It’s ‘til death do us part” and beyond for The Band Perry on new single, “Better Dig Two.”
The sibling trio, who struck both pop and country pay dirt last year with “If I Die Young,” released the first single from their sophomore set today, even though the album won’t come out until next Spring.
Produced by Rick Rubin, the track is a dark ballad about a woman, who took a vow to never divorce her husband, so if he goes before her, the gravedigger better “dig two” because she’s following soon after. Listen to it here. We'll embed it as soon as Rolling Stone's exclusive runs out.
“Let the stone say, ‘Here lies a girl whose only crutch was loving a man a little too much’,” Kimberly Perry sings in one of her most-understated, yet best vocals. She never blatantly threatens to kill him, but it’s clear that if his ring should start to slip off, there’s going to be trouble, especially if she sees him "with someone else." As she hauntingly sings at the end, “I told you on the day we wed, I was going to love you ‘til I was dead.”
The song’s spare production, bolstered by a meaty banjo intro, serves it well and makes it even more spooky, just in time for Halloween. The tune builds in intensity (and instrumentation) as Perry's vocal grows more and more impassioned. It feels like something out of a western. It's a shame it's too late for Kevin Costner's "Hatfield & McCoys."
The trio, who just wrapped up a tour with Brad Paisley, will debut the song on the CMA Music Awards this Thursday on ABC.
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It’s ‘til death do us part” and beyond for The Band Perry on new single, “Better Dig Two.”
Man, they both need to let it go. Lady Gaga and Calvin Harris are in a He said/She said Twitter fight after Harris told morning show "BBC Breakfast" that he passed on working with her... in 2008.
Well, as you can imagine, this did not go over too well with Momma Monster. The Scottish DJ says the request came from her label and it was before she was very big. And he passed because he didn’t like the songs, which were none of "the big songs," and was too busy.
Earlier today, Lady Gaga took to Twitter, where she makes all her pronouncements these days, to call Harris a liar, and to accuse him of dropping her name to help promote his own project, “18 Months,” which comes out tomorrow (if you ask us, between working with Rihanna, Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding and Ne-Yo, he doesn’t really need her help to get the word out).
“Never even emailed you @calvinharris I guess it’s hard to believe I write + produce my music. cuz I’m a woman I don’t know about EDM right?,” she tweeted. We’re not really sure why she brings gender into this and, also, some of her co-producers, like RedOne, might be a little surprised to hear she doesn’t need them.
Anyway, Harris didn’t back down and responded, via tweet, according to entertainmentwise, that her label had emailed him about working with her. He then mentioned that he's a fan and he apologized if he offended her. His tweet has since been taken down.
They may not be working together any time soon, but Lady Gaga is working with Tony Bennett again. After the two fell in love with each other while recording “The Lady Is A Tramp” for his 2011 “Duets” album, they now plan to make an entire jazz album together, according to Billboard.
Bennett says that Lady Gaga’s father, Daddy Gaga (actually, his real name is Joseph Germanotta) contacted him recently to suggest doing a complete album of jazz tunes, though he’s mum on revealing any of the titles. They will work together with arranger/orchestrator Marion Evans.
“It’s going to really reaffirm that [Gaga’s] one of the best jazz singers that anyone’s ever heard,” Bennett says.
No word on when the two plan to go into the studio: Bennett’s new album, “Viva Duets,” bowed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 recently, and Gaga is finishing “ARTPOP,” which will come out in 2013.
UPDATE: Rest easy, all is now well between Lady Gaga and Calvin Harris. Following his semi-apology yesterday, she followed suit and tweeted: "@Calvin Harris thanks for the apology & explaining. My apologies too. Congratulations on your album. Wish you well. Cheers." And then she went to her label and yelled at whomever had asked him to work with her...
Most people will likely be distracted by the Eastern seaboard being washed away this evening, but for those not watching the Weather Channel (and who still have power), the good news is that the TV schedule just keeps rolling along. Tonight "All on the Line with Joe Zee" (Sundance Channel, Mon. Oct. 29 10:00 p.m.) will wrap up another season, this time with Zee guiding designer Nicole Richie to QVC greatness. It seems struggling designers couldn't have a better mentor than Zee, whose other job is Creative Director for Elle magazine. Here are a few tips on enjoying life (or, if you're a designer, for improving your business) that I gleaned from an interview with Zee during a recent trip to Los Angeles. You're welcome.
The first leg of Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” tour doesn’t end for another two weeks, but she has already announced a 2013 leg.
Today, Underwood unleashed another 40 dates on her website, starting Feb. 13 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hunter Hayes will continue as opener. Tickets go on sale Nov. 2; $1 from each ticket sold will go to the Red Cross on the next leg, as it has on the first leg.
Underwood is on break from touring this week to prepare for hosting the CMA Awards, which will air on ABC on Nov. 1.
The new 2013 tour dates are below:
2-13 Colorado Springs, CO -- Colorado Springs World Arena
2-14 Broomfield, CO -- 1STBANK Center
2-17 Boise, ID -- Taco Bell Arena
2-19 Billings, MT -- MetraPark
2-21 Spokane, WA -- Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
2-22 Yakima, WA -- Yakima Sundome
2-25 Oakland, CA -- Oracle Arena
2-26 Stockton, CA -- Stockton Arena
3-2 Las Vegas, NV -- Mandalay Bay Events Center
3-3 Ontario, CA -- Citizens Business Bank Arena
3-5 Fresno, CA -- Save Mart Center
3-8 Rio Rancho, NM -- Santa Ana Star Center
3-21 Richmond, VA -- Richmond Coliseum
3-23 Roanoke, VA -- Roanoke Civic Center
3-25 Hershey, PA -- Giant Center
3-26 Buffalo, NY -- First Niagara Center
3-28 Hamilton, ON -- Copps Coliseum
3-30 Kingston, ON -- K-Rock Centre
4-2 St. John, NB -- Harbour Station
4-9 Portland, ME -- Cumberland County Civic Center
4-11 Youngstown, OH-- Covelli Centre
4-13 Lansing, MI -- Breslin Student Events Center
4-14 Ft. Wayne, IN -- Allen County Memorial Coliseum
4-16 Greenville, SC -- BiLo Center
4-17 Columbia, SC -- Colonial Life Arena
4-19 Augusta, GA -- James Brown Arena
4-20 Jacksonville, FL -- Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
4-23 Houston, TX -- Toyota Center
4-25 San Antonio, TX -- Freeman Coliseum
4-27 Cedar Park, TX -- Cedar Park Center
4-29 Lafayette, LA -- Cajundome
5-2 Bloomington, IL -- U.S. Cellular Coliseum
5-3 Milwaukee, WI -- BMO Harris Bradley Center
5-5 Toledo, OH -- Huntington Center
5-8 Charleston, WV -- Charleston Civic Center
5-10 Rockford, IL -- BMO Harris Bank Center
5-12 Omaha, NE -- CenturyLink Center
5-13 Sioux City, IA -- Tyson Events Center
5-15 Winnipeg, MB -- MTS Centre
5-18 Edmonton, AB -- Rexall Place
I recently learned that I was the only person living in my house, out of six of us, who had seen "The Princess Bride."
I found this revelation to be completely inconceivable.
The only reason it came up was because I was sent the 25th anniversary edition of the film on Blu-ray to prepare for a conversation with Cary Elwes. It's not like I needed the reminder of the film, since it's been one of those movies I've seen dozens of times since release, and each time, I am struck anew by just what a miracle it is. It doesn't really feel like any other movie, and while I've spoken to both screenwriter William Goldman (who adapted it from his tremendous novel) and director Rob Reiner about it in the past, I'll take any opportunity to chat about it with people who worked on it.
When I spoke to Elwes, it was by phone, and he was in an airport sitting under what sounded like the loudest speaker in human history, with a long garbled announcement blaring every three or four minutes. He seemed chagrined by the situation, but absolutely unflappable in how pleased he was to be talking about "The Princess Bride." The sheer hideousness of the situation only made Elwes seem more likable.
"Up All Night" returned for its second season with what seemed like a massive facelift. A sitcom that had once split its time between Christina Applegate's life at work with Maya Rudolph and at home with Will Arnett and their baby instead refocused on the home life, canceling the show-within-the-show (and getting rid of the other characters who worked there), having Applegate replace Arnett as the stay-at-home parent, and introducing Luka Jones' as Applegate's brother and Arnett's partner in a new contracting business.
Compared to what the show is about to do, all those changes amount to little more than getting a little collagen injected into the lips. The real overhaul is just beginning, and it will leave "Up All Night" unrecognizable by the end.
Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, Notre Dame actually GOOD again -- oh the horror! The weekend produced its fair share of nightmares (well, the end of baseball season was a godsend) and Halloween isn't even here yet. But Oscar season feels like it's at a bit of a standstill, settled into a holding pattern. I hesitate to call it the eye of the storm, but after that first wave of fall festival entries, and with plenty still ahead, it kind of feels like that. So let's just do a bit of tidying to get an idea of where we are.
"Argo" continues to be a box office hit and the Best Picture frontrunner while "Cloud Atlas" has faltered. AFI Fest is going to bring "Hitchcock" into the fold at the end of the week with "Lincoln" closing it out a week later. "Zero Dark Thirty," "Les Misérables," "Django Unchained," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Promised Land" (though it's been seen) are all on deck for press reveals next month.
Well, they can’t all be “Call Me Maybe,” can they? Carly Rae Jepsen’s video for current single, “This Kiss,” is not going to lift the song into a pop culture phenomenon, as did the clip for “Maybe.”
Instead, Jepsen has delivered a fairly mundane video for the peppy song about wanting to kiss a boy so badly, even though you both are attached to other folks.
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Call it “What Makes Your Beautiful, Part 2.”
One Direction’s new track, “Little Things” catalogs, in great detail, all the things some girls/women hate about themselves: from her crinkles by her eyes and her stomach and her thighs to her weight and the fact that “you still have to squeeze into your jeans.” Thanks for noticing.
Hey girl, guess what? You may not like them, but it’s all those “Little Things” that make your man love you and makes you think you’re beautiful...or at least if your man is in One Direction. The only thing they leave out is cankles.
The stripped-down ballad, co-written by Ed Sheeran, is on 1D’s new album, “Take Me Home,” out Nov. 13. Yeah, it’s sweet, but, you know what, dude? We don’t need for you to point out that it’s those things that make you love us. We just want you to pretend they don’t exist and that you don’t see them. Now all you’ve done is make us more self-conscious. Just like how your bald spot and your hairy back are two of the little things that make you all the more lovable to us. Now hand over the remote and leave me alone.
Seriously, while a lyric video has been posted for “Little Things,” it hasn’t been confirmed as a second single from “Take Me Home,” following “Live While We’re Young.” “Young” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, driven largely by digital sales as opposed to radio play. This week it tumbles 10 spots to No. 31.
How many Oscar nominees can you fit into one cast? Okay, Daniel Craig, you'll get there, but in addition to the "Skyfall" actor, director George Clooney has filled out the cast of his World War II drama "The Monuments Men" with Cate Blanchett ("The Aviator"), Bill Murray ("Lost in Translation") and Jean Dujardin ("The Artist"), in addition to John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban.
That's a lot of fire power. But Clooney can wrangle that kind of talent easily. He's one of Hollywood's golden boys, primed to receive an Oscar nomination in his sixth category for producing "Argo" this year. Deadline reports that the film, based on a true story and written by Clooney and partner Grant Heslov, tells of a crew of art historians and museum curators who scrambled to recover renown works of art stolen by the Nazi regime, destined to be destroyed.
Commercial projections for "Skyfall" suggested it would be the highest-grossing Bond movie ever, and global box office figures this weekend suggest that will be the case. In the UK, the film took in over $32m this weekend -- the biggest opening haul of 2012, and a record for a non-3D feature. Indeed, it sits behind only the final "Harry Potter" instalment in the all-time rankings. Internationally, meanwhile, it opened at #1 in 24 other territories, raking in $77.7m overall. Given much robust figures, it'll be interesting to see if it outperforms estimates when it opens Stateside, where it's expected to gross a little over one-third of US champ "The Avengers"' total. [Deadline]
Denzel Washington has been working for so long now that he's sort of an institution, one of those performers who is both movie star and actor. I think there is a clear distinction between those two things, and there are movie stars who never really push themselves out of their comfort zones, just as there are great actors who don't possess whatever that particular charisma is that makes someone iconic. Washington is capable of disappearing into a character, but he's also one of those guys who financiers love because he's been such a reliable box-office sensation over the years.
"Flight," the new film by Robert Zemeckis, calls on both sides of Denzel's personality. It's the story of a guy who is capable of exceptional things who is also a high-functioning alcoholic and drug abuser, and his character is a hard person to like. Denzel's charisma helps with that, and he manages to show you how this guy is able to coast on charm even as he burns his life down. If he wasn't such a movie star, I'm not sure you'd have any sympathy for him, but if he wasn't such a good actor, I don't think that slow crumble of addiction would feel as authentic and unapologetic as it does. It's the sort of work that reminds you just how good someone can be.