Future Islands’ Breakthrough Hit “Seasons (Waiting On You)” Gets Remixed By Jazz Trio BADBADNOTGOOD

Future Islands made the leap from indie-darlings to festival headliners in 2014 thanks to the synth-pop gem “Seasons (Waiting On You)” and one hell of a performance on the Late Show With David Letterman. (The fact that their fourth LP Singles is pretty much perfect also helped). The band is celebrating their banner by releasing a staggeringly good jazz remix (!) by avant garde trio BADBADNOTGOOD. And they are even giving it away for free.

“We all love the original version of the song, and we were honored to have the opportunity to try and remix it,” BADBADNOTGOOD bass play Chester Hansen says. “We heard Sam’s isolated singing and realized how soulful and emotive it was and seemed to sound the best was re-harmonizing the chords and taking it in a soul direction.” The process? “We came up with a slow groove for the verse that let the vocals breathe, and played the chorus double time to make it more powerful. After we laid down the rhythm track, we overdubbed guitar, keys and a bunch of other parts to fill it out. Take a listen after the jump. More »

Mia Martina Teases Stills From Her “HFH” (Or “Heart Fucking Hurts”) Video: Idolator Exclusive

After building a loyal cult following with club hits “Heartbreaker”, “La La” and the Dev-assisted “Danse”, Canadian dance diva Mia Martina has signed with Ultra Records and is gearing up to release “HFH” (or “Heart Fucking Hurts”) as her debut US single. The expletive-filled break-up anthem represents a change of direction for the 29-year-old with its raw and emotional lyrics.

“When creating ‘HFH’, I wanted to capture exactly how you feel when someone you love hurts you,” Mia tells Idolator. “I think sometimes​ it is really hard to express those emotions verbally, so I wanted to create a song that everyone could relate to at some point in their life. That’s why I decided to release this song first in the U.S. — it expresses a feeling that many people have experienced and I want my fans to feel relatable to me and also get to know me on a personal level.”

The club queen kindly shared some pics from the set of the “HFH” video shoot and it looks very promising. Mia looks incredible, there are mask-clad cellists and a room plastered with graffiti. Check out our exclusive stills after the jump and get acquainted with the fiery gem. More »

Shayne Ward Offers Up Cover Art & New Release Date For Fourth Album ‘Closer’

Shayne Ward Working With Mike Stock
Shayne Ward Working With Mike Stock
The onetime 'X Factor' winner has teamed up with a legendary pop producer.

When we last checked in on Mancunian singer Shayne Ward, he was recording his fourth album with producer Mike Stock (of the legendary Stock Aitken Waterman pop production team) and funding the album through Pledge Music. Two months later, Shayne has reached 124% of his goal for the LP, so roll on February! Er, actually, make that April.

In a new update posted on Pledge Music today, Ward revealed the above cover art and title for the album, Closer. He also noted that the LP’s release date has been pushed back two months, to April 13, 2015, due to his involvement in a UK musical adaptation of War Of The Worlds. (Incidentally, Shayne will co-star in War Of The World alongside another artist who worked with Mike Stock: Jason Donovan.)

Catch Shayne’s full update on upcoming album Closer below. More »

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Perform “Cheek To Cheek” On ‘The View’: Watch

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Perform On 'The View'
A Jazzy Pair
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's H&M Commercial
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's H&M Commercial
Watch the two musicians get glam & jazzy in this 'Magical Holidays' commercial!

Lady Gaga recently wrapped up her extensive ArtRave tour, and upon her return to New York City she joined her old pal Tony Bennett on The View! The loving jazz duo performed “Cheek To Cheek” on the talk show today (November 25), with a ton of sparkling energy.

Afterwards, the two sat down with the hosts to discuss how they first met and their working relationship together. Gaga and Bennett are planning to perform even more shows in 2015, including a post-Grammys gig on February 8.

Watch the performance up top, and catch their interview after the jump! More »

One Direction Nab Second-Biggest Album Opening Of 2014 With ‘Four’

One Direction have narrowly edged Coldplay out of the runner-up spot, as far as biggest album openings of the year go. We all know that Taylor Swift is tops in 2014 with 1989 , which debuted earlier this month with 1.287 copies sold out of the gate. That left Coldplay in second place, after Ghost Stories opened with 383,000 in May. But 1D have crashed into the top spot on the Billboard 200 after selling 387,000 copies of Four last week.

That’s impressive by 2014 standards, but it’s a far cry from the 546,000 One Direction’s previous LP, Midnight Memories, started with last December. Still, the boy band now have the distinction of being the only group to have their first four albums debut at #1. Another noteworthy item: Four will be the final chart-topping album on the Billboard 200 based soley on sales. Starting next week, streams will also factor into the chart. More »

Coldplay Share Fun Interactive Video For “Ink”: Watch The Animated Clip

'Ghost Stories Live 2014' Concert Film & Live Album
'Ghost Stories Live 2014' Concert Film & Live Album
Coldplay's latest musical project is now available!

Coldplay gave fans a special treat with their new interactive video for “Ink” — the fourth single off their Ghost Stories LP! The visual finds a man searching around the world for his long lost love, with the viewer being able to choose what happens in his adventure!

Along with the video, Coldplay released their live album and concert film on November 24 — titled Ghost Stories Live 2014. Ghost Stories, the band’s sixth album, was released in May and feature tracks like“Magic,” “Always In My Head,” “A Sky Full Of Stars” and “True Love.” More »

Sky Ferreira Closes Out The ‘Night Time, My Time’ Era, Debuts New Song “Guardian” And Plans Ahead For 2015

Well, it’s the end of an era: Sky Ferreira is officially putting her critically acclaimed debut album, Night Time, My Time (our Best Album of ’13!), to bed.

The “Everything Is Embarrassing” singer-songwriter tied together the remaining strings of her campaign, which gave us everything from “You’re Not The One” to an opening set on Miley‘s Bangerz Tour to “I Blame Myself”, with a handful of live shows on the West Coast over the past few days. In a post on Instagram yesterday, Sky reflected on her 2 year stretch of touring and provided some insight into what’s coming next.

Find out what she had to say after the jump. More »

Lorde Performs “Yellow Flicker Beat” On ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’: Watch

Dark Pop Princess
American Music Awards 2014: The Performances
American Music Awards 2014: The Performances
Watch Lorde, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez & more take the stage!

Lorde stopped by The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last night (November 25) to perform her stomping tune, “Yellow Flicker Beat.” The dark-pop princess commanded the stage (similar to her AMAs performance) as she passionately sung the Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack cut.

Along with her performance, the singer sat down with the talk show host to chat about her BFF Taylor Swift (who she jokingly managed for a night) and the origin of her stage name. “Well I kind of wanted something that was aristocratic and fancy,” she said about the Lorde moniker. “So I found the name ‘Lord,’ and I wanted to feminize it.”

Watch Lorde perform up top, and catch her interviews after the jump! More »

Austin Mahone And Camila Cabello Respond To Break Up Rumors: Read The Tweets

5H Debut "Sledgehammer" Video
5H Debut "Sledgehammer" Video
Well, we've officially been slaydgehammered! Watch the video.

Fifth Harmony might be killin’ it right now with their new single “Sledgehammer,” but there’s a bit of personal drama happening behind the scenes with Camila Cabello.

Earlier in the week, pop cutie Austin Mahone confirmed that he and the 5H starlet had indeed called it quits. Only problem? The damn tabloids, of course! In an alleged exclusive, a “source” told HollywoodLife that Camila went public with her relationship with Austin too soon, which he felt was a business maneuver: “She wanted to tell people and he wanted to keep it low key. When she revealed that they were dating, he accused her of using it to sell albums and she was hurt by that and they both decided to break up.” Austin, however, is calling BS on the story.

Yesterday, the “What About Love” crooner responded to the gossip site directly on Twitter. “That’s the most ridiculous reason I’ve ever heard… Nothing like that even happened at all. Idk what source u guys talking 2,” he fired off. And it seems Camila was equally miffed by the accusation. So much so, that she’s decided to cool off on social media for a minute: “guys guys. nobody is the bad guy here and nobody deserves any hate. lots of love goodnight. with that said, im taking a little break from twitter for a couple days. i love you all so much,” she explained. It’s nice to see these two acting so cordial! (Jordin Sparks isn’t exactly dealing with her break-up the same way.) More »

Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett Get Glam And Jazzy In ‘H&M Magical Holidays’ Commercial: Watch

Holidays With Gaga And Tony
Gaga & Tony's "It Don't Mean A Thing" Video
Gaga & Tony's "It Don't Mean A Thing" Video
Another promotional video from Tony and Gaga's chart-topping Cheek To Cheek!

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett love nothing more than dancing Cheek To Cheek — and their tireless #CheekToCheekPromo certainly isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

In a new Johan Renck-directed advertisement for their H&M holiday campaign, the two superstar duet partners have teamed up yet again to give us all their jazzy glamour with a truly chic holiday soiree. The clip, filled with devastating attractive partygoers, sees the two doing what they do best — entertaining the crowd! — while performing “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” off of their jazz standards LP. As per usual, Gaga’s giving us lots of look in her massive Cher wig and Mr. Bennett is looking dapper in a suit as the two slow dance, croon and flirt the night away. We certainly wouldn’t mind being invited to the next one.

Watch Gaga and Tony’s clip up top, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »