Posts by Craig Rosen
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music7 hrs ago
Avril Lavigne has been taking a ton of heat from her Japanese-themed "Hello Kitty" video, which was leaked on Tuesday. Some have called it racist, while others have said it's just plain terrible.
Lavigne has apparently seen the criticism — or at least heard of the complaints — and has fired back about the alleged racism in the clip, which features the "Sk8er Boi" singer playfully dancing with four identically dressed Harajuku Girls, chowing down on sushi, and drinking sake.
RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video…
— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) April 24, 2014
…specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan.
We reached out to a few people affiliated with the Japanese Culture Center in Chicago to get their take on the clip. Neither thought it was racist, but one was slightly troubled by the video.
- Craig Rosen at The New Now1 day ago
He's played with everyone from Eric Clapton and Phil Collins to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Beyonce, as well as his own jazz combo, Fourplay. Now, after three decades of making music, bassist Nathan East has released his first solo album, appropriately titled "Nathan East." "Daft Funk," one of the tracks on the album, is East's attempt to build on the feel-good vibes of Daft Punk's monster hit "Get Lucky." East played on that song as well as other tracks on "Random Access Memories," and joined the helmeted duo of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rogers and Stevie Wonder in performing the Grammy-winning tune on the Grammy Awards. Now East has released a video clip for "Daft Funk," a track he co-wrote with guitarist Michael Thompson and that also features Ray Parker Jr. of "Ghostbusters" fame on guitar. East first met Parker Jr. 30 years ago when they were both hired to work a session recording a jingle for Hertz Rent-a-Car. Here's an exclusive premiere of the video for the track, produced by the Yamaha Entertainment Group with animation by David Bennett.
- Craig Rosen at The New Now2 days ago
Sister-act band HAIM made their debut as the musical guests on "Saturday Night Live" last year, and were one of the breakout acts of Coachella this month. With HAIM (pronounced like the Hebrew phrase L'chaim, not like late teen idol Corey Haim) currently blowing up, 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.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music7 days ago
Jimmer Podrasky wrapped up his residency Wednesday night at Lucy's 51 in Toluca Lake, Calif. to promote his excellent return effort "The Would-Be Plans" by performing with the Rave-Ups. That's the same band he led back in the '80s when they landed a spot in "Pretty in Pink" and were inexplicably left off the soundtrack. Still, the Rave-Ups prevailed —at least for a while — landing a major-label contract with Epic Records and another high-profile gig, playing on the teen soap "Beverly Hills 90210."
During the original show's decade-long run, a number of bands, ranging from the Flaming Lips and the Cramps to Color Me Badd and Maroon 5 predecessors Kara's Flowers, also appeared on the show.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music7 days ago
With its lyrics about "Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece, jet planes, islands and tigers on a gold leash," it may surprise you to learn that Lorde's monster hit "Royals" wasn't inspired by P. Diddy or some other bling-loving rapper, but legendary baseball player George Brett.
Now, after months of near-misses, Lorde, 17, and Brett, 60, have connected. The two finally met on Tuesday in Las Vegas, following Lorde's concert at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.
Brett called the meeting "awesome" and described the Grammy winner as "such a sweet little girl." Speaking to TMZ, the baseball legend said he had a crash course in Lorde music before the meeting: "I actually downloaded her music off iTunes and listened to in on the plane ride to Vegas."
- Craig Rosen at Our Country8 days ago
That crazy T. Swizzle is at it again. Taylor Swift hasn't recorded a video blog entry in two years, but she lifted her self-imposed moratorium after receiving an invitation from a fan to her wedding and bridal shower.
The resulting video made its way to the world via a post by the singer today on Facebook and Twitter. As Swift notes in the video blog, she couldn't make it to the actual wedding, but she's "never been to a bridal shower," so off she went.
The advantage of being Taylor Swift is not having to RSVP to bridal showers, so her appearance came as a surprise to the bride and her friends and family. "Gena has no idea that we're coming, none of her friends know we're coming, so we're going to go surprise her," Swift says.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music9 days ago
We're in the middle of Coachella madness, with weekend one in the books and weekend two coming up. The following weekend, the very same Empire Polo Club in Indio, California will play host to the country-leaning Stagecoach Festival. Some may be surprised to find Bangles frontwoman Susanna Hoffs on the bill as a solo act. She'll be playing the Mustang Stage at 2 p.m. on April 27. In fact, just the other day, Hoffs posted on her Facebook page, "This is my kind of Manic Monday...rehearsal for Stagecoach officially starts today."
Two decades ago, on April 11, 1994, the Gallagher brothers in Oasis unleashed their fury on the world with the release of their first official U.K. single, "Supersonic." Here are 11 things you should know about Oasis's early days.
1. They weren't initially a huge success.
Oasis didn't set the world on fire from the get-go. "Supersonic" only made it to No. 31 on the U.K. Singles Chart, giving it the dubious distinction of being the band's lowest peaking single. However, it keep selling, eventually exceeding sales of 215,000 to make it their 13th biggest selling single in the U.K.
2. The single fared better in the U.S.
The track was also the band's first U.S. single and received a much warmer welcome across the pond, where it peaked at No. 10 on Billboard 's Modern Rock Chart in December 1994.
3. It's held up well over the years.
On April 15, 2013, the Boston Marathon bombing rocked the city to its core. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured after two bombs went off near the finish line.
The members of Aerosmith, who are so closely tied to the city they're known as "the bad boys from Boston," were among those devastated by the tragedy. They initially expressed their grief by performing "Dream On" at the Boston Strong Concert last May.
Now, frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry have recorded a new version of their earliest hit, backed by the Southern California Children's Chorus, for an ESPN special titled "Dream On: Stories From Boston's Strongest" that will air on ABC on Saturday. The hour-long special, which is part of the sports network's new "E:60" news magazine series, will also be shown on ESPN next Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the attacks.
In a snippet of the performance posted on YouTube, Tyler plays a white piano and Perry a white guitar as they're backed by the choir on a white, church-like stage.
Veteran singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester died on Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.
Although not a household name, he was a highly respected by fellow artists. "You can't talk about the best songwriters and not include him," Bob Dylan once said.
Here are nine ways Winchester made a major impact in music.
1. He was mentored by Robbie Robertson and had some high-profile friends.
In 1967, the Louisiana native fled the U.S. for Canada to dodge the Vietnam draft. There, Robbie Robertson of the Band took him under wing and helped Winchester record his self-titled 1970 debut album. Robertson produced, played guitar, and co-wrote the song "Snow" on the album, and recruited his fellow Band-mate Levon Helm to play drums and mandolin. Todd Rundgren served as the album's engineer. Although it failed to chart in the U.S., where it was released on the fledgling Ampex label, the album reached No. 26 in Canada and went on to have a lasting legacy. Today, it's considered a classic, with its songs recorded by Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Ian Matthews, and Tim Hardin.
2. He couldn't tour the U.S., so he focused on writing songs.