Jordan Sargent

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  • Lorde covering Kanye West in New Zealand

    Watch Lorde Play Bon Iver, Chief Keef, and Kanye West in 'Hold My Liquor' Cover

    Of course budding superstar Lorde is a Kanye West fan — the New Zealand native is 16 years old. So, yes, it's no surprise that when Lorde — whose single "Royals" made her the first female lead to rank in the Billboard Alternative Rock chart's top 10 since 1997 — covers a Yeezus track, she chooses "Hold My Liquor," the woozy and, arguably, darkest track on West's most fucked-up album to date.She did just that at the New Zealand edition of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, running through abridged versions of Justin Vernon's intro, Chief Keef's chorus, and Kanye's first verse, making a point to bookend the performance with "bitch, I'm back out my coma." Her backing band kept the beat's shrieking punctuations and played up the bass drum's insistent, almost techno-level thump. Enjoy it above.

  • Miley Cyrus in new

    Naked Miley Cyrus Rides Balls, Licks Hammers in Terry Richardson's 'Wrecking Ball' Video

    Miley Cyrus' newest single "Wrecking Ball" is a break-up ballad that seems to consciously pull back from the tongue-in-your-face New Miley-ness of "We Can't Stop." If offering up a human portrayal of Cyrus to cut back against the caricature she has assumed with her rebooted image was indeed the goal, the song does a rather admirable job: Written and produced by Dr. Luke and frequent sidekick Cirkut, it works as a Hillary Duff-era Disney-pop torch song updated for kids salivating for crushing bass drops.The video — directed by the famed photographer Terry Richardson — is similarly stripped down, at least initially. The video opens a heavy-handed shot of Cyrus' face shows a single tear falling from her right eye before focusing on a scene in which she takes a sledgehammer to a three-walled cinder block room.

  • Miguel performing at Made in America 2013

    Miguel Turns Up the Distortion on 'Can't Sleep Together'

    Where 2012 was a prolific and career-altering year for Miguel, 2013 has found him in headlines unrelated to his unknown music. This year saw the release of "How Many Drinks?," the album's second most successful single, cringingly dovetailed with a DUI arrest — which was still less of a PR disaster than the time he jumped like a wrestler onto a poor fan at the Billboard Music Awards. How nice that there's brand new Miguel music to talk about (not counting his collaborations with Janelle Monáe or, uh, Big Sean)."Can't Sleep Together" — which you can hear at Rolling Stone — is the latest one-off in Adult Swim's single series. With its growling keyboards and distorted drums and guitars, the track finds Miguel returning to the gritty, early-Prince sound he explored on the third volume of his Art Dealer Chic EP series.

  • Jay Z during the New York stop of the Legends of Summer Tour

    Jay Z's 'Magna Carter World Tour' Will Lug 'Holy Grail' Around North America

    Whatever Kanye West can do, Jay Z can do a bit bigger but probably slightly less compellingly. On the same day 'Ye revealed the dates of his Yeezus tour with Kendrick Lamar, West's Watch the Throne partner has announced the "Magna Carter World Tour" in support of his own chart-topping album Magna Carta Holy Grail.The tour kicks off on November 30 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and ends on January 31 in State College, Pennsylvania, with — given the tour's name — the expectation Jay will then head overseas. Wedged in between those endpoints are two January dates at Barclays Center in Brooklyn's Barclays Center ("the House That Hov Built"), with breaks scheduled around Christmas and the turn of the calendar to 2014. Opening acts have yet to be announced, so let the speculating begin.Jay Z, of course, spent the summer alongside Justin Timberlake on the duo's "Legends of the Summer" tour.

  • 2 Chainz, one chain, one Pharrell

    Watch Pharrell Play Hypeman to 2 Chainz in Triumphant 'Feds Watching' Kimmel Performance

    Last night, 2 Chainz hit Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform "Feds Watching," the lead single from his new album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, which is out this coming Tuesday (September 10). In tow was Pharrell, the resurgent hitmaker who made roughly his third appearance on Kimmel in the year's first nine months (the other two: "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke and his own "Happy"). The performance was standard as these things go — maybe you prefer "Feds Watching" with help from the Roots? — but there are a few important things to note concerning 2 Chainz's fashion. First, he was wearing the T-shirt version of his instantly iconic DONDA-designed dual-chained album cover. Secondly, he was wearing only one chain, so if your world feels slightly askew today, that's probably why. 

  • 2 Chainz / Photo by Dana Distortion

    2 Chainz Crafts a Hilarious, Surprisingly Poignant Blockbuster Sequel on 'B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time'

    At first glance, 2 Chainz is mostly surface. He raps in big Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! uppercuts, throwing roundhouse punch-lines until he either knocks you out (his verse on Kanye West's "Mercy," a solo hit like "Birthday Song") or wheezes through the final bell (as on last year's good-not-great full-length, Based on a T.R.U. Story). The Atlanta rapper has a veneer of effortless cool not unlike George Clooney, having coined a classic laid-back ad-lib ("Truuuuuue") and adopted one of the best names in rap.

  • Twin Shadow covers Bruce Springsteen

    Twin Shadow Bathes Bruce Springsteen in Fog for 'I'm on Fire' Video Cover

    Bruce Springsteen's classic 1985 single "I'm on Fire" has been a favorite cover choice over the past few years for artists of a certain moody, atmospheric ilk — Chromatics and Bat For Lashes come to mind. Adding to this minor legacy is Twin Shadow, who recently sung a version of the song for the second installment of his Under the Cvrs series. George Lewis, Jr.'s version doesn't deviate much from the original — he strips away the guitars and uses blocky electronic drums, but the core of the track (misty keyboards, brooding vocals) remains the same.In the clip above, he stands in darkness in front of a single soft, square light for the duration of the song, with the exception of one cut to a short, grainy shot of a ghostly man in a flowing hooded robe. With Under the Cvrs, Twin Shadow is soliciting requests from his fans.

  • Cassie Kendrick Lamar 'I Know What You Want'

    U m.A.A.D.? See Cassie Lift Kendrick Lamar for Breathy 'I Know What You Want'

    For a half-decade now, Cassie's zero gravity R&B of yore has been powering the music of dance producers and fellow singers looking to emulate her barely-there sensuality. Meanwhile, present-day Cassie has been incorporating a harder edge, most notably on April's rap heavy mixtape RockaByeBaby, which featured guest spots from Rick Ross, Meek Mill, French Montana, Pusha T, and Too $hort.It also sported "I Know What You Want," which lifts the beat from Kendrick Lamar's "m.A.A.d city," the classic West Coast throwback on his ponderous debut LP.

  • The cover of Ryan Hemsworth's new album

    Ryan Hemsworth Drops Dreamy 'Against a Wall' Ahead of Debut Album

    The year 2013 has been a big one for Ryan Hemsworth. He has released a number of excellent mixes, experimental remixes (Lana Del Rey as Kirko Bangz! A$AP Rocky with Britney Spears!), and an EP that hinted at a fuller sound, while also lacing hard-edged rappers with twinkling beats. Now we learn that he'll cap it all off with a debut full-length album Guilt Trips, the cover of which you can see above.

  • A$AP Rocky at Made in America 2013

    A$AP Rocky Charged With Assault for Allegedly Slapping Woman

    According to TMZ, the Office of the District Attorney in Philadelphia has charged A$AP Rocky with misdemeanor simple assault after the Harlem rapper allegedly slapped a female fan during his August 31 performance at Jay Z's Made in America festival. The victim — who the site does not name but describes as a "young mom" — alleges that Rocky hit her with an open hand as he waded through the crowd in the midst of his performance on Saturday. She filed a criminal complaint this morning, leading to a review of the case and the eventual decision to proceed with the charges.The incident marks the second run-in with the law for both Rocky and Made in America, though separately. Earlier this year Rocky pled guilty to attempted grand larceny after a fight with amateur paparazzi, while the festival is dealing with two claims of sexual assault on festival grounds.

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