Did you buy an album last year? There’s a 13% chance it was made by a Brit.
According to the BPI, albums recorded by British artists accounted for one in every eight albums sold during the 2013 sales year, including One Direction‘s Midnight Memories (the highest selling British album of 2013) and Take Me Home, Mumford & Sons‘ Babel and Adele‘s 21.
And that’s not all! According to The BPI’s Gennaro Castaldo, British artists have accounted for the year’s top-selling album in the world for the past six out of seven years, including Coldplay‘s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Susan Boyle‘s I Dreamed a Dream, Adele’s 21 and 1D’s Midnight Memories. More »
Kacey Musgraves‘ Grammy-winning LP Same Trailer Different Park caught us off guard in the best way possible when it arrived in 2013, and quickly became one of our favorite albums of the year. Now the record’s producer, Luke Laird, has set about working with another Nashville singer-songwriter on the rise: Maggie Chapman.
If you’re not yet up on Maggie, she released a six-track, self-titled EP in February containing catchy country-pop tunes like “Golden Girl” and “Pickin’ Petals.” Today Idolator is announcing her follow-up release, debut album Vignette (out September 16). Maggie co-wrote all 10 tracks on the LP, and you can listen to new song “It Should’ve Been You,” a true story about two of the singer’s high school sweetheart friends who ran into each other years later at a funeral, below. More »
Begin shaking and crying now, Angels and Beliebers: Cody Simpson and Justin Bieber‘s majorly anticipated collaboration is nearly upon us.
Although the frequently headline-making Biebs didn’t have time to finish that duet with Ariana Grande, he did manage to hop in the studio with the Aussie teen heartthrob back in June.
Late last night, Cody tweeted about their upcoming music and uploaded an Instagram video teasing the new tune. And, although it sounds a little muffled, the heartfelt guitar-led ballad still sounds like a promising collaboration. “You tell me love is blind, but baby, I can see it all…”
Are you ready for Cody and Justin’s collaboration? Check out the teaser after the jump, and ;et us know what you think in the comments below. More »
The “Baby Got Back” revival continues. Nicki Minaj‘s latest single “Anaconda” has sprung a leak (in low quality form) ahead of its August 5 release date, and if you thought the cover art whipped people into a frenzy, wait till you get a load of the raunchy lyrics to the song itself.
The title comes from Sir Mix-A-Lot‘s infamous 1992 lyric “my anaconda don’t want none, unless you got buns, hon,” while also sampling the while “oh my gosh, look at her butt” bit from “Baby Got Back.” Nicki of course adds her own classy twist to the track by rapping about “this dude named Michael” who has a “dick bigger than Eiffel.” Minaj gets the upper hand, however, when she informs us that her “pussy put his ass to sleep, now he callin’ me Nyquil.” More »
Ready to bawl your eyes out? Glee‘s Dianna Agron and The Mindy Project‘s Chris Messina play an unhappy married couple in the video for Sam Smith‘s latest In The Lonely Hour single “I’m Not The Only One.” Directed by Luke Monaghan, the clip portrays Dianna as a wife distraught over her husband’s (Messina) extra-marital affair with another woman.
We see Agron down a bottle of wine and stocking up on barbecue lighter fluid at a grocery store, while her husband is off doing the dirty deed. Later she torches all of her better-half’s clothes in the front yard of their house…or did she? More »
:: R&B legend Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz are pregnant with their second child! Congratulations are in order! [Billboard]
:: By now, everyone knows the story about Memory Map‘s Michael Bridavsky and his ridiculously adorable cat Lil Bub. Or, at least,they should. [Spin]
:: DJ Mustard has confirmed that he produced three songs on Rihanna’s upcoming album. [Pop Justice]
:: Canadian DJ Deaudmau5 goes takes his Nyan Cat-wrapped Ferrari out for a “coffee run” with Rob Ford, the current Mayor of Toronto. [TIME]
:: The trailer of DirectTV’s new drama Kingdom, starring Nick Jonas, is officially out, and, let’s just say, he looks more ripped than ever. [Gossip Cop]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today below! More »