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It’s no secret that Christina Aguilera is in a constant battle with her weight. The pop diva’s struggles have been highly publicized over the past few years, with hurtful comments being made on the singer’s frequent “yo-yoing” size.
But after taking Season 4 off from The Voice, Xtina looks better than ever! The “Beautiful” singer has attended numerous events in the past few months, the latest being the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, and each time fans and critics alike have applauded her newly trim figure.
Now a source close to Us Weekly tells the publication that Xtina’s slimmer size is due to The Fresh Diet plan and extra sessions with her personal trainer.
The Fresh Diet is a home delivery plan costing $1,394.69 per month, which brings delicious and healthy meals to the singer’s home. Christina has opted for this new meal plan over her fried favorites and quickly dropped 20 pounds from her 5-foot-2 frame.
The meals include tasty options like pumpkin-apple quinoa oatmeal for breakfast, a chopped grilled steak salad with roasted tomatoes for lunch, and grilled ahi tuna with sweet potatoes and cauliflower for dinner with apple-cinnamon cheesecake for dessert. Umm, sign us up!
But nutrition isn’t Christina’s only life change. She’s also started weight training with fitness pro Tee Sorge and practicing yoga. Hmm, we’re dreaming of private yoga sessions with fellow Voice coach Adam Levine — come on, you know these two have tons of steamy sexual tension!
Now the singer is back and looking better than ever just in time to return to The Voice for Season 5 (set to air Sept. 23).
#RIGHTNOW #BRANDNEW #SINGLECOVER #Unapologetic #SummerAnthem #NavyTakeOva
Ready for this summer smash and slayage tbh
If the funny folks behind Arrested Development decide to make more dysfunctional family magic, they’ll have at least one home at which to do so.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on Wednesday said that while there are currently no official plans for a fifth “season” of the revived cult comedy (the second on the pay streaming service), it’s certainly not out of the question.
“Arrested is unique because that’s really up to the talent,” Hastings shared on CNBC. “If the talent were willing to do more… I’m sure we would be willing.” (Though Netflix famously refuses to release viewership data, Hastings said that AD sampling has been “huge, just as we had hoped.”)
If what Jason Bateman recently told TVLine is any indication, the gang is in — and already planning — for more.
“This [season is] just 15 episodes that serve as Act 1 of a three-act story,” he explained during a pre-premiere interview. “Those other two acts will be in the future; whether they’re a movie or back on Netflix, I don’t know. People smarter than me will figure that out.”
Do you want more Bluth-y goodness on Netflix? Or should Mitch Hurwitz & Co. jump to the big screen as originally planned, to spin a more linear story? Hit the comments!
By Mitchell Sunderland • May 29, 2013
Last week, Kelly Rowland released “Dirty Laundry,” a new single from her upcoming album Talk a Good Game (June 18 via Universal Republic) that portrays Beyoncé’s life as The Wizard of Oz and Kelly’s life as The Great Gatsby—an American dream that’s fallen apart. She admits to dating an abusive boyfriend, envying Beyoncé’s solo career and hating the last 10 years of her life. It’s possibly the realest she’s ever gotten on record.
And yet, many fans and critics see the song as a commercial mistake. “You probably won’t hear this on the radio,” wrote Lindsey Weber on Vulture. A girl on my Facebook feed wrote: “it is so awk and uncomfortable to listen to..domestic violence and Beyoncé woes in one song....2 much.” But Kelly Rowland hasn’t destroyed her career. She’s taken a risk and reinvented herself as a confessional R&B singer. In other words, Ms. Kelly is having a Madonna moment.
Comparing Beyoncé’s compatriot to Madonna might seem silly. We perceive Madonna as a global superstar known for breaking sexual boundaries, not a singer whose solo success has been spotty. But no amount of floor humping would matter if Madonna didn’t move listeners in the same way that an artist like Joni Mitchell did by masking confessional poems as dance floor anthems.
Years before Tori Amos discussed rape through piano ballads, Madonna sang “Papa Don’t Preach,” a near five-minute track about abortion that reached the top of the Billboard charts. Although “Live to Tell” is best known as the song Madonna crucified herself to on her Confessions tour, the breakup anthem is as sad any poem in Sylvia Plath’s “I hate my British boyfriend” repertoire. With Ray of Light (Maverick/Warner Bros., 1998), Madonna did what Michael Jackson’s later albums failed to do: offer songs about how much she hated fame without becoming unsympathetic.
The chorus of “Dirty Laundry” proclaims that Kelly has Ray of Light-type confessions to make. “When you’re soaked in tears for years it never airs out,” she sings. “When you make pain look this good it never wears out.” And the only way to wear it out is to confess: “Let’s do this dirty laundry, this dirty laundry / Let’s do this dirty laundry, this dirty laundry.”
From there, Kelly goes on to discuss Madonna’s favorite subjects: Hollywood Babylon and men who treat women like the Whore of Babylon. She recreates events from her abusive relationship: “I’m on the kitchen floor,” she sings, “he took the keys.” Kelly’s portrayal of her relationship resembles Madonna’s marriage to Sean Penn. Madonna never released a single about how he abused her, but she wrote “Till Death Do Us Part,” a little-known song about their marriage from Like a Prayer. The song describes Penn abusing Madonna—“He takes a drink, she goes inside / He starts to scream, the vases fly”—and the cleanup that followed: “He wishes that she wouldn’t cry.”
Madonna, being an empowered woman, ignored Penn’s wishes and wrote this song. Ten years later, she made a similar artistic choice on Ray of Light. “I traded love for fame / Without a second thought,” Madonna complains on “Drowned World/Substitute for Love” after years of celebrating her success as the rest of America dreamed about trading their suburban lives for a day in Madonna’s world.
Similarly, after years of smiling as she dealt with trauma and Beyoncé overshadowing her career, Kelly admits she has lied. “Think I had it good,” she sings, “and they don’t know how bad / Fooled everybody, except myself.” She was mad at everything —her fans, the industry and “her, her, her.”
That last bit has become a media sensation. Disilgold.com wondered if Beyoncé cancelled a tour date the day that “Dirty Laundry” was released because she wanted to kill Kelly’s publicity. (It’s a commonly expressed fan theory that Beyoncé purposely hijacks Kelly’s spotlight.) On Chicago radio station WBEZ, popular music blogger Brittany Julious asked why so much attention has been paid to Kelly’s jealousy for Beyoncé, when it’s a small part of the song boiled down to one line that acknowledges Beyoncé’s talent: “When my sister was on stage killin’ it like a motherfucker / I was enraged, feelin’ it like a motherfucker.”
As Julious notes, it’s easier to discuss Kelly’s Beyoncé envy than the trauma that haunts domestic violence survivors. Where Beyoncé is a celebrity, domestic violence is a controversial, national issue. But Kelly’s decision to criticize Beyoncé is just as shocking as her admittance to surviving domestic violence.
Beyoncé is universally adored because there is nothing threatening about her—she’s the JFK of pop music. She sings about empowerment, has built a healthy nuclear family with fellow pop heavyweight Jay-Z and refers to herself as Mrs. Carter. Beyoncé isn’t Ke$ha, who discusses sex like a man—there is nothing threatening about her lifestyle.
To many, Kelly’s choice to talk shit instead of bowing down to Beyoncé is sacrilegious. But she’s just done what pop stars have done for decades. Like Britney Spears calling herself “most likely to get on the TV for strippin’ on the streets when getting the groceries” on “Piece of Me” or Madonna’s catalog packed with more confessions than a Catholic church, Kelly has revealed the price she paid to ride the Beyoncé express train to fame through song. In the process, she’s disrupted the social order, forcing us to discuss domestic violence and why we love Beyoncé.
What’s more Madonna than that?
It’s a well-recognized fact that women don’t have much power in the television (or film) world. Predictably, two of the most successful shows on TV right now are largely made by men and set in the past, or in a fantasy world, or both. But Mad Men and Game of Thrones both draw fascinating comparisons to women’s positions in present media; both series focus on prostitution, on the way female characters use sex to obtain power. Prostitution molds and crushes male characters, and on both Game of Thrones and Mad Men, female characters must either de-feminize or prostitute themselves in order to gain power.
“Every time we get a car, this place turns into a whorehouse,” Mad Men’s Don Draper declares in the final scene of this season’s “The Crash.” He’s not joking. For Don, the protagonist/antagonist/antihero, every female character on the show has been compartmentalized: It’s the classic Madonna/whore dichotomy. Freud wrote, “Where such men love they have no desire and where they desire they cannot love.” This sentiment might as well caption a photo of Don Draper looking like the sexy beast we’ve all come to love and hate in equal measure.
Last year, Joan Holloway guaranteed her visible, full partnership with Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce by sleeping with a client. Now she has to live with the fact that the people she “manages” believe her superlative resource is between her legs. Pete Campbell lost a massive account with his father-in-law because the two ran into each other at a whorehouse. Don Draper’s erstwhile mistress, Sylvia, gleefully accepts gifts and cash from Don. He holes her up in a hotel room “exclusively for his pleasure,” and makes her dress in crimson — for Don, the hue of prostitutes. We learn in (sometimes ham-fisted) flashbacks that hookers birthed him, cared for him, beat him, and took his virginity. Prostitutes were his mother figures and his introduction to sex. The result is Don Draper in all his controlling, sadistic, asshole glory. Prostitution shaped this man, and we’re watching him crumble.
Peggy Olson didn’t get where she is using sex. Her intelligence and mental agility allowed her to become an advertising executive in a world dominated by men. Her total lack of sexuality has made her a mother/virgin figure to Don. (Though his view of her was briefly tested in “The Crash.”) In the eyes of our protagonist, she has become “one of the guys” in order to gain his respect and access to the upper echelons of the ad world.
Game of Thrones, which airs every Sunday alongside Mad Men, is getting raunchier every season — and the proverbial feces is about to hit the fan. As in Mad Men, the characters on the HBO series see most women as little more than whores, tools for amusement and power plays. Shae, who is now Sansa Stark’s handmaid on the show, got her position by opening her legs to Tyrion. To his credit, Tyrion does truly love her. Joffrey, that inbred little psycho, killed a prostitute for funsies. Red Priestess Melisandre uses sex to obtain what she needs, and the action of giving birth — which belongs solely to women — to create horrible evil.
Critics have debated the characters of Ripley in the Alien films and Laurie in the Halloween series: are these “Final Girls” feminist representations? They use their strength and ingenuity to get the bad guys, right? But in order to return the male gaze, or to defeat the enemy, these women must render themselves masculine (Ripley’s muscular physique and cropped hair) or sexless (Laurie’s oft-criticized virginity).
The same could be applied to Brienne of Tarth, who in the novels is described as a hideously ugly virgin. (HBO seems certain American audiences won’t watch an ugly woman perform heroic feats, and hired this gorgeous woman to play her.) Her gender reveal is played as a big surprise. Ditto Arya Stark, whose tomboyish behavior is much-aggrieved, and who actually pretends to be a boy. In order to assert their power, to become strong, both had to become masculine.
Don’t get me wrong. There are strong female characters on both series. Further, Game of Thrones is introducing occasional male nudity. Both series are impeccably produced, well written, and artfully filmed, and both offer compelling plot lines for men and women. But for women in popular television, it seems, sex and power are inexplicably intertwined. Alternately, the ladies are choosing to denounce their femininity to obtain strength.
In telling stories about worlds that distantly resemble our own, present-day world (in which, let’s face it, women’s rights are under constant attack), these series make an important point about the portrayal of women in current media. All you need do is look up Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, read the comments on an article about the CEO of Yahoo! Marissa Mayer, Google what politicians say about rape, or check out a gossip rag. Roles for women, in reality and in the media, still have a long way to go.
PBS: "The fact you thought these were real,
says a lot about the state of TV."
A new campaign that chides the state of modern television has begun appearing in subways throughout New York City to promote PBS station Thirteen this week.
It's kind of a cliche at this point to lament the loss of once venerable institutions of televised knowledge such as The History Channel and The Learning Channel to the scourge of "reality" TV.
“It’s pretty scary when you look out there and see what’s on television these days,” Jeff Anderson, Executive Creative Director at CHI&Partners NY (the ad agency that created the campaign) said in a release.
“If New Yorkers want an inspiring and educational option, they need to get behind a network that we sometimes take for granted.”
EW has obtained copies of all five posters that will appear in subways until the end of June.
Bradley, Justin Bartha, and Heather Graham sightseeing:
The Rio premiere:
Great Blondie Ambition: The surprising sounds and amazing tales of Sky Ferreira
We think you know her from the covers of a hundred magazines, but do we really know her at all? After a remarkable buzzscendency faded to leave Sky Ferreira in a label nightmare, she tells Nick Levine about finding her sound, fighting pop prejudice and doing it her way.“I’ve never had people, like, scream after a song. I was shocked and it showed on my face. I didn’t even know what to do! I was like, ‘Okaaay’.”
Sky Ferreira is talking about her song ‘Sad Dream’ – specifically, the reaction it got at XOYO in Shoreditch on the last Wednesday in February. This was only Sky’s second ever live show in the UK, the first having taken place 24 hours earlier at Madame JoJo’s in Soho. The LA native certainly looked the part, all blonde hair and bone structure, giving off the same grungy glamour we know from her CK One campaigns and shoots for Vogue and Harper’s. But as a singer, Sky was an unknown quantity, so when she sang ‘Sad Dream’ backed by a solitary acoustic guitar, her tender and emotionally resonant performance was a bit of a revelation.
Sky wrote the song, she tells Notion over the phone a week later, during a moment of daughterly guilt. “You know when your parents call and you, like, ignore it or maybe pick up and say, ‘I don’t wanna talk right now’? I’d do that a few times and then I’d have these dreams about people dying. But the next day, I still didn’t answer the phone! There’s other stuff going on in that song too, but that’s why I called it ‘Sad Dream’.”
Sky Ferreira is certainly used to being away from her parents. At the age of 20, she’s already been working in the music industry for five years, though there was never any stage mom pushing her into the limelight. “My family isn’t musical at all, but I always knew I wanted to be a singer,” Sky says. “People always ask me when I started singing, but I think I was probably singing before I spoke. According to my mom, there’s some video of me, like, humming to the radio because I didn’t know words yet.”
Sky may not hail from a clan of minstrels, but a family friend knew a thing or two about putting a tune together. For over 25 years, her grandmother worked as hair stylist to Michael Jackson. “He was normal to me, I knew him my whole life,” Sky says. “He was very sweet and quiet, and yes, he was different, but he wasn’t some kind of freak in a bad way. He was very intelligent. You can’t be that successful without being very intelligent.”
Growing up, did Sky have any idea how famous he was? “I guess I knew he was famous, but I wasn’t aware of the extent of it. I guess because I was always around him. And also, at the time I was around Michael Jackson, he wasn’t like ‘Thriller’ Michael Jackson. It was a bit later on. You know, when you’re a little kid, you don’t really notice those things. You think everyone who’s an adult is famous! And you think, like, a 13 year-old is an adult.”
It was around the age of 13 that Sky began making GarageBand demos with her friends and posted them on MySpace. Swedish production duo Bloodshy & Avant picked up on them and soon Sky was the subject of a record company bidding war. “By the time I was 15, I’d met the head of every major label and every big producer wanted to work with me. I was in a great position, but I didn’t really know what I wanted to do,” she recalls candidly. “People would look at me, this 15-year-old girl, and think, ‘Oh my God, we’ve got a Britney Spears’. Just because I was young and didn’t look like a prude or some kind of Disney girl! They saw a way of making money.”
Sky signed with EMI because they promised greater creative freedom than other labels, but in reality, “this wasn’t exactly the case”. Just six months into the deal, Sky started to realise the situation was “pretty fucked up”. Before signing, she’d been working with Paul Epworth, then an indie producer on the rise, but EMI told her to ditch him for tried and tested hitmaker Dr Luke (‘Since U Been Gone’, ‘Tik Tok.). Then they tried to mould Sky, strong-willed and quirky, into the perfect little pop robot.
“They tried to give me media training but I just laughed at the lady who was doing the media training,” Sky chuckles. “The lady was like, ‘This isn’t going to work, there’s nothing we can do with her!’ They basically told me not to have an opinion: don’t think, just stick to the formula. Maybe that kind of thing works for some people, but it didn’t work for me.”
Sky’s UK debut single, ‘One’, came out in August 2010 and charted at number 64. Things went no better in the US, where Sky’s label “conned” her into a recording a song called ‘Obsession’ that she told them she hated, then released it as her launch single. Unsurprisingly, ‘Obsession’ failed to set the Billboard charts on fire, and at the age of 18, Sky Ferreira was already branded a flop.
Then the situation got even worse. “They wouldn’t let me go, so for a time I would literally just sit in this office in New York and cry because they wouldn’t let me do stuff. I don’t think I was difficult, but I wasn’t going to let them bully me into doing something I didn’t want to do, or try to change me. But obviously that turned into ‘Oh, she’s difficult because she stands up for herself’. Which is completely unfair and actually kind of sexist.”
All Sky could do was “sit it through and suffer for a while”. In March 2011, after her album got postponed, she released a stopgap EP that featured a lost classic called ‘Sex Rules’. Coincidentally, the night before our interview, Notion hears this really quite obscure pop song playing in a pub: obviously it’s a sign to ask Sky about it.
“Oh, people didn’t really understand that song,” comes her reply. “It was a wink and a nod to [raunchy Prince-assembled girlband] Vanity 6 or something. People were like, ‘Oh my God, you’re just singing about sex,’ but it was definitely a bit tongue-in-cheek.”
Over time, the record execs Sky had been locking horns with left; then EMI got sold and restructured, giving her more room for manoeuvre. But her fortunes only really turned last summer, when she received a gift from Dev ‘Blood Orange’ Hynes. “Dev sent me this demo he had, and at the time I happened to be in the studio with Ariel [Rechtshaid, producer]. So I was like, ‘Let’s try doing this song’. We took the demo, rearranged some parts, changed some of the chords and lyrics, and that was it. Someone sent it to Pitchfork without saying who was singing – or at least that’s what I heard. Then Pitchfork posted the demo and it got a really great response.”
That demo was ‘Everything Is Embarrassing’, Sky’s breakthrough song, but at the time she wasn’t really expecting anything from it. “You know, I’m so used to nothing ever happening. I’ve gotten so used to putting stuff out and nobody giving a fuck about it. So when this happened, I was like, ‘Wait, what?’”
‘Everything Is Embarrassing’ wasn’t a hit in the conventional sense – indeed, it’s only getting released officially in the UK now, some eight months after the demo went online. But this brilliant, off-kilter pop song made Sky hot again, and gave her a platform to build the career she’s wanted all along. “I don’t know whether I’d say I’m a pop star, but I do make pop music. Maybe I could be a pop star, but what is a pop star nowadays?”
Well, Notion asks, does she want a career like Katy Perry‘s? “If I could do it on my own terms, then sure, why not? But that’s not the goal. My goal is to build a loyal fanbase and still be playing live shows, like, 20 years from now. I don’t want there to be this sonic boom, and then suddenly everything in my career just diminishes and I find myself totally washed up.”
Right now, having completed a US tour with How To Dress Well, Sky is getting ready to release her debut album. There’s no title yet but everything’s been recorded and it’s in the process of being mixed. Don’t be expecting a succession of ‘Everything Is Embarrassing’ replicas, though. Sky explains: “If I did a whole album like that, it would just be a Dev album. He has a very specific sound and in a way, Solange kind of owns that sounds now. I love ‘Everything Is Embarrassing’ and it’s a part of me, but it’s also very Dev in how it sounds. I feel like it wouldn’t be fair to him, or to myself, to try and make something he already did.”
‘Everything Is Embarrassing’ will be included on the album, Sky says, but won’t define its sound. Instead, there will be “three or four” stripped down ballads like ‘Sad Dream’, coupled with “seven or eight” uptempo cuts with a Blondie-ish vibe. “I would say that it’s guitar-driven, but with electronic elements,” Sky says of the album. “I want all my songs to translate well live. I don’t want to, like, sing to a backing track. That happened to me once before, when I released ‘One’, and even though I love that song, it made me kind of uncomfortable because I’m not a dancer. All I do is sing. That’s my only aim when I’m onstage: just to sound well.”
This summer, Sky is coming back to the UK for a series of festival dates. At the moment, she’s not supposed to reveal which festivals, but let’s presume she’s probably been booked for the big one. Either before or after she pops on her wellies, she’s hoping to do a full UK tour. Now things are getting busier again, does she feel in control of her career? “At this point, yes, as much as I can be. You know, I still have to talk to my manager before I can start, like, bossing people around! But creatively, yeah, I do feel in control.”
Playing live, she hopes, will introduce more people to the real Sky Ferreira. “You know, I’ve been out since I was 15. I’m still getting judged for things that I did when I had braces. That’s kind of hard sometimes, because people have certain expectations of me, even though I’ve grown a lot as a person. People change a lot between the ages of 15 and 20, you know? It’s almost like someone’s going through my yearbook and saying, ‘Oh my God, you changed, you’re fake, someone’s making you’. But nobody ever made me anything. I’ve been working at this since I was 15.”
What’s the biggest misconception about Sky Ferreira? “That I’m some kind of, like, crazy party girl or something. I’ve never really ‘partied’. You know, I go out, but I’m not a socialite by any means. For one thing, I have a job. Some people on the internet will see a picture of me at a fashion show and say: ‘What does Sky Ferreira even do?’ But go on YouTube: there’s a lot of videos I’ve made! Just because I’m not having number ones, doesn’t mean I’m not doing it! I don’t just sit around and hang out with cool people all day, that’s not my job. I’m not a socialite. To be a socialite, you have to be be really financially comfortable, and I don’t have that. I can’t support myself by doing nothing.”
Recently, Sky has taken on some extra-curricular modelling work for Yves Saint Laurent and Forever 21. “It’s something that I enjoy because I love clothes. And I get to work with some incredible people.” The girl’s not exaggerating: she’s been photographed by everyone from Karl Lagerfeld to Hedi Slimane. “It’s also something that makes me money so I can fund my career and have some creative freedom. You know, if I didn’t take my music seriously, I wouldn’t have been working at it for five years. I could have quit three years ago when things were really shitty. Not many people my age have been working for five years. And you know, I feel like I’m just finally starting to get some momentum together.”
ASOS Magazine by Jason Lee Parry
"RPG" - SEKAI NO OWARI
"RPG" is SEKAI NO OWARI's fifth single, it was released on May 1st. It is the theme song for the latest Crayon Shin-chan movie and has sold approximately 98,704 physical copies. It has a consistently steady place near the top of the digital charts since it's release. Skip the first 30 seconds to avoid a disgusting auto tune mess.
"Lesson 1" - E-Girls
"Lesson 1" is E-Girl's first album. It contains all of their previously released singles, one new song and three new versions of past b-sides. It reached number one on the physical album charts selling a total of 114,336 copies and was certified gold. E-Girls is a giant group made up of the four sister groups(Dream, Happiness, Flower and the trainee group Bunny) to popular all-male group EXILE.
"Preserved Roses" - T.M.Revolution X Nana Mizuki
"Preserved Roses" is a collaboration song between pop/rock/anime singer T.M.Revolution and voice acrtess Nana Mizuki. It is the theme song for the anime Kakumei Valvrave. It reached #2 on the Oricon physical single chart and has sold 137,581 copies so far. It has ranked near the top of the digital charts. T.M.Revolution is a pop/rock singer that contributes lots of music to anime. Nana Mizuki is the only real "household name" voice actress. She has a pretty solid music career too.
"Message" - Leo Ieiri
"Messgae" is singer/songwriter Leo Ieiri's fourth single. It is the theme song to the dramam Kakusho. It was released last week charting at #9 on the Oricon physical single charts selling 21,058 coppies. It is #2 on the weekly digital download chart.
"Ninjari Ban Ban" - Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
"Ninjair Ban Ban" is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's fifth single. It was used in commercials for KIDDI au. It reached #3 on the Oricon physical singles chart selling 49,056 copies overall. It reached #1 on the digital charts and was certified platinum.
"Contrail" - Amuro Namie
"Contrail" is Amuro Namie's new digital single for her upcoming album. It is the theme song for the drama Soratobu Kouhou Shitsu. It is currently #1 on the digital chart.
"Koisuru Kisetsu" - Naoto Inti Raymi
"Koisur Kisetsu" is Naoto Inti Raymi's eleventh single. It was used in the commercial for "Kirin Hyoketsu Drink". It reached #6 on Oricon physical single sales chart selling 12,936 copies. It reached number on on the weekly and monthly digital charts.
"EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisuru Tame~" - EXILE
"EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisuru Tame~" is EXILE's fourty first single. It reached #1 on the Oricon physical singles chart selling 581,226 copies.
"Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo" - Momoiro Clover Z
"Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo" is Momoiro Clover Z's eleventh single. It is the theme song for the drama Akumu-chan. It reached #2 on the Oricon physical charts selling 133,681 copies. It charted high on the digital charts.
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Here it is! The J-Pop master post. It contains the most recent & popular J-Pop songs. If you have questions about any J-Pop songs or artists I'll be glad to help you in the comments.
Late Night Tales is a UK-based mixtape series that asks bands to delve into their own music collections to make a playlist tied together only by the theme “late nights.” Röyksopp are the latest act to join series alumni from MGMT to Belle and Sebastian, and their awesome-sounding, diverse mix opens with an exclusive new song, “Daddy’s Groove.” You can sample it now: all minimalist layers and abstracted, heavily-edited vocals, it sounds like our favorite Röyksopp material, by which we mean like the soundtrack to your next space voyage. Check it out.
Below is the tracklist for Röyksopp’s mix, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes.
Late Night Tales: Röyksopp:
01 Röyksopp: “Daddy’s Groove”
02 Rare Bird: “Passing Through”
03 Little River Band: “The Light Of Day”
04 Tuxedomoon: “In A Manner Of Speaking”
05 Vangelis: “Blade Runner Blues”
06 Röyksopp: “Ice Machine” (Depeche Mode cover)
07 Johann Johannsson: “Adi Et Amo”
08 FR David: “Music”
09 Prelude: “After The Goldrush” (Neil Young cover)
10 Richard Schneider Jnr: “Hello Beach Girls”
11 Acker Bilk: “Stranger On The Shore”
12 Thomas Dolby: “Budapest By Blimp”
13 Byrne & Barnes: “Love You Out Of Your Mind”
14 Andreas Vollenweider: “Hands And Clouds”
15 John Martyn: “Small Hours”
16 XTC: “The Somnambulist”
17 This Mortal Coil: “Till I Can Gain Control Again”
18 Popol Vuh: “Aguirre I” (Lacrime Di Rei)
19 Benedict Cumberbatch: “Flat Of Angles” (part 2)
This cover makes me so happy.
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Mad Max. Bane. Bronson. And… Sir Elton John?
That could happen. "Rocketman" is being developed right now by director Michael Gracey and executive producer Elton John, and it's being described as "a biographical musical fantasy that weaves together the life of Sir Elton John and his music."
Bernie Taupin is a key supporting role, and John Reid is also evidently key to the story, but obviously, the main draw here is going to be seeing someone try to bring to life the flamboyant contradictions of Elton John's performing persona. After witnessing what Michael Douglas did with the role of Liberace, I can imagine a number of actors lining up to try to get a chance to play Elton.
Right now, the project is out to Tom Hardy. That doesn't mean they've made him a formal offer yet, or even that he's interested, but it's an intriguing possibility. The film will evidently feature a large role for a young Elton John as well, and the wish list for that includes guys like Ben Foster. That's strange, and it doesn't really line up in terms of one of them believably aging into the other. Then again, if this is all seen through a fantasy filter, maybe that's not something they care about.
I don't care for biopics about living people but this could be interesting
The star’s restaurant is no stranger to controversy, but the customer says she certainly didn’t order the cardboard that showed up in their salad.
Villa Blanca had 10 violations on their last inspection that was conducted on 2/26/2013. The violations include disrepair, non-food contact surfaces – not clean (minor) and wiping cloths – not clean/inadequate sanitizer/storage. The restaurant has a 90 rating which is an A.
“I ordered a salad and noticed after a few bites that there was a piece of cardboard buried in the salad, covered with dressing,” the customer said. RadarOnline.com has an Exclusive Photo the customer says is their lobster and crab salad with the piece of cardboard.
“I immediately told the waiter who took the dish and promptly returned the salad to the kitchen. When they brought the second salad out I was completely shocked when found ANOTHER piece of cardboard in the salad!”
“I tried to be understanding about the first piece of cardboard,” she said. “But when the second one came out and had cardboard in it I was done. My two other guests and I did not finish our meals, we were disgusted.”
The restaurant did comp their entire meal and even gave them complimentary glasses of wine. The diner also told RadarOnline.com that while Lisa’s husband Ken Todd was in the restaurant he did not come over to the table to speak with them or apologize.
Don't hold your breath for that feud between Brandi Glanville and LeAnn Rimes to ever be over.
A new report from In Touch claims the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star slammed the country crooner's latest album "Spitfire", saying she's "surprised it's so bad."
The tabloid reports Glanville criticized LeAnn's new tracks, claiming her songs are the "worst" and insisting Rimes "needs to work on her songwriting" if she "wants her career back."
But Eddie Cibrian's former missus is firing back at the In Touch report, maintaining her words were over-exaggerated and taken out of context—the mag is standing by the report.
"I said Leann has a beautiful voice and I haven't heard any of the record," the Bravo star exclusively tells E! News. "But I don't think anyone wants to listen to songs about a family being broken up. If she wants to have a hit song she should hire Pharrell. That's all I said!!!!!"
Well, that's settled. For now.
Season 4 of Real Housewives of New Jersey was perhaps the most tumultuous we’ve watched so far, and with so many explosive incidents we wondered whether the Gorga-Giudice family could ever hash out their differences. But good news, Housewives fans! Melissa Gorga tells Wetpaint Entertainment that everyone’s been getting along.
We recently chatted exclusively with Melissa at fellow New Jerseyan DJ Pauly D’s REMIX Cocktails summer kickoff bash in New York City on May 23, where she discussed the improved dynamic among her castmates, and even dished on whether she’s considered leaving the show.
Wetpaint Entertainment: You and Joe attended Teresa’s birthday party recently. How did the celebration go?
Melissa Gorga: It was nice, we just went to dinner. It was no big deal. It was a nice dinner and everyone’s getting along.
Now that you and Teresa have a better relationship, do all of your children get to see each other more often?
Yes, yes, thank God! They actually take a cheerleading class together right now, and they see each other a lot more often which was the goal, which makes me extremely happy. When the kids are happy, I’m happy!
Last season your family went through so much together. Did you ever consider leaving the show?
No, you know what, I feel like if it ever really starts to affect my family you won’t see me anymore. So until then, here I am!
And are you and the family still moving to Franklin Lakes?
Our house is still for sale, we have not sold it yet. If it sells, then yes, we will be going to Franklin Lakes.
InTouch, RadarOnline, WetPaint
Hilary Duff was photographed today, taking her 14 month old son Luca to his baby class and lunch.
Night time farmers market. @lucytwobows snapped us :)
Don't lie you want a pair! My mommy and I at the movies!
My dad and Luca having a quick chat bout life!
Black tie date tonight with Mikey..my clutch has a built in 3rd wheel... Little bugger... No pun intended ;)
YES GIRL! SLAY THE LESSERS WITH YOUR VOCALS!