Nate Ruess

Fueled by Ramen

Fueled by Ramen

I’ve been skeptical of Nate Ruess’ solo album ever since he announced it, mostly because I’m a selfish fun. fan and I worry about what his solo success and the success of Jack Antonoff’s side project Bleachers could mean for the band’s future.

Ruess has released a buzz track from his forthcoming album Grand Romantic. “AhHa” is a raucous cut that takes a nod lyrically from fun.’s “Some Nights” (“It’s for the best you didn’t listen. It’s for the best we get our distance.”), because this whole solo project isn’t confusing and emotional enough.

The song is as rambunctious and self-deprecating as anything you’d expect from Ruess, so his fans will certainly love it.

Grand Romantic is scheduled to be released on June 16. Continue reading

Interscope

Interscope

This may be the first time you’ve heard of Emile Haynie, but it won’t be the last.

The musician isn’t a stranger to the music industry by any stretch, though. Collaborating on popular songs for artists such as Kanye West, Eminem, Kid Cudi, Lana Del Rey and Bruno Mars, the producer has definitely been working hard behind the scenes.

The connections Haynie has made along the way play a large part in his debut album We Fall. Nate Ruess, Lana Del Rey and Lykke Li are just a few of the artists that join him on the project, which was released yesterday (Feb. 24).

I haven’t given the entire album a thorough listen yet, but I’m loving what I’ve heard so far.

Melancholy cuts like the album opener “Falling Apart” (“You’re falling apart, just another little lonely broken heart.”) is almost unlistenable due to the vulnerability.

The album is currently streaming on Spotify.

Nate Ruess in "Nothing Without Love" video

Nate Ruess in “Nothing Without Love” video

fun. is on an indefinite hiatus.

I’ve been grappling with this fact since the band announced it earlier this month, but I’m still struggling.

When Jack Antonoff started his side band Bleachers last year it didn’t feel like an ending to the Some Nights trio, especially because they were still performing new material as a band.

Now, though, their fate doesn’t seem so certain.

Nate Ruess is releasing a solo album this year and today he released the music video for the lead single “Nothing Without Love.” According to Rolling Stone, the song was originally created for fun.’s next project, but Ruess decided to keep it for himself instead. The song and video are both grand pop anthems in typical Nate Ruess fashion, although lyrically the content is far more optimistic than fun’s last album or some of the songs Ruess has written for other artists (think Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason”). It wouldn’t have been far fetched at all if fun. would’ve released the piano-backed track with the euphoric refrain and vulnerable lyrics as a single.

There’s a lot of interesting scenes in the video: Ruess floating in the middle of a body of water, standing on a bridge as snow falls (you don’t get cold when you’re in love, apparently, because he’s not wearing a coat) and skipping away from an exploding piano. If Ruess’ manic behavior reminds you of Tom from 500 Days of Summer, you’re not alone. This entire video reads like a cheesy romantic comedy. (Please note: I love cheesy romantic comedies), right down to the scene where Ruess and his love interest lie down in the middle of a street Notebook style.

“Nothing Without Love” is a grand and solid start to what could be a huge solo career for Nate Ruess and I’m definitely excited for him. But I still want another fun. album. Preferably sooner than later. Continue reading

"Headlights" screengrab

“Headlights” screengrab

Eminem tries to make amends with his mother with the help of Nate Ruess of fun. in “Headlights.” The Spike Lee-directed video for the emotional song was fittingly released yesterday on Mother’s Day.

The video is shot from the perspective of the rapper’s mother and shows her looking though a photo album, amongst other things, before reconnecting with her son years later.

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 finds Eminem apologizing to his mom for writing songs like “Cleaning Out My Closet” about her. Continue reading

CBS

CBS

For the most part the 56th annual Grammy Awards was a snooze fest, packed with mediocre performances. The night kicked off with a much anticipated performance from Beyonce and Jay Z. This was the first live performance from Beyonce since she dropped her fifth studio album in Dec., but the “Drunk In Love’ songstress left much to be desired, even with a “surfboard” breakdown.

The best performances of the night occurred when stars teamed up to collaborate with one another. Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons performed “m.A.A.d. city” and a new version of “Radioactive,” while Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Queen Latifah, Madonna and Mary Lambert married over thirty couples to “Same Love.”

Watch some of the performances and tell me what the highlight of the show was for you below! Continue reading

Miley Cyrus in "Wrecking Ball" video

Miley Cyrus in “Wrecking Ball” video

Miley Cyrus and Rihanna pull double duty on Vevo’s Top Ten Most Played Videos of 2013 list. Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” tops the list with over 396 million views and “We Can’t Stop” follows the Bangerz single, coming in at number two. Rihanna snagged the fourth and eighth spot on the list with “Diamonds” and “Stay,” respectively.

The list is based on Vevo’s view counts, in addition to statistics from AOL, YouTube and Yahoo.

One Direction, Naughty Boy, Robin Thicke and Will.I.Am also landed on the list. Find out how they ranked and what other artists had popular videos this year below!!! Continue reading

Polydor

Polydor

Ellie Goulding teamed up with fun.’s Nate Ruess for the irresistibly catchy Halcyon Days track “Goodness Gracious.” Ruess’ writing is sharp on the song about an inability to let go of a relationship, and Golding’s vocals are strong, as usual. If fans were skeptical about the new project, this song will surely convince them to give it a try!

Halcyon Days will include “Burn” and “Goodness Gracious,” and the deluxe edition will include Goulding’s last album Halcyon. Continue reading

Pink & Nate Ruess (of fun.) in “Just Give Me A Reason” Video

Last year, Grammy nominated artists Pink and Nate Ruess (of fun.) teamed up for the emotion-driven single “Just Give Me A Reason.” Today, Pink released a video for the new single from her sixth studio album The Truth About Love. In the clip, Pink and Ruess sing to each other of a love gone wrong, in between shots of Pink and her lover (played be her real life hubby Carey Hart) floating on a bed. It’s beautiful, and artsy. We’d expect no less from Pink.

The Truth About Love is nominated alongside fun.’s Some Nights for Best Pop Vocal Album at this year’s Grammys. fun. is also set to take the stage and perform when the show airs on Feb. 10.

Watch the “Just Give Me A Reason” video below and share your thoughts! Continue reading

Pink & Nate Ruess Perform On “Vh1 Storytellers”

Pink’s song “Try” is still getting a decent amount of airplay (as is “Blow Me”) but the singer is moving on to The Truth About Love’s third single. Piggybacking off the group’s latest Grammy nominations, Pink has announced that her next single will be “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring fun.’s Nate Ruess. The video’s already been shot and everything!!!

Couldn’t you just die?!?!?!

Watch the announcement below!!! Continue reading