Arrows in The Blackhearts

Most everyone knows that “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” is by the badass Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Except, well, it’s not. The song was written and recorded by Arrows in 1975, a pop rock band from London that disbanded after only three years together.

Although the song was released as a single, it failed to garner much traction until it landed in the hands of Joan Jett seven years later, when she saw Arrow perform the song on television. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ version charted number one in multiple countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K., and the Netherlands. The track received professional praise as well, and still does. Jett’s version has made it onto lists such as Q Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks, Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

A version of the song that did not do quite as well? Britney Spears’ cover of the track, which was released as a European single in 2002. The cover was featured in the movie Crossroads, which starred Britney Spears. Spears’ character sung the track in a karaoke bar. The single was received about as well as the film, which is to say, poorly. Britney’s version was trashed by critics, but still managed to sneak into the Top 40 in many countries.

If that video wasn’t enough to make you cringe, noted Joan Jett fan Miley Cyrus added the song to her tour set a few years ago. Of course, she sung the song while suspended above her stadium audience on a red motorcycle. I suppose that’s rock and roll, but even more rock and roll? Breath control.

 

Madonna & Child

In case you haven’t checked any of your social media accounts recently, this happened:

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Don’t worry, Drake feels the same way you probably do- highly uncomfortable. The unwarranted kiss happened during a performance of her new song at Coachella this past weekend. Of course, we’re used to Madonna being overly sensational…

…with her getting vocal on Instagram…

…her “British accent”…

…and her no-holds-barred attitude…

…so we really shouldn’t be all surprised that she did something like making out with Drake on stage at Coachella without his permission. And yet, while I’m not necessarily surprised, this is certainly unsettling. Not that some of her previous antics weren’t- but even glancing back at the Instagram post, it not only contradicts much of what she’s stood for in the past, it also totally demolishes any path for women’s rights she’s begun to pave.

Yeah, I said that. Putting out songs in support of teen pregnancy and confidently strutting around in her iconic cone-cupped lingerie sets onstage, there shouldn’t be a doubt in your mind that Madonna is proud to be a woman, and embraces it any way she can- even if that means her own…Madonna-y way. But this smooch with Mr. Degrassi turns the tables. In an age where consent means everything, Madonna completely demolished any progress that’s been made.

And shame on her for that! Whether or not Drake ended up being okay with it in the end has nothing to do with the fact that she shouldn’t have done it in the first place. His reaction makes it clear that he had neither an idea nor intention to engage in a kiss with her- and yet she seized her moment, on stage in front of thousands of Californian music lovers, and did something “so Madonna!”

Her antics in the past may have been entertaining, in their own way. Perhaps even admirable, for the courage it must have taken her to do something so publicly. But this matter comes down to consent.

And, in a world where it’s usually the other way around- men violating the consent of women- this action is also perplexing. Though I’m wording that a bit extremely, and the meat of that topic is for another blog, another time, violating consent can be something as little as hugging someone who never asked for it and doesn’t want it. Which just so happens to be all too common of an occurrence in the star-studded world: Men grabbing female companions for a glamour shot, sneaking kisses on their cheeks at award shows, anything they can. So why would Madonna turn around and do something she’s been seemingly fighting against with everything else she’s been doing?

Perhaps in her eyes, she sees this as a power move. Perhaps she sees it as absolutely nothing. We can’t know for sure until someone asks her. Just don’t tell Britney. She might get jealous.

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Shoutout to Andrew for contributing the idea for this post.

 

 

 

A Breath of Fresh Air…Luke James

Two words…Luke James. I wholeheartedly believe that this guy is the next big thing for R&B music. I’m a huge fan of Luke James! His voice will give you chills. In an industry, where it is becoming more common for people to look the part than to have the talent to succeed..Luke is in a lane of his own..Let’s start by giving you a glimpse into this guy’s background…Luke James I Want You

He attended high school with music artist Frank Ocean, in New Orleans (St. Augustine High School). Prior to venturing out on his own as a solo artist, Luke was a part of the duo, “Luke & Q” which garnered the hit single “My Turn” in 2006. The duo split up shortly thereafter because they mutually agreed to part ways since they did not get the recognition that they both were seeking. Luke then focused on honing his songwriting skills, and wrote songs for Britney Spears, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, and Justin Berber.

In 2011, he was personally selected by R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles to appear as a dancer in her “Run The World (Girls)” music video. In 2013 he was personally chosen by R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles to be an opening act for her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Luke’s long-term manager, choreographer Frank Gatson, has been pivotal in his affiliation with Beyoncé Knowles and Destiny’s Child since he has served as a long time choreographer for the two acts.

Luke and Bey beyonce-luke-jamesUnder the management of record producer Danja, James released his first mixtape, #Luke, in 2011 as a free download. The mixtape’s critically acclaimed single “I Want You” earned him a Best R&B Performance nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards. He released his second mixtape Whispers in the Dark as a free music download in 2012. His debut studio album, Made to Love, is slated for release in 2013.

Check out some of his music below…

“I Want You” music video

“I Want You” live performance video

Click on the links to stream or download his mixtapes..you won’t regret it!
Whispers in the Dark
Luke

Resources:
Singersroom
Vibe Magazine
GlobalGrind
B.E.T.