Well! Fairytale princess Carly Rae Jepsen premiered her new single “Take a Picture” last night on American Idol. Here’s the good news: This means that Carly Rae Jepsen has a new single. Here’s the bad news: This provides less opportunity for her to promote her objectively flawless track “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” which peaked at the blistering heights of #8 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, so everything is hopeless and there is no joy left in the world. (If it’s any consolation, Wikipedia reports that the song “has become a top ten hit in Belgium.” Sigh.)
But this is a story about “Take a Picture,” not “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” so here goes: “Take a Picture” may not be as good as “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” but it’s still pretty good, especially considering that it was cobbled together from the Facebook statuses of random Canadians and recorded on a Pinterest board, or whatever. (Much hay was made of the fact that the song was “crowdsourced” via fan vote for Coca-Cola’s Perfect Harmony campaign, meaning viewers got to vote on their favorite lyrics, which were then recorded in the final song.) So “Picture” is bright and summery, but it sounds more like an album track from Jepsen’s excellent Kissthan anything that could rival the success of “Call Me Maybe.”
Ah, well. I’m moving to Brussels.
Listen to the full studio version of the song below. (It hits retailers May 21.)
The 2013 O Music Awards nominations are out. And reading the list will handily remind you that you are one of the olds. Unless you’re not one of the olds, in which case, you’ll probably hashtag the eff out of these nominations. Because the awards celebrate “the best in digital music,” so of course they act like the trendy cousin and drop a bunch of inside jokes that the Grammys and Billboard Music Awards don’t get but laugh at anyway. Case in point: there are categories called Our Favorite Musical Cat, Fan Army FTW and Too Much Ass For TV. We don’t know what any of that has to do with celebrating “the best in digital music,” but we do know that Frank Ocean is up for the Ass one, as well as for Must-Follow Artist On Twitter.
Ocean’s two nominations tie him with Beck for the most nods. It’s ironic that Beck is honored by the digital-centric awards, since his most recent release was sheet music (which is why he’s up for Analog Genius). Justin Bieber is nominated for Fan Army FTW for the Beliebers, facing off against the legion of stans like Demi Lovato‘s Lovatics, Beyonce‘s Beyhive, Ed Sheeran‘s Sheerios and Selena Gomez‘s Selenators. Breakout rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is up for Best Web-Born Artist, along with Kitty, Baauer, FIDLAR and Angel Haze, although we don’t really think those last two fit in that field.
By far our favorite category, though, is Next Big Scene. The pseudo-real sub-genres with the chance to gain notoriety for six months before being laughed at in 12 are: Beats, Cloud-rap, Post-dubstep, Seapunk and Vaporwave. We don’t know what vaporwave is, but we’re guessing it has something to do with e-cigarettes.
Drake is throwing a music festival in Toronto this summer, because Canada, right? The 4th annual OVO Fest (named after his October’s Very Own label) kicks off August 4 at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, with tickets going on sale this Friday (May 24) at 10am — and now he’s fleshing out the line-up, adding Frank Ocean and James Blake to the roster. (They’re both performing on August 4, while Drake will be hitting the stage with “special guests” on August 5. Last year’s guests included Nicki Minaj and Snoop Lion, so they’ll probably be pretty good this year, too.)
It’s shaping up to be quite a festival summer, no? See the poster below.
After three failed marriages, Jennifer Lopez said she isn’t ruling out tying the knot with her younger beau Casper Smart. Lopez sat down for an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” revealing that she hopes for a fairytale ending and will probably marry again. Jennifer Lopez, who began dating her back-up dancer Casper Smart in October 2011 …
Kanye West had quite an evening last night at the Roseland Ballroom, where he performed a 90-minute set as part of the Adult Swim Upfront; halfway through, he went on a lively rant about his role in celebrity culture and the paparazzi (which has probably gotten much worse since The Dawn of Kimye, so sure, it would probably be on my mind, too).
“I ain’t no muthafuckin celebrity,” he reportedly said. “There’s one thing about me — I’m a terrible, terrible terrible celebrity. I don’t know if you really know there’s one thing about me but I’m the worst kind of celebrity. All I do is make real music. All I do is sit in the studio and make real shit. And that’s it. And that’s motherfuckin’ it. That’s motherfuckin’ it!”
He continued: “I ain’t no muthafuckin celebrity. I ain’t runnin’ for office. I ain’t kissin’ nobody’s muthafuckin babies. I drop your baby and you muthafuckin sue me and shit.”
Well. Glad he settled that!
Along with some well-loved classics (“Mercy,” “Jesus Walks” and a host of others) Yeezy also performed the track some have called “So Awesome,” which he previously performed at the Met Gala; you can watch that below. (That autotune makes it feel like an outtake from 808s & Heartbreak, but it sounds a little bit embarrassing, doesn’t it? Oh well. I’m sure he has some other tricks up his sleeve.)
Ah, well. I got my hopes up so high for Diddy‘s starring role on Downton Abbey and it turned out that the whole thing was just a big dumb publicity stunt for the mogul’s Funny or Dievideo, which was actually pretty funny, but not as funny as actually having Diddy on Downton Abbey would have been. But still, well played, Diddy. Well played.
The sketch, coming off the heels of the announcement that Downton Abbey would have their first black cast member, sees Diddy joining as Lord Wolcott, the new lord of Downton (he pronounces it “Downtown,” which is not as funny a bit as he thinks it is); probably the best moment is Diddy’s implied gay love affair with footman Thomas Barrow, which gives him the opportunity to announce, “I’m Lord Wolcott, and I love everybody!”
In short: It could have been better, but it certainly could have been worse. Watch up top.
Great news for those of you who have spent the last three years furiously tweeting at Harry Styles to come to Brazil: He’s coming to Brazil!
Yes, the doe-eyed, waxen-faced nymphets of One Direction are heading out on a stadium tour (which is pretty nuts that 1D can pack stadiums, and yet ultimately not surprising in the least), which the “Live While We’re Young” boy band announced today via a big, splashy social media campaign called “One Big Announcement,” and well, it’s definitely a good thing for those fans who live in South America and the United Kingdom, but their fans elsewhere were probably expecting an announcement that was, y’know, globally big. Ah, well, Guess you really can’t ever have it all.
April 25, 2014 – Bogata, Colombia Estadio El Campin
April 27, 2014 – Lima, Peru Estadio Nacional
April 29, 2014 – Asuncion, Paraguay Jockey Club
May 1, 2014 – Santiago, Chile Estadio Nacional
May 3, 2014 – Buenos Aires, Argentina Velez
May 6, 2014 – Montevideo, Uruguay Estadio Centenario
May 8, 2014 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Apoteose
May 10, 2014 – Sao Paulo, Brazil Palmeiras Arena
May 25, 2014 – Dublin, Croke Park
May 28, 2014 – Sunderland, Stadium Of Light
May 31, 2014 – Manchester, Etihad
June 3, 2014 – Edinburgh, Murrayfield
June 7, 2014 – London, Wembley
In March, we first announced Kia’s Sorento Serenades contest, where three nominated people would be surprised in some manner by meeting legendary vocal group Boyz II Men. (Trust us, the full details were under lock and key, and even we didn’t know what exactly was in store at the time.) Now it’s time to meet Nikki, the first Sorento Serenades winner.
In the clip above, Nikki’s boyfriend of two years, Stephen, discusses their relationship in a voiceover as the happy couple take a trip from Wisconsin to California, where they drive around in their white Sorento. Unbeknownst to Nikki, Stephen is planning on proposing to her while the pair explore the sunny sights in Los Angeles.
As the pair are enjoying a beautiful dinner on their trip, Boyz II Men’s Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman give Nikki a shock by walking up to their table and delivering a chills-inducing a cappella rendition of their classic hit “On Bended Knee.”
Stephen takes a literal cue from the song, gets down on one knee and proposes to Nikki. Watch above to see her reaction, and stay tuned for more Sorento Serenades videos featuring Boyz II Men here on Idolator!
Well, it’s been a long, bleary season of American Idol, but at last, tonight’s finale is upon us, and the show gets to do what it does best: Promote its own! Yes, the show’s resident diva Mariah Carey will be performing her still-astonishingly-good new single “#Beautiful” (hashtag beautiful) as part of a medley of her greatest hits including “Vision of Love,” “Make It Happen,” “We Belong Together,” “My All” and “Hero.” Randy Jackson will be on bass, and she’ll be backed by a full gospel choir, so it sounds like the performance will be very relaxed and mellow and not at all self-congratulatory. (Then again, if anyone deserves that level of pomp and circumstance, it’s definitely Mariah Carey, right?)
Also! Glittery pop prince Adam Lambert will be returning to the Idol stage (to duet with Angie Miller), and — presumably because Scooter Braun has compromising photos of Ryan Seacrest that he’s using to blackmail him, because there’s literally no other reason I can imagine why this would be happening — novelty K-pop act PSY will be performing his new single, “Gentleman.”
This is it guys, the final week of American Idol. On Wednesday night, finalists Candice Glover and Kree Harrison gave it their all before America’s last opportunity to vote for the next American Idol. And no matter what the outcome, a lady is walking off the stage with the title tonight. But even more exciting is the debut of this damn Carly Rae Jepsen single they’ve been jamming down our throats all season.
The ladies sing three rounds of songs. The first is a choice made by Idol executive producer, Simon Fuller. The second is a selection from the singers, the single they would release if they win. And the third and final song has Kree and Candice choosing their favorite from this season. So first, we take a look back at the girls’ journey to the finale.
We start with some vintage footage of Kree. Wait, what? Kree was on Rose O’Donnell‘s talk show when she was little? I’m loving her zebra-print cowboy hat. And we see Idol audition footage from when Candice tried out two other times before and she wonders, is the third time the charm?
Ryan Seacrest descends down the stairs of the finale stage at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live. The judges have really turned out tonight, with Randy Jackson in a light lavender blazer, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj look beyond elegant in their cleavage-bearing gowns.
The final two contestants are introduced and both step out on stage looking quite lovely, with Kree in a sparkly white dress and Candice in red and black. They hold each other’s hands during intros. And now we sing!
Having won the coin toss, Kree performs first with Sarah Mclachlan‘s ”Angel,” the selection chosen by Simon Fuller. Even though I would have normally thought this was too sad of a choice, it does give Kree a great opportunity to maximize those country yodels she does so well. When she’s done, I suddenly want to adopt a three-legged puppy.
Next, Candice sings “Chasing Pavements” by Adele. She sounds effortless and has the audience clapping along with the beat. I’m going to have to say she takes the first round, and not just because I love her sparkly boots. And, that wraps up the Simon Fuller round for the two ladies.
After she leaves the stage, Ryan throws it to Mariah and Randy. She is a superlative factory and gushes aimlessly about how talented the ladies are. It’s very positive and confusing. Randy called these song selections “kind of sleepy,” but agrees with me that Candice just edged out Kree.
After the commercial break, Carly Rae Jepsen performs her super-generic new single, “Take A Picture,” which I’m guessing was written by cobbling some Tweets together over a bottle of Coke. At least she has the good sense to throw in a little wind machine. Mercifully, it ends relatively quickly.
Next, is Kree for her second round. Ryan gives a fan from the audience, the experience of a lifetime with a kiss on the cheek and pulling her up into the aisle to walk with him.
Kree sings “All Cried Out,” a Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam jam. She pretty much kills it and looks gorgeous doing so. As for Candice, her choice is “I Am Beautiful.” She’s unsurprisingly good as well. Nicki weighs in by saying that she felt Kree brought more emotion in her performance than ever. Keith Urban agrees. They both gush in vague, abbreviated terms. However, back from commercial break, Nicki thinks Candice took it.
For the third round, Kree reprises “Up to the Mountain” in a gorgeous red dress and surrounded by smoke. With the gospel vibe, I definitely think she picked her best song from this past season. I get goosebumps from her for the first time in a while. It brings all four judges to their feet.
Keith raves, “That was beautiful, Kree.” Nicki calls it “uplifting” and “rich.” Randy calls it a “winning counter performance.” Mariah calls her “lady in red.”
When we return, Candice whips out her last selection, a surefire crowd-pleaser, “I (Who Have Nothing).” For the first time, she shows off her legs in a short dress. Now, I know they wanted some serious ambiance for these last songs, but I feel like these two ladies were practically drowning in smoke at certain points. Once again, Candice slays on stage, and her hair looks fantastic. And with that, I think she may have just won this whole thing.
Again, all the judges rise to their feet. Keith calls Candice “just such a powerhouse singer.” Nicki asks her with a smile, “Are we seeing your legs tonight for the first time?” She is dubbed a “superstar” by the “Superbass” singer. Randy makes a grand statement, calling it “a winning performance.” Mariah calls her “an undeniable talent.”
And tonight, we finally find out who the next Idol will be. I hope you were all good Americans and remembered to vote for your favorite!