Monday night’s episode of the Tonight Show was all about Barbra Streisand. The iconic diva swung by the NYC set of the nighttime talk show and spent the evening with host Jimmy Fallon to promote her new album Partners (out today, September 16). In the spirit of the release, Fallon donned an Elvis wig and a cowboy hat and joined Streisand for a medley of “Love Me Tender” and “I’d Want It To Be You.” They capped the whole shebang off with “It Had To Be You” (as done on Partners by Babs and Michael Buble).
Watch below, and be sure to stick around till the part where Jimmy goes in for a kiss, only to be comically rebuffed by Barbra. More »
We’re all sending good vibes over to Lana Del Rey right now.
Following the cancellation of her planned Live Lounge appearance on BBC Radio 1 in London earlier this week, the Ultraviolence beauty has just cancelled the remainder of her promotional activities planned throughout Europe as a result of an illness, including two private concerts for Virgin Radio listeners in Paris.
“For medical reasons independent of our will, the artist has been forced to cancel all promotional activities planned in Europe over the coming days,” a rep from Universal reportedly said in a statement. More »
Mark your calendars, pop fans, as Sunday, November 9 will bring the MTV Europe Music Awards to the network’s channels across the globe. The event will be broadcast live from Glasgow, Scotland’s The SSE Hydro arena.
It’s usually a given that American acts dominate the nominees for the MTV Europe Music Awards, and this year is no exception: Katy Perry leads the pack with seven nods (including the categories of Best Song, Best Pop, Best Female, Best Live and Best Video, among a couple others), while Ariana Grande has six. Naturally, award show favorite Pharrell Williams is represented heavily, as well, with five nominations of his own.
The full list of nominees lies in wait below. More »
Jazzy pals Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga continue to roll out their Cheek To Cheek tracks ahead of the album’s release next week (on September 23). This time around it’s “Nature Boy,” a cover of the classic standard written by eden ahbez (yes, his name was in lower case) and made famous when the 1948 Nat King Cole version was released.
Says Gaga of this track (via a press release), “You will recognize ['Nature Boy'] also famously as used in Moulin Rouge, but our rendition with the now late multi-reedist Paul Horn is spectacular. Horn was meant to join Tony & me for the PBS special but sadly passed just weeks before, a New Age Jazz pioneer, lets celebrate him 2day. You will hear his genius in the flute solo of our ‘NATURE BOY’ a solo that will echo through the world today. And forever.” More »
Madonna is nearly ready to reassert her position on the throne.
The iconic #UnapologeticBitch has been teasing tons of alleged song titles and lyrics on her Instagram, taking selfies and hopping in the studio with seemingly dozens of talented acts, including Diplo, Avicii, Disclosure and Natalia Kills among many others. (We’ve been feverishly rounding up all the latest on what to expect from the upcoming LP!)
Now, it seems the first taste of the MDNA follow-up is nearly upon us. More »
DJ/producer Breach has been on a roll in his native country of the UK, after racking up two Top 10 hits in 2013 (“Jack” and “Everything You Never Had”). For his stab at a hat trick, the British musician has paired up with chameleon-like songbird Kelis for a remix of her Food track “Rumble.” Re-titled “The Key” for its official single release, Breach pulls Kelis away from the neo-soul sound she experimented with on her most recent album, and puts her right back on the dancefloor.
That’s not to say “The Key” sounds anything like Kelis’ underrated 2010 foray into French electronic music, Flesh Tone. Rather, Breach gives a somewhat retro house zing to “Rumble” with this one, and in the process underscores the fact that Kelis really is one of the most versatile artists in modern pop. More »
Tove Lo is about to explode — in more ways than one.
Ever since we first heard “Habits (Stay High),” the lead track off of her fantastic Truth Serum EP released back in early March, we already knew that the Swedish singer-songwriter was about to burst in a big way on the pop scene.
Following the debut of her trippy visual for “Not On Drugs,” Tove is keeping the pop goodness coming ahead of the release of her forthcoming debut LP, Queen Of The Clouds, out on September 30.
And today, we’re bringing you one massive smash of an album track: “Timebomb,” available now if you pre-order the album. More »
“I swear to God I’m moving on,” Chris Brown sings in the title track of his sixth album X (out today, September 16). He has insisted as much since he announced X early last year. Brown’s voice floats above a funky bass line and romantic strings on the LP’s first single “Fine China,” bringing to mind Michael Jackson in the early, more innocent days of his solo career. It’s his best impression of the King of Pop yet. However, the hook – “It’s alright, I’m not dangerous” – feels like a somewhat calculated answer to the questions Brown is still facing regarding the 2009 Rihanna incident: What has he learned since then? How does he intend to change? How will he deal with critics?
Brown has released three lackluster albums since that time (Graffiti, F.A.M.E. and Fortune), where he doubled down on both garish Eurohouse beats and his aggression during their most petulant moments. X‘s enduring hit, the Ty Dolla $ign-written “Loyal” is a more finessed example of how the singer’s outlook on women would become horribly retrograde. (Lil Wayne and Tyga join him in flashing money to steal girls from other men, only they all sound offended once they’re the ones left behind.) Despite what “Loyal” hinted, though, X is actually an uneven, though still welcome attempt showing that the troubled Brown wants to change.
:: Iggy Azalea celebrated her first anniversary with basketball player boyfriend Nick Young by shopping at Target. The couple famously went there on their first date. Congratulations! [Instagram]
:: I’m not sure how impressive this is given that it downloaded to your phone whether you wanted it to or not but Apple is bragging U2‘s free Songs Of Innocence LP was accessed by 33 million users. They didn’t say how many people realize they own it. [Billboard]
:: Nick Jonas convinced his girlfriend Olivia Culpo to strip down to her lingerie for his upcoming “Jealous” video. She plays a scantily-clad cellist. The things we do for love. [MTV]
:: It’s time to let this song rest in peace before everyone starts to hate it. Lea Michele revealed that much-performed Frozen ballad “Let It Go” will be interpreted on the new season of Glee. Yay? [Pink Is The New Blog]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
You could grate cheese on Usher‘s six-pack, so it’s not exactly surprising to discover that he’s the fittest man in popular music. The R&B superstar demonstrated his superior athletic ability on today’s (September 15) episode of The Ellen Show by taking on (and conquering) the demanding American Ninja Warrior obstacle course in the studio’s parking lot.
The 35-year-old, who is currently promoting his upcoming The UR Experience tour, demolished the course like a veteran Navy Seal — jumping over objects, climbing walls and hanging off railings like a professional. Usher is still putting the finishing touches on his eighth studio album, which still has no official release date. See the crooner’s athletic side after the jump. More »