After releasing two critically-acclaimed albums on independent labels (2010′s Forget and 2012′s Confess), Twin Shadow signed with Warner Bros last year. He wasted no time putting the finishing touches on his third LP Eclipse — unveiling the cover and tracklist of Eclipse today (January 27). The artwork is a dramatic affair with George Lewis Jr. (his real name) channeling Freddie Mercury in the black-and-white portrait.
The album includes excellent buzz singles “To The Top” and “Turn Me Up,” which showcase the breadth of Twin Shadow’s sound. The former is an 80′s-influenced pop/rock anthem with a soaring, lighters-in-the-air chorus that should have been a massive radio hit, while the latter only allows a fleeting glimpse of the artist’s newfound pop sensibility. Eclipse drops on March 17. See the full tracklist and watch George’s shadowy a cappella performance after the jump. More »
Spare a thought for Janet Jackson fans. Seven years have already passed since her last studio LP, 2008′s underrated Discipline, and the legendary diva recently shut down rumors that she was embarking on a comeback. Instead, the pop pioneer is devoting her time to charitable causes and married life with billionaire husband Wissam Al Mana. There could, however, be some light at the end of the tunnel. The Las Vegas Sun claims Damita Jo has signed on for a mini-residency in Sin City.
According to the publication, Janet will perform at the Venetian in early spring as part of a line-up that includes fellow icons Diana Ross (she has already confirmed this) and Lionel Ritchie. There’s no other evidence to support the claim, but it’s a tantalizing prospect. The 48-year-old is still an incredible performer and a stint in Las Vegas might be the motiviation she needs to start recording again. Keep your fingers crossed and Design Of A Decade spinning on repeat. More »
There are some things that Taylor Swift will not be shaking off any time soon for the general public — namely, her clothes.
The 1989 songbird, who suffered a hacking moment earlier this morning but recovered with a rather clever #1989Promo tie-in tweet: “Cause the hackers gonna hack, hack, hack, hack, hack…”
But then, she went a step further to send a special message to any hackers potentially bragging about scoring some extra sensitive shots of the “Blank Space” songstress. “PS any hackers saying they have ‘nudes’? Psssh you’d love that wouldn’t you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING,” she sassily tweeted. No Tay nudes. BRING IT, hackers! Bring it! More »
The annual Juno Awards nominations are here, and Magic! is leading the pack! The reggae-pop band snagged five nods, including Top Single for “Rude” and Breakthrough Group. Following behind are Kiesza and Leonard Cohen who scored four apiece. The “No Enemiesz” singer is up for categories like Best Video Of The Year for “Hideaway.”
Other big name artists nominated this year are The Weeknd and Deadmau5, who are both up for Artist of the Year. Performers announced for the big night are Magic!, Kiesza, Hedley, Shawn Mendes and Arkells. Look out for the 2015 Juno Awards on March 15, where they will be held at Ontario, Canada’s FirstOntario Centre. More »
Shawn Mendes heralded the arrival of the social media superstar when he leveraged a huge following on video-sharing app Vine into a legitimate music career with debut single “Life Of The Party.” The piano ballad sold 200,000+ downloads in its first week, landing at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. He followed that up with upbeat anthem “Something Big” in late 2014 and now unveils the cover of debut LP Handwritten (due April 28).
The simple image — it’s just a headshot with lyrics scrawled in the background — is reflective of the 16-year-old’s no-fuss approach and pride in writing his own music. Shawn’s debut EP peaked at number five on the Billboard 200, so expectations are understandably high for his first long-player. The set contains “Something Big” (surely “Life Of The Party” will at least be a bonus track?) but the full tracklist is yet to be announced. See the deluxe edition of the Canadian’s album after the jump. More »
Today’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show featured the return of Kiesza to the daytime program, where the Canadian singer offered up not one, but a medley of two songs. (It is, after all, Ellen‘s birthday week, so…)
Kiesza started things off on an emotional note by sitting at a piano and belting out her debut LP Sound Of A Woman‘s title track. She then got the gals in the audience on their feet by segueing into yet another energetic performance of her breakout hit “Hideaway.” More »
Nicki Minaj blessed fans with a limited edition, semi-nude calendar when they bought deluxe bundles of The Pinkprint from her website. The pics inevitably made their way online and caused quite a stir. After all, it’s not every day you see the femcee’s famous butt cheeks and killer curves in all their jaw-dropping glory! The 32-year-old continued to make the world a better place this afternoon (January 27) by sharing outtakes from the sexy shoot on Instagram.
There’s a new angle on an old favorite (the butt-revealing, gun-toting swimsuit pic), a confronting pose in an elegant leather ensemble and innovative use of a motorcycle prop. You can see all the outtakes after the jump. What else is new with Nicki? Well, the internet is buzzing with rumors that she’s currently hanging out with Beyonce on the set of their “Feeling Myself” video and Drake/Lil Wayne collaboration “Truffle Butter” is steadily climbing iTunes. More »
Bad news for Chris Brown fans — the singer has pushed back the first part of the Between The Sheets Tour with friend and collaborator, Trey Songz. The reason behind the decision is a legal one, as the troubled artist’s judge denied his request to travel outside of California where he currently resides.
Brown posted the announcement on Instagram, stating: “I would first like to apologize to all the fans and people who have been supporters of me and all the music over the years. The beginning of the BTS tour has been moved to later dates now. The judge would not sign off on my travel to do the tour until I finish these last 100 hours of community service.” He continues to explain that once he finishes his hours then he’ll be back on the road.
View Breezy’s Instagram message in full, as well as Songz and Tyga’s tweets after the jump. More »
Today’s the day: Ne-Yo‘s back with his sixth studio effort Non-Fiction (out now, January 27), a collection packed to the brim with collaborators, including David Guetta (“Who’s Taking You Home”), T.I., Schoolboy Q and Pitbull (“Time Of Our Lives”) as well as his 2014 hit “She Knows” with Juicy J.
The feature-stuffed record, inspired by true events, is also said to be Ne-Yo’s return to roots. In an interview with Billboard, he described the effort as “predominantly R&B,” explaining “I had a little stint with the dance music…but I had to go home on this one.” But did the critics enjoy his latest attempt?
Find out what music reviewers around the world had to say about Non-Fiction after the jump. More »
What on earth is Katy Perry going to pull out of her whipped cream cans for the Super Bowl halftime show this Sunday at the University Of Phoenix Stadium? At this point, it’s anyone’s guess, though you can be sure that a) it will be non-controversial…supposedly, and b) she’ll tear through a slew of her crowd-pleasing hits — which include songs naughty (“I Kissed A Girl”), playful (“California Gurls”), wistful (“Teenage Dream”), inspirational (“Firework”), creepy (“E.T.”) and mysterious (“Dark Horse”).
But while whatever outfit or hair color Katy opts for remains up in the air, she’s at least ready to put the “foot” in football — thanks to her newly-painted, pigskin-themed toenails, which she displayed on Instagram last night. More »