5 Seconds Of Summer are near unstoppable at the moment. The Australian teenagers have topped iTunes twice (“Don’t Stop” and “Amnesia”) and already racked up three top 50 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 from their self-titled debut LP, which dropped today (July 22). It looks certain to land at number one next week — a feat the newcomers have achieved in 11 other countries.
The boys dropped by Today this morning to perform breakthrough hit “She Looks So Perfect” and the aforementioned “Amnesia” in front of thousands of screaming fans. 5SOS know how to bring it live and drove the crowd into a frenzy with their tight musicianship and catchy hooks. One Direction finally has some legitimate competition. Watch up top and after the jump. More »
Gearing up for her highly anticipated debut LP Goddess, LA singer-songwriter BANKS has been spontaneously releasing tracks into cyberspace to give listeners a little taste of what’s in store, premiering yet another brand new track “Beggin For Thread” yesterday (July 21).
However, unlike the hypnotic number “Drowning” and Shlohmo-produced single “BRAIN,” the latest song is more menacing than ever and, dare we say it, radio-friendly? More upbeat than usual, the tune helps bring BANKS’ glorious pipes to the forefront against the hazy, synth-laden melody, bringing a whole new dimension to this soulstress on the rise.
Listen to the track after the jump. More »
Late last year, a newcomer named Chelsea Lankes captivated us with her lush and appropriately haunting debut single, “Ghost.” The song went on to become a major blogosphere sensation, racking up over 400K plays on Soundcloud alone.
She’s back now — and just in time to lead us into the second half of summer with her equally stunning new single, “Secret.”
While every bit as great as her debut, the long-awaited follow-up is a vastly different beast: Bouncing along an uptempo pulse, the silky-voiced Southern songstress revels in a blissful romance on the joyous synth-pop gem. “Every time you pull me closer, feeling like I won’t get over/Between you and me, you are the secret I keep,” she happily swoons. It’s a sincerely catchy, earnest ode that deserves to make Chelsea formally pop before the release of her debut EP, due out later this fall.
Listen to “Secret” after the jump, and let us know what you think of the song in the comments below. More »
Sure, The Chainsmokers’ breakout cut “#SELFIE” has been described as “garbage, paint-by-numbers EDM,” but haters be damned — that hasn’t stopped the NYC duo‘s members Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall from plowing ahead with another gimmicky (at least in title) offering. This time around the guys have popped a singer named Siren in front of the mic for a new tune called — wait for it — “Kanye.”
“One day I’ll stand with a crown on my head like a god,” Siren chirps on the track. The Chainsmokers themselves introduced “Kanye” by way of a short snippet and fur-adorned cover art popped on their Instagram bearing the caption, “You can be anything you want to be!”
We’re not quite sure yet just how much Kanye West fawning happens on the song, but for now you can give the short clip a listen below. More »
Selena Gomez celebrates her 22nd birthday today and we’re put together a gallery of the Stars Dance diva’s 22 cutest Instagram pics to celebrate. It wasn’t easy because everything Sel does is pretty much adorable, but some snaps really stood out. Like the time she ‘took back her power’ by posing in a bikini or when she cried because she couldn’t stop and talk to fans after a concert in New York?
The Spring Breakers actress is rumored to have a greatest hits collection on the way and is already working on her next LP. When you consider that she already has a handful of movie in the can, 2014 is shaping up to be another banner year for the game’s cutest triple threat. While Justin Bieber is yet to wish his on-again/off-again girlfriend a happy birthday, Taylor Swift came through. See her well wishes after the jump. More »
Bound to be one of the hottest hip-hop shows of 2014, the Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour just released a little teaser, and, like The Karate Kid’s Mr. Miyagi and Daniel LaRusso, it seems that this is another classic case of the teacher versus the student. Created by Capcom, the video is done in the style of the video game Street Fighter where Lil Wayne and Drake are pegged against each other as Sage versus the Protégé, guaranteeing a truly epic clash of hip-hop heavyweights.
“Since, thank god we’ve been so successful, [we'll just be] going back and forth with our hits and getting the crowd to go crazy, then just finally hit the stage together,” Weezy revealed to MTV News. “It’s a battle type thing.”
But don’t worry, folks — it’s all in good fun. Catch the trailer up top, and get ready for the throw-down of the summer! More »