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"My album is more done than yours...and I just started a week ago," says Angel Haze on her new track "One the Edge." And thus starts the flame-war between Haze and another upstart rapper Azealia Banks with battle bars.
The two artists erupted in a Twitter brawl today, starting with an apparent lob from Banks on rappers claiming to be from New York who aren't.
Some of the Tweet nastiness has been deleted, replaced with some half apologies and a lot of chest puffery. The next move was apparent: within hours, Haze had a pretty personal diss track up on Soundcloud.
Now, I'm not really interested in a Tweet fight, especially in this still-small world of female MCs that have a long race to run even after they're done trying to put each other down. Nicki and Kim did it. Was kinda gross, but it yielded some fun.
"On the Edge" is personal. It's practically psycho-sexual.
Skrillex may sleep in hotels on the road more than he does his own abode, but that hasn't kep him from being productive. The dance producer released a surprise new EP "Leaving" today, and also dropped a new music video for "Summit" featuring Ellie Goulding.
"Leaving" is really just three songs, for about 14 minutes of new material. But it came up for users of Skrillex's songs subscription service The Nest, with all the tracks also up on YouTube. You can hear them below: the title track is actually surprisingly chilled and emotionally grounded, though you may find "The Reason" putting a little closer to EDM par with all those synths. "Scary Bolly Dub" sounds just how you think a song called that sounds.
The song "Summit" also has a video component: the song was attached to Skrillex's "Bangarang" EP, and features his now-ex-girlfriend Goulding. The clip itself features some kids of a legal age having a way better night than you've ever had combined with other really good nights. Bring your lighter for this one.
In an interview with Billboard, Skrillex has said that he wants to spend 2013 on making more new music; he also found his experiences scoring for the films "Wreck It Ralph" and "Spring Breakers" inspiring, and he wants to do more composing for film.
"[Film scoring is] cool because it's a lot more collaborative," he says. "It's nice stepping into someone else's world for a minute and basically have that trust in different artists where you can combine worlds. There's already a plot, there's already a theme... and you just learn so much from doing things that way."
What surprises me most about the latest trailer for "A Good Day To Die Hard" is that it actually looks like director John Moore has finally grown a sense of visual style.
Moore has been an in-house favorite for Fox for a while, but I don't get it. "Behind Enemy Lines," "Flight of the Phoenix," "The Omen," and especially "Max Payne" are all borderline unwatchable, and he seems positively ham-handed when it comes to performance and text. It's not enough to occasionally nail a pretty picture, and I'd argue that even in that department, he's seemed deficient so far.
This new trailer for the fifth "Die Hard" film is probably the longest coherent piece of film to ever have Moore's name attached to it, which is incredibly encouraging. I think this is actually a pretty tremendous trailer overall. Jai Courtney handled himself well in "Jack Reacher," and I like the chemistry between him and Bruce Willis in the quick glimpses we see here. By the time most series reach a fifth film in a series, the juice is long since gone, but "Fast Five" absolutely revitalized that series, so it is possible.
I've worked on Oscar campaigns and have covered this beat for a long time, but boy this is odd. We are days, even hours away from Academy members pressing send on their newfangled computers to end phase one of yet another great Oscar season and yet hardly anyone in Tinsletown feels secure about their contenders or which of their competitors is the true frontrunner. Yowzas!
Nominations have been announced by the Denver Film Critics Society. "Argo," "Lincoln," "The Master" and "Silver Linings Playbook" led the way with four nominations each, though "Lincoln" and "The Master" were edged out of the Best Picture category by "Django Unchained." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on January 8. Keep up with the season via The Circuit.
For all her superstardom, Mariah Carey has never been a frequent touring artist and the video below may show why.
Putting the adage, “the show must go on,” into practice, Carey ad libs as she suffers through her earpiece monitor going out, and a flustered stagehand trying to make it all right, during a performance in Australia a few nights ago. Through it all, she never loses the audience as she playfully, but firmly, admonishes her crew and give a play-by-play. She says her dress is too big and too small, she needs water, she needs her band to wait to start the song... it’s a mini-series played out in less than three minutes.
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Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 100, but look for Taylor Swift possibly to end his tenure next week.
“Locked” remains No. 1 on Billboard’s Radio Songs chart (The Hot 100 combines radio play, digital sales, and streaming), but barely increases in airplay, while it loses its No. 1 spot on the Digital Songs chart.
In the meantime, Swift’s “I Knew You Were In Trouble” soars in downloads, though it only gains 5% in radio play. The song isn’t available for streaming, which makes its move to 4-2 on the Billboard Hot 100 all the more impressive.
Rihanna’s “Diamonds” loses a little of its shine as the former No. 1 slides 2-3. It pushes The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” down one spot as well, to No. 4, while Justin Bieber’s “Beauty And A Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj holds at No. 5, according to Billboard.
And end-of-the-year download shopping spree (more about that in a minute) propels Psy’s “Gangnam Style” back into the top 10, as the track, which the S. Korean singer has retired, leaps 17-6.
Ke$ha’s “Die Young” drops 6-7, as does Maroon 5’s “One More Night,” which falls to No. 8. Phillip Phillips’ “Home” stays at No. 9, while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” holds at No. 10.
Fueled by holiday iTunes gift-card giving, a record 55.74 digital songs were sold last week. The amount skyrocketed past the previous record of 47.73 million sold the week ending Dec. 28 in 2008, according to Billboard. The Nielsen SoundScan sales week ends on a Sunday, so this year’s gift-card receivers had almost a full week of purchases counted in the tally.
Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” topped the list with 582,000 copies, the fourth-biggest sales week for a song. (The record belongs to Flo Rida’s “Right Round” at 636,000).
Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” comes in at No. 2 with 497,000, and “Gangnam Style” at No. 3 at 400,000.
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Happy New Year from your friends at Firewall & Iceberg Podcast! On our first show of 2013 — and our last before the start of the mid-season TV critics press tour — Dan and I review a bunch of new and (mostly) returning series, including "Downton Abbey," "Justified" and "Cougar Town." The lineup:
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If you've missed "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" since the first season ended, take heart. Not only is the show back for an oddly timed Halloween special Sun. Jan. 6 at 9:00 p.m. (upcoming specials include a Thanksgiving-themed show Sun. Jan. 13, a clip show Sun. Feb. 10, and a Christmas special Sun. Feb. 17), this latest episode features a very weird highlight -- Mama's mayo phobia. Yes, she's afraid of that staple of redneck cuisine, mayonnaise. Watch this clip to see her personal struggle. With mayo. Also of interest? The family debate over whether or not mayo is a form of meat.