Entries tagged with: Usher
photo: Fleetwood Mac at MSG, 1/22/2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Sunday night (2/8) many thousands of people gave up watching the Grammys live to catch the reunited Fleetwood Mac play the Prudential Center. Like at MSG, they played two dozen songs to a packed house. Unlike at MSG, Stevie did not return to the stage after the last song, but Mick Fleetwood did supply the closing remarks again. Prudential Center setlist and videos below.
Stevie Wonder was not in the audience. We know this for sure because he was seen on TV all the way on the other coast, helping out Usher with some harmonica for Songs in the Key of Life classic "If It's Magic." Then Stevie and Jamie Foxx (who offered up a bit of his Oscar-winning Ray Charles impersonation next to Stevie) presented the final award of the night, Record of the Year to Sam Smith who won four total. Stevie will be visiting the Prudential Center soon though, on April 14, two days after the "Songs in the Key of Life" tour hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center (4/12). Tickets are on Citi/VIP package pre-sales now (as of 10am). A Facebook pre-sale starts Wednesday (2/11), and then a Live Nation/Mobile App pre-sale starts Thursday. Who has the password?
On Monday (2/16), CBS airs Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life -- An All-Star GRAMMY Salute, a two-hour special with performances by Janelle Monáe, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Usher, and more. You can watch the commercial, along with Fleetwood Mac Prudential Center videos, below.
You probably know by now that Kanye West and Paul McCartney have teamed up not only once but twice this year, most recently for the Rihanna collaboration, "FourFiveSeconds" (also featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth). They've now given that song a video, directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and you can check it out below.
It's also been announced that Paul, Kanye and Rihanna will all perform together at the Grammy Awards Ceremony this Sunday. Other performers include Madonna, AC/DC, John Legend & Common, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Gwen Stefani & Adam Levine, Pharrell, Usher, maybe Beyonce and definitely not Taylor Swift.
Kanye and Paul will also be on SNL 40 the following Sunday. "FourFiveSeconds" video below...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
Usher & Afghan Whigs @ MHOW - 10/5/14 (via @foeweel)
Afghan Whigs put out their first new album in 16 years and reissued their classic Gentlemen this year, and brought their tour to NYC for two shows this past weekend. First they hit Beacon Theatre on Saturday (10/4) with Charles Bradley and then Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (10/5) with Joseph Arthur. Last night's show included two encores, the first of which saw Usher coming out to perform his excellent 2012 single "Climax" with the band, like they did at SXSW 2013.
Usher plays NYC again at the much larger MSG on 11/7.
Watch a video of the collaboration, with Afghan Whigs' setlist, below...
"Usher is preparing for his upcoming North America trek, dubbed the The UR Experience Tour, however ticket sales reportedly have been lackluster.August Alsina can't catch a break. The up and coming R&B singer recently collapsed on stage at Irving Plaza in NYC, as you can see in the scary video below. He then spent two weeks in the hospital before being discharged. The exact reasons for the fall and hospital stay are unclear, though TMZ says he later had seizures and ended up in a coma. "August's rep tells us doctors are prescribing lots of rest before he attempts the tour [with Usher]. We're told the seizures were the result of a head injury when he fell -- and August doesn't need medication."
Sources tell the New York Post's Page Six that the crooner's 27-city outing is said to have sold only a small portion of the available seats.
"Usher's sales will be fine in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, but he's selling so badly in other markets that the good ones can't offset the bad ones," says one source.
In addition, tour promoter Live Nation could potentially lose $5 million due to soft ticket sales, which some insiders attribute to the lack of a strong opening act -- August Alsina and DJ Cassidy are currently on the roster." [ABC]
Usher's NYC show is at Madison Square Garden on 11/7. More dates at his site. Irving Plaza fall video below...
It's not just you: Over the last five years, there's been a seismic shift in the way we engage with music. We tweet, tumbl, stream, and share our favorite songs; we scour dead links and navigate obtrusive pop-ups for the newest mixtapes; we watch our music videos on Youtube and Vevo. We watched the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill, the rise and fall of chillwave. We debated how to pronounce FKA twigs, whether the album was dead, and where Bobby Shmurda's hat went. We met Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Grimes, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Miguel, and Charli XCX. We saw LCD Soundsystem break up, Neutral Milk Hotel reunite, and My Bloody Valentine release a new album--a shooting star if there ever was one. [Pitchfork]By the end of this year it will be halfway through the current decade, and to mark that, Pitchfork is posting lists of the best tracks, albums, and videos of the decade so far, this week. Today, they put out their list of the top 200 tracks. Like most of Pitchfork's 'top tracks' lists, it ranges from big names to underdogs in indie, electronic, hip hop and more, plus a few huge radio-pop songs sprinkled in. Can you guess what made #1?
Check out the full list HERE and browse the top 20, below...
(photo by @1908club)
Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross are playing Terminal 5 on October 16. Tickets for that show go on AmEx/Machine Head Ticketmaster presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
J. Roddy Walston & The Business and Fly Golden Eagle are playing Stage 48 on November 7. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
Shakey Graves is playing Bowery Ballroom on October 26. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
This year's Fashion Rocks concert happens September 9 at Barclays Center. It will be headlined by Jennifer Lopez and also among the lineup is KISS, Duran Duran, Usher and others. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now. General on-sale begins Friday (8/1) at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Jack White at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Brian Mansfield)
As always, legacy acts enjoyed a good showing at the festival. Elton John played the entire first side of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, gave a tribute to the late Casey Kasem, and brought out Ben Folds for a guest spot. Ben had also appeared a day earlier with The Flaming Lips during their set to cover Usher's "Love In This Club" (video below), a set which included Wayne Coyne playfully throwing some shade at Kanye's set from earlier in the festival, asking the crowd "Where's the press?"
Lionel Richie played a set that included everything from his time in the Commodores ("Brick House") to "All Night Long" to his Diana Ross collaboration "Endless Love." More legends graced the Bonnaroo stages when Chaka Khan made a surprise appearance during the Derek Trucks-led SuperJam on Friday and covered Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. Also in that jam were blues legend Taj Mahal, Anthony Hamilton and once again, Ben Folds. Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones himself appeared at the festival to sit in with bluesman Seasick Steve, which he has done before with Jack White.
Jack White, who we also just caught at Governors Ball, didn't play with John Paul Jones this time, but he did play his own set which included a cover of Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song." It also included calling Rolling Stone a "tabloid," ranting about Johnny Depp and Albert Einstein (watch out Kanye!), and otherwise him rocking out to cuts from his solo albums, Raconteurs, White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and a cover of Dick Dale's "Misirlou." Video and setlist from Jack's set, below.
Damon Albarn w/ De La Soul at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by 97X)
Skrillex led a SuperJam too which involved Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Mystikal, Damian Marley, and Thundercat, among others. The set was closed by none other than Ms. Lauryn Hill, who played "Killing Me Softly" a la Fugees, Bob Marley's "Jamming" (though not with Damian) and more. More old school big guns came out during Damon Albarn's set, which was split between Gorillaz, Blur, The Good the Bad & the Queen and solo material. De La Soul joined him for "Feel Good Inc." and Del The Funkee Homosapien for "Clint Eastwood", Setlist and videos are below, and check out pictures and more from his recent Irving Plaza show.
Elsewhere, Omar Souleyman, who couldn't make it to Northside Festival experienced no travel issues and played a set on Thursday night. James Blake also played and told Billboard while he was there that his new album is halfway done and will include collaborations with Kanye West, Justin Vernon and more. Arctic Monkeys, who were covered twice during the festival (by Sam Smith and MS MR), played their own set too and to a HUGE crowd, heavy on the AM stuff but with a little bit of their other four albums mixed in. What didn't happen, unfortunately, was the set by Broad City's stars that were supposed to perform in the Comedy Theatre but canceled their set.
Of course the huge festival had tons of other highlights too. Did you go? What were yours?
Videos and a few setlists from the fest, below...
Frank Ocean performing at 2013 Grammys
The 2013 Grammys went down last night (2/10), and here's a quick recap of some of the winners and videos of performances.
The big ones: Gotye took home Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used To Know" (beating The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, fun., Frank Ocean, and Taylor Swift), Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year (beating The Black Keys, fun., Frank Ocean, and Jack White), and fun. took Song of the Year and Best New Artist (totally robbing Miguel's "Adorn" and "Call Me Maybe," and Frank Ocean (!), respectively). Other wins included Skrillex for Best Dance Recording (sorry Al Walser), The Black Keys for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album, Gotye for Best Alternative Music Album (beating Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits), Usher's "Climax" for Best R&B Performance, Beyonce's "Love On Top" for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Miguel's "Adorn" for Best R&B Song, Frank Ocean for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Robert Glasper Experiment for Best R&B Album, Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris" for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and their song, "No Church In The Wild" (feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream) for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Drake's Take Care for Best Rap Album, Dr. John's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down for Best Blues Album, Jimmy Cliff's Tim Armstrong-produced Rebirth for Best Reggae Album, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo score for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Bjork's Biophilia for Best Recording Package, The Beach Boys' long-awaited The Smile Sessions for Best Historical Album, Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and Mumford and Sons' "Big Easy Express" for Best Long Form Music Video. There were many other categories too and you can check out the full list of winners HERE.
And of course, during the Awards Ceremony a number of artists gave performances, which you can watch videos of below. You can see Miguel and Wiz Khalifa doing "Adorn," Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z doing "Suit and Tie" and then JT doing "Pusher Love Girl," The Black Keys, Dr. John, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing "Lonely Boy," Jack White doing "Freedom At 21" with his all-guy band (he also played "Love Interruption" with his all-girl band but no video of that at the moment), Frank Ocean doing "Forrest Gump" with a thematically appropriate visual backdrop, a big tribute to Levon Helm with Elton John, Mavis Staples, members of Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, and others, and finally, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip, Tom Morello, and Travis Barker doing "Whaddup" with a small piece of Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn."
by Bill Pearis
The Village Voice's annual "Pazz n' Jop" critics poll is up and, as with anything like this with averaged votes, the winners are probably not that surprising. Frank Ocean's Channel Orange takes the top album slot (Kendrick Lamar is #2), and Carly Rae Jepsen's inescapable "Call Me Maybe" comes in at the top of the singles list. (Miguel, who is on the cover of the Voice this week, comes in at #2 with "Adorn.")You can also view individual ballots and read pithy quips about the year as a whole.
Small Black at Brooklyn Museum in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
Today we've posted year-end lists by Andy from Cake Shop, Mark Eitzel, and James from Veronica Falls. Now we've got one from Josh Kolenik of Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black giving us a rundown of 12 singles he loved in 2012.
Based on Small Black's own sound, it's got an unsurprising amount of indie pop, R&B, electronics, and Young Chop-produced hip hop. But he also sneaks in the inclusion of some vintage-sounding psych folk courtesy of Jessica Pratt. Check out his full list of songs, along with streams and/or videos for each track, below...
Nite Jewel at LPR in August (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Nite Jewel (aka Ramona Gonazalez) is a bit of a musical shapeshifter, having previously recorded lo-fi experimental pieces, performed with Linda Perhacs (along with Julia Holter), and performed a Kraftwerk album in its entirety, among other things. Just recently, she recorded a piano cover of Stevie Wonder's "Visions," which you can watch a video of below.
But on this year's One Second of Love, Ramona went for more of an overtly pop approach than her earlier work, and that interest comes across pretty strongly in her top ten songs of 2012 list, which you can check out below. Half of the list is made up of this year's big rap/R&B faves, and it also includes collaborator Julia Holter, Zebra Katz (whose video we just posted), and more.
Check out her full list and the "Visions" video below...
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
Purity Ring at Pop Montreal 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Purity Ring's debut album Shrines has been a mainstay on Best of 2012 lists, from NME and SPIN to personal lists from Freelance Whales and Bowery Presents' Josh Moore. They also had some of the more visually-striking shows of the year and were the #5 Most Blogged About Artist of 2012 according to the Hype Machine, which we're continuing to fuel with this post. Purity Ring sold out the initial NYC date of their upcoming 2013 tour, so a second Webster Hall show was added (1/12, tickets still available). They've had a big year.
But what did Purity Ring like this year? Corin Roddick, one half of the Montreal duo, gave us his unranked list of favorite songs of 2012. Did "Call Me Maybe" make the cut? Check out his list below.
Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations below...
Major Lazer vs The Hype Machine - Best of 2012 Zeitgeist Mix
Major Lazer joins forces with The Hype Machine to help present the Top Tracks of 2012 as part of the year-end Music Blog Zeitgeist. For these exclusive mixes, we invited a few of our favorite artists to take a sneak peek at the Top 50 Tracks list and then put their own spin on it, dropping some favorites of their own into the mix. Enjoy. -Hype MachineThe Hood Internet did the same. Listen below...
UPDATE: In the wake of this incident, Billie Joe is going to rehab.
"I'm not fucking Justin Bieber you motherfuckers!", says Billie Joe in the entertaining video below...
by Bill Pearis
The 37th season of Saturday Night Live comes to a close next weekend (May 19) where Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will pull double duty as both host and musical guest. Before you plan your bathroom breaks you might be interested to learn that Mick's backing band will include both Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire. Though we're still eight days from the live telecast, Jann Wenner has already give the SNL season finale five stars.
Meanwhile, this week's SNL has Will Ferrell and Usher.
What songs Mick will do is anyone's guess, but Will (brother of Win) Butler and other members of the Arcade Fire (as Phi Slamma Jamma) may have been getting some practice with a cover of the Stones' "The Last Time" at last weekend's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Last year, Mick released the debut album by his new group SuperHeavy that also includes Joss Stone, Damian Marley and the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart. The video for SuperHeavy's single "Miracle Worker" is below.
by Ryan Barkan
Super Bowl XLV (45): Dallas Cowboys vs...oh wait....The Green Bay Packers vs the Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas' brand new, state of the art, big ass stadium. The Packers won, bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to small town America and less sales back to Wiz Khalifa. I wonder if Jerry Jones was faking all of those smiles? Enough of the sports talk. This feature is the return of the long lost "Week In Music Licensing" post.
The real winner tonight - Detroit. A town that has been down on its luck, due for something inspiring to happen. Well here you go. Laura R. Charron tweeted that "#Detroit area agrees that #Chrysler200 had THE BEST commercial." Decide for yourself: