Our pop princess, Britney Spears, went full-on Disney princess for Halloween!
Now that it's November, we know we should be focused on counting down the days until we can stuff our faces with Thanksgiving deliciousness. But, them calorie drools can wait 'cause EVERYONE needs to admire Britney Spears and her backup dancers' EPIC Halloween costumes as Walt Disney's "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs"!
No doubt paying homage to the "Brady Bunch" 3x3 grid with the Instagram photo's arrangement, this fairy tale princessery in the first degree clearly wins at Halloween, not to mention the imaginary costume contest that I just set up in my head. Here, Brit-Brit and the gang, collect your prize: a Ziploc bag of loose candy corn that I handpicked and individually butterfly-kissed myself. You're welcome!
Check out more photos of Britney Spears' Snow White costume after the jump.
Punk and rock 'n' roll pioneer and icon Lou Reed is gone. And while he passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, at the age of 71, Reed has left a legacy of influential music that will no doubt continue to inspire generations of artists for years to come.
From his years in The Velvet Underground through his solo work and literary contributions, the often cantankerous, ever-intriguing Reed embodied the anti-establishment punk ethos, transcended whatever imagined boundaries rock 'n' roll was thought to have, and challenged listeners with avant-garde sounds and lyrical themes that, while often dark and bleak, were always utterly human.
Though making a definitive Top 10 list of Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground songs might feel a bit daunting (because where to begin??), we did manage to compile starter 10 tracks that give a solid entry into the powerful world of The Velvet Underground and Lou Reed.
1.) "Walk On The Wild Side," Transformer (1972): Reed's highest charting solo song (No. 16 on the Billboard 100 singles chart in 1973) was not just a refreshing surprise coming from an artist whose material was typically far from radio-friendly. That it became a radio staple when it addressed nonmainstream (at the time) subjects like cross-dressing and fellatio, while simultaneously remaining catchy and even charming, was astounding.
2.) "Sunday Morning," The Velvet Underground & Nico(1967): Who hasn't launched a Sunday morning with this gem? (If you haven't yet, try it.) At its heart, "Sunday Morning" is a dream-pop song, but it also nods to the restless, bittersweet vibe that befalls the languid feeling of a day that can't last. That Reed passed on a Sunday morning makes it all the more poignant.
3.) "Sweet Jane," Loaded (1970): God. This song. Reed's talk-sung strut that commingles with the jaunty riffs epitomizes cool. The protagonist/observer's in a rock 'n' roll band, while the other characters go to work and "save their monies." If you hadn't thought about which person you dreamed of being by the end of the song, it's time to go and listen to it again.
4.) "Heroin," The Velvet Underground & Nico(1967): While Reed's (and his cohorts) drug addiction was no secret, "Heroin" doesn't glorify doing drugs -- the macabre lyrics of "nullifying my life," "heroin, the death of me," and "dead bodies" imagery imply doing heroin is akin to death (BTW, don't do drugs). What the song does do brilliantly is mirror the push-and-pull of addiction, the literal ride as the music crescendos and ebbs.
Check out more Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground songs every music fan must know after the jump.
It's Tuesday! Time for another round of "5 Must-Hear Pop Songs Of The Week"!
This week's roundup features a soldiering theme beamed in straight from District 12, some feel-good bubblegum pop by one of the best girl groups in the U.S., and a slice of dream-pop by a Swedish-Aussie twin sister act on the rise.
1.) Of Monsters And Men, "Silhouettes"
Katniss, Peeta, and Gale might have a pretty dire situation at hand (what with the whole fighting to the death between districts and all), but boy, they sure do know how to pick a good song! Over the past few weeks, we've been hearing more and more selections from the ever-promising The Hunger Games: Catching Fire -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, and this latest addition is no exception.
Of Monsters And Men's "Silhouettes" soldiers on with a tense, staggered drumbeat and atmospheric guitars. "A thousand silhouettes dancing on my chest/ No matter where I sleep, you are haunting me," lead songstress Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir quivers. Between Christina Aguilera's "We Remain," Sia and The Weeknd's "Elastic Heart," and now this, could the "Catching Fire" soundtrack triumph as one of the top pop records of the year? May the odds be ever in its favor.
Camryn's opening for One Direction, and she's only 14!
Not sure what y'all were doing at 14 (I was ordering the ENTIRE Delia's catalog... DEAL WITH IT), but blonde-haired rocker Camryn? She's currently on tour with the one and only One Direction! Yep, we repeat, at only 14 years old, Denver native Camryn has nabbed the opening slot on all 72 of 1D's sold-out 2013 European concert dates (running through Nov. 13). Now, let's all think about that while we mentally relive our teen years, OK? *Sobs*
But touring with 1D isn't all Camryn's been up to. She's also dropped a brand-new single: a rock-tinged pop jam (think Avril Lavigne meets Kelly Clarkson) called "LoveSick." And even better? "LoveSick"'s just been given a video, which, #PRAISE, features a montage of Camryn demolishing her opening slot on 1D's tour.
Betcha didn't know that JC Chasez was the brains behind the 11-member pop group Girl Radical!
Just look at the above photo of 11 women in bright clothing! Could it be a "class picture" of '80s night at an all-girls sleepaway camp (what up, Camp Tapawingo?), or is it a press photo of former *NSync member JC Chasez's all-girl group, Girl Radical?
It's super hard to tell, but judging by the the ladies' life-affirming, totally bumpin' new single, "Don't Ge Me Wrong," we'll opt for the latter. Definitely a close call, though.
Listen to Girl Radical's "Don't Get Me Wrong" after the jump.
So, what do you do when you wanna listen to Ms. Cyrus' stunningly beautiful track, yet need, like, a 5-minute breather from Miley's naked bod? (LBR, we'll probably be back on the naked Miley train by dinner time!). Find some "Wrecking Ball" covers that straight CRUSH IT! And because we love you, we're sharing our (for the most part fully clothed) five favorites, including renditions by Masha, HAIM, and Rumer Willis.
1.) MASHA'S FIERCE, GRUNGE-Y COVER:
If you haven't heard of Masha yet, you will soon. Her grungy, Pink-esque vocals have already landed her in the studio with songwriter Claude Kelly and producer Nathan Chapman, and, judging by the gritty-ass Janis Joplin-tinged rasp she occasionally unleashes in her "Wrecking Ball" cover, we can see why.
Masha sticks primarily to the original melody but straight NAILS the booming "I came in like a wrecking ball" hook. We'd also like to take this moment to #BowDown to Masha's perfectly subtle yet awesome run on the line "wreck me." Don't think we didn't catch that, bb.
Obviously, there's a lot to love about HAIM (#HAIRGAME!!), and now, you should definitely feel free to add their cover of Miley's "Wrecking Ball" to the list of reasons why we're obsessed with these sisters.
Este, Daniella, and Alana Haim stopped by BBC Radio 1's "Live Lounge" to drop their cover. After quickly gargling with some water, the girls delve into their unique delivery of Miley's smash. A more sparse and organic version, the ladies stripped down the original's booming hook in favor of some light, wispy, and ethereal vibes.
Of course, that only lasted for the first half of the song, and by the end, the girls were bringing us home with a more forceful, badass wail. Which reminds us: That wail equals yet another thing to add to that list of why HAIM's the real effing deal.
Frankly, Selena holding hands with her Italian fans makes us VERY jealous.
We're noticing a trend here -- are you? On each stop of the "Stars Dance" Tour, Selena Gomez has been taking THE BEST photos with her most devoted Selenators, who are presumably dehydrated after camping outside some grungy backstage door for hours, waiting to get a glimpse/ whiff/ blurry Instagram of their queen. (See: Lisbon, Portugal, and Antwerp, Belgium!)
Thankfully though, judging by the above photo taken in Milan, it's clear that the "Slow Down" singer's not exactly the type of pop star to ignore throngs of sleep-deprived fans. See, she took a second out of her busy and no doubt flawless schedule to pose for an adorable "group selfie"! (P.S. TAG YOURSELVES!!)
Check out more photos of Selena and her Italian Selenators after the jump.
All we're gonna say is, don't sleep on Bebe Rexha. Kay, obviously we're lying -- we're definitely gonna say more about this Staten Island 23-year-old, since, well, LOOK AT THAT BONE STRUCTURE. But aside from having model-esque cheekbones, Bebe's already making waves in the music biz -- she's written songs for massive stars like Selena Gomez ("Champion") and Nikki Williams ("Glowing"), and word on the street is that Bebe will be featured on an as-of-yet-untitled track on Eminem's forthcoming disc!
As you've no doubt learned from reading Buzzworthy, part of loving pop music means scoping out its history. That said, there's really no better pop musician to talk to than the mother of all riot grrrl feminists: Kathleen Hanna, aka the founder of left-leaning '90s punk projects like Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, and current frontwoman for The Julie Ruin.
This week, Hanna stopped by Brooklyn's Barclays Center to talk about EVERYTHING girl power-related with Buzzworthy's Tamar Anitai and fellow lady musician andVMAs red carpet correspondentGrimes, where they touched on everything from the all-powerful Beyoncé to the origins of riot grrrl to sexism to politics to pop music in general, plus so much more.
Read more about the origins of Riot Grrl after the jump.
Cut Copy finally returns with a killer new song: "Let Me Show You."
GUYS, CUT COPY IS BACK. Hang on... *Deep breath*... Still nerding out over here. Our favorite Aussie indie-dance heroes have officially dropped "Let Me Show You," the lead single off of the band's follow-up to 2011's Zonoscope. The group released the track as a short-run vinyl single at Pitchfork Music Festival -- viral marketing! -- but this is the internet's first listen to the real deal.
Listen to Cut Copy's "Let Me Show You" after the jump.