Thursday, April 21, 2011

U.S. Soldiers Rock Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" from Afghanistan


Remember when some fun-loving soldiers on duty in the Middle East spent some time giving some lip-sync lovin' to Lady Gaga's "Telephone?" Well, from "somewhere deep in the heart of Afghanistan," another, larger, more creative group of our good men (and women!!!) in arms is back...and this time, they've gone Britney.


There is so much to love about this video: everyone involved (and it's a motley crew...rather easy on the eyes throughout!) has a blast, and it's a blast to watch, from the sassy Hispanic soldier bringing the spice in the opening shots to the "don't fuck with me" sister who feels her boobs under those combat camouflage as she gets a little hay-zaiiee, to the undulating black cadet slithering effortlessly across the dubstep breakdown. Britney herself, class act that she is, was one of the first to post the video and some words of support: "I am in LOVE with this... I always knew our soldiers were fierce! Thanks for everything you guys do..."

These are the folks who are out there fighting these ridiculous wars started by members of a party too wrapped up in keeping gays from getting married and making sure the rich don't pay taxes and brown people don't go to Arizona to bring them the hell back home where they belong. If I go political now, you can hold it against me all you want. I don't want these beautiful, patriotic, brave, amazing Britney-loving Americans out there in that desert one minute longer than they need to be. Bring them home!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Jennifer Lopez feat. Lil Wayne - "I'm Into You" (Single Review)

As career revivals go, Jennifer Lopez is sure pulling off a doozy. Following the gargantuan "duh" decision to sign on as a new judge for American Idol's major post-Simon tenth season remodel, Lopez has stealthily realigned the release of a new studio album that has been in the works for nearly three years (but has stumbled repeatedly over its own "Louboutins"). The Idol-aided retooling of promotion for Love? (out May 3) has been as remarkable as it is unusual, with no fewer than three promotional singles officially hitting digital stores (and one more high-profile, Lady Gaga-penned leak) to date. The kicker: they're all really good: lead single "On the Floor," featuring Pitbull, and this week's new release, "Papi," are a top-notch pair of smash dance hits, both produced by RedOne (his best work to date), and the former has hit the top five of the Hot 100. But my favorite thus far is the sizzling, understated, tremendously sexy Stargate production "I'm Into You," a track that boasts one of the more seductive bass lines of recent months and a feature spot by Lil' Wayne that's not actually a waste.


Friday, April 15, 2011

First Listen: Lady Gaga - "Judas"

Now that Lady Gaga's "new" single "Judas" has grandly premiered, I'll let you all take a listen for a moment.


Lady Gaga - "Judas"

I know. It's a bit much. But if you have a few minutes, read on. Something funny is going on here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Zombies in Wonderland: The Curious Case of Natalia Kills

The music industry is not an especially kind one. It offers a forbiddingly low probability for success, due in part to the vast pool of interested applicants, but exacerbated by its winner-take-all operating structure that artificially limits the available spots in the winner's circle, hedging bets on tried-and-true acts and notoriously resistant to new, untested talent. In such a brutal environment, an artist is exceedingly fortunate to get even one shot at the Mainstream airwaves in a lifetime, much less a second or third chance after being unsuccessful. The rare exceptions to this rule tend to be one of two things: extraordinarily talented, or extraordinarily persistent (talent optional). Natalia Kills is certainly of the latter breed, although the talent question is still subject to ongoing critical debate.

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