Drake turns 28 today, so last night, after making a surprise guest appearance with his OVO Sound artist PartyNextDoor at legendary New York rap venue SOB’s, he headed to Dave & Buster’s in Times Square for his birthday party. As Fader points out, there he did Bobby Shmurda’s trademark Shmoney Dance while wearing a very Drake-ish sweater in the company of ILoveMakonnen, Rita Ora, and Mack Wilds. Watch video of Drake joining PartyNextDoor on “Recognize” (he shows up about three minutes in), then check out various Vines and Instagrams from his birthday party.
So far Pink Floyd have shared one song from farewell album The Endless River, “Louder Than Words.” The latest teaser video with David Gilmour and Nick Mason doesn’t reveal an entire track, but there are snippets of several unreleased songs. They also talk about the making of the album and how they didn’t want to alter the original 20-year-old sessions at first but eventually gave into their desire to keep creating. Check it out.
Morrissey’s latest True To You monologue includes a takedown of the venues he played on tour in Rome and Milan (“both abysmal — Milan quite shockingly abysmal”), but it’s more positive than your average Moz bitch-sesh. He also expresses an “over-emotional thanks” for those who attended his shows in Italy, Spain, and Portugal: “It has been fantastic for us, and it brings a new sense of accomplishment for which, again and again, we thank you.” He has kind words for the press in Spain and Italy and seems very excited that somebody finally invited him on TV to promote World Peace Is None Of Your Business.
Whoops, you’re right. I got my Mels mixed up.
Sorry, guys. There was a quick turnaround for this, but that’s no excuse for typos. I think they’ve all been corrected now.
As noted in the edit above, I neglected to mention that Lindsey Stirling got extremely popular by playing classical violin over top of dubstep beats. IMO Clean Bandit is way better than this bullshit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI
Ugh, thanks. That’s fixed now.
Adjusting that now. Sorry for the misprint; we got faulty information.
You’re right, and that would definitely fit with the climate change motif I’m picking up.
That’s fair. I should have noted that she doesn’t really have much competition. La Roux was OK. Elusive Chanteuse was OK. Ariana Grande’s album was strong — better than Mariah’s IMO, even if Mariah’s had more character. Love “Chandelier” but didn’t really care for Sia’s album. Shakira had at least one great single (“Empires”) but her album was stuffed with so much filler. Sheezus was more interesting to me conceptually than as actual music. If we’re expanding this beyond female pop stars, I probably need to spend some time with 5 Seconds Of Summer’s LP as I wrote on them when they only had an EP out. Sam Smith’s album was not what I hoped it would be. Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” is growing on me, but c’mon, Ed Sheeran did not make the year’s best pop album. Loved the Bleachers album, which I covered in this column, but I wouldn’t classify it as “pop” in the same sense as the rest of these. I continue to ride for Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, which I think ranks with their best work, so I guess that puts them in this conversation. Beyoncé wipes the floor with Tove’s album, but yeah, it’s a 2013 release.
It’s kind of crazy to think about someone paying hard-earned money for a new Train album, but then again I’m kind of surprised it didn’t debut at #1.
They do literally wear blue collars there