shoulder, really allowing us to appreciate the giant roaring tiger decal on the back of her track jacket.  What words does the picture bring to mind?  Regal.  SUBTLE.  Tasteful.  EXPENSIVE.

Just kidding, the single cover looks cheaper than free and it’s impossible to take Katy seriously in that tacky getup…but I can’t help but love it.  True, Katy’s sending a bit of a mixed message – is this her more mature era, or are we still playing dress-up?  But I don’t really care.  Honestly, I just like that Katy’s still having fun.

What do you think of Katy’s “Roar” cover art?

Music News: Katy Perry releases more “Roar” teasers & new snippet

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Katy Perry continues to shed her candy-coated image with two new teaser videos for her upcoming single “Roar.”  The first teaser finds Katy attending a funeral service for the famous peppermint dress that she wore on her California Dreams tour.  As the camera pans over the crowd of mourners, Katy tilts her sunglasses and gives us a knowing smirk (scandalizing the woman to her right).

The second teaser, released this morning, follows an innocent looking fluffy cat as it pounces on and devours a feathery bird toy, letting out a ferocious roar when it’s through (Katy’s fans are called “Katycats,” if you weren’t already aware).  But then the best part of the teaser happens – a five second song snippet!!  We don’t get to hear much, but apparently “Roar” will feature a massive, ultra catchy chorus of, “Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh” ‘s.  Seriously, it’s stuck in my head already.  I was a little surprised by the song’s tempo – with a title like “Roar” I was expecting something a little peppier – but I will put my trust in Katy, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin.  I’m so hyped for this single I could spit.  Too bad we still have five days to wait!

Check out both of Katy’s new “Roar” teasers after the jump.

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New Music: Lady Gaga – “Burqa/Aura”

 

A demo for Lady Gaga’s upcoming “ARTPOP” album hit the internet on Monday night.  The song, either titled “Burqa” or “Aura,” is reportedly produced by Zedd and heavily samples the song “Still Love Trance” by Israeli duo Infected Mushroom.  It has a promising start – a Spanish guitar and Gaga’s eerie confession that she’s just killed her friend – but about a minute in the song becomes the same kind of loud, pounding dance music that we’ve already heard Gaga do on “Born This Way.”  This is exactly what I was afraid of. Continue reading

New Music: The Wanted – “We Own the Night”

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The Wanted’s new single is an elephant-sized techno hoedown mess.  Not only does “We Own the Night” blatantly bite fun.’s style, it’s also one of the most offensively written pop songs in recent memory.  I mean: “We are only young if we seize the night, tonight we own the night.”  And then there’s: “When my time is over, lying in my grave, written on my tombstone, I want it to say, this man was a legend, a legend of his time, when he was at a party, the party never died!” Continue reading

New Music: Jessie J – “It’s My Party”

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“It’s My Party,” the second single from Jessie J’s still untitled sophomore studio album, isn’t bad per se, it just doesn’t offer anything new.  Empowering lyrics about being yourself/partying?  Check.  Funky guitars and a 4/4 beat?  Check.  Jessie’s shrill vocal acrobatics?  Triple check.  Sure, the chorus is catchy, but this could have easily appeared on Jessie’s last album, “Who You Are.”  Ironically, I’m not sure Jessie knows who she is yet.

Check out “It’s My Party” below.  What do you think of Jessie’s latest offering?

Music News: Katy Perry announces new single “Roar”

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The rumor was true!  The lead single from Katy Perry’s upcoming “Prism” album is called “Roar”!  Katy made the official announcement this morning via a teaser video posted to her VEVO account.  The 30-second clip opens in total darkness – then there’s the flick of a lighter, illuminating Katy’s face.  But it’s not the bright and colorful Katy we’ve come to know from the “Teenage Dream” era – she’s different now, she’s changed.  Without blinking an eye, Katy raises the lighter and sets fire to her now iconic “California Gurls” blue wig and watches, satisfied, as it BURNS TO ASHES.  And then “#ROAR” and the release date of August 12th hit the screen in leopard print font.  Whew. Continue reading

Music News: Lady Gaga reveals “Applause” single cover

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Gaga’s playing the role of a killer mime who appears in your bathroom mirror when you shut off the lights and chant its name 3 times in the official artwork for her new single, “Applause.”  You’ve gotta hand it to Gags.  When I first saw the image, I BURST out laughing.  I doubt that’s the reaction she was going for, but hey, it’s certainly more interesting than your typical glamour shot.

We’ve come to expect the unexpected from Gaga.  Just when we thought we had the imagery for her whole “Born This Way” era figured out (horns, giant eggs, etc.), she gave us an album cover that featured her screaming head mounted on a mean looking motorcycle.  Now, for her big comeback single, she’s decided to pose as a killer mime.  In a brand new interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Gaga describes “Applause” as “very fun” and “full of happiness.”  This terrifying picture hardly fits those descriptions, but I guess I’ll have to wait until I hear the single on August 19th to pass final judgement.

What do you think of Gaga’s new single cover? Scary or horrifying?