I’m pretty in love with Pink, at the moment. I’ve had her album The Truth About Love on repeat in my car for about three weeks solid now (What, it’s a great relationships-and-all-their-dramas album). Anyway, one of my favourite tracks on the album is Try, which also happens to be her new single – and the music video is amazing. Seriously.
It’s helmed by Floria Sigismondi, who directed the incredible The Runaways (with Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart).
I’m in love. The choreography, the colours, the movement, the cinematography. Love, love, love.
Day 27 – Put your iPod on shuffle and list the first 10 songs.
Fun fact: I don’t own an iPod. And I recently cleared out my laptop and haven’t had a chance to re-import all my music. So, I shall do the next best thing. My phone. (Don’t judge me, think I only have about 12 songs on the thing anyway)
1. Every Teardrop is a Waterfall – Coldplay
2. The Immortals – Kings of Leon
3. I’m Only Joking – Kongos
4. Shake It Out – Florence and the Machine
5. Pyro – Kings of Leon (told you)
6. Hurts Like Heaven – Coldplay
7. One – U2
8. Radioactive – Kings of Leon
9. Settle Down – Kimbra
10. Somebody I Used To Know – Gotye ft. Kimbra
Most of it was from my calm-me-down-on-the-way-to-the-clinic playlist.
Yep, you guessed it. I don’t have a favourite musician. I love all sorts of different types of music, and my tastes change on a regular basis. My favourite band or artist will be the one whose album is playing in my car, before I grow bored and pop something else in.
This year was hailed as Amy Winehouse’s“comeback year”. This year, her team was sure, she would finally overcome her personal demons and get back to the height of her success.
But as 2011 starts slipping away at an alarming pace, that all looks impossible.
Amy Winehouse during her disastrous Belgrade show.
An album was promised for Christmas 2010, which failed to materialise. Then it was set for a January release. It’s now June. She’s attempted various live performances, with varying results. She played her five shows in Brazil in January this year and seemed back on top, despite having to interrupt songs to take sips of water and falling off the stage during one gig. But then she was booed off stage in Dubai in February after appearing tired and distracted. After checking into rehab for a week at the end of May and being told by doctors “Stop drinking or die”, Amy performed a polished set at an intimate venue in London on 12 June, which an audience member described as being “like one of her old performances”.
Somehow, though, in the space of a week – the wheels fell off.
Amy performed a disastrous set in Serbia on 18 June in which she seemed trashed out of her mind. She stumbled onto the Belgrade stage over an hour late, paused to take off her shoes, introduced her band members incorrectly and mumbled her way through her song Just Friends. And that was just the opening number. If you’ve got the stomach for it, you can watch it here. It’s really not a pretty sight.
It has been a spectacularly crappy day today – Fridays always are, and they’re also my busiest workdays. I’ve had the kind of day where I haven’t been able to publish my main feature for the day because the system won’t allow it. It’s been the kind of day where I’ve sent emails to the wrong people, had to rush articles and skip some things altogether.
On the personal side, it’s been proven that I’m a completely and total lunatic, caring about things that allegedly shouldn’t be my problem anymore. I don’t want to care, but I can’t help it.
Anyway, in the midst of all of this awfulness comes Coldplay’s new single – Every Teardrop is a Waterfall. I find Coldplay extremely comforting – and so I share this with you in the hopes that it brings you a hint of joy.
You know, there’s a fine line when artists/studios/labels balance when promoting a piece of work.
Too little publicity and your product will disappear among the masses, destined to either fade into obscurity or (if they’re very, very lucky) become a cult classic. Too much publicity and you over-stimulate your audience to the point where no matter how amazing your film/song/novel is, somebody else expected it to be better.
To me, this is what’s happened to Lady Gaga’s video for Judas. For weeks and weeks we’ve heard Gaga talk about how it was the most exciting artistic moment of her career. We’ve heard hype from her creative partner, seen leaked details splashed all over the media and then, of course, the controversy surrounding the track itself. And then, she premiered the video – which you can watch below. My 2c and the video itself after the jump…