Keith Girard

Taylor Swift Rocks KIIS Jingle Ball; Watch Her Sing Two Songs (video!)

Taylor Swift touched off frenzy at the 2012 KIIS FM Jingle Ball at the Nokia Theatre last night (Dec. 1) in Los Angeles. Swift is riding a wave with the release of her new album Red, which soared to the top of the charts in its first week out. The 22-year-old singer gave a pre-show interview with two KIIS FM disc jockeys JoJo and Cisney, whom she kindly thanked for playing all of her singles from her new album on the radio. “You guys are playing all the singles we put out like crazy, thank you for that,” she said....

Lana Del Rey Woos Jools With 'Ride' on British Television (Watch)

Lana Del Rey has always been bigger in Europe than she is in the United States, and it showed in London, where did a guest spot on the Jools Holland show on BBC-2. She sang “Ride” and drew screams from a packed audience. The 26-year-old singer has been promoting her new Paradise EP, which features eight new songs. Holland, 54, is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and hosts a sort of musical variety talk show called “Later… with Jools Holland,” It would be the equivalent of Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” with a heavier music emphasis....

The Truth About Carly Rae Jepsen: She's Paid Her Dues (photos!)

Carly Rae Jepsen became a YouTube sensation with a little help from another YouTube sensation, Justin Bieber. Now the fellow Canadian talks to Cosmpolitan about finally catching a break in the music business after years trying. Bieber, like millions of others, was enamored by Jepsen’s pop tune “Call Me, Maybe.” He made it an international hit when he Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale and other pals posted a sing-along on YouTube. Jepsen went viral....

Taylor Swift Down Under Mingles With Fans in Australia (video)

Taylor Swift was spotted in Australia making the rounds to promote her new album, Red, ahead of her star turn on Aria Awards Thursday night, which is actually tonight by U.S. time standards. The awards show is Australia’s version of the Grammy Awards in the United States, but she’ll only be performing as a special guest. Her new album is not up for any awards. ...

Pete Bennett, Legendary '60s, '70s Rock Promoter, Dies Suddenly at 77

Pete Bennett, one of the top promotion men in rock music during its Golden era, died suddenly of a heart attack on Thanksgiving day at his home in Connecticut. He was 77. Bennett, named “World’s Top Promotion Man,” by Billboard magazine, is credited for propelling the careers of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor and many artists and bands. Bennett, born in the Bronx, NY was described by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney as “the promotion man responsible for getting the Beatles on the radio,” according to his company Peter Bennett Enterprises....

Mick Jagger Cranks It Up as Rolling Stones Open 50th Anniversary Tour

Mick Jagger put most 69-year-olds to shame as he strutted his stuff on stage at London’s O2 Arena to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. Keith Richards, 68, Charlie Watts, 71, and Ronnie Wood, 65, did their best to keep up. Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor also joined the celebration. Wyman, 76, retired from the band in the 1990s, while Taylor hasn’t played on stage in more than 30 years. R&B singer Mary J Blige and British guitar god Jeff Beck also joined the Stones, who ran through the repertoire of their most popular songs,...

Peter Gabriel: Insights Into His Genius on New 'So' DVD

Peter Gabriel’s classic album So was featured in a compelling behind-the-scenes documentary in October and has just been released on DVD by Eagle Rock Entertainment. I have to say, it’s one of the best behind-the-scenes compilations I’ve ever seen. Gabriel’s smash album contained many of his most beloved songs including “Sledgehammer” and “In Your Eyes.” Released in 1986, it was his fifth studio album and seventh album overall. So became the best-selling album of Gabriel’s career and went five-times platinum in the U.S., selling more than 5 million copies. It was also his first experiment with pop music, albeit “on his own terms,” he once said....

Ke$ha Hits Today Show Determined to Show She's Real (watch!)

Ke$ha is still having a hard time proving she’s real. With he second album about to drop, she went on the Today Show this morning (Nov. 20) with at least one goal in mind. She wanted to prove she can sing. “Because I really can sing,” she told Savannah Guthrie. The 25-year-old singer has been battered by Internet snark over her purported use of autotune, an electronic device that automatically corrects off-key sounds during vocal recordings or live performances. ...

Justin Bieber Totally Commercial, Films Macy's Holiday Ad (watch!)

Justin Bieber looks undeniably cute in a new holiday commercial for Macy’s department stores, but the spot also represents one of the down sides of music these days. It’s all about selling. It wasn’t always that way. Back in the early days rock in the ’50s and ’60s, musicians survived on their music alone. Neither Macy’s nor General Motors, for that matter, would think twice about trying to sell a product with a rock song. Not any more. ...

Rihanna Wears Nothing But Tattoos for GQ Cover (8 photos)

Rihanna puts her raw sexuality on display on the cover of GQ magazine’s upcoming issue. She says she is uninhibited about exposing her curvaceous body because nudity is part of the culture of her native Barbados. “That comes from my culture,” she tells the magazine. “That’s just the way it’s always been, and I think that for people, especially in America, they make it like the forbidden fruit, but that only makes kids more curious.” She’s got that right....

Rihanna Steeped in Sexual Imagery in New Diamonds Video (watch)

Rihanna has released the video for her No. 1 song “Diamonds.” It’s a tour de force of sexual imagery, but is already being overshadowed by another single from her new album, her duet with Chris Brown. The 24-year-old singer’s album became explosive when she released the tracklist earlier this week and revealed the duet “Nobodies Business.” A teaser of the song followed yesterday (Nov. 8). The upbeat pop-driven tune is a departure from “Diamonds,” which is more in the vein of Rihanna’s songs about love, yearning and confused emotions....

Ke$ha Dabbles in Orgy, Black Arts for 'Die Young' Video (watch!)

Ke$ha is still the party girl, except she sinks to new levels of depravity in her latest video for her song “Die Young.” She’s best known for her club anthems and this song continues in that tradition with a darker spin. The 25-year-old singer dabbles in black magic, gunplay, Satanism and sexual depravity after she kicks down the door to an abandoned church. The part quickly devolves into an orgy although no sensitive parts are exposed....

Rihanna Teases Chris Brown Duet 'Nobodies Business' (Listen!)

Rihanna is giving her fans a taste of her new duet with Chris Brown. A teaser audio track of the song “Nobodies Business” hit the Internet this morning (Nov. 8). It’s an upbeat R&B song and a strong statement about her personal life. Rihanna has been working at a breakneck pace to wrap up her seventh studio album in as many years. It will be released this month (Nov. 19) and is already causing a stir. The 24-year-old singer released a track list earlier this week and revealed that she and Brown would duet on the song. Rihanna reportedly tweeted the teaser clip herself, according to E! News....

Rihanna Begins New Arc in Life With Music, Chris Brown (video)

Rihanna has reopened the door to the man who beat her savagely. She’s starting a new arc in her life after three years that saw her soar as an artist even has her personal life was restless and unsettled. Rihanna, 23, struggled to follow the advice of friends and fans. They urged her to quit Chris Brown after their infamous 2009 blow up. She was left battered and unconscious on the eve of would have been a spectacular Grammy Awards ceremony for them. Brown ultimately pleaded guilty to criminal battery and is still on probation for the attack....

Rita Ora, Britain's Next Big Thing, Rocks UK X-Factor (watch!)

Rita Ora, who has been called the next big thing from Britain more times than she probably can count, held her own on the UK version of “X-Factor,” sharing the stage with pop/rock powerhouse Gwen Stefani. Ora sang her hit “Shine Your Light.” The 21-year-old singer and actress has already won over her adopted country. She was born in Albania and moved to the UK when she was a year old. Her album the self-named Ora debuted at No 1. in the UK in August, and three singles from the album also topped the charts....

David Crosby to Weigh in on Election on Brett Winterble, XM Radio

David Crosby, who personified the ’60s counterculture through his music with The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (sometimes Young), is hip deep in the presidential fray along with bandmate Stephen Stills, who’s lambasting GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Crosby will be featured on Brett Winterble’s show on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 168) on Monday (Nov. 5). The interview could be electric. Winterble used to work for right-wing screamer and conspiracy formentor Rush Limbaugh....

Beyonce's Kid Sis, Solange, Reprises 'Fro for Rika Mag (photos!)

Solange Knowles, the kid sister of music icon Beyonce Knowles, is establishing a footprint in fashion with her funky photo shoot for Dutch magazine Rika. She stepped out of the spotlight as a teen after getting married and having a baby. But the 26-year-old singer and fashion maven is working on a comeback. She’s always had an interest in fashion and has modeled for the family’s clothing line, House of Deréon, named after grandmother Agnéz Deréon. She also helped launch a junior apparel line within the brand and has modeled clothes along with her big sis....

Cee Lo Facing Sex Battery Probe; Is 'Voice' Job in Jeopardy?

R&B singer Cee Lo Green, who stars as a judge on “The Voice,” has been hit with another sexual assault allegation and this time, he may have a tough time dodging formal charges. A woman filed a police report claiming that Green, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, claiming the singer drugged her, took her back to his place and had sex with her while she was unconscious. Green has denied the allegations. ...

Miley Cyrus Breasts Eat Cake in Borgore 'Decisions' Video (watch!)

Miley Cyrus doesn’t actually eat cake but she wears it well smeared across her boobs in a new video for dubstep artist Borgore. He unleashes a four-minute riot of hot babes and midgets to celebrate having your cake and eating it, too. Miley doesn't make an appearance until about halfway through the video. She rocks out in all black low-cut top that reveals her ample cleavage; no bra, of course. And yes, that’s her fiance Liam Hemsworth in the unicorn mask. In one scene, Miley tries to remove his tonsils with her long, lean tongue....

Keith Girard

Keith Girard is Editor and Pubilsher of TheImproper, New York City’s cutting edge arts, entertainment pop culture and lifestyle Web magazine. Before that, he was editor-in-chief of Billboard magazine and a reporter for the Washington Post among other media positions.