Jessie J has been just about everywhere while promoting her latest studio album in the States, from covering Sia‘s “Titanium” with Jennifer Hudson at the Concert For Valor to performing in NYC at the Musician’s On Call gala earlier this week. And now, she’s made her way her over to Jimmy Kimmel Live (ahead of her American Music Awards performance with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj!) to perform two of her Sweet Talker cuts.
Dressed in thigh high boots (a fashion cue from her new pal, Ari?) and a chic black and white striped top, the powerhouse vocalist tore through both “Burnin Up” and “Masterpiece” onstage, supplying her usual combination of impressive pipes and undeniable on-stage charisma. The girl is a natural, that’s for sure! And, as a bit of a surprise for the audience, 2 Chainz arrives on stage during the tail-end of “Burnin’ Up” to supply his rapid-fire verse. Watch Jessie J’s performance of “Burnin’ Up” up top, and check out “Masterpiece” after the jump. More »
Gwen Stefani has always been the ultra-cool dark horse of mainstream female musicians, ever since her debut as the lead singer of No Doubt back in 1986. Her belly-baring, bindi-wearing, badass persona set her apart from all of the Britneys and Christinas of the world. Back in 2004, she made that distinction very clear when she traded in the ska punk sounds of her band for a quirkier, synth-driven influence.
That year Stefani released her debut album Love.Angel.Music.Baby, a record that set a precedent for what modern pop music should sound like. Her third project coming soon with “Baby Don’t Lie” as the lead single, so we hope this comeback makes an impression that shakes up the industry as much as her first album did a decade ago.
Today (November 21), we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the L.A.M.B. LP by taking a look back on some of the singer’s best musical moments. Read on after the jump to see Gwen Stefani’s 12 best songs, from Tragic Kingdom to Sweet Escape — and everything in between! More »
It’s been over a year now since American Idol alum Jessica Sanchez dropped her debut LP Me, You And The Music, but it seems the powerhouse vocalist is beginning to prep her follow-up record.
Jessica’s feeling all sorts of drunk in love with her brand new single, using similes galore to prove that their relationship is surely a classic match made in heaven: “We’re like Whitney and the bodyguard/Just like ATMs and credit cards/I was made for loving you, boy!” she happily declares above the organ-tinged, tripping R&B-pop beat. As always, her voice shines on the swoon-filled tune, proving that she’s still got plenty to offer as a pop star.
The song’s a cute lil’ tune and, with any luck, only just an early taste of what’s to come from the underrated singer. Check out “This Love” after the jump, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. More »
Fifth Harmony have big plans in store for their long-awaited, oft-delayed debut Reflection, which was recently pushed back to January. As any good Harmonizer would know, the girls’ latest single, “Sledgehammer,” was written by “All About That Bass” songstress, Meghan Trainor. And, in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, 5H revealed that the song probably isn’t the only time their labelmate will appear on the record.
The girls said they’ve actually worked with Meghan “a couple times” on the album and, when asked if that means there’s a duet on the LP, they giggled: “Maybe! Maybe not!” they teased. When asked about any other possibly-maybe collaborations, the girls could only yell with excitement. “There’s a big one coming,” Ally teased. Any guesses? Watch the interview after the jump. More »
In the midst of One Direction‘s North American promo onslaught behind new album Four (which, by the way, is expected to sell over 400,000 copies by week’s end — no big deal), the boy band stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live in Los Angeles yesterday for a chat. Jimmy threw a barrage of silly questions the lads’ way — Would you ever marry a girl who wet the bed every night? What’s the strangest gift a fan has ever given you? Who is most likely to let a woman split the band apart? — but things took an awkward turn when the host brought up Zayn Malik‘s engagement to Little Mix member Perrie Edwards.
“Do you guys think it’s a good idea that Zayn is getting married?” Kimmel asked the other 1D members. He then began to rib Malik by saying, “Zayn, you obviously think it’s a good idea… But I’m gonna tell you right now, it is not a good idea. And we’ll have a talk about this, but, I mean, I hope it goes well. I hope I’m wrong.” More »
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars may be excited for their upcoming performance on Saturday Night Live, but the duo seem a little unprepared — well, at least in the new promo clip starring Cameron Diaz! The actress tries to show the two musicians the ropes when it comes to comedic timing, but her lesson ultimately fails and she ends up storming off the stage. Maybe they should just stick to music?
Ronson and Mars will perform their awesome single, “Uptown Funk” on the show’s stage. The song comes from the DJ/producer’s forthcoming album, Uptown Special (to be released on January 27). Look out for the duo’s performance when the episode of Saturday Night Live airs on November 22 at 11:30 p.m. EST! More »
Snippets of Beyonce‘s new singles (“7/11″ and “Ring Off”) from her Platinum Edition Box Set have been circling the Internet for a few days now, but now the full versions have leaked! The 30-second clip of “7/11″ was definitely not promising, and listening to the track in its entirety doesn’t make it any better. The try-hard, club-ready tune sounds like a demo found in the trash of the Unapologetic studio. Beyonce’s vocals are embarrassingly run through an autotune machine, as she talks about getting TURNT.
The better track is obviously “Ring Off,” which is a heartfelt tribute to her mother — Miss Tina Knowles. Beyonce sings about how she now understands her struggles of being in a failed marriage and all the sacrifices she made for her family. Now that she took that “ring off,” Tina is much happier and is enjoying live more than ever. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Listen up ladies — Nick Jonas is no longer a virgin! The “Teacher” singer confirmed the news during his appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, saying: “I’m an adult in all ways and comfortable with who I am.” If only he was single! [VH1 Celebrity]
:: Legendary director Mike Nichols passed away at the age of 83. He was famous for making classic films like The Graduate and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? Nichols was married to Diane Sawyer, and was one of a dozen people to have won at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: Queen Latifah is set to host this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which will take place on December 11 in Oslo, Norway. The entertainer stated: “I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s concert and to help celebrate such amazing individuals who have each worked so hard on behalf of children’s rights to education.” [Billboard]
:: Taylor Swift isn’t the only musician who is getting close with their fans! As part of his upcoming album promotion, J. Cole is playing the full record inside of his biggest fans’ homes. How cool is that? [Miss Info]
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The already-long list of collaborators working on Madonna‘s 13th studio album now includes Nicki Minaj and SOPHIE, according to Diplo. We knew that the Queen of pop was spending time with the “Anaconda” femcee in New York recently but this is the first official confirmation that they are working on new music after their ill-fated/horrible collaborations on MDNA.
“Me and SOPHIE did a bunch of stuff together,” Diplo revealed in a recent interview. “We’re going to be releasing it. I did a record that was literally SOPHIE and Madonna and Nicki Minaj.” So, who is SOPHIE? One of the hottest electronic producers on the dance scene thanks to underground hits like “Bipp” and “Lemonade”. He (it’s a dude) is known for incorporating J-Pop and K-Pop influences into his super-cute bops. Throw Nicki and Lorde‘s nemesis into the mix, and things could get really crazy! More »
Pitbull‘s eighth studio LP Globalization drops November 24 but the MC’s collaboration with Chris Brown has arrived online a little early. And it’s actually rather great! An irresistible ’80s throwback, “Fun” pays tribute to Miami Sound Machine‘s exuberant Cuban-influenced pop with it’s hip-swinging Latin rhythms and perky percussion. Breezy’s Michael Jackson-channelling vocal is also something of a treat.
“Oh my my, lookin’ like a good good time, don’t disguise the way you wanna love tonight,” the “Loyal” hitmaker sings over what could well be a sample of Gloria Estefan & Co.’s 1985 hit “Conga”. “Oh my my, hook you with a brand new high, don’t be shy I just wanna live tonight”. That’s when Mr. Worldwide pops up for the briefest of verses before returning for an encore where he name checks Enrique Iglesias and raps about his glamorous lifestyle. Listen to the Globalization gem after the jump. More »