Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Scope Out Toro Y Moi's Funky Dance Yumne Give, Deeply Entertaining Ellen Performance!

Toro Y Moi is on quite thee TV airplane ride having just appeared on Seth Meyers yesterday as we featured, and now, Ellen DeGeneres plucked the wonder boy as a  musical guest on her popular daytime talk show. Clearly, this is a ginormous stepping stone for Toro Y Moi being on the show.

Providing an authentically sleek and groove-wave atmosphere, lead singer Chaz Bear unleashed one Funkytown groove under a beat. Their recently exposed album "Outer Peace" was voted by Ellen as “ most likely to be played on repeat here.” The boys sure had a premeditated buzz to live up too and boy did they ever! Dipping and doing it in front of an OG psychedelic backdrop, the group shook rattled and rolled their saucy single “Ordinary Pleasure.”

The disco number, dressed to impress in all its sonics and good vibrations set flight. Thee inescapable bassline adds the cherry on top to this impeccable tune. Demonstrating some real star-boy potential,  Chaz strutted a crisp white turtleneck, embellished with bright smokin' sparkly stars on his face.

Confidently swaying from left to right some dynamic dance moves, without further ado get into the Ellen + Toro Y Moi groove right it below!

ItsNotYouItsMe Throwback Honors Billboard Chart History! Zephrying Since 1989, Madonna's 'Like a Prayer' Rises To No. 1 On The Billboard 200

Plus, remembering feats by Whitney Houston, Del Shannon & Blondie.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.

April 22, 1989
30 years ago: Madonna's Like a Prayer ascended to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart. The set spawned smashes in the title cut, "Express Yourself," "Cherish" (both reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100), "Oh Father" (No. 20) and "Keep It Together" (No. 8).

The Material Girl has just announced new material: her album Madame X arrives June 14; first, she'll perform on the Billboard Music Awards on May 1, sharing the stage with Maluma on their duet first single from the set, "Medellín."

April 23, 1988
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" reached the Billboard Hot 100's apex, marking Whitney Houston's record seventh consecutive No. 1.

April 24, 1961
Going back to the roots of rock, Del Shannon's classic "Runaway" began a four-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100, fueled in part by its memorable Musitron instrumental bridge.

April 25, 1992
Rap duo Kris Kross kicked off its eight-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Jump."

April 26, 2014
5 years ago: Jason Derulo topped the Pop Songs chart with "Talk Dirty," featuring 2 Chainz.

April 27, 1963
Little Peggy March began a three-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100 with "To Know Him Is to Love Him." She was 15 years and one month old when the song reached the summit, making her the youngest female to ever notch a Hot 100 No. 1. "I am surprised that the record still stands," March has marveled to Billboard. "A lot of singers in the '60s were teenagers; I was just the youngest. I imagine that one day my record will be broken, and I will hand over the crown. I would love to be a part of the celebration when and if it happens."

April 28, 1979
40 years ago: Blondie's debut Billboard Hot 100 entry "Heart of Glass" became it first No. 1. The group would later lead with "Call Me," "The Tide Is High" and "Rapture."" -

ItsNotYouItsMe Women Crush Wednesday With Breakfast At Tiffany & Co This Mother's Day!

ItsNotYouItsMe Women Crush Wednesday celebrates with Breakfast At Tiffany & Co, where at but in our neck of the woods of Beverly Hills for this Mother's Day!

"In celebration of Mother’s Day, jeweler Tiffany & Co. will be opening a pop-up cafe at their Beverly Hills location for just two days on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.

Inspired by The Blue Box Cafe at their flagship store in New York City the temporary cafe, located on the outdoor patio of the Rodeo Drive boutique, will make breakfast at Tiffany & Co. a reality for fans of the cult movie. The Blue Box Cafe in New York City has been one of the most sought-after reservations since it opened in 2017.

“It’s amazing that so many decades after the publication of Truman Capote’s novel and the film starring Audrey Hepburn, people travel from all over the world to have Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Tiffany & Co. chief artistic officer Reed Krakoff told The Hollywood Reporter. “It‘s a destination, an experience, a great memory to share with their friends and family.”

The Tiffany Cafe at Beverly Hills will serve a prix fixe breakfast with a selection of pastries — including Holly Golightly's famous croissant — along with granola, waffles, avocado toast and bagels with the works for $45 per person all served on Tiffany & Co.’s blue Color Block bone china and the brand's signature Bellocq blend No. 727 Tiffany Tea.

All proceeds from the pop-up will be donated to the Los Angeles-based charity Baby2Baby, which helps provide children living in poverty with diapers, clothing and basic necessities.

For those who don't manage to snag a table, there will also be a pop-up Tiffany Blue coffee cart serving complimentary coffee and a custom newspaper stand. Following breakfast, customers are encouraged to shop and pick up a gift for Mom — maybe even a few strands of pearls à la Holly Golightly.

Reservations can be made through Resy. The Tiffany Cafe at Beverly Hills, 210 N Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills." -

Queen Of HipHop Soul Mary J. Blige Unleashed New Cover Tune ‘Stay With Me’!

It's always a bright and stellar day when thee incomparable legendary and queen of HipHop Mary J Blige is in thee news for unleashing nuevo musique!

Mary J. Blige may have been dubbed the Queen of Hip Hop Soul very early in her career, but her artistry has never been limited to the Urban spectrum. Having experimented with sounds related to Gospel, Pop, and even Rock-related offerings, the Grammy-winner’s discography boasts an array of sounds – a point underscored by her most recent endeavor, ‘Stay With Me.’

"Not to be confused with her award-winning remix of Sam Smith‘s 2014 hit, ‘Stay With Me,’ her latest release is a remake of the anthemic rock cut by the Rod Stewart band Faces. Originally released in 1971, the R&B diva’s stirring revamp of the tune comes as her contribution to the deluxe soundtrack for season 1 of the hit Netflix original series, ‘The Umbrella Academy’ (of which she also stars).

Hear it inside:

‘Stay With Me’ may be one of many highly anticipated songs that line the set list of the singer’s recently announced ‘Royalty Tour’ alongside rapper Nas. Click here for dates. Bonus: See behind the scenes footage of ‘Stay With Me’s creation:

The Number Ones: Cher’s “Half-Breed”

According to one of our musical sources:

Cher – “Half-Breed”

HIT #1: October 6, 1973

STAYED AT #1: 2 weeks

Cher isn’t Romani, but that didn’t stop her from recording “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” her first solo #1. And she isn’t half Cherokee, either, but that didn’t stop her from recording “Half-Breed,” her second chart-topper. Cher’s father was Armenian, and her mother was mostly Western European but was also part Cherokee, at least according to a People profile of Cher from the ’90s. Cher is a show-business survivor with a long and varied career. But when she was at her commercial peak, at least as far as the pop charts were concerned, she had a formula: dramatic story-songs about ethnic discrimination. And in those songs, she always claimed to be ethnicities that she wasn’t. That’s pretty weird!

Cher was a big, big deal in the early ’70s. The Sonny & Cher Show, the variety show that she and her husband Sonny Bono hosted, was a huge hit. By the end of 1973, Cher had altogether stopped recording music with Bono; she’d stepped out as a solo artist. Cher was a statuesque beauty, with dark hair and sharp features, and not too many people on TV in the ’70s looked like her. So maybe that’s why she recorded so many songs about being so many different ethnicities. Maybe nobody knew any better.

So “Half-Breed” was some Rachel Dolezal shit. But Cher didn’t write it. The lyricist Mary Dean, who co-wrote “Half-Breed” with Al Capps, brought the song to Snuff Garrett, the man who’d produced “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves.” Dean had Cher in mind when she wrote it. Garrett, mad that Sonny Bono said no to Cher recording the eventual #1 hit “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia,” had quit working with both Sonny and Cher. But when he heard “Half-Breed,” he decided that he needed to record Cher doing it, and he kept the song for months, until he got a chance to work with her again. Talking to Rolling Stone in 1973, Garrett said, “To me, nobody could do that song but Cher — that was Cher’s story.” No! It wasn’t!

Maybe I’m being too literal here. Maybe people who listened to pop music in the ’70s knew that they were hearing stories, and that the people singing those songs were playing characters. And even if “Half-Breed” wasn’t Cher’s story, it was presumably somebody’s story. The song has empathy for its narrator. We, the listeners, are made to identify with her pain, to understand what it’s like to be called racial slurs wherever you go: “The other children always laughed at me / ‘Give her a feather, she’s a Cherokee.'” On the verses, her voice is steely, controlled, angry. On the choruses, it turns into a bit of a pained yelp: “Half-breed! That’s all I ever heard / Half-breed! How I learned to hate that word.” Eventually, the narrator consigns herself to a sad existence: “We weren’t accepted, and I felt ashamed / 19, I left them / Tell, me who’s to blame? / My life since then has been from man to man / But I can’t run away from who I am.” So it’s a tragic and melodramatic song, but maybe it’s a proud song, too.

Musically, there’s some interesting stuff going on on “Half-Breed.” The drums that open the track are clearly meant to sound like tribal toms. But combined with the icy string-shivers, they end up making “Half-Breed” sound like disco, before disco had quite become a genre. Cher sells the song with vaudevillian flair, and there’s a bit of cabaret in there, too. It’s all cheesed-out ’70s studio-pop, of course, but it’s ’70s studio-pop that’s at least absorbing different sounds and ideas.

On The Sonny & Cher Show, Cher sang “Half-Breed” in a full headdress and a sexy-Indian costume, while sitting atop a horse, a pretty clear sign that this wasn’t exactly a sincere song. She wore headdresses on the single and album covers, too. And she’s kept performing and defending the song for years afterward. In 2017, she had a minor Twitter meltdown when a whole bunch of people discovered the song and got mad about it. (Kaya Jones, a former Pussycat Dolls member who had become Donald Trump’s Native American ambassador and who also claims partial Native American ancestry, had tweeted about how she identifies with “Half-Breed.”) As recently as last October, Cher was still singing “Half-Breed” live. She should probably stop doing that.

GRADE: 5/10

BONUS BEATS: Here’s electro-pop quasi-rapper Peaches covering “Half-Breed” in an Australian radio session in 2008, really cranking up the problematic aspects:

THE NUMBER TWOS: Paul Simon’s jaunty gospel pastiche “Loves Me Like A Rock” peaked at #2 behind “Half-Breed.” It’s an 8.

THE 10S: Stevie Wonder’s elemental funk lament “Higher Ground” peaked at #4 behind “Half-Breed.” It’s a 10." -

Venus as a Boy

"Luka Kostenkov at DESIRED Men photographed by Thalia Borzova and styled by Eliza Kiseleva, in exclusive for Fucking Young! Online.

Hair: Sergey Stolyarov
Make-up: Olga Savelyeva
Assistant: Valery Grek
BRANDS: Roma Uvarov Design, Atelier Odor, Red September, NOB Agency, Citizen A, Vasilisa Vetrova, Yulia Makogon, 21dot12." -

Bohemian Poetry: Sam Way & Vivien Lawson for GQ China

"GQ China takes a romantic approach to menswear with one of its latest editorials. Tomo Brejc joins creative forces with stylist Anson Chen for the occasion. Models Sam Way and Vivien Lawson take up the leading roles of the story. The models tackle a relaxed energy as they sport chic spring looks. Chen styles the models in brands like Etro, Jil Sander, and 3.1 Phillip Lim." -


"Models Frank Plata and Bogdan P. come together for an editorial in the April 2019 issue of Men's Uno Hong Kong. The models take up the profession of tailors for the outing. Presenting a quirky front, the pair takes to the studio in preppy styles. Frank and Bogdan sport waistcoats, trousers, tailored shorts, suit jackets, and more. Their wardrobe includes designer brands such as Corneliani, Dsquared2, and Balenciaga." -


"Navo returns to the pages of Period magazine with a new story, which features models Francisco Escobar and Ivo Buchta. The blue-hued shoot features dandy tailoring, courtesy of Michael Cinco. Starring in the cover shoot, Francisco and Ivo sport statement coats, waistcoats, and slim-fit trousers. The pair also wears underwear for a stark contrast." -

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