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Category: Music (61-70 of 1625)
Mariah Carey recently revealed that her latest album’s title is Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?
Carey isn’t the first to name her album something totally weird and certainly, won’t be the last, so we gathered together some other memorably odd album titles — including one that Carey may or may not have used as inspiration, to put it nicely. Check out the list below:
May 1 has been a holiday for basically as long as holidays have existed — but thanks to a certain ’00s phenomenon, May Day has recently gotten a whole lot better.
In case you don’t know, once upon a time, there was this boy band called ‘N Sync. They had a song called “It’s Gonna Be Me.” In those bygone days, all the cool kids were pronouncing words weirdly when they sang. (It’s why Britney Spears had a generation of kids wondering what the hell a “babe-in” was, as in “Oh babe-in babe-in, how was I supposed to know/That something wasn’t right here?”) It showed passion, and made all the ladies/fellas want you.
So when Justin Timberlake — back when he still had his curly fro — went to sing “It’s gonna be me,” he made a very crucial artistic decision. (Think Picasso.) Instead, he said, “It’s gonna be May” — or at least, that’s what it sounded like.
Sorry, ladies, but you won’t be setting up with a date with Ed Sheeran on Tinder anytime soon.
The popular dating app has been in talks to allow verified accounts for more famous Tinder users, similar to Twitter. Sheeran was apparently offered the very first verified profile — but he ended up turning it down. “It just sounds quite creepy doing that,” he told Total Access in a radio interview. “You’re just using your celebrity status to hook up with chicks.” (You listening, Franco?)
Who’s the one that you want?
Fox announced Monday that NBC isn’t the only studio that can bring musicals to the small screen: They’ll air a live, three-hour version of Grease sometime next year. If three makes a trend, I couldn’t be happier that musicals-on-TV are officially, finally back.
Now, there are a lot of considerations for a Grease adaptation. First of all: Will Fox stick solely with the Broadway version of the show (à la NBC’s decision for Sound of Music), which differentiates a fair amount from the John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John iconic movie? The stage show spends much more time with supporting characters as opposed to Danny and Sandy. People freaked out when Carrie Underwood sang “A Lonely Goatherd” in the first act of Sound of Music (a difference from the movie) — perhaps Fox will want to keep fans happy and keep things similar to the film. READ FULL STORY
Conscious uncoupling begets oblique explanations.
While talking to BBC1 — ostensibly to promote his new album, Ghost Stories – Coldplay frontman Chris Martin didn’t why away from discussing his marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow. Nor did interviewer Zane Lowe waste any time going right for the question everyone’s wondering: Did his relationship’s breakdown inspire Ghost Stories? READ FULL STORY
Here’s your mid-week nostalgia fix, courtesy of tUnE-yArDs.
Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, that wonderfully weird cult kids show of the late ’80s, serves as inspiration for the band’s “Water Fountain” music video, and it’s quite charming. While not an exact recreation of Pee-Wee Herman‘s sweet digs, the play land coming from the brains of tUnE-yArDs’ frontwoman Merrill Garbus and director Joel Kefali pays technicolor homage to that Sphinx-topped abode of yore. There are puppets, a cooking segment, and even a Chairy-like couch and dancing robot, a la Conky. Take a look:
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Once again, Justin Bieber is making headlines for a photo he posted on Instagram. Luckily, this one has nothing to do with Anne Frank or urinating. It does, however, involve World War II. Intriguing, right?
While visiting Tokyo, the young Biebs paid a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine. As you may know, the Yasukuni Shrine is a big point of dispute between China and Japan, because it honors Japan’s fallen WWII soldiers — including those who committed major atrocities in Asia during the war. So when Bieber posted a photo of himself bowing his head at the entrance to the shrine with the caption, “Thank you for your blessings,” he offended many of his Chinese fans.
So Avril Lavigne has made a new music video, about which there are several dozen completely accurate, utterly withering comments to make. She’s trying to out-Miley Miley; she’s aiming for Gaga but barely achieving Xtina; Kesha wants her dollar sign back; this is literally just “Hollaback Girl.”
There are serious questions about whether it’s offensive (expressionless Asian dancers, Tokyo-as-prop) or offensively obvious (this one’s for you, large Japanese fanbase!). There are even more serious questions about the title, “Hello Kitty,” which is also like half of the lyrics, and which everyone agrees is a double entendre. READ FULL STORY
When you create something for public consumption, you’re putting yourself in a very fragile position. For example, creating a popular television show means handing your beloved characters over to the world for weekly scrutinizing. Then again, it also means handing them over for weekly adoration. But no matter how beloved a show, movie, album, or book might be, no creator is perfect. And by default, no creator’s work is perfect.
That being said, there are few times in the world of pop culture where a creator has come forth and apologized for a large piece of work. Do rappers often have to apologize for certain lyrics? Yes. Are there controversial moments in television episodes that get addressed immediately? Of course. But looking back at an entire season of television or a film and saying “sorry” to fans is a rarity in this business. And in honor of Aaron Sorkin’s recent apology to fans of The Newsroom, we’ve rounded up some other notable apologies. And you know what? We’re not sorry about it.
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