Clean Bandit Perform “Rather Be” On ‘Good Morning America’: Watch


When we interviewed Clean Bandit this past spring, we obviously had quite a crush on the UK band’s addictive pop-meets-house-meets-classical sound, but we had no idea how big their crossover hit “Rather Be” would become in America. Fast forward to September, a time when the quartet’s Jess Glynne-featuring single has been hovering just outside of the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks and they’ve been trekking across the States doing live shows in support of their debut LP New Eyes.

Neil, Grace and brothers Jack and Luke played at New York City’s Webster Hall on Tuesday evening, then followed that up with a performance of “Rather Be” (sans Jess Glynne, but with vocalist Elisabeth Troy in tow) on Good Morning America. More »

Pitbull Performs “Fireball” With The Rockettes On ‘America’s Got Talent’ Finale: Watch

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Pitbull's On Fire!


America’s Got Talent crowned a new winner during their live grand finale yesterday night at Radio City Music Hall. So, what better way to celebrate than by enlisting Mr. Worldwide and some of New York’s most talented dancing divas to bring the house down?

After an extended intro by the leggy dancers, international playboy Pitbull arrived on a smaller stage, setting the room ablaze with his latest party anthem, “Fireball.” The superstar shimmied down the aisle to the stage and ran all over the place (and around the judges!), bringing it down and taking it back up again with the girls. Who knows? If this whole pop star thing doesn’t work out, he’s always got a shot strutting his stuff with The Rockettes.

Check out Pitbull’s finale performance of “Fireball” up top, and let us know what you thought in the comments below. More »

Annie Lennox’s “I Put A Spell On You” Performance Video: Watch

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Annie Casts Her Spell

Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand aren’t the only ones turning to the classics for fall album releases. Annie Lennox will release her own set of standards, titled Nostalgia, first on vinyl on September 30, and then on all other formats the following month, on October 21.

Lennox’s first music video offering from the set is for “I Put A Spell On You,” a song penned in 1956 by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and later made famous by jazz-pop legend Nina Simone. More of a live performance clip than a traditional, plot-driven music video, Annie’s visual shows the iconic Scot dancing and swaying to the song as a bluesy band an full orchestra play along. More »

Eden XO Drops Bubbly Video For “Too Cool To Dance”: Watch


We’ve been dancing all over the place to Eden XO‘s bouncy new bop “Too Cool To Dance” ever since we premiered the tune right here on Idolator — and now it’s got a sparkling visual to keep us moving and grooving.

Summer’s not over just yet in the Sarah McColgan-directed clip, which sees the shape-shifting pop siren enjoying a nice serving of TV dinner with some old folks, chilling by the pool, grooving to the sound of her Beats headphones and of course, serving up some sweet choreography in the street with her pals. Actually, everyone’s getting down to the sound of her dance-themed tune. And by the end, it’s one big ol’ party with a whole host of zany characters! See? No one is too cool to dance.

Check out the video for “Too Cool To Dance” after the jump. More »

Mel B Talks About Geri Halliwell Leaving The Spice Girls: “It Was Bad”


It’s been over sixteen years now since Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice!) famously left The Spice Girls at the height of their popularity in 1998, and Mel B is still recalling the bitterness in the group that followed her unexpected exit.

During an interview with Larry King, Scary Spice — who just wrapped up her latest stint as an America’s Got Talent judge — revealed that their “5 year plan” for the group got cut short to 3 years after Geri suddenly quit the band due to ongoing pressure she was dealing with regarding body image and depression. “When Geri left the group, it was bad,” she told King. “She left on my birthday and didn’t tell anybody. She just didn’t show up. We had the rest of the tour, the American part of the tour,” she explained. (Also, it appears Larry is just now learning that Geri left the group.)

Was there bitterness? “Yeah, for a long time,” she revealed. “I’m still reminded of it. I saw her a couple weeks ago and said ‘Remember when you left on my birthday?’” she laughs, sounding a bit irked. (We were too!)

While nothing will ever top the Spice Girls at their peak, it’s nice to see that the girls have all gone on to do great things for themselves as individuals nearly two decades later. Besides — we will always have girl power. (And Spice World.) More »

Eminem & Sia’s “Guts Over Fear”: Watch The Lyric Video

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How did we ever keep up with Eminem‘s Speedy Gonzalez-rapping before the invention of lyric videos? The latest such clip for an Em cut, “Guts For Fear,” has arrived and, well, not much really happens in it save for his and featured vocalist Sia‘s lyrics flying by over what looks like a Google Maps view of a city.

The song itself is from upcoming Denzel Washington flick The Equalizer (in theaters on September 26). Follow along with this hit-making pair as they present you with their lyrical guts above. More »

Hilary Duff Teases “All About You” Video: Watch


The Duff Comeback continues.

After heading down under to X Factor Australia for a peppy performance (with a little hoedown choreography!) and supplying us with a cute acoustic live performance, Hilary Duff is now prepared to roll out the accompanying video for her folky, flirty new single, “All About You.”

Last night, the pop princess posted a teaser on her Instagram as she reviewed the final edits of her video on dueling iPads — and it looks like the shirt-flinging, line dancing choreography from her X Factor performance is making the cut! Though it’s just a brief tease of the visual, HilDuff looks absolutely gorgeous, as per usual. Watch for the video to drop in full on September 24.

Check out the video teaser after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »

Kiesza’s ‘Sound Of A Woman’ Tracklist

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Kiesza‘s debut LP Sound Of A Woman now has a released date (October 21) and cover art (above), so the next logical step in the grand scheme of things is to bring forth the tracklist. Et voila — you’ll find it below.

A couple things to note: 23-year-old hip hop artist Mick Jenkins, part of the Free Nation collective, appears on the song “Losin’ My Mind,” which Kiesza sang live during her recent stateside debut performance at New York’s Santos Party House. Another featured artist on Sound Of A Woman is Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$, who lends vocals to a track called “Bad Thing.” Catch all of Kiesza’s song titles below. More »

Jhene Aiko Performed At A Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Morning Mix


:: Props to Jhene Aiko for coming up with the most innovative way to promote an album thus far in 2014. She performed an acoustic set at a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles to introduce her music to weed aficionados. [Vibe]

:: Here’s the latest reminder than Beyonce and Jay Z‘s life is way, way better than yours. The Carters were clocked checking out a mansion in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles with an asking price of $85 million. Yes, you read that correctly. [Just Jared]

:: Do you still cringe when you see old school photos? It’s time to follow 5 Seconds Of Summer band member Michael Clifford‘s lead. He just posted one on Twitter and got tens of thousands of retweets. [Twitter]

:: The untimely death of American Idol contestant Michael Johns might not have been due to a blood clot as first reported. New documents suggest the singer might have died from an alcohol-related illness. [TMZ]

Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »

VÉRITÉ’s “Weekend” Gets A Suitably Gloomy Video: Watch The Cliche-Filled Tragedy Unfold


VÉRITÉ is quietly carving out a niche as the queen of melancholy pop. The budding New York diva inhabits a previously unoccupied middle ground between the sadcore leanings of Lana Del Rey and the ethereal electro-pop of Ellie Goulding that is utterly enchanting. Buzz single “Strange Enough” showed potential but new single “Weekend” is absolutely undeniable. One listen and you’re hooked.

The video is less convincing. VÉRITÉ opts for a mysterious approach, remaining in the shadows for most of “Weekend”. I like those sequences because they suit the song’s ominous undercurrent but the teenage cliches that play out in the back/side story seem better suited to a Taylor Swift clip. That is until everything goes very wrong at the end. Watch after the jump. More »