Doesn’t Miley Cyrus have an album to promote? I know she’s touring but what happened to that rumored fourth single from Bangerz? It would be nice to look at a new video or TV performance instead of her increasingly creepy Instagram feed. Which is basically a repository for photos of the 21-year-old’s chewed-up fingernails and bad tattoos.
On the bright side, the “Adore You” diva did put in some work this morning (July 29) by posting a bunch of grainy bedroom selfies. Miley does the usual stuff — poke her tongue out and canoodle with her dog — but also shows a bit of boob because, you know, self-expression and stuff like that. See the pop star’s impromptu photo shoot after the jump. More »
While her plastic bag-filled visual for “Little White Lies” remains floating in our brains, UK indie-pop darling Florrie just threw a curveball, covering Kiesza‘s “Giant In My Heart” in a brand new acoustic session. Worlds collide!
The stripped down cover of the fast-rising dance diva’s Hideaway EP jam turns the bouncy House anthem into a truly gorgeous, gentle guitar-led production — that is, before she starts riffing loudly against a lively guitar strum. The cover showcases not only Florrie’s more than capable chops, but her ability to really kill it as a guitarist. (If you’ll recall, she’s also a master drummer!) Talent all over the place. Now then, can we arrange for some sort of fun electro-House duet between the two?
Check out Florrie crooning Kiesza up top, and let us know what you think of the arrangement in the comments below. More »
While “Maps” continues to climb the Billboard Hot 100, Maroon 5 has unveiled another taste of their appropriately-titled fifth LP V (due September 2). And it’s not the genetically engineered for radio, pop/rock by numbers anthem we’ve come to expect from the band. Instead, they mix it up by experimenting with synths and the result is well worth a listen.
Produced by The Monsters and The Strangerz, “It Was Always You” begins ominously with jittery synths before Adam Levine sings about taking the leap from friends to lovers. “My whole life we never crossed the line, only friends in my mind,” the Begin Again actor admits. “But now I realize, it was always you.” It’s a fresh sound for the veteran rockers but still unmistakably Maroon 5. Listen after the jump. More »
In June, Ella Henderson threw her home country of the UK for a loop by releasing her stomping, soulful power-pop single “Ghost.” Co-written and co-produced by Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella — part of the team behind Maroon 5‘s current hit “Maps,” as well as “Counting Stars” by Tedder’s band OneRepublic — the song shot straight to the top of the British chart and stayed there for several weeks, thus turning Henderson into one of 2014′s breakout stars.
Of course, Ella had already gained some notice in England after winding up in sixth place on the 2012 season of The X Factor UK (AKA the season that James Arthur won — yeah, we had to look him up, too). More »
Ariana Grande is everywhere at the moment. The pint-sized diva has radio programmers frothing at the mouth with “Break Free”, just conquered iTunes with her feature on “Bang Bang” and now finds herself on the cover of Seventeen magazine looking like the rich girl-next-door with a very expensive wardrobe and killer collection of headbands.
The 21-year-old talks about overcoming her insecurities if the headline is any indication, so get ready for some serious self-help advice. Ariana also shows off her flawless selfie game in the accompanying photo shoot — teaming the perfect pout with some of the cutest cell phone cases on the market. Peruse the pop star’s shenanigans for Seventeen up top. More »
In light of the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blockbuster flick, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign and Juicy J have teamed up as a power rap trio for soundtrack banger, “Shell Shocked.” Produced by Madsonik and Kill The Noise, the menacing track serves up a hard-hitting trap beat for the hip-hop all-star’s killer verses.
“[Paramount] heard about how big of a fan I was of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their whole legacy. I actually have Donatello tattooed on my leg, so when they asked me to do it, just being a fan and being a musician, it made sense,” Wiz revealed in a press release. “In my generation, I think everyone who listens to me loves the Turtles as much as I do, so it just made sense.”
So, without further ado, prepare to raise some shell!
Watch the video up top, and let us know what you think in the comment section below. More »