When news broke that Beyoncé and André 3000 would be covering Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” admittedly, I cringed. After listening to the very brief snippet in The Great Gatsby trailer, I realized the potential brilliance of putting a hip hop spin on the record. However, now that I’ve listened to the 90-second snippet, I’m cringing again…uncontrollably. Read More →
Lana Del Rey unveils the video for “Summer Wine,” a Lee Hazlewood-penned song popularized by Nancy Sinatra in the ‘60s. The “Summertime Sadness” singer adds her signature nostalgic vibe to the visual by incorporating Instagram-inspired, Super 8-esque effects. Kassidy’s singer-guitarist Barrie James O’Neill joins her for the cover. Read More →
Pepsi’s pride and joy reunited with André 3000 for a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black.” Their version puts a hip hop spin on Amy’s classic and adds some wobbling synths to the beat. A preview of the song can be heard in the trailer for The Great Gatsby, which stars Leonardo DeCaprio and Tobey Maguire.
Jay-Z, who is an executive producer of the film, Emeli Sandé and Florence + The Machine are other names that will appear on the soundtrack. Read More →
While eyes filled with hope gaze to the future, gloomy goddess Lana Del Rey travels back to 1974 and revives Leonard Cohen’s hopeless “Chelsea Hotel No. 2,” which recounts his one-night stand with the late Janis Joplin. Lana’s ghostly coos and the Super 8-style video capture the essence of the song. Eerily, it was like it was written with her in mind. Read More →
While Melanie Amaro and Astro’s post-X Factor careers remain in limbo, the lovely ladies of Fifth Harmony continues enthralling listeners with impressive recreations of some of your favorite songs.
Simon Cowell’s answer to One Direction strategically add interpretations of songs by Pop’s more obscure figures, Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey, to their catalogue. Sugary harmonies and pleasant vocals make their acoustic take on Frank’s “Thinkin’ ‘Bout You” and Lana’s “American” potentially better than the originals. Read More →
Last evening, the 2013 BRIT Awards were held at London’s O2 Arena. My favorite UK import, Emeli Sandé, was the highlight of the evening. She brought home two awards–British Female Solo Artist and Album of the Year.
“This is an album I wrote because I didn’t have the confidence to say these things in person,” said the “very unlikely pop star” when accepting the best album award. “For me, that so many people have connected with this album and found strength in these words makes me feel incredible and it doesn’t make me feel as lonely.”
Sandé also performed “Clown” and “Next to Me,” both from her highly acclaimed debut, Our Version of Events.
Go below for a full list of the winners, red carpet photos and very low-quality performance footage. Read More →
“I was born to be the other woman. I belonged to no one–who belonged to everyone.”
Lana Del Rey plays the part of a street-walking prostitute with no morals in her 10-minue short film for “Ride,” the lead single from her Born This Way: The Paradise Edition re-release. Like most of Lana’s records, “Ride” houses her dark yet ethereal vocal style. In the Anthony Mandler-directed video, Lana (or the character she’s portraying) falls for an old biker and lives young, wild and free. Read More →