Lorde Covers ‘Billboard,’ Talks Working With Kanye West For ‘Mockingjay – Part 1′ Soundtrack

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Lorde talks how she took charge of the third Hunger Games soundtrack in the latest Billboard cover – highlighting the meetings, cold calls and the artistic risks. She emphasizes that she wouldn’t have been satisfied with making an EP, as suggested by Lionsgate — the Hollywood studio behind the franchise. She also says that with Mockingjay – Part 1, she fulfilled a personal career goal of hers. “I’d really wanted to A&R a record,” she says to Billboard. “And I basically got to do that.”

All of this helps to portray Lorde as a singular artist, someone who would actually pair The Chemical Brothers with Miguel (“This Is Not a Game”) and feature Q-Tip, Pusha T, HAIM and herself on the same song. What’s also memorable is how she revealed that yes, she still gets nervous. “I’m the worst person ever at talking to people I don’t know on the phone — I can’t even order pizza,” Lorde says of reaching out to personal idol Kanye West. “I would put off calling him. I’d say, it’s 12:57, I’ll do it at 1.” More »

Robin Thicke & Pharrell Lose First Legal Round Against Marvin Gaye’s Estate

Robin Thicke‘s chart-topping “Blurred Linessingle, his collaboration with Pharrell, has sparked immense controversy ever since its released in March 2013. The main focus of the drama came from the Marvin Gaye‘s children, who filed a copyright infringement suit against the two stars. They claim the song rips off their father’s 1977 classic R&B hit  “Got To Give It Up”.

The events got even more messy this September, when court documents revealed Thicke lied to media outlets about co-writing the song. Now, Billboard is reporting that Judge John Kronstadt ruled yesterday (October 30) that the estate “made a sufficient showing that elements of ’Blurred Lines’ may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ’Got to Give It Up.’ Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection.”  More »

Broods Perform “Mother & Father” On ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’: Watch

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Quite Brooding.

Broods stopped by Last Call With Carson Daly last night (October 30) to perform their latest tune, “Mother & Father.” The New Zealand-bred duo sung to an energetic crowd at Los Angeles’ El Rey theater, as they captivated the audience with the moody single. Afterwards, they performed another song from their album — “Four Walls.”

“Mother & Father” is off Broods’ debut album, Evergreen, which was released on October 7. View their performance up top, and catch “Four Walls” after the jump. More »

Nicki Minaj Teases ‘The Pinkprint’ With New Trailer: Watch

Nicki Minaj‘s forthcoming third LP The Pinkprint was pushed back from its original November 24 date, to December 15 — and the Barbz were quite disappointed. So in order to satisfy her fans, the rapper released mini trailers for the album on Instagram last night (October 30).

The two Khalil Kavon-directed clips are a mash-up of Minaj’s recent videos (“Pills N’ Potions,” “Anaconda,” “Lookin’ Ass”) with cut-aways to a thumb being fingerprinted in pink ink.

Watch the Instagram teasers after the jump! More »

10 Scary-Good Halloween Costumes Inspired By Music Videos

When you’re out going bump in the night this Halloween, resist the temptation to go the full I-G-G-Y. As hot as you’d look in geisha-white face paint, a Twitter feud with Snoop and a thirsty lacefront, you’ll just be one of a hundred. Stand out among the crowd by rocking a more unexpected music-video-inspired costume. Whip up one of these deep-cut outfits, send us a picture and let all the sexy people beg for it by asking, “Who dat? Who dat?”

H-A-P-P-Y Halloween!

Take That’s “These Days” Video: Watch The Guys Eat, Sleep, Dance & Get Their Hair Done Together

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Thrice As Nice

Take That‘s comical music video for lead III single “These Days” could very well mirror their lives for the next year or so, as the tiring nature of an album campaign and world tour cause them to spend practically every waking moment together. (And as for those non-waking moments, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald even cram themselves into the same bed at night in the video!)

Here we see the trio on what looks like the set of a TV sitcom, as they wake up, eat breakfast, shower, hit the salon, work out… you name it, they do it. Things finally wind down as Take That, decked out in retro blue suits, performance a dance routine on a box, with plenty of backup help. More »

Taylor Swift Teases Upcoming ’1989′ Tour: Morning Mix

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:: Taylor Swift‘s new album 1989 is a massive hit (it’s predicted to sell just over one million copies in its first week alone), so there’s no surprise the popstar wants to take the project on the road! During her appearance on Good Morning America on October 29, she stated: “I am gonna be going out on tour very soon! We’re in the early stages of planning the actual show. I’m excited about announcing things when I can announce them, but it’s going to be happening!”[Just Jared]

:: Good news for Chris Brown! The troubled entertainer has settled two assault cases: one for charging at a man in Washington D.C. and the other for brawling with Frank Ocean‘s cousin in a parking lot last January. His total payment was $120,000. But that should be chump change for him…right? [MTV]

:: Jimmy Kimmel plans to host the 2014 Country Music Awards via hologram on November 5. But that’s not all! He’ll be hosting two shows at the same damn time: the CMAS as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live. The holograms of 2pac at 2012′s Coachella and Michael Jackson at this year’s Billboard Music Awards were creepy, so hopefully the talk show host can pull it off. [Complex]

:: Suge Knight may face 30 years to life in prison after an arrest for robbery. The rap mogul was arrested alongside comedian Katt Williams, who could serve up to seven years. [Pigeons & Planes]

Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Victoria Monet’s Excellent ‘Nightmares & Lullabies’ EP Is Available To Download For Free

Like many divas before her, Victoria Monet first generated attention for her songwriting ability. She penned tracks for Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Fifth Harmony and Mary J. Blige before moving into the spotlight with a string of killer features. The rising diva recently signed with Atlantic Records and just dropped the first half — or Act 1 — of her debut LP Nightmares & Lullabies.

The exquisite five-song set captures the newcomer’s knack for pairing soft, delicate vocals with deeply atmospheric soundscapes. Highlights include B.o.B-assisted single “For The Thrill” (an eerie mash of strings, hip-hop beats and haunting synths) and the sultry “Made In China”. Nightmares & Lullabies is available to download for free on Victoria’s website. You can also find it on iTunes. More »

Phil Collins (Kind Of) Shades Adele About Failed Collaboration: “She’s A Slippery Little Fish”

This is — hands down — the weirdest music beef of 2014. Phil Collins surprised everyone earlier this year when he revealed that he was writing songs for Adele‘s new album. It sounded like an odd pairing in theory and obviously didn’t pan out too well in practice either. It seems the ’80s hitmaker simply didn’t hear back from the mega-selling songbird. Ouch.

“[Adele] got hold of me and asked if I would write with her,” Phil told Q magazine. “She gave me a piece of music to finish and at first I didn’t know if I’d failed the audition as I didn’t hear back from her.” This is where it gets a little/a lot messy. “She said, ‘no, no, I’m moving house and the baby’s taking up a lot of my time, I’m not actually doing anything at the moment’.”

“And now I’ve heard there’s a [new album] coming out,” the 63-year-old continues. “I’m not on it, I know that.” Well, that’s incredibly awkward. His verdict? “She’s a slippery little fish is Adele.” More »

Jasmine Villegas Unveils Her Sexy ‘That’s Me Right There’ EP Cover & Tracklist

The wait is finally over! Jasmine Villegas just unveiled the cover and tracklist of her debut EP That’s Me Right There (due 10 November). The 20-year-old looks incredible on the sexy artwork — rocking a white one-piece and matching heels. It suits the exciting new direction of her music, which is personified by the catchy Kendrick Lamar-assisted title track.

It looks like K-Dot is the only feature on the EP, which means the collaboration Jasmine recorded with Problem and Jeremih has either been shelved or saved for her album. (Fingers crossed it’s the latter). Given her incredible popularity on social media and string of catchy singles, it’s hard to believe that this is the “Werk” diva’s first official Extended Play.

“Jasminators it’s been a long time coming but our first official ep will finally be here 11/10!” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank u so much for being on this journey with me and continuing to always be by my side. I love u all to pieces this is only the beginning the best is yet to come.” See the full tracklist after the jump. More »