This week, Leighton Meester independently released her debut album Heartstrings with little fanfare. Much more noise was made five years ago, when her Robin Thicke-assisted major label single “Somebody To Love” dropped.
The two major differences between then and now are that Gossip Girl, the hit series Leighton starred on, is no longer on the air, and the singer-actress appears to have used her freedom to find a sound that she’s comfortable inhabiting with regards to her music career. And we’re so happy that she did. More »
After the release of their stellar self-titled debut LP, HAERTS are following up with a video for their new single “Giving Up” — and today (October 30) we at Idolator are bringing you the premiere! Directed by Austin Peters, the black+white clip is a display of true love in its most organic form.
It focuses on various couples of all ages and backgrounds, as they passionately kiss each other and start a rave while HAERTS give their own emotive performance throughout. The imagery is all heightened by the tune’s pulsating rhythms and soaring vocals by lead singer Nini Fabi. The video ends beautifully, with dozens of flower petals circling around the band and the couples.
Watch the “Giving Up” visual up top, and view HAERTS’ upcoming tour dates with co-headliner Mikky Ekko after the jump! More »
Jessie Ware stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers yesterday (October 29) to sing “Say You Love Me” — the incredible ballad off the new LP Tough Love. With only a 4-piece band backing her, the UK chanteuse put her powerhouse vocals to the forefront and made the tune sound even more touching.
“Say You Love Me” is off Ware’s sophomore album, Tough Love, which was released on October 21. The singer will embark on her European tour in January, and is one of the first set of artists confirmed for SXSW in 2015. Click here to watch the performance on Meyers’ website. More »
Taylor Swift was already on track to sell a million copies of her fifth album 1989 out of the gate, but now industry forecasts have upped the number to 1.2 million.
1989 went on sale this past Monday, and according to Billboard sources, the album sold 600,000 copies on the first day alone (mostly at Target, where an exclusive copy of the CD with bonus tracks is available, and iTunes). Taylor’s previous album, 2012′s Red, sold 1.21 million copies in its first week. More »
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:: It was previously announced the upcoming albums from Young Money labelmates Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj would be delayed. At the time, the “Anaconda” diva was the only one to have a set date for The Pinkprint (it’s now December 15). But now, her rap counterpart has an official release. Lil Wayne was supposed to drop Tha Carter V on Tuesday (October 28), but it will be coming on December 9 as a two-part record. [Rap-Up]
:: Live Nation and Founders Entertainment plan to give NYC its first-ever country music festival. Set for June 26-28 at Randall’s Island, the event will feature artists like Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, and Brad Paisley. [Billboard]
:: The Rolling Stones are the type of legendary rock band who cannot be touched. Which is why they have the power to sell a $5,000 coffee-table book. Titled The Rolling Stones, it will be a 500-plus-page deluxe edition book. If you’re crazy enough to buy it, it’s due in December. Or, you can just buy the standard version for $150. [Spin]
:: A$AP Rocky and his model girlfriend Chanel Iman have reportedly called it quits. The former couple were only dating for a year and cited busy travel schedules as the cause for the split. [Billboard]
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Shawn Mendes stunned most commentators when “Life Of The Party” rocketed straight to number one on iTunes. He became the first social media heavy-hitter (his medium of choice is Vine) to make the leap to legitimate pop star — sparking a rush of successful releases from the likes of Troye Sivan and Jack And Jack. All eyes will be on him again when follow-up single “Something Big” drops on November 10.
The 16-year-old unveiled the cover today (October 29) and it’s a wholesome pic of the teen standing in from of wall covered in song lyrics. Shawn described “Something Big” as a change of pace from his breakthrough ballad in a recent interview. “This is definitely one of the more uptempo tracks on the album,” he told MTV. “The song was written on our tour bus over the summer, and it’s meant to be a very positive song about good things happening to people.” Sounds promising. More »
Dawn Richard has bounced back from the smoldering disaster that was Danity Kane‘s comeback with her dignity and career intact. (Which is more than Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex can say). She returns to the solo grind with a typically interesting and progressive electro-R&B anthem “Blow” — the first taste of her sophomore LP Blackheart (due January 15).
The 31-year-old also unveiled the video today (October 29) and it’s a arty affair that showcases Dawn’s unique visual approach. “The imagery and focus of this record is an introduction to the [Heart] movement and what it stands for,” she says in regards to her fans and collaborators. “In a time where numbers and stats matter, we simply don’t give a fuck if you like us. We are here. We are strong and we are beautifully imperfect.” Fair enough! See the alt-R&B diva’s album cover after the jump. More »
Calvin Harris dropped a surprise video for R3hab collaboration “Burnin’” this afternoon (October 29) to new LP Motion (due November 4). The Scottish DJ has largely focussed on the album’s star-filled features such as the Ellie Goulding-assisted “Outside” and Gwen Stefani-voiced “Together”, so it’s nice to see one of the instrumental tracks getting some attention.
The visual was filmed at this year’s EDC Las Vegas, which gives it a surprisingly raw quality. You almost feel like you’re in the middle of all those turnt revelers, watching Calvin and his Dutch pal work their magic behind the decks. The video is simple enough but it’s material like this that will keeps clubs/festivals hopping for the next few months, rather than the pop-friendly anthems. Watch up top. More »
Ingrid Michaelson sneakily gave herself a winning pop makeover on new LP Lights Out and nobody seemed to notice until infectious lead single “Girls Chase Boys” caught fire on radio and slowly rose the Billboard Hot 100 — eventually becoming the 34-year-old’s second biggest hit. She looks get to repeat that success with uplifting anthem “Afterlife”.
After teasing the project with a topless cover, Ingrid finally unveiled the video today (October 29) and it’s a surprisingly moving affair that finds the bespectacled diva helping fans overcome their fears. It sounds corny and, to a certain extent, it is but you have to be made of rock not to be affected by the feel-good shenanigans. The pop game is an infinitely better place with the singer/songwriter in it. Watch up top. More »
Charli XCX is one of the break-out stars of 2014 thanks to her feature on Iggy Azalea‘s chart-topping smash “Fancy” and her hit contribution to The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack. Another key to the Brit’s success is her effortlessly cool persona. Who else could serve up a bubbly pop anthem like “Boom Clap” and still keep fans of the gritty True Romance era happy?
The 22-year-old’s fucks-free attitude and quirky style also makes her Instagram account completely adorable. While not as mind-bending as Miley Cyrus‘ or as raunchy as Rita Ora‘s, Charli’s photo game is always on-point. Whether she’s sipping a milkshake or hamming it up with a friendly pooch. Peruse the “London Queen” diva’s best pics above. More »