Paris is becoming the go-to spot to film music videos about romance (and very popular Woody Allen movies). But while Joe Jonas' recent Parisian "Just in Love" romp was upbeat and salacious, Adele's somber stroll through the city's picturesque streets for "Someone Like You" is far less celebratory -- she is, after all, mourning the loss of an ex who is happily married now. But you know what they say: Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead. Sniff. This moody, classy clip will certainly give Adele a (not-so-needed) boost as she careens towards 4 million copies of 21 sold. Kanye and Jay-Z -- it's your turn next!Read More »from Watch Adele’s Sad Yet Scenic ‘Someone Like You’ Video
- Caryn Ganz | Amplifier – Fri, Sep 30, 2011 6:26 PM EDT
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Fri, Sep 30, 2011 5:17 PM EDT
The unauthorized, fan-loathed Michael Forever tribute concert in Wales continues to stockpile A-list talent... never mind, they just added La Toya Jackson. The black sheep of the Jackson clan revealed yesterday that she'll join Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and the Black Eyed Peas at the October 8th show. The BBC writes that La Toya will "step out of retirement after 20 years" to perform at Michael Forever, but she released new music both in 2004 and earlier this summer, so it's unclear what two-decade hiatus they're referring to. Maybe she hasn't performed live in 20 years? If that's the case, it's safe to say she was not missed.
The main reason Michael Forever has created a rift in the Jackson family -- other than it not being authorized by the Jackson estate -- is because it conflicts with the ongoing manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael's personal physician. Nearly every member of the Jackson family has attended the proceedings since they began earlier this week,Read More »from La Toya Jackson Ends Nonexistent Retirement to Join Michael Forever Concert
- Caryn Ganz | Amplifier – Fri, Sep 30, 2011 4:05 PM EDT
Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart quizzed the man currently busting records with the Number One LP in the country -- Tony Bennett, whose Duets II makes him the oldest living artist to top the Billboard album chart -- about his latest collaborators. "Who sucked?" Stewart asked. Bennett refused to slag his duet partners, replying, "They were all wonderful. These are the most important, most popular young artists today."
Of course, Stewart was most interested in one singer in particular -- not Lady Gaga, but Amy Winehouse, whose death has brought a ton of attention to the disc since her contribution, "Body and Soul," marks her final recording. Bennett retold the now-familiar story of how the 27-year-old singer was apprehensive in the studio until he complimented her by comparing her style to vocal great Dinah Washington. And he made a more shocking revelation:
"Well, she was in trouble at that time because she had a couple of engagements that she didn't keep up," Bennett said ofRead More »from Tony Bennett Says Amy Winehouse Knew ‘She Wasn’t Gonna Live’
- Caryn Ganz | Amplifier – Fri, Sep 30, 2011 12:12 AM EDT
Lou Reed is down with Susan Boyle, who covered his "Perfect Day" so well, he was willing to consult on its video. And today, the Britain's Got Talent discovery has earned the Internet's approval with an unlikely version of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence." Using the well-proven method of slowing a song, stripping it down, and adding pretty acoustic flourishes, Boyle brings out the mournful elegance in the 1990 synth-pop anthem. And seriously, she sounds amazing.
"The melody of the song is just beautiful," Boyle told Rolling Stone, who premiered the track from November 1st's Someone to Watch Over Me. "But really that lyric sounds like it will touch so many people in the way it touched me." Rips haven't hit YouTube yet, so hear it at the RS site.
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Sylvia Robinson passed away today from congestive heart failure at age 75. Some music fans known her as one-half of Mickey & Sylvia, whose 1956 hit "Love Is Strange" appeared on the blockbuster soundtrack to Dirty Dancing in 1987. Others known her as the vocalist behind the 1973 soul anthem "Pillow Talk." And legions have reaped the benefits of the risks she took as a record label boss -- Robinson, as co-founder of Sugar Hill Records, was the driving creative force behind what's widely considered to be the first hip-hop song ever: the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight." One of her other landmark successes was a little song known as "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. No wonder Robinson was known as the Mother of Hip-Hop. A quick glance back at how she shifted our culture:Read More »from Why You Should Be Mourning Sylvia Robinson Today
- Caryn Ganz | Amplifier – Thu, Sep 29, 2011 11:11 PM EDT
Any list that kicks off with Sisqó's "Thong Song" is certainly... a list. VH1 is launching its countdown of the 100 Greatest Songs of the '00s with this piece of pop culture detritus, and a cast of music experts and comedians will defend it (we presume) every night next week at 10 p.m. ET/PT starting Monday.
VH1's rundown paints a generally accurate picture of the schizophrenic state of the music biz in the last 11 years -- country crossovers like Carrie Underwood sit beside rock mainstays like U2 while massive hip-hop anthems by DMX and 50 Cent rub shoulders with Internet discovery Colbie Caillat. This isn't a melting pot; it's a volcanic eruption of ZOMG.
It's a curious time to look back at the '00s in general since most folks compiled lists examining the best of the first 10 years of the century about two years ago. In fact, this half of The Amplifier did just that (see below, keeping in mind Lady Gaga wasn't nearly as big a thing at the tail end of 2009 as she was just a fewRead More »from VH1 Attempts to Name the 100 Best Songs of the ’00s
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Thu, Sep 29, 2011 10:03 PM EDT
Following epic performances by the Shins and Roger Waters with Foo Fighters, night three of Jimmy Fallon's Pink Floyd Week featured MGMT, the youngest band involved in the tribute, playing a track off The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Pink Floyd's oldest album. With its psychedelia-soaked melodies, oddball and inscrutable lyrics, and borderline schizophrenic tonal shifts, "Lucifer Sam" is essentially a Cliff's Notes to MGMT's second album Congratulations. So naturally they tackle Syd Barrett's ode to a Siamese cat with ease. As for the bubbles and matching fishermen outfits -- a play on the song's lyric "Lucifer Sam, go to sea. Be a hip cat, be a ship cat" -- maybe MGMT has been having some fun with the same substances Barrett used while writing Piper.
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon will shift from a song by Barrett to a song about Barrett as country singer Dierks Bentley is set to perform Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" tonight. Pearl Jam wrap up Floyd week tomorrow with a rendition ofRead More »from Here’s MGMT, Dressed as the Gorton’s Fisherman, Playing Pink Floyd’s ‘Lucifer Sam’
- Caryn Ganz | Amplifier – Thu, Sep 29, 2011 9:40 PM EDT
It's been over a month since Yahoo! premiered the trailer for Martin Scorsese's upcoming documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, and with less than a week to go before the film's HBO premiere, we have another early look -- a clip in which Paul McCartney explains how Harrison wound up in the Beatles in the first place. Even if you know the Fab Four's story backwards and forwards, it's awesome to watch Sir Paul recount how this guy who was "a bit young" made his way into arguably the band that changed everything.
Remember: The two-part doc will debut on HBO October 5th and 6th before getting DVD and Blu-ray releases on October 10th. It features new interviews with McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Eric Clapton, George Martin, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, and Phil Spector. And it looks really, really good.Read More »from Watch Paul McCartney Recount George Harrison’s Beatles Audition
Just after midnight, probably right around when Radiohead were playing the final notes of "Street Spirit (Fade Out)," T.I. walked out the front doors of an Atlanta halfway house as a free man after completing his 11-month prison sentence. This time, there was no luxury party bus to whisk him away, no entourage members or business managers or VH1 producers to greet him at the exit. He simply stepped into a chauffeured SUV alone and rejoined society, TMZ reports.
It won't be long before Tip explodes back into the music scene: According to MTV, T.I.'s next single, a collaboration with producer DJ Drama and rapper Big K.R.I.T., is already ready to go. The track was actually supposed to arrive this past Monday, but they probably decided to save it until T.I. was free. Now you'll have something to listen to while you read Tip's first novel.
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- Caryn Ganz | Amplifier – Thu, Sep 29, 2011 8:00 PM EDT
It may seem like Courtney Love has been sharing every intimate detail of her life with us for years -- via MySpace blog, via Facebook blog, via Twitter, via video blog, via endless interviews that stretch on so long, journalists have tapped us on the shoulder and desperately mouthed, "Water!" -- but the Hole leader will reveal her official story in a new autobiography. The AP reports that Love has inked a deal with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, which means Courtney will be published by the same house that is bringing us new books from Kendra, Maru the awesome cat, and Deepak Chopra. Love is promising to "set the record straight" in the book, which as of now has no title and is due in the fall.
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