Entries tagged with: Robin Thicke

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a "Twerkbot" in Basement Jaxx 'Never Say Never' video
Basement Jaxx Twerkbot

Women's rights organisations have demanded music industry leaders take heed of criticisms involving "sexist and racist" content in music videos.

The End Violence Against Women Coalition, Imkaan and Object have published a report, called Pornographic Performances, condemning the portrayal of women in pop videos as hyper-sexualised and "endlessly sexually available" objects.

Those who view such videos have been found to have an associated tolerance of racist, sexist and even rape-tolerant attitudes, the research states.

Calvin Harris' Summer, Never Say Never by Basement Jaxx and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines are cited in the report, which is being sent to leading figures in the music industry, as well as media regulators and politicians, with recommendations of change.

The three organisations advocate compulsory age ratings for all music videos, to ensure there is consistency in the regulation of music videos viewed online and on hard copy, as with film.

Sarah Green, of the EVAW Coalition, said: "Some forms of media, such as television and film, are well regulated and our society accepts and supports this. Other forms like music videos are getting away with very little scrutiny and as such seem to be competing for who can most degrade and insult women."

"If the 'creative' people who make them won't stop this, regulators should rein them in and implement age ratings," she added. [IB Times]

The Basement Jaxx video in question can be viewed below...

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New Orleans Jazz

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is returning this year for two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4, at the Fair Grounds Race Course. The lineup was just announced and it includes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Eric Clapton, Public Enemy, Big Freedia, Charles Bradley, Solange, Laura Mvula, Phish, Santana, Alabama Shakes, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Bobby Womack, Allen Toussaint, Bombino and many more. Tickets for both weekends are on sale now. Full lineup below.

This announcement comes the same day as the lineup announcements for NYC's Governors Ball, Georgia's Counterpoint, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Fest, and Alabama's Hangout Fest (and not long after Firefly and Coachella announcements).

Full lineup below...

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by Bill Pearis

Pazz & Jopp

The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.

You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.

Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..

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Kendrick Lamar at ACL 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kendrick Lamar

We just posted updates to the Super Bowl weekend NYC concerts, which now feature shows from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo FIghters, Black Keys, The Roots, Janelle Monae, TLC, Drake, and more, and now we've realized there's one more big one we missed: Kendrick Lamar will play the ESPN Super Bowl Party on January 31 on Pier 36 with Robin Thicke and Jermaine Dupri.

That's a few days after Kendrick performs at the Grammy Awards ceremony in LA.

There's also an NFL On Location pre-game party with Cyndi Lauper and others at IZOD Center (2/2) the day of the game.

by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Robin Thicke

We've been seeing a lot of lists of what people thought the best music of 2013 was, including Rolling Stone, and now the magazine's Rob Sheffield has weighed in on his "Worst Song of This or Any Other Year": "Blurred Lines." Throughout the song's life, it's been sued by Marvin Gaye's family for plagiarizing Marvin Gaye, and it's been called "rapey" for its "I know you want it" lyric and other themes in the song and its video. Some may call it one of the most annoying songs ever, and others may call it "The Album That Justin Timberlake Is Too Famous To Make in 2013." In the Rolling Stone article, Sheffield writes:

Congratulations, Robin Thicke! "Blurred Lines" is the worst song of this or any other year. I can't remember the last time there was a hit song this ghastly - the sound of Adam Sandler taking a falsetto hate-whizz on Marvin Gaye's grave. I guess the year's not over yet so it's theoretically possible a worse contender could emerge, but I don't see it happening. Let me put it this way: Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey could pay their holiday respects to Lou Reed with a duet medley of "The Black Angel's Death Song"/"O Little Town of Bethlehem" and it would still be a distant second.
He continues with multiple paragraphs of well thought-out hatred, and finally concludes:
So will "Blurred Lines" stand the test of time? Will it go on sucking for years like "Wild World"? Is this feeling an eternal flame? Or will it vanish, like "Save The Best For Last"? Well, in the words of a band who sucked wildly in 1982 and were immediately forgotten, only time will tell. But one thing is for sure. Nothing in 2013 sucked like "Blurred Lines." And this was the year we got a Leonardo DiCaprio remake of The Great Gatsby. Everything next year will just have to suck a little harder.
Read the rest at Rolling Stone. Disclaimer: Rolling Stone also called it the 50th best song of the year.

Grimes and 2 Chainz
Grimes and 2 Chainz

Taylor Swift realizing *NSYNC appeared on stage
Taylor Swift

From many points in Brooklyn, one could look up and see the lit up blimp in the air hovering over the Barclays Center yesterday (8/25). It was where the overhead shots were being filmed during the pre-show which included the big crowds outside around the Brooklyn streets that MTV got closed down to create the red carpet for the VMAs....

A red carpet, set up on Dean Street near Flatbush Avenue, was completely invisible to many non-ticketed fans and the general public who were mainly cordoned in a pen at the Best Buy on Atlantic Avenue between Fort Greene Place and Sixth Avenue.

Another penned area, at Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street, gave a small group of fans a distant peek at the carpet, but it was still a full city block away.

"Obviously they can't let everyone in for security reasons, but we can't see anything at all," said Donna Hall, 28, who came from Queens. "I've been out here with my friends since 3 p.m. and we've been trying to find the best vantage point possible, but we settled here because at least we could see a glimpse of the red carpet. [DNA Info]

Meanwhile, during the ceremony, we got performances from Kanye West (playing "Blood on the Leaves," not "Black Skinhead"), Justin Timberlake (on-stage *NSYNC reunion included), Drake, Kendrick Lamar (joining Robin Thicke, who, um, palled around with Miley Cyrus on stage), Lady Gaga (playing her new EDM-inspired single), and more.

Daft Punk didn't perform, but they did walk the red carpet and sit in the audience in their masks which they also wore to present 'Best Female Music Video' with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. They also debuted part of the video for "Lose Yourself to Dance."

Vampire Weekend, who are headlining the Barclays Center in September, presented an award to One Direction.

Jay-Z and Beyonce were strangely nowhere to be found.

Eminem also pulled a Jay Z and announced his new album, MMLP2 (the sequel to 2000's Marshall Mathers LP), in a commercial that aired during the VMAs. The album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, and it's due out November 5. Meanwhile, the single, "Berserk," will drop this Tuesday (8/27).

And before it all began, Grimes co-hosted the Red Carpet Report. Who wore it better, Grimes or 2 Chainz?

If you watched, what did you think? Should Miley Cyrus stop being so trashy? Should Robin Thicke stop being so creepy? Should Kanye stop being so serious? Does Justin Timberlake have really long arms? Does anyone really care that *NSYNC showed up (for a minute and a half)? If you didn't watch, or need a refresher, some videos from the night are below...

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Tickets to see London Grammar at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Memphis rockers The Oblivians, who were here for a free Seaport Music Fest show in June, will be back in NYC to play The Bell House on August 16. Wyldlife open and tickets are still available.

Tickets to see Keep Shelly In Athens at Glasslands go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to their shows at Webster Hall and The Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Braids at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon

Tickets to see Crocodiles at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Phosphorescent shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Elvis Costello shows at Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Tera Melos at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Born Ruffians show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Spirit Family Reunion and Hurray for the Riff-Raff show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Houndmouth shows at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Fat Wreck Chords/Rocks Off showcase featuring Good Riddance, Flatliners, Western Addiction and Nightbirds at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Mike Doughty show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Katatonia at Irving Plaza go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see 2 Chainz at Williamsburg Park go on sale today at noon.

Glassjaw, who play a free (but "sold" out) show at MHOW tonight, are playing a Long Island show at The Paramount on November 29. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Jose James at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Robin Thicke, he of the unstoppable (and lyrically questionable) "Blurred Lines," is playing a free, pre-VMA's show at Terminal 5 on August 23. Tickets are available now, at Time Warner Cable's 96th Street Store (@ 2554 Broadway).

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Virgin FreeFest

The VIrgin Mobile FreeFest is returning for its fifth year on September 21 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. This year's lineup leans pretty heavily on indie/pop crossover with names like MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Washed Out, The Avett Brothers, CHVRCHES, Icona Pop, Sky Ferreira, Robin Thicke, Pretty Lights, Kaskade, and more.

Free tickets go on "sale" August 9 at noon, and a presale (via Twitter and Facebook) begins August 8 at noon. There will also be premium packages which guarantee admission, and include a t-shirt and souvenir cup for free fountain drinks at the festival. Any contributions will go to Washington, DC's transitional home for homeless youth, The Sasha Bruce Re*Generation House, which the festival had been raising money for over the last four years to help have it built.

Speaking of Washed Out, he just announced some other special free events happening in NYC and LA this week.

Full FreeFest lineup and announcement video below...

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Pandora
Pandora

This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:

We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.

Pandora's principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..

The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.

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Good Morning America

The following short-free-televised shows take place at 7am in Bryant Park in NYC....

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Jill SCottJill Scott is playing two nights at Radio City Music Hall - June 13th & June 14th. I'm not really an expert, but I would definitely try to go the second night to see both Chaka Khan and Robin Thicke open the show. Tickets are on sale. All dates below....

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Lil WayneRobin Thicke

"Maybe you had something else to do that night. Maybe, instead of staying home and watching 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,' you went out and quenched your thirst. (Maybe to excess.) And maybe, though you've been meaning to subscribe for years, you have never quite gotten around to ordering TiVo. And so maybe you missed one of the best and most unexpected televised musical performances in years.... [NY Times]

Go watch the must-see video of Robin Thicke (yes, his son) and Lil Wayne @ FADER. (Prefix has it too)