After teasing us with last December’s ’90s house-leaning Jessie Ware pair-up “Aaliyah” (which, it turns out, I posted on this site exactly one year ago today — crazy), the equally retro “What Love Is Made Of,” the similarly 1991-esque “5AM” and moody synth ballad “Crying For No Reason,” solid details on Katy B‘s sophomore LP have finally made their way online. The 24-year-old Londoner’s sophomore LP is scheduled to finally see the light of day on February 3, 2004, nearly three years after her debut On A Mission arrived. More »
After landing a couple high profile cameos on Big Boi‘s Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors last year, Phantogram quietly released a self-titled EP this fall. Today (December 10) we learn that the small bundle was a preview of their next album, Voices, with all four of those songs appearing on Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel’s 11-track sophomore set, which drops February 18.
Along with the news, the synth duo premiered album cut “Fall In Love,” which features samples of lush strings chopped into squeals and a buzzing bass line on the other end, with Barthel’s airy vocals floating in between. Phantogram have always had a slight hip-hop sensibility in their arrangements, and they continue down that path here.
Hear “Fall In Love” below and check out the tracklist (which includes a song called “Bill Murray”). More »
Jay Z‘s Magna Carta World Tour landed in Los Angeles Monday (December 9), and to close out his Staples Center show, Hov dedicated “Young Forever” to Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week and whose massive memorial took place today in South Africa.
“We want to dedicate this song to Nelson Mandela. A great man,” Jay told the crowd. “Spent 27 years in prison, came out to be President. All dreams are possible… So anybody out there that got a dream, y’all chase that motherfucker down as hard as you can. Let that great man stand as an example of what you can do.”
Watch the tribute below. More »
Lady Gaga has recently taken a break from US television appearances to conquer the airwaves across the globe, and lately she’s been posting up on Japanese television. The star recently appeared on the show Sukkiri and performed a beautiful, stripped down version of ARTPOP lead single “Applause.” Well, it was stripped down in the sense that this rendition consisted entirely of Gaga’s voice and piano. But in terms of emotion and musicianship, I’d say it’s actually more intense than the original.
Seated at the piano, surrounded by Mother Monster mannequins, Gaga belted out towering vocals and pounded away on the ivories, showcasing the type of classically-trained skills you rarely see from a pop star these days. Unlike her similarly acoustic lounge version of “Poker Face,” this take is more befitting of a concert hall than a cabaret. Check it out up top. More »
Kanye West stopped by Saturday Night Online recently for yet another interview (can anyone explain why’s he still doing these?). The star had several Peak Kanye moments. For instance, he explained being a creative genius as a “plague,” that it’s painful to have “all these ideas” and not being able to get them all out. He also said, “I’m great like Michelangelo. I’m great like Disney,” and called his rants “visionary streams of consciousness,” which is beautiful. But comparisons to Renaissance artists and entertainment titans, that’s par at this point. Comparing himself to our servicemen and women, and police officers? That’s new territory for Ye.
Speaking about the risks of the extravagant Yeezus tour rig, he said, ”I’m putting my life at risk…this is like being a police officer, or like war or something. You’re literally going out to do your job every day knowing that something could happen to you.” Yes, unfortunately, Ye said this. And this isn’t out of context, he wasn’t joking around. And yes, we get it, going up on a fake mountain and turning up is a precarious endeavor. But we don’t have to spell out why the two occupations are incomparable.
Oh, and Kanye added: “I’ll explain to my daughter my one day that me and her mother had to fight for this position that we finally have.” You hear that, folks? Kim Kardashian, freedom fighter. Watch the full interview below. More »
Lea Michele‘s probably-natural segue from TV’s Glee to pop stardom begins with “Cannonball,” the lead single from her upcoming debut album Louder (out March 4, 2014). Sia penned the track, and as noted yesterday when the song’s preview surfaced, Lea’s vocal deliver here is pretty faithful to what we imagine the go-to Australian singer-songwriter herself sounded like on the original demo.
“Cannonball” is now available on iTunes, along with pre-orders for Louder, and you can hear the song in full below. More »