Music News: Katy Perry previews lavish “Unconditionally” music video

 

Katy Perry unveiled a dramatic preview of the music video for “PRISM’s” second single, “Unconditionally” this afternoon, and hold on to your butts ’cause it looks MASSIVE.  This video has everything: fancy dresses, ballroom dancing, too much rouge, a drunk old lady taking a time-out on a chaise longue, and a GIANT ass owl.  Katy revealed at her “We Can Survive” Breast Cancer Fundraiser show in LA last month that the “Unconditionally” music video was inspired by the films Dangerous Liaisons and Anna Karenina (the new one with Keira Knightley).  Intriguing!

When the stunning single artwork for “Unconditionally” was released a few weeks ago, rumors started swirling that the music video may have also been inspired by the suicide of Evelyn McHale – a 23-year-old woman who jumped to her death from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in 1947.  Eerily referred to as, “The Most Beautiful Suicide,” a photography student who just happened to be passing by at the time snapped this haunting photo of Evelyn’s body moments after it landed on top of a limousine.  Spooky!

So while it’s tough to say from the preview what exactly the “Unconditionally” music video will be about, I think it’s pretty clear that it will contain a whooole lotta melodrama and intrigue, and probably a couple of star crossed lovers.  Sign me up!  The “Unconditionally” music video is set to premiere on November 19th on MTV at the oddly precise time of 7:53 PM EST.  Check out the preview above and a few stills from the video after the jump! Continue reading

Music News: Katy Perry co-wrote Britney Spears’s “Passenger”

Producer Diplo just tweeted that he co-wrote Britney’s Spears’s recently leaked song, “Passenger” with Katy Perry and Sia!  That’s quite a pop songwriting trio.  I thought I detected some Sia backing vocals on the track, but I was too shy to speak up!  We already suspected that Katy spent some time in the studio with Sia and Diplo back in June, but when Diplo didn’t appear as a producer on Katy’s new album, “PRISM,” I just assumed that their collaborations had been left on the cutting room floor.  Not so!  One of their efforts, “Passenger,” was given to Britney Spears.  “Passenger” may not have fit on “PRISM,” but it suits Britney quite well.  In fact, I think it’s one of the most impressive songs we’ve heard from her in years!

That whole, “Britney Jean” is “my most personal record yet” business is kind of hurt by the fact that Britney apparently didn’t do any writing on “Passenger,” but no matter.  It’s still an awesome song and I’m thrilled to see that it made the final track listing for the album, which was unveiled yesterday.

Thanks to the good people over at Popjustice for breaking this story AND for taking a screen shot of Diplo’s tweet, as he has since deleted it!  Excellent work all around!

New Music: Mariah Carey – “The Art of Letting Go”

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“Go to ‘Mimi’ on your contacts – press delete.”

Oh, Mariah.  Oh, woof.  Mariah Carey went ahead and dropped the title track from her long-awaited 14th studio album, “The Art of Letting Go,” this afternoon, and it’s a limp, meandering break-up song filled to the brim with silly vocab words like, “dominion” and “reverberating,” and awkward, unimaginative phrases like, “Letting go ain’t easy, it’s just exceedingly hurtful.”  Even Mariah’s characteristically strong vocals can’t save this dated, empty balladHow did we manage to go from “#Beautiful” to this? Continue reading

New Music: Chelsea Lankes – “Ghost”

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You know that ache you feel in your chest when you want something so badly but you know you can’t have it?  You’ve wanted it for so long, your heart and your body are convinced you need it to go on, even though in your head, you kinda know better?  That’s the struggle Nashville based singer Chelsea Lankes has tapped into on her phenomenal new single, “Ghost.” Continue reading

Review: Lady Gaga – “ARTPOP”: A track-by-track breakdown

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“ARTPOP”: the follow-up album to Lady Gaga’s magnum opus, “Born this Way”…”ARTPOP”: the album that so courageously seeks to bring art and pop together AT LAST…”ARTPOP”: the album that Gaga’s been squawking about for literally a DECADE…is finally here.  Featuring production from Gaga herself, DJ White Shadow, Zedd, Madeon, will.i.am, David Guetta, Rick Rubin, and yes, even RedOne, “ARTPOP” is a loud, predominately electronic album that often gets lost in translation.  Sometimes it feels like you need a decoder ring or a wizard just to understand Gaga’s increasingly mystifying songwriting these days.  Is it only considered “art” when no one has a clue what you’re talking about?

Even when the messages do come through a little more clearly, Gaga mainly sticks to the familiar themes of fame, love, sex, and fashion, but she doesn’t have much new or interesting to say about any of them.  So no, “ARTPOP” is not the groundbreaking, genre-defying album we were promised, but there are enough bright spots to make it worth a listen, even if you just end up cherry-picking your favorites instead of buying the whole thing.  Check out my track-by-track breakdown of the album after the jump! Continue reading

New Music: Britney Spears – “Passenger”: Listen to the new “Britney Jean” leak

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“Passenger,” a possible song for Britney Spears’s upcoming album “Britney Jean,” leaked online yesterday afternoon, and it’s sublime.  A reliable source confirmed that the track is indeed from the “Britney Jean” recording sessions, although we don’t know yet if it will make the album’s final track listing. Continue reading

New Music: Cash Cash – “Take Me Home (feat. Bebe Rexha) (Acoustic)”

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One of the best under-the-radar releases of the year just received a gorgeous acoustic re-work that you need to hear.  I first heard Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home” back in July, and I was immediately taken with singer Bebe Rexha’s soaring vocal performance.  What a massive chorus!  Now that the electronic bells and whistles of the original track have been stripped away, the heartbreaking vulnerability of Bebe’s voice is truly front and center. Continue reading

New Music: will.i.am – “Feeling Myself (feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, & French Montana)”

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Okay, I hate this.  No, I love this.  I hate that I love this.  “Feeling Myself,” a bumping profanity-laced track lifted from will.i.am’s upcoming “#willpower” re-release, hit the Internet yesterday.  The DJ Mustard produced song features the new first lady of hip hop, Miley Cyrus, and rappers Wiz Khalifa and French Montana.  Everybody plays their part to a T: the guys rap about bottle service and smoking weed and Miley raps about twerking and popping molly in the club.  Blergh. Continue reading

New Music: Britney Spears – “Perfume”

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Britney Spears premiered the second single from her upcoming 8th studio album “Britney Jean” on Facebook this evening, and it’s a total home run.  Co-written with Sia Furler and produced by album executive producer will.i.am, “Perfume” is a lush ballad full of piano, stirring synths, sweeping strings, and Britney’s shockingly raw vocals (well, for her standards).  Seriously though, Britney Spears sounds like a human being again and there’s no trace of that strange British accent she occasionally puts on.  It’s incredibly refreshing. Continue reading

New Music: LIZ – “Stop Me Cold”

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When alt-pop princess LIZ sings, “I know I’ll love you good, I know I’ll love you right, I swear I’ll lay it down all through the motherf*****’ night,” over a rumbling bassline and breakbeats, you believe it.  That’s what makes LIZ so fantastic – her glossy 90’s R&B influenced sound isn’t a gimmick, it’s who she is.  Just listen to her casually drop phrases like “kickin’ it,” “act a fool,” and “booed up” and tell me I’m wrong!

LIZ is due to drop a new EP in December.  Stream “Stop Me Cold” via Soundcloud below, then ‘like’ LIZ on Facebook for a free download of the song!