What’s good COED Nation? Hope all is well in your worlds. It’s time for another edition of Al Jones’ Songs of the Week. I’m going to add a couple new elements to my weekly column – they’re called “Rewind” and “Fast Forward”. In those sections, I’ll cover some of the major news in the music world that’s happened the week before and what’s on the horizon for music fans out there. So let’s get right to the news and the good word on the street.
Lana Del Rey
It’s been a topsy-turvy week from the singer/songwriter out of New York City. First of all, she may be one of the most buzzed about new artists to appear on the music scene in quite some time. It takes clout and a lot of publicity to make your television debut on Saturday Night Live, before your first full length album comes out. And that’s what she did this past Saturday. She seemed nervous and rushed, lacking confidence, singing songs that clearly need her to stand out. However, she is extremely appealing and can write her a** off. I’ve liked all her tracks that I’ve heard thus far, so hopefully this was a minor bump in what is assumed to be a huge year for Ms. Del Ray.
What a lineup! I am happy to say that through the good graces of god, and the internet, I was able to snag tickets to the opening weekend of this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California [Ed note: F*ck you Alex]. This year Coachella has expanded to two weekends, with all of the acts agreeing to play both weekends. The lineup is straight butter. Headliners include The Black Keys, Radiohead and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (together) and the undercard is one of the best I have seen for a three-day festival, and includes, Bon Iver, Sweedish House Mafia, Avicii, Arctic Monkeys, Florence + the Machine, Miike Snow, M83, the Shins, David Guetta, the Weeknd, and Girl Talk, with many many more to play over the three-day festival. Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT. But I’m sure the festival will be streamed online and you’ll get a chance to see all the magic.
Blue Ivy Carter
Jay-Z and Beyonce gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Blue Ivy. I don’t know what’s up with that name, but I do know that little girl is going to be a musical prodigy with those genes in her. Check out Jay-Z’s track “Glory” dedicated to his baby girl.
SONGS OF THE WEEK
- American Idol returns to our TV screens with a 2 night premiere, Wed, Jan 18th and Thurs Jan 19th on FOX. Who will be the next Kelly Clarkson, or even worse, the next Lee Dewyze?
- The Boss, Bruce Springsteen will be dropping his 17thstudio album, sometime this spring. A major announcement on his upcoming tour is approaching shortly. It should be one of the biggest tours of 2012.
- Mr. President Obama is looking to grab a couple of music’s most talented names to join him on his re-election campaign trail. Jay-Z, Adam Levine, Vampire Weekend, and Janelle Monae are some of the names being thrown around. Let’s see if any of them can help the big O stay in office.
- Check out the new Rick Ross mix tape “Rich Forever.” It’s filled with strong street gems and will keep you at bay as we all await Ross next major label album which is due to hit stores this spring.
- LL Cool J was just named host of the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Mama Said Knock You Out!
I hope you are all caught up on what’s gravy in the world of music. Make sure you take the time out to vote for your favorite song of the week. There is some stiff competition out there, so let your voices be heard…VOTE!!! And be sure to follow me on Twitter where you can talk smack to me about my Patriots and anything else happening in the world of music. Be good COED Nation.