The Avener‘s self-titled EP finally arrived in America last week via Republic Records. It includes the French DJ’s global smash “Fade Out Lines,” which has already wreaked havoc on charts across Europe and Australia. With similarly low-key Euro-house anthems (Robin Schulz‘s remixes of “Waves” and “Prayer In C” spring to mind) doing damage on the Billboard Hot 100, the chance of Tristan Casara (his real name) repeating that success stateside has to be fairly high.
A deep house remix of an obscure Phoebe Killdeer & The Short Straws track called “The Fade Out Line,” The Avener’s earworm is as French as a thickly buttered baguette with its chic synths, sexy vocal and less-is-more approach. The result is brooding dance anthem that works just as well in a club or blasting from the car radio on your way to work. Watch the distinctly European video up top and see the rising producer’s EP tracklist after the jump. More »
Thanks to gambling website BetOnline you can now place a wager on Katy Perry‘s boobs making a cameo during her Super Bowl performance on Sunday (February 1). God bless America. What are the odds? Gamblers actually stand to lose money if the “Dark Horse” diva brings out her big balloons. However, if she keeps it PG, you will received $3.50 for every dollar you bet.
Mind you, we’re only talking about cleavage — so unless the 30-year-old performs in a nun’s habit, chances are there will be boob. Apart from being the source of a ridiculous/sexist gambling opportunity, Katy has been hyping her Super Bowl appearance with cute Instagram pics and an unlikely magazine cover. She has already described her set as strong and empowering, yet still tongue-in-cheek. Bring it on. More »
Sam Smith is in the midst of a pre-Grammys promo blitz. The Brit has spoken to V magazine, landed on the cover of Rolling Stone and graced the glossy pages of GQ. There is significant crossover in all three interviews (he’s an old soul etc), but the 22-year-old does make a couple of bold statements in the latter. For starters, he wants female artists to cover up. “I miss the days when girls would wear full long dresses and just stand onstage and sing,” the “Stay With Me” hitmaker laments. “That’s what I’m trying to bring back: that timeless element.”
The selfie-aficionado does, however, have some kind words for Taylor Swift — regardless of her hemline. “At the American Music Awards I got to sit down with her and chat,” Sam reveals. “She’s a role model. I really respect her. And she manages to sell a lot of records and make a lot of people happy financially, but also to keep that soulfulness, that honesty.”
He also clarified his stance on dating/hook-up apps. “I made a statement recently about how Grindr and Tinder and those dating apps are just killing romance,” Sam explains. “People are losing the ability to just walk up to people in a bar and say hello. Sex is on tap, isn’t it, with apps like that?” It turns out, the multiple-Grammy nominee prefers an old-fashioned approach. “It may work for some people, but I miss the mystery. I find it much more sexy when someone’s fully dressed in a suit and you’ve got to work to undress them.” More »
The Lil Wayne vs. Birdman saga has just got even more serious! The “Start A Fire” rapper was previously reported to be suing Cash Money Records for $8 million, due to a violation of contract claim that resulted in the delayed released of Weezy’s Tha Carter V album.
Fast forward to now, and that number has jumped to even greater heights. The rapper is now allegedly suing Birdman (aka the CEO of the record label and Wayne’s partner-in-crime) for — get this — $51 million! According to TMZ, he claims that Birdman is withholding tens of millions the label owes Wayne for the pushed-back album. More »
After making the leap from YouTube stardom to buzz artist with a major label deal, Tori Kelly showed the full scope of her vocal ability and songwriting prowess on 2013 EP Foreward. It was a great introduction to the 22-year-old but didn’t have the radio-friendly hit needed to take things to the next level. The “Dear No One” diva isn’t going to make the same mistake again on her debut LP — hitting up Swedish maestro Max Martin to produce lead single “Nobody Love.”
Tori teased a 15-second snippet of the track on Instagram this afternoon (January 28) and it sounds like the man behind most of Taylor Swift‘s 1989 album has helped craft another winner. “Ain’t nobody love, ain’t nobody love like you do,” the newcomer sings in the bubbly chorus. It’s very late-’90s Mariah Carey (Ariana Grande will be mad jealous!) but she has the vocal chops to pull it off. Check out the future hit after the jump. More »
It looks like Rita Ora isn’t the only one getting it right and tight this year! Straight after the singer’s Adidas campaign release, fellow UK chanteuse Ellie Goulding has revealed a fitness-based one of her own!
The “Love Me Like You Do” singer stars in a new Nike campaign as the celebrity face of the brand’s new clothing collection. “I feel quite proud to be an ambassador for women who realize that being fit is better than being skinny,” the starlet says about the opportunity. “I have to be fit to do all the things I want to on stage.” View the photos in the gallery up top, and catch the video campaign after the jump! More »
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, jazzy sweethearts, are keeping the Cheek To Cheek promo coming. Not only are they about to perform at the 2015 Grammy Awards, but they just released their critically hailed Cheek To Cheek: LIVE! to DVD/Blu-Ray on January 20.
The 90-minute special, filmed last year at the Rose Theater of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, features the two talented crooners performing selections from their #1 duets record. And today, the twosome just premiered footage of one of their performances from the special taping: “Goody Goody.” Seated in a giant rocking chair with an oversized hat, Gaga coquettishly pleads for Mr. Tony Bennett to take her back after going for another guy. “I’m not a rascal! I’m just a baddie baddie!” she begs. Oh, these two!
Check out Gaga and Tony’s performance up top, then let us know what you think in the comments below.
Selena Gomez now has more Instagram followers than Justin Bieber. (22.35 million people check out Sel’s selfies, while her ex-boyfriend has to settle for an audience of just 22.33 million). The stunning development was a big deal on Twitter for a couple of seconds — at least among Selenators — but Calvin Klein’s new poster boy soon hit back by posting new music on the photo/video sharing app.
“How do I lives become lighter? How do our eyes become brighter?” Justin croons over strummed guitar in the first snippet. “You gotta believe in something higher.” It’s a pretty acoustic ballad that sounds like something from the Canadian’s 2014 sessions with Cody Simpson. The other preview, however, finds the superstar in a darker mood. “How do I always end up the enemy? How do I wake up in the morning when you’re not right next to me?” Could he be referencing his break-up with Selena? Take a listen after the jump. More »
CL, The Baddest Female/2NE1‘s glamorous femcee, has been working on her US debut with a bunch of high-profile collaborators since signing on with manager-extraordinaire Scooter Braun. So far, the list includes Diplo, Skrillex, Will.i.am and now Florence + The Machine (!!) — at least according to rapper/songwriter Bobby Brackins. He had a huge year in 2014 — penning hits for Tinashe and Chris Brown, releasing his own music and befriending the South Korean bombshell.
“I’m friends with this girl CL now, she’s like the biggest artist in Korea,” the “Hot Box” hitmaker told Noisey. “She hit me up to go work on some songs with Florence and the Machine! I couldn’t do it because it was the night before we were flying out to New York but that would have been crazy to work with Florence.” The idea of the 2NE1 starlet hitting the studio with the ethereal Brit boggles the mind but I’m here for it. In any case, it looks like Lee Chaelin (her real name) is destined to make a splash stateside. More »
Hold on to your wigs! The seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race is almost here, and what the show has in store for the upcoming episodes is pretty major! It has been revealed that Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Tamar Braxton and Mel B will be guest judges! Other stars like Olivia Newton-John, Jordin Sparks, Jessica Alba, Kathy Griffin and more are also set to make appearances.
These ladies’ sassy personalities should be a perfect match for the entertaining, diva-worthy show! Look out for the season premiere of Drag Race on March 2 at 9 p.m. EST on LOGO, and catch the official trailer after the jump. More »