Okay, despite their ambitions to circumvent sampling and aim for a flawlessly beautiful analog listening experience with Random Access Memories, you may have read by now that Daft Punkdid lift from another song — Aussie band The Sherbs‘ 1982 synth-rock jam “We Ride Tonight” — for spacy album-closer “Contact.” And one glance at the Sherbs’ original video proves to be somewhat of an eye-opening experience with regards to French duo Daft Punk and just one of the many corners, we’re sure, they’ve drawn inspiration from over the years.
For instance, in the first 40 seconds alone, we see a black-clad biker slip on a motorcycle helmet. We see dark, cloaked figures standing in a road. There’s a creepy guy in makeup banging out dramatic chords, the same ones you hear after Eugene Cernan‘s dialog in “Contact.” But all the while, you never catch any of these character’s faces full-on.
Daft Punk — “Contact”
Can you picture the day young, impressionable, pre-tween Thomas Bangalter or Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (or both) caught this video on MTV thirtysomething years ago?
Charli XCX has always proudly stated her infatuation with big-tent ’90s pop. So when she pulled out a cover of one of that decade’s classics during a performance at Chicago’s Borderline Music, we knew she’d turn out a loving, novel tribute. What we didn’t expect, though, was that she’d sidestep her goddesses like Spice Girls and Gwen Stefani, and opt instead for Backstreet Boys‘ iconic “I Want It That Way.”
It was the first time the Brit has ever done the cover live, and her version takes the balladeering earnestness of the original and turns it into a dreamy, synth-based floater. It’s a pretty interpretation, and can we just say, it’s really nice to hear her vocals with such a stripped-down arrangement!
One highlight of Idolator’s shoot with the enchanting ladies of Fifth Harmony? Despite fan requests that they twerk for the camera, the girls weren’t feeling quite that ambitious — but Camila Cabello was willing to get a little bit spontaneous in a freestyle rhyme she came up with about her bandmate Normani Kordei. (The vocals weren’t quite as magnificent as they were during the girls’ cover of Taylor Swift‘s “Red,” but that’s totally forgivable.)
With the other girls assisting on beatbox, Camila proved that she has unparalleled rhyming prowess and swag for days — especially toward the end, when she very humbly asked for exactly the type of critical acclaim she’s bound to earn.
Presumably, there was a time when Forbes reported on financial news and analyzed economic trends. BORING! As far as we can tell, the outlet now exists only as a Play-Doh maker spewing out limitless permutations of listicles of the Most Powerful/Most Successful/Wealthiest Famous People With Clickable Names. Because, that counts as finance crap, right? The latest roster featuring some big-name pop stars is their list of the World’s Most Powerful Women. Beyonce and Shakira both make the cut, at 17 and 52, respectively. Lady Gaga also slips in at #45.
Bey made the list for her $50 million deal with Pepsi, her Super Bowl Halftime performance, the Mrs. Carter Show, her activism and like a million other things. As for Gaga, she’s had a relatively quiet year, all things considered, but she’s here for her Little Monsters social networking site and her anti-bullying advocacy. Shakira, meanwhile, is recognized for having a baby and a successful run on The Voice in the same year. Brava!
Comedian and actor David Spade has made a generous donation of $200,000 to Red Cross to help victims of horrific tornado that hit Oklahoma. The EF5 tornado in Oklahoma was 600 times more powerful than the atomic bomb that hit Hiroshima. Spade told of his incident stating, “When I was four, I moved from Michigan …
Daft Punk‘s latest album Random Access Memoriesis filled with smooth uptempos, but the French electro-house duo toys with a different sound on “Horizon.” The bonus instrumental, which is featured on the Japanese version of the album, is completely hypnotic and begins with an acoustic guitar and atmospheric sheen. The song gradually picks up speed when the other instruments kick in, building to a space-rock odyssey reminiscent of Pink Floyd.
The mellow, trance-like song is a surprising change from the already surprising RAM material. Listen to “Horizon” below.
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Zach Sobiech, 18, the teen that wrote and posted a farewell song to his loved ones after realizing his cancer was terminal, has passed away at his home on May 19. Zach, who had battled bone cancer since his diagnosis at age 14, was told in June 2012 that he had only a year to …
Quadron‘s “Hey Love” is an early contender for song of the summer: The humming, infectious soul-inflected number is light, blithe and totally irresistible. (The video, too, is just absurdly likable.)
But the Danish duo — comprised of vocalist Coco O. (born Coco Maja Hastrup Karshøj) and producer Robin Hannibal, who is also in the band Rhye — are a more complex act than that song’s featherweight charms would suggest, as we learned when Coco dropped by Idolator headquarters to chat about the band’s upcoming album, Avalanche.
In discussing how her heritage influences her music, the ebullience of “Hey Love” and a very exciting collaboration on the LP with Kendrick Lamar, Coco cemented our infatuation with Quadron’s sound. It’s one avalanche that we’d have no problem getting buried in.
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Rihannaposted the above photo teasing her forthcoming video for “Pour It Up,” along with the message, “ALL I SEE IZ $IGN$ #pouritupvideoshoot #stripclubsanddollabillz.” Coincidentally, that’s the email signature on her corporate Outlook account. Anyway, if you look closely, you can see that Rihanna had her own currency printed for the video, and we think she should totally start selling the funny money at her merch tables.
What this all means, of course, is that when RiRi was at a Miami strip club making it rain last month in order to see how the ladies dance to her music, she really was conducting research for work! So we can assume those cascading bills were expensed to her label as “business incidentals.”
After cruising the Miami streets with Lil Wayne in his clip for “Wit Me”, T.I. shows off a softer side in the Marc Klasfeld-directed video for “Hello.” Featuring Cee Lo Green, the video finds the rapper in the Wild Wild West as he embarks on a journey in search of happiness.
T.I. keeps it all in the family as his children, the OMG Girlz and his wife Tiny make appearances, helping the rapper resist temptation and face various challenges. In the end, they all end up in a saloon where T.I. knocks out after one too many drinks. But after traveling in the dry desert all day, it’s tough to blame him.