- Yahoo Music4 hrs ago
Def Jam's celebration of its 30th anniversary Tuesday at SXWV was really just a showcase with some music flashbacks and a set from two of its staple artists – Redman and Method Man. But it had some great moments. See our top 4 below: 1. Redman & Method Man
Without question, Red and Meth delivered the best set during the Def Jam show. It helped that Method Man laid a couple ground rules before they started their concert. Among them was a request that the audience maintain a high level of energy, an easy deliverable considering what the legendary rappers brought to the table.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music7 hrs ago
They say everything is bigger in Texas. And that old adage certainly applies to South By Southwest, the Austin music festival that once primarily showcased rising and unsigned acts, but now serves as a promotional platform for superstars like Kanye West, Justin Bieber…and even Lady Gaga, who plans to perform inside a giant Doritos vending machine this Thursday night.
- Yahoo Music20 hrs ago
It's a happy robot day, indeed.
Fans of both Daft Punk and Jay Z awoke with glee this morning as a never-before-released collaboration from two of music's biggest acts leaked online.
"Computerized," a track intended for the Daft Punk-composed score to the 2010 Disney film "TRON: Legacy," surfaced Monday on a Daft Punk fan site, and although reps for the artists have yet to confirm the track as 100 percent legit, it certainly seems to be. (A publicist for Daft Punk's label didn't know anything about the track or its authenticity; personal reps for Jay Z and Daft Punk didn't immediately respond to Yahoo's calls seeking comment; however, Pitchfork reported that the song "in fact, real.")
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music21 hrs ago
A day after Billboard's list of Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014 had the Biebs failing to crack the top 10, Forbes has released a new list of The Most Overexposed Celebrities and Bieber is on top thanks to a long list of bad-boy moments in recent months.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music1 day ago
This week at Austin's South By Southwest festival, New Romantic legends Spandau Ballet will perform in the U.S. for the first time in 28 years, and they'll also premiere their new documentary, "Soul Boys of the Western World." (Watch the movie trailer here.) To cut a long story short, we know this much is true: It's going to be awesome.
What's especially awesome is "Soul Boys" will feature some rare footage of the group's iconic showdown on the '80s BBC game show "Pop Quiz." On Dec. 28, 1984, the United Kingdom's two prettiest, pin-uppiest, and pouffiest new wave bands, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran — sort of the Beatles-vs.-Stones of their day — faced off in an epic TV war of wits and wingtips, answering trivia questions about Howard Jones, Tracey Ullman, the Eurythmics, Cyndi Lauper, and even each other's music. Television "gold" (ahem) was created that day.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music1 day ago
It's a common complaint among diehard reality-watchers that when a young singing-show contestant takes on an older artist's material, the wannabe's lack of life experience makes it impossible for them to bring enough true grit to the stage. But when tiny "Norway's Got Talent" hopeful Angelina Jordan took on Billie Holiday's "Gloomy Sunday" this week, she not only somehow tapped into the world-weary song's raw emotion, but she seemed to be channeling Billie herself.
And she's only 7 years old .
Angelina's audition rendition of the late jazz legend's 1941 maudlin ballad — a song about social injustice and personal heartache so deeply depressing, it was reportedly banned by the BBC for being damaging to wartime morale and has been linked via urban legends to multiple suicides — brought to mind a baby Billie. Or at least a baby Amy Winehouse. And Angelina's performance elicited both tears and a standing ovation from the stunned judges. But just how much did this sweet child grasp the gravity of what she was singing?
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music1 day ago
Leave it to Bieber. Not only did pop's most notorious/annoying bad boy make a surprise appearance Sunday night at South by Southwest, but he serenaded on-and-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez from the stage.
Bieber's acoustic set at Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden featured "Boyfriend" and "As Long as You Love Me," the latter of which he dedicated to Gomez. "This next song goes out to my baby," the Biebs said, before launching into the tune. And Gomez, who is back on with Bieber, was there to take it all in.
- Yahoo Music2 days ago
March 9 is a sad day for Notorious B.I.G. fans. It's the anniversary of his 1997 death to a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. But producer David Catalano has given the late rap star's followers a reason to smile. On Sunday, Catalano released "Nasty Boy," the sixth episode of his hilarious webisode series "The Smalls Family." For the new segment, characters Tess Strohm (Katie Smalls), James Hook (Big Poppa) and Jill Bresnahan (Step Momma Smalls) transform Biggie's boastful freaky tales into a modern-family storyline about parents' concerns about their children's choice of friends.
- Yahoo Music4 days ago
Actress, dancer and model Carmen Electra used her birth name Tara Patrick before meeting Prince in 1991. After the pop legend saw the then aspiring artist dance, he suggested a name change. "I auditioned for an all girl group that he was putting together and he ended up signing me to his label Paisley Park," Carmen told The Yo Show. "After I danced for him he said, 'You look like Electra. That should be your name.'" Carmen admits that the new moniker didn't initially stick. "At first I thought it sounded kinda like a super hero type of name which actually it is," she said. "So I was hesitant but it just sorta grew on me and that's it. I'm Electra now." Prince was right. Carmen's appeal and electric personality has lead to a successful career including a Playboy magazine cover, and dozens of television and movie roles including "Baywatch," "American Vampire," "Scary Movie," "Meet the Spartans," "Date Movie" and "Starsky & Hutch."
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music4 days ago
Since 1987, the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas has been a hot spot for young bands to demonstrate their skills to an audience of music industry professionals, with the hopes of developing some international recognition or landing a record deal. However, in recent years the festival has also become a place to watch some of the biggest names in the business perform at special showcases, corporate-sponsored events, and late-night parties.
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