Catching Kylie Minogue live in London? I should be so lucky — and in fact, I was!
Last night, the iconic pop diva discoed down to London Town for the first of three headlining nights at the O2 Arena on her Kiss Me Once Tour, which kicked off last week in Liverpool.
As opposed to the grand Grecian architecture of the Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour or the futuristic flashing screens of KylieX2008, the Kiss Me Once Tour is a vastly stripped-down affair in comparison: The stage consists of a single series of structural beams and, apart from the use of a few key props — a light-up pair of lips, a bathtub (more on that later), and of course, some sexercize balls — stays stationary the entire time.
Then again, Kiss Me Once was also a markedly quieter era for Kylie, who spent a majority of the time acting as a judge on The Voice UK as opposed to engaging in heavy promotional duties for her latest LP. But while this particular tour might be less of a visual extravaganza (no water fountains this time around, sadly!), the production stayed true to the very essence of Kylie: Campy smash hits, coquettish cooing and loads of confetti and glitter. More »
Did you hear?
:: British pop band Rixton (known for their super catchy debut single, “Me And My Broken Heart”) have premiered their video for “Wait On Me” off their upcoming album Let The Road - right on Buzznet! The interactive visual is set in the 1920′s and is quite unique – the viewer gets to “chose their fate” throughout the video which affects its outcome. Watch it here now, and look out for Let The Road on January 6, 2015.
:: Denzel Washington is a famously talented actor, but who knew he could do impersonations so well? On a recent interview on The Queen Latifah Show, he did a spot-on impersonation of Jay Z - including his signature laugh! [Vulture]
:: Chris Brown has been on a mission to clean his act up, including clearing up the stories that he is gang affiliated. The singer sat down with MTV’s Sway, stating that he’s just “cordial” with some LA gang members. Um, ok? [MTV]
:: Snoop Dogg has always been the biggest advocate when it comes to marijuana, and the rapper’s latest venture is organizing a “Wellness Retreat Concert” in Alaska. But there’s a catch! He’ll only put on the concert if the state legalizes recreational use of the drug. We’ll see how that turns out… [THR]
:: Jason Derulo is speaking up about his recent break-up with girlfriend Jordin Sparks after three years together. He told Ryan Seacrest that the pressure of marriage played a strong part in the couple’s decision to split. [Ryan Seacrest]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Tinashe hasn’t put a foot wrong since breaking big with ratchet party anthem “2 On” earlier this year. She followed that up with A$AP Rocky-assisted, Janet Jackson-channeling single “Pretend” and a bunch of equally gorgeous buzz tracks (“Feels Like Vegas” and Dev Hynes duet “Bet”). As such, the 21-year-old’s debut LP Aquarius is one of the most eagerly-awaited of the year.
While we wait patiently for that to drop, check out her beautifully shot yet utterly confusing “Pretend” visual. From what I understand Tinashe and A$AP Rocky has a thing in high school but everything got twisted due to strip club drama. (It happens to the best of us). There are also panoramic views of mountains and streams, and a scene where the rising R&B diva stands in the snow. As for the twist ending? I have no idea. Feel free to explain it to me in the comments below. More »
The last we heard from Aussie pop diva Jessica Mauboy she was performing “Sea Of Flags” at Eurovision, which is kind of random given that Australia is exempt from the competition. Since then the 25-year-old has been working on her fourth studio LP with industry heavyweights like Kenny ‘Babyface’Edmonds, who wrote and produced new single “Can I Get A Moment?” (due October 17).
A snippet of the much-anticipated single hasn’t arrived yet but the song is described as “fresh, infectious and up-tempo”. I like all of those adjectives, so I’m hype! Since finishing runner-up on the fourth season of Australian Idol, Jessica has amassed 12 top 20 hits and starred in internationally acclaimed film The Sapphires. An international breakthrough is long overdue. Let’s hope Babyface can help make it happen. More »
As much as I love Sam Smith‘s serotonin-evaporating ballads, it’s always nice to hear him sing happier, upbeat fare. Think his Disclosure collaboration “Latch” or Naughty Boy-assisted earworm “La La La”. The only song resembling those hits on slow jam-heavy In The Lonely Hour is bonus track “Restart” and it has been selected as the set’s next single — at least internationally.
The fifth cut from the 22-year-old’s debut LP (I always thought the tunes released before “Stay With Me” were buzz tracks) is a perky ’80s-influenced synth-anthem about bouncing back from a break-up. It sounds heavy-going but it’s really just a beautifully executed bubblegum pop. The video arrived online today (September 29) and it’s comprised of behind-the-scenes footage from the Brit’s various tours and a group outing to Brighton. See the lighter side of Sam up top. More »
Charli XCX is on a roll at the moment. After earning a well-deserved commercial breakthrough with Iggy Azalea‘s summer-soundtracking smash “Fancy”, the 22-year-old swiftly returned to the upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 with infectious The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack cut “Boom Clap”. In fact, the song was so successful that Atlantic Records had to delay the release of her third LP Sucker until December 16.
It’s time now to step up the promotion for the album’s second single “Break The Rules” and the Brit is clearly aiming for club domination by commissioning a batch of killer remixes. They are all pretty great but the most notable is Tiesto‘s ferocious overhaul. The legendary Dutch DJ ups the BPM and throws in some killer drops. Listen to the monster floorfiller after the jump. More »
It’s hard to believe a year has passed since Lorde dropped her platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning debut LP Pure Heroine. “Royals” and “Team” are still radio staples and she is busily promoting the album with a North American tour while recording new music for the Hunger Games soundtrack (Check out “Yellow Flicker Beat”). To celebrate the milestone, the Kiwi diva wrote a commemorative Tumblr post.
“I’m reminded of this day last year, when pure heroine came out in this country,” the 17-year-old revealed. “The feeling of something very solitary that i had worked on spinning around and around further away from me, becoming someone else’s, everyone’s. the past year of my life has seen everything around me multiply in size and number – the stamps on my passport, the number of people i have to ask before i ride on the ferris wheel after my set at a festival, the decibels that follow me when i walk around in public.”
“The other thing that’s grown is me — my fitness, my mental stamina, my ability to think clearly and make decisions — but most of all, my capacity for love,” Lorde continued. “The thousands upon thousands (wait, millions(?!!)) of you who bought pure heroine truly feel like friends to me — it’s no coincidence i’m posting this note here, where i feel the most happy and safe online, the place where i laugh the most and where every day, i feel like people get me.” More »
The guys from Maroon 5 have certainly switched up their image for the V era — at least, visually. Their “Maps” video told the story of a fatal car crash in reverse and the just-released clip for new single “Animals” plays like a mini-horror movie. Adam Levine stars as a creepy butcher with a bad habit of stalking female customers including real-life wife Behati Prinsloo.
He follows her around town, takes photos of the blond bombshell in her apartment and then, disturbingly, strips off and hangs out in a meat truck. But wait, there’s more! The couple eventually hook up and have surprisingly explicit sex (don’t be surprised if this is removed from YouTube) while covered in blood. I think it’s a dream sequence but it’s still creepy as fuck. Watch Maroon 5′s horror opus up top. More »
Ariana Grande had a busy weekend. After wowing viewers with a duo of elaborate performances (she rocked cat ears and dragged out The Weeknd) on Saturday Night Live, the pint-sized diva headed straight to BPM nightclub to perform a set for gay fans. She even switched up her wardrobe — opting for an all white ensemble. (She kept the cat ears, however).
The 21-year-old belted out current single “Break Free” as well as a solo rendition of Jessie J and Nicki Minaj collaboration “Bang Bang”. The My Everything hitmaker is in full damage control mode at the moment after generating a wave of bad publicity with her alleged diva demands that involve having no photos taken from the right. See a selection of snaps from the gay nightclub adventure after the jump. More »