Justin Bieber pops up momentarily in Poo Bear‘s new video for “Work for It,” featuring Young Money rapper Tyga. While in a fitting room, the pop star stares ahead at his reflection as a tailor fits some clothes on him, then gazes directly into the camera.
Bieber’s cameo is one of two unexpected (and inexplicable) cameos in the otherwise low-key video. The second? Soulja Boy. If anything, they help show Poo Bear’s connections within the music industry. So far, the Atlanta-based artist has worked primarily as a Grammy-winning songwriter, for the likes of Usher (“Caught Up”), Chris Brown (Fame) and, yes, Bieber himself. More »
Ariana Grande and the Weeknd perform “Love Me Harder,” unplugged, in a video released December 23. The song is currently No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, its highest chart position so far, though this new version may boost its popularity.
Backstage at an unidentified venue, they sing the Hot 100 hit while backed by a single acoustic guitar. The original, off Grande’s sophomore album My Everything, is intimate as is, with her breathy commands and the Weeknd not sounding depraved for once. (He’s human, after all!) So in comparison, this version only reinforces what most listeners already knew — “Love Me Harder” is great because of their chemistry. More »
Madonna has tried her best to cope with the leak of 13-plus songs from her forthcoming 13th album, Rebel Heart. She finished and released six tracks, including “Living for Love.” She even set a firm March 2015 release date. She seemed to be in control of her own music again, at least momentarily.
However, that initial leak was just the beginning: Just three days later, 14 more demos surfaced online. Then last night (December 27), three more demos arrived: “Never Let You Go,” “Arioso” and “Two Steps Behind Me,” a song long-rumored to be a Lady Gaga diss track. And in the latter, with its pounding piano melody and cutting lyrics, Madonna makes clear that she isn’t playing nice: “Where is my royalty? / You’re a pretty girl, I’ll give you that / stealing my recipe.”
Since that demo surfaced online, though, the pop diva and her manager Guy Oseary have denied that the song was targeting Lady Gaga — or any female artist, for that matter. “I do not wish ill will towards any other female artist and i [sic] never have! The World is big enough for all of us!” Madonna said on Instagram. Meanwhile, based on her own recent post anyway, Mother Monster herself may not feel the same way. See their posts in full below. More »
When it came to pop stars whipping off their clothes and showing their naked assets to the camera in 2014, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna ruled the land. And perhaps in a bid to solidify their respective standings as dueling musical princesses of nudity, each of them posted a provocative photo on Instagram yesterday (December 27).
RiRi, who’s been spending the Christmas holiday in her home country of Barbados, offered up a snap of a bare butt in the midst of the setting sun on the photo-sharing site. (Is it hers? Is it a statue? Who knows?) Meanwhile, Miley, whose been employing the hashtag #freethenipple lately, practiced what she preached and went topless (yet again) on Instagram for a black and white photo that she predicted would be flagged by “some lame ass” and removed before long — which it has.
Catch both NSFW pics in all their naked glory below. More »
On December 12, Charli XCX gave away her phone number on The Elvis Duran Show. This wasn’t her personal phone, but to what the Sucker star calls her “Angel Phone.” Still, fans were baffled. “liar,” one said.
As a new video (above) shows, though, the winning pop songwriter wasn’t kidding. She hadn’t even left Elvis Duran when she started receiving messages in quick succession. Soon, she started calling some people back — longtime fans, students and their teachers, people insisting that she can text them anytime.
Charli XCX even calls back someone who sent a text saying, “What that mouth do, though?” More »
Kylie Minogue‘s Kylie: Kiss Me Once, the ITV concert special that aired December 23, has now surfaced online.
While the veteran pop star spent more time judging talent on The Voice UK than promoting her new album (and fan favorite of 2014) Kiss Me Once this year, her 31-date European tour this fall allowed the diva to refocus on her music, if only for just a few months. Still, to see her take center stage at Glasgow’s Hydro Arena, her body draped over a lip-shaped couch one moment, belting classic gems like 2000′s “Spinning Around” the next, feels like making up for lost time. More »
Diplo and Skrillex first announced their side project Jack U in 2013, though it wasn’t until this year when the superstar producer-DJs put the moniker to good use. Following summer club-banger “Take U There”, a collaboration with “Hideaway” singer Kiesza, Jack U has released a remix of Beyonce‘s “7/11.”
This revamp follows the song’s official remix package, plus a “Christmas addition” from Beyonce’s original collaborator Detail and French Montana – proof positive that, like the rest of us, producers are spinning all their hands up. (“7/11″ first appeared on last month’s four-disc Platinum Edition of her 2013 self-titled album.) However, Jack U’s high-octane remix is likely the first to cue kung fu film-style sound effects when Third Ward Trill commands to “smack, smack it in the air.” Subtle, it isn’t.
Listen to Jack U’s remix of Beyonce’s “7/11″ below. More »
N.E.R.D., the memorable side-project by Neptunes‘ producers Pharrell and Chad Hugo, have reunited for “Squeeze Me,” off the forthcoming soundtrack for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water. And the song ends up being more whimsical and fun than Slash appearing in the film’s debut trailer, before it segued to Guns N’ Roses‘ hard rock classic “Welcome To The Jungle.”
To a bouncy bongo rhythm and playground chants, Pharrell sings slyly from the perspective of, yes, SpongeBob SquarePants: “The best part is the middle of me-eee / I’m your sponge, baby, go on and squeeze.”
“We’re trying not to think too much in a cartoon sense, but more just like a psychedelic, otherworldy type of thing,” producer Chad Hugo recently said to Variety. “If you want to draw a parallel, maybe think of what The Beatles did with ‘Yellow Submarine.’”
Hear “Squeeze Me” below. More »
Pitbull and Ne-Yo party like it’s 1999 in their new “Time of Our Lives” video. Okay, technically it’s New Year’s Eve 1999. Still, to see Pitbull dressed in a Miami Hurricanes Starter jacket, receiving a text on an imitation Sidekick, makes for a delightfully strange throwback.
Dressed as he was before he became Mr. Worldwide, blending his Latin music influences with Southern crunk alongside Lil Jon, Pitbull crashes a house party and makes a spectacle of himself while pocketing cash from a donation jar, singing Ne-Yo’s parts at the top of his lungs and getting up close and personal with, erm, a woman’s ass. The video also shows that, at least in Pitbull’s world, some things just don’t change. Other party-goers get just as crazy as he does, as they shake what they’ve got at his command. Sound familiar?
“Time of Our Lives” appears on Pitbull’s seventh solo album Globalization and made its Hot 100 debut two weeks ago. See the song’s video up top, then catch his recent iHeartRadio Theater LA performances of that track, “Celebrate” and “Fireball” below. More »
Beyonce released the official remix package to her new single “7/11″ earlier in December. By doing so, though, she has inspired even more producers and DJs to reinterpret the woozy club banger.
The latest remix comes from none other than Detail, who produced the original “7/11″ himself. And this, what he has dubbed the “Detail Christmas Addition,” feels almost like a daydream in comparison. It’s actually airy, with acoustic guitar licks and rapper French Montana warbling from a distance, to back Third Ward Trill’s assertions to “smack it, smack it in the air.” And it feels less like another option for the club — see Swedish DJ RedTop‘s remix for that — than proof that Detail’s got versatility.
This “Detail Christmas Addition” won’t be the last remix of Beyonce’s “7/11″ this year. Instead, that may be Jack U‘s just-announced version — Jack U, of course, being producer-DJs Diplo and Skrillex — due out later today. For now, hear Detail and French Montana’s new take on “7/11″ below. More »