Ahead of a Bank of America Pavilion show, the '90s pop band talks with Globe music critic Sarah Rodman about touring with Ben Folds, bringing a comedian-friend on the road, as well as where they currently are as a group.
It's Tuesday and all we really want to do is see a beloved Sesame Street character remix Swedish duo Icona Pop's dance anthem.
Is that asking too much?
We didn't think so.
Are you in desperate search for a new tune to groove along with this summer? If Miley or T-Swift weren't cutting it for you, don't worry. Beyoncés new single, "Standing on the Sun," was leaked in full (Vulture has more on this).
The singer has already teased part of her new jam in an ad campaign for H&M's summer collection.
The superstar is currently on tour with her Mrs. Carter Show, where she performed this new song already in Belgium.
Take a listen to the new song. Will it be your summer's beach anthem?
Country pop princess Taylor Swift joined The Rolling Stones at Chicago's United Center on Monday night. Swift surprised audience members when she strutted on stage to join forces with Mick Jagger for a performance of "As Tears Go By."
The ballad was originally penned in 1964 by Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards for Jagger's girlfriend du jour, Marianne Faithfull, a fellow blonde singer with blunt bangs. The Stones then released their own version the following year. Good fit, no?
Chicago Tribune's Mark Caro didn't seem too impressed with Swift's rendition:
Where Marianne Faithful brought understated melancholy to the 1965 original, Swift offered happy-to-be-here belting that sounded especially high-pitched next to Jagger’s growl.
But can you blame her? Who wouldn't be happy to share the stage with the Stones?
At one point, Jagger even twirls Swift around. It's a pretty sweet moment.
The 23-year-old naturally followed up with a tweet featuring a photo of her and the 70-year-old frontman.
Check out the performance and let us know what you think in the comments.
Lady Gaga has canceled the remaining dates on her "Born This Way Ball" tour due to a labral tear of the right hip. The injury will require surgery and recuperation time. That means all the Little Monsters planning to pay homage to their Mother at the TD Garden on Feb. 27 should now be looking to their point of purchase for a refund.
On the radio and now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
When I interviewed Donna Summer last year, she had just been passed over again for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I asked if it was, as is so often said, just an honor to be nominated.
"No, it's an honor to win," she said with a laugh. "That's a bunch of baloney. I don't care about the honor of being nominated, honor me and let me win! After about the third time, stop nominating me, I'm starting to feel like a loser." Summer, a Boston native, continued to laugh a robust laugh and added "I'm just kidding. It is an honor to be nominated, seriously."
When the inductees for the 2013 Rock Hall class were announced yesterday I was excited that Summer's name was finally on the roster. I was also sad-- and to be honest a little angry-- that she was not here to experience the moment, having passed away earlier this year at 63 after a battle with cancer. Even though she clearly understood that no one is entitled to any particular honor and had a sense of humor about it, the induction obviously meant a lot to her.FULL ENTRY
Christina Aguilera announced the nominees for the 40th annual American Music Awards today, listing fellow pop divas, Rihanna (pictured) and Nicki Minaj, as the leaders of the pack with four nods each. Male domination followed close behind with Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, One Direction, and Usher each receiving three nods and award season favorite, Taylor Swift, shockingly landing herself a lone spot in the Favorite Female Artist - Country category after a clean sweep at the 2011 show. Viewers can vote for their favorites online before the show airs on ABC on Nov. 18th, at 8 p.m.
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The slinky tune opens with a typically dramatic, Bond-esque orchestral swell before settling into a plodding piano line. Eventually, the string section returns, erupting into a 007 anthem.
Before "Skyfall" opens on Nov. 9, take a listen to Adele's theme song and tell us what you think. And speaking of the famous secret agent, check out style writer Christopher Muther's favorite Bond girls and take a tour through the history of Bond girls.
Nikki Van Noy's authorized biography of Dorchester's own New Kids on the Block will hit bookshelves Oct. 2 and the Boston-based music writer will be on chatting live with our readers to answer your burning boy band questions that afternoon.
Van Noy is a California native and is also the author of the Dave Matthews Band bio, "So Much to Say." Her life-long NKOTB love affair began after a 1989 concert and followed her through her Simon & Schuster release, "New Kids on the Block: Five Brothers and a Million Sisters."
Check back on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. for the chat with Nikki!
Following her VMA win for video of the year for "We Found Love," Rihanna has released the lead single off her not-yet-titled seventh studio album, which is rumored to drop in November.
The track, titled "Diamonds," has a slower tempo than several of the upbeat dance songs off her last album, "Talk That Talk." Although the single's artwork shows RiRi rolling what appears to be a joint with, er, diamonds, the hit forgoes the unhealthy relationship themes that are present in several of her songs. With the lyrics like "I choose to be happy" and "We're like diamonds in the sky," the uplifting new release shows a side of Rihanna we don't get to see often.
The Barbadian pop star recently announced her next world tour, also titled "Diamonds," to begin on March 8, with a stop in Boston on March 10 at the TD Garden. Check out the song below and let us know what you think.
Following her infectious pop tune of the summer, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift has released the brand new promotional single from her upcoming album, "Red." The track titled "Begin Again" undeniably has a more mellow feel to the prior, with prominent country strings and an (as usual) revealing opening line: "Took a deep breath in the mirror. He didn't like it when I wore high heels, but I do." The pop-country crooner debuted the song on "Good Morning America" earlier this week, with the plan to debut a new track from her upcoming album each week on the early morning talk show until its official release. Swift's "Red" drops on Oct. 22.
Check out the song below and let us know what you think.
With a COVERGIRL contract and a bitty baby on her hip, we were curious to see what Pink would bring to the table with her new album, "The Truth About Love," after a four-year break following her 2008 "Funhouse" release. "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" was the first single to leak in July with "Try" following in early September. Both are infectious and "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" quickly snagged a top 10 slot on the Billboard Top 100 list within weeks of its release.
The album officially drops on Sept. 18 but if you can't hold in your anticipation any longer, here's a listen at Pink's collaboration with Eminem: a booze-and-fun-worshiping anthem deemed, "Here Comes the Weekend." Ah, yes. Shady's back. Tell a friend. Or tell nobody. Whatever.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This song contains explicit language.
When the MTV Video Music Awards kick off tonight at 8 p.m., the actual music could bring plenty of drama to the show.
In addition to live performances from the likes of P!nk, Taylor Swift, and One Direction, Green Day will take the stage after lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was taken to an emergency room with a bad flu on Sunday. Nicki Minaj will perform with a special guest after apparently recently endorsing Mitt Romney for president.
What do you expect from this year's show? Will you be watching?
In honor of World Humanitarian Day, Beyonce has linked up with the United Nations for an awareness-raising campaign titled "I Was Here." The singer will debut the music video for her song, of the same name, on the UN's website Sunday, featuring a live performance in General Assembly Hall at the United Nations filmed on Aug. 10.
Fans can also help raise awareness for the day through the partnered website whd-iwashere.org, where they're encouraged to join Beyonce in sending "the biggest social media message in history," while spreading good deeds in their community and abroad. The social media blast will be sent out on Sunday followed by the "I Was Here" special video debut at 9 a.m.
The Berklee grads are back with their second single from their Epic Records release, “Hello.” The tune, titled the same as the EP, is more than a few dance beats away from their acoustic YouTube covers of yore. Women Who Rock nominee, Amy Heidemann, rocks out on rooftops and bikes through an Asian-inspired urban backdrop while her male counterpart, Nick Noonan, partakes in a DIY haircut in an undisclosed bathroom location. Sound random? That's because it is. Check it out below.
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A local gal may be on the cover of Rolling Stone - if you vote her onto the storied music magazine.
Amy Heidemann, the sassy, rapping, pompadour-sporting half of Karmin, the YouTube sensation turned chart-topping pop duo formed at Berklee, is up against pop upstart Rita Ora to win the magazine's "Women Who Rock" contest. The victor will be on the back cover of RS's upcoming "Women Who Rock" issue in September.
Both starlets will perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend, and fans will be able to vote for which performances they like, as well as other Karmin and Rita Ora videos and interviews, online.
For more info and to vote, log on to Rolling Stone's Women Who Rock site.
For a Karmin refresher, check out their Boston.com chat.
Nicki Minaj references her Caribbean roots for her latest video, "Pound the Alarm." The Young Money diva, who was born in Trinidad, heads back to the island nation for a Carnival-themed clip for her newest single.
Sporting a gang of platinum blond spirals and a black, red, and white bejeweled Carnival outfit - the colors of the Trinidadian flag - replete with crimson plumes, Minaj makes her homeland pride known. The femcee leads a posse of similarly decked-out dancers through the streets of St. James to a raucous outdoor bash reminiscent of the world-famous Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.
J. Lo doesn't play around when it comes to a party.
Jennifer Lopez goes hard with the color, dance moves, and Photoshop-worthy abs for "Goin' In," her video from her newly-released greatest hits album "Dance Again ... The Hits."FULL ENTRY
Dave Matthews Band is back with new music, unveiling "Mercy," the lead single from the crew's upcoming album, "Away From the World," which is slated for a Sept. 11 release. For the album, the band teamed up with producer Steve Lillywhite, who produced the first three Dave Matthews Band records.FULL ENTRY
No Doubt has returned to the scene with "Settle Down," the first single since the release of the band's last hit-packed album, "Rock Steady," in 2001.
The track, from their upcoming album, "Push and Shove," is a sunny, speaker-thumping jam brimming with the band's signature ska-laced swagger. Frontwoman Gwen Stefani's power purr glides over a plucky soundscape of balmy dub guitar riffs produced by Mark "Spike" Stent.
Madonna proves she can turn any locale into a party in her latest video, "Turn Up the Radio." The clip, which was filmed in Italy, features the pop queen escaping hordes of paparazzi and then picking up a motley cast of colorful characters - from street contortionists to streetwalkers - for a chauffeured joyride into the countryside (the dapper hitchhiker in the gray suit is her current beau, Brahim Zaibat).
What do you think about the video? Let us know!
It's been four years since Green Day's last studio effort, "21 Century Breakdown," but judging by the volume of their upcoming creative output, they've been keeping busy.
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According to Billboard magazine, the pop-punk pioneers are releasing two documentaries to accompany the three albums slated to hit shelves within the next few months.
One doc will chronicle the creation of the band's upcoming albums, "ˇUno!," "ˇDos!" and "ˇTre!" The other film will feature footage from the band's days as an indie outfit before the hit 1994 album "Dookie."
Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong explained the style of the film to Billboard.
"It's not going to be the sitting down, head shot of me going, 'We started out blah blah blah'," Armstrong says. "We wanted to get into lifestyles of rock 'n' roll and playing rock n roll and letting the story kind of tell itself rather than create revisionist (history)."
The voice of the late Amy Winehouse hasn't been silenced.
Hip-hop luminary Nas has used one of the singer's unreleased vocal performances for "Cherry Wine," which premiered on July 3 and is from his forthcoming album, "Life Is Good."
The recording dates back to 2008, when the two paired up for some sessions. Nas spoke to NME about how the jazz-inflected production came together:
Yeah, Salaam worked on her last album, and they were working. We don’t even have an explanation for how it happened. It was just magic. It just happened. It was supposed to happen. She made it happen.
Another collaboration from the pair's session, "Like Smoke," was released on the posthumous Winehouse album "Lioness: Hidden Treasures."
Winehouse's "Back to Black" cut "Me and Mr. Jones" is reportedly about Nas.
For her latest visual, Lana Del Rey takes some classic American iconography and flips it on its head.
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M.I.A. has switched up her speaker-rattling single "Bad Girls" in recent days with not just one but two remixes featuring some of hip-hop's most fiery females. Days after dropping a woozy revamp with her spunky protégée Rye Rye and game-changing femcee Missy Elliott, she swapped out Rye for rising raptress Azealia Banks.FULL ENTRY
OK, the Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" cover fad is officially out of control.
It's not just that the peppy, coy, pseudo-date-invite is everywhere, it's that everyone on the planet (well, it seems that way, at least), has gone on camera to pantomime - and in rare occasions, actually sing - the pop newcomer's ultra catchy smash.
Here's a roundup of some of the more memorable renditions so you don't have to spend hours trolling YouTube yourself.FULL ENTRY
Quirky singer-songwriters David Byrne and St. Vincent have released their first sonic collaboration, "Who."
The festive pop number is the lead single from the Talking Heads frontman and singer Annie Clark's St. Vincent project, "Love This Giant," which will be released on Sept. 11. Fans can get a free download of the track at their website, LoveThisGiant.com.
The pair will also tour this fall, due to hit Boston on Sept. 23.
Ready to get, er, "pumped up" for Foster the People's show at Boston's Bank of America Pavilion tomorrow? Relive summer 2011 with their catchy jam "Pumped Up Kicks," thanks to a new cover from Usher:
No Doubt is back!
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The pop-ska quartet has announced on their website that they will drop their new album, "Push and Shove," on September 25 after an 11-year hiatus. The band also revealed that the lead single will be "Settle Down," which is slated to be released on July 16.
The chart-topping crew is teaming up with director Sophie Muller, who has directed No Doubt videos such as "Simple Kind of Life" and "Underneath It All," for their latest visual.
Watch the video for the band's 1997 smash "Don't Speak," and tell us if you plan to check out "Push and Shove" in the fall.
Locally bred group Passion Pit has put out a new single "I'll Be Alright" as fans count down to the July 24 release of their sophomore effort, "Gossamer."
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The track is reminiscent of some of the "Manners" work, featuring a bit of the screwy, manipulated vocals that chirp through hits like "Sleepyhead." "I'll Be Alright" is a bit bigger, though, with a chorus powered by rapid fire drums and fat synth chords.
Crow's representative confirmed the news to E!, adding, "Half of us are walking around with [meningioma] but you don't really know unless you happen to have an MRI. [Crow] has no symptoms and everything is fine. It was a random mention during the [Vegas] interview. It was not meant to alarm anyone. She is doing great and is healthy and happy."
In hip-hop, beef is nothing new, and Nicki Minaj has made it clear that she's up for a fight.
The platinum-selling MC has been embroiled in drama ever since she pulled out of New York City's legendary Summer Jam concert on Saturday after a DJ made some unsavory - and very public - comments about her music at the event, just hours before she was slated to perform.FULL ENTRY
First we take Manhattan. Twin Shadow, the stage name of former local George Lewis Jr. will premiere a new music video on a jumbo screen in New York's Times Square on June 18, followed by a live performance, according to Pitchfork.
The event is part of Artists Wanted's Art Takes Times Square initiative. Twin Shadow's peppy single, "Five Seconds," is a cut from the upcoming sophomore release "Confess," due out July 10. Take a listen below:FULL ENTRY
Opera quartet Il Divo is in Boston for a two-night stand at the Wang Theatre June 2-3. The group, which has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and released the album "Wicked Game" in 2011, is in the middle of a world tour. You can get more information about the Boston shows and the rest of the tour here.
On May 31, Divo member David Miller answered questions from fans in a live chat on Boston.com. Press replay to check out what he said!
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"I Feel Love," one of the disco-era hits of the late Boston-bred diva Donna Summer, is one of 25 sounds saved by the Library of Congress. "Purple Rain" by Prince, "Green Onions" by Booker T and the M.G.'s, " and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio are also among the 2011 National Recording Registry inductees.FULL ENTRY
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Dorchester native and hit-making singer Donna Summer has died of cancer at 63. In memory, take a look at the singer's past performances and read past Globe coverage of the disco icon.
As if losing the third member of their crew wasn't enough, the Beastie Boys have been slapped with a lawsuit.
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YouTube sensation Rebecca Black is trying to extend her 15 minutes of fame with her new summery single "Sing It."
[Saturday night, Boston-based band Mean Creek finished up their US tour with Counting Crows, and band members have been offering a glimpse of life on stage and in the van on the band's biggest tour yet. Read the first post from bassist Erik Wormwood about returning to Boston, a second installment from drummer Mikey Holland about Foxwoods and Atlantic City, a check-in from the south by singer and guitarist Chris Keene, and some thoughts heading into the final show from Holland. Below, singer-guitarist Aurore Ounjian follows up with this wrap-up on the drive home.]
Justin Bieber's YouTube domination continues.
"Boyfriend," the latest visual offering from the teen megastar, broke a YouTube record just a day after hitting the site, racking up more than 8 million views within 24 hours. As of Monday, May 7, the clip has notched a three-day tally of more than 17 million views.FULL ENTRY
[Tonight, Boston-based band Mean Creek finish up the final leg of their US tour with Counting Crows, and band members are offering a glimpse of life on stage and in the van on the band's biggest tour yet. Read the first post from bassist Erik Wormwood about returning to Boston, a second installment from drummer Mikey Holland about Foxwoods and Atlantic City, and then a check-in from the south by singer and guitarist Chris Keene. Holland follows up with this dispatch from the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga., where the band played Friday night.]FULL ENTRY
Hip-shaking Colombian vixen Shakira is back with a visual to the merengue-inflected "Addicted To You," from her latest album "Sale El Sol." The Anthony Mandler-directed clip was shot in California, and it's a lot of Shak shaking it in skin-baring looks and getting steamy in a bath.
Check it out below, and then tell us what you think.
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James Reed is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Perry is the Globe's Scene & Heard columnist, covering local music.
Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.
Julian Benbow is a staff writer at the Boston Globe, covering sports and music.
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