On Glee, Lea Michele graduated from William McKinley High to NYADA, and from a character who series writers seemed to have run out of ideas for in Season 3 to one of three faces who now have viewers breathing a collective sigh of relief when they pop up in each episode (the other two being fellow Glee vets Chris Colfer and Naya Rivera).
So here we are prepping for 2014, which will hopefully boast far better creative output from the music sphere than 2013 did. Lea finds herself going for pop glory by throwing a cap into the mainstream ring with upcoming album Louder, the tracklist for which was revealed today. First single/album opener “Cannonball” was penned by Sia, something immediately evident in the minute-and-a-half preview of the song now available online. “I won’t hide inside, I gotta get out, gotta get out, gotta get out,” Michele sings in the lead-up to the chorus, with a vocal delivery reminiscent of Sia’s own unique phrasing acrobatics.
Give “Cannonball” a spin and catch the Louder tracklist below. More »
The internet has been buzzing about a potential Shakira/Rihanna duet since a vague report appeared in a Colombian gossip magazine last week. What seemed like flimsy proof at first has been bolstered by whispers that the “Hips Don’t Lie” diva is in Los Angeles filming a video with the Barbadian babe and even a Twitter slip from the new mom’s body double.
In a tweet that was subsequently removed — don’t worry, we got a screen grab! — Alexita Ortiz wrote: “Working on set with Shakira:) As her stand in for the new music video featuring Rihanna”. That was confirmed, to some extent, by a tweet from the Columbian goddess saying: “I Just finished the video for my first single with director Joseph Kahn!”
I guess we’ll have to wait until an official announcement but it’s a tantalizing prospect. Shakira’s duet with Beyonce was a worldwide smash and a collab with RiRi would, no doubt, find similar success. It would also been a strong start to a complicated album campaign that has suffered a string of setbacks and postponements since 2012. See the tweets after the jump. More »
Emeli Sande is a (rapidly) rising star in America but, at home, she’s an untouchable chart force — and has the receipts to prove it! Her much-praised debut LP Our Version Of Events is the UK’s best-selling album for the second year in a row. It sold 640,000 copies in 2013, bringing its total to an eye-watering 2.03 million units.
Who else featured in the nation’s top 10 best-selling albums? Michael Buble‘s To Be Loved came second with 456,000 copies sold, while the Les Miserables motion picture soundtrack rounded out the top three. There were some surprises, notably Bastille‘s Bad Blood and Jake Bugg‘s self-titled LP. See the full top 10 after the jump. More »
Britney Spears has unveiled yet another short clip from her forthcoming “Perfume” music video. And it’s, well, it’s only five seconds long. But there’s so much subtext in those five seconds! In the snippet from the visual, Britney is walking away from a handsome man — the same guy from the two clips Brit Instagrammed over the weekend. She seems to be smiling, but he seems dejected, and hopefully we’ll find out why when the full video premieres Tuesday (December 10).
Spears said she “had to dig deep and really play with some acting chops for this one,” but she also said that Britney Jean was a personal album, so who even knows what to expect. More »
Ashley Tisdale, the erstwhile queen of pop (okay, so she was never the queen of pop, per se, but Guilty Pleasure is still one of the best pop albums of the late noughties), has finally rewarded fans’ patience after four long years without new tunes: The songstress posted something on Twitter that certainly looks like cover artwork for a new single, with the cryptic message: “7 days…… 12/16 #YoureAlwaysHere #specialproject.”
So what is this special project? Well, it’s probably a song called “You’re Always Here,” and it looks like it involves her, wrapped in a sheet, with flawlessly tousled beachy waves and dark, heavy eye makeup, and frankly, if you need to know anything more than that to be certain that this is a noteworthy occurrence, you’re wrong. More »
Sage The Gemini is one of the breakout success stories of 2013. Landing two huge hits — “Red Nose” and “Gas Pedal” — and sparking a dance craze while still unsigned, the Bay Area MC is destined for even bigger things in 2014 when his Republic Records debut LP drops.
The 21-year-old recently dropped by the Idolator studio to chat about instant fame, his much-anticipated album and why his songs make everybody want to have sex. Sage also talked about his dream collaborators, which range from 2 Chainz and Robin Thicke all the way through to Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. Watch up top. More »