What’s this? Music Dispatch going up… on a Tuesday?! That’s right, our music news roundups are daily now, and today’s is particularly packed. We have an insane Skrillex video, a not insane Rihanna video, and everyone from Sia to Pitbull reading mean tweets about themselves. Enjoy!
“FourFiveSeconds”, the acoustic track by Rihanna, Kanye West and their protégé, Paul McCartney (hardy-har-har), now has a very denim music video. Along with the premiere came the announcement this morning that the trio will perform at Sunday’s Grammys. Rihanna has confirmed that “FourFiveSeconds” is the lead single from her forthcoming eighth studio album. [Consequence of Sound]
Fox has ordered a pilot inspired by the collegiate life of Weezer frontman, Rivers Cuomo. The single-camera comedy, currently titled DeTour, will focus on a thirties-ish rockstar who takes a hiatus from music to return to school full-time, as Cuomo did with Harvard, going so far as to live in the dorms and auditioning for the choir (he did not get in). The pilot will be written by Psych creator, Steve Franks. [Deadline]
Skrillex teamed up with French directing team Fleur and Manu to make an exceptionally outrageous, Groundhog Day inspired music video (released on Groundhog day, no less) for his Recess track, “Doompy Poomp”. Watch a mullet-wearing burn-out try every which way to sway a bank into approving his lease application. It’s as painful as it is hilarious. [Creator’s Project]
Modest Mouse has released yet another track from their forthcoming Strangers to Ourselves. The album artwork has so far focused on the sterile emptiness of suburbia run amuck, and the lyrics of this track, “Best Room”, seem to echo that theme: “These western concerns are all I ever really learned to be concerned with, but don’t you know it’s hard feeling tired every time that you try. Ain’t it hard feeling tired all the time?” [Stereogum]
Relax, Buzzfeed. If teenagers did not know who Missy Elliott was before the Super Bowl Halftime Show, they definitely are listening to her now. According to Pigeons and Planes, the three songs Missy performed, “Work It”, “Get Ur Freak On” and “Lose Control”, were in the iTunes top 10 yesterday. Missy took her sudden “discovery” as a compliment:
Genius (formerly Rap Genius), the constantly growing database of annotated lyrics, speeches, movies and other media, has just posted the annotations for fifty tracks written by legendary beat-maker, Rick Rubin. Rubin shared his insight on his collaborations on Kanye West, Johnny Cash, Beastie Boys, Jay Z, Slayer, LL Cool J and the Dixie Chicks, and also shared his thoughts on a number of tracks he did not work on. Hip-hop-heads everywhere rejoice! [Pitchfork]
Here’s your dose of Schadenfreude for today. Jimmy Kimmel Live!’s “Mean Tweets – Music Edition #2” features Josh Groban, Drake, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, HAIM, Iggy Azalea, Ed Sheeran, Wiz Kahlifa, Pitbull, Sia, Childish Gambino, Britney Spears, Jason Aldean, 5 Seconds of Summer and Psy. [Rolling Stone]
Soulection Records have released episode #203 of their expertly curated radio show, this time featuring GoldLink and three hours of some truly mellow grooves from across space and time.
Remember Jennifer Lawrence and James Newton Howard’s “Hanging Tree”, from the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1? Of course you do, because the track has just gone platinum, selling over one million digital copies in just over two months. Make room on that trophy shelf for a framed record, Nitro. [Stereogum]
A recent study suggested a link between compulsively take selfies and psychopathy. That connection was not lost on producer Ryan Hemsworth, whose video for “Too Long Here (feat. Alex G)” tells the story of a girl spiraling into madness after a day spent ‘gramming. About the video, the producer told Dazed, “Technology is really allowing us to enhance our self-obsession and vanity – to the point of self-worship.”
Madonna has officially dropped two tracks from her previously leaked Rebel Heart, and they feature some unexpected (to say the very least) collaborators. Nas gets a verse in the middle of “Veni Vidi Vici”, and Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson both lend their voices to the EDM track, “Iconic.” Give them a listen at HipHop-n-More.
Death Row’s former exec, Suge Knight, is officially being charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted, and two counts of hit-and-run, for last week’s Los Angeles altercation following a film shoot. [LA Times]
See you tomorrow with more Music Dispatch!