Posts by Craig Rosen
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music2 hrs ago
The woman who found Elvis Presley dead on his bathroom floor is writing a tell-all book about her final days with the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
Ginger Alden, who was Presley's fiancée when he died on Aug. 16, 1977, will chronicle her relationship with him in a memoir, "Elvis & Ginger: Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story," which is slated to be published on Aug. 5 by the Penguin Group's Berkley Books.
Alden promises to "set the record straight" about their relationship and offer insight into his interest in Eastern religions, how he dealt with fame, and his personal life with his family and lovers. In a promotional quote on Amazon.com, Alden writes, "Elvis, you and I know the truth and unfortunately you're not here to set the record straight. With this book, I will try to..."
The book's cover, revealed Wednesday in The Hollywood Reporter, features a photo of the model-actress wearing a fur coat with Elvis by her side, sporting a black jacket with a purple scarf and holding his trademark TCB shades.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music1 day ago
Few stars arrive on the scene fully formed. Most have to go through a series of ups and downs in bit parts before they blossom. As today's biggest pop stars are no exception, we dug back into the past and found some of today's Jingle Ball stars' early appearances on screen.
Miley Cyrus, "Big Fish," 2003
Long before she was twerking with a foam finger and even before Hannah Montana, Miley had a bit part in the 2003 film "Big Fish." See if you can spot 10-year-old Miley in this clip warning Edward Bloom about the witch.
Robin Thicke, "The Wonder Years," 1989
Before Robin Thicke sung "Blurred Lines," he too was a kid actor. Back in 1989, he played a suave young man picking up a girl on "The Wonder Years." The episode was titled "Steady As She Goes," which is also the title of a great song by the Raconteurs, who, as far we know, have absolutely nothing to do with Robin Thicke or "The Wonder Years."
Selena Gomez (and Demi Lovato), "Barney & Friends," 2002-2004
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music1 day ago
With the release of her new album, "Britney Jean," and her Las Vegas residency about to kick off, Britney Spears is once again in the news. Like you, I thought I knew everything I possibly could about the "Work B--ch" singer, but then I stumbled upon these seven shocking new revelations about Spears that have emerged from her recent spate of interviews and press appearances.
1. She's had lip injections.
I know, it's hard to believe. We all thought Spears was a 100 percent natural woman, but as shocking as it may seem, it turns out she has been enhanced. In an interview with InStyle for their January 2014 issue, Brit is quoted saying,"A doctor I see, [Beverly Hills plastic surgeon] Dr. [Raj] Kanodia, does fun stuff to me sometimes — I've had lip injections before," Spears said.
2. She loves being pregnant (and it might not be for the reason you think!).
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music2 days ago
I'd like to think that George Harrison wrote his 1971 chart-topper "My Sweet Lord" about New Zealand teen sensation Lorde, but there are a few problems with that thought. First, Lorde spells her name with an "e" at the end. Secondly, although "My Sweet Lord" did top the charts in Lorde's native New Zealand, Harrison recorded and released the song more than 25 years before she was born, so it's impossible — unless you believe in time travel or George had the power to predict the future.
But enough with my silly attempts to rewrite rock history for kicks. If you'd like to learn some actual facts about Lorde, read on while I search for a way to link Miley Cyrus to Ringo Starr!
1. Lorde's real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor, which doesn't exactly roll of your tongue. No wonder she opted a one syllable stage name.
2. She was just nominated for four Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year and Best Pop Sol Performance for "Royals," and Best Pop Vocal Album for Pure Heroine . Strangely, she wasn't nominated for Best New Artist.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music5 days ago
Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas gets all dolled up as a Napoleon-era mannequin museum piece in Daft Punk's new video for "Instant Crush."
In the clip, the mannequin version of Casablancas falls for a young maiden doll, but due to a change at the museum, the love dolls are separated until they are tragically reunited in the clip's blazing finale. The museum love story is intercut with the real-life, leather jacket-clad Casablancas preening on a circular platform as he mimes his heavily processed vocals, singing over a mellow groove, "And we will never be alone again / 'Cause it doesn't happen every day / Kinda counted on you being a friend / Can I give it up or give it away."
It's unclear if Daft Punk's helmet-wearing main men Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter appear in the clip; but they might be undercover as a knight in armor, a deep-sea diver, or an astronaut, all of which appear in the video.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music6 days ago
Nearly a half century into his career, David Bowie is still making waves. His latest volley: the decidedly anti-war video for "I'd Rather Be High (Venetian Mix)," a track featured on the recently released "The Next Day Extra," a deluxe version of his latest album.
Bowie surprised fans in March with the release of "The Next Day," his first album in a decade. The collection, which topped the charts in 15 countries, has been widely praised by critics, earning a spot on a slew of year-end "best of" lists. It's also spawned a series of eye-catching videos. "The Next Day Extra," which features the original 14-track album, a 10-track CD of bonus songs — including "I'd Rather Be High (Venetian Mix)" — as well as a DVD featuring video clips, was released last month.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music8 days ago
You can blame it on the Beatles. Sure, they were one of — if not the — most successful bands ever, and they also proved — at least initially — they could find success as solo artists. Within a few years of their breakup in 1970, three-quarters of the band produced No. 1 albums (Paul McCartney's "McCartney," George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass," and John Lennon's "Imagine"). Even Ringo Starr scored a No. 2 album with 1973's "Ringo." Other artists going solo from hit-making bands haven't been as lucky.
1. Joe Jonas, "Fastlife," 2011 (chart peak: No. 15)
At the height of their fame, the Jonas Brothers landed chart-topping albums in 2008 and 2009 with "A Little Bit Longer" and "Lines, Vines and Trying Times," respectively. When frontman Joe Jonas tested the solo waters with his 2011 album, "Fastlife," he wasn't as fortunate. Despite the fact the album received some positive reviews, with AllMusic saying it positioned him "as a worthy successor to Justin [Timberlake]," and a guest spot from Lil Wayne, it got off to a slow start at No. 15 and plummeted from there.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music14 days ago
Oh, phew! It looks like there's been a truce in the war over "Girls."
Female-friendly toy company GoldieBlox says it has removed a parody of the 1986 Beastie Boys song from the toy company's hit viral video amid a looming legal battle and PR headache for both sides.
A quick recap of the situation: GoldieBlox released the video, titled "Princess Machine" and featuring girls who use their dollies to show off their engineering smarts, went big-time viral (nearly 9 million YouTube views since being posted on Nov. 17). The video featured a retooled version of "Girls" with vastly different lyrics. Last Thursday, GoldieBlox filed a preemptive lawsuit against the Beasties seeking a court declaration that the video be deemed legal. The company insisted it went to court after receiving threats from Beastie lawyers.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music15 days ago
Britney Spears's latest, "Britney Jean," won't be officially released until Dec. 3. But with the album now streaming on iTunes, it's time for the critics to start weighing in on her eighth effort.
Here's what they're saying:
USA Today's Elysa Gardner gives it three (out of four) stars, writing: "Perhaps the best thing that can be said for Spears's latest album, in fact, is that it doesn't seem obsessed with provocation." In other words, Brit isn't trying to out-Miley Miley.
Adds Gardner, the album "aims to present this modestly talented young woman who has somehow managed to sustain our interest for 15 years as a cool but accessible dance-pop diva — willing to dangle the occasional profanity to keep us alert, but ultimately more into the groove than anything else.
"As a musical reintroduction, certainly, 'Britney Jean' offers as much grace as anyone could have expected." Faint praise indeed.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music15 days ago
They never had a hit record, nor filled arenas, but Big Star was the sort of band that inspired a deep-seated devotion in those who were lucky enough to discover their music. It's with that love and devotion that Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me was made.
The documentary chronicling the band's tragic story was released on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 26, containing the acclaimed film as well as bonus features on singer-songwriters Chris Bell and Alex Chilton; the band's studio sessions and the film's trailer. The film tells the story of the band's formation in Memphis, breakup, lineup changes, and release of their original three albums under the Big Star banner. It also covers the band's reformation along with testimonials from members of Cheap Trick, the Flaming Lips, R.E.M., the Replacements, the dB's, Robyn Hitchcock, and more.