Tag Archives: pop music

Smashing Pumpkins – Being Beige

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Celebs Sing Sleater-Kinney

In a promotion for their new album, a reunited Sleater-Kinney had “some of our friends” sing parts of the No Cities To Love single. Among those seen in the clip: Fred Armisen, Norman Reedus, Ellen Page, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, and Evan Rachel Wood. I don’t recognize the others, but surely some of you will. The band performed the single ...

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FKA Twigs – Pendulum

Via Stereogum: FKA twigs is maybe the most reliably great music-video artist currently working; her clips for the LP1 tracks “Two Weeks” and “Video Girl” were among last year’s best. Twigs’ new clip for her woozy, beautiful “Pendulum” is the first she’s ever made for herself, and she knows what the fuck she’s doing. As with so many of her ...

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Bright Light – There Are No Miracles

Last night I saw this Welsh popster (real name Rod Thomas) at Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge, where his well-received set drew heavily from last summer’s Life Is Easy, which yielded one of my favorite tracks of 2014. Thomas collaborates with Scissor Sisters member Del Marquis on the latter’s Slow Knights project, and the pair performed a duet near the end of ...

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Deborah Cox – Everywhere

I posted an audio clip of this track a few weeks ago and today we get the lyric video as the track is now approaching the top ten on Billboard’s dance chart. Cox has scored twelve #1 singles on that chart and has recorded the vocals for the Whitney Houston biopic as the producers were unable to get the rights ...

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Sia – Elastic Heart

Featuring Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms.

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Eurovision: The Year Of Conchita Wurst

The official Eurovision channel looks back on the win of Conchita Wurst, arguably the venerable contest’s most popular winner in decades.

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JMG Top Ten For 2014

For the second year in a row, my favorite track of the year is by out and openly HIV+ singer/songwriter John Grant, whose collaboration with Hercules & Love Affair spawned a gorgeous modern dance video interpretation of Grant’s tale of coming out positive to a lover. Culled from my Spotify playlists, here’s my top ten for 2014. 1. John Grant ...

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Maya Angelou – Harlem Hopscotch

Via Jezebel: One of Maya Angelou’s final projects before her death earlier this year was a collaborative hip hop album called Caged Bird Songs. The album was released last month, and now one of the songs “Harlem Hopscotch” has a music video, featuring all sorts of dancers including some familiar faces from Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You ...

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This Is Madonna’s Xmas Wreath

Seriously.

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Joe Cocker Dies At Age 70

Famed British singer Joe Cocker, whose gravelly voice and flailing stage presence launched countless impersonations, has died at the age of 70. The singer song-writer from Sheffield had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong. His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed that he had died of an undisclosed illness. ...

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Madonna Releases Six New Tracks

Via Rolling Stone: Madonna hadn’t planned on releasing her 13th album, Rebel Heart, until spring 2015. But leakers had other plans for the Queen of Pop’s follow-up to 2012’s MDNA, unleashing early mixes of 13 tracks onto the Internet this week. In response, Madonna has put six official versions of the songs up for sale on iTunes and other digital ...

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Marilyn Manson – Deep Six

Recap via Stereogum: The video for Marilyn Manson’s crunching, seething new single “Deep Six” is about an undulating CGI black worm with Marilyn Manson’s face. Or maybe it’s about an undulating CGI black worm who swallows Marilyn Manson. Either explanation seems plausible. Also, that worm swallows a woman who doesn’t have any nipples. That’s pretty much all you need to ...

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Sam Smith Goes Platinum

Sam Smith today became this year’s only artist to sell one million albums in both the UK and the United States. Smith is only the second artist to hit platinum status in the US this year, following Taylor Swift’s 1989. The multi-artist soundtrack for Disney’s Frozen is the year’s biggest domestic seller with 3.4M copies.

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Pop Danthology 2014

1.3M views on the first day.

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Supercut: Darlene Love On Letterman

Via Stereogum: Every year since 1986, David Letterman has invited Darlene Love to perform on the last show of the year before Christmas. Every year, she sings “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” her Phil Spector-produced 1963 Christmas classic. Every year, Paul Shaffer and a sprawling cast of musicians backs her up. Next May, Letterman will retire from late-night TV, which ...

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TAIWAN: Pop Star Jolin Tsai Backs Marriage In Heartbreaking Music Video

Via Gay Star News: The Taiwanese queen of pop Jolin Tsai locks lips with actress Ruby Lin in the music video for her new song, We’re All Different, Yet The Same. The clip is based on the true story of a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 30 years. However, when one was hospitalized due to old ...

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BRITAIN: Elton John To Marry

Next week Elton John and David Furnish will get married after 21 years together. The couple is said to have invited just 50 of their closest friends and family to their home in Windsor, England to watch them exchange vows. They will tie the knot on December 21st: a celebration of their 21 years together, and the anniversary of their ...

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Bob Dylan Plays Concert For One

Stereogum has the story: Last month, we found out that Bob Dylan had played a show in Philadelphia for just one person as part of the Swedish film series Experiment Ensam, which sets people up in situations alone that they would normally experience with a crowd. The lucky attendee was Swedish superfan Fredik Wikingsson, who had seen Dylan play live ...

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