After teasing the clip all week, One Direction have premiered the video for “You & I.” It begins with Niall Horan taking a stroll out on a pier — a perfectly suitable image for the ballad — but then he morphs into Liam Payne, whose face then morphs into Harry Styles‘ and so on. We can just see a squealing Directioner having trouble deciding which member of 1D is her favorite and having that a-ha moment, “Wait, what if they were all combined into one guy!” and that’s probably exactly how the video was pitched to the suits.
It’s a cool idea, giving the illusion that it’s a single-take visual, while obviously bringing to mind the iconic closing scene in Michael Jackson‘s “Black Or White.” Be sure to stick around after the morphs to see the guys engage in the usual horseplay and throw in some totally uninspired parkour on the pier.
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Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.
Clearly, the sound of ’90s house music is having a huge moment once again, and Route 94‘s mesmerizing dance cut “My Love” has been one of the breakout hits of the renaissance. The track is a strobe-ready slowburner that features British vocalist Jess Glynne, who previously appeared on Clean Bandit‘s UK chart topper “Rather Be.” Shortly after the latter’s success earlier this year, “My Love” was released and shot straight to #1 in Route 94′s home country as well.
With the song now starting to cross over in the States (it was officially made available on US iTunes last week), we took the opportunity to ring up the man behind the beats to find out more about what’s in store for Route 94. More »
Emerging Brooklyn indie-pop trio Little Daylight burst onto our radars late last year with the jubilant “Overdose,” and now the track gets a remix care of the fast-rising, simultaneously bizarre and approachable synth band Future Islands.
Samuel T. Herring’s neatly chaotic vocal theatrics are the initial draw for Future Islands, but without his schizoid singing here they show themselves to be masters of warm synth atmospherics. Channeling ’80s hallmarks like Toto‘s “Africa” and Men At Work‘s “Down Under,” they’ve paired Nikki Taylor’s original floating vocals with some elegant nu-wave cheez.
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Prince has been playing gigs with new material and releasing a steady trickle of new songs over the past year — including a duet with Zooey Deschanel stemming from his cameo on New Girl — but he’d been dodgy about what exactly he and his band, 3rdEyeGirl, are up to. But the mystery is over, as Prince today (April 18) confirmed he has a new album in the works.
The news came in a press release announcing the Purple One’s new deal with Warner Bros. Records that will “see the release of long-awaited, previously unheard music” and give him ownership of all his master recordings. “A brand-new studio album is on the way,” he said in a statement. “Both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship.” More »
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Coachella 2014′s first weekend set the bar pretty high, as far as our expectations for round two go. Just a few highlights from the fest’s first outing: Beyonce stepping on stage with sister Solange, Pharrell bringing Gwen Stefani out and Jay Z stepping up to the mic with Nas.
This weekend, Coachella is back in action with a staggering lineup of favorites (Lorde, Lana Del Rey and Disclosure, to name a few). However, the desert can be a cruel mistress, with sunburns, dehydration and tripping over celebrities living out their Woodstock fantasies all a very real risk. Fortunately, we have enlisted the help of Capital Cities to give some sage advice on how to get equipped for weekend two of Coachella. More »
Kanye West and Future linked up on “I Won,” the ode to their famous significant others on Honest. So everyone expected the Hype Williams-directed video to at least feature cameos from their respective fiancées, Kim Kardashian and Ciara. Unfortunately, they’re nowhere to be found, with some writhing, side-boob-flaunting swimsuit models serving as stand-ins. Maybe the scheduling didn’t work out? Regardless, it’s still a bit odd to deliver a heartfelt rap about pampering and piping your well-known fiancée while wet video vixens touch themselves a few feet away.
There’s not much else to say about the relatively bland, black-and-white beach visual. As the pinups roll in the sand, Ye and Future separately perform by the water, dressed in their slick Hamptons threads. Check it out up top. More »