When Justin Bieber asks you to collaborate, you say yes. That’s just the level he has reached in his career right now, and it’s why he’s been able to snag recent features from the likes of R. Kelly and Big Sean (and apparently has a mega-collab on the way involving Lil Wayne and Diplo). The latest person to hop on the Biebs express is Chicago’s weird-rap darling Chance The Rapper. Earlier this week, Complex got word that the two were working on a pair of songs, and today (December 4), Bieber announced the first one, called “Confident.”
Up top is the artwork for the latest #MusicMondays release, which will drop Sunday night/Monday morning at midnight. Head below to see his tweet with the announcement, as well as his exchange with Chance, who is about 72 hours away from exploding. More »
Mariah Carey and two of her biggest fans — Leona Lewis and Ariana Grande — kicked off the festive season last night (December 4) with stellar performances on NBC’s Christmas In Rockefeller Center. Given Mimi’s obvious influence on the careers of her co-stars, the sparkly Xmas special turned out to be something of a diva duel. And they all brought their A-games.
When it comes to Christmas, nobody does it better than Mariah. Period. The queen of the holidays looked ravishing in her plunging gowns and showed off her full range with spectacular renditions of “Joy To The World” and her own Yuletide classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.
Wearing a shiny gold dress, Leona more than held her own with perky holiday hit “One More Sleep” and a glorious interpretation of “White Christmas”. Her backing vocalists could do with dance lessons though. Also on the bill was Yours Truly songbird Ariana Grande, who expertly performed new single “Love Is Everything”. Watch the divas in action after the jump. More »
Well! Tamar Braxton may be delivering spectacular seasonal gifts to her Tamartians in the form of some new music videos, but yikes — here’s hoping her holiday season goes better than this video would suggest. After she brought the drama with her “All The Way Home” video, the clip for her latest single from Winter Loverland, “She Can Have You,” takes an even more tortured turn: After spotting her no-good ex-beau on the street with his new boo, Tamar has a minor meltdown at home, surrounded by Christmas cheer that doesn’t seem to be lifting her mood much. She drinks straight from the bottle! She starts attacking her Christmas tree! She even throws a pillow! Don’t trifle with a woman scorned — especially around the holidays.
It’s another worthy effort from the campy R&B diva. Call it a winner-dot-com. More »
Lana Del Rey unveiled her Tropico short film, and it’s, um, very Lana! There’s lots of poetry recited over visuals of nihilism and sexuality, because art! Del Rey plays a modern-day Eve, guided by American icons like John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe, and she transports to modern times as a stripper who galavants around with her boyfriend (played by model Shaun Ross).
The whole thing essentially comprises three big-idea, extended music videos butted up against each other: alone, they’re not too conceptual, but presented like this, there’s a Garden of Eden-grime of Earth-golden fields of heaven narrative. Visually, it’s fairly arresting, but beyond that, there’s not much left to chew on. But that’s our take. Head below to see what critics across the Web thought of Lana’s collaboration with director Anthony Mandler. More »
This year’s breakout pop act Betty Who‘s exceptional debut EP The Movement featured production from up-and-coming Los Angeles-based tunesmith Peter Thomas — and now, Thomas steps into the spotlight as the credited artist on his debut solo single, featuring Betty as his featured vocalist and muse. (Who could be better?)
The fruits of their labor together take shape in the form of “All Of You,” a deliriously euphoric dance-pop gem that rushes and crashes gloriously. Betty’s epic roar, “Oh, wind me up tight, convertible nights with you / Oh, I’ll give you romance, a hundred last chances too” is nothing short of chill-inducing, as a big Daft Punk-style synth breakdown cascades in triumphantly. Like all of their songs together, it’s anthemic and happy-sad (that wistful instrumentation at the bridge!), like Robyn at her most wonderfully pained. More »
Well, it kinda seems like Britney Spears has had it with the entertainment industry (could you tell?), and while she snoozes through interviews promoting her new album Britney Jean and her upcoming Vegas residency, she suggested that once that wraps up, she may turn her attention back to motherhood fulltime.
The two-year stint at Planet Hollywood, which will include 96 shows in total, said that the future is TBD: “I might, who knows… I may have tow more kids and get married… I’d like to have more kids,” she told Mario Lopez in an Extra! interview. More »