After the musical bomb that was good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Kendrick Lamar follows up his 2012 debut with a brand new single – simply titled, “i.” The song, produced by Rahki, is the first insight to the rapper’s highly anticipated, yet-to-be-titled sophomore album.
“i” is an inspiring track, where Lamar triumphantly shouts “I love myself” throughout the chorus. The Isley Brothers‘ “That Lady” sample also boosts the song’s groovy nature. “i” definitely doesn’t sound like anything that is on urban radio – there are no trap influences, heavy bass drops or overtly explicit lyrics.
But don’t just take our word for it! Listen to “i” after the jump. More »
Over the summer, Madison Beer released her “Melodies” follow-up single “Unbreakable.” The song, produced by Emanuel Kiriakou (Demi Lovato, Celine Dion) and Andrew Goldstein, is an uplifting pop anthem in its own right, but in remix form it really takes flight.
Idolator premiered dancefloor maestro Monsieur Adi‘s reworking of Beer’s “Unbreakable” back in July. Now we’re giving you the first listen of the Haides Remix. Listen to the 19-year-old Londoner’s take on Madison’s empowering pop jam below. More »
Madonna and Nicki Minaj are continuing to come for all your L-U-V.
Last night, somewhere between Madge’s many studio sessions for her upcoming album and Nicki’s ongoing #AnacondaPromo, the two superstars met up in New York City.
“My trip to New York isn’t the same unless I bump into the Queen. #BitchItsMadonna,” the “Anaconda” superstar wrote on her Instagram of the two divas huddled close together. “We go Hard or we go Home we Gon Do this all night long! #werk” Madonna continued on her own post. More »
Lady Gaga has shown signs of her love for Jazz throughout her career, but with her latest project she dives into the genre at full speed! Cheek To Cheek, her collaborative album with the legendary Tony Bennett, was released today (September 23). The album finds the usually over-the-top singer putting her vocals to the forefront, and displaying a more soulful personality – not to mention that she manages to hold her own next to one of the biggest musical greats of our time.
Featuring classic ditties like “Nature Boy” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” Cheek To Cheek is a refreshing listen that highlights the undeniable talent of both Gaga and Bennett and how well they work together.
But what did the music critics think of Cheek To Cheek? Keep reading to see what they had to say about the duet’s album. More »
:: Nick Jonas has thrown away his purity ring. Which isn’t that surprising when you consider that his girlfriend is a former Miss Universe. He still has strong values, however, and deeply believes in God. [MTV]
:: Need new ink? If you have a spare $10,000, Miley Cyrus will custom design you a tattoo. And no, she hasn’t given up on music for the bright lights of body art. This a fundraising endeavor for charity. [Spin]
:: Hilary Duff turned our universe upside down when she said she would be up for a Lizzie McGuire reunion. Someone needs to make this a reality sooner rather than later! [Billboard]
:: This will, no doubt, be one of the music events of 2014. Legendary rockers Pink Floyd will release their first album in 20 years on November 10. It’s called The Endless River and contains 18 songs. [Hitfix]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today.
Ariana Grande hasn’t won a lot of friends this month. The “Break Free” hitmaker caused a ruckus in Australia by issuing strict instructions about talking points and camera angles (photos can only be taken from the left) before leaving a media event and refusing to return. It seemed out of character but E! television personality Giuliana Rancic confirmed that she experienced similar behavior on the red carpet at the American Music Awards.
Oh, and let’s not forget when she allegedly wished death upon her fans for asking for autographs. It’s about time the 21-year-old got some good publicity and “Problem” collaborator Iggy Azalea stepped up to the plate at the iHeartRadio music festival on Saturday night (September 20). “She was very nice to me,” the Australian femcee told Celebuzz. “She’s a fire cracker and maybe that could be misunderstood perhaps, but I think she has a very, very kind heart.” More »
Sabrina Carpenter has already carved out a niche as the (teen) queen of sugary sweet country-pop. The Girl Meets World starlet perfected the sound on Meghan Trainor-penned single “Can’t Blame A Girl For Trying” and continues to mark her territory with adorable follow-up “The Middle Of Starting Over”, which sounds like Taylor Swift before her heart was broken by every dude in town.
“Back to the beginning gonna hit rewind, chance to do it over, get it right this time,” chirps Sabrina in the perky chorus. “Life gives you pennies, turn ‘em into dimes. I’m in the middle of starting over.” The serotonin-raising tune deserved an equally fluffy visual and Hollywood Records comes through with a candy-colored romp that finds the 15-year-old strumming her guitar and throwing pillows at friends. Watch up top. More »
Rihanna‘s Lui photo shoot is already the thing of pop culture legend. Not only did the Barbadian babe kill her iconic Instagram by posting a string of extremely NSFW pics but it also raised the bar for celebrity nudes. Miley Cyrus‘ sexy antics with Terry Richardson looked like stills from Hannah Montana in comparison to RiRi’s poses for the French men’s magazine.
Well, praise the internet gods because a pair of eye-popping outtakes have arrived. Rihanna poses with her back to the camera while perched on a diving board in one sultry pic and goes topless (well, shows one boob) in another sexy poolside moment. There’s not much else to say. She looks amazing and probably gives zero fucks about the snaps surfacing online. Check out the racier image after the jump. More »
Ricky Martin is a global superstar, so it only makes sense that he would release his new single “Adios” in three different languages. The first taste of the Latin heartthrob’s 10th studio album was penned by Jesse Shatkin (he co-wrote Sia’s “Chandelier”), Cuban rapper Yotuel Romero and Japanese/Spanish flamenco virtuoso Antonio Rayo, and that multi-cultural line-up is indeed reflected in the song’s world music sound.
“Adios” finds the 42-year-old in an unusually sedate mood. Think Michael Buble with a very exotic twist. It’s a sound that works a lot better in Spanish (and French) than English but still represents an interesting change of pace for the ever-evolving crooner. The chorus and instrumental breakdown, in particular, demand repeat listens. Check out all three versions after the jump. More »