LionsgateThe first Hunger Games soundtrack hit the number one spot on the Billboard 200, sold over half a million copies in the U.S. alone and spawned two Grammy-nominated tracks in the shape of Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars' "Safe & Sound" and Arcade Fire's "Abraham's Daughter." So like the film itself, its Catching Fire follow-up arrives with an understandable wave of expectation.Helmed by Twilight music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, the majority of its twelve tracks maintain the same high standards. Abandoning the day-glow pop of their last album, Coldplay return to the melancholic indie-rock of Parachutes on the gorgeous opener "Atlas." Ubiquitous hit-maker Sia makes the most of her opportunity in the spotlight with the hazy hip-pop of Diplo collaboration "Elastic Heart." Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera delivers arguably her best vocal in a decade with the soaring Ryan Tedder-penned epic "We Remain."Elsewhere, The Weeknd thankfully avoids the self-indulgence of his recent fare with the falsetto-led R&B of "Devil May Cry," Patti Smith makes the album's most obvious Hunger Games reference with her cries of Katniss on the poetic and brooding balladry of "Capital Letter," while The Lumineers take a break from their usual rousing default mode on the hushed Dylan-esque folk number "Gale Song."As with the big-screen adventure it's accompanying, the soundtrack doesn't shy away from the fleetingness of life. None more so than on The National's "Lean," a suitably sombre torch song originally titled "Dying Is Easy," which deals with an impending apocalypse.But apart from Lorde's misguided cover of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World," which removes all the joy from Tears For Fears' new wave original with its sullen and over-stylised production, the album's dark and dramatic default mode remains compelling throughout.
R&B singer The Weeknd has been recruited as the opening act for six dates on Justin Timberlake's upcoming U.S. tour. The Canadian singer, who has just wrapped his own headlining tour, will kick off The 20/20 Experience tour on Wednesday (06Nov13) in Brooklyn, New York.
Rapper M.I.A. decided to keep her new song Sexodus for herself after Madonna declined the opportunity to use it for her latest album Mdna. The Paper Planes hitmaker contributed two tracks to Madonna's 2012 release, Give Me All Your Luvin' and B-Day Song, but she reveals there could have been a third.
She tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "I actually played that song to Madonna when I wrote it and said, 'Oh you can have this.' She gave it back to me."
The tune's sentiment about having it all prompted a conversation between the two stars, but outspoken M.I.A. didn't agree with Madonna's take on the lyrics.
She recalls, "So I was like, what d'you (sic) do? And she said, 'You spend it!' And I said, 'No, I don't think that's the right answer.'"
However, the pop superstar's shallow response hasn't changed M.I.A.'s opinion of her: "No, because Madonna is true to Madonna. She always said she was a material girl."
Sexodus, which features soul star The Weeknd, is now set to appear on M.I.A.'s own upcoming album Matangi.
R&B star The Weeknd is encouraging fans attending his Kiss Land Tour to practice safe sex by offering up his own-branded condoms as part of his official merchandise. The singer, who is known for his sex-filled songs, has teamed up with bosses at ONE Condoms to provide devotees with added protection in the bedroom.
The products will only be available for sale during the star's current three-month trek across North America and the U.K.
A portion of profits from the sale of each condom will be donated to organisations supporting mobile HIV testing, counselling and drug treatment in Africa, reports AllHipHop.com.
The Weeknd isn't the first musician to provide specially-branded condoms - dance duo Daft Punk cashed in on its summer (13) hit Get Lucky by releasing its own Durex range.
Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series isn't the happiest set of books filling the YA section of your local bookstore. The newly released track list for the second film in the series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire , shows that living in a post-apocolyptic dystopia is probably a tad depressing. The soundtrack showcases the perfect mix of tracks to bob your head to while watching children murder other children in brutal combat. (But It’s also a love Story!) So what tunes are the denizens of The Capitol listening to?
1. "Atlas" – Coldplay2. "Silhouettes" – Of Monsters and Men3. "Elastic Heart" – Sia (ft. The Weeknd & Diplo)4. "Lean" – The National5. "We Remain" – Christina Aguilera6. "Devil May Cry" – The Weeknd7. "Who We Are" – Imagine Dragons8. "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" – Lorde9. "Gale Song" – The Lumineers10. "Mirror" – Ellie Goulding11. "Capital Letter" – Patti Smith12. "Shooting Arrows At The Sky" – Santigold13. "Place For Us" – Mikky Ekko14. "Lights" – Phantogram15. "Angel On Fire" – Antony and the Johnsons
We’ve already heard the haunting "Atlas" by Coldplay, which will serve as the film's official theme. The soundtrack contains a bevy of eclectic musical talent including tortured R&B crooner The Weeknd, equally tourtured indie rockers The National, also tortured pop star Lorde (I'm sensing a pattern here), and Christina Aguilera. It seems like the music of the film will be honing in on themes such as teenaged angst, loneliness, and what it's like to be a genie in a bottle.
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Miley Cyrus has scored her first U.S. Hot 100 chart number one with her Wrecking Ball single. The track rockets to the top spot 10 days after the video for the song debuted on line, causing a controversy as it featured images of the 20 year old pop star swinging naked on a chained metal ball.
The song knocks Katy Perry's Roar off the top of the countdown.
Cyrus previously scored number two hits with We Can't Stop and Party in the U.S.A. but she has never reached the top spot until now.
Perry's Roar drops to three on the chart, while Australian singer/songwriter makes it an all-girl top three with Royals.
On the album chart, Keith Urban fends off The Weeknd to land at number one with Fuse.
Only 3,000 sales separate his new hit from The Weeknd's Kiss Land, which debuts at number two. Both albums sold less than 100,000 copies.
Meanwhile, 2 Chainz debuts B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME at three, Luke Bryan's Crash My Party rises a spot to four and Janelle Monae lands her best sales week ever - and first top 10 album - as The Electric Lady enters the chart at five.
Singer The Weeknd has offered to personally call fans who leave him a voicemail. The Canadian star included his personal phone number in a promotional video for his new album Kiss Land and he is hoping devotees get in touch.
Fans who call the number will hear a one-minute message from the reclusive singer thanking them for their support, and they can then leave him a message.
Kiss Land is the singer's first official album to be released, following three mixtapes in 2012.
The MTV Video Music Awards may no longer award Moonmen in categories such as "Best Post-Modern Music Video," but that doesn't mean the awards show has sold out and gone all mainstream. In fact, thanks to its location, nominees, and lineup, we may be poised for the most hipster VMAs of all time.
LOCATIONTalk about street cred. In 2013, the VMAs moved to Brooklyn for the first time ever. The show will be nestled in the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets (the most hipster of basketball teams), Brooklyn's first state of the art stadium, which Jay Z himself had a stake in. The stadium serves food from local vendors and the basketball court itself — which, granted, will not be in place during the awards show — is herringbone. If Brooklyn wasn't hipster enough (which it is; it's basically the epicenter of hipster), the stadium certainly is — this ain't the Staples Center.
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Holy indie bands, Batman! While teen-friendly staples like Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez and blockbuster favorites like Justin Timberlake and Kanye West rule this year's list of nominees, quite a few indie bands are also getting their time in the spotlight this year — and what's more hipster than an indie band? Sure, the list includes gettin'-too-big-for-their-britches Mumford & Sons and fun., but we could also see less mainstream artists like Duck Sauce, Flying Lotus, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Capital Cities, and The Weeknd take home a trophy. And, while we're at it, Janelle Monae, Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend, Imagine Dragons, Miguel, and Iggy Azalea — is this an awards show or a warehouse party in Bushwick?
THE LINEUPAnd things get even more hipster when you consider the presenters and performers. We've been promised appearances by everyone's-fantasy-hipster-boyfriend Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the chillest-host-to-ever-sit-behind-a-Late-Night-desk Jimmy Fallon, Scottish-powerhouse-and-style-icon Emeli Sandé, and I'm-so-hipster-I-bleed-PBR Jared Leto. There is also a rumored surprise performance by Daft Punk because of course.
BONUS: LENA DUNHAM Fun. is nominated for a VMA. Lena Dunham is dating fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff. There's a good chance Lena Dunham will be at the Barclays Center tonight. And anything Lena Dunham attends automatically gets 5 million hipster points.
The VMAs air on MTV Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9 PM ET.
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Rapper Drake turned his OVO Festival in Canada into a star-studded affair on Monday night (05Aug13) by introducing Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Tlc to the stage and reuniting Sean 'Diddy' Combs with his former protege Ma$E. The Best I Ever Had hitmaker closed out his fourth annual event with a headlining set at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in his native Toronto and he made sure fans were given a show to remember by packing in the guest appearances from his hip-hop peers Wale, Big Sean, A$AP Rocky and French Montana, as well as R&B singers The Weeknd and Miguel.
West took over the stage to perform Can't Tell Me Nothing and New Slaves, and heaped praise on Drake, crediting the rapper with inspiring the Stronger star to team up with Jay Z for their 2011 collaborative album, Watch the Throne.
He said, "Me and Hov (Jay Z) would have never made Watch the Throne if this n**ga wouldn't have been pushing on us like that (sic)."
Lil Wayne then joined Drake for renditions of their joint songs The Motto, HYFR and Love Me, before the audience was taken back to the late 1990s with a surprise set by Combs and Ma$e, who teamed up for covers of Notorious B.I.G.'s Mo Money Mo Problems and It's All About the Benjamins.
The surviving members of TLC also took part in the nostalgic gig with Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozanda 'Chilli' Thomas running through No Scrubs and Waterfalls, while Lil Mama - who will portray tragic rapper Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes in an upcoming TV biopic - also made an appearance onstage, although she did not perform.
The big gig ensured the OVO Festival ended on a high after singer Frank Ocean was forced to pull out of headlining the first night of the event due to a tear to one of his vocal cords. His absence prompted organisers to scrap Sunday's (04Aug13) line-up and instead expand Monday's show.
"The thing about Drake is I told him what my decisions were going to be. And he was down with it from the beginning... I told him from day one what my decision was going to be. I wasn't going that route. I was going to go my own route. And he supported me." R&B star The Weeknd insists there is no rift with his frequent collaborator Drake after turning down an offer to sign to the rapper's OVO Sound label in favour of establishing his own imprint, XO, with Universal Republic Records.