Kiesza jetted from New York to Los Angeles for a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she took her MTV VMAs-nominated single “Hideaway” to the streets of Hollywood. Like her recent appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman, the Canadian singer spent part of the time outside, while dancing down the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and belting out the song — only this time there were plenty of locals on hand for her to interact with (including a very enthusiastic Chewbacca).
The ’90s house revivalist followed that spectacle up with her first live TV performance of “Giant In My Heart,” another cut off her Hideaway EP. Watch Kiesza do Kimmel above and below. More »
:: While there was slight speculation that British songstress La Roux got booted off BBC Radio 1’s playlist because she was “too old,” a spokesperson from the station said otherwise, noting that song selections are based only on musical merit and considered on a “case-by-case basis.” [NME]
:: In lieu of his upcoming single “Sling Shot,” New York rapper DMX went on a Sling Shot ride in Orlando, where he proceeded to scream his head off. Leave it to TMZ to catch the entire thing. [Vulture]
:: R&B legend R. Kelly has been dropped from the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio after many complaints about his former sexual-predator allegations. I guess the past really did catch up to you, Kellz. [Hollywood Reporter]
:: After tweeting “#FreePalestine” to his 13 million followers, One Direction’s Zayn Malik recieved death threats from a number of fans in Israel. [Billboard]
:: Andrew Lloyd Webber confirms that he is suing Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark producer, Michael Cohl, for suddenly canceling the summer North American tour of legendary musical Jesus Christ Superstar. [Deadline]
:: Let us explore the wonders of Photoshop as Nicki Minaj’s untainted “Anaconda” cover-art is officially on the loose. [Media Take Out]
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Brace yourself for another intergenerational duet on Madonna‘s new album. The pop legend shared lyrics on her Instagram account last night (July 28) and tagged Miley Cyrus (and “Wrecking Ball” songwriter MoZella). That’s a pretty strong hint that they’re working together but the twerkin’ 21-year-old basically confirmed it by replying to the post with a cheeky selfie.
The unlikely duo joined forces for Miley’s MTV Unplugged special earlier this year, so it’s not that surprising that they would work together again. Particularly given Madonna’s penchant for collaborating with much younger artists to remain relevant. (In her defense, everyone in the game is much younger at this stage). See the Queen of pop’s lyrics and her potential duet partner’s reply after the jump. More »
Iggy Azalea has another runaway hit on her hands with “Black Widow”. The Rita Ora-assisted anthem is already top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 without a video (or a single TV performance) and just broke into the iTunes top 20. At this rate, it’s only a matter of time before The New Classic spawns its second summer smash. Take that, haters!
Helping the song snatch wigs and kill careers is a new house overhaul from Justin Prime. While “Fancy” failed to deliver any memorable club remixes, the Dutch DJ does an admirable job of turning the hook-heavy hip-hop anthem into a booming floorfiller. He ups the BPM during chorus and lets Iggy do her thing over a massive drop. Listen after the jump. More »
Jasmine V is all grown up! The former teen queen, who came to fame as Justin Bieber‘s love interest in “Baby” before dropping surprisingly fierce singles like the still great “Werk”, has joined forces with Kendrick Lamar on sexy R&B club banger “That’s Me Right There”. It’s the first taste of her long-awaited debut EP (due on Interscope Records later this year).
“That’s Me Right There” is definitely a new direction for the 20-year-old. I enjoyed the dance-pop of recent — buzz? — singles like 2013′s underrated “Paint A Smile” but this knocks and the inclusion of Kendrick will expose the budding diva to a whole new audience. “That’s me right there, yeah that’s my man!” Jasmine schools the club over chunky beats. Listen to the catchy banger after the jump. More »
Releasing her stunning, ever-so-slightly danceable track “Beggin For Thread” last week, LA songstress BANKS — real name Jillian Banks — just premiered the haunting video, which veers in an almost spooky, Corpse Bride-esque direction.
Unlike her previous hypnotic clip for “Drowning,” ”Beggin For Thread” is filmed completely in black and white. BANKS surrounds herself with a gaggle of gorgeous dancers, whose bodies all seem to have been carved by Michelangelo himself, as they contort in unfathomable positions and almost try to suffocate her. BANKS remains flawless, however, even when she seemingly impersonates a sort of freaky zombie bride by the end of the clip. Oh, and as if it wasn’t ethereal enough, random glimpses of a majestic white stallion flash throughout, making the visual all the more mesmerizing to watch. More »