Jhene Aiko is on one hell of roll. After years of feature spots and false starts, the R&B diva’s debut EP Sail Out landed at number eight on the Billboard 200. Breakthrough single “The Worst” is also one of the biggest urban radio hits of 2014 — thanks, in part, to ongoing support from Drake. He even made his Coachella debut during one of her sets.
The 26-year-old bombshell is hoping to raise her profile even further in the lead up to debut LP Souled Out and an eye-popping pictorial in the latest issue of GQ magazine can only help. Jhene posed in black panties and a camouflage-print jacket. She seems to have lost her top but shit happens on photo shoots! See the sexy pic after the jump. More »
Aaaand now we know how that Chris Martin stint on The Voice came about. In a move reminiscent of Justin Timberlake‘s primetime special for The 20/20 Experience, Coldplay just announced they’ll be presenting Ghost Stories in a 60-minute special on NBC the night before the album’s release. Coldplay: Ghost Stories will feature 360-degree footage from the band’s intimate March performance in L.A., which will be interspersed with a cinematic filmed narrative (wouldn’t it be great if that part involved them literally telling ghost stories?).
In addition to new songs like “Magic” and “Midnight,” the special will include live renditions of past hits like “Viva La Vida,” “Paradise” and “Clocks.” The special airs May 18 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Watch the trailer below. More »
For her first American performance of new single “I Will Never Let You Down,” UK songstress Rita Ora was decked out in a white frilly dress, which she strutted and stomped around in on the Tonight Show stage last night. Ora was flanked by two backup dancers and a full band that proceeded to transform Calvin Harris‘ production into a more organic sound for Jimmy Fallon‘s audience. But just to add a bit of, um, color to the whole spectacle, Ora pristine white dress ended up splattered with paint before all was said and done.
“I Will Never Let You Down” was released on US iTunes this week. Watch Rita’s performance above, and see if it has you rushing to download. More »
At the domestic box office, Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen is currently about $93,000 shy of hitting the $400 million mark. And on the Billboard 200, the movie’s soundtrack has now racked up an 11th week at the top, thus surpassing the 10-week run of The Lion King in 1994 to become the longest-reigning #1 soundtrack from an animated feature in the chart’s history. And, thanks to Easter holiday shopping, Frozen sold another 259,000 copies — the album’s best sales week since its November 2013 release.
This leaves the Top 10′s new entries to debut in the #2 through #5 positions, including Jason Derulo‘s third LP Talk Dirty at #4 (his first Top 10 album, with 44,000 sold) and Ingrid Michaelson at #5 with Lights Out (37,000).
Anyone think Iggy Azalea‘s The New Classic is posing any kind of threat to a 12th week the top for Frozen? Nah, probably not. More »
Pharrell has dropped a video for G I R L opening track “Marilyn Monroe.” He sings, “I just want a different girl,” and in the video, he certainly gets his wish. It starts with Pharrell going in to embrace some beautiful goddess, only to see her vanish just before he wakes up from a dream — but then the remainder of the reality-based visual is more like a fantasy, as he’s surrounded by dozens of women dancing to the orchestral funk number in what basically amounts to an ode to the manic pixie dream girl.
There’s also an appearance from the purple-coiffed Kelly Osbourne, who is featured briefly on the track and has struck Pharrell with cupid’s arrow in the visual. Check it out up top. More »
Kelis is one of the industry’s most versatile entertainers: She’s tackled funky, Top 40-friendly R&B (“Milkshake”), hip-hop (“Bossy”), dance floor-ready electronica (“Acapella”) and now, she’s moved into the throwback soul arena, tossing blaring horns, gentle guitars and rich vocals into the appropriately titled Food, a filling homemade concoction released yesterday (April 22) via Ninja Tune. (Have you checked out the review yet?)
Featuring foodie-friendly titled cuts like “Jerk Ribs,” and “Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy,” as well as “Rumble,” the album takes us out of the dance floor and into the dining room for some tasty sonic grub.
Since we believe all good music should be served at high volume, we’re giving away a 3-room Sonos Wireless HiFi system to blast this Food out loud. Want to win? Head below to find out how. More »