It’s no “Johnny B. Goode,” but it’s still a good listen. Michael J. Fox joined Dave Matthews Band onstage over the weekend and proved his guitar skills are still top notch, but they weren’t only big names making musical headlines this week. Turns out Seal is still upset about sharing screen time with Bugs Bunny in a music video, Frank Ocean gave a rare interview for the first time this year, Pharrell released a funky song worth dancing to, and Nelly Furtado is making a comeback.
Know one knows rock ‘n’ roll like Marty McFly. Over the weekend, a special show called “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s: An Evening of Comedy & Music to Benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation” went down at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. With a title like that, Fox was expected to turn up, though perhaps not in this way. He came onstage to join Dave Matthews Band for “All Along the Watchtower” and totally kills it, because licks like those caught on film in Back to the Future never fade. Watch the fun above and then bust out “Johnny B. Goode” after because duh. [Consequence of Sound]
This year, the iconic film Space Jam turns 20 and the rest of the world is happy to celebrate that anniversary. Turns out Seal, the singing legend and person behind “Fly Like an Eagle,” the film’s semi-theme music, isn’t too happy about the music video. Director Joe Pytka revealed in a recent interview that Seal was upset when he found out Bugs Bunny would be in the clip. “He actually never forgave me,” says Pytka. “I ran into him once or twice after that, but he was kind of perturbed that we put Bugs Bunny in the video.” Revisit the clip above and decide for yourself if the addition of the cartoon is too much. [Consequence of Sound]
Frank Ocean may be one of the most talked about musicians of the year, but that’s not because of any talking he’s done. The R&B singer, songwriter, and ex-Oddfuture member stays out of the spotlight as much as he can, but a rare interview just ran in the New York Times that got Ocean to open up about a ton of things and, as expected, it’s worth the read. He addresses the gap between albums, controlling his career, perfectionism, and more. Even if you’re not a fan, some of his quotes work as solid advice for all of us. Case and point? This: “I believe that I’m one of the best in the world at what I do, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to be,” Ocean said. “It’s more interesting for me to figure out how to be superior in areas where I’m naïve, where I’m a novice.” Revisit his music video for “Nikes” off Blonde above. [The New York Times]
This Christmas, a new film called Hidden Figures will hit theaters. A few weeks prior, its soundtrack will hit store shelves, rocking tunes by Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys, Mary J Blige, and more. Best of all, it’s a stacked bill that you can get a taste of right now. Pharrell shared one of his songs for the film, the funk-heavy dance number called “Crave,” and we can’t help but feel uplifted by it. How can you stay still with those trumpets blasting? Exactly. You can’t. [Rolling Stone]
Out of nowhere, Nelly Furtado announced she has her seventh album on the way and with it is a new single. Listen to “Pipe Dreams” above, the lead song off The Ride, out March 3rd. It’s a light sound compared to the early aughts bangers most know her for. Picture a voice-focused sound instead of synth pop dance cuts, and then throw in a dash of reality. Now you have the new version of Nelly Furtado. [Rolling Stone]
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