Just when Madonna appears ready to release a new single, she reveals two more collaborators for her forthcoming 13th album: DJ Dahi, the producer behind Drake‘s “Worst Behavior,” and Blood Diamonds, a producer and frequent collaborator with Grimes.
While DJ Dahi is best known for collaborating with rappers, his tastes are broad. For example, he sampled electro-pop duo Beach House ‘s “Silver Soul” while producing Kendrick Lamar‘s “Money Trees,” off his 2012 debut good kid, m.A.A.d city. Most recently, DJ Dahi produced the title track of Lily Allen‘s Sheezus.
“A lot of the stuff I do is very rhythmic, but also melodic, and it allows people to have ideas. Melodic stuff allows them to get kind of spacey and try new ideas,” DJ Dahi has said.
Meanwhile, Blood Diamonds was a video game design student when he began toying with production. Soon after he shifted his focus to music, he met and started collaborating with Grimes, for songs like the title track of his 2012 EP Phone Sex. This year he collaborated with Grimes in “Go,” a song that was originally written for Rihanna and inspired a video partially inspired by Korn‘s “Freak on a Leash.”
See Madonna’s snapshot of DJ Dahi and Blood Diamonds (“Sex Boyzzzzzz,” in her words) below. More »
T.I. has revealed the tracklist for his ninth studio album Paperwork: The Motion Picture, out October 21.
While the Atlanta rapper has teased collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Busta Rhymes and B.o.B., none of those cameos will appear on the album. Instead, executive producer Pharrell appears on two songs, including the album’s title track. Jeezy and Rick Ross appear on one song each. T.I. has also teamed up with a few R&B stars: Usher, Chris Brown (on a song called “Private Show,” no less) and The-Dream.
So far, T.I. has built up anticipation for Paperwork with a few high-profile collaborations: Last spring he dropped “About the Money,” featuring Atlanta’s most compelling (and Nicki Minaj-approved) rap weirdo Young Thug. Later he released the feel-good, DJ Mustard-produced “No Mediocre,” featuring his Grand Hustle affiliate Iggy Azalea. Then T.I. added to the conversation surrounding the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown with “New National Anthem,” featuring Skylar Grey.
See the tracklist for T.I.’s Paperwork: The Motion Picture below. More »
Beyonce and Jay Z‘s latest HBO special aired on September 20, just a week after it was taped during their final joint tour dates in Paris.
By now, the public already knows what to expect of Beyonce and Jay Z On the Run: How Beyonce essentially brought a routine that she perfected during her preceding Mrs.Carter Show World Tour, only now with her husband as the world’s most expensive hype man. How tweaked versions of lyrics addressed and sparked rumors of infidelity and pregnancy. How this tour’s premise was of these two stars imagining themselves as American outlaws – a blockbuster event more anticipated than any million-dollar film adaptation that Hollywood offered this summer.
But the larger point of watching On the Run isn’t to reckon with a new plot twist.
It’s to be dazzled by how expertly produced it all is: Their gritty fantasy played out on the venue’s large screens. That barre routine during “Naughty Girl.” Words from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s TED speech, flashing on the screen to cheers. Onikuhhhhhhhhhh. When Jay Z wraps his arms around Beyonce, right when she sings “Surfing all on this good good.” The hazier footage of the couple vacationing on yachts, then playing with Blue Ivy Carter – Beyonce’s expertly curated Tumblr come to life.
Watch highlights from Beyonce and Jay Z On the Run below. More »
So far, Lil Wayne and Drake has drawn attention to the competitive aspect of its ongoing tour. The Capcom-sponsored Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour, launched August 9, has fans voting on who performs first and ultimately “wins” each stop. Lil Wayne won opening night, although he hasn’t fared well in Texas so far.
Meanwhile, Lil Wayne’s new “Grindin’” video focuses on how much fun they and the crowd have each night. The DJ Scoob Doo-directed clip, albeit with choppy and amateurish editing, alternates between live footage of Lil Wayne and Drake on stage, close-ups of women in the crowd and the rare moment when the Young Money headliners can unwind – share a smoke, down some shots, whatever. More »
Usher closed out this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival by bringing out a surprise guest: Chris Brown. “He’s a friend, he’s a brother, he’s a passionate artist and I have the fortunate opportunity to have shared a song with him this year,” Usher said, before the younger R&B star joined him on stage.
The two of them performed “New Flame,” Brown’s current single off his new album X. (The album, also featuring “Loyal” and “X,” is predicted to debut second only to Barbra Streisand‘s tenth album Partners next week.) Their singing led to a dance-off, which led to Usher slipping off his high-tops and lighting them on fire – after all, neither of them had the flaming ‘X’ from the “New Flame” video handy.
Watch Usher and Chris Brown do “New Flame” below. More »
Nicki Minaj was full of surprises at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. After performing certified chart hits like “Super Bass,” she segued into her fiery verse in Beyonce‘s “***Flawless” remix – only to run into technical difficulties, as her backing music cut off and then on again. “iHeartRadio, do we have a problem?” she said, before she took matters into her own hands by performing her verse a cappella.
Later, Minaj pulled off a stunt that she actually planned for the music festival. When Jessie J‘s “Bang Bang” started playing, Ariana Grande joined her on stage to sing those high notes and dance during Minaj’s own assertive verses. Unlike their MTV Video Music Awards performance, where Minaj suffered a wardrobe malfunction, this live rendition of “Bang Bang” couldn’t gone smoother.
Watch those highlights from Nicki Minaj’s iHeartRadio performance below. More »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers! You ready to shake your booty for the weekend?
‘Twas yet another exciting week in pop, as Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea twerked their way through the rump-tastic “Booty” video. Also, Miley Cyrus just got spanked — with a potential lawsuit, that is! And before all the butt stuff, two major ’00′s solo pop queen comebacks are reportedly in the works: Gwen Stefani and Fergie! In fact, we’ve already got a snippet of Fergie Ferg’s new single! Are you guys exited about their return?
Over at Idolator, we had a chat in our studio with Ferras, as well as a sit-down with Sound Of A Woman songstress, Kiesza. Watch out for those coming up soon! Also, have you checked out our 13 great overlooked pop albums yet?
As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out some of the week’s best comments below. More »
It’s not easy to make the leap from buzzed-about social media siren to legit pop star but Pia Mia takes another giant stride towards her end goal with “Fill Me In”. The 18-year-old, who came to fame covering hits on YouTube, has already released a bunch of cute urban-pop songs (“Red Love” and “Mr. President”) but her latest track displays a new level of maturity.
The Guam-born diva tackles Craig David‘s 2000 debut single “Fill Me In” — with a little help from Austin Mahone, no less — and she makes it her own with confident vocals and slick production courtesy of Nic Nac (the dude behind Chris Brown‘s “Loyal”). Pia’s debut LP is set to drop later this year via Interscope Records. Listen to her killer cover after the jump. More »
Given the quality of voice and knack for writing catchy pop songs, you can’t help but think Miriam Bryant is a couple of lucky breaks away from cracking America like fellow Swede Tove Lo. The 23-year-old came close a couple of times — Zedd collaboration “Push Play” was, at one point, going to be the follow up to “Clarity” — but she might have more luck with new single “Dragon”.
The first taste of the rising diva’s sophomore LP is a heady dose of Scandinavian electro-pop with a chorus that soars despite the confusing lyrics. (“I’ll be your dragon tonight” sounds more like a threat than a declaration of love!) Not that it matters. “Dragon” showcases the full range of Miriam’s powerful pipes and the song gets stuck in your head regardless of the Game Of Thrones-evoking subject matter. Listen after the jump. More »
If you’re going to put out a song about ass, you’d better be prepared to show a little. Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea, however, go above and beyond with their eye-popping “Booty” visual. The bottom-heavy babes spend most of the clip shaking their butts and groping each other in various states of undress, which makes it potentially the greatest lesbian soft porn extravaganza of all time.
To commemorate this magical achievement, I’ve lovingly — after considerable research and several replays — curated a gallery of the video’s sexiest moments. Who will ever forget when the rap diva smacks J.Lo’s butt or Jenny’s temperature-raising solo at the end? It’s like the finale of Flashdance only a million times hotter. Peruse the pics up top and rewatch the clip after the jump. More »