By Danny McCarthy, Staff Writer
Remember when I wrote about men’s fashion? I was so good at that, right? (Just agree with me.) Well, now I’ve decided to foray into the great wilderness that is pop culture, armed with only a dream and access to the Internet. Join me as we count down the top seven things that you might have missed this week in pop culture!
7. “Full House”—Apparently there is a “Full House” reunion in the works! The iconic television show, which ran from 1987-1995, was almost a religion in my household, and its ongoing popularity has proved that it probably held the same position in the lives of others. According to an interview John Stamos did with CBS News, the project will be “sort of reunion-like, not with the full cast.” So who do you think will be in the Full House reunion? Let us know in the comments below!
6. Ron and Hermione: Happily Never After?—My world is coming to a halt because J.K. Rowling, in a new article (in which she was interviewed by Emma Watson — perfection) announced that she isn’t quite certain that Ron and Hermione should have ended up together. The author instead wished that she had put Harry and Hermione together instead. Personally, I can see Hermione and Ron not working out, but Harry and Hermione just seems…weird. Whose team are you on? Ron or Harry?
5. Beyoncé—As per usual, Beyoncé was flawless at the Grammys. Using only a chair, smoke and her own perfection as props, she gave a sultry, strong rendition of “Drunk in Love”, a song from her new self-titled album, BEYONCÉ. Her husband, rapper Jay-Z, joined the performer later in the song. Despite the song being censored live, parents are in an uproar about the duet, citing it to be a little too risqué for children. What do you think? Was Beyoncé’s dance too sexy for the Grammys?
4. The “Midnight Memories” music video—I had to put this in here. One Direction, the boy band that’s sweeping the nation, nay, the world, released the music video for the titular song of their album, Midnight Memories. The video, which has over 8.5 million views on YouTube, features the boys hanging out with old ladies and generally getting rowdy, while making it seem like the most fun thing in the world, as only One Direction can.
3. Miley Cyrus, “Unplugged”—Miley Cyrus had complete creative control over her MTV program, “Unplugged”, taking a decidedly Southern twist on her breakout album Bangerz. The artist, glowing in a platinum pixie cut and bedazzled cowboy gear, had Madonna on as a guest performer, but made it clear that she had originally wanted Dolly Parton to join her. And if there is no other proof that Miley is the new Queen of Pop, there is the fact that Madonna was her second choice. Sorry, Mads.
2. “The Fault In Our Stars” movie trailer—This one dances close to my heart. The trailer for “The Fault in Our Stars”, adapted from John Green’s New York Times bestseller, premiered on Wednesday, already racking up eight million views on YouTube. Whether you have loved the book since its release, or fell in love with Augustus Waters’ lazy smirk, you know that this is one movie you have to see. With Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort leading an amazing cast, hopefully “The Fault in Our Stars” can live up to the beauty of its source material.
1. “Same Love” marriages—Keeping up with all the feels, I had to double up on Grammy love this week. 34 couples, gay and straight, were married during the Grammys after a rendition of Macklemore’s groundbreaking song, “Same Love.” Making Grammy history, the occasion proved that music isn’t just for topping billboard charts or making money: it is, has been, and hopefully always will be, a vehicle for change. And it makes for a kick-ass wedding story!
That’s all for this week, if there’s anything I missed, or anything you think should be included in the Pop Culture Countdown next week, sound off in the comments below!
By Olivia Shur, Staff Writer
This year’s Grammy nominees are a competitive bunch, judging from the list that includes everyone from veteran winners like Tony Bennett to up-and-coming artists like Lana Del Rey. Here are a few predictions from five of the most anticipated categories.
A band that was little known a year ago has quickly risen to the top of the charts. “Radioactive” is one of their smash hits, and with its unique pop-rock sound that is impossible not to head-bang along to, its a solid candidate for this category.
Song of the Year: “Same Love,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
With its powerful lyrics and bittersweet melody, this song soon became an anthem for the gay rights movement. The hit single has some tough competition as it goes up against Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lorde’s “Royals,” but it truly deserves this award out of all the other nominees.
Album of the Year: Red, Taylor Swift
This one will probably cause some groans and eye-rolls, but let’s be honest: It’s Taylor Swift. She’s won Grammys in the past and received a tremendous amount of praise for this album’s diversity, all while successfully transitioning into the pop world and still holding on to her country sound. If T-swift’s album doesn’t win in this category, it’s sure to win for Best Country Album.
Best New Artist: Ed Sheeran or Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
This is a tough one. Both artists are equally talented and have made a name for themselves this year, but with completely different sounds. Sheeran wooed crowds with his gorgeous vocals and flawless guitar playing, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have produced both meaningful tracks and bumping club hits. Either one could take the award.
Best Pop Vocal Album: Pure Heroine, Lorde
At just 17 years old, Lorde would be one of the youngest artists to win this award. She’s skyrocketed to fame this year, wowing everyone with her incredibly mature voice. Her song “Royals” was a smash hit, and the rest of the album is equally good. She totally deserves the win.
Catch the 56th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday, Jan. 26th at 8 p.m. on CBS.
By Margaret Waterman, Associate Campus Editor
If there’s any song from 2012 that’s going to keep getting stuck in your head all throughout 2013, it’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” from his debut album, “The Heist.”
I was first introduced to this song when my friend sent me a Facebook message with the link to its video, which follows Macklemore as he runs around a dingy thrift shop with his friends, rocking hand-me-down fur coats, reindeer sweaters and onesies.
Macklemore, or Ben Haggerty, just recently joined one of the music industry’s most exclusive clubs–Thrift Shop has officially hit #1 on the iTunes Top Singles list. Haggerty, who hails from Seattle, is the second independent artist ever to top the Billboard Hot 100.
Perhaps what is most remarkable about Macklemore’s hit is not just its popularity, but its message. While the song follows a traditional hip-hop/R&B format, it does not have a traditional hip-hop/R&B message.
Throughout the song, Macklemore consistently rejects materialism, rapping about how he would much rather buy something unique for 99 cents from a thrift shop than pay extra for a designer limited edition piece of clothing.
Fifty dollars for a t-shirt, that’s just some ignorant b–tch sh–t,
I call that getting swindled and pimped
I call that getting tricked by a business
That shirt’s hella dope
And having the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don’t
Peep game, come take a look through my telescope
Trying to get girls from a brand, then you hella won’t”
Macklemore has consistently resisted conformity, constantly coming up with new ways to break the mold in the hip-hop industry. His music video for another hit song, “Same Love,” features footage from 1960s civil rights protests and follows a gay couple throughout their relationship. His song “Jimmy Iovine,” not-so-lovingly named after the producer credited with helping Eminem reach stardom, takes a stab at the music industry today, using breaking into Iovine’s office as a metaphor for how artists today don’t necessarily work for their success.
If I get past security, the secretary, the cubicles
But it’s weird, it’s like this room I’ve walked into is unusual
Thought it would be shiny and beautiful
Thought it would be alive and like musical
But if feels like someone died, it’s got the vibe of a funeral”
The theme laid out in “Jimmy Iovine” seems to be Macklemore’s motto. Unsigned, he has defied expectations and kept his success all his own all the while. His debut album, ‘The Heist”, follows its title to the letter–he and Ryan Lewis have stolen the music industry and made it their own. I’m excited to see what Macklemore has waiting for us up his sleeve.
In the meantime… Let’s go thrift shopping.