Tinashe And A$AP Rocky’s “Pretend” Video Is Cinematic, Beautiful And Very Confusing: Watch

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Tinashe hasn’t put a foot wrong since breaking big with ratchet party anthem “2 On” earlier this year. She followed that up with A$AP Rocky-assisted, Janet Jackson-channeling single “Pretend” and a bunch of equally gorgeous buzz tracks (“Feels Like Vegas” and Dev Hynes duet “Bet”). As such, the 21-year-old’s debut LP Aquarius is one of the most eagerly-awaited of the year.

While we wait patiently for that to drop, check out her beautifully shot yet utterly confusing “Pretend” visual. From what I understand Tinashe and A$AP Rocky has a thing in high school but everything got twisted due to strip club drama. (It happens to the best of us). There are also panoramic views of mountains and streams, and a scene where the rising R&B diva stands in the snow. As for the twist ending? I have no idea. Feel free to explain it to me in the comments below. More »

Jessica Mauboy Worked With Babyface On New Single “Can I Get A Moment?”: See The Cute Cover

The last we heard from Aussie pop diva Jessica Mauboy she was performing “Sea Of Flags” at Eurovision, which is kind of random given that Australia is exempt from the competition. Since then the 25-year-old has been working on her fourth studio LP with industry heavyweights like Kenny ‘Babyface’Edmonds, who wrote and produced new single “Can I Get A Moment?” (due October 17).

A snippet of the much-anticipated single hasn’t arrived yet but the song is described as “fresh, infectious and up-tempo”. I like all of those adjectives, so I’m hype! Since finishing runner-up on the fourth season of Australian Idol, Jessica has amassed 12 top 20 hits and starred in internationally acclaimed film The Sapphires. An international breakthrough is long overdue. Let’s hope Babyface can help make it happen. More »

Sam Smith Isn’t Completely Miserable In “Restart”: Watch The Cheerful Video

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Upbeat Sam

As much as I love Sam Smith‘s serotonin-evaporating ballads, it’s always nice to hear him sing happier, upbeat fare. Think his Disclosure collaboration “Latch” or Naughty Boy-assisted earworm “La La La”. The only song resembling those hits on slow jam-heavy In The Lonely Hour is bonus track “Restart” and it has been selected as the set’s next single — at least internationally.

The fifth cut from the 22-year-old’s debut LP (I always thought the tunes released before “Stay With Me” were buzz tracks) is a perky ’80s-influenced synth-anthem about bouncing back from a break-up. It sounds heavy-going but it’s really just a beautifully executed bubblegum pop. The video arrived online today (September 29) and it’s comprised of behind-the-scenes footage from the Brit’s various tours and a group outing to Brighton. See the lighter side of Sam up top. More »

Charli XCX’s New Single “Break The Rules” Gets A Monster Tiesto Club Mix: Listen

Charli XCX is on a roll at the moment. After earning a well-deserved commercial breakthrough with Iggy Azalea‘s summer-soundtracking smash “Fancy”, the 22-year-old swiftly returned to the upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 with infectious The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack cut “Boom Clap”. In fact, the song was so successful that Atlantic Records had to delay the release of her third LP Sucker until December 16.

It’s time now to step up the promotion for the album’s second single “Break The Rules” and the Brit is clearly aiming for club domination by commissioning a batch of killer remixes. They are all pretty great but the most notable is Tiesto‘s ferocious overhaul. The legendary Dutch DJ ups the BPM and throws in some killer drops. Listen to the monster floorfiller after the jump. More »

Lorde Reflects On A Year Of ‘Pure Heroine’ In Touching Tumblr Post

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since Lorde dropped her platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning debut LP Pure Heroine. “Royals” and “Team” are still radio staples and she is busily promoting the album with a North American tour while recording new music for the Hunger Games soundtrack (Check out “Yellow Flicker Beat”). To celebrate the milestone, the Kiwi diva wrote a commemorative Tumblr post.

“I’m reminded of this day last year, when pure heroine came out in this country,” the 17-year-old revealed. “The feeling of something very solitary that i had worked on spinning around and around further away from me, becoming someone else’s, everyone’s. the past year of my life has seen everything around me multiply in size and number – the stamps on my passport, the number of people i have to ask before i ride on the ferris wheel after my set at a festival, the decibels that follow me when i walk around in public.”

“The other thing that’s grown is me — my fitness, my mental stamina, my ability to think clearly and make decisions — but most of all, my capacity for love,” Lorde continued. “The thousands upon thousands (wait, millions(?!!)) of you who bought pure heroine truly feel like friends to me — it’s no coincidence i’m posting this note here, where i feel the most happy and safe online, the place where i laugh the most and where every day, i feel like people get me.” More »

Adam Levine Stalks (And Has Sex With) Wife Behati Prinsloo In Maroon 5′s Disturbing “Animals” Video: Watch

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The guys from Maroon 5 have certainly switched up their image for the V era — at least, visually. Their “Maps” video told the story of a fatal car crash in reverse and the just-released clip for new single “Animals” plays like a mini-horror movie. Adam Levine stars as a creepy butcher with a bad habit of stalking female customers including real-life wife Behati Prinsloo.

He follows her around town, takes photos of the blond bombshell in her apartment and then, disturbingly, strips off and hangs out in a meat truck. But wait, there’s more! The couple eventually hook up and have surprisingly explicit sex (don’t be surprised if this is removed from YouTube) while covered in blood. I think it’s a dream sequence but it’s still creepy as fuck. Watch Maroon 5′s horror opus up top. More »

Ariana Grande Dropped By A NYC Gay Club After Her ‘Saturday Night Live’ Performance: 4 Pics

Ariana Grande had a busy weekend. After wowing viewers with a duo of elaborate performances (she rocked cat ears and dragged out The Weeknd) on Saturday Night Live, the pint-sized diva headed straight to BPM nightclub to perform a set for gay fans. She even switched up her wardrobe — opting for an all white ensemble. (She kept the cat ears, however).

The 21-year-old belted out current single “Break Free” as well as a solo rendition of Jessie J and Nicki Minaj collaboration “Bang Bang”. The My Everything hitmaker is in full damage control mode at the moment after generating a wave of bad publicity with her alleged diva demands that involve having no photos taken from the right. See a selection of snaps from the gay nightclub adventure after the jump. More »

Jessie J Strips It Right Back For Pretty ‘Sweet Talker’ Ballad “Personal”: Listen

Just when you thought Jessie J‘s Sweet Talker LP was going to be a party-startin’ collection of urban club-bangers like “Bang Bang” and 2 Chainz-assisted “Burnin’ Up”, the comeback queen delivers a pretty stripped-back ballad called “Personal”. Co-written by rising R&B diva Elle Varner, the mid-tempo gem is a return to the more mellow terrain of Who You Are and Alive.

After coasting through the verses accompanied only by simple guitar and finger snaps, the Brit can’t resist unleashing her powerful pipes in the chorus. “Ain’t got a shot glass in my fist to spill it away all my business, telling these strangers about you,” she sings. “I’m getting too personal, I’m getting too personal with you.” This is a much better fit for Jessie’s voice and personality than her previous singles. Listen after the jump. More »

Royksopp Announce Final Album, Offer Up “Monument (The End Version)” Video With Robyn: Watch

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Last month Royksopp and Robyn premiered their cerebral music video for Do It Again EP track “Monument.” It seems there was a bit more, visually, the three artists wanted to put out there, as they’ve now served up a second clip for the song (in remixed form), called “The End Version.” This all comes on the heels of Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp announcing that their upcoming LP The Inevitable End (out November 11) will be their last.

“We feel like this is a goodbye to the traditional album format,” the pair explained in a press release. “In our consecutive run of albums, we have been able to say what we want to say and do what we want to do with the LP. We’re not going to stop making music, but the album format as such, this is the last thing from us.” More »

Jessie J On ‘Alan Carr: Chatty Man’: Watch Alan’s Hilarious Wardrobe Malfunction While Dancing To “Bang Bang”

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If you thought the highlight of Jessie J‘s appearance on UK talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man was going to be her discussing nude photos, better watch the above clip. The British songbird, whose “Bang Bang” just topped the UK chart this week, debunked the rumor that she’s leaving London to live in America, and talked about the fact that she has “no tits and a bony chest” on the program.

But the real highlight was when Jessie attempted to teach Alan and his audience the “Bang Bang” dance routine. Carr surprised the singer with his Nicki Minaj-esque inflatable butt, only to later bend over while dancing and realize that he’d suffered a slight wardrobe malfunction. More »