Paramedics rushed iconic folk musician Joni Mitchell to the hospital Tuesday, after receiving a 911 call from her home, TMZ was first to report. Mitchell's official website confirmed that she was hospitalized, writing on Twitter, "We are awaiting official word on her condition and will post it here as soon as we know." A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson told Vulture that paramedics responded to a medical emergency on Mitchell's Bel Air street earlier this afternoon. TMZ's sources said Mitchell, 71, was found unconscious, and is being treated in an intensive care unit. There has been no word on what caused the incident, but the site describes her condition as "quite serious." Most recently, the artist was busy promoting her four-disc compilation set, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced.
Janelle Monáe, android queen and James Brown reincarnated, has a new compilation EP coming out for her own label (because she's that much of a boss), which means we're finally getting new music from her. Forget Kanye's "The New Workout Plan": Next time you're in a Bikram yoga session, about one more warrior pose away from fainting, bump Monáe's "Yoga" and get empowered by lines like, "you cannot police me, so get off my areola," and kill it! Can NBC just use this as Monáe's audition for Dorothy or Glinda in The Wiz live musical and call it a day?
Justin Bieber did a pretty good job at his roast, which aired last night — reacting gracefully to jokes about his juvenile antics and "lesbian" haircut. He smiled, he laughed, he even stood up at the end and gave a good delivery of his own set of missives — no doubt written with the help of a comedian. (Bieber would never, ever have come up with the word dais on his own.) But he made it through the night barely letting any anxiety or insolence show. Impressive, considering this was just one pit stop on the Justin Bieber Apology Tour currently making its way around our media landscape. Bieber and his team know that the "little shit" reputation has gone too far, and now that he's gone three years without a new (official) album, that's the Bieber everyone sees — the egg-throwing, bucket-pissing, bar-brawling, King Joffrey Justin Bieber.
In the early '00s, the band Death Cab for Cutie became synonymous with a sort of muted adolescent angst. Lead singer Ben Gibbard, whose gentle voice lends a childlike quality to the music, often used opaque lyrics to capture the mystifying passions of young love. The new Death Cab for Cutie album, Kintsugi, is somewhat of a departure. Gibbard's lyrics are more direct and authoritative. It's an album for adults. That said, at 38, Gibbard looks back fondly at the songs from those early Death Cab years. Vulture spoke with him recently about his favorite tracks from the band’s catalogue. It wasn't easy to pick just one song from each record, he said. "They're all my children," but these are a few of the highlights.
Early Monday morning, a glut of musicians changed their social-media avatars in a show of support for Jay Z and his newly acquired and relaunched streaming service, TIDAL. Artists including Nicki Minaj, Jack White, Madonna, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Beyoncé turned their avatars teal blue and used the hashtag #TIDALforALL to tease Jay Z's TIDAL, which purportedly combines hi-fi sound, hi-def music videos, and expertly curated editorial (whatever that means). "Change your avi in support of what is fair, of what is the future," Minaj wrote on Instagram. "The tides have changed." Jay Z will shed more light on TIDAL at a press conference Monday afternoon at New York's James A. Farley Post Office at 5 p.m. The service, available Monday, offers lossless sound quality for $20 per month, or standard quality for $10 per month. As Pitchfork points out, there's no free plan, but Taylor Swift (ouch, Spotify) and all of the major record labels have deals with TIDAL.
Future released his Monster mixtape way back in October, and an immediate standout was the BMF anthem "Fuck Up Some Commas." Since then, the song has seen major play in (strip) clubs down South and is finally starting to pick up some steam elsewhere. And here's the appropriately cameo-filled, lavish video to match. Copy editors, this one's for you!
Here's a double dose of good news for Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly is his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200; it's also anyone's first time getting the word pimp to the top of the chart. The next-highest-charting album with pimp in its title was Pimp C's Pimpalation (No. 3 in 2006). As Billboard pointed out, the word butterfly is much more well acquainted with the top, thanks to Mariah Carey and Bob Carlisle, which just proves the ancient adage: It's hard out there for pimp.
This is not a drill! Rihanna's new song "Bitch Better Have My Money" is finally here. After a few teases on a mobile app, iHeartRadio has premiered the latest single off her upcoming album (which is still probably called #R8), and it's a slice of ratchet heaven with Rihanna rap-singing lines like "ya wife in the backseat of my brand-new foreign car." It's nice to have you back, RiRi.
To Beach Boys fans, Brian Wilson is a god, but this is not true. Brian Wilson is a songwriting genius and a national treasure, but he’s more like your dad than a god. He's awkward, gracious, loves oldies-but-goodies, doesn’t listen to Kanye West, and really wants his kids to think he’s cool. Vulture caught up with him via phone this week to talk about his 11th solo album, No Pier Pressure, which comes out on April 7, and the upcoming Bill Pohlad–directed biopic, Love & Mercy, starring Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, and Paul Giamatti. He didn’t regale us with legendary anecdotes or throw shade at Mike Love, but he was pretty chill. Here’s our conversation. Pregnant pauses have been deleted.
Many people looked at the Instagram below and figured that Rihanna would be dropping her much-anticipated eighth album tomorrow. However, careful sleuthing revealed that the Frida Kahlo–inspired cover art was actually for Rihanna's new single. Slightly disappointing, but still good! The Braille on the left side reads "Bitch Better Have My Money," a reference to the debut album from early '90s rapper AMG, who just got slightly richer.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction, as announced by the band's official Facebook page. "I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight," he writes, a reasonable follow-up to the recent news that he was dropping out of the band's remaining tour dates. We were right to be worried! Now 1D will lose one fifth of the squad, and they still have to make another album. Their contract with Columbia and Simon Cowell's Syco demands five albums (four of which they have already released) plus one Greatest Hits. More solo time for Louis? Sure, but we're going to miss the dark-haired tenor. Get ready for mass teenage panic.
The average listener probably doesn’t know when he or she hears high-fidelity music. TIDAL, the latest and most expensive streaming service to enter the market, isn’t for the average listener. The company plans to appeal to audiophiles and others by offering lossless, 1,411 kbps, 44.1kHz/16-bit sound, curated editorial features and interviews, commercial-free music videos, a sleek design, and a stamp of approval provided by none other than Jay Z. The problem is, at $19.99 a month, competing against the more well-worn services like Spotify and Rdio, which cost half as much, is going to be difficult.
Elle thankfully asked Ludacris what his favorite New Year's Eve–esque film was (that's the 2011 Garry Marshall flick he appeared in with the likes of Jon Bon Jovi), and without pause (we assume), he went with The Devil Wears Prada. "Come on," Elle questioned, pretty rudely. "I'm dead-ass serious," Luda answered. "I love that movie. It's not even so much a chick flick. It's the definition of a chick flick. It's about a fashion magazine. It's about leadership and focus. That's one of my favorite movies of all time, honestly. Period." Correct answer.
Every year, Knitting Factory/City Winery founder Michael Dorf hosts a tribute concert at Carnegie Hall benefiting music-education programs. And the honoree of this year’s 11th annual show was a true (honorary) New York legend: David Byrne. Featuring performances from the likes of CeeLo, Amanda Palmer, and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, it was a night of yelpy singing, jittery dancing, and at least one comically oversize suit. Here’s a rundown of the night’s highs (high high high high hiiiiighs … sorry) and lows.
In January of last year, Miley Cyrus tweeted a birthday message to Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne. “happy birthday to one of my favorite artists OF alllllll time @waynecoyne,” it read, followed by a string of celebratory emoji. What happened next no one could have imagined: A very unlikely, very bizarre friendship was born. It has been strange — maybe even a little bit creepy — to observe the relationship between Coyne and Cyrus blossom into full-on BFF status. Coyne is 54, 32 years Cyrus’s senior. Fans of both artists have watched with skeptical amusement over the last year. The friendship, while very weird, appears to be the genuine article. Over a year after Cyrus sent that initial tweet, the two pals are still at it, gushing about each other online and during interviews. Earlier this month, Cyrus shared a new video of her singing in the studio, presumably working on the first official full-length Flaming Lips–Miley Cyrus collaboration. Their friendship may be unorthodox, but it was apparently built to last. Here’s a brief timeline charting its odd yet entertaining evolution.
Florence and the Machine have a new album coming out, which means we're currently being gifted with one stunning new video after another. Their latest is for a wrenching new song called "St. Jude," dedicated to the patron saint of lost causes — fitting for a cinematic visual that's a continuation of the band's video for "What Kind of Man." It finds Florence Welch doing some intense soul-searching after parting with a lover. Some stunning imagery coupled with Florence's lovelorn expressive dancing makes for one hell of a tearjerker.
If you heard J. Cole's "G.O.M.D." (off his new album) and immediately thought of a slave uprising, then props to you. In one of the better music videos we've seen this year, Cole takes Kanye's line in "All Day" ("like a light-skinned slave, we in the motherfuckin' house") to literal extremes, playing a house slave who stages a mass rebellion against his owners — with the surprising help of one of massa's daughters. Things don't get nearly as violent as Django, but the revenge is just as sweet.
Jack White surprised Lollapalooza Argentina concertgoers with a Robert Plant duet this weekend, welcoming the Led Zeppelin vocalist onstage to perform "The Lemon Song." The dynamic duo let their pipes wail shoulder-to-shoulder, while White shredded his axe and Plant did his best air guitar. This appearance reportedly marks the first time Plant's performed the song since 1995, but hopefully it won't be the last, as Plant and White are scheduled to appear at Lollapalooza Brazil this weekend. (There's also been talk of the two joining forces for a recording in the near future.) Unrelated side note: It's unclear what Plant says at the end of this clip, but it kind of sounds like "Jack Black and Salmon."