Austin Mahone took cues from ’90s boy bands (Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC) in his debut EP The Secret. To kick off his headlining tour, though, Mahone decided to also cover The King of Country. While performing in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas, the pop heartthrob performed a faithful cover of George Strait‘s 1995 hit “Check Yes Or No,” while wearing a cowboy hat that initially belonged to this father.
Strait had emerged in the early ’80s, to usher in a new wave of traditional country singers – and inspire Mahone himself, as shown in a video unearthed by America’s Funniest Home Videos. In 2012, the show posted the submission in which Mahone, age 3, pulls a cowboy hat over his head, grins at the camera and says, “I look like George Strait.” (Well, he was close enough. Strait likely would have worn pants.) He then strums his guitar, though he doesn’t seem to be playing any song in particular.
Watch a grown-up Austin Mahone cover George Strait, then a young Austin Mahone do his best to look like George Strait after the jump. More »
Fifth Harmony performed a new song, “Reflection,” on July 25 while opening for Austin Mahone in San Antonio, Texas. Like lead single “Bo$$,” this slick pop-R&B track inspires the girls to sound subtly flirty, though as they empower themselves. As if it’s no big deal, Fifth Harmony sings of standing in front of the mirror and getting caught giving themselves compliments: “Oh, I ain’t talking about you / I’m talking about my own reflection.”
Fifth Harmony will tour with Mahone, The Vamps and Vine star Shawn Mendes nationwide through September 9, as the group preps its debut album (out this fall). Watch Fifth Harmony debut their new song “Reflection” after the jump. More »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers! It’s been another lovely week in the world of pop. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
The pop starlets were out and about this week, as Hilary Duff finally set a release date for her comeback single “Chasing The Sun” — and even turned up in NYC to premiere a remix last night. Britney Spears announced a brand new line of sexy lingerie, and La Roux — officially a solo project by the ever-lovely Elly Jackson — released her fantastic new sophomore attempt, Trouble In Paradise. What’s more, Justin Bieber proved that he’s not all scandal and previewed 11 song snippets for what might be his upcoming album, while Beyonce gave her 2003 hit “Crazy In Love” a sexy new facelift for the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey.
Here on Idolator, we brought in Canadian foursome MAGIC! to do an exclusive acoustic performance of album track “No Evil,” and also hung out with X Factor alums Fifth Harmony, who graced us with fabulous new jam “We Know.” And, as if that weren’t enough, we saw Hideaway” songstress Kiesza give her first ever US performance at Santos Party House in New York, and, it was ’90′s House-laden fun all around.
As per usual, you guys had some amazing things to say. Read a roundup of this weeks best comments below. More »
Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States and poster girl for The Hive, took her daughters to see Beyonce and Jay Z‘s brilliant On The Run tour in Chicago last night (July 24). The 50-year-old is a loud and proud Bey fan, having attended the “Drunk In Love” diva’s last two concert tours. They have also worked together on an anti-obesity campaign.
There’s no word if Mrs. Obama shut her eyes when Queen Bey dropped it low to “Partition” but a fellow concert-goer managed to take a snap of the First Lady and her girls having a great time in the VIP. The world’s most famous Beyonce groupie is beaming, while Sasha and Malia appear to be singing along merrily. A family that stans together, stays together! See the cute family pic after the jump. More »
Want to dress like Lana Del Rey? Well, here’s your chance. The Ultraviolence diva has donated a vintage frock she wore on her recent North American tour to Annos Africa — a children’s charity that runs educational art projects in Nairobi. She even signed the collar of the white floral dress (see pic after the jump), which will be listed on eBey in early September.
To find out more about the auction and the other celebrity items on offer, simply follow Annos Africa on Twitter. In other Lana news, she put rumors of a beef with Lady Gaga to bed once and for all in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. (Her unreleased track “So Legit” was considered to be a thinly veiled diss). “We played a couple of shows together but never met,” was all she had to say on the matter. More »
Lenny Kravitz‘s “Sex” cover isn’t quite as eye-watering as Nicki Minaj‘s internet-breaking “Anaconda” artwork but it certainly leaves a lasting impression. The lead single from the rock veteran’s upcoming Strut LP is blessed with a close-up picture of his leather-clad crotch. It’s reminiscent of the Rolling Stones‘ Sticky Fingers cover — only without the distracting peen.
The 50-year-old (wait… why does he still look 32?) premiered the cover on Twitter this afternoon (July 25) with the simple message “soon”. Needless to say, the interest in Lenny’s new music immediately shot through the roof. This isn’t the first time the “Are You Gonna Go My Way” singer has embraced his sexy side. Who could ever forget the shower nude he tweeted in 2009? Revisit that magic moment after the jump. More »