In case you missed it, here’s a quick look back at all the music news that caught my attention this weekend.
LILY IN WONDERLAND: I’m loving British song bird Lily Allen‘s new single, “The Fear,” from her upcoming second CD, It’s Not Me, It’s You, due out early next year. Though the song, which explores the ugly underbelly of fame and pop culture, won’t officially drop in the U.S. until tomorrow, it already leaked online, along with the ethereal Alice in Wonderland-inspired music video. Check it out after the jump.
NOT A BAD BOY: On Saturday, D’Angelo‘s rep responded to recent unsubstantiated media reports that he inked a deal with Diddy’s Bad Boy label. In a statement, his manager, Lindsay Guion, called the rumor “totally false,” adding, “D’Angelo is signed to the RCA Music Group (J Records), a unit of Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.” In addition, Guion revealed new details about the long M.I.A. soul singer’s hotly anticipated upcoming CD, scheduled for release in 2009: “Thus far, he has recorded with Raphael Saadiq, Q-Tip, and Roy Hargrove. D’Angelo is also expected to collaborate with Cee-Lo and other stellar talents. A single entitled, ‘I Found My Smile Again,’ was recently released and is available exclusively on iTunes.”
NATIONAL DISASTER: Please tell me I’m not the only one who thought R&B singer Keyshia Cole looked a damn fool while singing the national anthem at the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao fight on Saturday night. That freakishly teased old lady hair! Those gaudy gold chains! That hideous skintight gold lamé mini dress with the bejeweled Carmen Miranda sleeves! Holy hot mess! It looked like her stylist robbed Mr. T, Charo, and Patti LaBelle’s wig closet, and then made poor Keyshia wear all of the booty at once. I was so distracted by her ridiculous appearance that I was barely able to focus on her performance, which was almost just as over-the-top as her ensemble. View the madness after the jump.
‘Lily Allen, “The Fear”
Keyshia Cole, “The Star-Spangled Banner”