I have to admit, I’m not all that jazzed about Beyonce’s new song, and I think it’s because it’s been almost two and a half years since she put a new album out. A lot can happen in two in half years, like Lady GaGa, the fall then resurrection of Rihanna, Ke$ha, Katy Perry and so on; so we ask ourselves, does Beyonce’ still have the ovaries to keep up with the ever-changing face of female pop music? Sure She does, but “Run The World (Girls)” has seem to have fallen on deaf ears. It only debuted in the 30s on the Billboard Hot 100 and its momentum has been slow; her new album, 4, will be released on June 28th. I’d say we’ll hear at least one more single before then and I pray it’s a good one. Now this video, it’s pretty damn good; it’s sexy, it’s in your face, it’s a little Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and let’s be fair, Tina Turner rocked the blonde look in that very movie. If nothing else, this number will be very hot live, and Beyonce’ taped a performance of the single as part of Oprah’s farewell episodes….Sob! Check this out, because on Idol last night, they cut the video the short. Oh yeah!
(courtesy Flickr user Danielle Heffron)
Today’s the day Britney’s latest creation, Femme Fatale hits stores. I streamed it last week and I was impressed. It’s probably her best album to date. I have to say I wasn’t crazy about “Hold It Against Me” and I’m still not loving it. My new favorite track is “‘Til The World Ends” which was written by pop trash diva, Ke$ha. Other big names contributing to Femme Fatale include Ke$ha cohort Dr. Luke, Max Martin (Pink, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson), will.i.am-featured on the track, “Big Fat Bass”, and Claude Kelly, who contributed the track “Circus” to Spears’ last album. While the reviews are still rolling in, Spears has already suffered one set back concerning her new tour. It was reported just yesterday that Enrique Iglesias would be the supporting act on Britney’s new tour. Today? Iglesias has backed out. And I’m sorry, but I’m sure a bigger act can be added to this tour. Spears announced the tour in a taped segment for today’s Good Morning America. At this point it’s unclear whether Iglesias agreed to a tour or not. Spears’ tour begins in Sacramento CA on June 17th and will hit 26 cities, ending in Toronto on August 13th.
Here’s Spears performing “Til The World Ends” on GMA:
However, I’m still forming an opinion…Here’s what I’ve learned about Ke$ha…she’s 22, her mother was a singer, she lived in Nashville at one time and I think she had some sort of songwriting deal there…she is the featured female vocalist on Flo Rida’s huge number one “Right Round”…and she appeared in Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” video…oh yeah, the other day I read, by no great suprise, she’s bisexual or heteroflexible…”Tik Tok” is growing on me…I really didn’t know what to make of it at first…mostly because when she raps she sounds eerily like Alix Olson or Ani DiFranco…brownie points if you know who Alix Olson is!!!…
Ke$ha’s debut album, Animal, was released yesterday and what better way to promote it than with a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show…I had never seen Ke$ha perform, so I was very interested and I was very impressed…although, I think she stole Adam Lambert’s keyboard player…no, not the one he deep-throated on the American Music Awards, the chick you keep seeing in his band on TV performances…eh: