I never got the whole Lady Gaga obsession but that being said after living with my girlfriend for two years and having her listening on the regular I *kind of* do understand it all a little better. Sue me. I was also a little confused when Kendrick Lamar released his album good kid, m.A.A.d. city and she didn't feature considering those two seemed to be the best of friends at one point last year. According to Complex the reason she didn't feature was she didn't get the vocal to Kendrick in time and in turn she's now taken to the internet to leak what it might have sounded like had she made the deadline. Surprisingly for those who aren't the biggest of Gaga fans her vocal on "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" fits pretty well. It's not the weird warped vocal on the album but it does work. At least the girlfriend now knows why I've spent the past month walking around singing "Bitch don't kill my vibe" in a weird ass voice. Check out the reboot below.
This week's "What the fuck?" moment comes courtesy of Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar, who have collaborated on a new track titled "PARTYNAUSEOUS". What started as a rumored collaboration between Gaga, Lamar, and Eminem is now confirmed to be sans Marshall Mathers, according to a tweet from his manager Paul Rosenberg. Either way, the Lamar and Gaga collab is official (as the grainy in-studio picture above proves), and the song is set to appear on Lamar's debut major label LP good kid, m.A.A.d city. Lady Gaga recently took to Twitter to show her excitement:
I am so excited to announce that a record I’ve been working on has now become a collaboration with @kendricklamar for HIS ALBUM."
We'll see what the finished product sounds like when the song is released on September 6th. good kid, m.A.A.d city is out on October 2nd via Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records.
Today the companion video collection to Tony Bennett's 2011 release Duets II: The Great Perfromances is available on DVD and Blu-Ray.The disc features behind the scenes footage throughout the duration of the album making process in addition to beautifully filmed full-length performances of Bennett with all of the great artists featured on the Duets II album, including: Amy Winehouse. Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, k.d. lang, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Faith Hill, Natalie Cole, and many more. If you paid close attention during the Grammys this year, Duets II took home all three that it was nominated for that night, so this isn't an album to pass up.
We have one DVD copy of this collection for one lucky reader. To enter, drop us a comment below with your favorite song from Duets II. Have your comments in no later than Friday, March 9th at noon EST to be considered. One lucky winner will be selected at random and notified accordingly.
To give you an idea of what you can expect, here's Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse (RIP) performing "Body And Soul"
Make sure if you haven't picked up Duets II already that you do so. Incredible performances.
Last night we witnessed a very safe ceremony for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The fact that I'm not as outraged about the performances and the results as I normally am has had me stewing on this all night and all morning. I'm always the one in my circle that cheers on The Recording Academy to make better decisions so they can be both relevant while not getting too caught up in The Long Tail looking for the year's very best, so why can't I feel better about last night's ceremony? I want to say they're finally coming around, but why did the whole ordeal make me feel so "meh" afterwards?
The only two real "shockers" of the night in terms of awards were Skrillex and Bon Iver. Yes, Skrillex took home three awards for Best Dance/Electronic Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Remix during the pre-show so haters can put a Grammy in it for now. At least he didn't win Best New Artist so the rest of the world could start cracking Bonny Bear jokes after Bon Iver's second win of the night (the other was Best Alternative Music Album). Also, "Thanks for the sweet hookup", Justin Vernon? Really? Glad we know you didn't come with a prepared speech. Oh, and I don't understand how Bon Iver is a "New Artist" either. Supposedly if they've never won a Grammy before then technically they're still "new"? Okay....
The big winners of the night were Adele with six awards and Foo Fighters with five. Both also killed it during their perfromances. Anyone who wants to question how Adele managed to snatch up so many awards just needs to watch her as she destroyed "Rolling In The Deep" for the zillionth time. As for Foos, they rocked "Walk" most excellently. I could have done without the deadmau5 live remix thing they failed to pull off though. Probably one of my favorite quotes from the night was from Davie Grohl after Foos won Best Rock Album:
"To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of making music is what's most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning your craft , that's the most important thing for people to do. It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer. It's about what goes on in here *points to heart* and it's about what goes on in here *points to head*".
Most of the other performances were pretty solid, minus maybe whatever the heck Nicki Minaj was trying to prove to everyone during her new single, "Roman Holiday". I think someone may be butthurt that she can't come off as cracked out as Lady Gaga. Either way, I wasn't a fan before last night and she certainly did not win me over after the short film and all the "Look at me! I'm so crazy!" The Beach Boys gave me "Good Vibrations". Paul McCartney gave The Recording Academy some Kisses On The Bottom so he got to perform twice, only to find out that America's youth doesn't know who the heck he is (yes, seriously). Jennifer Hudson's tribute to Whitney Houston made me hate her less for being in all those Weight Watchers commericals in addition to it finally sinking in that Whitney is really gone.
Also, can we talk for a second about Chris Brown? I can try to get over (and fail miserably) that even though he beat the snot out of Rihanna that he still got to perform and that he also won a Grammy last night. What I can't get over, is the outcry from #TeamBreezy that stupidly announced that they would let Brown "beat on them anytime". SERIOUSLY? Is this what we've become, the internet? Face. Palm.
At any rate, The Recording Academy must have done something right, considering last night's show ranked at #2 in all-time ratings with 39 million viewers. What did you think of last night's show?
It's that time of year again where we all bicker and complain about how the Grammys are no longer relevant and that the music industry continues to be nothing but a big fat failure. That's right, kiddies: the 54th Annual Grammy nominations are in and the band bashing is already in full swing.
Leading the nominations this time around are Adele (shocker), Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. The Electronica and Dance categories were relatively well represented with nods for Cut/Copy, David Guetta, Robyn, Duck Sauce, Deadmau5, Skrillex, and Swedish House Mafia.
Skrillex and Bon Iver were included in the noms for Best New Artist along with The Band Perry, J. Cole and Nicki Minaj, which seemed to rattle the internet quite a bit. It's a little random that Bon Iver is in this category considering they released their first album in 2008, but we will be happy for them all the same. Skrillex seems to come out of left field in this category, but I guess if Ryan Seacrest is excited for Skrillex then we really shouldn't be all that shocked. Kudos to him for getting electronica/dance music into more categories other than their own, though. Bon Iver also received a nomination for Record of the Year with "Helocene" alongside Mumford & Sons, Katy Perry, Adele, and Bruno Mars.
Butch Vig, Danger Mouse, The Lonely Island, The Black Keys, Foster The People, Radiohead, The Decemberists, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon, Wilco and many more were among the nominees tonight. Make sure you have a onceover on this years list of nominees and get ready to fire your tweets off with us on February 12, 2012 during the awards ceremony.
We've already got to hear two remixes from the Lady Gaga Remix album. One from Wild Beasts who took on her track "Yoü And I" and one from The Weeknd and Illangelo who took on her new single, "Marry The Night". First up from the remix pile comes from The Horrors who have stylishly turned "Bloody Mary" into a dark and haunting number whilst Foster the People have taken a rather different approach to the task. Basically turning "The Edge of Glory" into a dancefloor filler with more energy than most toddlers after their first ever blue smartie (before they went all E number friendly!). Check out both new remixes below and look out for Born This Way: The Remix when it's released on November 21st in the UK and a day later on the 22nd in the US.
Lady Gaga - "Bloody Mary" (The Horrors Remix)
Lady Gaga - "The Edge of Glory" (Foster the People Remix)
As Lady Gaga readies for the release of Born This Way: The Remix, fans are treated to a very nice sounding remix of her track "Marry The Night" from The Weeknd and producer Illangelo. The track will feature remixes from the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Hurts, Metronomy and one we've already heard from Wild Beasts and will hit stores the world over on November 21st (UK) / 22nd (US). Check out the dark and haunting sounding remix from the pair below.
It's not often you find a Lady Gaga related post gracing the face of SKoA, but it's not everyday you see a small UK band from Kendal in the middle of nowhere being asked to officially remix the biggest musician alive today is it?! Wild Beasts have turned Gaga's latest single "Yoü And I" into a slow jam that's distant drum sound and rumbling bass lines are far away from the original over the top record Gaga had created. Hayden Thorpe of the band said that: “Gaga in many ways is the epitome of what we are not. She is the butcher to our butter knife. The essential thrill is always to keep eluding what is expected of us and what we expect of ourselves." Check out the official, albeit unlikely remix below.
The remix is also helping raise awareness to the ways people can support independent labels that lost stock in the Pias UK warehouse fire. More information on that can be found over at the AIM website.