Archive for December 23rd, 2011

What’s Next for ‘X Factor’ Finalists

December 23rd, 2011
Simon Cowell and his cohorts began scouring the country six months ago on a quest to find musicians imbued with that certain je ne sais quois he and his fellow judges dubbed The X Factor Thousands and thousands of eager singers heeded the call showing up to auditions in record...

‘X Factor’ Judges Take Stock of Season One

December 23rd, 2011
The inaugural season of The X Factor was a bumpy ride with perpetual drama on and off the set right on through to the end At the helm were four well-known judges and a tall British drink of water named Steve Jones Show mastermind Simon Cowell verbally jousted with producer...

Week in Review: Remembering the Artists We Lost in 2011

December 23rd, 2011
As 2011 draws to a close Rolling Stone took a moment to memorialize the artists we lost over the past year including sax legends Clarence Clemons and Gerry Rafferty soul icon Amy Winehouse hip-hop poet Gil Scott-Heron and rapper Heavy D We also learned more about the Beach Boys' upcoming reunion...

Weekend Rock Question: Who Is the Best New Artist of 2011?

December 23rd, 2011
2011 has been a great year for new artists with acts such as Lana Del Rey Foster the People Frank Ocean Sleeper Agent Yuck Tyler the Creator Wild Flag Cage the Elephant the Joy Formidable Danny Brown and the Weeknd all making their first big splash in pop culture Our...

George Michael: ‘I’m Incredibly Fortunate to Be Alive’

December 23rd, 2011
George Michael told reporters outside his home in London yesterday that he his very thankful to his doctors for getting him through a "touch and go" battle with pneumonia at a hospital in Vienna The pop star who appeared gaunt and visibly weak after several weeks in bed was discharged...

‘X Factor’ Recap: Melanie Amaro Takes the Crown

December 23rd, 2011
From the images of planets colliding in the opening credits to the sheer number of times that Pepsi has been mentioned glimpsed or guzzled on-air The X Factor didn't hesitate to do it up big this season Now here we are at the top of the star-studded finale so of...

Avicii Joins Headliners of Ultra Music Festival

December 23rd, 2011
Last year's Ultra Music Festival in Miami was the biggest event in the series' 12-year history a sold-out expansion to three days and over 100000 attendees Given how this was before the very well-documented 2011 dance music boom next year's installment should promise even more Even newly announced headliner Avicii...

Free Download: The Hives and Cyndi Lauper’s Raucous ‘A Christmas Duel’

December 23rd, 2011
Click to listen to The Hives & Cyndi Lauper's 'A Christmas Duel' Swedish garage rockers the Hives recently teamed up with pop icon Cyndi Lauper to celebrate the holidays with "A Christmas Duel" a blazing number that's much more fierce and raw than your typical Christmas carol Random Notes It may seem an...

Listen: Taylor Swift’s ‘Hunger Games’ Ballad ‘Safe and Sound’

December 23rd, 2011
Taylor Swift gave her fans an early Christmas present last night by tweeting a link to "Safe and Sound" a new song she recorded for the Hunger Games soundtrack with folk duo the Civil Wars The song a dark ballad featuring harmony vocals from Joy Williams and John Paul White...

Tyler the Creator Detained

December 23rd, 2011
Tyler the Creator – frontman for the provocative hip-hop group Odd Future – was arrested last night for bad behavior during a set at the Roxy club in Los Angeles The 20-year-old rapper (born Tyler Okonma) was detained after trashing some of the venue's sound equipment and allegedly attacking the...