Last week, Nick Jonas sent a collective gasp through the blogosphere after dropping his surprise solo single “Chains,” a murky slice of dark midtempo R&B. And really, what would the accompanying music video be if Nick himself were not at least briefly chained up? The streets would be overrun with torch and pitchfork-wielding protestors — that’s for sure.
Luckily, he’s delivered on that promise: The appropriately dark ‘n sexy visual sees the Jonas Brother-turned solo star being dragged slowly across a church floor, falling from the sky, getting tied up in a chair and battling his way through a rowdy police squad and some protestors — all to represent this one girl toying with our poor Nick’s heart. There are certain video moments that come to mind while watching, including Rihanna‘s “Russian Roulette” and Beyoncé‘s “Superpower.” And by the end, it’s clear that Nick could be well on his way to becoming one of the top male pop players this year.
Check out the moody visual up top, then let us know what you think about Nick’s solo outing in the comments below. More »
It’s safe to say that Orlando Bloom is not a Belieber.
According to Page Six, Bloom and Justin Bieber got into a heated brawl leading up to an attempted punch in the general direction of Bieber’s face at Cipriani in Ibiza early this morning, and it all had to do with girls — namely Orlando’s ex, Miranda Kerr and Bieber’s on-again, off-again sweetheart, Selena Gomez.
And now for a brief #drama history lesson between the two, courtesy of Page Six: “The bad blood between the two began in 2012 when Bieber was seen getting flirty with Kerr after a Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which reportedly led to tension between the model and her Hollywood star husband, Bloom. The married couple then separated in October 2013. Then newly single Bloom was seen spending time with Bieber’s ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, in April.”
According to the tabloid, some sources say the punch came after Bieber “made a rude comment” about Miranda Kerr, while other sources say that only happened post-punch. Either way, there is now video evidence. Watch up top. More »
Kiesza jetted from New York to Los Angeles for a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she took her MTV VMAs-nominated single “Hideaway” to the streets of Hollywood. Like her recent appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman, the Canadian singer spent part of the time outside, while dancing down the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and belting out the song — only this time there were plenty of locals on hand for her to interact with (including a very enthusiastic Chewbacca).
The ’90s house revivalist followed that spectacle up with her first live TV performance of “Giant In My Heart,” another cut off her Hideaway EP. Watch Kiesza do Kimmel above and below. More »
:: While there was slight speculation that British songstress La Roux got booted off BBC Radio 1’s playlist because she was “too old,” a spokesperson from the station said otherwise, noting that song selections are based only on musical merit and considered on a “case-by-case basis.” [NME]
:: In lieu of his upcoming single “Sling Shot,” New York rapper DMX went on a Sling Shot ride in Orlando, where he proceeded to scream his head off. Leave it to TMZ to catch the entire thing. [Vulture]
:: R&B legend R. Kelly has been dropped from the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio after many complaints about his former sexual-predator allegations. I guess the past really did catch up to you, Kellz. [Hollywood Reporter]
:: After tweeting “#FreePalestine” to his 13 million followers, One Direction’s Zayn Malik recieved death threats from a number of fans in Israel. [Billboard]
:: Andrew Lloyd Webber confirms that he is suing Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark producer, Michael Cohl, for suddenly canceling the summer North American tour of legendary musical Jesus Christ Superstar. [Deadline]
:: Let us explore the wonders of Photoshop as Nicki Minaj’s untainted “Anaconda” cover-art is officially on the loose. [Media Take Out]
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Brace yourself for another intergenerational duet on Madonna‘s new album. The pop legend shared lyrics on her Instagram account last night (July 28) and tagged Miley Cyrus (and “Wrecking Ball” songwriter MoZella). That’s a pretty strong hint that they’re working together but the twerkin’ 21-year-old basically confirmed it by replying to the post with a cheeky selfie.
The unlikely duo joined forces for Miley’s MTV Unplugged special earlier this year, so it’s not that surprising that they would work together again. Particularly given Madonna’s penchant for collaborating with much younger artists to remain relevant. (In her defense, everyone in the game is much younger at this stage). See the Queen of pop’s lyrics and her potential duet partner’s reply after the jump. More »
Iggy Azalea has another runaway hit on her hands with “Black Widow”. The Rita Ora-assisted anthem is already top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 without a video (or a single TV performance) and just broke into the iTunes top 20. At this rate, it’s only a matter of time before The New Classic spawns its second summer smash. Take that, haters!
Helping the song snatch wigs and kill careers is a new house overhaul from Justin Prime. While “Fancy” failed to deliver any memorable club remixes, the Dutch DJ does an admirable job of turning the hook-heavy hip-hop anthem into a booming floorfiller. He ups the BPM during chorus and lets Iggy do her thing over a massive drop. Listen after the jump. More »