You Call That Dancing?

Dancing seems to be on my brain tonight, as represented in two videos that premiered this week.  First, the much-anticipated return of Britney Spears with the elaborate video for the first single from soon-to-be-released album, Femme Fatale, “Hold It Against Me”.  I like Britney; thanks to GLEE, she’s stayed in my consciousness and she never seems to let go.  I think a more important question is, why do we still care about her?  She’s had her rise to the top, her bat-shit crazy moments, her weaves, her kids, her K-Fed, and so on and so on.  And yes, she still makes great dance music, but can she herself still dance?  It’s very murky in this production as there is a bunch of quick shots, more like a series of elaborate photographs than a normal, linear video.  I’ve said from the beginning, I’m not a fan of the song, but this video, it’s okay:
The second clip is one I was just made aware of tonight.  Radiohead has a new digital album out right this minute; it was originally scheduled to hit the web tomorrow/Saturday, but the buzz or leaked tracks or this video may have pushed it up.  The King of Limbs is the band’s eighth album and their first since 2007’s other digital album, In Rainbows.  The first single and video is for “Lotus Flower” and all it consists of is front man Thom Yorke dancing around and/or spazzing out.  Another writer compared it to Elaine’s bad dancing from Seinfeld which George referred to as “a full-body dry heave to music” and that’s sort of what Yorke is doing.  It channels a little bit of Ed Grimley and Joe Cocker also.  I think the choice of black and white is genius: 

So? Which is better? Happy Weekend!
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GaGa Lays It Down, Literally.

Lady GaGa and her egg walked away with 3 Grammys last night, including, for Best Pop Vocal Album: THE FAME MONSTER–in your face Susan Boyle!!!  Now I didn’t see this live; I confess I’m a huge fan of Big Love which is in its final season on HBO; don’t worry, I have the Grammys DVR’ed, so I’ll be able to see Cee-Lo and Gwyneth and the faux-Muppets in due time.  I would re-post GaGa’s “Born This Way” performance, however, I can’t find a good copy of it, and two, it wasn’t quite the earth-shattering performance the heartland or I was expecting.  Oh, and three, I’m surprised she was on so early, so I didn’t miss it.  But I did miss her acceptance speech for her only televised award:
Yes, the censors were soooooo worried about Cee-Lo and Eminem, they forgot about possibly hitting the delay button during acceptance speeches!  Oh well, she rules, and as of this writing, I haven’t seen a story about that little expletive slipping by.  You know how CBS is about the FCC–in their faces too!!!!  By the way, only 10 Grammys were given away during the 3 and half hour live show which is totally weak.  GaGa also won for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Music Video, both for “Bad Romance”.  And somehow, Whitney Houston has been dragged into the conversation; GaGa says the pop diva was her inspiration for “Born This Way”, so Madonna will be on the bench, if only for a little while. 

Same DNA Indeed!

Oh yes, I fondly remember this moment from October 2009 on Saturday Night Live; two music icons, Madonna and Lady GaGa compete for diva dominance in a sort of hilarious fashion.  I’d say Madonna is either really flattered or really pissed at GaGa today. 
“Born This Way” is phenomenal; I’ve already listened to it countless times, but I noticed something, it has a very familiar melody.  I won’t go to the trouble of posting “Born This Way” alongside “Express Yourself” but I think you already know the almost identical similarities.  The melody is pretty much dead on, only sped up a bit, plus GaGa evokes a little “Vogue” with her raps in the song.  Now I look at this two ways, Madonna can cry foul and she should have already with GaGa’s “Alejandro” video, or she can be honored and really is any kind of good pop music original these days?  Of course not.  It’s neat that we already have that familiar melody in our heads; we are ready and willing to listen and by God, make a purchase. (I’ve decided Target may have the better deal, all iTunes is doing is reducing the price on GaGa’s other cds, lame)  I will purchase it, oh yes I will…May 23rd–or earlier or the Grammys–can’t get here fast enough!

I Pick You?

You may have noticed during the Super Bowl, the first promos ran for the American version of The X-Factor…it’s very dramatic, yet simple:
Cowell is upping the ante with the prize for X-Factor; a $5 million record contract for the winner!  Wow!  I’m guessing several Idol winners would have appreciated that kind of bread.  You know the ones I’m talking about, Taylor Hicks, Reuben Studdard, Kris Allen, etc.  Geez!  Not only is Cowell feeding the piggy, he’s also considering Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, British version judge Cheryl Cole, and…one Paula Abdul as judges.  By the way, is anyone really watching Live to Dance?  Cowell is very clever in possibly bringing back Abdul for a whole new show.  American Idol is doing fine without him, and he’s said, although he hasn’t watched a whole episode, he’s pleased with what he’s seen.  Right.  NOTE: I may blog about Idol once the finalists are set.  I just fear too many golden tickets have been passed out this time.  J-Lo is WAY too much of a pushover and Tyler? well, he’s been the wildcard for sure and that’s what he’s supposed to be.  I’m a little scared for him when the live shows start; Seacrest will need to learn to work a delay button.  I can see it now, a button with Tyler’s face on it, it just might happen.
As for auditions for The X-Factor,  they begin March 27 in LA.  Idol’s Hollywood rounds begin airing tonight….lots of weeding out to do.

Can I Get an Amen Up in Here?

I was scanning the internets tonight, when one of the main stories on Yahoo! had a story about Whitney Houston singing at the BET “Celebration of Gospel” ceremony which aired Sunday night (it was filmed last month) and she sang well??????  I know, over the past year, Houston has not sounded anywhere NEAR well.  However, the following clip proves maybe there’s still a tiny bit of vocal magic left. Look for Whitney at the 2:05 mark.  Houston is performing with Gospel diva Kim Burrell on a song that Houston recorded for her last album, R. Kelly’s “I Look To You”.
Okay, she’s still not hitting all the notes, but a little falsetto????  What’s up with that?  Could Gospel be Houston’s next calling?  I’m amazed considering she hardly had a voice on her numerous TV appearances last summer.  Good show!
BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” re-airs this Thursday night (2/3) at 7pm central.