MUSIC

Taylor Swift's 'Begin Again' Laments Another Love Lost (listen!)

Taylor Swift has released the second single “Begin Again,” from her upcoming album. It’s another haunting ballad about love gone bad that has been spawned by one of her soured relationships. The question is, which one? Swift, whose music is often inspired by her real-life relationships, is known for her songs that sting her ex-boyfriends for doing her wrong. Her first single off the album, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” touched off speculation, once again, over the target of her venomous putdown, with ex-flame Jake Gyllenhaal emerging as the odds on favorite....

Randy Newman Scores Racism in Presidential Election (listen!)

Randy Newman, a singer-songwriter known for his sarcasm, is speaking the unspeakable about the current presidential election. Or rather, he’s singing it. His new song, “I’m Dreaming” is an ode to those longing for a white president, again. Newman has written the soundtracks for more than a dozen films, including “Ragtime,” “The Natural,” “Leatherheads” and “Meet the Parents.” ...

Justin Bieber Touts DJ AcE's New 'Find You Somewhere' Video (watch!)

Justin Bieber is promoting a new music video for “Find You Somewhere,” a song featuring DJ AcE and Willow and Jaden Smith, the children of Hollywood power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. For the uninitiated, AcE is Will and Jaden’s older brother Trey Smith, making this production a true family affair. Since Trey it’s his tune, “Find You Somewhere” has a dance heavy bass line and a Euro disco beat. Jaden, in contrast, is more into rap, while sis Willow is all power pop. The song is officially classified as rap....

Lady Gaga, Taylor Kinney Have White Wedding Day (photos, video)

Lady Gaga turned performance art into a dry-run for her wedding day with boyfriend Taylor Kinney standing in as the groom. The video, the fifth in her series of fashion films, is set to her song “You and I.” Move over Bride of Frankenstein. Gaga, 26, started out in bondage gear and ripped fish nets writhing on the floor and tossing her unwashed hair unrepentant. Then the scene cuts to Gaga in a white dress and back again to her leather straps, halter and ripped stockings. ...

Green Day's 'Oh Love' Video an Ode to the Crotch (watch!)

Green Day caves in to materialism in its first video from rock trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! It’s fill with hot babes, eating hot pasta. Or is this just a parody? You never know with Billie Joe Armstrong. Just call the video an ode to the crotch. The band, so long identified with hard rock and revolution for the hell of it, offers a taste of sartorial splendors in the clip for single “Oh Love.”...

Jaden Smith Skates Through 'Pump Up Kicks' Video (watch!)

Jaden Smith does a little shopping for skateboards with a posse of friends in the new video for his song “Pumped Up Kicks (Like Me),” which can only be described as pop hip-hop, much the same musical style of dad Will Smith. He samples Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” in the rap. Sister Willow Smith has been carrying most of the load for the family musically. She’s dropped videos for her debut “Whip My Hair,” “Do it Like Me (Rockstar)” and “I Am Me.”...

Marvin Hamlisch, Award Winning Music Composer, Dies at 68

Marvin Hamlisch, whose distinctive music style earned Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, a Tony and the Pulitzer Prize over his career for such hits as A Chorus Line, and songs “Life Is What You Make It” and “The Way We Were,” has died. He was 68. Hamlisch died Monday (Aug. 5) in Los Angeles after a brief illness, said Jason Lee, a spokesman for the family. No other details about his death have been released....

Lana Del Rey Ode to Love Lost on Summer Sadness Video

Lana Del Rey stars in another dreamy, sepia-toned video that’s a symbolic portrayal of her song “Summertime Sadness.” The tune is based on a supposedly true story about two lesbian lovers who taken their own lives. Del Rey looks stunningly fashionable as she plunges off a bridge. The images of her could have been culled from a high-fashion photo spread. Although the video has a story line, it’s more a collection of images or video postcards. Jaime King stars as Del Rey’s lover; her husband Kyle Newman, a filmmaker co-directs with Spencer Susser, who belongs to the Australian filmmaking collective Blue-Tongue Films....

Green Day Debuts 'Oh Love,' First Song Off Album ¡Uno! (listen!)

Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day new song, “Oh Love,” is sure to please the band’s power-pop fans. The tune (June 16) off the first album in its trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!, dropped today (July 16). It’s back to basics, according to the band. “The first one is power pop,” Armstrong told Rolling Stone....

Country's Luke Bryan Sorry About National Anthem (watch)

Country singer Luke Bryan didn’t flub the National Anthem last night (July 10) at the All-Star Baseball Game, but he’s apologizing nonetheless for repeatedly referring to crib notes during the song. That’s far better than Christina Aguilera, Scotty McCreery and Steven Tyler, who all sang the challenging song at major sports events and flubbed the lyrics....

Denise Rich, Socialite Songwriter, Flees U.S. Over Taxes

Denise Rich, the wealthy New York socialite who bought her way into the upper echelons of American entertainment and politics has decided it no longer pays to be an American citizen. She’ll reportedly save millions in taxes. In a stunning move that is sure to embarrass her political friends, which include Hillary and Bill Clinton, the ex-wife of rogue billionaire trader Marc Rich, has renounced her U.S. citizenship in favor of becoming an Austrian....

Pink in Scandalous See-Thru Top to Tout New Album (watch!)

Singer Pink hasn’t made a record in four years, but she’s up on the latest pop star trends. She announced her sixth studio album in a YouTube video in revealing see through sheer top that exposed her breasts. Her modesty was only protected by some strategically placed tape in two big crosses across her nipples. She also wore a white tuxedo jacket with skinny black lapels....

Muse's Olympic-Themed 'Survival' Video Is In Your Face (watch)

There’s nothing humble about the Olympic-themed video for “Survival,” the official song of the 2012 games. British rock band Muse delivers in-your-face lyrics and a pulsating beat. “I am gonna win, Yes, I am gonna win,” lead vocalist Matthew Bellamy sings. What ever happened to how you play the game?...

Willow Smith Dials It Down in 'I Am Me' Video (watch)

Willow Smith, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, has released a new video for her song “I Am Me,” and for once she was age appropriate throughout. Smith, 11, unveiled the video for the simple ballad at the BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles over the weekend....

Jazzy Renee Olstead in Hottest Photos Ever for New EP

Renee Olstead, the acting and singing phenom, who cut her first jazz record at 15, sizzles in new photos, at least new to the Internet, supposedly in advance of a new EP. Olstead, 23, may be best known for her role as Madison Cooperstein in “Secret Life Of An American Teenager.” ABC Family renewed the series for a 5th season in February....

Usher Maintains Cool at Full Speed in Scream Video (watch!)

Usher draws heavily from his Off-Broadway musical Fuerza Bruta for his new video for song “Scream.” It’s vintage Usher with high-energy, yet cool smoothness. Looking dapper in a white suit, Usher paces back and forth as he works through the lyrics of his song. Occasionally, he twitches a dance move....