How did we ever keep up with Eminem‘s Speedy Gonzalez-rapping before the invention of lyric videos? The latest such clip for an Em cut, “Guts For Fear,” has arrived and, well, not much really happens in it save for his and featured vocalist Sia‘s lyrics flying by over what looks like a Google Maps view of a city.
The song itself is from upcoming Denzel Washington flick The Equalizer (in theaters on September 26). Follow along with this hit-making pair as they present you with their lyrical guts above. More »
The Duff Comeback continues.
After heading down under to X Factor Australia for a peppy performance (with a little hoedown choreography!) and supplying us with a cute acoustic live performance, Hilary Duff is now prepared to roll out the accompanying video for her folky, flirty new single, “All About You.”
Last night, the pop princess posted a teaser on her Instagram as she reviewed the final edits of her video on dueling iPads — and it looks like the shirt-flinging, line dancing choreography from her X Factor performance is making the cut! Though it’s just a brief tease of the visual, HilDuff looks absolutely gorgeous, as per usual. Watch for the video to drop in full on September 24.
Check out the video teaser after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
Kiesza‘s debut LP Sound Of A Woman now has a released date (October 21) and cover art (above), so the next logical step in the grand scheme of things is to bring forth the tracklist. Et voila — you’ll find it below.
A couple things to note: 23-year-old hip hop artist Mick Jenkins, part of the Free Nation collective, appears on the song “Losin’ My Mind,” which Kiesza sang live during her recent stateside debut performance at New York’s Santos Party House. Another featured artist on Sound Of A Woman is Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$, who lends vocals to a track called “Bad Thing.” Catch all of Kiesza’s song titles below. More »
:: Props to Jhene Aiko for coming up with the most innovative way to promote an album thus far in 2014. She performed an acoustic set at a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles to introduce her music to weed aficionados. [Vibe]
:: Here’s the latest reminder than Beyonce and Jay Z‘s life is way, way better than yours. The Carters were clocked checking out a mansion in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles with an asking price of $85 million. Yes, you read that correctly. [Just Jared]
:: Do you still cringe when you see old school photos? It’s time to follow 5 Seconds Of Summer band member Michael Clifford‘s lead. He just posted one on Twitter and got tens of thousands of retweets. [Twitter]
:: The untimely death of American Idol contestant Michael Johns might not have been due to a blood clot as first reported. New documents suggest the singer might have died from an alcohol-related illness. [TMZ]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
VÉRITÉ is quietly carving out a niche as the queen of melancholy pop. The budding New York diva inhabits a previously unoccupied middle ground between the sadcore leanings of Lana Del Rey and the ethereal electro-pop of Ellie Goulding that is utterly enchanting. Buzz single “Strange Enough” showed potential but new single “Weekend” is absolutely undeniable. One listen and you’re hooked.
The video is less convincing. VÉRITÉ opts for a mysterious approach, remaining in the shadows for most of “Weekend”. I like those sequences because they suit the song’s ominous undercurrent but the teenage cliches that play out in the back/side story seem better suited to a Taylor Swift clip. That is until everything goes very wrong at the end. Watch after the jump. More »
Bea Miller is joining Demi Lovato‘s world tour for five North American dates in October. And the budding diva, who first came to fame on X Factor before being signed to Hollywood Records, couldn’t be more excited about her new gig. “I just never thought that I’d be touring with someone who I look up to so much as an artist,” she says. Aww.
The gravelly-voiced 15-year-old released her debut EP Young Blood earlier this year and generated serious buzz with the teen angst-packed title track. Before touring with her idol, Bea will join Bleachers and Pitbull at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom for the annual T.J. Martell Foundation Family Day on September 28. The event raises money for cancer and AIDS research. Find the newcomer’s tour dates after the jump. More »
Bown down to the one true queen of the Billboard 200. Barbra Streisand is on track to land a record-breaking 10th number one LP next week with duets collection Partners. That would make her the first artist to score chart-toppers in a brain-busting six consecutive decades. It would also extend her lead over Madonna as the female artist with the most number one albums.
The pop icon has done a brilliant job of marketing this album. Not only did she team up with a fine selection of fellow superstars (Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney for starters), Babs also revamped her image by embracing social media — her Instagram account is life — and upping her promo game. Partners is predicted to sell 150,000 copies in its first week of sale. More »
Meghan Trainor notches up her second week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with all-conquering feel-good anthem “All About That Bass”. The 20-year-old spearheads an all-female top 5 for the second week in row. (The last time the upper reaches of the singles chart were dominated by women for back-to-back weeks happened way back in 1999 when Cher held court with “Believe”).
As for the rest of the ladies? Taylor Swift has to settle for the runner’s-up slot for a second consecutive week with “Shake It Off”, while Nicki Minaj (and her “Anaconda”) stay put at number three. Rap rival Iggy Azalea climbs a spot with Rita Ora-assisted smash “Black Widow”, while Jessie J‘s girl power collaboration “Bang Bang” drops to number five. See the full top 10 after the jump. More »
“Ultraviolence” is probably the least club-friendly song released in 2014. A seething ballad with domestic violence-referencing lyrics, the title track of Lana Del Rey‘s latest LP doesn’t exactly make you want to get up and dance. Not that stopped Cedric Gervais from turning “Summertime Sadness” into a crossover club smash in 2013. But still. It just seems… wrong.
Kudos then to Hook N Sling for doing the (seemingly) impossible. The Australian DJ gave “Ultraviolence” an extensive house overhaul that transformed Lana’s meandering tale of woe into upbeat club fodder way back in July. That version was relatively brief — clocking in at just three minutes — but now you can enjoy an extended version. Listen to the fast and furious LDR remix after the jump. More »
Iggy Azalea‘s messy sextape drama took another unexpected twist today (September 17) when the rap diva sued ex-boyfriend Jefe Wine for trying to release old music and, interestingly, for forging a management contract. There’s no specific mention of their intimate home movie (which may or may not exist — she maintains it’s not her) but the suit would still halt its release.
Here’s how. Maurice Williams (her ex’s real name) is claiming to have consent to sell their sextape because Iggy reportedly signed a contract giving him the right to “manufacture, sell, distribute and advertise ‘any’ recording embodying visual images” of her. However, she claims the document is a fake. “The Forged Agreement contains tell-tale signs that it is not genuine,” reads the hitmaker’s lawsuit.
“For example, it includes mismatched fonts on the signature page, paragraph numbers out of sequence, a signature line for ‘Wine Enterprises, inc.’… and provides, as an address for legal notices, the contact information of an attorney who had no prior knowledge of the Forged Agreement.” Basically the “Fancy” femcee just called his bluff. More »