Finally! Some new music from Brit-Brit! The Pop Queen pairs with G-Eazy for a collabo Make Me, released just last night. Burns produces the long-awaited Track which possesses a sense of mystery and danger, aligning with its desert cover art, cooled with its understated vocals and warm harmonies.
We really didn’t have high hopes after the dismal Britney Jean disc, but this is a step in the right direction. More, please.
I have ALWAYS loved Christina Aguilera, but this is just amazing! In addition to treating some incredibly-lucky Fans at Starbucks Rockefeller Centre to free Coffees, Selfies and Autographs last week, she’s promoting her return to NBC‘s The Voice with a bang. Aguilera just appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jimmy Fallon and always out to get us clicking “share”, Fallon had Aguilera play WHEEL OF MUSICAL IMPRESSIONS. You’ll never guess who she had to imitate!!
That was epic! I wonder what Britney is thinking…. Although they totally are Friends. She wouldn’t mind… right? RIGHT??
Aguilera is working with Pharrell on her eighth Album and comes fresh off a Grammy Win for her Collabo with A Great Big World on Say Something.
Kylie Minogue, just how we love her! Two Dance-Pop legends, Giorgio Moroder (Donna Summer, Blondie) + Kylie team together on new Single Right Here, Right Now. Although this sexy Disco isn’t unlike anything we’ve heard before, we do love hearing Kylie connected truly with the Music – the difference between this and some of her more recent work which I’ll be the first to admit hasn’t been on-the-mark, being a true Kylie Fan. She sounds completely at-home and true sign of how a fantastic Producer is capable of bringing out one’s absolute best. Do you believe that Moroder is 74 years old and he will be celebrating this with his new Disc 72 is the New 24, out later this year? The Disc features also Collaborations with Sia, Charli XCX and Britney Spears. We can’t wait!
58 Categories, many, many Winners! The 40th annual People’s Choice Awards were held tonight at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and walking away the night’s big Winner was America’s Sweetheart Sandra Bullock, taking home four Awards as decided by the General Public. The Actress had a super year at the Box Office with two major Hits Gravity and The Heat, both which won Favorite Dramatic Movie and Favourite Comedic Movie respectively. The former earned Bullock a People’s Choice Award in the Category of Favorite Movie Duo along with her Co-Star George Clooney, in addition to wins for Favorite Actress, Favorite Dramatic Actress and Favorite Comedic Actress.
2 Broke Girls Stars Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings hosted the Evening, which saw performances from the likes of Brad Paisley, One Republic and Sara Bareilles and although the two Actresses were nominated for Favourite TV Gal Pals, they lost-out to Rachel & Santana (Lea Michele and Naya Rivera) from Glee.
Toronto was well-represented with Kristin Kreuk winning Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress for her work in Beauty and the Beast. Meanwhile, the Series which is filmed in the City and also Toronto-filmed Reign won Favorite New TV Drama.
Winners tonight were as follows:
Favorite Streaming Series Orange Is the New Black
Favorite Cable TV Drama The Walking Dead
Favorite TV Gal Pals Rachel & Santana (Glee)
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Ian Somerhalder
Favorite Movie Actress Sandra Bullock
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Sandra Bullock
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress Sandra Bullock
Favorite Album The 20/20 Experience (Justin Timberlake)
Favorite Male Artist Justin Timberlake
Favorite R&B Artist Justin Timberlake
Favorite Daytime TV Host(s) Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite New Talk Show Host Queen Latifah
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor Adam Sandler
Favorite Dramatic TV Actor Josh Charles
Favorite Competition TV Show The Voice
Favorite Network TV Drama The Good Wife
Favorite Comedic Movie The Heat
Favorite Cable TV Actress
Favorite On-Screen Chemistry Damon & Elena (The Vampire Diaries)
Favorite Pop Artist Britney Spears
Favorite Comedic TV Actress Kaley Cuoco
Favorite Comedic TV Actor Chris Colfer
Favorite Action Movie Iron Man 3
Favorite Action Movie Star Robert Downey Jr.
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series Sarah Michelle Gellar
Favorite Movie Iron Man 3
Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host
Favorite Movie Actor
Favorite Movie Duo
Sandra Bullock & George Clooney (Gravity)
Favorite Dramatic Movie Gravity
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
Favorite Family Movie Despicable Me 2
Favorite Horror Movie Carrie
Favorite Thriller Movie Now You See Me
Favorite Network TV Comedy The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Stana Katic
Favorite Actor in a New TV Series
Favorite TV Crime Drama Castle
Favorite Cable TV Comedy Psych
Favorite Premium Cable TV Show Homeland
Favorite TV Anti-Hero Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead)
Favorite TV Bromance Sam, Dean & Castiel (Supernatural)
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Beauty and the Beast
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Kristin Kreuk
Favorite TV Movie/Miniseries American Horror Story
With its release only a week away, Britney Spears’ eighth Studio Disc BRITNEY JEAN promises to be the Pop Icon’s most personal Album to date. With a total ten Tracks, boasting Collaborations with the likes of will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas), Sebastian Ingrossi (Swedish House Mafia), Sia, Katy Perry and Toronto’s Richard Vission, the Disc ventures emotionally into darker territory. Its sound ventures deeper into Electronica/House, with Spears continuously taking risks to stay ahead of the curve.
After piquing our interest with first Single Work Bitch, Followup Perfume was a bit of a Headscratcher, I admit. Don’t let that deter you though, It Should Be Easy (ft. will.i.am), Tik Tik Boom (ft. T.I.) and Body Ache positively are hot. Longtime Fans of Spears will miss some of her infectious melodies here with focus placed on Mood, Rhythm and Production. Passenger gives us the slightest semblance of Classic Spears, saved late on the Disc. After much hype, we hear her Collaboration with her younger Sister, Chillin’ With You (ft. Jamie Lynn Spears) which oddly is a hybrid mid-tempo Ballad-meets-Bangerz. Although certainly no Blackout or In the Zone, which in my opinion are Spears at her best, there are a few moments here strong enough to satiate us Fans.
So pretty much most of us were caught off guard by Britney Spears‘ decision to release a Ballad as her Second Single from upcoming Disc, BRITNEY JEAN, following the lukewarm reception to first Single, WORK BITCH.
For the first time in quite a while, we hear Spears actually quite vulnerable and insecure, often portraying a Femme Fatale-esque image in her Music. Here she sings about feeling insecure with the presence of a certain Third Person. She sings, “I put on my Perfume/I want it all over you/I’m gonna mark my territory.”. Having just launched her 13th Fragrance, the Track would appear to be more than perfectly-timed.
Reuniting her with Director Ben Mor, whom she collaborated with on recent Hit Scream & Shout, Pop Princess Britney Spears is ready for her close-up again with the release of her highly-anticipated new Video for Single, Work Bitch.
The Video, which premiered earlier this evening on the CW Network in the U.S., has Spears looking the best she has appeared in quite some time. No stranger to the provocative, Spears is seen dancing seductively in the desert (Spice Girls’ Say You’ll Be There, anyone??) , disciplining her Female Dancers with a whip and gyrating before the headlights of a Convertible.
This certainly is the transitioning to a mature and dangerous Britney, no longer depending on girlish charm, sommersaults and high-impact Choreography to stun her Fans.
See the Video for Work Bitch below:
Spears’ forthcoming as-yet-untitled eighth Studio Disc is set for a December 3, 2013 release via Sony Music Canada.
It’s Britney again, B*tch. One of favourite Pop Princesses, Britney Spears has just released her Dancefloor-geared new Single Work Bitch. Heavy on the speaking and sparse on the Melody, she has one mandate here and that is for you to Work, Bitch! The Production on the will.i.am co-written Track certainly is epic and it is a grand affair but we’re curious to see how the mainstream responds to this, perhaps Spears’ least commercial-sounding Single ever. You?
It’s not officially a Track from her upcoming Disc, but any new Music from Britney Spears always makes our day! With the impending release of The Smurfs 2, comes brand new Dr. Luke-produced Track Ooh La La from its Soundtrack. Happy! Summer!
I’m sure Spears has something delicious lined-up for us soon with her reportedly trying a brand new approach for her next Disc, but this will do for now!
This totally breaks my heart. Back in the late ’90s, my BFF Fran raved to me about an emerging new Artist named Don Philip who was on the same label which brought us Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. I did as told and was taken aback by how catchy his Tracks were – his voice impeccable. I remember eagerly waiting for his Album to come out, but with delay upon delay, the Disc never saw the light of day domestically. On a Student’s budget, I had to rely on a burned copy of the CD to get me by. The Album from the handsome young Crooner did see a release in Asia where he made a bit of a name for himself, but his deserved Fame never came in these parts. He fell off the Pop Radar and I forgot about him completely.
Here are a couple of Philip‘s amazingly catchy Promo Singles. Perfect Pop.
You Make Me Love You
After reflecting upon ’90s Music this weekend, Fran brought-up Philip once again and amidst all the bustle during TIFF last September, I never did get around to watching the first few episodes of the U.S.’s The X Factor. I learned that Philip had auditioned for the Show, but instead of his return being triumphant as hoped, everything went awry. The Singer on-stage wasn’t the gleaming Star I remembered 14 years prior and certainly not the same Guy who partnered with The X-Factor Judge Britney Spears on her debut Disc …One More Time on their Track, I Will Still Love You.
Watching his Audition on YouTube is the most difficult thing as we see Spears‘ face turn from happily supportive to soberingly saddened after realizing the hardships Philip has gone through since they last saw one another and then watching his Audition. Although edited out, he came-out as a Gay Man before the Audience and Judges that day and later made allegations against The X Factor Producers he felt “bullied” him into his admission. Worst of all, Spears had to deliver a rejection to her old Friend and Tour Mate: “I have to say no”. We all remember Spears‘ v. public Breakdown in 2007 and this hits a little too close to home as this could easily have been her today without the Intervention she got.
Watch Philips’ Audition below:
As the Cameras follow Philip off-stage, it becomes apparent that something is terribly wrong as he cries inconsolably, “I never meant to hurt Britney… I’m so sorry Britney“. A quick perusal of his Twitter Timeline to this day reveals perhaps an Obsession of sorts with her, still defining himself primarily in his Bio as having once done a Duet with her.
Philip following his failed Audition, Tweeted that he wishes he sang to her a Song he wrote which was inspired by her called In You. On the Track we hear his Vocals noticeably deteriorated in contrast to his earlier work above.
Even more unsettling is this recent Interview with Philip, where he discusses his Career and new Music. His erratic behaviour distracts from everything he is saying and some might say he exhibits the symptoms of someone who abuses substances. He claims now to feel “free” since outing himself, however if his shaky behaviour is a result of “coming out”, then 10% of North Americans are in serious trouble.
Upon Googling further, an Image Search shows multiple sexually explicit Screen Captures of self-filmed Videos (NSFW) made by Philip. It pains me to see someone who had this much potential and talent, see his own world crumble, yet still fight so hard to keep his dream alive. But like many other talented Artists before him who had false starts or were dropped unceremoniously from their Labels, this is a Reality and a side to Fame we often don’t see after the Spotlight dims and it’s tragic. Philip clearly is battling his own Demons.
Finding happiness sometimes involves recognizing your own shortcomings, recognizing failure and having the bravery to ask for help. Here’s to hoping sincerely that Philip is able to find his balance in life.