Gaga Will Collaborate With Florence Welch on New Album

In a radio interview on Friday with BBC Radio 1, Lady Gaga confirmed that on an upcoming track on her new album she’ll duet with Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch.

“I started to work on an idea for a song that I really wanted to do with a girl,” said Gaga. “You’ll see why when you see what the song is about.”

She continued: “I just thought, ‘Who do I want to sing with?’ She’s really, to me, if not the best, one of the greatest vocalists in the world. She’s incredible.”

Gaga revealed more in a Monday radio chat with Elvis Duran: that the track would be called “Hey Girl,” and that the song begins with “Hey girl, can you hear me, are you holding out your heart.” Florence then responds with “Hey girl, do you feel me, sometimes I go too far.” Gaga also revealed that other collaborators on the record include Beck and Father John Misty.

Mother Monster said the album would be arriving soon—”this year” was as precise as she could get. But if “Perfect Illusion” is any indicator of what’s to come, we’re really, truly freaking out.

Rick Ross, Fiona Apple, and Eight Other Artists Who Deserved a Best Original Song Nomination

The category for Best Original Song is always a bit of a mess. The songs are rarely judged on how they sound; the importance is, of course, how the song fits into the film for which it was written. This year’s nominees are representative of the usual fare. There’s the popular choice (Adele’s "Skyfall," which will likely win, as it should), the new song for the big-budget musical adaptation (the unnecessary "Suddenly" from Les Misérables), and then there are the forgettable tunes (I didn’t even know what Chasing Ice was before today, much less the song from it). It’s a shame, really, because there were plenty of good tracks included in the list of 75 eligible songs. Here are a few that probably will have a longer shelf life than "Pi’s Lullaby."

Karen O – "Strange Love" (from Frankenweenie)

Fiona Apple – "Dull Tool" (from This is 40)

Rick Ross – "100 Black Coffins" (from Django Unchained)

John Legend – "Who Did That To You" (from Django Unchained)

Sunny Levine – "No Other Plans" (from Celeste and Jesse Forever)

Arcade Fire – "Abraham’s Daughter" (from The Hunger Games)

The Bootleggers feat. Emmylou Harris – "Cosmonaut" (from Lawless)

Florence + The Machine – "Breath of Life" (from Snow White and the Huntsman)

Katy Perry – "Wide Awake" (from Katy Perry: Part of Me)

The Black Keys / RZA – "The Baddest Man Alive" (from The Man With the Iron Fists)

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Is This Leaked Lollapalooza Lineup on the Level?

Is the 2012 Lollapalooza lineup set in stone? If this grainy snapshot of a piece of paper is to be believed, then the annual music festival will be headlined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Jack White and Florence + The Machine, with The Shins, At the Drive-In, Justice, The Weeknd, Sigur Ros, and more swooping in for the supporting time slots. It could be completely b.s. — again, it’s a grainy snapshot of a piece of paper — but the lineup seems very appropriate to Lollapalooza’s big tent appeal, and some of the acts have already been hinted at through promotion on Chicago’s transportation system. Check out the full (rumored) lineup over at Pretty Much Amazing

There may be one fly in the ointment: Black Sabbath previously cancelled a summer tour due to guitarist Tony Iommi’s lymphona treatment, and because drummer Bill Ward had previously expressed reluctance to do the reunion without being fairly compensated. But as this Rolling Stone report notes, Sharon Osbourne said that the band would be playing one American show in August — and, as it turns out, Lollapalooza happens to be American, a show, and in August. There’s your smoking gun if there ever was one. At any rate, we’ll know by Wednesday when the lineup is officially announced. There will be all sorts of fun to had at the festival regardless of who’s playing, as you can see below.

Afternoon Links: IFC To Air 32 More Chapters of ‘Trapped in the Closet,’ January Jones Defends Betty

● Cancel all your plans: In addition to a third season of the beloved Portlandia, IFC has ordered 32 new chapters of R. Kelly’s ambitious musical series, Trapped in the Closet, all to be aired in the next year. [ArtsBeat]

● Clams Casino’s swelling remix of Florence + The Machine’s "Never Let Me Go" is almost as nice as this summer come early in New York. [GvsB]

● Gene Simmons promises "no fake bullshit" on the upcoming Kiss/Motley Crue tour. "Leave that to the Rihanna, Shmianna and anyone who ends their name with an ‘A,’" he says of his fellow stadium-fillers. Ouch! [Billboard]

● Kim Kardashian coolly explained to Ryan Seacrest yesterday that she couldn’t possibly be involved with Kanye West, romantically or otherwise, because, she says, “I think I’m still married." Enought already! [Radar]

● “I find myself defending her a lot more often, just because people are pretty hard on her lately,” says January Jones, a new mother herself, of her Mad Men character, Betty. "All of her actions are justified … And, you know, Sally shouldn’t be masturbating at other people’s houses or she’s going to get slapped." [The Daily]

● Slate’s got a lengthy but worthy excerpt of Enemies, A Love Story, a 25,000 word oral history of "the original frenemies" Siskel and Ebert that is hosted in full by The Chicagoan. [Slate]

Here Are Your ‘VH1 Divas’: Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Florence and the Machine, and More

The lineup for VH1’s Divas was announced today. In addition to Clarkson, Blige, and Florence, Jessie J, Jennifer Hudson, and Jill Scott are also slated to perform at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom; the concert will air on VH1 on December 19.

In a press release, the cable network announced that the show will “celebrate soul” and pay tribute to the musical output of Detroit, Chicago, Memphis, Philadelphia, and London.

VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul will bring together some of the best singers across the globe, men and women alike, to honor the soulful cities that inspired these divas and their art. The cities honored include: Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. Accompanied by one of the most exciting groups of modern soul, The Roots, with ?uestlove as musical director, each diva will pay tribute through not only their own soul-inspired songs, but some of the greatest classics that have shaped a genre.

As in previous years, this edition of VH1 Divas will benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation and its programs to restore music education in public schools. For more information, please visit

Karl Lagerfeld Snaps Florence + the Machine’s Vinyl Cover

As Frida Giannini’s muse for Gucci FW11 and Karl Lagerfeld’s entertainment of choice for Chanel SS12, it’s safe to say that Florence Welch is this year’s most fashionable chanteuse. Following in the footsteps of fellow sartorial songstresses like Lady Gaga, Beth Ditto, and Rye Rye, designers are lining up to both dress and photograph the 25-year-old crimson-coifed beauty – not least the aforementioned Lagerfeld.


Taking a note from designer Riccardo Tisci’s album art collaboration with Kanye West and Jay-Z, Lagerfeld photographed Welch for the cover of her band’s limited-edition vinyl single, Shake it Out. This is the first cover from the designer and musician’s upcoming series with The Vinyl Factory.

Shake it Out is set to release on October 31 and is available for pre-order here.

Florence + The Machine Debuts Three New Songs

Yesterday, Brooklyn, New York hipsters left Williamsburg and flocked to DUMBO for the Creators Project’s Monster Arts and Culture Festival. A sort of mini Burning Man, they offered up art instillations, screenings of films by the likes of Spike Jonze and Band of Horses, and music from Chairlift, Teen Daze, Chris Keating of Yeasayer and more. Florence and the Machine performed under the Brooklyn Bridge, debuting 3 new songs from their upcoming album Ceremonials. Video below of “Heartlines,” “Never Let Me Go,” and “Spectrum.” They’re really good!


“Never Let Me Go”


Florence has previously released “Shake It Up,” and “What The Water Gave Me,” which you can listen to here. The album drops on Oct. 31.

Video via CoS

Reading Coachella’s Fine Print: Breakthrough Performers Worth Checking Out

So you’re selling livers, kidneys and daring yourself to forgo food for weeks until mid-April in order to pay for your trip to Coachella. It’s understandable, really. And while the big draws, like Muse, Jay-Z, Gorillaz and MGMT, appear on this flier (not this one) in enormous typeface, the true breakouts are in such fine print that you’ll likely go blind trying to read their names. But please don’t! Instead, consult a handy guide to Coachella’s fine print gems, after the jump.


APRIL 16 Quite good: La Roux Best bet: Kate Miller-Heidke. As demonstrated by this very capable cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” below, Miller-Heidke may be the most welcome Australian pop import since we allowed Natalie Imbruglia an American conquest. Miller-Heidke has also earned a stamp of approval from Ben Folds already. Also her last album contained this bit of genius.

APRIL 17 Quite good: Tokyo Police Club, Corrine Bailey Rae Best bet: Sia. Known in part for her work on Christina Aguilera’s Bionic and for her contributions to Six Feet Under, Sia has done the impossible: Maintaining street-cred while peddling sensitive emotronica ballads.

APRIL 18 Quite good: Miike Snow, Little Boots, Matt & Kim, Hadouken! Best bet: Florence & the Machine. Recently nominated for a Brit award, this band, comprised of lead singer Florence Welch and a host of rotating collaborators (the eponymous “Machine”) may probably perform one of the best sets of the Coachella weekend.

Florence + The Machine Covering Beyonce Gives +5 to The Indie R & B Theory

Last week, there was sister-of-Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, covering the Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness is the Move,” which is already a song with an entirely R&B-built foundation, on a record with entirely R&B considered notions. And now we’ve got an indie act — Florence + The Machine — covering a Beyoncé song. And it’s not that bullshit Twee nonsense either. This is The Real McCoy.

Listen to how she kills it at the end here. Like pretty much everything else Florence + The Machine do, this is utterly fantastic:

Okay, so, let’s recap:

1. The Dirty Projectors record an album that’s a throwback to early 90s R&B vocal layering. It’s one of the best albums of the year. 2. The xx record an album that’s a throwback to early 90s R&B vocal layering. It’s one of the best albums of the year. They also record two of the best covers of the year, from late 80s/early 90s R&B, Womack and Womack’s “Teardrops” and Aaliyah’s “Hot Like Fire.” 3. Earlier this year, one of the guys from Vampire Weekend and one of the guys from Ra Ra Riot do a side project called Discovery. It’s got R&B bump in it. It’s not one of the best albums of the year, but it’s pretty goddamn great regardless. 4. Beyoncé and Jay-Z are seen hanging out in Williamsburg at the Grizzly Bear show. 5. As previously mentioned, Beyoncé’s sister is covering the Dirty Projectors.

Add it up, people. Sasha Frere-Jones may still be an asshole, and he was definitely wrong, but he was also definitely on to something: R&B and indie rock are beginning to meet in the middle. Sigh. Trend piece, here I come …