Posts by Jeremy Blacklow
- Yahoo Music18 days ago
Bob Casale, guitarist for the reverse-flowerpot-hat-wearing '80s new wave band Devo, died Monday of heart failure at age 61. Casale was one of the founding members of the Ohio band best known for its 1980 hit "Whip It," one of the first videos in heavy rotation on MTV when the music channel launched in 1981. The surviving members of Devo, which first formed in 1972, posted a tribute to Casale on their website. "As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," his brother and fellow band member Gerald Casale wrote. "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got." He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again," Gerald continued. "His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all." Bob is survived by wife Lisa, daughter Samantha, and son Alex.
- Yahoo Music1 mth ago
She might not have any postcode envy, but Lorde sure is thankful to her home country. After winning two Grammys on Sunday (for Song of the Year and Pop Solo Performance, besting the likes of Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Pink, and Macklemore along the way), Kiwi hero Lorde, 17, returned to her native New Zealand on Wednesday, and made sure to send out some serious love to her fans. "if you're reading this, Joel & I won. HOLY CRAP," begins the handwritten full-page ad/thank-you note the "Royals" placedin the New Zealand Herald.
- Yahoo Music1 mth ago
Say it ain't so, muskrat lovers! Cathryn "Toni" Tennille, 73, one-half of the chart-topping '70s musical team the Captain and Tennille, has filed for divorce from her husband, Daryl "The Captain" Dragon, 71, after 39 years of marriage. A spokesman for the Yavapai County courthouse told Yahoo on Wednesday that the petition was filed in Prescott, Arizona, on Jan. 16. The long-time duo have no children together. The husband-and-wife tandem was the force behind such a slew of easy-listening hits, including "Love Will Keep Us Together," "Muskrat Love," "Do That to Me One More Time," "Lonely Night (Angel Face)," and "Shop Around. The Captain was originally a keyboardist for the Beach Boys — with Toni later joining him on tour. They launched their own act in 1974 after being discovered by Neil Sedaka performing at the Smokehouse restaurant in Burbank, California. They won the Record of the Year Grammy in 1975 for "Love Will Keep Us Together," and went on to host a variety series on ABC from 1976-77. Dragon said that he was blind-sided by the filing."I don't know why she filed," he told TMZ. "I gotta figure it out for myself first."
- Yahoo Music1 mth ago
One Direction are on top of the world. With a hit new album on their hands, two of their catchiest singles ever dominating radio, and an upcoming 2014 world tour on the horizon, you'd think nothing could go wrong for the fearless quintet.
It's actually been a rather stressful week for the 1Ders! That is, as stressful as things can get when you're the cutest darn boy band on the planet.
Here's a recap of five really tough things that happened to the "Midnight Memories" makers this past week.
1) Niall goes under the knife — Oh no! Niall's injury is worse than we all first thought! It was common knowledge that he blew out his knee back in December during rehearsals, but we didn't the extent of his injuries.
After pictures emerged in British newspaper The Sun of the blond babe hobbling around on crutches, he took to Twitter to take control of the rumor mill:
Hey guys I know most of you have seen those pics today! Yes Ive had major knee surgery , a much larger surgery than first anticipated ,
But i would like to tell u , it was a complete success ! Considering the scale of it! So all I ask of you guys is that you would respect my
- Yahoo Music2 mths ago
It's that time of year again when music writers get a chance to share their totally subjective year end lists. As Yahoo's resident electronic music expert, for the second year in a row I have the honor of writing a bit about my top electronic music album picks with all of you. Electronic dance music (EDM to some) is a diverse field made up of many different genres and sub-genres — most fans would likely scoff at the idea of trying to compile a list like this, when any such attempt is like comparing apples and oranges. Moreover, this is a list only of full albums (with one EP exception), and most folks making electronic music are more likely to have put out singles or remixes rather than albums (hence the absence of several very popular DJs like Hardwell, Laidback Luke, Martin Solveig, Nicky Romero, and many others). As I always like to disclaim before doing lists like this, this is simply my personal Top 10 list — yours very well might look quite different. Admittedly, my picks happen to also be very mainstream. That's just the direction my taste happens to lean. But we want to hear from you. Do you agree or disagree with these picks? What were your favorite electronic albums of the year? Take a moment to share your thoughts in the comments section below. 10. Kavinsky — "Outrun" I first heard of French artist Kavinsky through his track "Nightcall" from the 2011 film "Drive." A couple of years later, he exploded onto the scene with his video game sound influenced debut album, which lived up to the promise of that first breakthrough single. If "Tron" ever makes another sequel, this is the guy to grab the torch from Daft Punk and produce the soundtrack. 9. Rudimental — "Home" Although Rudimental first hit the scene in 2012, their debut album officially dropped in 2013. This Brit quartet is the sole drum and bass representative on my list. The album is a solid compilation of various sounds from start to finish, and features singers including Emili Sandé, Foxes, Angel Haze, John Newman, and Alex Clare. Expect big things from them in the near future. 8. RAC — "Don't Talk To" (EP) Sure it's only a 4-song EP, but the gentlemen also known as Remix Artist Collective made quite an impact in 2013, mostly on the strength of their first original production, "Let Go" (feat. Kele and MNDR). According to their Facebook page, they recently finished mastering on a full-length album, which should be out in early 2014. Their remixes of Phoenix's "Trying to be Cool" and Two Door Cinema Club's "Next Year" (neither of which were on this EP) were two of the best remixes of the year. 7. Major Lazer - "Free The Universe" Major Lazer certainly delivered the dance party album of the year. Diplo kept his dancehall outfit going strong with its second full-length studio album, featuring artists ranging from Flux Pavilion and Elephant Man to Santigold, Peaches,
- Jeremy Blacklow at Yahoo Music2 mths ago
Melissa Etheridge is again speaking out for gay and lesbian equality, and this time she's sending her message through a new song.
The rocker debuted her new track, "Uprising of Love," in NYC this week, in conjunction with the launch of the same-named non-profit organization. The group, which supports same-sex freedom, took its name from Melissa's song, which will be released commercially in early 2014.
Celebs including Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Jake Shears, Lance Bass, Lily Tomlin, Jim Parsons, James Franco, Julianne Moore, Judith Light, and Sigourney Weaver are all joining Etheridge to stand up in support of gay rights in Russia, in the precipitous approach of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The new non-profit's goal is twofold:
1. To support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex community in Russia and foster an atmosphere where Russians feel bolstered to be themselves and speak up for this cause, and …
2. To raise awareness among the international community to continue to build public pressure and vigilance.
- Jeremy Blacklow at Yahoo Music3 mths ago
You could probably count on one paw the number of people who were surprised yesterday when the news came out that Lady Gaga's latest album, "ARTPOP," sold only 258K copies in its debut week.
For those of you keeping score, that's just slightly less than the 286K sold by Katy Perry's "Prism" in mid-October or the 270K sold by Miley Cyrus's "Bangerz" two weeks before that. It was still enough to debut at #1 on the Billboard album charts, but it's a huge drop from the 1,108K copies of Gaga's previous album, 2011's "Born This Way" (even if you take away the 440K copies of that album which sold for $.99 through Amazon, "Born This Way" still sold 668K full-price opening week copies). My Yahoo Music cohort Paul Grein has a much more detailed chart analysis in his weekly column.
Here are five reasons we think "ARTPOP" is a flop, compared to what it could've been:
1) It's Too Highbrow
- Jeremy Blacklow at Yahoo Music3 mths ago
First the 'NSYNC reunion with Timberlake and now this ?!
Music fans around the world's ears perked up when former 'NSYNC band member Lance Bass announced on his Instagram page this morning that he was back in the studio producing his first track as a solo artist.
"Here's the big news!" he wrote. "THIS just happened last night! My debut single is done! I will reveal all on today's [ "Dirty Pop with Lance Bass"] show at 6pm east Sirius XM [OutQ] 109 ( and yes that's how a bass singer hits high notes , on his toes)"
The track is produced by Anise K and K C Porter. But Yahoo Music caught up first with the newly-engaged (and very busy) singer, to bring you all of the details, just on the edge of his gig co-hosting the American Music Awards "Red Carpet Live" this Sunday.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE NEW SONG?
- Yahoo Music3 mths ago
Halloween was two weeks ago, but Rihanna is still bringing the creepy for us.
On Friday morning, the pop superstar released the music video for her latest single, "What Now," and, in the stylish spot's footage, she performs an exorcism on herself.
Earlier in the week, she released a "making of" preview for the video in which she talked about its genesis.
"It's gonna be kinda eerie, very creepy, because 'What Now' is one of those songs that could get very boring with the video, almost expected," she said. "Everyone's probably expecting a narrative type of video or a love story of some sorts, or something really soft and pretty … but it's really a little demented."
The video was shot over a 22-hour period in Thailand while Rihanna was on tour there. She describes her look in the video as "red carpet goth."
- Jeremy Blacklow at Stop The Presses!4 mths ago
There's a new number one DJ in the world and he's keeping the crown in the Netherlands.
At age 25, Hardwell (real name Robbert van de Corput) has dethroned fellow countryman Armin van Buuren to take top honors in DJ Mag's 2013 Top 100 DJs Poll, making him the youngest person ever to hold the title. He held off stiff competition from van Buuren, who fell to second place this year and Avicii (a Swede), who came in third (flat), despite both of these other artists having released huge albums of original material in 2013. DJ Mag's annual poll is widely considered to be the electronic music industry's top honors.
"Wow, I've spent all my life dreaming of winning this award and now it has finally happened I’m completely speechless," Hardwell said upon learning of his historic win. "I have so many people I'd like to thank but none more so than the fans. They have been incredible; their support at my shows and with my music has been out of this world. You really are the best fans in the world. Thank you so much."
So what did Hardwell do to earn the top spot?