@matthewbrookesphoto: On set with Liam Payne shooting for his new album cover - such a pleasure to work with him !!! :-) @liampayne #matthewbrookesphoto @clmagency #stripitdown #onedirection #liampayne
*turns into a fangirl whenever seungri is mentioned, is the president of seungri protection squad, talks about seungri 24/7, praises the maknae on variety shows, loves pandas bc they remind him of seungri, is seungri's personal photographer, is rumored to have an album full of maknaes pics called god bless the seungbooty on his phone, our seungri is good is his motto*
i can’t fucking stand seeing people say they think harry looks ungrateful or comes across like a diva by not posting on social media or attending events or breathing the way they’d like him to. because harry, aside from dunkirk and another man, really did take a break from the public eye for the past year, and somehow, even though he’s barely been seen, people still want to scrutinize him for NOT being seen and say that that shows he’s snobby or above everyone for not tweeting or some other bullshit excuse or say that him working on an album is completely implausible because he hasn’t talked about it and the rumors about an album merely existing make him look bad. and i just don’t understand this incessant need to tear him down when he literally, LITERALLY has not done anything.
because here’s the thing - he’s had his life on display since he was SIXTEEN YEARS OLD, and when he was younger, you could tell he was much less guarded. and you can see as he got older and saw the way the media twisted his words specifically, the way the media made him into the person they wanted instead of who he is, and the way the media ignored everything he actually did and said in favor of making him their punching bag, he pulled back and became more private, and can you blame him? if you had to try to justify WHO YOU ARE to the entire fucking world and no one would listen and would continue to print shitty articles about you when you’re only nineteen years old, i guarantee you’d pull the fuck back and want some genuine time away from everything, too. he’s never been one to post about every little thing he’s doing, and why so many of you are against him doing anything at all in the public eye is truly fucking baffling and proves you hate him even when you say you don’t, especially when people on here try to jump through hoops to make up stories about how awful he is.
to watch people consistently put him under a microscope because he doesn’t follow the plans they have crafted for him themselves that aren’t based on reality is ridiculous and infuriating. he doesn’t have to live up to whatever random career path people of tumblr dot com have come up with for him, and to get mad at him over some weird plan random people on this website have made up is beyond fucking stupid and i’m tired of seeing it.
The Vinyl of the Day is ‘Rumours’ by Fleetwood Mac, 1977. I completely missed that February 4 was the 40th anniversary of the album’s release, so here’s a one day belated recognition!
Fleetwood Mac had been a fairly successful band for years with their original lineup, but after Bob Welch left for a solo career it was the addition of Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham that really created a creative spark that lifted the band to a whole new level. The first record with the new lineup was ‘Fleetwood Mac’, and it was a huge hit on it’s own - but then ‘Rumours’ became a worldwide sensation and turned them into a megagroup, becoming one of the greatest hit records of all-time. The recording and history of the album makes a long story on it’s own, with the band having enormous personal problems at the time on a Beatles-esque scale - the McVies had just gone through a horribly messy divorce, Nicks and Buckingham were in a tempestuous on/off relationship, and even Mick Fleetwood had just found out his wife had an affair with his best friend. But even the band members eventually felt that all this drama and angst brought out their best music, and helped inspire this once-in-a-lifetime collection of masterpieces. The Mac went on to record many other albums, and Stevie Nicks has had a giant solo career, but ‘Rumours’ is their pinnacle of work, and what they’ll all be remembered for.
The band wanted to expand on the commercial success of the 1975 album Fleetwood Mac, but struggled with relationship breakups before recording started. The Rumours studio sessions were marked by hedonistic behaviour and interpersonal strife among Fleetwood Mac members; these experiences shaped the album’s lyrics. Influenced by pop music, the record’s tracks were recorded using a combination of acoustic and electric instruments. The mixing process delayed the completion of Rumours, but was finished by the end of 1976. Following the album’s release in 1977, Fleetwood Mac undertook worldwide promotional tours.
Rumours garnered widespread critical acclaim. Praise centred on its production quality and harmonies, which frequently relied on the interplay among three vocalists. The record has inspired the work of musical acts in different genres. Often considered Fleetwood Mac’s best release, it has featured in several publications’ lists of the best albums of the 1970s and the best albums of all time.
Rumours has been acclaimed by music critics since its release. Robert Christgau, reviewing in The Village Voice, gave the album an “A” and described it as “more consistent and more eccentric” than its predecessor. He added that it “jumps right out of the speakers at you”. Rolling Stone magazine’s John Swenson believed the interplay among the three vocalists was one of the album’s most pleasing elements; he stated, “Despite the interminable delay in finishing the record, Rumours proves that the success of Fleetwood Mac was no fluke.”
In a retrospective review, AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave Rumours five stars and noted that, regardless of the voyeuristic element, the record was “an unparalleled blockbuster” because of the music’s quality; he concluded, “Each tune, each phrase regains its raw, immediate emotional power—which is why Rumours touched a nerve upon its 1977 release, and has since transcended its era to be one of the greatest, most compelling pop albums of all time.” According to Slant Magazine’s Barry Walsh, Fleetwood Mac drew on romantic dysfunction and personal turmoil to create a timeless, five-star record, while Andy Gill of The Independent claimed it “represents, along with The Eagles Greatest Hits, the high-water mark of America’s Seventies rock-culture expansion, the quintessence of a counter-cultural mindset lured into coke-fuelled hedonism”. In 2007, BBC’s Daryl Easlea labelled the sonic results as “near perfect”, “like a thousand angels kissing you sweetly on the forehead”, while Patrick McKay of Stylus Magazine wrote, “What distinguishes Rumours—what makes it art—is the contradiction between its cheerful surface and its anguished heart. Here is a radio-friendly record about anger, recrimination, and loss.”
I know we all have our own music style preferences, but I personally am a member of the “I don’t care what kind of songs Onew’s solo album has, I’m just happy we’re talking about rumors of Onew’s solo album” club. I have only 2 criteria that need to be met for me to enjoy and be happy about Onew’s solo -
Kylie Minogue’s (Likely) Comeback Single Was Produced By Sigala
Kylie Minogue’s pop comeback might be a lot closer than we thought with news that the likely lead single was produced by Sigala, the UK DJ behind club hits like “Easy Love” and “Say You Do.” He let a few details slip in an interview with The Sun, describing the song as having “a ‘Spinning Around’ vibe.” So far, so good! “I’m influenced a lot by the Nineties so it makes sense for me to work with her,” Bruce Fielder (his real name) revealed. “It fitted really well.” As for the sound? “It’s cool that it sounds throwback but it needs to sound modern as well to take Kylie’s career forward.”
“It’s about waiting for somebody to tell you how they feel and being like, ‘Come on, let’s get it out in the open and stop messing around. Tell me what you’re waiting for.‘” The inspiration for the song could be the pop diva’s break-up with boyfriend Joshua Sasse. “After splitting from Joshua maybe that’s why she picked it because she wants people to be honest with her.” Sigala isn’t the only confirmed collaborator. Kylie has also been in the studio with Richard “Biff” Stannard, Xenomania producer Brian Higgins and Guy Chambers.
Interestingly, the album is rumored to touch on world issues. “It looks like her album could be her most political yet too, with talk of tracks covering issues like LGBT rights,” a source told The Sun. “Kylie just wants to make an album that will start conversations.” While we wait for music to arrive, check out Sigala’s breakthrough smash below.
One Direction might be on break, but Harry Styles has kept himself busy. In between taking on Hollywood—courtesy of a role in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming World War II epic Dunkirk—Styles has reportedly been putting the finishing touches on his first solo album. Though rumors are flying around the project’s potential sound (and subject matter), Styles has kept coy, but that may be about to change. Releasing a cryptic teaser that aired during the latest episode of the U.K. edition of The Voice last night, Styles teased an April 7 premiere that also provided some hints regarding his future as a solo artist—and effectively stole the spotlight from one of his former bandmates.
At just 30 seconds, the atmospheric commercial is certainly brief, but it provides a glimpse of a more mature vision of the pop star emerging. Showing Styles stepping through a light-filled doorway, the transformative subtext is fairly clear. Dark, moody, and heavy on the smoke machine, the clip showcases a different side of Styles than what audiences saw during his 1D days, and the move away from the teeny-bopper beat is likely a very deliberate one. The “rocker” of the group from the start, Styles was already in a band when X-Factor success came calling. With music industry sites claiming that his solo sound is informed by the rock performers he’s long expressed an affinity for—Queen, David Bowie, and Sting, among others—it seems only natural that his presentation would evolve to reflect the sensibility of his influences.
Though fans will have to wait until April 7 to hear Styles’s new groove, one thing is already certain—he knows how to get everyone’s attention. With #HS1isComing trending worldwide on Twitter and the news of Styles’s rumored album even managing to draw attention away from bandmate Liam Payne’s similarly timed announcement that he’s become a father, Styles has people talking. All he needs now is some music that lives up to the hype.
The Killers’ Fifth Studio Album is Not ‘V’ and the Promo Hasn’t Started Yet
On Saturday morning a couple of Killers fansites were spammed with a photoshopped image purporting to show The Killers’ still as of yet untitled fifth studio album in the UK iTunes Store, thus indicating that a release might have been imminent.
While I ignored the email, a couple of fansites appear to have taken the bait and shared the image. At some point yesterday or early this morning, two gifs (so far) based on the faked album artwork started to circulate in an apparent attempt to further fan the flames of baseless speculation that promotion for The Killers’ fifth studio album was starting.
Here’s the text of the email I received, along with the faked screenshot:
I was just browsing the iTunes store and saw an advert for the new Killers album on the homepage! But now I can’t see it anymore, but luckily I got a screenshot of it (attached) because I was so shocked to see it there! So they must be about to launch the new record very soon, very exciting! Guessing the V title must be because it’s the 5th album? I know you’ll be very interested in this so wanted to send it over for you :)
I can’t get over how special I feel as a fan of Taylor’s this era. She isn’t dealing with the media and fighting all the rumors circulating her new album. She’s HERE with us celebrating her success and her happiness. I can’t even explain how happy I am to be included in this narrative.
Hollywood Undead have dropped a new single and released a video clip for it, including some disturbing images. “California Dreaming” is taken from the upcoming album called simply “V”. It comes out October 27th, 2017 with these following 14 tracks ready to be heard:
1. California Dreaming 2. Whatever It Takes 3. Bad Moon 4. Ghost Beach 5. Broken Record 6. Nobody’s Watching 7. Renegade 8. Black Cadillac (Feat. B-Real) 9. Pray (put em in the dirt) 10. Cashed Out 11. Riot 12. We Own The Night 13. Bang Bang 14. Your Life
Another news is the absence of Da Kurlzz in the video. Moreover, he´s not mentioned at the beginning of the song when band member´s names are said. Rumor has it that he´s no longer a member of Hollywood Undead because of inner conflict with the band. There is no official statement available at the moment.