Even prior to world hearing his In The Lonely Hour debut album (released in May 2014), Sam Smith has been one of the biggest pop stars to keep on your radar. Now in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, he is reflecting on his musical journey.
For one thing, he quite over everyone comparing him to Adele. “We’re very different, and I feel like the constant comparisons might piss her off,” he tells the magazine. “It just annoys me that people can’t digest two pop stars singing really personal songs who don’t look like normal pop stars.”
As for his upcoming Grammys performance? He has cayenne-pepper juice regime to prep himself: “I’m just very body-conscious. Sometimes I’m really proud that I don’t look like other pop stars. But there’s also moments where I’m like, ‘Ugh, I wish I had abs like Bieber,” he muses. More »
Fall Out Boy is officially back on top.
The “Irresistible” rockers have landed on top of the Billboard 200 this week with their sixth studio album American Beauty/American Psycho, selling over 218,000 album units according to Billboard. (That’s 192,000 in pure album sales and the rest in streaming units, per the new Billboard rules.)
This is Fall Out Boy’s 3rd #1 album, following 2013′s Save Rock And Roll and 2007′s Infinity On High. And that’s not the only cause for celebration! Joey Bada$$ sails in at #5 this week with 58,000 units sold of his debut, B4.Da.$$, while The Decemberists (#7) and Marilyn Manson (#8) both scored Top 10 debuts this week as well with their respective records. And, of course, Twitter hack survivor Taylor Swift is still holding strong with 1989 at #2.
Check out the full Top 10 of this week’s Billboard 200 after the jump. More »
Carrie Underwood is kicking off 2015 with a bang — a bang bang, actually — with her “Little Toy Guns.”
After washing away the pain with her inspirational, Grammy Award-nominated “Something In The Water,” the country diva is pulling the trigger on her next selection from her 2014 greatest hits compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1.
The emotional track, which chronicles a tough situation at home between warring parents and a terrified child, was co-written alongside Hillary Lindsey and Chris DeStefano. “So excited to announce my new single, ‘Little Toy Guns’. Hope you love this song as much as I do!” she wrote on Instagram along with the single art, which features the songstress looking solemn in front of lyrics scrawled in the background.
Are you excited for “Little Toy Guns” to be Carrie’s next single? Check out the single art and listen to the track after the jump, and let us know your comments below. More »
The biggest-selling boy band of all time, Backstreet Boys have never been more honest and revealing about where they are in their now 22-year-long career than in their new documentary, Show ’Em What You’re Made Of. Opening in theaters (and also available on iTunes and VOD) on Friday, January 30, the documentary paints a revealing picture of AJ, Howie, Nick, Brian and Kevin’s lives onstage and off, as they reminisce, write music and prep for the 2013 release of both their album, In a World Like This, and subsequent reunion tour.
Through vintage footage, unguarded moments and more access to the band than has ever been available before, Show ’Em What You’re Made Of is a record of where the BSBs have been, where they’re going and why we still love them so very much.
We stopped fanning out long enough to grill Nick Carter on staying passionate about music, keeping five alpha male egos in check and a zombie Western movie he’s written for himself. More »
Marina And The Diamonds‘ fourth buzz track (or her Froot of the Month) is here, and it is a stunner! Titled “I’m A Ruin,” the mid-tempo song finds the Welsh singer reflecting on life and how she’s been loving selfishly: “I know that I can’t have it all/ But without you I’m afraid I’ll fall.” The tense vocals are backed by lush, throwback synths and hard-hitting drums.
“I’m A Ruin” is off Marina And The Diamonds’ forthcoming third studio LP Froot (out April 3), which includes tracks like “Happy,” “Immortal” and — of course — the quirky title track. Along with the new album, the singer will take the stage at some of the year’s biggest music festivals: SXSW, Coachella and NYC’s Governors Ball. Take a listen to “I’m A Ruin” after the jump! More »
Canada is shaping up to be the latest hotbed for the cool girls of pop. And while last year saw Kiesza holding up the dance flag and Allie X emerging with the synth-pop torch, we’ve now got the smooth vibe of Toronto’s Kiki Rowe representing for R&B.
Rowe’s debut mini-album, a self-titled affair, arrived last October and features the production work of DJ Mustard. Held back from that set was the sultry slow jam “Freaky Love,” which contains and irresistible finger-snap beat and finds Rowe “riding to the top” and declaring that “your love is freaky when you’re lookin’ at me!”
Today Idolator is premiering the Moishi-produced “Freaky Love.” Give the sensual song a listen below! More »
“This is not going to be your average interview, K? We’re going to play a drinking game. A drinking game-uh. You are familiar with drinking, right?” And so begins what is already an iconic Madonna interview with Richard Wilkins for Australia’s Today.
The promotional campaign is just heating up for Madge’s 13th studio album Rebel Heart, and this time around, she’s having her interviewers drink a shot of tequila every time they ask a stupid question — and taking a shot for every mindblowingly amazing question she’s asked. “I’m not very drunk, but everyone who walks out of here is.”
The Queen Of Pop also talks her music leak (“I can’t begin to tell you how betrayed I felt”), her daughter Lourdes (“she’s very opinionated”), as well as pop princess like Taylor Swift. And guess what? She’s a fan of the “Blank Space” songstress. “It’s good to have princesses. It means there’s lots of pretty dresses around. I like Taylor Swift. I think she writes really catchy pop songs. Can’t get them out of my head,” she dishes. More »
Sugoi, desu ne?
Rule-breaking pop hottie Charli XCX‘s brand of cool simply can’t be limited by language barriers, which is why she’s decide to re-record her two big hits in Japanese for the Japan release of her sophomore record, Sucker.
The “Doing It” songstress has put a very J-Pop-friendly spin on both “Boom Clap” and “Break The Rules,” alternating between English and Japanese. Her pronunciation is actually pretty solid, too! Intriguingly, this isn’t Charli’s first flirtation with the idea of Japanese pop music: In an interview with Time before the release of her album, she said that her next album will “be heavily inspired by Japanese pop music” and will sound “intensely weird and childlike.”
Listen to extended previews of Charli’s “Boom Clap” and “Break The Rules” in Japanese after the jump. More »
The 57th annual Grammy Awards are less than two weeks away, and the show continues to add some pretty major performances! The latest on the roster? They’re all in the form of duets: Cheek To Cheek‘s Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett; The Voice coaches & collaborators Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani; and Jessie J with…Tom Jones? Annie Lennox also plans to take the music stage alongside Hozier.
These new additions will join previously announced performers like Madonna, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Pharrell, Usher, Ed Sheeran and more. Look out for the 2015 Grammys when they air on February 8 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
View the emoji-filled announcements from the Grammys and more after the jump! More »
Did You Hear?
:: Another day, even more Young Money/Cash Money drama. The latest addition to the saga is frontman Lil Wayne wanting to release Drake and Nicki Minaj off Cash Money Records. Weezy is reportedly planning to sue Birdman for $8 million, and is asking for the Young Money artists to be kept under his control. Truthfully, it won’t be a bad move as they are the two biggest stars on the roster who don’t need to rely on Birdman’s name. But it’s all about loyalty…right? [Rap-Up]
:: This year’s list of Top 500 Influential Brits include some of your favorite artists: One Direction, Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, James Blake, Blur and more! The list aims to “shine a spotlight on the people who are making the most impact on this fast-changing industry, from the recording artists and record label executives, to the radio playlist-setters, music critics and the people changing the face of the music industry in the digital age.” [Billboard]
:: John Legend is the latest performer addition for the 87th annual Academy Awards! The singer announced the news on Twitter yesterday (January 27), stating he’ll share the stage with Common. The two join Rita Ora and Adam Levine on the roster.
:: Speaking of Adam Levine, The Voice coach will perform alongside Maroon 5 band members at the first Swim Special for Victoria’s Secret. This comes as no surprise, as wife Behati Prinsloo is a model for the lingerie brand. Look out for the show when it airs on February 26 at 10 p.m. EST on CBS. [Celebuzz]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »