Lana Del Rey's fourth major label studio album is shaping up to be the artists most eclectic set yet. The singer recently released, “Coachella-Woodstock In My Mind” that takes her back to the hip-hop roots of Born To Die. It's hard to imagine it fitting within the contextual concept of an album with a “Lust For Life” and “Love”, but we know Lana is more then capable.
The singer revealed that she wrote this song at Coachella- fittingly enough. The song focuses on the political issues surrounding the world, she spoke about this on her Instagram, saying essentially that she felt ingenious to be enjoying life when all these things are happening in our geo-political climate.
Coachella-Woodstock In My Mind
Key Lyric: Got A Million Things I Wanna Say / Like What Is It All For? Will It Be Okay?
Lyrics reference Led Zepplin's eternal, “Stairway To Heaven” and she talks about giving everything away if she could just ask God one question. The main draw of the song is it's topical lyrical content, but regardless it fits into Lana Del Rey's musical canon that she continue defies in regards to her muses.
Finding Prince Charming
Logo has attempted to make mainstream programming gay before. See the Throwback Thursday on The A-List New York (read here) that was billed as “the housewives with balls”. The most successful original programming they've managed to maintain is their trademark RuPaul's Drag Race. The only reason anyone truly subscribes.
It will be interesting to see what Logo does to make Finding Prince Charming stand out. Will the gays fall in love with their other housemates? I would. Is there going to be diversity? As great as pool parties and thongs are I don't need 13 men in flannel vying for a man with similar taste in fashion and a jock body.
I'm holding out hope that we'll have a celebrity bachelor. Steve Grand would certainly play into the trademark white gay look and who doesn't love an openly gay country singer. They could always pull from past reality stars. Reichen Lehmkuhl would be perfect. He was on The A-List New York, The Amazing Race, AND he dated Lance Bass. Talk about drama.
The show is expected to air at some point this Fall with eight episodes.
March Music 2016
Lead single “Used To Love You” is a bombastic return to the form and the fluttery second single “Make Me Like You” assures us that the album isn't entirely built on tears. Gwen is also be touching on her budding romance with country superstar Blake Shelton, who according to Gwen is only her second boyfriend. “Make Me Like You” also marked the first live music video to ever be aired on the Grammy's with all it's colors and car crashes.
Your favorite blogger will not be buying this album, but I will certainly be listening. “Pillowtalk” is sexy and slinky, but this faux R&B pop star hasn't released an inescapable banger yet. I also sincerely hope that this music video he released was his idea of “artistic vision”. He looked much like a lost boy amongst the naked embrace of his female costars.
The Paris Hilton Update
“Good Time” is a rave by the numbers pop jewel with Paris cooing over a seductive electronic beat. Paris is clearly hoping to recreate the success of “Stars Are Blind”. Sometimes she forgets how polarizing she is.
Buy "Good Time"
She followed it up with the breathy “Come Alive”, a beautiful, if not hit worthy song that she released in 2014. This song was the subject of the first post on this blog. You can read about it here.
Buy "Come Alive"
This is what she needs to do. Run a print campaign, go on TV. Be a tabloid star again. Get people talking about her and all the while be dragging her new music out along with it. Paris has matured though and I don't think that appeals to her.
There are some exciting things happening. Hilary Duff. The true queen of Disney Channel is in the recording studio. For Younger. All we can assume is she's vamping up the show's nonexistent theme song. As of now all we have is this dub step preview of a vamped up cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Little Lies", which is not nearly as bad as it sounds.
The truth is no one actually caress whats happening to Liza. Sure, she's the center of the plot line and the lead, but she's dull. She is the forty year old suburban mom just trying to make her way in New York City.
Kelsey is a wonderful girl. It hurts my soul how confined she is in this relationship, but that is why we have mama Liza to coach her on her wrong ways. In the mean time. Thad. Kelsey's boyfriend is kind of hot.
And, if Trout ever finds out about Liza's real age. It will be over. Her career in publishing will be done. Trout has occasionally shown her kind heart, but it doesn't stretch to this kind of estrogen takeover and deception.
The two episode premiere is sure to be the highlight of January. If you missed season one be sure to check out the first Media Monday done on Younger titled Young Enough (read here) and the Snapshot Saturday dedicated to the always fashionable actor and model, Nico Tortorella (read here).
I Still Love You
Now Gwen has said of her new single that she's “not making music to make hits”. Bullshit. We all know that is not the truth. If she was making music to just release it we would already have the album. Just like she said we would back in December 2014.
Their divorce is messy. It's not messy yet, but it could be. It has the potential. The reason for the split hasn't been revealed. Yet. Which, is why this song is such an interesting piece of art for us to look at. We know it's about Gavin. Now we just got to put it together between the music notes.
Interesting enough it's been thrown around that her and fellow Voice host Blake Shelton have been very close lately. He is also going through a divorce to Miranda Lambert. I don't think this is the best decision on Gwen's part. They should both be grieving over their marriages. Not having hot middle aged sex. In my humble homosexual opinion.
Her new album has not been given a name yet, but I will keep you updated. From what Gwen's saying we're going to be getting it sooner rather then later.
Tom Hardy portrays Reggie and Ronald on screen. Which, is certainly fine with me. Tom Hardy is low key beautiful and I certainly don't mind him being in this film.
The film has already been released in the UK. Way back in September. It's received middle of the road reviews. Some really like it, others not as much. There has been a lot of praise for Tom Hardy's acting in dual roles. I'm just going to have to see it and make my own judgment call.
Needless to say. I will be seeing Legend at a local theater near me on that Friday November 20th.
Disappointment In October
The fall is usually the month of stellar or at the very least high profile music releases. This year October has chosen not to pull it's weight. As your favorite blogger, I feel like it's my duty to keep you updated on the music scene. Unless, Rih Rih or Kanye decided to drop their albums this month there's not much to talk about. Who knows, maybe Shania Twain will finally released her long awaited fifth studio album.
The only other R&B album of note worth mentioning in October is Tamar Braxton's Calling All Lovers that's bound to be more of a commercial disaster then her three other albums.
It was with the released of “Cool For The Summer” that I decided to reevaluate her career. I still don't like Demi, but I'm giving her a second chance. Including Iggy Azalea on the track list is not helping matters. Second single “Confident” hasn't completely thrown me off, but still here we are. This would be the first Demi album I've purchased.
OMI is heralding in this concept of “reggae fusion” into the music market. His follow up single “Hula Hoop” does little to differentiate itself from it's predecessor. It works. It's perfectly catchy, but it makes me reticent to purchase this album. I don't need a full length of “Cheerleader” rearrangements.
I'm hoping that OMI will surprise me. I might get the album if I find it in a CD bin for five dollars. Other notable albums out this month include acapella group Pentatonix's first full length of original material. Lead single “Can't Sleep Love” did little to impress. Boy band 5 Seconds of Summer is also charting new material. It's bound to be one of the big sellers and lead single “She's Kinda Hot” bears more then one repeat.
Let's also not forget Carrie Underwood's new Storyteller due out October 23rd that started with disappointing lead single “Smoke Break” will herald the peak moment in Country music.
The Havana Brown Update
He wasn't wrong, but he was stanning hard. Who are universally famous Australian recording artists? Olivia Newton-John, Kylie Minogue, and ACDC. Sia if you want to go current. Their platinum certification is 70,000 copies compared to the United States a million copies. The thresholds are wildly different. Havana Brown's “We Run The Night” sold over a million copies in this country. She might be one of the highest selling Australian recording artists, but that doesn't mean well renowned.
This was the song I stood for. “Bullet Blowz” was good. It was a club banger. Too much of a club banger for radio. That's a damn shame, because that song is amazing. Havana slayed it. Our bald headed boy DJ Kronic served up some sick beats. You couldn't figure out the name of the song to save your life. It was tragically not destined for success.
Buy "Bullet Blowz"
The music video? To die for. Literally. There are sexy shirtless men surrounded in a stilted western themed extravaganza where Havana Brown gets her revenge. The concept is already more original then the shoot she and Pitbull did for “We Run The Night”.
Buy "Battle Cry"
She croons. She slays. Havana Brown's “Battle Cry” deserves to top your end of summer playlist.
With any luck we should have a second studio album release by the end of this year. I will keep you updated. With even more luck it might even be released in the United States. Wouldn't that be nice. Shipping from Australia takes too much time.
A Fashionable Obsession
This album is bound to only expand on Lana Del Rey's sound and cement her growing fanbase. The first teasings of the album we have was when Lana released the audio to the titular track “Honeymoon”. It was moody and seductive. Her voice being the centerfold to it's lush surroundings and stylistically leaned closer to Ultraviolence then Born to Die.
Honeymoon should have a similar promotional campaign to that of Ultraviolence. That means more songs (!!!) will be released. One or two more music videos will be produced. The album will sell a few hundred thousand copies worldwide in it's first week on sale, then maintain a steady stay on the chart until the next follow up.
The track list for the album has been unlocked. It features fourteen songs of love and heartbreak. Or something like that.
Some notes on the tracklist. Song number two was originally thrown around as the concept for the album. How about that for a fun fact. Track 9 has it correct. Lana is our religion. And, in true form of predecessors Paradise and Ultraviolence there is a cover song. “Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood” is an old jazz standard. Hopefully it will stand up just as well as “Blue Velvet” and “The Other Woman” did.
I won't be. But, if this Lana Del Rey collaboration pans out, I will be tempted. I'm a slut for Lana. This Friday Halsey also releases her debut album Badlands. That's certainly something to check out. The new Lana Del Rey album is set for release on Friday September 18th. And, in case anyone is counting that's 25 days away.
In the words of Madonna, "Music makes the people come together."