Pop stars Shakira and Rihanna made headlines recently when they teamed up for a duet, "Can't Remember to Forget You," and a subsequently racy video to go along with it. Recently, fellow singers Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera teamed up for a remix of Gaga's single "Do What U Want." I'm all about duets between female pop stars because I think it rails against the idea that two women doing similar things must automatically be in competition with one another &mdahs; and because the songs are always so good. Here are 5 other duets we should celebrate, in honor of Shakira/Rihanna and Gaga/Christina!
Is a Miley Cyrus song better when it has nothing to do with Miley Cyrus at all? VCU Pep Band decided to test that theory when they tackled Miley's song, "Wrecking Ball," doing an instrumental (and pretty dope) version of the song during the VCU vs. George Mason game on Thursday. It's worth a full watch, but watch at 1:48 for the kitty in outer space, a nod to Miley's American Music Awards performance. Nicely done.
You've probably heard the version of Lady Gaga's latest single, "Do What U Want," featuring R. Kelly. She performed it on a handful of award shows and it's also played pretty regularly on most top 40 radio stations.
However, Gaga recently stopped by "The Voice," where Christina Aguilera stepped in for an absent R. Kelly to complete the duet. Gaga released an official, slightly remixed version featuring Aguilera, which can be heard at right.
Which version do you prefer?
Britney Spares kicked off her two-year Las Vegas residency on Friday at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. "Britney: Piece of Me" features a song list (included behind the cut below) that feels a mile long and includes some of the singers biggest hits.
Friday's show was the first of almost 100 scheduled performances that will take place over the next two years. It included a star-studded audience, including fellow pop stars like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.
So it looks like Justin Bieber wasn't just kidding when he supposedly joked around in an interview last week about retiring. It's actually happened, according to a Tweet that Biebs sent out on Christmas Eve:
However, as I've stated on this blog before, there's not really such a thing as retirement from the music industry (right, Cher?). Whether they get bored or into financial difficulties, artists usually seem to come back in some way or another before long. So, too, will it be the case with Bieber.
In fact, later tweets seem to be in contradiction to the retirement announcement: