Katy Perry is unhappy with Australia. Perry was in Sydney over the weekend for her Prismatic World tour, when she was trying to take a "quiet walk" to the beach when she was hounded by the paparazzi who wanted shots of her in her bathing suit. She tweeted long rant in response, saying Aussie photographers have "no respect, no integrity, no character. NO HUMANITY." It only went on from there, as she posted pictures of her "stalkers" i.e. the lovely paparazzi and singled out one of them Jamie Fawcett in particular, who she alleges took nude photos of her while naked. She said she has pictures of his "tiny penis" and "large gut." Can you hear her roar?
There was a reason why you didn't see Lily Allen in the star-studded 30th anniversary reboot of the Band Aid charity single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" The song featured all the British famouses, from Sam Smith to One Direction. Noticeably absent were Adele (who isn't responding to her manager) and Allen. The singer received an invitation, but turned it down. "It’s difficult to explain why I didn’t do it without sounding like a complete ****," she told the Daily Mail. "I prefer to do my charitable bit by donating actual money and not being lumped in with a bunch of people like that." She went on, "It’s like the success club and I'm not really in that club. I don't think I’m above it all — I'm way below it — but there’s something a bit smug about it." As for Sir Bob Geldof, she's chill with him, because he doesn't care and is "grumpy" like her. Happy holidays!
You may have heard that Beyoncé dropped two singles, "7/11" and "Ring Off," in anticipation of her repackaged — sorry, platinum — album Beyoncé set to go on sale Monday. And last night, Bey released a lo-fi music video for "7/11." She cavorts in her underwear with her gal pals and parties with red Solo cups. It's all very casual, if casual were extremely well put together and edited for extreme precision. Beyoncé!
Beyond the Lights is a deft, gorgeous movie," writes Vulture's Bilge Ebiri. "For all its honesty, it’s never slow, and for all its criticism of the music industry, it’s never finger-wagging." It's true — writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood's movie manages to fully evoke our current moment of pop music without directly targeting any one real-life personality. But as you watch, it's difficult not to feel the strange feeling that you might have heard pieces of these stories before. Here are our guesses as to the movie's real-life influences.
Would you like to sip wine with Zayn? How about go ice-skating with Harry? A long drive with Louis? Visit a carnival with Liam? Play Jenga by a warm fireplace with Niall? Well, today's your lucky day. The boys have crafted the perfect emotional weapon to further ensnare their hysterical fans: a first-person music video. And despite the twist ending(s), I'd totally suffer the vomit and sprained ankles for one of these dream dates. (Specifically the Harry one, if he'd be into dating a blogger.)
Ty Herndon has been telling people he's gay for decades, but this week, he finally told People. "I'm an out, proud and happy gay man," the country star tells the magazine. Herndon says he's been out to friends and family for a long time but was inspired by a Tony Robbins seminar to come out publicly. He hopes that his announcement "could help someone's son or daughter or grandchild's life not be as difficult as mine has been."
If your town is bigger than Peoria, there's a steady chance that Chvrches has swung by a few times in the past two years: The Scottish trio has been touring steadily in support of debut album The Bones of What You Believe since early 2013. In between concerts, though, the band still found time to contribute a new song, "Dead Air," to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack, which was personally curated by Lorde herself. Vulture caught up with the band the day they played VH1's You Oughta Know concert to discuss what makes a great soundtrack song, how they've been dealing with online misogyny, and which of them would survive an actual Hunger Games.
Interpol, those black-clad avatars of downtown cool, is currently trapped in a harrowing tale of survival. For two days now, the band's tour bus has been snowbound in the deadly blizzard that dumped four feet of snow on western New York. Interpol was on the way to play a show in Toronto, but that gig has obviously been canceled. The good news is the members are all alive and tweeting.
"711" is one of two new songs on the Beyoncé boxed set coming next month, but you can hear 30 seconds of it right now. The leaked clip is harder than anything on the original album, save maybe "Flawless": Bey brags about "flexin' while my hands up," and other assorted signs of self-confidence. We'll have to wait for the full version to get the verse about Taquitos.
I'm assuming you don't get the Foo Fighters, either. The popularity. The Grammys. Those teeth. Dave Grohl is a likable enough guy. He's been through a lot, of course, and carried himself with relative dignity. But I don't understand the Foo Fighters. I've got their albums and seen them live, but the sound they purvey — a sort of pop-thrash, with lyrics that struggle to convey meaning — remains indistinct. Their commercial and industry appeal? A mystery.
Hatsune Miku, one of Japan’s most famous pop stars, has been 16 for the past seven years. She wears her cascading aquamarine hair in pigtails that skim the ground when she dances, and according to stats offered up on her record company’s website, she stands five-two and weighs about 93 pounds. She has opened for Lady Gaga, collaborated with Pharrell, and sung more than 100,000 songs, dabbling quite literally in every genre imaginable. If you’ve heard of her, you’ve probably heard her described as a “hologram”; maybe you’ve also heard people say she doesn’t exist. But both of these are the kind of misnomers that are liable to send her legions of die-hard fans — and there are 2.5 million of them on Facebook — into cardiac arrest. (Don’t even think about calling her a cartoon.) She is, depending on whom you ask, a harbinger of a radically collaborative future in pop music or a holographic horsewoman of the apocalypse. Indeed, last month, shortly after she made her much-discussed American-network debut on The Late Show With David Letterman and shortly before her two headlining shows at the Hammerstein Ballroom, a New York Times headline wondered, “Does Hatsune Miku’s Ascent Mean the End of Music As We Know It?”
Every week, members of the Vulture staff will highlight their favorite new songs. They might be loud, quiet, long, short, dance-y, rawkin', hip, square, rap, punk, jazz, some sort of jazz-punk-rap fusion — whatever works for the given person in that given week. Read our picks below, and please tell us yours in the comments.
After being robbed (robbed!) of an Oscar nomination for her Great Gatsby contribution, "Young and Beautiful," Lana Del Rey will hopefully try once again with the title song from Tim Burton's upcoming Big Eyes. Along with an end-credits track called "I Can Fly," "Big Eyes" will indeed appear in the film — according to The Hollywood Reporter, "Del Rey’s ballad fit perfectly ... over two mostly dialogue-free scenes that in earlier cuts sported [Danny] Elfman’s orchestration." See you at the Oscars!
When we first saw the track list for the Lorde-curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack, we wrote, “Lorde's Mockingjay Soundtrack Is Very Lorde.” Now that the soundtrack is out, we can confirm we were super-right. It could only be more Lorde if the soundtrack were just Pure Heroine with all the nouns changed to Katniss, bow, and arrow. We have ranked the soundtrack’s 14 songs by Lorde-ness, from least Lorde to most Lorde. Who will be No. 1? Will it be Lorde? The odds are definitely in her favor. (Listen to all the songs below.)
With the release of their new album Four, One Direction is making deliberate strides towards shedding their "boy band manufactured by Simon Cowell after being voted out of X Factor" image. But as Paul Rudd's fanatic adult Directioner character Dan Charles on Saturday Night Live illustrates, we Directioners are not so quick to forget: The 1D fandom is infamous for (among other things) its all-or-nothing attitude regarding the band's origin stories. You either know Niall's a natural blond or you're shamed on your way out the door, dummy. But now you don't have to be a dummy. Here is everything you need to know in order to catch you up on the U.K.'s most delicious export since gravy.
While visiting Sesame Street, One Direction adapted their "What Makes You Beautiful" to be about not just you, but also the letter U — apparently U is quite "useful." From utensils to udon to underpants, it's really refreshing to hear that utility is valued by the boys of 1D.
U2's Songs of Innocence continues to be full of surprises: Ten weeks after the album appeared in everyone's iTunes libraries, the band announced Films of Innocence, a series of short videos for every song on the album. Everyone wants to be Beyoncé these days! Unlike Beyoncé's Beyoncé, though, these aren't music videos in the traditional sense. Instead, they're experimental films showcasing the work of U2's favorite street artists; the band says they were inspired by the political murals of northern Ireland. Those murals look like this, but judging by the trailer below, these films will be less aggressive.
Expected songs on the Annie soundtrack: "Hard Knock Life," "Maybe," "Tomorrow." Unexpected songs on the Annie soundtrack: "Little Girls (2014 Film Version)," a Miss Hannigan redemption song ("Who Am I"), and a duet by Beck and Sia. That last one, called "Moonquake Lake," is an original song from the pair — a mellow track laced with ukulele and childrens' voices. Where it'll fit into the movie? Who knows! Perhaps Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx's Daddy Warbucks) will take Annie on a tropical vacation.
The future is here, assuming you had a very limited imagination of what the future might entail. Today Uber and Spotify announced a partnership, which will allow customers to control the music playing in their Uber cars. Available in London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, and Toronto starting on November 21, Spotify Premium users who sync their accounts will be able to pick music from any of their playlists to play over the car's sound system. If you pick a playlist ahead of time, it will automatically play when you get into the Uber. If that sounds like heaven, you’re probably not an Uber driver.
Any interview with a Smith offspring is a joy, but a joint interview with T Magazine that answers the question, "So is the hardest education the unlearning of things?" That's a blessing. There is so much to learn from Jaden and Willow and their Zen gibberish, like how to deal with the passing of time ("I can make it go slow or fast, however I please, and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist") and the entire circle of life. Here's how it works: