Alicia Keys let the cat out of the bag on Twitter this afternoon (March 11). She’s collaborated with Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar and legendary composer Hans Zimmer on a song for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. She even gave away the title — it’s called, accurately enough, “It’s On Again”.
There’s no word on a release date yet, which is upsetting because this line-up is positively tantalizing. According to early reports, Pharrell and Hans co-wrote the track, while Alicia performed it with a verse or two from Kendrick. Regardless of how they split duties, a track created by these music giants can’t be anything less than amazing. Right? See the “Girl On Fire” diva’s tweet after the jump. More »
Jhene Aiko‘s star continues to rise with the alt-R&B diva covering next month’s Complex magazine — in a sexy black swimsuit, no less! She looks absolutely gorgeous (of course) and the aquatic theme fits in with the title of her critically acclaimed Sail Out EP, which we declared as one of 2013′s best.
2014 promises to be an even bigger year from the Def Jam artist. She’s currently enjoying her first solo entry on the Billboard Hot 100 with confessional slow jam “The Worst” and putting the finishing touches on much-anticipated debut LP Souled Out. When I spoke with Jhene last year, she suggested EP highlight “Comfort Inn Ending” was a good indication of what’s to come on the album. It can’t come quick enough! More »
Lily Allen is nothing if not honest. When a frustrated fan jumped on Twitter this morning (March 11) to vent about her new music, calling it “docile pop rubbish” and “so disappointing” — the Brit replied and expressed her agreement. “What you’ve heard so far yes,” she replied to the shock of some supporters.
But there was a caveat, of sorts. “All i can do is do my best, the labels and the radio stations won’t play the better stuff,” the 28-year-old explained before urging the bamboozled fan to “keep the faith”. Lily’s admission is pretty extraordinary. I can’t remember another artist copping to releasing bad music just to get played on the radio.
At least Lily’s tweet explains the dubious direction of “Hard Out Here” and “Air Balloon”. And, reading between the lines, her tweets hint at Sheezus containing better material. I love her candor but surely she’s a big enough artist to ignore radio and release whatever she likes? It’s not like the hitmaker is new to the game and struggling to find an audience. See the eyebrow-raising exchange after the jump. More »
Chromeo‘s brilliant retro-dance excursion “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” — easily one of the best singles of 2014 thus far — has been overhauled by The Chainsmokers. You know, the dope New York City duo behind iTunes-conquering smash “#Selfie” (or, as I like to call it, Instagram: The Musical).
The Chainsmokers certainly know their way around a remix (listen to the dance outfit’s epic transformation of Bastille‘s “Flaws”) and they completely reconstruct Chromeo‘s gem. The early ’80s-flavored jam now has an acoustic, piano-based intro before the BPM shoots through the roof and “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” transforms into a very modern sounding floorfiller. Listen after the jump. More »
Calvin Harris dropped a bomb on clubland yesterday (March 10) when he threw a six second snippet of a new song on Instagram. Today the Scottish DJ treats us to a bigger bite of “Summer” and, rather excitingly, even hints at a March 14 release date in his post. The sunny season clearly starts early in 2014!
The second “Summer” preview reveals the involvement of a male vocalist, who sings sweetly about finding love in the warmer months. “When I met you in the summer to my heartbeat’s sound, we fell in love ’til the leaves turned brown,” croons the mystery man over expertly layered synths. It’s hard to tell from such a short preview but Calvin’s latest sounds extremely promising. Listen after the jump. More »
Bill O’Reilly hilariously referred to Kanye West as a “gangster rapper” a couple weeks ago, so it’s important to know this is a man who is in tune with pop music before we dive into this non-story. The TV pundit has now focused his rage on Beyonce and the supposed bad example she’s setting for teenagers in her “Partition” video. In a recent interview with Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, who was there to discuss meditation, O’Reilly for some reason decided to go on a tangent about the visual.
“She puts out a new album with a video that glorifies having sex in the back of a limousine. Teenage girls look up to Beyoncé, particularly girls of color,” he said. “Why on Earth would this woman do that? Why would she do it when she knows the devastation that unwanted pregnancies… and fractured families.” He continued: “I believe an entertainer like Beyoncé and a mogul like you have an obligation to protect children, not put out exploitive garbage that you know harms impressionable children.”
Simmons, after trying to steer the conversation back to his book, relented and defended “Partition” as art. “Beyonce having sex in the back of a limo and referencing Monica Lewinsky is art?” an incredulous O’Reilly responded. More »