The only thing better than 11-year-old Maddie Ziegler’s performance in Chandelier is Jimmy Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo in leotards trying to learn her dance from it.
This interview is like that scene in the Wizard of Oz when you get to see what’s behind it all. Rick Rubin is a musical wizard. One of the most genius music producers of all time. Rick shares so much of what makes him great with Zane Lowe in the backyard of his LA home and if you’re a music lover, this will be like heaven.
No matter how much great new music comes out, I still find myself going back to the classics so I want to honor that occasionally on this blog with #FlashbackFriday.
Starting off with Stevie Wonder and a song that features lines like “did you know that true love asks for nothing?” A song that I’m convinced should be played by doctors giving treatment for depression because its joy is so contagious. It’s especially awesome to experience it along with this visual of Stevie and his band performing it in the studio. The original session audio for this video was skipping so the audio you’ll here is re-synced from the version that ended up on the album Songs In The Key Of Life but it is still amazing to see that big smile of his to go with this inspiring song.
You might remember Madi from the episode of The Q Side she appeared on a few years back. Well she is back with this passionate anthem for anyone in a relationship and suckers for love like me. Download it here.
It’s great to see Dave Chappelle back in action leading up to his 9 show run at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. In this interview with Jimmy Fallon, Dave shared a few hilarious stories about how he met The Roots and Kanye West.
I may not have time to watch much of the World Cup but I will be jamming to this song inspired by it. It’s written by Aloe Blacc, IN- Q and Rock Mafia, who also produced it.
Over the holiday weekend, Jim Carrey delivered this incredibly insightful commencement speech at the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa. He’s an avid meditator so it makes a lot of sense that the school would invite him to their stage, considering how the school encourages their students to practice meditation like the Maharishi himself.
It’s not often we get to see Jim being so earnest and emotional for any significant length of time. Jim still manages to slip a few great jokes in this speech but it’s remarkable to see him focusing more on the keys to his success and saying things like, “You could fail at what you don’t love, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
Apparently John is as much of a fan of this Beyonce song as I am. He sung it live last month when he performed in Australia and now we have his studio recording of it. The Dream wrote this song and I can just imagine how satisfied he feels hearing this amazing interpretation and how well his song swerves styles.
This is the lead single from MJ’s upcoming posthumous album XSCAPE. Love Never Felt So Good was originally recorded in 1983 with Paul Anka and it’s got so many of the elements we’ve always loved about Michael’s music. The song has those classic raw vocals, rich instrumentation, uplifting vibe– now with updated drums and the sound quality we’d expect from anything being released in 2014. Justin adding his flair to it doesn’t hurt either.
XSCAPE features some of Michael’s strongest unreleased songs, contemporized by producers LA Reid, Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, John McClain and Jerome “Jroc” Harmon. The Deluxe Edition includes each of the original recordings as left by Michael Jackson as well as the additional elements. XSCAPE is out now!
I love what Rae had to say about this video:
“I wanted people to be able to feel the discomfort and awkwardness of feeling misunderstood. I wanted people to see me as a mannequin shining on the outside but with the inside well hidden. The end of the video is my favourite part.
My figure, the static character, begins turning and spiralling out of control through a form of stop frame animation. At the end, the spiralling stops and I’m no longer in the chains of the statuesque stillness from before, but moving more freely and dancing.
To me, that symbolises an acceptance and shy confidence knowing that it doesn’t really matter if people know you or not…”
Her EP called ‘Do You Even Know?’ is going to be released on May 5th.