If you were hoping for another sassy, radio-friendly hip-pop jam from Iggy Azalea in the exact same vein as breakout smash “Fancy” and “Black Widow” — i.e. rhymes about men forever pawing at the ballin’ blonde rapstress, a cute and poppy sing-song chorus and Azalea’s ubiquitous I-G-G-Y! — then you’ll be more than pleased with “Beg For It.” The song serves as the lead single from Iggy’s upcoming re-issue of her debut LP The New Classic, titled Reclassified, and she’ll work-work-work-work out her debut television performance of the track on Saturday Night Live this weekend.
At one point “Fancy” diva Charli XCX was attached the chorus duties on “Beg For It,” but, you know — the pop game is one that involves a fair amount of shuffle, and now Danish songbird MØ is featured.
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Did You Hear?
:: Congrats are in order for Beyonce and Jay Z! According to People, the star couple renewed their wedding vows after six years of marriage. Maybe now those divorce rumors can be put to an end. [People]
:: Courtney Love will try her hand at acting again, as the Hole singer is set to appear on FOX’s Empire. She will be a recurring guest star on the upcoming drama, playing the role of rocker Elle Dallas. [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine are planning to start their own college. The duo sold their Beats headphones company to Apple for a few billion dollars, and used the money to fund the new venture.The program’s name is called the “USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation.” [Pigeons & Planes]
:: Nine years after his single “You’re Beautiful” debuted, James Blunt is finally agreeing with the rest of the world that the song was (and still is) annoying. He told Hello! magazine, “I think, at the end of the day, I was marketed by a record company to appeal to women during Desperate Housewives‘ commercials and you lose 50 percent of the population in doing so.” Hey, better late than never! [Billboard]
:: Anna Todd, an up-and-coming novelist who writes One Direction fan fiction, just scored a six-figure publishing deal. After, her debut erotic book that follows a character’s sexual interactions with a guy named Harry Styles, will hit your nearest bookshelves next week. [Rolling Stone]
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Guy Sebastian revealed the cover of his Madness LP on Instagram today (October 23). The black-and-white artwork uses a side-shot of the Aussie superstar, which nicely shows off the ink on his arm. The album drops November 21 in his homeland — an international release will follow — and features 2 Chainz-assisted trap/pop banger “Mama Ain’t Proud”.
Other songs to make the tracklist include the 32-year-old’s recent US single “Like A Drum” and infectious EDM adventure “Come Home With Me”. Guy’s last seven albums have all reached the top 10 in Australia, so there’s a lot of pressure on Madness to keep his winning streak intact. Given the success of the singles, it shouldn’t be a problem. Check out the full tracklist after the jump. More »
Rita Ora posted this TBT (Throw Back Thursday) pic on Instagram earlier this morning (October 23) without an explanation. Not that she needs one. The 23-year-old is something of a nude pioneer when it comes to social media, sharing topless pics and even a disturbing kitty snap. [Editor's note: Reminder to have the staff watch And God Created Woman and Viva Maria! and a few other Bridgitte Bardot (pictured above) classics. It's not all about Miley and Rihanna and Rita, you know!]
It’s nice to see that recording a classy ballad with Diane Warren — the wonderful “Grateful” — hasn’t damped her spirit. In other Rita news, she’s still chipping away at her sophomore album after ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris took back all the songs he wrote for it. It’s now expected to drop in early 2015. Check out the cigarette-puffing nude the diva posted after the jump. More »
The Veronicas made a successful return to the pop scene in September after several years of label limbo. The Aussie twins scored a number one hit at home with comeback single “You Ruin Me” and even got Courtney Love‘s seal of approval. (An international release is expected early next year). Jess and Lisa unveiled the cover of their self-titled third LP today (October 23) and also shared iTunes countdown single “Line Of Fire”.
If the stripped-back balladry of “You Ruin Me” wasn’t quite for you, the duo’s new song should be right up your alley. “Line Of Fire” is a return to the frantic rock/pop of the Hook Me Up era — albeit with a grungy twist. “Standing in your line of fire, sorry I’m a real bad liar,” the sisters chirp in the soaring chorus. “You just blow me away.” Take a listen to The Veronica’s latest gem after the jump. More »
WALK THE MOON have a hit on their hands with infectious pop/rock anthem “Shut Up And Dance”. The first taste of the band’s sophomore set is steadily gaining ground on radio and hovering just outside the top 100 on iTunes. A blockbuster video is all the Cincinnati-based rockers need to take things to the next level and they well and truly delivered.
The guys take it back to the ’80s in their hilarious “Shut Up And Dance” visual, which finds lead singer Nicholas Petricca burning up the disco in a particularly fetching outfit. He soon lays eyes on the woman of his dreams things soon get really weird thanks to a serious case of dance floor concussion. Enjoy the retro fashion, graphics and audio equipment (love a good boombox!) up top. More »
Wayne Coyne is well known to pop fans as Miley Cyrus‘ muse (her Instagram is a veritable shrine) but the Flaming Lips frontman struck a similar friendship with Kesha back in 2012. That makes the veteran psychedelic-rocker more qualified than most to comment on the diva’s stunning allegations against super-producer Dr. Luke.
The unlikely duo first collaborated on the 53-year-old’s The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends LP and then decided to record an entire album together, the near-mythological Lip$ha. “The stuff that we did together was just spectacular, and it made us want to do more,” Coyne reveals in an interview with Radio.com. “And I think we did like four or five songs, and then Kesha would remind me, ‘Wayne, I can’t put this music out, Dr. Luke will kill me.’
“I don’t know Dr. Luke at all, but when we [Kesha and I] speak, I know there’s some anxiety about their relationship,” he continues. “I think she would like to have the freedom to do more things in that spirit. Where it’s not — again, I don’t know their situation — but where it’s not producers producing her. She could produce herself, that’s probably what she is wanting to happen with her own career.” More »
Tamar Braxton is coming out of the gate swinging with her Aaliyah-sampling, Future-featuring “Let Me Know,” a dreamy R&B ode to her man, and the lead single from her forthcoming follow-up to 2013′s Love & War.
And to show just how much love she’s got, Tamar’s gone ahead and turned up the heat with about a half dozen glamorous looks for the accompanying visual. From bedside seduction to poolside dramatics on a diving board to lounging in fishnets and lingerie, the Braxton Family Values diva certainly knows how to seduce in a variety of lewks — and sparkle, of course. Just wait until she gets to the eye-popping all-glitter “ensemble”!
You’ve got to give it up for Tamar: It’s going to take her at least a few weeks just to wash off all that glitter. Do you love it? Do you feel it? Let her (and us) know in the comments below. More »
Nick Jonas and his crazy, envy-inducing abs made another appearance today (October 23). The 22-year-old stripped off for Details magazine and proudly displayed all the muscle he gained for hit TV show Kingdom. (He plays an MMA fighter). The “Jealous” hitmaker posed for workout pics and flexed for the camera. It’s not as raunchy as his underwear shoot for Flaunt but close enough.
And how do you get a body like Nick’s? “When I was getting in shape for the show, I was doing three sessions a day: one fight-training with Kingdom‘s coach, Joe ‘Daddy’ Stephenson, and two strength-building with [my trainer],” he revealed. Sounds like too much effort, so I’ll pass. Check out all the pics from the pop star’s new shirtless shoot up top. More »
So here’s the thing with Fergie‘s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today: the “L.A. Love (La La)” chirpstress talked with Ellen about her kid and being part-owner of the Miami Dolphins, and Fergie did some funny accents and Ellen made quips about the singer’s barely-there outfit…but there was no music performance. Like, Fergie didn’t perform the song she was there to promote.
Sure, maybe there’s some big, secret marketing strategy, and the first televised performance of Fergie’s comeback single is being saved for another, more prestigious outlet. But it seems like a wasted opportunity, no? It’s not like the song is anywhere near the Top 10. More »