Sinead O’Connor grabbed headlines last year for writing Miley Cyrus a series of very long and complicated open letters. Hopefully, the veteran singer/songwriter will be making a whole more in 2014 — this time, thanks to brilliant comeback single “Take Me To Church” and promising new LP I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (due August 12 on Nettwerk Records).
Produced by ex-husband and The Lion And The Cobra collaborator John Reynolds, “Take Me To Church” finds Sinead coming to terms with her past and embracing the here and now. (It’s also her catchiest pop single in many, many years). The video is an unexpectedly joyous walk down memory lane with the 47-year-old performing under a projection of her iconic “Nothing Compares 2 U” visual before rocking out with her band. Also, the scene where she rips off her wig is the best thing I’ve seen today. Watch up top. More »
Becky G has already conquered pop radio and iTunes with breakthrough hit “Shower”, which climbed to a new peak of number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Next stop on the 17-year-old’s agenda is clubland. Her irresistible anthem has been overhauled by the ever-reliable Jump Smokers and is now the perfect addition to your workout playlist.
“Shower” is one of those songs that could probably be covered by a death metal band and still sound adorable. As such, there’s no risk of the Chicago DJs diminishing the unstoppable earworm’s appeal by upping the BPM and adding a drop. From the bathroom to the club, there’s simply more opportunity to enjoy Becky G’s summer smash. Listen to the finely-calibrated remix after the jump. More »
Keyshia Cole made the usually career-ending mistake of dragging Beyonce last year (see Keri Hilson) but has bounced back with a lesbian affair-themed R&B anthem called “She”. The 32-year-old delivers a suitably sexy visual to accompany to DJ Mustard-produced banger — spending most of the video posing in white lingerie for a suit-clad love interest, who turns out to be the diva in man-drag.
That certainly fits in with Keyshia’s explanation of the song. “It’s about self love to me, and going through my divorce, you have to give yourself a little self love because you’re used to somebody being there every night and they’re not,” she revealed in a radio interview. “She” is the third cut from the singer’s sixth studio album Point Of No Return due later this year. Watch up top. More »
With Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj‘s joint single “Bang Bang” having dominated iTunes all week, the music-minded ladies set about shooting the song’s music video recently and let their Instagram followers in on the action. “BANG BANG INTO THE ROOM #onset #bangbang #videoselfie AGHHHHHH! I can’t wait for you all to see it! Is this life? Am I dreaming?,” Jessie typed out while posting the above pic on the photo-sharing site.
Minaj also put the photo on Instagram and captioned it with this: “Jessie J is a stunning class act. And Ariana is a cute liddle lady bug. #BangBangOniTunes BANG BANG.” That caused Ariana to toss the image up herself and add, “repost except flipped & black n white lmao. having the time of my life with these divas. love them more than words. both so down to earth and fierce. living for u.” More »
Nicki Minaj‘s much-hyped “Anaconda” surfaced online last night (July 31) and the reaction — even from diehard Barbz — was overwhelmingly negative. What has everyone so bent out of shape? Well, most considered it an unwelcome return to the pop sound of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which the femcee promised to avoid this era, and the lyrics sparked serious secondhand embarrassment.
It’s a blow because The Pink Print finally seemed to be back on track after “Pills N Potions” unexpectedly tanked. “Anaconda” got everyone talking thanks to its eye-popping cover and Nicki’s feature on Jessie J‘s “Bang Bang” could nab her a long overdue number one hit. Who knows, the (very) low-brow banger could be a grower? See how Twitter reacted after the jump. More »
A.K.A. diva Jennifer Lopez and rapper Fat Joe just hopped on a track together again — their first since “Hold You Down” off of Jenny’s 2005 record, Rebirth. (And for a further flashback, let us not forget On The 6‘s “Feelin’ So Good.”)
And while more money generally only leads to more problems, the two are feeling totally laid-back (err, leaning back!) on their newly surfaced “Stressin,” an uptempo Rico Love-produced bragging club banger. “Let me ask you one question…do it look like we stressin’? ‘Cause we ain’t!” J.Lo proudly declares across the bottle-popping chorus. Later on, Fat Joe rattles off designer labels while dropping casual $1000 tips in the booth. More »