Posts by Paul Rosales

  • The 10 Best Taylor Swift Moments at the 2014 Grammys

    Paul Rosales at Yahoo Music 1 yr ago

    At age 24, Taylor Swift is already a seasoned veteran of the awards show trail. And whenever she shows up, she finds a way to make herself the center of attention.  At the 2014 Grammys however, Taylor outdid herself, dancing, mugging, and head-banging her way to GIF immortality.

    The highlight of the all-Taylor evening came about 2/3 of the way through her performance of her song, "All Too Well" when, apparently overcome with the emotion of her break-up ballad, the singer suddenly fell backwards and lunged forwards, her hair flying over her head as she treated the world to a decidedly un-Swiftian head-bang. 

    The union of country and metal was complete, and the internet instantly exploded as a million Tweeters and Tumblrs immediately posted and re-posted the moment.

    Here then were the greatest Taylor-iffic moments from Swift's big night.

    1. The Head Bang That Shook the World.

    2. Taylor kicked off the night on the red carpet with a very on point re-enactment of her attack by the Jennifer Lawrence monster from the Golden Globes.

    3. This tweet!

    4. Front and center, Taylor took her dance game to new levels.

    6. Kendrick Lamar gets Taylor moving!

  • The GIF Guide to the 2014 Grammys

    Paul Rosales at Yahoo Music 1 yr ago

    The 56th Annual Grammy Awardshas been a night of jaw-droppers and fashion so far.

    1. Slipknot drummer clown brings some big laughs to the red carpet.

    2. Pharrell kicks off a night of cosplay appearing as a Canadian Mountie.

    3. Taylor Swift kicks off a big night of Taylor Swift GIF madness with her best Jennifer Lawrence photobomb impression!

    4. Queen Bey starts off the evening with on a jaw-dropping grindtastic steamy note.

    5. We always wondered what it looks like when Daft Punk laughs. Tonight we found out.

    6. Taylor Swift head bangs her way to meme-immortality.

    7. The daring young Pink on the flying trapeze.

    8. Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr shared the Grammy stage!

    9. Steven Tyler dances to Daft Punk.

    10. Yoko Ono joins in on the "Get Lucky" fun.

    11. The Grammys turned into a wedding!

    12. Madonna helped officiate the nuptials!

    13. And two French robots won Album of the Year.

  • 10 Stars Get Animated at TrevorLIVE

    Paul Rosales at Yahoo Music 2 yrs ago

    The 15th annual TrevorLIVE benefit, hosted by The Trevor Project, brought a slew of star power to the Hollywood Palladium Sunday night ... and we were backstage in the Purple Room to GIF it all.

    The Trevor Project focuses on suicide prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Stars including Adam Lambert, Fergie, Josh Duhamel, and Jane Lynch came together to help raise funds for the worthy cause.

    These are just some of our favorite animated portraits of the night -- go to our Tumblr for more coverage from the fun-filled night.

    Darren Criss Darren starts us off with a wonderfully crafted bit as he burps up a TrevorLIVE thought bubble.

    Jenna Ushkowitz Jenna gives us an enthusiastic cheer.

    Adam Lambert Before he performed "What Do You Want From Me," Adam plays hide and seek backstage.

    TrevorLIVE Honorees Left to Right: Jordan Scruggs, friend, and Adam White get into the groove.

    Fergie and Josh Duhamel Josh bursts out his bubble and sends wife Fergie into a surprised shock.

    Harry Shum, Jr. Harry's got the right idea, "Be proud of who you are."

  • Too Funny: Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman Replace Mumford & Sons In New Video

    Paul Rosales at Stop The Presses! 2 yrs ago

    Viewers may notice Mumford & Sons look a little off in their latest video for "Hopeless Wanderer." That's because the band has been replaced by none other that some of our favorite comedic actors Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, Will Forte and Forte's scraggly Amish beard for a light-hearted parody of the Grammy-winning band in their most recent official video.

    In its first few moments, the music video for Mumford and Sons’ “Hopeless Wanderer” has all the qualities you’ve come to expect from the roots revival group: vested outfits, lens flare, and a green field backdrop. And about a minute into the clip, the flagrant use of these idiosyncrasies goes overboard with images of twisted boots walking along a dirt road and way too many stringed instruments slung around the band’s shoulders.

    The camera cuts away to reveal the group, but that’s not Marcus Mumford -- it’s Jason Sudeikis playing the band leader, accompanied by fellow actors Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, and Will Forte.

    Watch the entire video below:

  • Five Songs to Stream: Capital Cities

    Paul Rosales at Yahoo On the Road 2 yrs ago

    Get ready to bob your head along to the electro-pop sounds of Capital Cities. The duo, comprised of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, met after Simonian posted an ad on Craigslist for production work and Merchant responded. Eventually, Merchant brought Simonian over to a jingle house where the two composed music for advertising and commercial use.

    Moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles to pursue a new act, Capital Cities signed to Capitol Records to debut a new full-length release in 2013. Listen to some of our favorite selections and watch them perform live for Yahoo! On the Road in Seattle on May 26.

    “Safe and Sound” -- It’s a fact: that trumpet line was made to bury itself in your head. How long can you go without humming it.

    “Postcards” -- Capital Cities collaborates with New York’s electro duo, Napoleon, to create a jingle perfect for catching sunrays.

    “Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast” -- This tune seems to sparkle and ooze bright neon.

    “Center Stage” -- Heavy on the disco and supremely smooth.

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  • Five Songs to Stream: Willy Moon

    Paul Rosales at Yahoo On the Road 2 yrs ago

    Who would have known that a brilliant music career could be started on MySpace, even in 2010? That’s the story of Willy Moon, a New Zealand artist now based in London.

    Shortly after Moon uploaded his first song on the social network, the soon-to-be pop star accepted a deal from Island Records. In 2012, his lead single “Yeah Yeah” was featured on the commercial for Apple’s lineup of new iPod products and he recorded at Jack White’s Third Man studio. Listen to a few songs from his brand new debut “Here’s Willy Moon,” before he opens the Yahoo! On the Road concert in Seattle on May 26.

    “Get Up (What You Need)” -- It’s like 1991 all over again with the album opener’s rhythms.

    “Yeah Yeah” -- Moon explodes out of this single-turned-Apple-commercial.

    “I Wanna Be Your Man” -- The rhythm and blues influence is quite apparent on this updated take of the traditional genre.

    “My Girl” -- Time travel with this number: 1954 via 2013.

    “She Loves Me” -- Moon’s mutated pop is full of glitches and it ends in under two minutes.

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  • Five Songs to Stream: Gold Fields

    Paul Rosales at Yahoo On the Road 2 yrs ago

    In its debut record, Black Sun , Gold Fields infuses its brand of melodic rock with tribal drums and expansive synthesizers -- think early Duran Duran, but in space. The Aussie group is also on a North American tour in support of its premiere album. Check out some of our favorite tracks, and watch Gold Fields perform live in Dallas, May 20. Follow Yahoo! On the Road for tour updates and the full schedule.

    Happy Boy -- A fantastic introductory track for new listeners, Gold Fields fills “Happy Boy” with lush atmospheres set to cruise control.

    Thunder -- The tempo remains steady on this incredibly catchy tune and a quick percussive bridge unleashes a frenzied boogie back into the chorus.

    Treehouse -- Gold Fields’ new wave daydream is forever romantic, getting those butterflies in your stomach rumbling and blood pumping.

    Closest I Could Get -- With a thumping bass line and endearing vocals, “Closest I Could Get” sounds like it could have come right out of the 1980s.

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  • Five Songs to Stream: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    Paul Rosales at Yahoo On the Road 2 yrs ago

    We were introduced to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with, “Thrift Shop,” and now they have repeated chart-topping success with their highly energized single, “Can’t Hold Us.” Catch up with a few more tracks from the Washington state duo’s debut album, The Heist , before they take Milwaukee on Sunday, May 12.

    Find out when to stream the live concert, and see the entire Yahoo! On the Road lineup.

    Thrift Shop -- Undeniably catchy, the lead single blazed a trail on radio and YouTube plays for secondhand shoppers everywhere.

    A Wake -- A quaint, minimal instrumental that backs by Macklemore’s socially conscious lyrics.

    Same Love -- The second single was written as an anthem in support of same-sex marriage.

    Starting Over -- Macklemore raps his trials and tribulations -- from hitting rock bottom to climbing his way to the top.

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  • Five Songs to Stream: Kendrick Lamar

    Paul Rosales at Yahoo On the Road 2 yrs ago

    In 1995, hip-hop icons Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre filmed the music video for "California Love" in Kendrick Lamar's hometown, the city of Compton. Today, Dr. Dre has played a crucial role in Lamar's professional career, even dubbing the up-and-coming rapper as the "New King of the West Coast."

    In three years, Lamar has gone from creating mix tapes to releasing full-length albums with plenty of buzz surrounding them. Listen to Lamar's smooth beats before watching him perform at Yahoo! On the Road's Cincinnati stop on tonight. Watch the concert live right now. Take a look at more Yahoo! On the Road tour artists, locations, and dates.

    Poetic Justice -- A sultry beat holds together the slow-jam collaboration between Lamar and fellow chart topper Drake.

    The Recipe -- Lamar's debut commercial single features the rapper's mentor, hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre. It is a definite chilled-out experience to the tune of Los Angeles.

  • Five Songs to Stream: Ryan Leslie

    Paul Rosales at Yahoo On the Road 2 yrs ago

    Singer-songwriter and producer Ryan Leslie has built a following over the past decade. Graduating from Harvard University at 19, Leslie decided to pursue a career in music rather than his program of study, political science and macroeconomics. Catch up with five songs from Leslie’s repertoire ahead of his Yahoo! On the Road performance on May 3 with John Legend.

    Beautiful Lie -- The broken drum loop and catchy keyboard lines highlight Leslie’s production skills in “Beautiful Lie,” erupting in a crescendo with the titular chorus.

    So Forgetful -- The contrast of Lloyd Banks’ smoky flow and Leslie’s uplifting melodies makes for a radio-friendly hit.

    The Black Flag -- Funky and full of soul, Leslie slows down the tempo with his personal experiences in “The Black Flag.”

    Dress to Undress You -- Showcasing his piano talent, Leslie turns this ballad into a groovy, sensual jam.