It’s been four years since The Narrative released their self-titled debut LP — and since Idolator shined a spotlight on the indie-pop act in our Popping Up series. And since then the Long Island band have pared themselves down to a duo (consisting of Suzie Zeldin and Jesse Gabriel) and gotten to work on their sophomore LP.
The first offering from the upcoming album is the summery single “Catching A Feeling” (buy on iTunes), which finds Suzie and Jesse sharing vocal duties and harmonizing beautifully atop a gorgeous, layered blanket of synths and guitar licks. Today we’re premiering the music video for the track, which you can watch above. More »
Those who don’t think Madonna‘s Erotica is one of the best pop albums to emerge from the 1990s need a good thrashing with a cat o’ nine tails. And any longstanding Madge fan knows one of the legendary holy grails of unreleased music out there is the Rain Tapes, which contains snippets of scrapped Madonna tunes circa the early-’90s. But — surprise! — two songs from the era have finally surfaced in full, thanks to a leak.
Idolator’s very own Bradley Stern — aka MuuMuse — points out that “Shame” and “You Are The One” are tracks done up by Erotica producer Shep Pettibone (“Erotica,” “Deeper And Deeper”) and writer Anthony Shimkin (“Bye Bye Baby,” “Bad Girl”). Granted, neither of these gems have the bitch-slappery of, say, “Thief Of Hearts.” But they are funky, housey gems worth bending an ear toward, nonetheless. If anything, its a good whetting of the appetite ahead of Madonna’s next release.
Listen to both leaked cuts below. More »
We’re nearly there now! After Jessie J teased the first bit of her upcoming Max Martin-produced summer power pop production “Bang Bang,” Nicki Minaj came in with an assist weeks later with her own verse. And now, My Everything pop princess is rounding it out with a teaser of her own contribution.
“She might’ve let you hold her hand at school, but I’mma show you how to graduate!” the little diva yelps at one point in the brief snippet. (Admittedly, it’s kind of hard to understand what she’s singing.) But those powerful pipes sound as great as ever, ensuring that tomorrow’s majorly anticipated collabo will be one to remember in 2014.
Check out Ari’s brief “Bang Bang” snippet after the jump, and let us know what you think about the song so far in the comments below. More »
Azealia Banks‘ first single since departing her label, “Heavy Metal And Reflective,” personally has me reflecting upon hopping on that motorbike featured in the song’s music video tease from last week, revving it up and speeding off a cliff. Azealia, sorry, baby — but this trap-lite trash is less of “an ASS-CLAPPERRRRRRRR” (as the rapstress herself described it) and more of an exercise in how artists who spend too much time projectile-vomiting hate on Twitter ought to get it together and actually focus on not making shit music.
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Well, here’s one way to kick off the week: It’s Hilary Duff‘s long, long, long awaited comeback track, “Chasing The Sun”!
Backed by a simple guitar strum, the breezy return to form recalls Metamorphosis-era HilDuff at her most earnest and summer-iest. As suggested in recent interviews, the song steers clear of the electronic/dance sound of 2007′s Dignity, instead diving into “folkier-type” territory. “I’m chasing the sun/Won’t miss out on the fun, gotta get it while our hearts are young,” she repeatedly coos across the track.
The end result is something of a cross between Mandy Moore‘s Wild Hope, Sheryl Crow‘s “Soak Up The Sun” and Paris Hilton‘s “Stars Are Blind.” In short: It’s sweet, but certainly no “With Love.”
Listen to “Chasing The Sun” after the jump. What do you think of Hilary’s return to the music scene in 2014? Let us know in the comments below. More »
Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Our friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.
With the tremendous success of TLC and the Spice Girls in the mid-’90s, girl groups from all around the world began popping up like wildfire! Sure, there were acts like Blaque, All Saints, B*Witched, and En Vogue — but the biggest stars in town were the four young girls behind Destiny’s Child. The Houston, Texas-bred group achieved stateside popularity with their self-titled debut album, but it was their sophomore effort that propelled them to superstar status.
After the release of 1998′s Destiny’s Child (which went triple-Platinum), the quartet went back into the studio a year later and dug deeper into concepts of relationships and empowering women, themes that ultimately became the inspiration behind 1999′s The Writing’s On The Wall. Taking notes from TLC’s Fanmail (which was released just five months prior), Destiny’s Child formed this album as a “how-to” guide of sorts, as they taught women how to deal with no-good men and to go after what they want in life. Lead singer Beyonce had a heavy hand in the writing process, but all-star R&B producers and writers like Kandi Burruss, Missy Elliot, Rodney Jerkins and Daryl Simmons played key roles as well.
During this era, there were changing faces in the lineup, tension between members and their manager Mathew Knowles, and media speculation of them possibly going solo (we’re looking at you, King Bey). But throughout the drama, Destiny’s Child was able to create a solid R&B album that sounds just as fresh in 2014 as it did in 1999. In celebration of its 15th anniversary today (July 28th), we take a look back at a record that helped to inspire independent ladies worldwide! More »