Meghan Trainor Spearheads An All-Female Top 5 On The Billboard Hot 100 (Again)


Meghan Trainor notches up her second week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with all-conquering feel-good anthem “All About That Bass”. The 20-year-old spearheads an all-female top 5 for the second week in row. (The last time the upper reaches of the singles chart were dominated by women for back-to-back weeks happened way back in 1999 when Cher held court with “Believe”).

As for the rest of the ladies? Taylor Swift has to settle for the runner’s-up slot for a second consecutive week with “Shake It Off”, while Nicki Minaj (and her “Anaconda”) stay put at number three. Rap rival Iggy Azalea climbs a spot with Rita Ora-assisted smash “Black Widow”, while Jessie J‘s girl power collaboration “Bang Bang” drops to number five. See the full top 10 after the jump. More »

Lana Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence” Gets A (Relatively) Upbeat Hook N Sling Remix: Listen To The Extended Version


“Ultraviolence” is probably the least club-friendly song released in 2014. A seething ballad with domestic violence-referencing lyrics, the title track of Lana Del Rey‘s latest LP doesn’t exactly make you want to get up and dance. Not that stopped Cedric Gervais from turning “Summertime Sadness” into a crossover club smash in 2013. But still. It just seems… wrong.

Kudos then to Hook N Sling for doing the (seemingly) impossible. The Australian DJ gave “Ultraviolence” an extensive house overhaul that transformed Lana’s meandering tale of woe into upbeat club fodder way back in July. That version was relatively brief — clocking in at just three minutes — but now you can enjoy an extended version. Listen to the fast and furious LDR remix after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea Is Suing Sextape-Shopping Ex-Boyfriend For Releasing Old Music & Fraud


Iggy Azalea‘s messy sextape drama took another unexpected twist today (September 17) when the rap diva sued ex-boyfriend Jefe Wine for trying to release old music and, interestingly, for forging a management contract. There’s no specific mention of their intimate home movie (which may or may not exist — she maintains it’s not her) but the suit would still halt its release.

Here’s how. Maurice Williams (her ex’s real name) is claiming to have consent to sell their sextape because Iggy reportedly signed a contract giving him the right to “manufacture, sell, distribute and advertise ‘any’ recording embodying visual images” of her. However, she claims the document is a fake. “The Forged Agreement contains tell-tale signs that it is not genuine,” reads the hitmaker’s lawsuit.

“For example, it includes mismatched fonts on the signature page, paragraph numbers out of sequence, a signature line for ‘Wine Enterprises, inc.’…  and provides, as an address for legal notices, the contact information of an attorney who had no prior knowledge of the Forged Agreement.” Basically the “Fancy” femcee just called his bluff.  More »

Jessie Ware Debuts Miguel-Penned ‘Tough Love’ Track, “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe”: Listen


As the release of Jessie Ware‘s sophomore LP Tough Love (due out on October 21) comes creeping closer still with each passing day, the soulful British songstress has been treating fans with more and more delicate electronic offerings from the ever-promising collection.

She’s given us the artsy “Say You Love Me,” shared some “Share It All” and provided us with some (flowery) “Tough Love” over the past few weeks — and now, she’s linking up with Miguel for her latest offering.

“Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe,” which was produced by BenZel (Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch), plays like a sweet afternoon daydream (or a nice addition to the bedroom playlist), set across gentle electronic ripples and sensuous beats. The song’s full of whispered purrs and soulful crooning, recalling some of Miguel’s own Kaleidoscope Dream. “Do I want you at all? Okay, I hate to admit…kind of…sometimes…maybe,” she coos.

Listen to the new Tough Love track after the jump. Did Jessie win you over? Let us know your thoughts below. More »

The Thaw Has Arrived: ‘Frozen’ Finally Drops Out Of The Album Chart’s Top 10

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A whopping seven of the 10 albums within the Billboard 200‘s Top 10 this week are debuts, including Lecrae‘s Anomaly at #1 (88,000 copies sold), Jhene Aiko‘s Souled Out at #3 (70,000) and Ryan Adams‘ latest, self-titled LP at #4 (45,000). This all means several titles get the boot from the upper tier of the chart, including Ariana Grande‘s My Everything (only two weeks after debuting at #1), Sam Smith‘s In The Lonely Hour and, if you can believe it, the Frozen soundtrack. The latter had spent a total of 41 consecutive weeks in the Top 10. Who knows — it may return next week once some of these newbies with less staying power slip down the roundup.

See who landed where in the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 below. More »

Lady Gaga Arrives In Athen, Gets Naked And Posts Photos On Instagram (Semi NSFW, Obviously)


Jazz warrior and peace and love-spreading seashell bikini goddess Lady Gaga is feeling especially Cheek To Cheek-y in Athens, it seems.

The ARTPOP diva is currently out on the road with her ongoing ArtRave Tour, entertaining Little Monsters all across the world. Earlier today, the “Venus” chanteuse touched down in Greece to prepare for her upcoming performance at Olympic Stadium on September 19. And once Gaga got a glimpse of her posh hotel room, she set to taking some very intimate snapshots — especially the bathroom.

“Bathtime. “The Royal Suite” fit for a Goddess, or you know, a downtown New York gal with big dreams, and a lotta nerve,” Gaga wrote on the first butt-baring shot. “This shower ain’t too shabby either.” And then, she took it one step further: “Aphrodite Lady Shower Greekini, feeling frisky. #Venus” she teased. Where’s that BF Taylor when you need him?!

Check out more shots of Gaga getting frisky after the jump. More »

Charli XCX Covers ‘Complex’, Talks Past Music Biz Struggles

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For their latest cover subject, Complex chose singer, songwriter and all around cool-as-hell hit-maker Charli XCX. We’re in the lead-up to the release of the “Boom Clap” artist’s sophomore LP Sucker (out October 21), and Complex spent a full day talking to Charli basically about the path that brought her to this point in her career — including the despair she felt after penning Icona Pop‘s global smash “I Love It.” More »

Beyonce Continues To Slay Social Media With Her Stunning Bikini Pics


Beyonce is celebrating her birthday (and the end of the blockbuster On The Run tour) with a well-earned beach vacation in Europe. The prolific diva, who is rumored to be working on a joint LP with husband Jay Z, has kindly been uploading snaps from her glamorous getaway. Including plenty of eye-popping bikini pics that showcase her taunt, non-pregnant tummy.

The game-changing diva added more pics to her ever-growing holiday album today (September 17), treating fans to another sexy bikini pic taken on her luxury yacht. Bey also shared some cute beach snaps with Blue Ivy, which are pretty much adorable. What did we do before Beyonce’s Tumblr? See more pics of Queen Bey and and her beautiful baby after the jump. More »

Jessie J To Play Intimate Showcases In New York City And Los Angeles This October


Jessie J is bringing a little sweetness stateside this fall.

Just ahead of the release of her forthcoming third studio LP Sweet Talker on October 14, the British powerhouse vocalist has just announced two intimate shows in America this October.

Jessie will be heading to Gramercy Theatre in NYC on October 9, followed by a performance on her album release day at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on October 14. And, judging by her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards this year, Jessie’s beloved Heartbeats are certainly in for a stunning live showcase.

The songstress will most likely be performing a mixture of older Who You Are smashes like “Price Tag” and “Domino,” as well as key cuts off of her upcoming album. And hey, maybe her “Bang Bang” BFFs Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj or “Burnin’ Up” collaborator 2 Chainz will stop by too?

In the meantime, get excited for Jessie’s next single by watching her acoustic take on the track after the jump. More »

Taylor Swift Explains The Animators Sequence In “Shake It Off” Outtake


Taylor Swift has been slowly rolling out fun outtakes from behind-the-scenes of the silly video for her smash hit, “Shake It Off.”

Last week, Taylor gave us a look at the ballet, cheerleader and modern dance sequences from the clip. And today, we’re learning a bit more about the The Animators — the futuristic pop-and-lockers. “Dancers are such passionate people about what they do, and they’re so proud to be in a music video representing their style of dance…and I’m so proud to awkwardly ruin it with my dancing,” she deadpans.

Head down after the jump to watch the 1989 singer-songwriter dancing crazy spastic in front of the trained dancers in a vintage Lady Gaga (circa 2008) spaceball look. “I try so hard. I’m always trying so hard…I think that’s the point of this video,” Taylor reflects behind the scenes. Oh, Taylor. More »