Yuna‘s beautifully understated Nocturnal LP was released last month to universal acclaim — a response not exactly foreign to the much-praised Malaysian singer-songwriter. Her delicate vocals and lush, multi-layered sound continue to win new fans around the world.
The 27-year-old dropped by the Idolator studio recently to chat about her sophomore set (as far as the US market is concerned) and opened up about her vision for the album. Yuna also talked about her current influences (Feist, The xx and Lorde) and explained why music she approaches music like any other business. Watch up top. More »
Karmin switched up their perky pop sound on “Acapella” — opting for hip-hop beats and minimal production. It was an interesting departure but the duo find a more satisfying middle ground on “I Want It All”. A slick disco-tinged pop tune in the vein of Justin Timberlake‘s “Take Back The Night”, the single sounds like a radio-ready hit.
“All I need is one more night with you, it’s amazing what just one more night can do,” croons Amy over a chunky bass-line and heady brass while Nick sings the “da da da” hook. It’s a new sound for Karmin but they pull it off effortlessly. If “I Want It All” is any indication, long-awaited debut LP Pulses will be worth the wait. Listen after the jump. More »
Mariah Carey didn’t drop by this morning’s (December 11) Today show — they came to her! Cut to Mimi sprawled on the floor in a silk negligee and robe, chatting to Tamron Hall about all things Christmas. If you’ve ever seen the pop legend’s iconic Home Shopping Network interview, you have some idea of the fabulousness that ensued.
Among the many revelations that Mariah shared were the suspicion that she’s related to Natalie Cole and her preference for Agent Provocateur high-heel slippers. The Lamb Whisperer also talked about enduring festive anthem “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, which is currently top 20 on iTunes — 19 years after its 1994 release. Watch magic happen up top. More »
Miley Cyrus has done the merciful thing and selected “Adore You” (easily the best song on Bangerz, in my opinion) as the third single from her latest opus, following up her chart-topping smash “Wrecking Ball” and its predecessor, “We Can’t Stop” (which peaked at #2 on the Hot 100). The Stacy Barthe-penned, Oren Yoel-produced ballad heads to radio on January 6 — and in anticipation of that, the radio edit has surfaced online.
It’s pretty much the same as the album version, with a little fat trimmed out — the final chorus has been excised to make the whole song feel a little leaner — but the warm, airy production still keeps the song feeling nice and expansive. More »
Well, Rihanna‘s really startin’ somethin’ now (ba-ziiiiiing!). Thanks to her feature on Eminem‘s second Marshall Mathers LP 2 single “The Monster,” which bumps Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball” off the top of the Hot 100 this week, the Barbadian songbird has now tied Michael Jackson‘s string of 13 #1 singles in the US, according to Billboard. This puts MJ and RiRi behind only The Beatles (20) and Mariah Carey (18) as far as the most #1s, and it has them now just ahead of Madonna and The Supremes (both have 12).
Of course, it should be noted that 12 of Michael Jackson’s #1s were billed to the King Of Pop alone (only “Say Say Say” was a pair-up, with Paul MCartney). Three of Rihanna’s chart-topping singles are features: T.I.‘s “Live Your Life,” Eminem‘s “Love The Way You Lie” and, now, “The Monster.” More »
Danity Kane heat up the winter edition of Annex Man with a scorching cover. The emphasis appears to be on in-your-face cleavage, a challenge that Aubrey and Dawn rise to in eye-popping outfits. Aundrea and Shannon go for a slightly more subtle approach but still smolder.
When the ladies dropped by Idolator earlier this month, they admitted that they still haven’t selected a comeback single — a task they hope their fans will help out with at the band’s upcoming House Of Blues show. The music might not be sorted yet but the styling is on point. More »