Jennifer Hudson, A Great Big World, Charice and Jessica Sanchez were just some of the stars who sang their hearts out at the Pinoy Relief Benefit on Tuesday night (March 11). With New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden as their stage, these artists, along with Penatonix and Plain White T’s, performed past hits as well as a few new songs to raise money for the Pinoy Relief, an initiative helping the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
A Great Big World kicked off the show with their hit “Say Something” (sans Christina Aguilera) and paid homage to New York with their ballad, “Already Home.” Meanwhile, Jessica Sanchez, who’s been working on her follow-up to 2013′s Me, You & the Music, opted for covers. Although she’s still in the early stages of album-making process, Sanchez revealed that she’s been steadily working on writing her songs for her sophomore LP.
“I never really wrote in my life,” she tells Idolator. “But I’m really just trying to put my whole self in this album and be completely from me and just share my story. But we’re working really hard and making sure that this is to the T — perfect.” More »
If I have one complaint about Kylie Minogue‘s otherwise flawless Kiss Me Once LP, it’s that the production is occasionally a little too polite. Sure, the synths will get you moving but you’re unlikely to break a sweat. That problem is rectified in fine style on fast and furious bonus track “Mr. President”.
Produced by Australian DJ Tommy Trash, the hardest cut on Kylie’s 12th album is an unapologetic electro-house monster that veers toward the increasingly popular Melbourne Sound. “Hey Mr. President, I’ll be your Marilyn and I’ll never leave ya!” coos the ageless diva over chunky synths and a brutal bass line. Listen to the unexpected gem after the jump. More »
Snoop Dogg is in Austin this week to take part in, and take in, the SXSW festivities, and in between all the events he’s chilling in a pop-up home he designed in a partnership with Airbnb. We stopped by the Dogg house and chatted with the legend for a couple minutes, discussing Rick Ross, who recently said Mastermind was inspired by Snoop’s records like Doggystyle, as well his excitement about the new wave of West Coast rap, led by Kendrick Lamar.
“That’s awesome to hear,” he said of inspiring the Bawse. “That’s what I made it for, to make people feel good.” Snoop, in turn, says he’s inspired by the new school of Cali hip-hop, which keeps him motivated.
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Shakira‘s “Dare (La La La)” has quite a history. The Afrojack-produced dance anthem was pegged as the lead single from the diva’s upcoming self-titled LP, but ultimately shelved in favor of Rihanna duet “Can’t Remember To Forget You” — despite a video being filmed in Portugal. The track is still included on the album, however.
The catchy club banger now resurfaces in a disarmingly glamorous Activia commercial. Multiple Shakiras represent dancing gut flora — it’s promoting probiotic yoghurt, after all! — while the chant-heavy song plays in the background. “Dare (La La La)” certainly sounds more commercial than Shak’s RiRi collab and new single “Empire”. Perhaps the Colombian beauty could release it next? Watch up top. More »
Sky Ferreira‘s “You’re Not The One” was one of the sharpest pop tracks of 2013, thanks to the acerbic lyrics and crisp guitars. But Austrian producer Cid Rim has pared away the pop-rock bite on this official remix, turning the song into a jittery bit of electronica. Sky’s vocals are pitched up and cut up for the chorus here, and the verses get a brittle, handclap-assisted beat underneath them. It’s a wholesale makeover, making for an intriguing listen.
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The video for “Turn Down For What,” DJ Snake trappy collab with crunk king Lil Jon, takes things to a whole new level of WTFness not quite seen before. In it, some dude’s invincible crotch causes him to crash through the roof of an apartment building and into some woman’s house. She freaks the eff out and throws a plant at his man junk and tries to beat it with a baseball bat, only to have her own booty star popping uncontrollably after it takes on the same Herculean powers.
These two then fall through the floor into the next apartment, and more chaos ensues. There’s rabid television humping, some mom’s massive, bouncing boobs and a trashy party to end all parties. But you know what? That original guy’s d*** keeps gyrating, even after everyone else is passed out. Solid. More »