Posts by Craig Rosen
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music20 hrs 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 Music6 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 Music7 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 Music7 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.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music8 days ago
The Boss is back. Actually, he never went away, and today Bruce Springsteen revealed that he's got "High Hopes" for 2014, a new album of rarities to help us get through these troubled times. The 12-song set is due on Jan. 14 from Columbia Records.
A video for the album's first single and title track is out now. It's directed by Thom Zimmy and features photos by Danny Clinch, mixed in with footage from Springsteen's Australian tour. The single is available now via iTunes.
The album, available for pre-order, features tracks produced by Springsteen with Ron Aniello, as well as recent collaborator Brendan O'Brien, with accompaniment by members of his long-time backing band, the E Street Band, and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music9 days ago
Sister-act trio Haim made their debut as the musical guests on "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend. While the show has showcased huge stars like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga this season, Haim (pronounced like the Hebrew phrase L'chaim, not like late teen idol Corey Haim) are relatively unknown, so we thought we'd give you the rundown on the trio consisting of Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim.
1. They were born in different years and months, but their birthdays fall sequentially on the 14th (Este, March 14, 1986), 15th (Alana, Dec. 15, 1991) and 16th (Danielle, Feb. 16, 1989) day of the months they were born in.
2, They grew up in the San Fernando Valley and played in a family band called Rockinhaim with their Israeli-born father Mordechai on drums and mother Donna on guitar. Performing at fairs and charity events, their sets included covers of songs by the Santana, the Beatles, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, and the Eagles. The still love the Eagles, but can't stand "Hotel California," which was frequently featured in Rockinhaim's sets.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music13 days ago
Back in August, Louis Tomlinson even told the Daily Star that the group would love to do their own prank show, similar to MTV's "Punk'd" in the U.S. and "Beadle's About" in the U.K. "We want to do a TV prank show like that new one on BBC Three," Tomlinson said. "It was funny and full of practical jokes. We would like to do a show that prank celebrities." Here's a look at some of 1D's greatest pranks. In this video, the boys pretend to be their wax likenesses at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London and freak out some fans when they come to life. Hang in there for this vertical, fan-shot clip. The quality isn't great, but at about the 47-second mark you'll catch Louis pantsing Niall Horan while he's waiting at the counter for his KFC. Guess Niall ordered a side of embarrassment. In this clip, Louis and Zayn Malik prank the rest of the boys in the band by having a Nickelodeon producer pretend she's going into labor. In this video, Harry and Louis play Jerky Boys and prank 118, the British equivalent of 411. in this clip, which was used at the opening of the band's Take Me Home World Tour, the boys go undercover for some kicks. Louis is disguised as an obese man, complete with a neck brace and orange baseball cap offering free hugs. Harry Styles and Zayn are made up as an elderly couple, holding up traffic as they cross the street until they break into a shocking sprint, and Niall dresses as a hairy busker playing a punked up version of "What Makes You Beautiful." The band also went undercover in their official video for "Best Song Ever" with Harry as Marcel the marketing guy, Liam Payne as Leeroy the choreographer, Zayn as a woman, and Niall as movie mogul Harvey. Sometimes One Direction aren't the ones pulling the pranks. The British comedy duo Ant and Dec pranked the boys back in March when they pretended to be the band's biggest fans and pretended to have a medical emergency. Ant told the Evening Standard, "Dec dressed up as one called Jack from New Zealand and I was Ben, a TV host from there… introduced him to the group — and the meeting didn’t go as planned. But they fell for it. I faked an asthma attack. They panicked and I hyperventilated... They called medical emergencies. It was such fun and they fell for it.” The boys' crew recently got into the act, throwing cakes and pies into their faces at their show in Melbourne at the conclusion of the band's cover of Wheatus' "Teenage Dirtbag." What better way to top of a show.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music13 days ago
Oops, she's done it again. Britney Spears is making headlines for kissing a new boy toy. Apparently, she was so excited by the kiss, she even posted a pic of the liplock on Facebook.
It happened on Tuesday in the Southern California desert, but her boyfriend, David Lucado, shouldn't freak. The "Toxic" singer was locking lips with the grunge-looking hunk for a new video clip for "Perfume," a track from her eighth album, "Britney Jean" album, which is due Dec. 3.
Britney herself was dressed down for the shoot, forgoing her usual glammed-up, sex-kitten clothing for jeans, boots and a white tank top shear enough to show her matching white bra. When things cooled down in the evening, both Spears and her mystery man donned leather jackets, according to US Weekly.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music14 days ago
Nearly 50 years after it was first released, Bob Dylan's classic "Like a Rolling Stone" has been given new life with a groundbreaking video clip that mimics America's other favorite past-time: channel-surfing. Only in the interactive video created by digital media company Interlude, no matter which channel you tune to, the shows' hosts are lip-synching "Like a Rolling Stone," so it's all Bob, all the time.
Users have the ability to tune to 16 different faux TV channels in the clip, so the viewing experience relies on your trigger finger. Along with a number of pseudo TV shows hosted by actors, you can also catch some real celebs doing their best Bob, including Drew Carey on "The Price is Right," "WTF" podcaster/comedian Mark Maron, and "Pawn Stars" Rick Harrison and Austin "Chumlee" Russell. Along with sports, food, home-shopping, and fashion channels in the clip, there's also Music 1 Classics, which includes footage filmed by D.A. Pennebaker, who lensed Dylan's famed apostrophe-free doc Dont Look Back , to bring it all back home.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music22 days ago
Often times greatest hits albums are nothing more than product to fulfill a recording contract or serve as a stop-gap while a band takes a breather, but for Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, Direct Hits , out on Nov. 11, is much more.
"I'm proud of this," Flowers says. "The first record I ever bought was the Cars' Greatest Hits , so this means a lot to me. It's not just a compilation. It's a celebration of what we've done."
Yet Flowers does have some misgiving about the set. "It is kind of strange to get a retrospective," he says. "I'm only 32, but it's nice to package it up and I'm excited about moving forward after this."
Since forming in 2001, the Killers have scored such modern rock hits as "Somebody Told Me," "Smile Like You Mean It," "Mr. Brightside," "When You Were Young" and others, while paving the way for fellow Las Vegas-spawned act Imagine Dragons.