The Grammy Awards are happening on Sunday night. Will it be yet another Beyonce coronation? Or a Sam Smith sweep? Will Queen Bey use the opportunity to announce that Blue Ivy has a sibling on the way? Will Iggy Azalea win best rap album and be booed off the stage? Will all social media networks simultaneously crash when confronted with the reality of Kanye West, Paul McCartney and Rihanna on stage together?
You'll have to tune in on CBS to find out. And you'll have to wait till Sunday to find my Will Win / Should Win picks in the Inquirer Live Life Love A & E section or online at phily.com. In the meantime, here's a sampling of the five Album of the Year nominees.
"Flawless," Beyonce feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, from Beyonce.
Richard Thompson stepped up to the mic at the City Winery in New York on Saturday night with his his daughter, two sons, grandson, son-in-law and a couple other members of his extended family on stage with him.
“I’m going to play an old song now,” the singer, guitarist and patriarch of the musical clan said, introducing “Down Where The Drunkards Roll,” from I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, his 1974 album with then-wife Linda.
“What, haven’t you got any new songs to play?” his son Teddy quipped from the opposite side of the stage. “Can’t you open a fresh bottle of wine?”
Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday night was big, brash and silly, an effectively cartoonish spectacle appropriate for an overblown event thst featured a giant golden lion, dancing sharks, Lenny Kravitz pointlessly guesting on "I Kissed A Girl" and Missy Elliott coming out of retirement to tear it up on "Get Ur Freak On," "Work It" and "Lose Control." Perry also effectively managed to change costumes four different times in 12 minutes. Watch the show below.
There’s an open wound running down the middle of Bjork’s chest on the cover of her new album Vulnicura (One Little Indian *** ½), a gash in her heart that the music contained therein hopes to heal.
It’s not the thievery of her music - Vulnicura was leaked on the Internet last weekend, then released on iTunes on Tuesday - that has the Icelandic avant-pop singer in pain. The cause of her hurt is the end of her long term relationship with Matthew Barney, the Cremaster Cycle visual artist and father of their daughter Isadora.
Bjork’s agony is considerable. In a note she posted on her Facebook page this week, she described Vulnicura as a ”complete heartbreak album.” In "Black Lake," the most emotionally raw song, she sings “Our love was my womb, but our bond has broken / My shield is gone, my protection taken / I am one wound.”
Bob Dylan is the AARP's new magazine cover boy.
In a rare interview that the unretiring 73 year old songwriter gave to AARP's Robert Love on the eve of the Feb. 3 release of Shadows In The Night, his album of covers of songs assciated with Frank Sinatra, Dylan speaks of singing in Ol' Blue Eyes shadow, about how he felt the first time he heard the Staple Singers' "Uncloudy Day," and gets preachy about how "people's lives today are filled with vice and the trappings of it."
When asked if the inevitable comparisons the songs will draw with the Sinatra versions makes his recording Shadows a "risky" move, Dylan said: "Risky? Like walking across a field laced with land mines? Or working in a poison gas factory? There’s nothing risky about making records. Comparing me with Frank Sinatra? You must be joking. To be mentioned in the same breath as him must be some sort of high compliment. As far as touching him goes, nobody touches him. Not me or anyone else."
Super secret agent Sterling Archer, who H. Jon Benjamin gives voice to Thursday nights at 10 on FX, stopped by Late Night with Conan O'Brien this week on TNT. Or rather, the animated spy picked up the TV host and took him for a spin. Watch below.
Who needs Bonnaroo? Billy Joel will headline that Tennessee mega-festival in June, but if the Piano Man’s fans can wait a while longer to see him pound out his enormous catalog of hits, from "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" to "We Didn't Start The Fire," they can see him in South Philadelphia on August 13th at Citizens Bank Park.
It’ll be the second consecutive summer that Joel will headline CBP, and the record fourth time overall that the 65 year old Long Island Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who has been riding a comeback that began with a performance at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit show at Madison Square Garden, has played the Pattison Ave. baseball stadium. (The first two were co-headlining dates with Elton John.)
Tickets go on sale January 30 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com.
Bjork is releasing her new album Vulnicura on iTunes weeks early after it was leaked over the weekend. She broke the news on her Facebook page today, writing "dear websitefolks , fans , tweeters and my music supporters on all the sorts of www :....vulnicura will be rolling out worldwide over the next 24 hours !!
Just last week, the Icelandic avant-pop star first announced the existence of the album, which was scheduled to come out in March, with a handwritten message on Facebook. It's her first new album since 2011 Biophilia, and it was scheduled to coincide with a multi-media retrospective exhibition opening March 7 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (where the Biophilia app is part of the permanent collection).
Bjork addressed her fans with this note about the album: