Sam Smith Talks Album Success & Mary J. Blige With ‘On Air With Ryan Seacrest’: Watch

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Sam Smith recently sat down with Ryan Seacrest to chat it up on his radio show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest. In the interview, the “Restart” crooner spoke about how he’s handling the great success of In The Lonely Hour and that he’s started to write songs for his next album.

The singer reveals he was a bit nervous to release his debut, as he didn’t want people to think he was miserable: “I was scared before releasing this record because obviously Adele did her sad record, and there’s a lot of sad music out there. I don’t want to be sad as a person, but it’s where I was last year.”

Mary J. Blige (whom he recorded a duet version of “Stay” with) called the radio to gush over Smith: “This is why I consistently call Sam ‘a gift’ because we haven’t had this in a minute, and this is a blessing to so many of us, like people are coming in droves because it’s like his voice is just therapy for people, you know.” More »

Behind The Boards: How Ricky Reed Became One Of The Game’s Hottest Producers

Ricky Reed was perhaps better-known as the frontman of hip-hop/pop collective Wallpaper until he co-produced Jason Derulo‘s monster hit “Talk Dirty” and instantly became one of the game’s hottest hitmakers. The influence of that song (and its killer sax hook) can be heard in everything from Ariana Grande‘s summer smash “Problem” to Cheryl Cole‘s UK chart-topper “Crazy Stupid Love”.

I spoke to Eric (his real name) about the creative process behind “Talk Dirty” — it was originally intended for Missy Elliott! — and the opportunities that have since come his way. Like production duties on Fifth Harmony‘s recent earworm “Bo$$”, Jessie J‘s current single “Burnin’ Up” and an unlikely but exciting collaboration with country superstar Tim McGraw. Read our Q&A after the jump. More »

7 Questions With Ferras: His Obsession With Aliens, Friendship With Katy Perry & “Speak In Tongues” Video

Ferras made headlines earlier this year when he became the first artist signed to Metamorphosis Music — otherwise known as Katy Perry‘s very own record label. He wasted no time dropping an excellent self-titled EP and even convinced his boss/close friend to share vocal duties on power ballad “Legends Never Die”. It was a complete rebirth for an impossible-to-pigeonhole artist, who never got his due the first time around.

The 30-year-old alien enthusiast dropped by the Idolator studio to chat about his new music and opened up about signing to Katy’s label, the evolution of their above-mentioned duet and even his favorite song on Prism. (He has great taste!) Ferras also spoke about the soon-to-be-released video for EP highlight “Speak In Tongues” and his experiences as an out artist. Watch after the jump. More »

Kendrick Lamar Joins Prince On Stage For “What’s My Name”: Watch

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There’s still speculation whether or not Kendrick Lamar and Prince are working on a collaboration, and the two fueled the rumor mill by performing together on stage! The rapper joined the music legend for the album release celebration for Art Official Age and 3RDEYEGIRL‘s PLECTRUMELECTRUM, at the historic Paisley Park studios.

During the broadcasted performance on Yahoo, Lamar came on stage to add an energetic verse to Prince’s “What’s My Name” – a rare track from the 1988 Crystal Ball box set. It’s clear that Prince is a fan of the younger generation of artists – he recently played a brief snippet of his song with Rita Ora. More »

Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga’s ‘Cheek To Cheek’ Barely Outsells Kenny Chesney, Tops Album Chart

The race for #1 on the Billboard 200 over the past week was a tight one, but in the end it was Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga who (barely) won it. The pair’s collaborative album of jazz duets, Cheek To Cheek, topped the main album chart after selling 131,000 copies, thus giving 88-year-old Bennett his second #1 LP (after 2011′s Duets II) and 28-year-old Gaga her third (following 2011′s Born This Way and 2013′s ARTPOP).

Just behind Cheek To Cheek is Kenny Chesney‘s 17th studio LP The Big Revival, at #2 (130,000). Giving both a run for their money was last week’s #1 album, Barbra Streisand‘s Partners, which slips to #3 after selling another 127,000 copies.

Head below to see where the rest of this week’s players wound up on the album chart. More »

Rita Ora Gets Dark & Edgy On New Prince Collaboration: Listen To A Snippet

As part of the celebration for his new albums, his solo Art Official Age and 3RDEYEGIRL‘s PLECTRUMELECTRUM (which both dropped on September 30)Prince gave fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look of the release party. Along with a tour of his Paisley Park studio and a 20-minute live set of new music, the rocker also previewed a new track with Rita Ora.

Before his concert, Prince asked Josh Welton (the co-producer of Art Official Age) to play the snippet featuring Ora. What came out of the speakers is a sound we typically don’t associate with the “I Will Never Let You Down” singer. Instead of her comfort zone of bubbly synths, the song reveals edgy vocals that are laid over a savage, electronic-based production fit for a rockstar. More »

Lana Del Rey To Be Covered By Supreme Diva Jessica Lange On ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’?

Who from the cast of American Horror Story has the chops to cover Lana Del Rey during upcoming season Freak Show? Why, the Supreme, of course, Jessica Lange…at least according to a hinting tweet posted by AHS show runner Ryan Murphy.

A fan of the show tweeted at Murphy last night, “I’ve been a loyal viewer but I am OUT on this one…between trailers and your comments, it is more than I can handle ” This prompted Murphy to respond with the following: “Tina, don’t be afraid! The clown is scary, true. But don’t you wanna see Jessica Lange sing a Lana Del Rey song?” More »

Cheryl Cole Is Unbothered On “I Don’t Care”: Listen To Her New Single

Cheryl Cole has zero phucks to give on her new single, “I Don’t Care” – the follow-up to her summer smash, “Crazy Stupid Love.” In contrast to her other songs like “Ghetto Baby,” there are no massive bass drops or an in-your-face dance theme – “I Don’t Care” is just a straight up Pop tune. In 2014′s haze of over-production, it’s actually quite refreshing!

The Girls Aloud solo star’s vocals shine as she nonchalantly tells the world, “It feels so fucking good to say, I swear that I don’t care!” It also has an ’80s carefree vibe to it, thanks to the breezy synths and pumping bass line. The track is the lead single from Cole’s upcoming fourth LP, tentatively titled Only Human.

Take a listen to “I Don’t Care” below. More »

‘The Voice’: Jonathan Wyndham Nails A Great Big World’s “Say Something,” Joins Team Adam Levine

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The novelty of pressing the buttons is officially over! Where as in night one of The Voice’s Blind Auditions Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton seemingly hit the red circle just for the physical thrill of the chair spin (who can blame them?), by Tuesday’s night four they were like, “Not worth the vertigo, bro.” Some strong singers were turned away, and some stronger ones were only approved by one or two coaches.

Don’t worry: in keeping with true Voice tradition, it was still mostly all compliments, and there were still a couple inexplicable four-chair turners. More »

Liam Hemsworth Talks Miley Cyrus Split: Morning Mix

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:: Liam Hemsworth talks ex-fiance Miley Cyrus on the November issue of Nylon Guys. The actor tells the magazine: “There’s not much to say; there’s no bad blood there. You never get used to it because you get followed and you get chased and it’s never a fun experience.” [Just Jared]

:: Gawker has taken it upon themselves to rank all 141 singles that topped the Billboard Hot 100 over the past decade, which is a pretty daunting task! Check out the list to see if your favorite made their Top 10. [Gawker]

:: Hayley Williams is not happy with One Direction‘s new single. The Paramore singer posted a shade-filled tweeting, stating the the British boys ripped off the piano hook from rock band New Found Glory. Williams is dating the guitarist from NFG, which kind of justifies her concern. [SPIN]

:: Everyone’s favorite band of the moment, U2, released the vinyls of their new record Songs Of Innocence earlier than expected. They apparently did so in order to beat the Grammys’ September 30 eligibility cutoff date. So sneaky! [SPIN]

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