Mark your calendars, Harmonizers: Fifth Harmony have officially set the date.
Following the announcement of the title of their debut album Reflection, the young ladies of 5H are setting their sights on a December release date for their long-awaited debut LP — the same month that the girls finished their run on X Factor USA back in 2012. “December has played a major part in 5H history.. So putting our debut album out in December 2014 just felt right,” the girls tweeted earlier this week.
The album will presumably include several songs that the girls have previewed this year, including lead single “BO$$,” “We Know,” “Them Girls Be Like” and “Reflection.” More »
Turns out “Love Never Felt So Good” might not be the only Michael Jackson song that could have an impact on the charts this year.
Three years ago, the King Of Pop’s estate gave permission to the surviving members of legendary rock band Queen to finish production on tracks Jackson recorded in the early 1980s with the band’s frontman Freddie Mercury. Today, the first of those songs, “There Must Be More To Life Than This,” premiered on UK radio. It was reported to have been recorded by Mercury and Jackson sometime between 1982 and 1983, and the final mix of the song was done by British producer William Orbit. More »
Hey, pop kiddies, remember when Madonna demonstrated how superb she was at performing oral sex on a bottle in her 1991 Truth Or Dare documentary? You know, it was the scene where she practically downed half of the hunk of glass, then tilted the bottle up in the air and, um, swallowed whatever swill was inside. Doesn’t ring a bell?
Well, that’s okay, because Madge is clearly showing a whole new generation how it’s done via the above image released to promote her official 2015 calendar (which you can order here). More »
The first thing that comes to mind while watching Jennifer Lopez‘s “Booty” video is: Didn’t Kylie Minogue do this first, earlier this year, with her “Sexercize” clip? The lesbianism. The water-drenched wetness. The intense grinding, shaking and twerking. Minogue popped her own booty through all of that visual territory back in March, no?
Even that gold, super scoop-neck, barely-there number JLo is wearing as a top around the 0:58 mark calls to mind Kylie’s hooded white jumpsuit in her 2001 “Cant’ Get You Out Of My Head” video. So, maybe Lopez and her newly-added “Booty” partner Iggy Azalea were going for a full-on Minogue tribute? If that’s the case, then we we say brava, ladies — keep those pert and curvy derriere’s arched proudly in the air! More »
:: Beyonce just got another half-sister. Yes, DNA tests reveal that Mathew Knowles has indeed fathered another illegitimate child — this time with Texan real estate agent TaQoya Branscomb. Congratulations? [Vibe]
:: Who knew Justin Bieber was a fan of the culinary arts? Yesterday (September 18) he posted a video showing how to prepare chicken breast and broccoli. Take careful notes, foodies. [Gossip Cop]
:: Gwen Stefani admits that she got into a fight with husband Gavin Rossdale about him joining The Voice. She thought it would be too much for the couple but eventually came around. [Radar Online]
:: He might have lost Mariah Carey but Nick Cannon can still lay claim to owning the world’s most expensive pair of shoes. The kicks he wore on the America’s Got Talent finale cost a record $2 million. [MTV]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Ricky Martin will release a new single called “Adios” on September 23. The tantalizing track was penned by Jesse Shatkin (he co-wrote Sia‘s “Chandelier”), Latin rapper Yotuel Romero and Japanese/Spanish flamenco virtuoso Antonio Rayo. That multi-cultural line-up is apparently reflected in the song’s world music-flavored sound.
“Adios” is the first single from Ricky’s 10th studio album, which is set for an early 2015 release. (I guess that means “Come With Me” and “Adrenalina” didn’t make the cut). “We chose [the song] because it represents who I am today,” the heartthrob explains. “The title is a reference to the opening of another cycle.” The 42-year-old’s last LP Musica + Alma + Sexo was released in 2011. More »
Aretha Franklin is releasing her 39th studio LP on September 30. Wait… what? The news comes as a surprise because the queen of soul is kind of ‘doing a Beyonce‘ — the album isn’t a total secret but details are heavily guarded. Clive Davis, who is overseeing production for Arista Records, did, however, shed some light on the tantalizing project for Billboard.
For starters, it’s a concept album. Aretha will cover classic songs by fellow divas including Adele, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Alicia Keys, Etta James and Diana Ross. “[The diva's] new album is purely and simply sensational,” Clive says of the unexpected opus. “She’s on fire and vocally in absolutely peak form. What a thrill to see this peerless artist still showing the way, still sending shivers up your spine, still demonstrating that all contemporary music needs right now is the voice.” My iPod is ready. More »
Tinashe has done everything right since breaking through with irresistible stoner jam “2 On”. Her follow-up (the A$AP Rocky-assisted “Pretend”) is as close to new Janet Jackson music as we’ll get until she launches that long-overdue comeback, while Aquarius buzz track “Feels Like Vegas” is the sexiest bedroom anthem to surface since Beyonce‘s “Dance For You”.
The only thing missing from the rising diva’s oeuvre is a killer uptempo club anthem. I’m sure that will be addressed on her debut LP, but until that drops, check out Sneaker Snobs‘ winning house overhaul of “2 On”. The Chicago DJ ups the BPM and gets a little experimental with autotune (Schoolboy Q sounds like a chipmunk) on the much-appreciated remix. Listen after the jump. More »
Ed Sheeran has already talked about writing a song for Hilary Duff’s comeback album (he described it as “good” in case you’re wondering) but the former teen queen has been pretty tight-lipped about the whole experience. Well, she finally spilled the tea — revealing the duet’s title (“Tattoo”) and some details about the x singer/songwriter’s creative process.
“He vocally produced it and came in the booth with me,” Hilary told MTV about the much-anticipated collab. “I was really intimidated because, normally, they don’t do that, so I kept looking up and being like, ‘You’re Ed Sheeran and I’m singing the song that you wrote and I want to do right by it’. Happily, it all turned out well.” It was awesome and then he, in like 15 minutes, did all the low stuff and the harmonies and the background.” Can’t wait to hear it. More »
After years of label limbo, The Veronicas kicked off their long-awaited comeback with tortured ballad “You Ruin Me” last week. The semi-orchestral, hate-drenched break-up anthem is a massive departure from the catchy pop/rock of global hits “Untouched” and “4Ever” but it’s a great reminder of both their songwriting and vocal prowess.
The video arrived today (September 18) and it’s something of a blockbuster. Filmed at Sydney’s State Theatre, Jess and Lisa perform the song on stage while a twisted back story about a jealous ballerinas and a particularly creepy instructor unfolds. It’s weird, twisted and strangely beautiful. Kind of like the song. Get acquainted with The Veronicas 2.0 up top. More »