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Even though we have three more long months before the release of the next Bond film, Spectre, people are already buzzing about who will sing the film's theme song. It's going to be tough to beat Adele's Oscar-winning song "Skyfall," but we're sure whoever lands the gig will do a spectacular job. Bond-tune buffs Adrian Daub and Charlie Kronengold list off their best guesses in this post originally featured on Oxford University Press's blog. Image Source: Columbia Pictures Now's the moment to be a fan of the Bond songs. Spectre, the new film, comes out this November. That means we'll hear an official unofficial leak of the title song sometime this Summer. Everybody's been guessing who the singer is. Twitter says it'll be Sam Smith or Lana Del Rey. Sam Smith says it isn't him and claims that he "heard Ellie Goulding was going to do it." The Telegraph »
After Kanye West was announced as a Glastonbury headliner, an online petition with more than 133,000 signatures calling for Kanye to be replaced by a “real” rock band appeared, to the chagrin of those who aren't living in the 1970s. West called the petition “an insult to music fans all over the world.” Dave Grohl, who couldn’t perform due to that stupid broken leg (he was replaced by Florence and the Machine), said the petition would only fuel Kanye to create a bigger, better performance, but even Grohl probably didn’t anticipate Kanye breaking out into a cover of Queen’s iconic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a quintessential classic rock and karaoke-night track. He performed the first verse before moving on to the normally scheduled programming. Watch West channel Freddie Mercury — as well as perform his own “Stronger,” “Power,” “New Slaves," "Heartless," and other songs — below. »
- Greg Cwik
It was undeniably badass when Dave Grohl broke his leg and continued to rock out with his bone out. It was undeniably unfortunate, however, that Grohl had to then cancel the Foo Fighters’ appearance at the Glastonbury Festival, one of the biggest stops on the Fighters’ European tour. Grohl & Co. were replaced by Florence and the Machine, who performed a cover of “Times Like These” in Grohl’s honor, which sort of makes it hurt less. Watch the performance below: »
- Greg Cwik
Oh, Youth and Beauty!: Sorrentino’s Shows Softer Side in Switzerland
Following the success of the snide yet undeniably eloquent 2013 title The Great Beauty, which ended up snatching the Best Foreign Language statue at the Academy Awards, Paolo Sorrentino takes a second dip in English following 2011’s This Must Be the Place with Youth. Tender, sweet, and more emotional than his last film, Sorrentino is once again pontificating on the last chapter of life, this time through the vessels of a retired composer and aged film director, as portrayed by Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. Threaded with the auteur’s usual flashes of visual inspiration, this time around he seems less bombastic and potentially meditative with characters contemplating a last hurrah as they remember highs and lows.
At an isolated hotel in the foothills of the Alps, two old friends return to spend another vacation period. Retired composer Fred »
- Nicholas Bell
Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine went through a rough patch so severe, she thought she would ultimately have a breakdown. In Billboard's new cover story, Welch opens up about how life on tour kept her sane for so long before she ultimately had to face her own "chaos" and deal with her life. "Without the structure of touring, you have to face your own chaos," she tells the magazine. "I was playing gigs nonstop since I was 21. When I was left to my own devices, I realized I was f---ing everything up. I was in and out of a relationship, in and out of drinking too much. It was like constantly picking yourself up and then dropping yourself, picking yourself up and dropping »
Saturday Night Live this weekend featured Reese Witherspoon as the host and Florence and the Machine as the musical guest. Saturday Night Live Recap Cold Open: Cecily Strong in DJ mode hosted the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Saturday’s cold open. Bobby Moynihan reprised his Ted Cruz, while Beck Bennett played Mike Huckabee, Kenan Thompson […]
- Chelsea Regan
The curtain will fall on Saturday Night Live's 40th season before Florence and the Machine release their much anticipated How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful on June 2nd, so the London rockers shared some new album tracks on this season's penultimate SNL episode. For their visit, Florence Welch and her well-oiled Machine performed a pair of How Big tracks, "Ship to Wreck" and first single "What Kind of Man."
Although just a few weeks into a summer's worth of festival appearances and tour dates, Florence and the Machine have »
Promoting one’s movie is par for the course for hosts of “Saturday Night Live.” So what happens when that movie (one you also produced) has horrific critical buzz and has already all but tanked at the box office? Soldier on ahead and pretend like nothing has happened. So let’s see how well Reese Witherspoon can do that in this, her first hosting gig in nearly fifteen years. (Her last and only other appearance? The first post-9/11 episode, in which the immortal “Can we be funny?”/”Why start now?” solidified the show’s place in the popular consciousness anew.) Last week’s ScarJo episode was a bummer, so let’s hope things improve this week before heading into the Louis C.K.-hosted finale. As always, I’ll be liveblogging the episode, assigning grades to each segment. As always, I invite you to participate, commenting along in real time as well. »
- Ryan McGee
Saturday Night Live featured a pair of chart-toppers on its Mayweather/Pacquiao-conflicting episode: host Scarlett Johansson's Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently busting box office records while musical guest Wiz Khalifa is firmly entrenched atop iTunes' Top Songs with his Furious 7 cut "See You Again." The rapper performed that smash single along with Blacc Hollywood's "We Dem Boyz" during his fight night visit to SNL.
This week, Kylie Jenner tries out some bright blue contact lenses, John Mayer co-pilots a plane and Lindsay Lohan takes a topless selfie ... from bed! Aubrey O'Day hits the dance studio for her new group, dumblonde, Scott Disick says he's training for the Tour de France and Bryan Cranston looks a lot like "Breaking Bad's" Walter White on the set of his new project. Plus, "Jackass" star Steve-o gushes about girlfriend Stacey Solomon, Courtney Love spends some time bonding with Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch and Mario Lopez gets a sweet kiss from his adorable little boy, Dominic Lopez! Click "Launch Gallery" above to see these stars' personal pics and even more celeb candids in this week's best celebrity TwitPics! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
After her show at Coachella this weekend, Florence Welch revealed via Facebook on Tuesday that she broke her foot when she leaped off the stage. It's unclear how bad the break is, but she gave fans a general idea by writing that it's essentially bad enough that Florence and the Machine's performances will have to be "stripped back" — but it's not bad enough to warrant canceled shows (tour dates here). "This album was so much about making something from what was broken, so lets see what we can do with this," she wrote in reference to the band's forthcoming album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which comes out at the beginning of June. What a champ.Here's her Facebook statement in full: Get well soon, Flo! (Wish her well by watching the official-slash-new "Ship to Wreck" video, maybe.) »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Florence and the Machine, Patti Smith, Alt-j and Rudimental have joined the 2015 Glastonbury Festival line-up. Organiser Emily Eavis announced a list of 75 artists set to take to the stage at this year's event on Twitter tonight (14.04.15), including 'Happy' hitmaker Pharrell Williams and R&B star Mary J Blige. Other confirmed performers include Motorhead, Mavis Staples, Jungle, Deadmau5, Fka twigs, Franz Ferdinand, Sparks, the Moody Blues, Azealia Banks, Alabama Shakes, Paloma Faith, The Chemical Brothers, Clean Bandit and Lionel Richie, whose set will be introduced by the Dalai Lama. Mercury prize-winners Young Fathers are also set to return after making their debut last year. The 'Shame' hitmakers told The Guardian newspaper: ''We hope the sun shines on our arrival and the moon shines on the audience so we can see their loving faces and so it can guide us when we depart, to the airport and another festival, somewhere else.'' »
Florence and the Machine just debuted their fourth song from the forthcoming album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (out June) on BBC Radio. "I was thinking about my own self-destructive side, and how you can make something only to tear it down," Florence Welch said in a statement. "When you're in that whirlwind, you often end up breaking the thing you love the most." The song's on YouTube now, and the lyrics are fitting. It's all recklessly lovely, and it makes wrecking stuff sound like a majestic sort of ball. (If you want a visual, maybe play the song over this clip.) »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Florence and the Machine have a new album coming out, which means we're currently being gifted with one stunning new video after another. Their latest is for a wrenching new song called "St. Jude," dedicated to the patron saint of lost causes — fitting for a cinematic visual that's a continuation of the band's video for "What Kind of Man." It finds Florence Welch doing some intense soul-searching after parting with a lover. Some stunning imagery coupled with Florence's lovelorn expressive dancing makes for one hell of a tearjerker. »
- Dee Lockett
Osheaga has unveiled part of its 2015 lineup today via a mobile driving game called The Road To Osheaga. Eclectic and sporting a lot of variety, the roster is pretty solid on the whole, with Kendrick Lamar, Oliver Heldens, Florence and the Machine, The Black Keys, Rl Grime, Nas, Weezer and many more all set to join already announced artists like Kygo, Milky Chance, Interpol and Caribou, among others.
So far, it’s shaping up to be a great festival (as always), and with the full lineup set to be revealed when tickets go on sale (March 24th), anticipation is certainly sky high.
Osheaga will take place at Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau on July 31st – August 2nd and tickets can be purchased over on the official website. Take a look at the recently revealed artists in the gallery below and let us know what you think.
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- Matt Joseph
Without producers using samples, some of the greatest and most loved hip hop songs would never have been made. Some of the genres most recognisable tracks: the ones you’ve seen friends try to recite word for word over the years, wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for a crazy creative genius who was willing to borrow from part of a seemingly unlinked song they love and turn it into a head-nodding banger.
Most of the time, samples are pretty easy for hip hop fans to digest. In the beginning, producers would take drum beats from dusty, old jazz vinyls they’d found in whatever record store they came across or, most recently, producers figured speeding up old soul vocals would make for something fans would want to listen to. Tried and tested techniques that everyone loves and no one complains about. But what about the brave »
- Aundre Jacobs
However, there's always a danger that the album can outshine the movie it originates from. Digital Spy highlights 9 instances where this is the case.
1. Tron: Legacy (2010)
Disney's belated sequel to its cult '80s hit Tron unfortunately forgot to bother with anything approaching a coherent story or believable characters - but what a display of visuals and sound. Daft Punk took care of the latter, crafting a score that fizzed with electronic pulses ripped straight from The Grid.
2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Despite being so critically derided, the Twilight movies were consistently able to churn out impressive soundtracks. The best of them was 2009's New Moon, which collected new songs from Thom Yorke, Death Cab for Cutie, Lykke Li, The Killers, »
Florence and the Machine teased us earlier this week with the brief (but gorgeous) video for the title song from their upcoming album (out June 1). Now they've released its first single, "What Kind of Man," a fiery rocker that has Florence Welch snarling about a man who did her wrong. But seriously, what kind of man would ever dare hurt Florence Welch?! Just look how amazing she is in the song's mildly Nsfw video. »
- Dee Lockett
Florence and the Machine have premiered the first new song from their upcoming album accompanied by a music video directed by Vincent Haycock and Tabitha Denholm. The track, 'How Big How Blue How Beautiful,' will be a part of the band's third studio album, the follow-up to 2011’s smash hit Ceremonials. To support the album's release the band has confirmed their appearance at over a dozen forthcoming festival appearances including: 04/12 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival 04/19 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival 06/05-07 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival 06/11-14 – Manchester, Tn @ Bonnaroo Music Festival 06/19-21 – Scheeßel & Neuhausen ob Eck, De @ Hurricane & Southside 06/25-28 – Werchter, Be @ Rock Werchter 06/27-07/04 – Roskilde, Dk @ Roskilde Festival »
- Pietro Filipponi
Talk about crimes of fashion! As we get ready to kick off the biggest night in music, we wanted to take a trip down memory lane to see some of the craziest looks from the Grammy Awards' past. In 2013, Florence Welch looked like she borrowed her dress from the set of "Jurassic Park." We love the emerald color, but all the spiky horns just make the red-headed beauty look like a walking, talking reptile. The "Florence and the Machine" singer's not alone, though! Rihanna likewise stole the spotlight -- not in a good way -- at the 2011 Grammy Awards. While the "Diamonds" singer's dress did show off a ton of skin (and some crack), RiRi definitely disappointed in this q-tip-inspired look. And at the 2008 Grammy Awards, Cher looked like she went digging through the trash for this red carpet dress! We know the "Stronger" singer likes to push the fashion boundaries, »
- tooFab Staff
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