Gwen Stefani covers Vogue for the second time, sporting full Saint Laurent Spring 2013 outfits. I'm not a fan of the big pilgrim hat, but she works it. She also joins the rest of No Doubt in a shoot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. The band has been around as long as I have, but are still gaining new fans, like President Obama.
Gwen gushes about the Prez asking for a special performance when he made an appearance on 'The Tonight Show' back in October in the interview, and discusses how she's still "Just A Girl" at 43. "There have been some times where I have felt that really shitty feeling of being like, Gosh, do the men in this world even think that I’m on their level," she says.
Despite once feeling as if she didn't belong in a male dominated industry, she is now one of the few rock chicks left. "What sets Gwen apart for sure from the Katy Perrys, the Taylor Swifts, is that she fronts a rock band. I can’t think of any other female pop singer in my generation who does that," bandmate and friend Tom Dumont says of her longevity.
I for one am glad Gwen and Co. are still kicking, and it's because they've always done their own thing.
"I feel like we’ve always been in our own little lane," says Stefani. "Never fitting in. Never a nineties grunge band, never a pop girl band. And it’s the same now. I did the solo thing, but I felt like I was trying to play a character in a way, this Alice in Wonderland pretend version of myself. But this, being in No Doubt, is really who I am."
The issue hits newsstands on Christmas Day!
If you'll excuse me while I continue my No Doubt love affair. It's like when you see that cute guy you went to high school with, and he's single and even better looking than he was back in 10th grade.
Shot in and around NYC, "Push and Shove" features the band hanging out and getting wild on a private plane. They teamed up once again with director Sophie Muller for this clip, and it reminds me a lot of the video for "Hella Good."
The band also hit up 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' for two days, and performed their latest single "Looking Hot" and old favorite "Spiderwebs."
Catch Wednesday's show to see what else they perform!
No Doubt is without a doubt my favorite band of all time, and I was excited to listen to their latest Push and Shove. It's their sixth studio album release, and their first in more than ten years. Checking out the album sampler, I was worried that I wouldn't absolutely love the album, and even more worried that maybe ND wasn't the same band that I have loved for over 15 years.
After Gwen Stefani's solo releases in 2004 and 2006 , it seemed the band was still taking their time with another album. While I patiently waited, they headed out on a Summer tour in 2009 while working on what would become Push and Shove. The album was originally supposed to be released last year but the band felt the album wasn't ready and went back into the studio to tweak some songs. "Settle Down" was the first single released, and I think it served it's purpose of being a good Summer Buzz single, although I don't think it was the comeback song fans were hoping for.
Photo via: WILSON WEBB. By Rolling Stone
The title track "Push and Shove" was released as a promo single a couple of weeks ago, co-produced by Major Lazer and featuring Jamaican artist Busy Signal, it still didn't get as hype for this new album as it should have. Bassist Tony Kanal said that it was the band's "Bohemian Rhapsody." One of the many things that made that song so great was that it lacked a traditional chorus, where as the problem with "Push and Shove" is it's chorus. The transition from the pumping beat by Diplo to the slowed down, dubstep part just doesn't work.
Push and Shove as a whole however, does work. It is much more cohesive than "Rock Steady", and I have to say a lot less whiny than "Return of Saturn". Whatever Gwen and the gang's inspiration was, it came from a pretty good place but there are still the "I know I'm cool, but I'm a little unsure and I need you to remind me" lyrics from Stefani. She also seems to be obsessed with the word "hustle", which appears in three songs.
While it isn't "Tragic Kingdom:, which we can all agree was No Doubt's best album, the band isn't in the same place they were when "Don't Speak" came about. I wish this would have been released a couple of months ago so that "One More Summer" could have been a proper Summer jam with a video set on the beach. While most albums fall apart in the second half, ND finishes strong with "Sparkle" and "Heaven", which quickly became my two favorite cuts. "Looking Hot" is another stand-out that you'll be hearing on the radio soon.
It might have taken me a couple iTunes plays to really appreciate "Push and Shove", it is definitely an album that grows on you. I do wonder if it would have sounded any different if they hadn't gone back "perfected" the final product. I'm just glad that I can continue my love for the band.
"Push and Shove" gets 4 1/2 Bleakeys out of 5!
The September issues are already being delivered, and because the Postal Service needed more problems, this year's mags might be a little hard to stuff into your mailbox. Vogue is always a little on the hefty side this time of year, with the latest issue having around 650 ad pages and weighing in at 4.5 pounds. Elle and InStyle come in a close second and third with a little over 400 pages each.
If you don't want to risk muscle strain or hernias lugging these things around, we found some of the best covers for you--but you'll have to risk all of that to look at the pretty editorials.
Penelope Cruz looking positively 80s for W, by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Lady Gaga landed another Vogue cover, also shot by Mert and Marcus. This one might be a bit of a miss though. People, myself included, seem to prefer a photoshopped cover with RuPaul more than this one.
Gwen Stefani was shot by Terry Richardson for Harper's Bazaar. Loving Gwen in this, makes me even more excited about No Doubt's upcoming album.
Sofia Vergara heats up Allure in an off the shoulder Gucci dress. I think Carter Smith did a great job with this shoot.
Katy Perry rocks purple locks for Elle. Smith shot this one as well, with Perry in a bubblegum pink Bottega Veneta dress.
Fresh off of Spicing up her life at the Olympics, Victoria Beckham covers Glamour. She wears some of her own designs in the shoot by Pamela Hanson.
Jennifer Lopez joins the other pop stars on InStyle by Michelangelo di Battista. I'm not entirely sure about the cover outfit, even though it is Givenchy, but she looks fab in that Salvatore Ferragamo leather skirt.
Nicole Kidman is turning heads, and cheeks for V's Fall fashion issue. Photographed by Mario Testino, Kidman channels her trashy character from her upcoming movie 'The Paperboy.'
Of course we can't forget about the guys. Star football players Cam Newton and Tim Tebow make appearances on GQ for their NFL Kick-Off issue. They both look good, but I'm feeling Cam more here, he is a Carolina Panther after all!
Which magazine are you picking up at the check-out line?
No Doubt is back! The band released their first single in 9 years called "Settle Down" at midnight, much to the chagrin of fans on the East Coast like myself. You can purchase it here on iTunes and flail around your room like you were 12. I may or may not have done just that.
The band premiered the video, directed by Sophie Muller, exclusively on E! which also featured a half-hour special about the band from Ryan Seacrest. Does anyone else think it's weird that artists go to networks like E! to premiere videos instead of channels like MTV, BET and VH1 like in the olden days? Well anyways, it's here and it's awesome!
Their album, Push and Shove will be out on September 25. You can see the band perform on the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night, and Good Morning America on Friday July 27.