February 13, 2012


Genre Report: Nu-Metal Alter Ego & More

Pieter M. van Hattem
Pieter M. van Hattem

NU-METAL: Star Frontman Has DJ Alter Ego
Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, the dreadlocked sultan of nu-metal, is getting into making Skrillex-style electronic dance music, and he's making it under a new name and an alter ego: J Devil. Davis told ARTISTDirect, "It just popped into my head. It's my initials, 'JD,' and then 'evil.' My wife's nickname is 'Devil.' I've been fascinated with the devil my whole life so it slipped in organically." He went on to say that he can make a Korn song in an hour, but an EDM song takes "weeks" to make. We're looking forward to hearing gnarly J Devil stuff! [Blabbermouth/ARTISTDirect]  

COUNTRY: Crossover Darling's Video Debuts Tonight
Taylor Swift is a force of nature whose popularity knows no bounds, and tonight she'll take that popularity a step further with the video for her new single, "Safe & Sound," featuring the Civil Wars, a GRAMMY-winning Nashville folk duo. The song is off The Hunger Games' soundtrack. Both Swift and the Civil Wars made big splashes with their performances at the GRAMMYs last night, and tonight you can get another dose as Swift's video airs on MTV at 7:54 p.m. [CMT]

COUNTRY: Genre Godmother to Duet With Hair Metal Icon
Loretta Lynn, whose storied career got a big boost from rocker Jack White, will soon be in the studio with another rocker of a different stripe: Lynn and Bret Michaels will rerecord "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" as a duet. Bret Michaels was the frontman of Poison when that song went to No. 1 in 1988, and he'll have a shot at reaching that height again. Apparently, Lynn suggested the collaboration! Sounds fun. [The Boot]

INDIE: Hear Your Favorite Debut Album of 2012
Montreal's Grimes, a keyboard-playing singer-songwriter who got the indie music world's attention last year with her monster single "Vanessa," is back with her full-length album, Visions, which comes out on February 21st and is streaming at NPR. The album is spunky electronic pop -- critics will love it and you will too. [NPR]

INDIE: Songstress Guests on Network Drama
Celebrated indie songstress St. Vincent will be the latest in a long line of alternative celebrities to make an appearance on Gossip Girl when she shows up in the Valentine's Day episode tomorrow night. She stars as a musical guest playing a fancy party, and she plays her song "Cruel." The whole thing would be better if everybody else on the show would be quiet for 4 minutes while St. Vincent played her gorgeous song, but I guess they have a narrative to work through, so it doesn't quite go down like that. Check out the clip here.

HIP HOP: Rap Titans to Appear on Each Others' Albums
Dr. Dre and Rick Ross are two of the biggest names in rap, and now they'll be two of the biggest names on each others' albums: Rick Ross told MTV that he's doing a feature on Dr. Dre's endlessly anticipated Detox and Dre will guest star on Ross' forthcoming God Forgives, I Don't. We can't say we're not pretty damn excited for both of these collabos. [MTV]