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5 Most Overrated Songs By Decade

Published August 6, 2014 by gossipzoo

Blink 182 All The Small Things

Throughout the years, I’ve often wondered what exactly makes a song a hit-and wondered even greater why certain songs are hits in the first place. I think I should qualify what I mean by “overrated.” None of the songs on this list are “bad” per se, but I felt they didn’t deserve the lavish praise heaped on them after their recording nor the endless plays on the radio.

In other words, there are plenty of worse songs out there, but none of them “earned” the success or were played to death like these five (in chronological order by decade):

Most Overrated Song Of The ’60s: “My Way” – Frank Sinatra

Right away, this selection is going to turn a lot of people off, simply because it’s so cherished, but that’s precisely my point. This song is not only a “classic,” it’s considered Sinatra’s defining standard, but have you ever sat down and really listened to it? The melody is slow, plodding, and predictable (it’s really just a long crescendo), and it was based on an even older French tune.

The lyrics aren’t very admirable either. Frank brags about how he did everything his way, and we should all learn to deal with that. Well, good for him. Being selfish and stubborn isn’t something to croon about. This Paul Anka-penned piece should have been one of Sinatra’s B-sides, not the one by which all his other hits are judged.

I’d rather hear “Come Fly Away” or “New York, New York” any day.

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MGMT – MGMT Album Review

Published August 4, 2014 by gossipzoo


Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The beginning of MGMT’s third self-titled studio album starts particularly…strange. Andrew Vanwyngarden’s voice is either replaced or modified by or into what sounds like the voice of a young child. It soon transforms into normal pitch, percussion kicks in, heavy and forceful, followed by soft acoustic guitar strumming and that catchy melody that is ‘Alien Days’. MGMT have returned. And it has been quite the anticipation for anyone who is a fan of this band and genuinely appreciated their sophomore album, ‘Congratulations’, which can be argued as an introduction to what has been unveiled as their “true” sound now running psychologically and above all, musically unrestrained in this new volume of songs.

Many things are heard in this album, from Eastern scales to classic synthesizers to cerebral lyrics. Upon listening to it, one might observe that this band once popular for radio-savvy tunes is making some truly artistic music and on a major label recording company. Surprising, to say the least, considering the ever digressing priorities for major labels. Much more to the point, it’s great to see a blown up band pursuing artistic concepts that most all bands would never do, simply for the sake of keeping their devoted fans. MGMT will always be respected for the devotion not to their fans, but to themselves.

‘Cool Song No. 2 contains the eastern scales mentioned earlier. The melody is quite pretty and is executed with a certain raw quality, making it the album’s juggernaut, second to ‘Alien Days’. The keyboard is brilliantly used in and around the song, as well as the rest of the album, and we hear Ben Goldwasser extending his reach in musical depth, composing some of his best work to date, particularly during the first half of the album.

‘Introspection’ is in itself, introspective, a new quality that hasn’t really been heard by these guys, besides the final track of their second album. ‘A Good Sadness’ also features a certain sound that was foreshadowed in what you hear on the last two minutes of ‘Siberian Breaks’. It’s a very cool sound and it compliments what could be the songs’ notion that the only good sadness is one completely drowned out by technology. ‘Your Life is a Lie’ is an absolute riot, and the most fun you’ll have listening to ‘MGMT’. ‘Plenty of Girls in the Sea’ is the only track that really feels out of place, and although it’s a fun song, it throws the listener off, and because it’s so near the end of the album, the conclusion, ‘An Orphan of Fortune’, the album feels almost as though it ends too abruptly. It’s subtle how the choice in track progression has the ability to affect an entire album.

There are two noticeable differences throughout ‘MGMT’ in contrast to ‘Oracular Spectacular’ and ‘Congratulations’. First, is Vanwyngarden’s lyrics and delivery. Imagine him offering you a red pill or a blue pill before your personal introduction to the band’s music. If you have listened to the first two albums and are now tuning in to this one, consider yourself to have taken the red pill, because he is now showing you how deep the rabbit hole goes. The writing is even more thought-provoking and creative, and if there had to be only one thing to improve upon, it would be the over all construction of the poems. The second noticeable difference is the band’s growth in progressions and subtle textures that truly compliment the ideas being evoked, especially ‘I Love You Too, Death’, one of the albums finest and most quiet moments.

Every song on the record has something unique to offer. Whether it’s the melodies, sounds or lyrics, there is something to appreciate. Unfortunately few songs have all three qualities crafted together to make the album itself as a whole, memorable. There’s plenty of good in this album, it just feels slightly unfulfilled. Still, it’s a highly enjoyable document of a band who blew up suddenly and chose to be themselves afterward.

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Selena Gomez Dethrones Jay Z On Billboard 200 Chart

Published July 10, 2014 by gossipzoo

It’s been a good month for Selena Gomez.

Following her 21st birthday, the songstress has set a career record by collecting her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Her latest record, Stars Dance, has sold over 97,000 copies in the first week, knocking out Jay Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail from the top spot.

Previously, Gomez’s single, “Come & Get It,” reached No. 1 on the Top 40 radio charts – and the former Disney starlet got pretty teary-eyed about it.

In an emotional video she uploaded onto YouTube, SelGo is seen breaking down when she learns the big news.

“I’ve done four records and this is the first number one that I’ve ever had, so I can not thank you guys enough. I wanna thank every radio station, my label, and the most important of all is my fans for loving the song, for requesting it. It means so much to me,” she says.

Maybe she’ll celebrate with less tears and more shots of Jack and hot wings this time.

Katy Perry Reveals Fierce New ‘Roar’ Cover Art

Published June 12, 2014 by gossipzoo

Katy Perry's Roar single cover art

Katy Perry looks ready “Roar” in the just-released cover art for her upcoming single.

Surrounded by a neon animal print border, the 28-year-old singer shows off a tiger-emblazoned satin jacket for the stylized shot. We’re getting more ’80s hair band and less modern pop star from this wild art, no?

Katy is known for her candy-coated sex appeal, but she seems to be laying that persona to rest with her upcoming album, PRISM. She has already released three teasers for her new single and they all not-so-subtly tell us that we should expect a new, darker Katy Perry.

“Roar” will be unleashed on August 12th. What do you think of the cover art?

New Besties?: Taylor Swift And Carly Simon Perform ‘You’re So Vain’

Published May 29, 2014 by gossipzoo

Taylor Swift and Carly Simon sing

Taylor Swift has made a new friend. And a very cool one at that.

The hot-pants lover, cat lady, and “22 performer took to the stage in Foxborough, Massachusetts for her RED tour on Saturday, but she wasn’t alone. Taylor had a very special surprise waiting in the wings: Legendary singer-songwriter Carly Simon.

“Before I bring out my special guest I have this question that I have always, always had,” she said to the crowd while introducing Simon. “I think a lot of you have probably had this question, too, and always wondered what the answer is: Who is the song ‘You’re So Vain’ by Carly Simon about?”

The duo went on to perform Carly’s famous breakup anthem, and they seemed to be enjoying their on-stage time together. At one point, the singers embraced and jumped up and down in unison like two longtime gal pals.

Taylor wore signature stripes, while Carly rocked a sequined skirt and a jaunty hat with a feather. Carly wins.

Tay is known for calling out her exes through song, and she expressed her admiration for the great Carly’s writing style in a sweet backstage interview with MTV. “That is the most direct way anyone has ever addressed a breakup,” she gushed about the tune. “It’s amazing.” Watch her and Carly discuss their duet, below.

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Miley Cyrus Never Googles Herself: ‘If I Knew What People Say, I’d Probably Hate Myself’

Published May 28, 2014 by gossipzoo

Miley Cyrus pays no heed to her haters.

In a new interview with BBC, the former Disney darling discussed transforming from the sweet-faced Hannah Montana child star to the artist she is today, while ignoring the naysayers all along the way.

“People that probably fall off are the people obsessed with googling themselves and knowing what people are saying,” she said. “If I knew what people are saying about me, I’d probably hate myself. I don’t look at that kind of stuff.”

Cyrus, 20, believes she has a solid fan base backing her as she prepares to drop her forthcoming fourth studio album this fall. Her catchy comeback single, “We Can’t Stop,” hit No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100, and it’s subversive music video has broke Vevo records as the fastest clip to reach 100 million views.

“I knew it was gonna be great,” she said of the video. “And I knew it was gonna go viral like that because it’s just interesting.”

Despite the success of the single, Cyrus is in no rush to push out her much-anticipated new music, which is in part thanks to her name-making – money-making – career on the Disney Channel.

“I worked for five years on something that was a character where I didn’t really get to be completely the creative person that I wanted to be so at this point I did the work that I had to do,” Cyrus said. “I had to kinda make my money and do all that so now I don’t have to worry about necessarily any of that. I can just make music because I love it.”

“It doesn’t have to really be driven by, ‘I wanna build up my fan base,’ because I have an amazing fan base that’s followed me,” she continued. “Now because I don’t have any more responsibilities or have anyone that I have to really answer to, I can take as long as I want and just be patient on this record.”

Kelly Rowland’s ‘Dirty Laundry’: Her Emotional Video For Her Song About Beyonce’s Success

Published May 13, 2014 by gossipzoo

Kelly Rowland‘s track, “Dirty Laundry,” is packed with emotions – so much so that its accompanying music video has a few tears as well.

In the freshly-released clip, the former Destiny’s Child songstress is crying and lying down in a fetal position as she sings about her jealously towards bandmate Beyonce‘s solo success.

“When my sister was on stage killin’ it like a motherf***er/ I was enraged, feelin’ it like a motherf***er/ Bird in a cage/ You would never know what I was dealin’ with/ Went our separate ways but I was happy she was killin’ it/ Bittersweet she was up, I was down/ No lie, I feel good for her but what do I do now?,” she croons on the ballad. (See rest of the lyrics on Directlyrics.)

In the tune, the 32-year-old also reveals she was in an abusive relationship, which caused her to spiral into depression.

But luckily for Rowland, she’s a survivor – and no man or lost boat was going to stop her from belting her heart out.

Watch her emotional music video for “Dirty Laundry,” above.

Justin Timberlake Teases Release Date for New Music

Published May 2, 2014 by gossipzoo

Justin Timberlake teases the release date for new music.

Justin Timberlake: musician, actor, tease.

Timberlake uploaded this video to YouTube Wednesday “announcing” the release date for a new song called “Take Back The Night.” In the video he holds up signs bearing the dates of all his 2013 releases so far: “Suit & Tie,” “Mirrors” and The 20/20 Experience. He then holds up a sign reading “Take Back The Night” but the next card, ostensibly showing the song’s release date is blurred out. Dick move, JT. Fortunately, the end of the video gives us a 10 second preview of the new song.

The follow-up to The 20/20 Experience is due out in September, “Take Back The Night” is probably the first single off that album. However, Timberlake can’t be releasing it too soon, he just released a controversial music video for “Tunnel Vision,” though the song has not been released to radio officially as a third single off The 20/20 Experience.

Lyrics for “Take Back the Night” can now be found on Directlyrics.

The 25 Greatest Adam Levine Photos Ever

Published May 2, 2014 by gossipzoo

Adam Levine, haver of tattoos, and lover of models, is everybody’s not-so-secret celebrity crush, right? That chin! Those eyes! The way he makes his team on “The Voice” feel loved during the, ahem, private coaching sessions.

Really, there aren’t enough words to describe how much we adore Mr. Levine, so in celebration of all things handsome and good in this world, here are our 25 favorite photos of Adam Levine. Enjoy!

Adam Lambert Doesn’t Want To Be An 80′s Cover Artist, So He’s Leaving His Record Label (Report)

Published April 29, 2014 by gossipzoo

Adam Lambert RCA Split

It’s been one hell of a year for Adam Lambert.

Last summer the 31-year-old became the first openly gay recording artist to debut a record at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart, sang onstage with Queen, and, just this week, it was announced that he had landed a guest starring role on the upcoming season of Glee.

Today though, the American Idol alum announced a plan to walk away from his record label and it’s all because of an 80 s cover album. An 80 s cover album that neither he nor his fans wanted.

In a letter sent to The Hollywood Reporter yesterday, Lambert says that although he had a great number of years working at RCA, they ultimately came to a point where their creative differences became too much to bear.

Because he’s so well spoken, you can read his entire statement below:

Thank you for your continued interest in, and support of, my musical career. After reading your article on July 8th, and seeing the very impassioned responses, I thought it would be good to write and let you know what is actually happening with my next album.

I’ve had an amazing few years working with the team at RCA; I admire all of them a great deal, and truly appreciate the energy & enthusiasm that went into making both “Trespassing” & “For Your Entertainment” successes.

That said, at this point, we are indeed having the oft-cited “creative differences” as to what my next project will be. Your article was correct, the label is “pushing for an (80 s) covers album,” and feels that this is the only kind of release they are prepared to support. While there are lots of great songs from that decade, my heart is simply not in doing a covers album.

Over the past four years, I have been truly fortunate to work with an amazing roster of producers, writers and engineers. Thanks to them, I have grown as both a songwriter and a vocalist. Artistically & professionally, I think it is essential that I continue with this evolution. I am already deep into writing new material with some very talented colleagues for a brand new album, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this new sound & direction. This music is where my heart is, and I believe that is what my fans want to hear. So after careful consideration, I have made the decision to respectfully part ways with RCA. My passion for the music & respect for the fans will always come first. I am excited to find a new label team who shares this vision.



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