They have big, curly hair and questionable fashion taste. And now, both Redfoo, formerly of LMFAO, and Weird Al Yankovic, music parody all-star, have new music videos out. Redfoo dropped his “New Thang” this week, and Weird Al’s “Tacky” has been burning up YouTube since July 15.

So whose video is more tacky?

Interestingly, both videos show clothing choices so blinding, you might want to slip on one of those giant solar visors before viewing (Google V. Stiviano).  Example:  In “New Thang,” Redfoo steps out in brown, leopard-spotted shorts and one of his sleeveless muscle Tees as honeys dressed in pink and blue spandex, knee socks and hair scrunchies dance around him. Yow!

But, wait – Here comes Weird Al in vomitous orange and brown patterned pants topped with a blazer splattered in pink, green and blue polygons. And joining him in this crime against fashion are his famous pals: comedians Margaret Cho and Aisha Tyler, Eric Stonestreet (the chubby dad from TV’s “Modern Family”), and Jack Black in tie-dyed pants and Birkenstock sandals. Dancing to the tune of Pharrell’s “Happy,” Al and his friends are gloriously “Tacky.”

Believe it or not, these two aren’t related – Redfoo, real name Stefan Kendal Gordy, is the youngest son of Motown Record Company founder Berry Gordy, Jr.  Weird Al, age 54, is an accordion-playing prodigy from Lynwood, Calif. (His 14th album, Mandatory Fun, came out in July). All these brothers from different mothers share are a love of hair products and all things tacky. So tell us which video makes you cringe more …

Redfoo’s “New Thang”

Weird Al’s “Tacky”

We’ve all mis-sung popular lyrics before (“moves like dragons, anyone?”), and this music blog has even dedicated several posts to the hilarious results (See our “Funny Misheard Lyrics” articles). But what about misheard album titles? What would those look like?
The funny folks at photo lending agency Shutterstock imagined just that.
Using stock images from their photo library, they designed spoofs of classic album covers with easily misunderstood names. Care to see what Bruce Springsteen’s “Barn in the USA” might look like? (Actually, “Born in the USA.”) Or Dr. Dre’s “The Colonic”? (A misinterpretation of his 1992 landmark album, “The Chronic.”)
Check the photos out below and see more on Shutterstock’s blog “Misheard Album Titles: Hilariously Redesigned Cover Art.” And never mangle a song again with our “Lyrics” button feature, available on MyMusicCloud apps for all your listening devices.

courtesy of: Shutterstock.com

courtesy of: Shutterstock.com

courtesy of: Shutterstock.com

courtesy of: Shutterstock.com

Does it feel like the music world is obsessed with “Fancy” rapper Iggy Azalea? Or like the four horsemen of the apocalypse are named 5 Seconds of Summer? When even the guitar-spinning frontmen of ZZ Top are teaming up with electronic dance king David Guetta (true!), it’s easy to think that rock has one foot planted in Tommy Ramone’s grave. But fear not, rock fans, rock’s not dead yet. Here’s proof:
1) On Monday, veteran axe men the Foo Fighters announced details of their upcoming album, Sonic Highways, due out Nov. 10. The band explored 8 different U.S. cities (Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and New York) and recorded a new song in each. There are even going to be 8 different album cover photos. Cooler still, you can see their sessions in Dave Grohl’s new HBO show of the same name, “Sonic Highways,” debuting Oct. 17.
2) Who ruled the best-selling album charts last week? No, not Pitbull. It was a 63-year-old rocker named Tom Petty. Petty’s new Hypnotic Eye album sold 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rolling Stone calls Hypnotic Eye the “toughest, most straight-up rocking record in many years,” and it’s the best debut for the toothy troubadour since 1994’s Wildflowers, the album with “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and “You Wreck Me,” which sold 161,000.
3) Boston rockers Godsmack just landed No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart with their new album: 1000hp. Out this week, the music video for the single “1000hp” is a gloriously high-octane rocker featuring retro concert footage and vehicles blowing up and going really fast. Watch here:

4) In the funniest “rock-lives” news, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler stole L.A. concertgoers’ cellphones last week while singing a cover of “Been Caught Stealing.” The band has been covering various classic rock anthems, including Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle,” on tour. If you’re a Guns N’ Roses fan, you’ll also be glad to hear that Axl Rose says the band has two, new full albums ready to roll, a sequel to Chinese Democracy and a remix. Release dates are still to come.
Watch Arcade Fire steal fans’ cellphones while performing “Been Caught Stealing” and “Welcome to the Jungle” below …

Explore more new and old rock in our MyMusicCloud Recommended Artists pages and bios, and if you enjoy music news and streaming updates like this, click on the “Follow” tab in our blog’s right-hand corner.

Forget Disney’s “Frozen,” if you want to calm a crying baby, put on the pop hit “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry. In no time, your fussy baby will be bobbing her head and gurgling with glee, according to our August Viral Video Alert pick.

“How to Stop a Baby from Crying,” uploaded by YouTube user Eva Baker, has racked up 13 million views as of Thursday and it’s easy to see why. Not only is this baby adorable, she’s got some promising dance moves. Future “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant?

Katy herself has also endorsed the 38-second car-seat video. The pop singer tweeted it Monday, adding: “Available for babysitting at 10 dollars an hour & 4 Oreos.” Watch the video below, and if you’d like to receive more alerts like this, click the “Follow” button in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

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Android phone and tablet users, now you can do more than ever with your music on the go. Our new MyMusicCloud app is now in the Google Play store and gives you much more creative control, whether you’re listening on- or off-line.

The upgraded app includes more of the web portal’s “smart” features, such as our convenient song lyric fetcher and artist recommendations. We’ve also made the menu choices more intuitive, and the band photos richer and larger. And, as always with MyMusicCloud, you can store and play your music on any computer, smartphone, tablet or Smart TV, regardless of operating system.

When you update the MyMusicCloud app, here’s what you’ll get:

• Portable playlist management: Create and edit music playlists right on your tablet or smartphone

• Smart playlist suggestions: Enter a track, album or artist and instantly receive a playlist of similar singers and songs from your collection

• More music control: Now, you can sync, unsync and delete songs from your device anytime

• Like Adele, Eminem or Ariana Grande? Enjoy music recommendations for similar albums and artists

• Access to lyrics, concerts, and artist biographies right on your screen

• Both full-screen and mini-player options

We’ve also added a complete features menu when you press and hold any track, album, artist or playlist; full control over track upload/download (WiFi, 3G, etc); mobile account and device management; continuous new music syncing; and improved song, artist and album search.

Download it today and see for yourself in the Google Play store.

We often talk here on the blog about how MyMusicCloud stores and syncs your music across any device, but what does that look like, really? Well, our product team whipped up this short video to show you exactly how our music storage app works.
In this quick 3-minute video, our product manager navigates between his MyMusicCloud accounts on his MacBook, Samsung Gear 2 watch and smartphone, iPad, and Smart TV. He shows how you can play, pause, and restart the same song seamlessly on each device. Cool, right?
The video was actually shot for the Samsung Gear App Challenge, a contest to discover the best multi-device app featuring lots of cool cash and prizes. But we thought you’d find it helpful too. Watch below and if you have more questions, simply type “Help” into the search field in the right-hand corner of this blog. Happy listening!

Tired of listening to your boyfriend describe the difference between dubstep and electronic music? Is your teen son suddenly obsessed with “nintendocore”? Or do you just want to discover new bands and music styles?

In each case, “Every Noise at Once” is just what the DJ ordered. It’s a clean and inviting white web page splattered with the names of well-known and obscure music genres. Curious about a new sound or band? Just click on a word, like “alternative metal,” “chill wave” or if, you’re feeling adventurous, “crossover thrash” or “skweee” (which sounds kinda like electro percussion from outer space).

Instantly, you’ll hear a snippet of what the genre sounds like, and, if you dig it, you can click further to see band names and hear their respective songs. Once you find a group you like, you can learn more about its members and albums in our MyMusicCloud store.

Nearly every type of music, (well, 1,217 of them), is represented in this melodic word cloud, and they’re all free to explore and dangerously addictive. Start out listening to “shimmer pop” and you might wind up becoming a fan of “lithumania.” “Motown” might seduce you into “didgeridoo.” Scroll down for more organic sounds, up for more mechanical and electric; slide left for denser and more atmospheric songs, and right for spikier and bouncier tunes.

Every Noise at Once is a fun experiment created by engineer Glenn McDonald of The Echo Nest, a music research and data-crunching company. He describes the web page as “an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space.” But we just think it’s really cool. Give it a spin at Everynoise.com.

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