Imanos’ Mixtape ‘The New Republic’ Features The First Official Remix Of “Bang Bang”: Idolator Premiere

If you’ve set foot in a club in the past year, chances are you’ve been assaulted (in a good way!) by Imanos‘ beats. The rising producer, who recently signed to Casablanca Records, has featured in sets by Skrillex, Avicii, Steve Aoki and Dillon Francis. He also co-produced Diplo‘s monstrous “Revolution” and co-wrote the title track of Jessie J‘s new LP Sweet Talker.

Speaking of the British comeback queen, the Vancouver-born DJ’s latest mixtape Imanos x Casablanca Presents: The New Republic features the first official remix of “Bang Bang”. He transforms the Ariana Grande/Nicki Minaj earworm into a meaty house anthem with lashings of trap to keep things interesting. The 19-song set, which we are very excited to premiere, also features killer overhauls of hits by John Newman, The Weeknd and Somo. Start the party by pressing play after the jump. More »

Pentatonix’s Cover Of Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”: Listen

Pentatonix fans have come out in full force today, as evidenced by the current iTunes chart placing of the vocal group’s latest release, PTX Vol. III — it’s at #3, out-selling such releases as Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s Cheek To Cheek (#5), Lenny Kravitz‘s Strut (#7), LIGHTSLittle Machines (#15) and Jennifer Hudson‘s JHUD (#16).

One such curiosity from the PTX Vol. III tracklist we’ve had our eye on — and are now finally able to hear — is the quintet’s cover of Clean Bandit‘s current chart smash  “Rather Be.” The truth is, you can be as cynical as you want, but we dare you to not crack a smile while listening.

Head below to hear Pentatonix’s giddy take on the British group’s infectious hit. More »

Jennifer Hudson’s ‘JHUD’: Review Revue

Jennifer Hudson has become known for her powerhouse voice that is usually showcased with over-the-top ballads. Yet her third album JHUD (released today, September 23rd) shows a different side of the singer. Instead of moody tearjerkers, Hudson opts for a more danceable, disco-inspired vibe on the new LP.

JHUD features songs like “Dangerous” and the Iggy Azalea-assisted “He Ain’t Going Nowhere” - making it clear that Hudson wanted to stray away from her typical sound, and dive into a lighter fare that is more suited for the dance floor.

But what did music critics think of Hudson’s latest effort? Read on after the jump to find out! More »

Bette Midler Returns With ‘It’s The Girls’, A Tribute To Girl Groups, In November

Rejoice: The Divine Miss M is back!

Eight years after her last studio album Cool Yule, iconic chanteuse Bette Midler is returning with a brand new album on November 4.

And this time around, she’s tipping her hat to the ladies — girl groups, specifically — who have impacted her life the most, from The Ronettes to TLC. (Yes, really!)

The 15-track collection promises to include exciting rearrangements of the classics, including a “country-fied” take on The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love.” (!) And, in case you had any doubt, Queen Bette has exquisite taste in modern girl groups as well: “From the ’90s on, my favorites were TLC and Destiny’s Child. ‘Waterfalls’ was a heartbreaker, especially if you were a mom, and it had a big effect on me. I never thought I would have the nerve to sing it, but we had an idea for it that works, and I am so glad I took the chance,” she explained to Billboard. More »

Mary J. Blige’s ‘The London Sessions’ Tracklist Revealed: Listen To Lead Single “Therapy,” Co-Written By Sam Smith

As previously announced, Mary J. Blige recently found herself traveling to London for a month to work with such producers, songwriters and overall chart fixtures as Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy and Jimmy Napes. The fruits of all this overseas labor is Blige’s upcoming, Rodney Jerkins-executive-produced 13th album The London Sessions (out December 2), which was made available for pre-order on iTunes today. Along with that comes the reveal of the tracklist and the availability of the LP’s lead single, “Therapy.” More »

Kendrick Lamar Releases “i”: Listen To The New Single

After the musical bomb that was good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Kendrick Lamar follows up his 2012 debut with a brand new single – simply titled, “i.” The song, produced by Rahki, is the first insight to the rapper’s highly anticipated, yet-to-be-titled sophomore album.

“i” is an inspiring track, where Lamar triumphantly shouts “I love myself” throughout the chorus. The Isley Brothers‘ “That Lady” sample also boosts the song’s groovy nature. “i” definitely doesn’t sound like anything that is on urban radio – there are no trap influences, heavy bass drops or overtly explicit lyrics.

But don’t just take our word for it! Listen to “i” after the jump. More »

Madison Beer “Unbreakable (Haides Remix)”: Idolator Premiere

Over the summer, Madison Beer released her “Melodies” follow-up single “Unbreakable.” The song, produced by Emanuel Kiriakou (Demi Lovato, Celine Dion) and Andrew Goldstein, is an uplifting pop anthem in its own right, but in remix form it really takes flight.

Idolator premiered dancefloor maestro Monsieur Adi‘s reworking of Beer’s “Unbreakable” back in July. Now we’re giving you the first listen of the Haides Remix. Listen to the 19-year-old Londoner’s take on Madison’s empowering pop jam below. More »

Nicki Minaj And Madonna Hung Out In New York City Last Night

Madonna and Nicki Minaj are continuing to come for all your L-U-V.

Last night, somewhere between Madge’s many studio sessions for her upcoming album and Nicki’s ongoing #AnacondaPromo, the two superstars met up in New York City.

“My trip to New York isn’t the same unless I bump into the Queen. #BitchItsMadonna,” the “Anaconda” superstar wrote on her Instagram of the two divas huddled close together. “We go Hard or we go Home we Gon Do this all night long! #werk” Madonna continued on her own post. More »

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett’s ‘Cheek To Cheek’: Review Revue

Lady Gaga has shown signs of her love for Jazz throughout her career, but with her latest project she dives into the genre at full speed! Cheek To Cheek, her collaborative album with the legendary Tony Bennett, was released today (September 23). The album finds the usually over-the-top singer putting her vocals to the forefront, and displaying a more soulful personality – not to mention that she manages to hold her own next to one of the biggest musical greats of our time.

Featuring classic ditties like “Nature Boy” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” Cheek To Cheek is a refreshing listen that highlights the undeniable talent of both Gaga and Bennett and how well they work together.

But what did the music critics think of Cheek To Cheek? Keep reading to see what they had to say about the duet’s album. More »

LIGHTS’ ‘Little Machines’: Album Review

If there’s any artist who’s proven that you don’t necessarily need all the frills and tricks to have have a continuous career, it’s LIGHTS. From the moment she dropped her self-titled EP in 2008 and caught the attention of clothing retailer Old Navy, LIGHTS’ light and airy vocals, spacey melodies and honest lyrics drew fans from all over the world and forged the way for her debut album The Listening in 2008 and 2011’s sophomore effort Siberia.Now she’s back with her third LP Little Machines (out today, ), which LIGHTS recently told us was her best work yet. After looking at the progression over the past six years, it’s not that hard to agree. The album not only gives her devoted fans a lot of the sounds that made them fall for her in the first place, it also contains various nuances that show her growth and maturity. Sure, she’s still in her 20s (27 to be exact). But now that’s not only married and a mom, LIGHTS has clearly gone through a number of experiences that inspired songs that can appeal to an older audience as well. More »