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Let’s see, let’s see. Who was at the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in London? I spy with my brown eye Douglas Booth, who I’ve always praised to high heaven and yet… and yet… now when I look at him, well, he seems slightly brain damaged, doesn’t he? Like he’s NOT QUITE THERE. Are his eyes going in different directions? Is that drool in his beard? I don’t know, dude. Somethin’ ain’t right. Who else? Supermodel David Gandy, always the picture of elegance. So dapper. So chic. Then there’s humpy Eddie Redmayne wearing his summer tweeds? To a black tie event? FOR SHAME, YOUNG MASTER REDMAYNE! Have you gone soft in the head, too? You don’t wear casual daytime clothes to something like this, no matter how nicely the Prince of Wales check goes with your eyes. YOU… JUST… CAN’T… DO IT! Ten demerit points for you! Next up, boxer/sex god – MY GOD, HE’S A HOT SLAB OF BEEF – Amir Khan with gal pal Faryal Makhdoom. Sigh. What I wouldn’t do to him. Then there’s Matt Smith with some hoochie-mama, I can’t even. Frankly, I’ve already moved on from Matt. I don’t even know if I’ll watch his last season as the Doctor. I’ll CERTAINLY never watch the new Doctor, you can be DAMN SURE OF THAT. You’ve hurt me, Matt. There’s no coming back from it. And finally, there’s Pharrell. Hmmm. I’ve never noticed how tiny he is. Just a wee bit of a thing. Not quite sure how to process that. What do YOU think? Is tiny Pharrell not quite as hot as the hulking Pharrell of your dreams? Leave a comment. (Photos: Pacific Coast News)
Robin Thicke and co-composers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris went to federal court in Los Angeles on August 15, seeking to preempt legal claims that “Blurred Lines” borrows too aggressively from late soul legend Marvin Gaye and the group Funkadelic. “Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic, and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists,” the Thicke suit states. “Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs’ massively successful composition, Blurred Lines, copies ‘their’ compositions.” Named as defendants are members of Gaye’s family and a company called Bridgeport Music, which owns some of Funkadelic’s songs. The suit states that the Gaye family is complaining about similarities to “Got to Give It Up.” The Funkadelic song in question is “Sexy Ways.” The suit says “there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements.” Here’s a super basic mix of “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give It Up.” What do you think? (via Business Week)
While in Los Angeles for One Direction’s big Staples show TONIGHT, Liam Payne spent some time noodling around in the studio with Pharrell Williams. Pharrell posted this picture on his Facebook page saying: “Chilling in the studio with One Direction’s Liam.” No word on what they were working on but The Examiner speculates “it might have something to do with One Direction’s upcoming album, perhaps a remix of one of the many songs Liam wrote with Louis. Or maybe they were just hanging out having fun in the studio, as great musicians do.” Ha. Love that. I am constantly wondering which 1D member will strike out on his own first. Is this a clue that Liam is getting antsy? (Photo: facebook)
As a former artist, lemme just say we would’ve given our eye teeth to get big name producers to produce ONE TRACK on an album. Miley Cyrus is lucky enough get them all. Back in my day it was Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis or Narada Michael Walden or Teddy Riley and the list went on and on. We would sit back and covet the artists whose label would pay for them to do a track for their artist, while our record label (A&M) didn’t even know we had names other than Seduction. In the early ’00s it was all about The Neptunes and they were getting upwards of a million dollars per track. Producers in the late ’80s and early ’90s became stars and made as much as if not more than the artists themselves. Today it’s a bit different with the way the internet has changed the music biz. But one thing is for sure, Pharrell still garners a high wage for his genius services. Plus, he’s cute. Miley has the bills to snag him for a track or two on Bangerz, which she smartly did. Most of what Pharrell touches turns to platinum (ask Robin Thicke). As you can see, we have Nicki Minaj and Mike Will up in that piece too. She is gunning for hardcore success on this album; let’s hope it works.
Diane Martel, the director of the “Blurred Lines” video has responded to the allegations that it’s “too rapey,” saying: “I wanted to deal with the misogynist, funny lyrics in a way where the girls were going to overpower the men. Look at Emily Ratajkowski’s performance; it’s very, very funny and subtly ridiculing. That’s what is fresh to me. It also forces the men to feel playful and not at all like predators. I directed the girls to look into the camera, this is very intentional and they do it most of the time; they are in the power position. I don’t think the video is sexist. The lyrics are ridiculous, the guys are silly as fuck. That said, I respect women who are watching out for negative images in pop culture and who find the nudity offensive, but I find [the video] meta and playful.”
MY TAKE: When I first saw the “Blurred Lines” video, I was unnerved by the creepy misogyny, sure, but it was the smug douchiness of Robin, TI, and Pharrell that upset me more. I think the history of pop music is FULL of songs far more rapey and more stalkery than “Blurred Lines.” Just off the top of my head I’m thinking “One Way or Another” by Blondie, “Every Breath You Take,” by the Police, “I Will Possess Your Heart” by Death Cab for Cutie, “Stan” by Eminem, “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran, “Obsession” by Animotion, “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, “Keep on Loving You” by REO Speedwagon, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Dean Martin, “Sex Type Thing” by Stone Temple Pilots, “Wrong Way” by Sublime, “Rape Me” by Nirvana, “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails, and the two rapiest songs of ALL “Summer Lovin’” from Grease (“Did she put up a fight?”) and “Hello” by Lionel Richie (about a teacher stalking his blind student!). Those songs didn’t destroy the fabric of society and neither will “Blurred Lines.” Where do YOU stand on the issue? WATCH THE NSFW VERSION HERE. And then tell me how many other rapey/stalker songs can you think of? (via HuffPo)
Really fab disco remix of the instant classic “Blurred Lines.” Yes, Robin Thicke is horrible and the lyrics might be a bit rapey, but who cares when the beat is this delicious? Go ahead, make yourself a cocktail, gussy up your hair, put on your prettiest dress, and dance around your house with this on repeat for the next three or four hours. (via Billy Beyond)