Beyoncé is just one of the many artist’s utilizing social media to promote their brands and engage their fans. Beyoncé’s new tumblr features personal and candid shots of the singer as well as great archival photos and videos from her past. It’s a very new thing for artists to participate in generating viral content for their fans. For a long time, we’ve relied on other fans sharing videos and pictures they’ve taken of their favorite musicians. However, the relationship between the artist and the fan is changing slowly. We used to put our favorite artists on a pedestal, now we expect them to engage with us in the ongoing social conversation that is Facebook, Twitter, and the web in general. The Internet keeps track of all these little exchanges for us, so we can look back on them and remember why we love the artists we love.
Rare footage of Nine Inch Nails performing at Dance Party, USA in the 1980s
Courtesy of Pitchfork, we’ve got some great footage of Nine Inch Nails performing their debut single “Down In It” on the the all-American dance show. I’m sure fans of the band and/or Trent Reznor will love this footage.
Trent Reznor even tweeted about the video: Many years ago, a young and naive Nine Inch Nails were asked what TV shows they’d be interested in appearing on. As a joke (and likely drunk), they thought of the most absurd choice they could come up with at the time. They were then informed their bluff had been called and were actually booked on said show… They hopped in their Honda Civic touring vehicle (hatchback) and travelled many miles to (I think) NJ for the big show. They had a laugh making fun of the people, their fashion choices and hairstyles. Life was good. Years later, the Internet is here… There’s a moral in there somewhere. Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo…
G.O.O.D. Music Fridays are back?
From August to December 2010, Kanye West launched G.O.O.D. Music Fridays where he would release new, fully mastered singles completely free for our listening enjoyment. Now, it seems like G.O.O.D. Fridays are back. This Friday, Mercy, the first single off the Good Music compilation album will be released. The single will feature Kanye West, 2chainz, Big Sean, and Pusha T. Last week, Ye released Theraflu, to much fanfare in the blogosphere. Take a listen to Theraflu below, and take a look at this throwback of Jay-Z listening to Kanye West’s Big Brother for the first time.
Amy Winehouse, Pre-Drugs
An amazing performance from the late musical goddess, allegedly before all the drugs. Regardless of her state of mind, these videos are a testament to her talent. R.I.P. Amy.