Archive for December 23rd, 2009

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2002 Flashback: Beck, Missy Elliott and the Year’s Best Albums

December 23rd, 2009
As we look back at the 2000s’ top songs and albums and the best LPs and tracks of 2009, journey back to see the best records from the year that brought us Beck’s Sea Change, Missy Elliott’s Under Construction and Queens of the Stone Age’s Songs for the Deaf — 2002: • The Top 50 Albums of 2002 Previously: • Best 10 Albums of 2001 • Top 50 Albums of 2000
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Julian Casablancas Unveils “11th Dimension” Video, Tour Dates

December 23rd, 2009
The mind-bending new video for Julian Casablanca’s “11th Dimension,” the first single off the Strokes frontman’s solo album Phrazes for the Young, debuted at Babelgum today. Inspired by Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, the video finds Casablancas literally jumping dimensions, from colonial times to the neon ’80s to what looks like a Dexy’s Midnight Runners video, where Casablancas’ character finds himself embroiled in moral dilemmas. It’s confusing unless you’ve memorized Phrazes‘ themes to heart, but ...
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New Year’s Eve Rock Guide: From Gaga in Miami to Mayer in Vegas

December 23rd, 2009
Photo: Tran/FilmMagic; Mazur/WireImage.com New Year’s Eve is traditionally one of the biggest nights on the live concert circuit as countless artists rock out with fans when the ball drops. This year is no exception, with Phish reviving an old NYE tradition in Miami where Lady Gaga will also perform, Mariah Carey taking over Madison Square Garden, John Mayer and Maroon 5 playing separate Sin City venues and the Flaming Lips performing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of ...
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Brandi Carlile Brings “Give Up the Ghost” to the Rolling Stone Studios

December 23rd, 2009
Rolling Stone recently welcomed onetime Artist to Watch Brandi Carlile to our studios to perform stripped-down acoustic versions of two tracks from her most recent disc Give Up the Ghost. Carlile, who logged time as a backup singer for an Elvis Presley impersonator at age 16, racked up a host of big-name collaborators on Ghost: Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray, and a little British singer-songwriter ...
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Amy Winehouse Arrested for Alleged Assault at “Cinderella” Performance

December 23rd, 2009
Photo: Linares/FilmMagic Amy Winehouse was arrested this past weekend for allegedly assaulting a theater owner during a performance of Cinderella at the Milton Keynes Theatre in Buckinghamshire, England. According to the Times Online, Winehouse was charged under the name Amy Civil — her ex-husband (and reported on-again beau) is Black Fielder-Civil — with a public order offense and common assault after allegedly punching, kicking and pulling the hair of a man who asked the disruptive singer ...
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“Twilight” Fan Kelly Clarkson Talks “New Moon” Song “Empty As I Am”

December 23rd, 2009
Like the millions of people who have made Robert Pattinson and Stephenie Meyer superstars, Kelly Clarkson is a big fan of the Twilight series. In fact, Clarkson classified herself as a “nerd Twilight fan” in a recent interview with MYX in which she confirms she and her backup singers penned a song about New Moon before the soundtrack to the film was finalized. “Empty As I Am,” written from the perspective of the series’ heroine ...
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On the Charts: Alicia Keys’ “Freedom” Can’t Boot Boyle

December 23rd, 2009
Photo: Furniss/WireImage.com The Big News: In most weeks, Alicia Keys would certainly have topped the Billboard Top 200 with strong first-week sales of 417,000. But Keys’ The Element of Freedom couldn’t overcome the towering sales monolith that is Susan Boyle, and Keys debuted at Number Two, marking the first time since her 2001 debut album Songs in A Minor that one of the singer’s studio albums didn’t top the charts in its first week. And then there’s ...
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New Music Report: The Decade’s Best Under-the-Radar Albums

December 23rd, 2009
Rolling Stone announced our 100 Best Albums of the decade this month, and our readers picked their own list. Now it’s Christian Hoard’s turn: the RS editor and host of our New Music Report’s “Christian Rock” looks back at the 2000s and selects three albums from his personal decade list you won’t find on any of our other countdowns. First up, 2001’s Satellite Rides by the Old 97’s, a Dallas band who turn out crafty pop-rock ...
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Warner Music Partners With Hulu to Bring More Music Videos Online

December 23rd, 2009
Warner Music Group has teamed up with Hulu to bring the label’s artist roster to the video streaming site. The Resistance rockers Muse are the first beneficiaries of this new deal, as the band’s Hulu page is stocked with music videos and live performances. The deal also calls for artist pages for Jason Mraz and Paramore to be launched in 2010, with more WMG artists to follow in the new year. Interestingly, Warner Music remains ...
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Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood Cautioned in Suspected Assault

December 23rd, 2009
Photo: Hussein/Getty Images Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has been given a caution by British police after being arrested on suspicion of assault earlier this month. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Wood was picked up December 3rd after a “domestic incident” with his 21-year-old girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova spilled out onto Claygate High Street. Wood was released on bail until a January court date, but it appears he’ll just receive a simple caution as an alternative to ...