The Love/Hate News Report 02.07.13: Beyonce, The Strokes, More
Posted by Gina Bortolussi on 02.07.2013
News and thoughts on Beyonce's amazing Super Bowl performance, Chris Brown's fight with Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake's choice words for Britney Spears, The Strokes' new album, and more!
Welcome to The Love/Hate News Report, a weekly roundup of six news items from the music scene that I think may or may not change the world.
Beyonce Wins the Super Bowl
There is no love lost between football and I, and every year I pretend to be excited about the Super Bowl and force myself to watch it, but truthfully I'm just waiting for the Halftime Show to come on because it's the only thing I look forward to when Super Bowl Sunday rolls around, and wings. This year, instead of torturing myself, I didn't watch the game, but I did check in from time to time to make sure that I didn't miss Beyonce's performance. Beyonce's hip poppin' and booty shakin' were in full force for the show and she did not disappoint! Beyonce went out there and did what she was so clearly born to do, entertain. This was my favorite Halftime Show since Britney Spears, Nelly, and *Nsync joined Aerosmith on stage for "Walk This Way" back in 2001. There was energy, lights, lady horn players, and even a five second appearance by Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams who joined Beyonce for "Bootylicious" making Super Bowl XLVII the scene of the shortest Destiny's Child reunion in history.
Beyonce has surely redeemed herself from the lip-syncing scandal that came out of President Obama's second Inauguration a few weeks ago, and the girl is back on top. And after her Halftime Show performance her world tour, kicking off on April 15th in Belgrade, Serbia, is sure to sell out.
Fall Out Boy Are Back Together
Don't call it a comeback.
I never thought it would happen, but Fall Out Boy is back! The band, who say that they were never broken up over their four year hiatus, has regrouped to release a brand new album, which they have titled, Save Rock and Roll. I feel like Fall Out Boy started to get some flack with their last couple of albums, but they have always meant the world to me. I fell hard for their first album, Take This to Your Grave. I actually insisted on it being the only background music at my graduation party guests over eighteen were confused, but that's how much I loved their music. I hardly listened to anything else in high school. I could go on and on about them and about the time I met Pete Wentz, but this is about the music, man.
Fall Out Boy went back to their hometown of Chicago and performed a new track, "My Thoughts Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em' Up)," which is more of a From Under the Corktree vibe and less of a Folie a Deux vibe, at The Subterranean. I can't wait to hear what biting and truthful words lyricist and bassist Wentz has come up with. It'll be really great to these boys together again.
Frank Ocean Won't Press Charges Against Chris Brown
So a week or so ago Frank Ocean's people allegedly attacked Chris Brown after the two artists ran into each other outside of a recording studio. The odd part of this story is that reports are saying Brown did not start the fight. According to reports it was Brown who went to shake Ocean's hand and that is when Ocean's friends jumped him. Ocean tweets a different story and according to him it was Brown and two of Brown's friends who jumped Ocean outside of the studio. Given Brown's history with violence I am inclined to believe Mr. Ocean's side of the story. Got it? Good.
Now Ocean is alluding to the fact that he will not be pressing charges on Brown because he's just classy like that, and because this is what he said on his website:
"I'll choose sanity. No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit. Forgiveness, albeit difficult, is wisdom."
It's kind of a shame that Brown isn't getting what he deserves in this situation, but I will still choose to believe that somewhere Karma is alive and well.
Steven Tyler Goes Back to American Idol
Steven Tyler made an appearance on an episode of this season's American Idol and in true, Tyler fashion, it was kind of weird, ant not because he was dressed as a woman, but because he's weird. The current judges on the show, Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, and Mariah Carey played dumb and acted like they didn't know who the mystery singer was and then the blonde wig came off and fake surprise! Jackson actually looked genuinely confused and surprised, but he did bring back the phrase "Yo Dawg" so it's not that odd.
The whole thing was as dumb as it sounds. The things some people will do for ratings.
Justin Timberlake Calls Britney Spears a Bitch (Maybe)
Poor Britney Spears. Justin Timberlake was trash talking someone, who a lot of fans assumed was Spears when he said "Sometimes in life, you think you found the one. But then one day you find out, that she is just some bitch!" in concert. He followed up with this tweet:
"Ok. I see you. Wouldn't disrespect ANYONE personally. Ever. #Relax #ItsBritneyBitch I do love that saying though *with accent* #Respect."
Come on, Timberlake! Who else have you dated that you thought was the one? Who else did you have a public break up with and write a song about? Okay, Cameron Diaz could be the answer to both of those questions, but I still think he was talking about Spears since she supposedly cheated on him. I don't know. I can't. I still live in a fantasy world where Spears and Timberlake are married with five kids.
The Strokes Are Releasing a New Album
The Strokes are back!
Exciting things are on the horizon, folks! The Strokes have not only presented us with a very special gift, a new single called "One Way Trigger," but they've also given us a release date and name of their new album. The Strokes' fifth studio album, Comedown Machine, will be out on March 26th of this year.
"One Way Trigger" is what you would expect from The Strokes. It features the band's signature guitar riffs and Julian Casablanca's cool, "I don't care, it's rock n' roll" vocals.
I'm excited to hear the entire album because the guys have been through a lot of life changes like break ups and marriages and babies, which I'm sure will be reflected on Comedown Machine.
What I'm Listening To:
Stacy DuPree of Eisley, Darren King, her husband and drummer for Mutemath, and Jeremy Larson have a band called Sucre and I just love them. Their music is so ethereal and pure and just straight up beautiful. They do a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Spring" that literally brings tears to my eyes every time I listen to it. And I can always appreciate a band that names their album after a Robert Frost poem (A Minor Bird is their debut full length album).