Coldplay has really upped the visual ante during the Ghost Stories era. The band took a spooky stroll through their woods in their dark and distorted “Midnight” video, put on an old-fashioned carnival show in “Magic” and took to the streets of Sydney, Australia for their “A Sky Full Of Stars” visual. They were all striking in their own way but “True Love” could be their best yet.
Directed by Jonas Akerlund, the whimsical clip tells an unusual love story. There’s a sumo suit-wearing ballerina who is deemed too fat for the stage but refuses to give up on her dream to dance. She crosses paths with Chris Martin, who shares her passion and size. Before you can grab a tissue to dab your eyes, they’re in love and dancing together. Watch up top. More »
Hats off to Nicki Minaj. When the lead single from The Pink Print failed to fire (the insomnia-curing “Pills N Potions”), she simply engineered a hit by sampling a hip-hop classic and making a semi-pornographic video for those all important YouTube streams. The next thing you know, “Anaconda” is top five on iTunes and just broke the 24-hour VEVO record. Well played.
If the original version shrinks your anaconda into a dirt worm, never fear. The always on-point LA Leakers (four DJs from, you guessed it, the City of Angels) bring Riff Raff into the fray — turning Nicki’s (not so) high-brow anthem into a true party-starter. See the full cover and listen to the balls-to-the-wall remix after the jump. You weekend playlist demands it! More »
Diplo, King Of Beats, reigns supreme on the cover of the latest issue of Billboard Magazine.
The fascinating cover story details exactly what you might or might not have already expected to hear about the producer/DJ’s insane lifestyle, from jet-setting all over the world to working with an enviable cast of superstar acts, from Usher to Chris Brown to the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna.
The “Express Yourself” talent, who spoke to Idolator recently and revealed that one of the Madge tracks is called “Bitch I’m Madonna,” talked to the publication in-depth about speaking to the pop icon for the first time (via text!), and revealed that he’d been working on “four or five songs” alongside Ariel Rechstaid for the new Madonna LP, which he described as “just like amazing smashes.” More »
After honing her craft (and building her fanbase) with a string of cute buzz tracks and a party-startin’ EP, Becky G finally arrived in 2014 with fizzy pop anthem “Shower”. The Dr. Luke-produced earworm became the 17-year-old’s first top 20 entry on the Billboard Hot 100 and lead to supporting slots on tours with Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo and Katy Perry.
While we wait for the talented teen to put the finishing touches on her debut LP (due later this year), why not check out another killer “Shower” remix? You might remember that Jump Smokers put their spin on the track recently, well New York duo The Jane Doze do just as good a job of transforming the sugary pop delight into cool club fodder. Listen after the jump. More »
Chris Brown‘s X has been a long time coming, thanks to a seemingly endless string of pushbacks and legal troubles. But it really is coming, and to prove it, Breezy’s just debuted the massive, Diplo-produced title track from the upcoming LP.
The track kicks off slowly and pensively at first, similar to Usher‘s own Diplo collabo, “Climax.” “If you’re only as good as the company you keep then I’mma blame you for what they say about me,” he damningly croons. Synths start to build around the crooner’s melodic vocals, until it becomes an all-out electronic production: “I swear to God I’m moving on!” he angrily spits before the song dips into a heavy, very Diplo-esque sort of noisy “Express Yourself”-like breakdown. Breezy’s been burned — this is clearly not a love song.
Listen to “X” after the jump. What do you think about Chris Brown’s Diplo collabo? Let us know in the comments below. More »