Music Videos You Have to See: The iHeartRadio Music Festival 2012 Edition

With this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival a little over a month away, I thought I would give a rundown on the artists that will be performing.  The already sold-out festival is boasting an extensive line-up of who’s who in the music industry.   Tickets went on sale on July 14th and sold out in eight minutes. Continue reading “Music Videos You Have to See: The iHeartRadio Music Festival 2012 Edition”

Coldplay Featuring Rihanna “Princess of China” Music Video

Finally the music video for one of my favorite songs off of Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto album, “Princess of China”, was released over the weekend and it is stunning.  Love the part where Rihanna and Chris Martin are on their knees facing each other.

Thoughts About the 54th Grammy Awards

Before I go into my thoughts about last night’s Grammys, I wanted to make a major criticism to CBS and the Grammy Association itself.  Those of us who are music and pop culture bloggers on the west coast had to wait three hours behind the east coast to see the telecast of the Grammys.  It made it very difficult to tweet or blog about who was performing or who won what when the east coast knew three hours before we did.  It’s not like it couldn’t be shown at the same time as the east coast.  I have seen it done with other award shows.  Now that I got that complaint off my chest on to the show itself:

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Grammy Performances Scheduled for Awards Show on Sunday

Just announced this morning at 7:45 am PST, the Beach Boys will reunite on the Grammy stage and perform with pop/rock groups Foster the People and Maroon 5.  This will be the first time that the Beach Boys have performed live together in over twenty years.  Also scheduled to perform is The Civil Wars, Diana Krall, Joe Walsh, Nicki Minaj, and more.

One of the most anticipated performances is British band Coldplay and R & B superstar Rihanna, who will perform “Princess of China” from Coldplay’s new album Mylo Xyloto.

GLEE- “Yes/ No” Episode Review

Glee returned this week with what is being heralded as the best episode yet.  The episode appropriately titled “Yes/ No” gave us two proposals, another character who got married before this episode, and an interesting look into the inner thoughts of a well-loved character with the voice of Helen Mirren.  Spoilers ahead after the jump. Continue reading “GLEE- “Yes/ No” Episode Review”

Review of Coldplay’s New Album, Mylo Xyloto

On Monday, October 24, Coldplay’s follow-up to Viva La Vida was released in stores.  The album is called Mylo Xyloto and it is 44 minutes of bliss.  Mylo Xyloto opens with the title track which is 42 second-long instrumental piece that leads into the first song on the album, “Hurts Like Heaven”.  I, like so many other Coldplay fans, feel to have the whole effect of “Hurts Like Heaven” you have to listen “Mylo Xyloto” as well.  “Hurts Like Heaven” is one of those songs that makes you want to dance and once you learn the words sing it out loud.  Aside from the first two singles of this album, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” and “Paradise” respectfully, other great songs on this album include “Charlie Brown”,  “Up in Flames”,  “Up With the Birds”, and the next single from Mylo Xyloto, “Princess of China” featuring Rihanna.

Rihanna’s New Video “Man Down”

Rihanna once again is at the center of controversy.  This time the 23-year-old singer has the Parents Television Council foaming at the mouths over her latest video single, “Man Down”.  The video starts out with a busy public square which I assume is in the Barbados, the country Rihanna is from.  The focus turns to Rihanna holding a revolver and firing it at a man.  The man dies there in the square and the video goes into playing the song revealing the events that led to Rihanna killing this man.  Rihanna sings, “What started out as a simple altercation turns into a real sticky situation.”  What Rihanna is referring to in the song, which we see in the video, is that she innocently flirts with a guy and he ends up raping her.  After “Man Down” premiered on BET, the Parents Television Council released a statement saying that the video “gives retaliation in the form of premeditated murder the imprimatur of acceptability.”  While Rihanna did not comment to the press directly, she did make statements on her Twitter account

I honestly love the video and think it is one of Rihanna’s best videos to date.  The problem with the Parents Television Council is that they are a group of conservative Christians that think a lot of issues such as homosexuality, teenage sexuality, etc should be swept under the rug and never talked about.  The reality is that one way or another kids find out about these issues and sometimes it’s after the fact.  In all honesty even though murder is never the answer when it comes to sexual assault, that’s not the point of the video.  Rihanna presented that scenario to open dialogue on sexual assault.  One of the tweets that Rihanna put on Twitter states it best, “We’re strong innocent fun flirtatious vulnerable, and sometimes our innocence can cause us to be naive! We always think it could NEVER be us, but in reality, it can happen to ANY of us!”

Pop Culture Week in Review 5/22-5/27/2011

Well I thought I would try something different.  This week has been great for both me and pop culture.  So many things have happened this week that it’s necessary to do a week in review article.

First off,  Sunday was the Billboard Music Awards here in Las Vegas, and I was down there at the white carpet taking pictures.  I have to say even though I wish I could have been there inside the MGM Grande Arena to watch the show, seeing some the best performances on television was the next best thing.

  How amazing was Beyonce?  This woman is unstoppable force.

Rihanna and Britney Spears’ performance was unbelievable.  The thing that I loved most about this performance was that the general public knew that Rihanna would be performing but the producers kept it a secret that Britney was going to perform.  Here in Vegas we found out that this was the case the day before when a pic of Britney onstage with Rihanna during rehearsals was leaked.

  Before I saw this performance, I never cared to even check into Nicki Minaj’s music but after seeing her on the white carpet and seeing this performance made me at least have an appreciation for her as artist and a fan of her song “Super Bass”.

  She is freaky to watch but I want to see what her facial expressions are going to be throughout the video.

On Monday, Lady Gaga’s second album was released.  You can read my review here.  Also released on Monday was Glee, The Music Vol. 6 with the original songs from the season finale, “Pretending” and “Light Up The World”.

These songs were even better than the songs they did for Regionals. 

On Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey ended her 25 year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.  Mind you I am not a big fan of Oprah.  I do not dislike her but I was never really into her show.  Needless to say that she has had a huge impact on pop culture.  Jimmy Kimmel did a hilarious take on her farewell to her fans.

Finally today after two weeks in a coma, Jeff Conaway best known for both his role as Kenickie in “Grease” and from the television “Taxi” died today.  Conaway, who was 60, was put into a medically induced coma after a case of pneumonia and too many prescribed drugs.   He was taken off of life support yesterday.