Ke$ha took some time out for her hectic schedule of partying and vaginal exorcisms to preview two new songs on the season finale of hit reality TV show My Crazy Beautiful Life. Sitting at a piano, Lady Dolla belted out a spiteful break-up anthem (best lyric: “you fucked with the wrong bitch”) and a spine-chilling ballad. Both sounded very promising.
“Seeing my fans half way around the world inspires me to live up to the title of my second album,” K$ said. “I must be a warrior, in life and in music. My next album will be more honest and more fearless than I have ever been before. I cannot wait for the world to hear what I have to say now.” Watch Ke$ha perform snippets of the songs after the jump. More »
Paulina Rubio showed America how a true diva works the stage by delivering a show-stopping performance of “Boys Will Be Boys” on last night’s (December 18) X Factor. Looking like your kooky aunt at a fetish convention, the Mexican superstar strutted on stage wearing a cape and feathered shoulder pads over a sexy leather bodice.
It was an interesting look for the 42-year-old, who proceeded to belt out her RedOne-produced club hit while being raised in the air by her gaggle of male dancers. Paulina might give off crazy vibes but she owns it and soon had the mesmerized crowd under her spell. Just look at Simon Cowell‘s face. That man is on the brink of cardiac arrest! Watch up top. More »
Selena Gomez has cancelled the Australian leg of her excellent Stars Dance tour — wait for it — in order to find herself. I’ve heard a lot of excuses for poor ticket sales over the years but this is definitely the most creative. “My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them,” the 21-year-old said in a statement.
“But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be. To my fans, I sincerely apologise and I hope you guys know how much each and every one of you mean to me.”
Australia is a tough market for pop acts (just ask Ke$ha and Pitbull), so her inability to sell out arenas is nothing to be ashamed of. But her excuse is worrying. The “Slow Down” diva was extremely out of sorts at Jingle Ball, is yet to release a third single from Stars Dance despite coming off another huge radio hit and now decides she needs to take time out to reevaluate her life. What’s going on? More »
With relative newcomers scoring massive hits around the globe with radio-friendly EDM anthems, it was only a matter of time before the highest paid DJ in the world took a shot at crossover glory. And Tiesto comes hard with “Red Lights” — striking a perfect balance between melodic pop and hands-in-the-air club fodder.
Picking up where Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up” left off, the Dutchman’s pop experiment boasts a plaintiff male vocalist, strumming guitars and a rich vein of melancholy. However, “Red Lights” is less EDM-easy listening than his rival’s smash hit. The beats still come thick and fast and the chorus is absolutely undeniable. Listen after the jump. More »
Drake is one of two black superstars (the other being comedian Kevin Hart) chosen to front VIBE magazine’s race issue, which hits newsstands in January. Looking defiant in a tight close-up on the bold cover, Drizzy opens up about racism in America as well as Kanye West and his (non-existent) competition.
“The racism I experienced was being Jewish,” Drizzy explains in the accompanying interview. “Jewish kids didn’t understand how I could be black and Jewish… it was just stupid, annoying rich kids that were close-minded and mean.”
He’s just as frank when evaluating the rest of the rap game, naming Kanye West as his only competition: “My competition is nobody else, by the way. It’s just me and ‘Ye.” Take that Kendrick Lamar. More »
Long the best-kept secret in R&B, Jhene Aiko finally escaped the world of mixtapes and hip-hop features in late 2013 when her exquisite Sail Out EP rode a wave of critical acclaim all the way to number eight on the Billboard Hot 200 — no easy feat for a debut set without a radio hit.
She’s grateful for the EP’s success but that’s not her end goal. “[Music] is something I’m going to do regardless of the benefits I reap from it. Because I love doing it, it keeps me doing it no matter how successful,” the 25-year-old tells Idolator. “I really stay motivated by people that come up to me and they tell me how much they’re connected to a song.”
And it’s hard for listeners not to feel attached to the singer after hearing the frank, emotionally raw tracks on Sail Out. On “Comfort Inn Ending” Jhene unleashes a stream of consciousness confessional touching on everything from past lovers to her brother’s death. “I didn’t write anything down,” she explains. “I just went in the booth and told this story. I just really wanted it to be super raw and say whatever came to my mind.” More »