Let's ignore the whole Miley Cyrus thing and instead talk about an adorable love song, a weird comedy show, and a delicious fall flavor.
96-Year-Old Writes the Sweetest Love Song
Fred and Lorraine's story is a unique one. The couple had been together for 75 years (married for 73), when Lorraine recently passed away. Following the loss, Fred felt inspired not only to write a song for the love of his life, but to submit it into a song-writing competition hosted by Green Shoe Studio. The company was so moved by Fred's story that they produced and recorded his song, and filmed the entire process and now, Fred's song "Oh Sweet Lorraine" is available on iTunes. The short documentary, appropriately called "Letter From Fred," will warm your heart and make you cry.
It happened, we all fangirled, and now we'll never see them again. Probably. After days of will-they-won't-they debate, stories created entirely by "anonymous sources," vehement denial from 'NSync's own Joey Fatone, a cryptic tweet from a newly created Twitter account, and YEARS of waiting: 'NSync reunited. Thankfully for you, I watched it with bated breath so you didn't have to!
Here's what happened: the first half of last night's award show was kind of a mess, including a bizarre performance by Lady Gaga (of course) and a collaboration between Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke that made us all feel so weird that we needed to take a shower after. Blech.
Critics of the Katy Perry released her latest single, "Roar," have said her song sounds an awful lot like Sara Bareillis' song, "Brave." Obviously the whole "hey, that song totally sounds like ___!" has been around for a while.
Ask any super jaded music fan and they'll tell you there's no such thing as original music anymore, just the same stuff re-hashed over and over. Personally, I am only offended when songs sound alike and both versions are terrible because I don't want to encourage more terrible music in this world. That said, here are five undeniably similar songs, starting with Katy and Sara.
Katy Perry v. Sara Bareillis
The opening chords, the music breakdowns, that piano in the background? Yeah, these "Roar" and "Brave" definitely sound like they were at least influenced by one another. Plus, Katy Perry definitely tweeted a few months ago that she loved Sara's song. Does that really mean anything? No. But whatever, y'all, it's gossip.
On Monday, to prevent the songs leaking, both Katy Perry and Lady Gaga went ahead and released their latest singles ahead of schedule. Katy Perry released her song, "Roar," which will be part of her third album, Prism, to be released in October. Immediately, many argued she had ripped off Sara Bareilles' 4-month-old song, "Brave" (which, by the way, Katy tweeted about several months ago).
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga released her song, "Applause." The single is her first from her new album, "ARTPOP," which is scheduled to be released in November. After her song debuted to some less-than-ideal reviews, she urged her fans to trust her, not bloggers.
Regardless, both artists have huge followings, and both musicians have also taken a break from the music world for quite some time, making their returns pretty highly anticipated. Fans seem pleased with both songs — but which song do you like better? Listen below and comment to let us know!
Katy Perry, "Roar"
Lady Gaga, "Applause"
In pretty much the best career move ever, Mumford & Sons somehow snagged Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte (of SNL), Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development"), and Ed Helms ("The Office" and "The Hangover") to play them in the band's latest music video. The first few seconds of "Hopeless Wanderer" don't seem much different from previous Mumford & Sons videos. Looks beard-y and hipster-y enough, you know? And then you see it.
I won't give much away about the video because it's worth it to watch till the end. But I'm fairly certain all other artists trying to make music videos can go home now. We're done here.