Calvin Harris, hitmaking dance producer, and John Newman, rising soul singer, have released yet another snippet of their collaboration “Blame” (available September 7).
While last month’s preview seemed to reveal the song’s intro, the new clip picks up right where that left off, with Newman’s distinctive vocals heard over a spare synth melody and chords kicking in to up the ante.
For Harris, “Blame” is the follow-up to his recent Top 10 hit “Summer,” while, the song arrives after Newman’s BRIT Awards-nominated hit “Love Me Again” and his collaborations with Rudimental (“Feel the Love” and “Not Giving In”).
The “Blame” video, directed by Emil Nava (Harris’ “Summer,” Jessie J‘s “Price Tag,” Ed Sheeran‘s “Lego House”) is set to premiere later this week (on September 4). For now, hear the third teaser of Harris’ and Newman’s “Blame” after the jump. More »
Taylor Swift may be joining The Voice as an advisor. “She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor,” an unnamed source said to Us Weekly. Neither NBC nor Swift herself have confirmed the news.
Previously announced Voice guest mentors include Stevie Nicks, Little Big Town, Alicia Keys and Gavin Rossdale, who will be working with veteran coaches Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton, plus newcomers Pharrell and Gwen Stefani, respectively. More »
A representative for Ariana Grande has denied the authenticity of leaked nude photos that are said to be of the singer, following of a major hack involving several celebrities that occurred August 31. “The photos are completely fake,” Grande’s rep stated to BuzzFeed.
Grande was among more than 100 celebrities targeted in the leak. Nude and risque photos purported to be of her, Jennifer Lawrence, Victoria Justice and Kate Upton initially surfaced August 31 on online bulletin board 4chan. After confirming that the photos of Lawrence are indeed real, reps for the Silver Linings Playbook actress say that her team has taken action: “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.” More »
Last month, Mary J. Blige headed to London to record new music. Now, The Guardian reports that the resulting album, The London Sessions (out November on Capitol), finds her inspired by and working closely with some of the U.K.’s brightest stars: Naughty Boy, Emeli Sande, Disclosure, Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes.
The list of collaborations so far is staggering: Smith wrote four songs total. He teamed with songwriter Napes (Smith’s “Stay With Me,” Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be”) for a doo-wop track called “Therapy.” Disclosure worked with Blige on a ’90s house song “Right Now,” to pick up where they left off in the inspired duet version of Settle‘s “F For You.” Naughty Boy, who’s overseeing The London Sessions, also wrote a song with Sande that evokes “early 00s U.K. garage” called “Pick Me Up.” More »
Hilary Duff has spent her summer staging a comeback, with initial plans to release a new album this fall. On August 29, though, she announced on Twitter that she is delaying the full-length’s release. “Guys hate to break this news but the album won’t be out in October,” Duff said. “You will have to wait a few more months. Love all the excitement tho.”
Duff had released two lead singles from her comeback album so far: “Chasing the Sun,” the breezy and innocent ode to summer co-written by Colbie Caillat; and “All About You,” a sassier and punchier pop anthem by hitmakers Savan Kotecha, Carl Falk and Kristian Lundin. Both songs helped to show the folkier bent that Duff had in mind for her return, following 2007′s underrated Dignity, while inspired by groups like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. More »
Maroon 5‘s new album, V, is now streaming ahead of its September 2 release date.
Initially, V appeared on paper to be a sequel to 2012′s Overexposed, Maroon 5′s almost shameless effort to recreate the magic behind its 2010 mega-hit “Moves Like Jagger.” For both albums, the band has worked with outside writers and nearly the exact same impressive roster of producers, including Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Shellback.
The sleek and streamlined V explodes twice: penultimate cut “Feelings,” a swaggering disco cut that should remind of frontman Adam Levine‘s Sexiest Man Alive title, and album closer “My Heart Is Open,” the sweeping, Sia-penned ballad with Gwen Stefani. With the exception of a few songs, like The Police-channeling lead single “Maps,” though, Maroon 5 isn’t trying nearly as hard for staggering radio dominance or to dazzle viewers of The Voice with how well the band evokes superstars of the past. More »