Lady Gaga was recently honored with the Big Man of the Year award for her work in music education at the Little Kids Rock benefit, held in New York City. The princess of pop received the award from the wife of Clarence Clemmons, who played the saxophone solo in “The Edge of Glory”, and passed away this past summer. Lady Gaga said in her acceptance speech “My first experience with music was my father playing a vinyl of the E Street Band. I knew every time the song played that my grandpa was looking down and thanking me [for]… the gift I had given to my father by having Clarence on that record.”
JLS recently premiered the music video for their song “Take a Chance on Me”. The mid-tempo pop track serves as the second single from the British boy band’s upcoming album “Jukebox”, which is due out on November 14 but will be available for pre-order on November 6th. In my opinion, the song is really mediocre and really does nothing to further their career. Call it secondary syndrome or whatever but I actually had high hopes for these guys. As for the video, the boys promote the sites of London, including the Thames path walk, Tower Bridge and the illuminated London eye. It makes me wonder if the England Tourist Board financed this video.
Nicole Scherzinger recently premiered the music video for her song “Try with Me”. The dance-ballad, which was written and produced by The Nervo Twins, serves as the official lead single from the pop singer’s upcoming European re-release of her debut album “Killer Love”. Nicole shines on this song and with the proper promo, can be a massive single for her. As for the visual, it was shot earlier this month in a lost rainforest in Mexico, and sees the beautiful singer wandering through the breathtaking sites, playing the piano in a lake, spinning around in ecstasy and executing glamorous poses in the wild.
Cher Lloyd has recently premiered the music video for her brand new single “With UR Love”. The Mike Posner-assisted track will officially be released in the UK on October 30th. The question now is if the pop singer can get her second UK #1 in a row. The week of her release will be a tough one though as she will be up against Jennifer Lopez, Sean Paul, Avril Lavigne, Beyonce and The Wanted’s new releases. As for the video, I think it’s adorable. Cher looks beautiful and the clip gives the song even more life. But I still think Cher sounds weird on it.
Joe Jonas and Lil Wayne Collaborate on Remix – Just in Love
Joe Jonas is really desperate to get his solo career off the ground, so much so that he’s recruited Lil Wayne to join him on the official remix of his single “Just in Love”. The pop singer may be delirious because he’s not getting any urban airplay if that’s what he was going for. As for the remix, Joe’s vocals, lyrics and the song’s beat are the same, with the addition of Lil Wayne adding some rap verses. Unfortunately for Joe, they don’t really add anything good to the song. I was actually anticipating Joe’s solo debut after hearing “See No More” but after “Just in Love” and hearing other leaked tracks, let’s just say he’s lucky that he’s pretty.
Kelly Clarkson has gone on the promotional route in support of her latest single “Mr. Know it All”, which comes off of her upcoming album that’s set to be released on October 24th. The American Idol alum went over to Australia to perform on this past Wednesday’s episode of X Factor. The pop singer was absolutely flawless in her performance. I just can’t get tired of watching her do live renditions of “Mr. Know it All”. And I have to say, Kelly is looking more and more fabulous each day. I wonder if she’s working out in preparation for a rigorous tour once her album comes out.
Bruno Mars scores the first single from the soundtrack of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”. The powerful ballad “It Will Rain”, which was co-written and produced by The Smeezingtons, was released officially on iTunes on September 27th, while the soundtrack disc hit stores on November 8th, 2011. The R&B/pop singer described the new song as “think of the darker side of love”. I think this is perfection. I love the melody, the lyrics and the passion in Bruno’s voice. I think this is the highlight for me from the entire Twilight soundtrack. It’ll be hard to top Bruno but if Robert Pattinson has something up his sleeve…
Justin Bieber has brought back his rapper alter ego Shawty Mane for this fresh remix of Lil Wayne’s latest smash hit “How to Love”. The teen pop singer kept the entirety of the original lyrics and even added a whole new rap verse. He definitely shows off his talent on the sweet acoustic number from “Tha Carter IV”. A couple of demos of Justin as Shawty Mane have leaked recently and is making me think that a rap album or mix tape might be in the works. I think he’ll do it one day. He obviously likes that type of music.
Aqua is back on the scene but the legendary Danish-Norwegian pop band is toning things down a bit in the new single release from their new album “Megalomania”, which will hit stores in select markets across Europe on October 3rd. They had some fun with the first single “How R U Doing?” but the Lene Nystrom-led band has decided to slow the tempo down a little for the follow up “Playmate to Jesus”. Aqua recently premiered the music video for the song on their YouTube page. Lene looks stunning in the visual but I’m not entirely sure about the goth vibe. And thanks to this video, I just noticed that the band actually sampled some of Kanye West.
Kelly Clarkson gave the first TV performance of her new single “Mr. Know It All” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this past Tuesday. I think the pop singer is back in the US just in time to promote her single because the song is losing places like that on iTunes. While the song is still doing great on radios, I hope that once the music video comes in and she continues her TV run, that “Mr. Know It All” will make its way back up the charts. As for her performance on Leno, Kelly absolutely killed it! Her vocals were hot and she looked stunning in that little number.