It’s my birthday, I’ll talk about Britney Spears all day if I want to!
No, seriously. It’s my birthday, and if you read my blog and enjoy it, do me a favour and share it with any/all of your friends. XOXO
Let’s get to the poll. What’s your favourite Britney album?
… Baby One More Time
Oops! … I Did It Again
In The Zone
Will you guys still be my friends if I tell you that I really, genuinely like Paris Hilton’s newest song? Like, not in any kind of ironic way, but in the way where the first time I listened to it I was like:
I legit want this song on my iPhone right now, I want to hear it in da cluuuuubs. Hear the song for yourself below:
It’s good, right? A huge improvement on everything on her last album, and she’s actually singing, as opposed to speak-singing in her baby voice. I’m totally into it! Enough about what I think, though, what do you think?
Good morning, lovers. So JT’s been popping up on my iPhone recently, and with the news of his wedding, he’s been kind of following me around. So here’s what I’m wondering. Do you prefer him when he’s singing or acting?
Until recently, I’ll admit, I never paid much attention to Taylor Swift. It’s not necessarily that I didn’t like her, but more that I was never particularly interested in her music, so I never bothered reading about her. But then I really liked that song ‘Mine’ on her last album, and now I’m obsessed with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, mostly for the line about ‘some indie record that’s muuuuuch cooler than mine’ and the voice she uses when she says ‘so he calls me up and he’s like “I still love youuuuuuuuu”,’ because it makes me laugh and reminds me of Nicole Richie in her Simple Life days.
Okay, so read this interview and then we’ll talk about why I think Taylor might be a sly bitch under the sweet, almost mousey exterior:
At the CMA awards earlier this month, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley cracked a joke about your reported breakup with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s son Conor Kennedy. But the camera never panned to you.
They don’t pan to you if you’re not laughing.
Do boyfriends ever say, “Look, whatever happens, just don’t write about me”?
The only time that has ever crossed someone’s mind was when we were in the process of breaking up.
And what did you tell him?
Of course I was like, “Oh, don’t worry, I won’t.” And then I did. Look, it’s not like it was written somewhere in the fine print that I write songs about my life. If we break up, I’m going to write about it. But I’m probably also going to write about when I fell in love with you. So there’s an upside.
In your video for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” you are wearing big, heavy glasses and there are a bunch of guys in animal costumes. What is that about?
You know when you watch an indie video and you’re like: “Why are they underwater in upside- down chairs with a random projection of a butterfly interspersed? Why is this happening?” We were trying to think of ways that we could tip our hat to the randomness of some indie music videos. Why are there woodland creatures? Nobody knows. Why am I wearing floral-print pajamas? Nobody knows. Why am I randomly wearing glasses? Nobody knows.
In that song, you also make fun of the ex-boyfriend who finds peace of mind “with some indie record that’s much cooler than mine.” Do you think there’s a special circle of hell reserved for hipsters?
That all came out of this one relationship I was in. This guy was just, so, so cool. It kind of gave me a bit of a complex for this album, because he was always going on and on about this new band that was so cool because they were so underground. I have so many indie bands on my iPod. What I don’t really understand is the attitude that if a band is unknown, they’re good, and if they get fans, then you move on to the next band.
Was that guy a musician?
No, he wasn’t. He just had very eclectic, sophisticated taste.
A lot of your fans say the clues in your lyrics and liner notes point to your rumored ex, the actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
I don’t talk about who it is specifically because these are real people. You try to give insight as to where you were coming from as a writer without completely throwing somebody under the bus.
So, give me a shout out to your favorite hidden indie band.
I haven’t been listening to that much music lately, I’ve just kind of been doing promo and sleeping.
Are you afraid that people are going to think the band you name isn’t cool enough?
If I say something, it becomes a thing — like that’s the band she was talking about in the song.
But that’s not what I asked.
But that’s what people are going to say. You see how it works, being in my mind?
How is it in your mind these days? Your new album, “Red,” is setting sales records. Is it fun?
It’s a lot of things in there. Some days I totally appreciate everything that’s happening to me, and some days I feel everyone’s waiting for me to mess up. I’ve always been really, really aware of my insecurities, really, really aware. I never developed that thick skin that keeps you from letting things get to you.
What are your insecurities?
Well, I worry about a lot of things. I put out one album one week, and I’m already worried about the next one. I feel a lot of emotion throughout the course of a day. But not to the point where you need to be worried about me.
You’ve talked about Dolly Parton as being a female musician you admire. Do you think you want to stay in the business as long as she has?
I don’t know if I could do this with the same energy, and in the same way — all the costume changes and glitter and hair and makeup all the time. When I’m in my 50s, I kind of think I’ll want to be in a garden.
I’m not going to lie, I laughed out loud at my computer when I read that she was all ‘no I totally won’t write about you… but then I did.’ I kind of think it’s fantastic that she lied to some guy’s (read: Jake Gyllenhaal’s) face. I also think it’s fantastic that the guy’s (read: Jake Gyllenhaal’s) concern wasn’t that they were breaking up, but rather, what she’d say about it on her next album. Homeboy should’ve considered Swifty’s track record and seen this coming, not gonna lie. You’d have to be a brave (or incredibly stupid) man to date Taylor Swift.
I am in love with everything about this response:
This guy was just, so, so cool. It kind of gave me a bit of a complex for this album, because he was always going on and on about this new band that was so cool because they were so underground. I have so many indie bands on my iPod. What I don’t really understand is the attitude that if a band is unknown, they’re good, and if they get fans, then you move on to the next band.
The amount of people I know who stop listening to their ‘favourite’ bands when they get popular is ridiculous. I’ve listened to people have conversations about how bands ‘just aren’t as good once they get popular’ as they’re swapping underground music with this person. I just, I can’t, it’s retarded and it gives me tiny aneurisms.
Okay, I’m going to try to get through this thought in the most concise manner possible, bear with me. Here we go.
It’s completely ridiculous to stop liking your ‘favourite’ band when they get popular, because if you like them, you’d think you’d be happy for their success, as that generally means more money, which in turn means they won’t have to go back to their day jobs in order to pay the bills. Being so insecure that you allow other people’s opinions of you to dictate what you listen to is nothing short of pathetic.
The thing that gets me, though, is the catch-22 of indie music listeners and the self-defeating nature of it. In order to be considered cool, you have to know about underground bands, but in order for people to realise that you know about these cool indie acts, you have to tell people about them, which inevitably increases the band’s exposure, and assuming they’re any good, increases their popularity, at which point you’ll have to deny that you ever liked them to begin with, or you’ll have to claim that they ‘sold out’ or something equally lame.
The whole thing sounds completely exhausting, just listen to what you like and don’t apologise for it. Life’s too short for giving a fuck whether people think you’re cool or not.
PS To paraphrase the beginning of each episode of SVU: This post does not depict any actual person or event.
Okay, so here’s the link to the heavily tagged leak of Britney and Will.i.am’s latest collaboration, Scream & Shout.
Here are all my thoughts about the song, in no particular order:
Britney’s verse reminds me of the verses to Shots by LMFAO. ‘I’m with the party rock crew, all drinks are freeeeee.’
Britney’s British accent is hilarious, and I love when she does it, but also, it reminds me of 2007 which then bums me out a little:
She kiiiiiiiind of sounds like a drag queen, but I’m kind of okay with it?
The ‘Will.i.am and Britney, bitch!’ line SLAYS.
‘Goin’ fast, we ain’t goin’ slow.’ Will.i.am’s lyrics are some of my favourite things in the world. I’m not being sarcastic, they crack me up.
I don’t know. It’s not my favourite song in the world, but I don’t dislike it. It’s catchy as fuck. Am I going to have it on repeat for the next week like I did when Hold It Against Me dropped? No. Is this is nice way to fill the gap until Brit Brit releases a new album? Sure, why not?
Leave me a comment and tell me what you think of it.
Rihanna’s Diamonds remix featuring Kanye West has dropped, and you can listen to it below:
Soooo, it’s not that I don’t like it, but it’s like, when you read the word ‘remix’ you kind of expect the song to be, you know… different from its original. As far as remixes go, this wouldn’t make my list of favourites because it’s just so… nothing. It’s basically the same as the original, just with Kanye phoning in close to two minutes of mediocre rap at the start. I just don’t see the point of it. But that’s just me, what do you think?
Okay, here’s the deal. Rihanna’s new album Unapologetic is released on November 19, which makes 7 albums in 8 years, the ‘break’ being in 2008 when she released at least 1,400 different versions of Good Girl Gone Bad to fill the gap until Rated R was released. To promote this album, she’s proving to the world the two things we already know, that she’s a workaholic who loves to party.
The tour is called the 777 tour, a seven day tour that will visit seven cities in seven countries. Don’t get too excited, Aussies, we didn’t make the cut. The tour starts on November 14 in Mexico City, and then hits Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London (release day), and then finishes in New York City on November 20th. To be fair, I can see why she’d leave Australia off this list, as I got home from the States on Friday and I’m still jetlagged.
You’d think that seven countries in seven days would be enough of a challenge, but not for Miss Rihanna. She’s packing her 777 jumbo jet with ‘die-hard’ fans and over 150 journalists. As if getting back together with Chris Brown wasn’t proof enough that this girl is unhinged.
Her statement on the tour:
We are turning this jumbo jet into our tour bus. We’re practically living on this thing for a week: sleeping, partying, all together. I wanted it to be a rock n’ roll adventure, and I think when it’s over it will be the coolest thing I’ve ever done.
Now, I love Rihanna, I do. But this kind of sounds like a hellish experience. Trapped in a plane with a hundred drunk strangers for a week? I’ll pass. Think of how dry your skin would get. Yuck. And yes, this is how I know I’m old.
That aside, though, I think it’ll make a great DVD that I will absolutely buy if it gets released, and I can’t wait to read all the stories that come out of this adventure.
Okay. Here’s my deal with Miss Xtina. I love Stripped, love Back to Basics even more. But then it took four years for Bionic to come out and it was a big, steaming pile of shit. Like, Not Myself Tonight is catchy and I’m into it, but Vanity, for me, is like slutty acrylics on a child’s chalkboard. I say child’s because her kid is at the end of it.
After Bionic, I straight up went off Christina. Wasn’t interested in anything she had going on, couldn’t have cared less. And then I watched The Voice and loved the shit out of it. It reignited the spark of my Christina Aguilera fandom enough that I watched Burlesque (and for the record, loved it. Put your hands up, show me how you burlesque!!) and well, here we are.
So after the massive flop that was Bionic, it seems Christina was as keen to move on from the entire era as everyone else was, pushing up her new album release from her standard four years between albums to a more manageable two years.
The new single, called Your Body, is cool. I’m actually really into it. Listen to it here. It sounds like Christina, which I think was missing from the last album which sounded like a whole bunch of Gaga rejects. I like the electropop synth vibe, the tempo is cool, the hook is wicked and is my favourite part of the song, and most importantly, it’s got a good balance of pop melody and vocal acrobatics (Beyonce, I’m looking at you. Sometimes your fans want to be able to sing along, ya know?).
Anyway, enough from me, what do you think of Xtina’s new single? Are you looking forward to Lotus, the new album?