Donald Trump has notoriously had some trouble finding rock bands that will let him use their music at his rallies. Alt-rock icons R.E.M. and Blur's Damon Albarn scorned the GOP frontrunner for using their music (R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe said, "Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you – you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign"), but Trump may have found an unlikely ally: Twisted Sister.
Sia has released the next track from her new album This Is Acting (out January 29), which also includes previously released singles "Alive" and "Bird Set Free." Like the best of Sia, "One Million Bullets" is a soaring, production-heavy ballad, and, more importantly, a promise to take a significant amount of firepower to the chest for you — pointedly more than Bruno Mars, who's only willing to tackle a single grenade.
Erykah Badu released her much-anticipated, phone-themed mixtape But You Cain’t Use My Phone (which we were very thankful for) at midnight last night, exclusively via iTunes/Apple Music. Among the desirable 11 tracks is one particular gem: a collaboration with former lover Andre 3000. Titled "Hello," it's Badu's ethereal, dreamy rendition of The Isley Brothers' "Hello It's Me," infused with 3000's rapid-fire raps. Listen above, and enjoy.
One day after Thanksgiving, M.I.A. has unspooled a self-directed, politically charged vid for her latest song, "Borders." The rapper joins throngs of refugees scaling barbed-wire fences and traveling via boat, as she asks: "Borders, what's up with that? Politics, what's up with that? ... Your privilege, what's up with that?"
Soon after dropping the visuals, M.I.A. explained via social media that the topical video, filled with powerful imagery and Busby Berkeley–esque shots, is dedicated to her uncle, who helped her family leave Sri Lanka many years ago:
The holiday season's infamous singing-and-dancing duo is back for another round of Weird Al–style parodies. With the help of Queen Latifah and Eric Nally this time, The Tonight Show crew put festive spins on such hits as Rihanna's "BBHMM," Silentó's "Watch Me," and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's "Downtown," among many, many others (all lyrics available here).
Jones also used her visit to reveal the elusive secret behind successfully pulling off Drake's "Hotline Bling" dance:
"Hello, it's me, Adele," says the record-smashing British superstar singer before bursting into laughter. "I can't even say that anymore." She has a good reason to be excited: Turns out Adele has been "bluffing" us this whole time, and she actually is going on tour ("of course"), and she can't wait to see all of us there. On a video posted to her Facebook, Adele announces her upcoming 2016 tour and impersonates Harry Potter, pointing a wand at all the countries she's going to on her tour to the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Belgium, France, and Holland. You can go to her site and register for advance ticket sales.
Uzo Aduba is a two-time member of Swift's squad, meaning she has felt the most intense love there is in the world twice: "You feel the radiating love from 13-year-olds coming, and 18-year-olds and college students," she explains in the clip above. "I can't even describe [what it feels like]; it's the most intense, amazing feeling." Makes sense — hopefully that fandom transfers over to The Wiz for round three.
Animal Collective Debuts New Album in BWI Airport; Your Great-Aunt Noreen Is Now Way Cooler Than YouBy Nate Jones
Thousands of weary Thanksgiving travelers got instantly hipper on Wednesday when they accidentally became the first people to hear the new Animal Collective album. The Maryland band surprise-released their new album Floridada by playing it over the speakers of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, the 23rd-busiest airport in North America, during the pre-Thanksgiving rush. (The album will come out for everyone else on November 30.) As Matt Baetz, cousin of AmCo's Avey Tare, wrote on Instagram, the album "can be heard best in the bathrooms, some observation areas, pre-security and the big lounge after security." Until 6 p.m. this random airport is the East Coast's hottest club.
After previewing it on Sunday, Vice has released their 26-minute interview with Eagles of Death Metal, the band's first after the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. They go into excruciating detail of the events at Le Bataclan, the venue they were headlining when 89 people were killed. (Warning: There is footage from the attack included.) It's absolutely heartbreaking to hear them recount the night, but it's a must-see.
Bernie Sanders and Killer Mike may have shared fried chicken and yams in Georgia this week, but GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is clearly seeking approval from an even bigger rapper: Drake. In this week's New Yorker, the 44-year-old junior senator from Florida discusses his newfound admiration of rap and hip-hop of the 21st century, specifically Drizzy and fellow Canadian upstart the Weeknd. “It's real genius, and it's a 21st-century ability to take music and use it in a way that motivates people. Some of it is blended with other sounds that are sampled from recordings that others have had in the past, and you see traditional artists being brought in and their voices used in an electronic soundtrack," Rubio told CNN before crediting Drake and the Weeknd as two artists he's been listening to lately who are changing the game.
Adele Says She’ll ‘Probably’ Stream 25 One Day, But Until Then, She’ll Just Keep Performing All of Its SongsBy Dee Lockett
Everyone on Earth has purchased Adele's record-shattering new album (even Joey Fatone!), but because you're anti–pop elitism or just plain cheap, you may have resisted buying it. It's okay, Adele feels your pain. This morning she told the Today show that after withholding 25 from streaming, she'll most likely allow it eventually: "Yeah, probably. I’m certainly not one for spicing things up. I’m just doing what I’ve always done. And 'Hello' is on [streaming] because it's on radio, it's out there." She's already made a step in that direction by putting the album on Pandora, but until it hits other streaming sites, she'll just continue quenching your Adele thirst and keep on performing all the songs you maybe haven't heard yet. (She debuted "Water Under the Bridge" on Fallon the other night.) Here she is, once again, singing the devastating "Million Years Ago" so you all have something to be thankful for.
The music industry can oftentimes make you feel worthless, especially if you're a woman. That's why Charli XCX harnessed her self-proclaimed "pussy power" for a new BBC documentary called The F Word, which aired in the U.K. Tuesday night. It's a 40-minute tour diary that features conversations with dozens of women in music — Marina and the Diamonds, Ryn Weaver, Ella Eyre, and even Jack Antonoff all pop up — that speaks to what it's like being a capital-F feminist while navigating the music business. It's a pretty insightful watch, and you can stream it in full above.
On Tuesday, footage of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014 was released to the public just hours after Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. That night, hundreds of people marched in downtown Chicago to protest the murder of the black teen. One of those protesters included Vic Mensa, the Chicago rapper signed to Jay Z's label, Roc Nation. In a video from the march, Mensa says he "just got hands put on me by police" and "we want justice for Laquan and we want justice for our people."
The sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin double album is finally someone else's property, according to reports. Paddle8, the auction house handling the sale, provided the update Tuesday, noting that a "private American collector" nabbed the piece of music history in May for a nebulous price "in the millions." The project, which has been likened to a unique Picasso original, is now officially the most expensive album ever sold. The buyer and sellers have spent months working out legal protections, which the L.A. Times cites as one of the main reasons for the delay in the news.
Cynthia Robinson, Sly and the Family Stone's co-founder and trumpeter, has succumbed to an ongoing battle with cancer. The news was posted on the musician's Facebook page Tuesday. She was 69. "She covered a lot of ground," Stone saxophonist Jerry Martini told Billboard, of his longtime bandmate. "She was the first female trumpet player and the first African-American trumpet player in [the] Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She wasn't in the back. She was out front telling you to get up and dance to the music."
One day after Grease: Live shared sneak peeks of its star-studded trio, Fox has unspooled the TV special's first teaser. The clip above offers a few more looks at the sleek
Twin Peaks Rydell High cast members, as well as lots of hands-y dance moves (which, believe it or not, are actually kind of tame and unfortunately don't feature any grandstanding cameos from Thing T. Thing from The Addams Family). Expect much more hand jiving (yep, that's it) January 31.
When Don Draper listens to the Beatles on Mad Men, our protean anti-hero doesn’t cue up one of the Fab Four’s biggest hits on his underused turntable. Instead it’s “Tomorrow Never Knows,” Revolver’s psychedelic swan song in which John Lennon sings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead: “Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream,” he urges, “it is not dying.” In the three years since the episode’s airing, more and more of the music world has relaxed and accepted digital streaming (it is not dying, after all), but the Beatles … not so much.
Will the world’s biggest band ever make it to Spotify or Apple Music? A spokesperson for Universal Music, the Beatles’ record company since buying EMI’s recorded-music arm in 2012, directed questions to Apple Corps, the business entity that represents the group’s members and their heirs. Apple Corps CEO Jeff Jones didn’t respond to requests for comment; company veteran Jonathan Clyde said he “can’t comment at all on the subject.” Major streaming services either declined to comment or didn’t reply prior to deadline.
Still, industry insiders predict the singular British act’s catalogue will be available on streaming services, sooner or later. And it will be on the Beatles’ terms. If history is any guide, it will be a phenomenal success.
Every week, members of the Vulture staff highlight the best new music of 2015. If the song is worthy of your ears and attention, you will find it here. Read our picks below, share yours in the comments, and subscribe to the Vulture 2015 Playlist for a comprehensive guide to the year's best music.
This is the year "dabbing" went from burning your mom's house down trying to extract butane honey oil from cannabis to a dance birthed in Atlanta and, according to the irresistibly catchy Atlanta rap group Migos on their new song “Look at My Dab," a style aesthetic, too. (Sample lyric: “Now niggas dabbing / Before it was swagging / Niggas thinking that it’s just a dance / When dabbin’ is a way of fashion.”) So here I am, thinking dabbing is hallucinating on BHO and Cam Newton's end-zone dance, when really it’s about clothes that are potentially inspired by both ...? To find out more, I went to meet the young dab kings of Migos — specifically Quavo and Takeoff, the two members who aren't currently in jail — to talk about the fashion aspect of 2015’s dabbing phenomenon.
It turns out you might not be forced to talk about Justin Bieber's penis this Thanksgiving after all, as TMZ reports that Bieber has pulled out of a series of Thanksgiving events, due to what's only being called "personal reasons." (They also dutifully report that these reasons are "NOT related to drugs or alcohol.") Bieber had been scheduled to appear on Stephen Colbert's Late Show Tuesday night, as well as perform in a pretaped segment during CBS's broadcast of the Thanksgiving Day parade, but it looks like America's favorite holiday will have to go forward without its favorite 21-year-old Canadian.
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