You know how sometimes you're just so full of artistic energy and creative brilliance that you have no choice but to throw back your head and howl like a pop music wolf? Well, musicians do. YouTuber "The Cutting Room" has assembled this montage of 60 songs between 2006 and 2015, charting pop music's infatuation with "Whoa-oo-oh!" It's not that all these songs are bad (some of them definitely are) but after a while, you do start to wonder how much of this is real energy and how much of it was a songwriter who couldn't think of anything to say. Check it out ... Discuss
In the last decade, Pandora listeners have clicked those little “thumbs up”/”thumbs down” buttons while streaming songs more than 50 billion times. Buzzfeed got their hands on the streaming-radio service’s most-liked tunes of all time, and with more than 20 million votes Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” leads the way. Aside from the classic rock staple, the rest of Pandora’s biggest jams are a collection of top-40 hits that you’ve likely heard thousands of times at this point, like Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”, The Fray’s “How to Save a Life”, Adele’s “Someone Like You” and Drake’s “The Motto”. You can go here to see the full rundown ... Discuss
Earlier this week, Justin Bieber appeared on Ellen to celebrate her birthday and also get a little talking-to about some of his recent antics. If you're unfamiliar with those antics, you can Google them at your leisure, but for the purposes of this story, it seems Ellen's words hit home with young master Bieber. He has issued a very, very dark apology video which, lighting techniques aside, do seem to feature a young pop star genuinely attempting to come to terms with the disconnect between who he feels like he is and what he actually does. "It’s been a minute since I’ve been in a public appearance," he says. "And I didn’t want to come off arrogant or conceited, or basically how I’ve been acting the last year, year and a half."
Being young and growing up in this business is hard—growing up in general is hard ...I really want people to know I care. I care about people. I’m not that person that I don’t give a f***, I’m not that kid. I’m a person who genuinely, genuinely cares. Although what’s happened in the past has happened, I just want to make the best impression on people, and be kind, and loving, and gentle, and soft. Although people can call me a softie, that’s how my mom raised me.
You can watch the whole video here (there is one profanity, as you've seen) and determine for yourself whether or not he's turning over a new leaf. It's worth remembering that this comes on the heels of Bieber's recent baptism by Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz ... Discuss
While we patiently wait and dream for a White Stripes reunion that will probably never happen, Jack White delivered the next best thing at his Nashville concert on Wednesday night: a surprise reunion of his dusty, boot-stomping rock and roll band, the Raconteurs. And as if that wasn't enough, the band brought out country music legend Loretta Lynn to team up for 'Portland, Oregon' and the second song Lynn ever wrote, 'Whispering Sea,' which Lynn said she hasn't sung in decades. Check out the Raconteurs playing "Salute Your Solution" below, and hear the songs with Lynn here ... Discuss
Kenny G: Smooth jazz wizard. Curly hair icon. Frappuccino inventor? He seems to think so, and who's going to disagree with him. You? What do you know about it? Not as much as Kenny G does, that's for sure.
This truth bomb comes from Bloomberg, where Kenny G opens up about his role in creating the drink that defined a generation of Lululemon aficionados:
At the beginning, Starbucks didn’t have anything but coffee. And there was another company, Coffee Bean, that had something called “blended” that was a sweet drink, and people were lined up around the block. And I would always call Howard and say, “Howard, there’s this thing that they do there that’s like a milkshake or whatever.” And so I think that part of the reason that they did Frappuccino was people like me giving them that kind of feedback. So I’d like to think that I was partially responsible for that.
"Like a milkshake or whatever." Prophetic words, as it turns out. But, in a way, it makes sense. What is the Frappuccino if not the smooth jazz of coffee? Discuss
Taylor Swift and sick beats. They go together like Calvin and Hobbes, as everyone knows. She says "this sick beat" in "Shake It Off," for crying out loud. But even though we knew it was true in our hearts, it was always difficult to rest in the knowledge that T-Swift and sick beats would always be together. What if someone else made a sick beat? What then? Well, we need fear that no more, thanks to the U.S. legal system and Swift's sick beat savvy. As of today, Taylor Swift owns the phrase "this sick beat," under penalty of law, as is Swift's right as a musician, a woman and a citizen of this great nation. So you might as well scrap any plans you have to release an album called "This Sick Beat" or start a new boxing gym called "These Sick Beats" because that phrase belongs to Swift, as it always has, in her heart. Now it's just official ... Discuss