Huzzah! The return of Leona Lewis is nearly upon us.
It’s been a minute or two since we last heard from the incredibly talented X Factor UK alum. In fact, the last time we did hear from the “Bleeding Love” songbird, she was penning an emotional letter to fans regarding her departure from her record label, Syco, back in September. (Don’t worry: She inked a new deal with Island Records back in June.) And luckily, things seem to be back on track in a big way.
In a new teaser video posted on her social channels earlier today, Leona is seen belting out and playing a piano next to a drummer in what sounds like a powerful, stirring new tune. “I got fire under my feet and I feel it in my heartbeat,” she sings on the uptempo track, resembling a storming offering from Adele‘s 21. “Getting ready for 2015…” she simply wrote alongside the tease of new music. In addition to the tease, Leona also tweeted about working on a “natural and organic” new LP back in October, and this preview certainly seems to be proof of that.
Watch Leona’s 2015 teaser after the jump, and let us know what you think about her current direction after the jump. More »
In the new promo clip for Saturday Night Live, Amy Adams seems to have quite a thing for One Direction! The Big Eyes actress tries to seduce the British/Irish lads, but hilariously doesn’t succeed! Adams has many attempts — jumping into the guys’ arms, blackmailing them into kissing her underneath mistletoe. But, the boy band is not having any of it!
Catch One Direction’s appearance on SNL tomorrow (December 20) at 11:30 p.m. EST! Their latest LP FOUR (released on November 17) features tracks like “18,” “Ready To Run,” “Night Changes” and “Steal My Girl.” The band also plan to embark on a North American and European stadium tour in 2015, beginning on June 10 in Vienna, Austria. More »
Good morning…and surprise!
Two years after his last studio album, Kaleidoscope Dream — with features on tracks for the likes of Mariah Carey (“#Beautiful”), Janelle Monae (“PrimeTime”) and the Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack and Jessie Ware‘s Tough Love in between — Miguel her returned with a surprise 3-track EP today, released for free on the singer’s Soundcloud. It’s an early Christmas miracle!
The new set of songs, which includes new tracks “Coffee,” “Hollywood Dreams” and “NWA (feat. Kurupt),” potentially signal the talented crooner’s current direction, alternating in a sweet-sounding fusion of R&B, hip-hop, electronica and sexy soul. To his end, Miguel has acknowledged the new music by posting the accompanying album art in a series of posts on Instagram.
Have a listen to the varied set of new tunes after the jump, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Rihanna surprised her French navy yesterday (December 17), when she DM’ed her most loyal fans in Paris to meet up with her in the city’s Trocadero area! The singer called it the “#R8 Experience,” but didn’t disclose what the actual meet-up was for. There were photographers, paparazzi and video cameras on hand, so we hope that the footage will be promo for her upcoming album! [Rihanna Daily]
:: More details of Bobby Shmurda‘s case are here. During yesterday’s press conference in NYC, the Brooklyn rapper pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $2 million bail. [ABC]
:: Congratulations to Ashlee Simpson, who is expecting a baby with new husband Evan Ross! This marks the second child for the former singer, who has a son from a previous relationship with Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz. [Just Jared]
:: During events surrounding next year’s Grammys, George Harrison and The Beegees will receive Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, among other musicians. The private ceremony will take place on February 7, just one day before music’s big night! [Rolling Stone]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today below. More »
This year started off with the last #1 song of 2013 on the Billboard Hot 100 — Eminem and Rihanna‘s “The Monster” — carrying over as the first #1 song of 2014. Other past chart-topping artists racked up more #1s this year, including Kesha, Pitbull, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, while new acts like MAGIC! and Meghan Trainor shot straight to the top with their debut singles.
And then there was “Fancy,” which brought an Aussie rapstress together with a British hit-maker for an inescapable pop jam that ruled the airwaves all spring- and summer-long and wound up with several big Grammy nominations by year’s end. More »
As part of the promotional run for her new LP The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj stopped by Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live to chat with host Andy Cohen! The rapper was full of energy on the late night show, where she opted to plead the fifth when Cohen asked, “Who has the biggest dick in the music industry?” She also discussed her experience working with Beyonce on the new record and even took a shot with Real Housewives Of Atlanta‘s Phaedra Parks!
Along with her appearance on Bravo, Minaj also guested at NYC’s Hot 97 radio station where they hosted a special VIP lounge event. The night was supposed to be a sit-down interview with DJ Ebro, but the rapper took it upon herself to hop on the couch and give the audience some eye-opening twerk action — “Anaconda”-style. It’s quite mesmerizing!
Watch the interviews and Minaj’s ***Flawless twerking after the jump! More »
BREAKING: Justin Bieber, singer of songs, has taken off his shirt. Stars…they’re just like us!
The “Home To Mama” singer, who is often known to misplace his clothing, has just removed his shirt again, this time for a selfie, which was just posted today on his photo sharing service, Shots.
2014′s Most Popular Act On Twitter is up to big things at the moment, having recently bleached his hair. At the same time, the Biebs is also putting in work at the recording studio for a joint album with Cody Simpson. But most of all, he is shirtless, documenting the experience of shirtlessness for the world to see. More »
Iggy Azalea joins DJ/producer Skrillex as one of the headline acts at Billboard’s inaugural Winterfest. The live extravaganza will be held at Park City, Utah’s leading music venue, Park City Live, during the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Running from January 22 to January 31, the event already boasts the attendance of violinist Lindsey Stirling, rockers Portugal. The Man, Aussie dance duo Knife Party and Swedish DJ Alesso. Expect more acts will be added shortly.
In addition to headlining Winterfest, the rap diva also recently announced her first arena tour (Iggy’s sharing the stage with fellow rising stars Nick Jonas and Tinshe), revealed that she has already started work on album number two and confirmed her feature on Britney Spears‘ new single. When you throw in those Grammy nominations and rumored Selena Gomez collab, the “Beg For It” hitmaker already has early 2015 on lock. More »
In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Nicki Minaj has selected Beyonce-featuring jam “Feelin’ Myself” as the next single from The Pinkprint. “Radio has really gravitated to their own songs, like I’m guessing ‘Feelin’ Myself’ is the next urban song,” the rap diva told Hot 97. “They picked it on their own.” It’s an absolute no-brainer given the success of their previous collaboration, “***Flawless,” on urban radio and the song’s popularity on iTunes.
In fact, “Feelin’ Myself” is currently best-selling track from The Pinkprint — even ahead of the femcee’s official new single “Only.” (You know, the one with the racist Nazi lyric video?) Speaking of that banger, Nicki was asked which of those collaborators — Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown — she would like to fuck, marry and kill. Onika played it cute and let the listeners decide, but wasn’t particularly vocal when the crowd voted for Breezy’s death! Listen to the interview after the jump. More »
It’s been an interesting year for Lana Del Rey. She delivered a triumphant sophomore set (Ultraviolence was my favorite album of 2014), but its campaign was overshadowed by, you know, those quotes about wanting to be dead. The album was also snubbed by the Grammys and failed to produce any radio hits, which was to be expected given its the comparatively gritty content. On the bright side, she did get a nomination for her Big Eyes soundtrack song.
While 2014 was something of a roller coaster ride commercially, Lana remained the muse of fashion photographers and delivered a string of memorable photo shoots and magazine covers. The latest addition to her ever-expanding modeling portfolio is a chic spread in French Grazia magazine. She looks extremely stylish and modern, coming across like a gorgeous mix of Angelina Jolie and Brigitte Bardot. Peruse the pics up top. More »