One Direction will release the lead single to its new album, Four, on September 29. “Steal My Girl” was penned by Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, alongside the songwriting team responsible for Midnight Memories‘ “Best Song Ever” (Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, Julian Bunetta and John Ryan). “Over cascading stadium piano chords, ‘Steal My Girl’ shows the band continuing to expand their influences and song-writing ability while retaining their widescreen pop sound,” a press release says.
One Direction had announced Four just last week with a free track, the bright and polished pop-rock song “Fireproof,” to be downloaded 1.1 million times. Last month, producer Naughty Boy (“La La La”) revealed that Emeli Sande worked with the group’s Zayn Malik on a song called “One Chance to Dance” – “a real progression for them,” he says. Meanwhile, label boss Simon Cowell has called One Direction’s new album “one of their best.”
Now, along with the release of “Steal My Girl,” the group is prepping to celebrate Four‘s November 17 release with a TODAY show performance that same day. See a larger version of the “Steal My Girl” single artwork below. More »
Jamie Foxx has released platinum singles as a singer when he isn’t working as an actor and comedian. (His last hit? “Blame It,” his 2009 collaboration with T-Pain.) Now, he returns to music while proving that yes, he has kept up with music’s latest trends. Foxx’s new single “Party Ain’t A Party,” released September 13, features rap clown prince 2 Chainz over an steamy instrumental by rap-turned-pop crossover producer DJ Mustard.
Foxx boasts a thick Auto-Tuned croon, as he imagines himself running a private show in a club’s VIP section (“Go ahead girl, twerk it out on me”). Meanwhile, 2 Chainz makes plans for the after-after party: “I fuck over your girl’s hairdo / If if it’s curly, I straighten it / If it’s straight, I leave it curly.” The whole affair belongs in the same playlist as another recent comeback single: T-Pain’s “Up Down (Do This All Day)” featuring B.o.B., a low-key party anthem that has climbed the charts over the past six months.
Hear Foxx’s unexpected return to music below. More »
The Vamps manage to avoid major catastrophes in their video for “Hurricane” – a major feat, given its premise.
“Hurricane” will appear on the soundtrack to Disney’s forthcoming film adaptation of the 1972 children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and Bella Thorne. And so, as the band performs the bubbly pop-punk song somewhere in suburbia, clips show what to expect of the film – a baby eating crayons, a car crash into parking meters and fire at a Japanese steakhouse, among other things.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day debuts October 10, while the soundtrack (also featuring Justine Dorsey, The Narwhals and more) hits stores October 7. Watch The Vamps rock out in their “Hurricane” video up top, then see the Alexander film trailer below. More »
Beyonce had announced her first child with husband Jay Z after her 2011 MTV VMAs performance, by dropping her mic, unbuttoning her blazer and rubbing her belly – a message heard loud and clear around the world. According to recent reports, Jay Z has announced their second (!) child during the September 12 (and final) On the Run concert in Paris, and in a sneakier fashion.
According to Houston radio station MAJIC 102.1, Jay Z was performing his Magna Carta Holy Grail interlude “Beach Is Better,” when he swapped the lyric “I replace it with another one” with “’Cause she’s pregnant with another one.” A fan has since posted a purported audio clip from Jay Z’s performance, although his lyrics are tough to make out. See their Instagram posts below. More »
What does Sound Of A Woman sound like? Well, Kiesza‘s debut LP isn’t out until October 21, and so far we’ve only heard deep house cuts like “Hideaway,” “Giant In My Heart,” “No Enemiesz” and “So Deep.” Also, the tracklist for the album has yet to be revealed (though we’ll go out on a limb and assume all of the mentioned tracks will be included).
What we do have, however, is the cover artwork for Kiesza’s full-length release. The flame-haired Canadian unveiled the image across her social media channels today, and here we see her face, hands and blinged-out nails against a stark black background. It’s kind of perfect in its simplicity, really. More »
Chris Brown teamed up with Trey Songz for “Songs On 12 Play,” a new song from Brown’s upcoming sixth album X (out September 16).
The match-up isn’t just arousing mood music, as to be expected from two young R&B stars. Instead, Brown and Songz weave in references to R. Kelly‘s singles off 1993 debut 12 Play (“Sex Me,” “Bump ‘N Grind,” “Your Body’s Callin’”), plus later hits like “Fiesta” and “Ignition,” in efforts to sound more explicitly adult.
If anything, “Songs On 12 Play” brings to mind how much Brown and Songz (who recently released his own sixth album, Trigga) owe to the still-controversial R. Kelly. Following a brief, almost forgettable stint with new jack swing, the raunchy R&B singer still manages to find new ways to surprise with his dreamy songs of explicit bedroom instructions, from sung-rapped vocals to truly outlandish metaphors.
Neither Brown nor Songz sound as impassioned in their tribute as R. Kelly would on his own, though “Songz On 12 Play” still sounds like an earnest effort. Hear the X song below. More »