Blue dancing along to her mommy’s performance from the MTV Video Music Awards.
When I was much younger, “Frontin'” was a song that I would listen on repeat for weeks. Hearing this re-work today by Disclosure brought back all of those memories. I was skeptical at first that I wouldn’t like this very much, but I actually love it.
I can’t believe it’s time already for the most fashionable night of the year! It’s crazy to think that a year has already gone by. I feel like I was making the 2013 post just last month. This year’s theme is White Tie and Decorations.
Of course we’re kicking things off with Queen Bey and Jay.
Beyonce and Jay-Z both in Givenchy Haute Couture
If you’ve ever found yourself at a Grimes show, then you understand that you’re in for one heck of a show. I caught Grimes I think two years ago at Capitol Hill Block Party having only known a handful of her songs back then, but found myself getting more and more into the show as the set went on. Grimes is what I can only describe as eccentric, colorful, and whimsical. Are we still using the term Manic Pixie Dream Girl? I know we use those for movies, but if we had it for the music category, she would probably take the cake.
This week it was announced that Grimes had signed to Jay Z’s label Roc Nation. Already on the roster are: Rihanna, Timbaland, Haim, MIA, Santigold, Shakira, Wale, Kylie Minogue and more. She’s in great company!
I’m excited for what is to come for the young artist in the new year.
I’ve actually seen this documentary on Showtime three times since it has aired, but since I have the inability to disconnect, I kept watching without retaining. Today, I decided that I would finally sit myself down and pay attention. The laptop was closed – no notes were taken – and my phone was at the other end of the couch. The only hiccup I had in watching the doc today was an unexpected food coma that caused me to fall asleep in the middle of it for two hours and start back up again right after.
Picture this: an 8-year old me putting on my headphones and listening to “Hard Knock Life” for the first time on our shared CD player. My brother wasn’t as involved with the music industry as I was, but he basically taught me everything I know about hip hop and R&B. I like to think that my childhood wasn’t as standard as everyone else’s. I was a small child growing up with Tupac and Biggie and I’m sure that the parents of my peers found that quite inappropriate, but when it comes to my music, I was pretty serious and my parents knew that me rapping out these lyrics without me knowing the meanings was harmless.
If there’s ever an industry that has always felt the need to defend themselves, it is the music industry. There are so many ideas behind it that people can’t bring themselves to understand or ignorantly make judgments about, but make no mistake – music is powerful. It is always evolving and that’s what Jay Z wanted to highlight in this documentary – that we can now hold festivals with lineups from varying genres. It’s a step in the right direction and years and years ago, this would not have been possible. Another thing that I found myself enjoying about this doc is how it featured the people behind the scenes – the vendors, backstage, all the people that help make this festival happen without any name recognition whatsoever. Working a music festival is not easy. As an attendee, you pay for your ticket that you saved up for a couple of weeks maybe and prepare yourself for a show you’re ready to enjoy. Do you know that the people that love this festival the most work so hard during the day and night to make it happen that they can’t enjoy the acts themselves? They are the ones preparing your food, testing the sound two-three hours prior to a set, moving the heavy equipment backstage, keeping the lineup and schedule on track, and cleaning up every night after you leave so that when you arrive the next morning, you don’t have to look at the trash that was left behind. It’s the little things. The next time you attend one, make sure to give thanks.
Philly is so lucky to have Made In America, but they truly deserve it. Jay-Z, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer did a tremendous job on this documentary. If you haven’t seen it on Showtime yet, make sure you save yourself some time to.
– Stephen Merchant, before launching into a choreographed lip-sync performance of the pop star’s hit “Single Ladies,” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
– Jimmy Fallon, correcting his British guest
– Stephen Merchant, in response
When I first learned about JAY Z’s “Made In America” festival, I was blown away by the lineup. Of course, I was surprised by it though. When you’ve got a name like JAY Z tied to a music festival, the acts will come on their own. For most people a music festival is just one incredible weekend. For the people that have to plan it, however, it’s a years’ worth of hard work that no one will ever understand. The documentary on this Philadelphia music festival will appear on Showtime and I think it will be an eye opening experience for audiences.
Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) is in the director’s chair, while Jay Z, Howard, and Brian Grazer serve as executive producers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will make its television debut on Friday, Oct. 11 following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 7.
The documentary features performances and interviews with artists including Kanye West, Rita Ora, Run–D.M.C., Odd Future, Pearl Jam, and more.
He has officially dropped the hyphen in his name. Personally, I don’t prefer it, but I guess that’s not up to me. And if you think about it though, changing Jay-Z to Jay Z is not a huge difference. Remember when Diddy changed his name 23840938 times? And what about Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion?
Okay, we’re done with this.
Using inspiration from Jay-Z’s lyrics, artist Ali Graham has been illustrating some of the rapper’s problems into these hilarious pieces of art in this new series imagining what problems the rapper might have himself. Creating one illustration a day, Graham is currently only at problem #41. View his page for a full list.
In major news today, Jay-Z attempted to perform his track “Picasso Baby” for 6 hours at the New York City Art Gallery. The single is off of his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail. The rapper was even joined by Marina Abramovic – a renowned performance artist. Fans and spectators captured the performance with Instagrams and Vines for everyone else to view that couldn’t make it. People Magazine has the full scoop here.