Ke$ha‘s much-discussed rock album with The Flaming Lips (otherwise known as Lip$ha) never eventuated but fans can still hear the kooky collaborators on ”Elizabeth My Dear”. The meandering anthem, which also features New Fumes, is taken from the band’s track-for-track cover of The Stone Roses debut LP — a project they released on limited edition vinyl to support Record Store Day.
Much like Lady Dolla’s Heady Fwends collab with The Flaming Lips, “Elizabeth My Day” is a sprawling sonic adventure that takes the diva in a completely different direction from current iTunes chart-topper “Timber”. She sings softly over acoustic guitar and waves of feedback before groaning and howling like a woman possessed. Listen to the multi-faced pop warrior after the jump. More »
Everybody sitting down for this one? Good. In an interview with Hits Daily Double, Columbia Records chairman Rob Stringer (who has Adele and One Direction on his roster, so trust that he is a lot richer than you!) says that Beyonce will indeed release her new album next year. When, exactly? “At some point,” he says.
Here’s the full quote: “Then we’ve got Pharrell and Solange, and obviously, at some point Beyonce will put a record out, and when she does it will be monumental,” Stringer said. More »
Selena Gomez had a particularly bad day when KIIS Jingle Ball 2013 rolled into Los Angeles on Friday night (December 6). The 21-year-old experienced audio issues and was overheard swearing. The performance also brought her vocal chops into question but she effortlessly bounced back with a lovely acoustic rendition of “Naturally” last night (December 8).
The 21-year-old was a changed woman at the Seattle show. For starters, that unflattering Louise Brooks wig was discarded — and hopefully incinerated — in favor of her own long locks and she delivered consummate performance. The highlight was an adorable stripped back version of 2010 hit “Naturally”, which showcased her sweet live vocals. Watch up top. More »
Lupe Fiasco is doing the not-particularly-surprising thing and serving it up old school-style in the video for his new single “Old School,” which sees him reflecting on how his hometown of Chicago has changed from, y’know, the good ol’ days. Featuring an almost blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance from vocal guest Ed Sheeran, the video mostly takes place against animated backgrounds in Chi-Town, making good use of intercut footage to paint a portrait of how the city has evolved.
It’s a sweet and nostalgic clip that fits the breezy vibe of the song. More »
On Glee, Lea Michele graduated from William McKinley High to NYADA, and from a character who series writers seemed to have run out of ideas for in Season 3 to one of three faces who now have viewers breathing a collective sigh of relief when they pop up in each episode (the other two being fellow Glee vets Chris Colfer and Naya Rivera).
So here we are prepping for 2014, which will hopefully boast far better creative output from the music sphere than 2013 did. Lea finds herself going for pop glory by throwing a cap into the mainstream ring with upcoming album Louder, the tracklist for which was revealed today. First single/album opener “Cannonball” was penned by Sia, something immediately evident in the minute-and-a-half preview of the song now available online. “I won’t hide inside, I gotta get out, gotta get out, gotta get out,” Michele sings in the lead-up to the chorus, with a vocal delivery reminiscent of Sia’s own unique phrasing acrobatics.
Give “Cannonball” a spin and catch the Louder tracklist below. More »
The internet has been buzzing about a potential Shakira/Rihanna duet since a vague report appeared in a Colombian gossip magazine last week. What seemed like flimsy proof at first has been bolstered by whispers that the “Hips Don’t Lie” diva is in Los Angeles filming a video with the Barbadian babe and even a Twitter slip from the new mom’s body double.
In a tweet that was subsequently removed — don’t worry, we got a screen grab! — Alexita Ortiz wrote: “Working on set with Shakira:) As her stand in for the new music video featuring Rihanna”. That was confirmed, to some extent, by a tweet from the Columbian goddess saying: “I Just finished the video for my first single with director Joseph Kahn!”
I guess we’ll have to wait until an official announcement but it’s a tantalizing prospect. Shakira’s duet with Beyonce was a worldwide smash and a collab with RiRi would, no doubt, find similar success. It would also been a strong start to a complicated album campaign that has suffered a string of setbacks and postponements since 2012. See the tweets after the jump. More »