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‘Age Has No Expiration Date’ Is the New ‘Blurred Lines,’ Says Pharrell in New Music Video

Despite the song's persistence, Pharrell is moving steadily away from a "Blurred Lines" past and toward a future that looks more like a Dove commercial. In a good way! The video for "Come Get It Bae" has Pharrell "shooting" a slew of diverse ladies ... And then hanging out a bit with Miley. It's a little confusing, but the idea here is that Pharrell wants to you to know that he loves women in a positive way. He also wants you to learn what bae means. (It means "before anyone else," i.e., it's a term of endearment. Use at will!)

A Comprehensive History of Jay Z and Beyoncé’s Relationship

With divorce rumors swirling around Jay Z and Beyoncé, it looks like the unthinkable might actually happen: Everybody’s favorite powerhouse duo may be headed for splitsville. Then again, it’s always been hard to tell what’s going on with the Carters. From the very start of their relationship, the two have been remarkably cryptic about their private life, managing to keep their most intimate aspects of their life sealed away despite being one of the world’s most talked-about couples. In honor of the epic saga that is Bey and Jay, Vulture takes a look back at the musical icons’ entertaining history together, beginning when she was Destiny’s Child’s front woman and Jay Z still had his hyphen, and charting their many collaborations (e.g., "Bonnie and Clyde," "Drunk in Love"), the birth of Blue, the infamous elevator video, and onward, toward their now-uncertain future.

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  • Posted 7/23/14 at 11:48 AM
  • Charts

Weird Al Conquers Billboard Charts After Conquering the Internet

To be fair, he did say it was mandatory. After a 12,000-year career, Weird Al finally has his first No. 1 record with Mandatory Fun. Maybe even more amazing is that with 104,700 copies, this is the most albums he's ever sold in a week. Fun is also the first comedy album to top the charts since 1960's The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart. "How did this happen?" you might ask if you were under a rock last week or simply on vacation. Al owned the internet and, apparently, you can buy things on the internet nowadays. Weird has said in press that this will possibly be his last record ever, as his contract is up and he instead will focus on making more timely one-off parodies. The man is going out on top. It is literally the best thing ever to happen to someone with curly hair in the summer.

Jack White Did Not Have Fun at the Cubs Game

There's a lot of stuff Jack White likes: hand-crafted vinyl, the blues of Son House, covers of early-2000s hip-hop anthems. One thing Jack White apparently does not like? Baseball games — or that's what this jumbotron capture from Tuesday night's Cubs-Padres game at Wrigley field would suggest. Seriously, what's wrong, Jack? Cheer up! The Cubs are up 6-0! Did you see a member of the Black Keys in the crowd? Were there too many people taking photos with their cell phones? It's going to be okay, we promise.

8 Best New Songs of the Week

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. Enjoy!

"It's like sunny California music by people who are wary of warm weather." »

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Song Might Be As Bad As the Movie

Welp, Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finally got its flashy end credits song, and ... I don't know. "Shell Shocked" is a wall of noise, with Juicy J hogging all the cringey TMNT references ("All my brothers tryna get some cheddar / We all want our cut like the Shredder"). Although it must be said that Ty Dolla $ign does mention pizza.

  • Posted 7/22/14 at 1:19 AM
  • Covers

Jack White Covered Jay Z’s ‘99 Problems’

After covering Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" in Dublin earlier this month, Jack White is showing some love to the other half of the Watch the Throne duo, teasing Jay Z's "99 Problems" during a performance of "Icky Thump" at Louisville's Forecastle Festival (starting at around 3:00). Is it too much to ask for a "Pretty Hurts" rendition next?

  • Posted 7/21/14 at 3:00 PM
  • Boyhood

Ethan Hawke’s Real-Life Boyhood Graduation Gift Is the Most Wonderful

In Boyhood, Richard Linklater's opus to male adolescence and Texas, Ethan Hawke's character gives his son a homemade mix CD — "The Black Album," a compilation of the best work of John, Paul, George, and Ringo post-Beatles — as a graduation gift.  Turns out Hawke gave his real-life daughter Maya the very same gift. As Hawke writes in the real liner notes (posted on BuzzFeed) and pretty much says this in the film: "When you mix up their work, though, when you put them side by side and let them flow — they elevate each other, and you start to hear it: T H E B E A T L E S."

Read the rest of the very sweet, very thoughtful liner notes on BuzzFeed. (And get that tracklist!)

Robyn and Röyksopp’s Video for ‘Do It Again’ Is Fun, Yet Kind of Terrifying

Nothing says summer like Scandinavia, which is why Robyn and Röyksopp's Do It Again EP's May release was perfectly timed. Today double-R released the sprawling, dynamic video for the title track. Shot around Mexico, it shows partying going so right and so wrong, all at the same time and all in black and white. Robyn herself isn't in the video much — she periodically flashes onscreen in a fury of dance moves. Still, we'll take it!

Kim Kardashian’s Many Skills, Explained by Kanye West

In this morning's GQ Q&A with Kanye West, we learned so many things about dinosaurs and blowfish — but we also learned just how much Kanye adores his new bride. Is it her beauty? Sure. Her fame? Clearly. But what Kanye feels most strongly about are her skills: "In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period." And where else would you be able to learn some Kim K skills (without having to marry her): Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. So we added some of Kanye's greatest Kim musings right into the game; they are easily digestible and way less expensive than adopting a pet.

Weird Al Parodies Crosby, Stills, & Nash and Inane Corporate Speech

Sometimes Weird Al's parodies are more general, capturing the pastiche of an artist as opposed to a specific song. This weekend's Pixies send-up, "First World Problems," is an example of this. Another is today's "Mission Statement," which is done in the style of Crosby, Stills, & Nash's “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” but instead makes the song about meaningless corporate mumbo-jumbo. It's the perfect soundtrack for your next trust-fall exercise. (Currently, you can only watch the video over on The Wall Street Journal's page. You can go there, or just listen to the song below.)

Kanye West’s Next Album Might Come in September

In a rare moment of concession, Kanye West admits that he doesn't think he's the King of Rap right now. Drake is, he tells GQ's Zach Baron in a Q&A  so filled with perfect Kanye-isms that it can barely be broken down (although here we are, trying): "Yeah. He got last summer. And I'd never given it up till last summer ... It's a real question for me. Do I want to?" And while you should probably read the entire thing, here are some of the important things to know:

I don't have fangs. I'm a porcupine. I'm a blowfish. »

Weird Al Makes Fun of Celebrity Name-droppers in ‘Lame Claim to Fame’

It's day seven of Weird Al Week (which has already brought us parodies of "Happy," "Blurred Lines," "Royals," and "Fancy"), and we have a song in the style of the more obscure Southern Culture on the Skids. Shot as a stop-motion pop-up book, Weird Al lays claim to all the ways "he" is marginally famous: He threw up in an elevator with Christian Slater; he shares the same birthday as Kim Kardashian (we looked it up: not true). The best line? "I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows guy who knows Kevin Bacon."

Weird Al Has a Bunch of ‘First World Problems’ in His Latest Video

What, you thought Weird Al Week would take a break during the weekend? Following his parodies of "Happy," "Blurred Lines," "Royals," and "Fancy," we have another Weird Al original: "First World Problems," a tune produced in the musical style of the Pixies. In the music video, he plays a "douchey character" — hence the blond wig — who whines about everything from people who call instead of texting to the thread count of his sheets. We can't embed the video because it's on lockdown over at Pop Crush, so you'll have to head there to watch it. First world problems indeed.

Mobb Deep Brings It Back Home

A few hours before their “homecoming” concert in Queensbridge Park last Thursday night, Prodigy and Havoc, the two halves who make up the whole of the rap group Mobb Deep, were philosophizing as to why “The QB,” which is what the giant public-housing project adjacent to the park is often called, has produced so many hip-hoppers. It is a roster that includes the great Nas, Capone (of Capone-N-Noreaga), Marley Marl, Roxanne Shanté, and Mobb Deep itself, whose 1995 album The Infamous is considered a classic of hard-core urbanity, a formidable East Coast response to Dr. Dre’s immortal Cali-based The Chronic. The QB’s fecundity was a product of “time, space, and motion,” said Prodigy, the erstwhile boy genius who, like his equally diminutive partner (neither tops five foot six), turns 40 this year. Much is owed to the Queens housing project’s sheer size, said Prodigy; it was the biggest one not only in New York City but in the entire country. But more than that was “the location.”

The Queensbridge of 2014 is a very different place than it was in '95. »

What Would It Look Like If Danny Trejo Were in the Band Train?

Do you think Danny Trejo thought he was auditioning for Snowpiercer, a movie about a train, when he was actually auditioning to lip-synch a Train song in a Train music video? I know that's a stretch, but I really can't think of a better explanation as to why I'm sitting here watching Danny Trejo lip-synch these Train lyrics. (Also, is there not a more Train-sounding song title than "Angel in Blue Jeans"?)

Weird Al Sets Sights on Your College Marching Band

After having fun with Pharrell, Robin Thicke, Lorde, and Iggy Azalea, Weird Al now has his sights set on sports — not the Huey Lewis and the News record, but like school-football fight songs. In this video, Weird leads a marching band in a pretty damn verbose cheer. This isn't a parody of anything in particular, if you were wondering if there was an odd Miley Cyrus deep cut you've never heard.

Newly Unearthed Video Shows Kanye Rapping Back in 1996

Here's a video, unearthed today, of a fresh-faced, 19-year-old Kanye West performing at a store-opening party for record store and underground hip-hop hub Fat Beats. Back in 1996, Kanye was just a fledgling Chicago emcee, but there's clearly a lot of confidence and raw talent on display here (highlight: "Rhymes for low fare/Flying out of O'Hare/While these no-name ass n-ggas wanna go there") and the crowd seems pretty entranced by his performance. Do you think they knew, somewhere deep down, that Yeezy season was approaching?

12 Songs Weird Al Yankovic Should Have Parodied, and How He Could Have Done It

After four days and four perfect parodies from Weird Al, it's hard not to want more. And then you listen to "NOW That's What I Call Polka" off his new record, Mandatory Fun, and you are like, "This is how you're going to do 'Get Lucky'? Come on!" We know that every Weird Al record has a mix of direct parodies, style parodies, and a polka medley, but when you are as good at it as he is, it's hard not to be frustrated occasionally by how he chooses to tackle certain things. Here is a list of a dozen songs we wish he’d done, and our unsolicited suggestions for how he could've done them. Lots of food puns!

Katy Perry's "Roar" becomes "Snore." »

  • Posted 7/17/14 at 2:45 PM
  • Snubs

2014 VMA ‘Snubs,’ or Honoring Good Music Videos That Didn’t Get Nominations

You're crazy if you think the MTV VMAs have anything to do with actual music videos, but a nod for Video of the Year is still one that most pop stars crave. So surely there's space not only to recognize the work of Beyoncé and Eminem, but also to remember the videos from last year that were actually quite good? We won't go all Kanye on you, but here are some suggestions:

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