- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music4 hrs ago
For anyone who didn't get enough "partyin', partyin' yeah!" done on "Friday," "Saturday" has arrived ... and there's no sign that the party will stop anytime soon. Rebecca Black has released the follow-up to her infamous "Friday" video, which went viral on YouTube and has been viewed a few hundred million times.
Not surprisingly, the tune is called "Saturday," and the video chronicles 16-year-old Black and her friends non-stop partying throughout the weekend. The video features plenty of PG-rated fun, including a whipped cream fight, some poker playing, cruising around in a convertible (sound familiar?), lighting sparklers on the beach, and a lot of dancing.
There's also a Miley Cyrus imitator who gets her twerk on in her underwear, and a pants-less guy in a button-down shirt who busts out some Risky Business moves circa 1983 Tom Cruise.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music4 hrs ago
Adam Lambert has had a crazy year, highlighted by a critically heralded headlining set with Queen at the iHeartRadio Festival, a recurring role on "Glee," and a co-write on Avicii's hit album…and marked by a split from his longtime record label, RCA. As 2013 comes to a close, Yahoo Music caught up with him in Yahoo's Purple Room lounge before his performance at the TrevorLIVE concert in Hollywood on Dec. 8, to talk about the year's highest highs and what's in store for him in 2014.
Most importantly…will there be a follow-up to 2012's Trespassing album next year? "In theory, yes," said Adam, who has been collaborating with Nile Rodgers and Avicii and says he's currently talking to labels. "If not, something is seriously wrong!"
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music6 hrs 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.
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music6 hrs ago
Perhaps in an effort to compete with Crispin Glover and Corey Feldman for weirdest pop culture has-beens, ex-child star Macaulay Culkin — who last received an IMDb screen credit credit in 2010 for voiceover work on the "Robot Chicken DP Christmas Special" — has been spending time paying musical tribute to two of his favorite inspirations, the late Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground and, uh, pizza. Obviously.
Culkin's group, the Pizza Underground, cooked up a demo of Velvet Underground covers and Lou Reed's biggest solo hit, "Walk on the Wild Side," revamped with lyrics about pizza delivery, pizza ingredients, and the process of ordering pizza.
The entire demo is just under nine minutes long, and each song melts into the next. It was recorded live at Culkin's house on Nov. 11 and is about the same fidelity as early Velvet Underground demos. The Pizza Underground delivered the songs on Dec. 2 and they're available at a price of your choosing on BandCamp.
Get a Taste of Culinary Beats! Dream-Pop Band St. Lucia Cooks With Award-Winning Chef Ricardo ZarateYahoo Music9 hrs ago
What could be a more satisfying experience than hearing some great music from a hot up-and-coming band? Well, it's hard to beat including another element of sensory input to that: How about adding some exotic cuisine from an award-winning chef to the mix?
If that sounds tasty —it certainly was just that, when chef Ricardo Zarate, the ambassador of Peruvian cuisine in America, recently met up with dream-pop outfit St. Lucia in Los Angeles to share their respective arts with each other.
First off, Zarate met up with the band at local live venue the Echo, and received a little taste of what it's like to play live. Everyone then trekked to Zarate's restaurant, Picca, and hung out in the kitchen for a fulll lesson on how to prepare a delectable Pervuian salmon dish.
After the finishing touches were applied to the food, everyone sat down for a great meal, enhanced by conversation about the similarities between culinary and musical artistry.
- Elizabeth Durand Streisand at Yahoo Music10 hrs ago
It looks like the dark shadow cast over SeaWorld by "Blackfish" isn't passing just yet. Heart is the latest in a string of bands slated to perform at the aquatic amusement park to withdraw because of the CNN documentary that first aired in October.
Heart has chosen to decline their forthcoming performance at SeaWorld on 2/9/14 due to the controversial documentary film 'Black Fish'.
And while sister musicians Nancy and Ann Wilson didn't elaborate beyond the brief tweet, it's safe to assume that they don't want to get entangled in the backlash from the film, which used the tragic killing of trainer Dawn Brancheau by a 12,000-pound orca to raise questions about the humaneness of keeping these massive creatures in captivity.
But Heart is hardly the first musical act to sever ties with SeaWorld because of "Blackfish."
After seeing the documentary, Barenaked Ladies drummer Tyler Stewart tweeted back to a fan who urged the band to take action.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music10 hrs ago
"American Idol" rocker James Durbin is back with an anthemic new single, "Parachute," and we have a feeling you'll love its new lyric video to bits. Or, more specifically, to 8-bits.
Celebrating James's love of all things '80s, the "Parachute" lyric vid is a loving and very faithful homage to retro arcade games like Donkey Kong, Super Mario Brothers, Space Invaders, and the old-school Nintendo Entertainment System. And it's just as addictive to play.
Check out the premiere of James Durbin's "Parachute" lyric video here, and get ready for James's sophomore album, Celebrate , out April 8. Game on.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music11 hrs ago
It's that most wonderful time of the year: holiday radio concert time! Yes, 'tis the season for all the hottest alt-rock bands in the land to work the radio-gig circuit, and this past weekend they made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles to play KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas at the newly renovated Shrine Auditorium.
The two-night stand was in fact not acoustic at all — the station's annual Xmas show went electric years ago, although it started off as a humble, unplugged event back in 1989. But that was just fine, considering that the big headliners were typically cranked-to-11 bands like Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Fitz & the Tantrums, and Lorde.
Here are the merriest moments from the 24th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas:
13. New Politics' singer danced like he'd just guzzled 10 egg nogs.
- Yahoo Music16 hrs ago
The 15th annual TrevorLIVE benefit, hosted by The Trevor Project, brought a slew of star power to the Hollywood Palladium Sunday night ... and we were backstage in the Purple Room to GIF it all.
The Trevor Project focuses on suicide prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Stars including Adam Lambert, Fergie, Josh Duhamel, and Jane Lynch came together to help raise funds for the worthy cause.
These are just some of our favorite animated portraits of the night -- go to our Tumblr for more coverage from the fun-filled night.
Darren Criss Darren starts us off with a wonderfully crafted bit as he burps up a TrevorLIVE thought bubble.
Jenna Ushkowitz Jenna gives us an enthusiastic cheer.
Adam Lambert Before he performed "What Do You Want From Me," Adam plays hide and seek backstage.
TrevorLIVE Honorees Left to Right: Jordan Scruggs, friend, and Adam White get into the groove.
Fergie and Josh Duhamel Josh bursts out his bubble and sends wife Fergie into a surprised shock.
Harry Shum, Jr. Harry's got the right idea, "Be proud of who you are."
- Paul Grein at Yahoo Music1 day ago
By now, you probably know the basics about this year's Grammy nominations, which were announced on Friday. Jay Z has more nominations than any other artist (nine). Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have the most in the marquee categories (three). Daft Punk is the only act to be nominated for both Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
But this year's nominations list raises some questions too. What exactly does this mean for the music business? Let's solve this year's big Grammy mysteries...
What do the nominations tell us about trends in music? One major trend they highlight is the rise of collaborations. All five of the nominees for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are collaborations. (In other words, none went to ongoing groups or duos.) Collabos also accounted for a majority of the nominations in these five categories: Best Dance Recording, Best R&B Performance, Best Country Duo/Group Performance, Best Americana Album, and Best Blues Album.