After spending the last two years tweeting her way to irrelevance, Azealia Banks has given long-suffering fans reason for hope by sharing a video still from her new single “Heavy Metal And Reflective”, which is due on July 29. It will be her first release an independent artist after being dumped by her record label two weeks ago.
There’s not a lot known about the 23-year-old’s new direction apart from the fact that she thinks it’s good. “Heavy Metal and Reflective is so fun because on the track I sound like I’m 10ft tall and I look like a peanut in the video,” the femcee tweeted. In an earlier missive, she declared her new album to be “better than anything that’s out right now GOOD. You all will be SO glad you waited!” Time will tell if that’s true but it’s nice to be writing about Azealia’s music again instead of a yet another messy beef. See the rap diva’s tweets after the jump. More »
Just like our elders had to once contend with the whole Paul Is Dead hoax in the 1960s (he wasn’t — and isn’t!), so, too, does Miley Cyrus have to prove that she did not, indeed, kick the bucket recently. And she did so by posting a snap of herself topless in the desert and posting it on Instagram. Duh.
Pop’s sand-covered stripper whipped out her bangerz for what feels like the 648th time in the past year (but, more accurately, it was probably only 432 times), and turned her back to the camera. It was a mighty stingy move by MTV Video Music Award nominee Cyrus, who is certainly no stranger to stripping off. More »
Blockbuster soundtrack albums have made something of a comeback over the past couple of years, mainly thanks to movies adaptations of young adult books like Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars (and a little cartoon called Frozen). The Giver is the latest teen-oriented novel headed to the big screen, so it’s only fitting that it gets an appropriately star-studded album.
OneRepublic is responsible for the film’s theme song/lead single. “Ordinary Human” finds Ryan Tedder and the boys in fine form, delivering an ominous but still relentlessly catchy song about not fitting in. They also contribute another track called “I Lived”. Other acts featured on the soundtrack include British boy band Rixton, rising singer/songwriter Tori Kelly and soulful crooner Aloe Blacc. Listen to “Ordinary Human” and see the full tracklist after the jump. More »
Lana Del Rey has already amassed more than her fair share of media coverage during the Ultraviolence era (often for the wrong reasons) but her interview with Complex magazine is refreshingly upbeat and free of death references. The 27-year-old even looks unusually serene on the cover — wrapping herself in an orange blanket in front of a crashing wave. (Although, that’s a pretty bleak metaphor when I think about it).
While there is a slightly disturbing answer to a question about the relationship between violence and love (“I like a hands-on love”), the “Shades Of Cool” diva seems to be in a better place. For starters, she has come to terms with the critical response to Born To Die. “The good thing about catching so much grief from critics is that you literally do not fucking care,” Lana admits. “That’s what I expect now from my career, that the music is going to be great and the reaction’s going to be fucked up.”
Other topics include her penchant for smoking on stage (“I’m a chain-smoker”) and her reason for covering Nina Simone‘s “The Other Woman” on Ultraviolence. “I relate to being the person who people come to for ‘such a change from the old routine,’ but not being the main thing,” she reveals. “I had a long-term relationship for seven years with someone who was the head of a label and I felt like I was that change of routine.” But the “West Coast” hitmaker doesn’t stop there. “I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals. Which is annoying.” More »
Haven’t had a chance to catch One Direction live on their Where We Are Tour yet? Or, perhaps more accurately, are you simply dying to see them again? In either case, you’re in luck: The 1D boys are heading to a screen near you this October.
For just one weekend (October 11-12), Directioners will have the opportunity to see their favorite fivesome — Zayn, Louis, Niall, Harry and Liam — hit the stage in theaters for a major concert experience, recorded in Milan during the Italian leg of their ongoing global tour.
The film will feature the entirety of the live concert, as well as a 15-minute interview with the boys, along with behind-the-scenes footage. (Presumably, there will be ample shirtlessness.) The film is being brought to over 3,000 screens in 50+ territories, which makes this “the biggest global ‘event cinema’ release ever.” Start saving your pennies — the tickets for the screenings go on sale on July 28.
And don’t worry, you’ll be able to enjoy it in your own home just in time for Christmas — the concert will be released to DVD on December 1.
Will you be heading down to the theater to watch 1D in action? Watch the concert film trailer above, and let us know in the comments below. More »
Having reached the #4 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, Nico & Vinz’s breakout single “Am I Wrong” is hitting radio waves by storm as of late. And now, it appears that the Swedish outfit have begun making their late-night talk show rounds as well.
Serving as the musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on July 21, the duo — who are currently on tour with Bruno Mars in place of fellow soulster Aloe Blacc — performed their infectious summer hit, really livening the crowd while showing off their smooth dance chops.
Catch the performance up top, and let us know what you think in the comment section below. More »