Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics (due October 21) is a Clive Davis-curated covers album featuring tracks made famous by big-lunged female vocalists like Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand and Adele. Sounds like a great fit for the Queen of Soul, right? Well, last night’s (September 29) performance on the Late Show With David Letterman might change your mind.
The 72-year-old bravely mashed Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and it wasn’t exactly a triumph. In fact, the video immediately went viral — generating nasty comments about Aretha’s voice and appearance. Trolls even came for Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston, who sang backing vocals (out of time with the rest of the choir). This isn’t the R&B legend’s finest moment but her lower register was on fire. The high notes, however, are best left unmentioned. Watch up top. More »
It took a minute to get my head around Pink‘s new side-project You + Me (a collaboration with folk singer City And Colour A.K.A. Dallas Green) but the music has been uniformly excellent and latest offering “Capsized” promises even better things from debut LP rose ave. (due October 14). It’s definitely the most quintessentially Alecia Moore track thus far.
For starters, “Capsized” veers a little closer to rock than “You And Me” or emotional ballad “Break The Cycle”. The brooding track starts with Dallas and Pink trading lyrics about a doomed relationship over strummed guitar before ramping things up for the bluesy chorus. “We were two ships in the night, passing by in the pale moonlight and capsized,” they chant. Watch the suitably moody lyric video up top. More »
During our recent interview with Gorgon City, members Matt Robson-Scott and Kye Gibbon discussed writing Sirens track “Go All Night” with “Hideaway” songbird Kiesza, then ultimately getting Jennifer Hudson to lend her vocals to the song.
“That track, we kind of didn’t really think it was gonna get on the album, because Jennifer Hudson delivered her vocals so late — it was two days before the album was meant to go to master,” Matt explained. “We were like, we haven’t got the vocal. We’re gonna have to put something different on the album. Then we just got an email in the inbox that’s like ‘J-Hud vocal’. We were like, ‘It’s here — got a day to finish it. Quick!’”
The result is a straight-up house track that finds Hudson letting her roof-blowing voice rip. If you ever wondered what J-Hud would sound like on an all-out dancefloor stomper, satiate your curiosity below! More »
5 Seconds Of Summer: Not just a summer thing, after all!
The Aussie pop-rock troupe has steadily skyrocketed to superstardom over the past year, and it seems that with each passing television appearance, they’ve got more and more achievements building under their collective belts. Currently, the boys are out on tour with One Direction on their massively successful Where We Are Tour, and soon enough, they’ll be heading out on their own Rock Out With Your Socks Out headlining tour in 2015.
This morning, 5SOS dropped by Good Morning America to perform two of their biggest hits: “Amnesia” and “She Looks So Perfect.” As per usual, the troupe rocked out in front of a squealing crowd of fans, supplying an energetic performance (in a rather tiny space!), playfully joking around with each other and generally just living it up on stage together. More »
Cheryl — formerly known as Cheryl Cole, now known as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini…or just Cheryl at the moment! — is preparing for a second round this year. And, guess what? She doesn’t care about it!
After serving up her horn-heavy summer UK #1 smash “Crazy Stupid Love,” the Girls Aloud solo darling is back with a brand new single from her forthcoming fourth studio LP, tentatively titled Only Human.
“I Don’t Care” will officially be released to radio tomorrow, according to Chezza’s reveal of the cover art from earlier this afternoon. “Here you gooo!!!! #idontcare you can hear it’s first play on radio from 8am tomorrow morning,” she wrote. To no one’s surprise, she looks positively radiant on the single artwork — and yes, she doesn’t look like she has a care in the world. More »
Yesterday brought news that pop-house act Clean Bandit and singer Jess Glynne had reunited for upcoming single “Real Love,” a follow-up to their global smash “Rather Be.” But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet, as the latter song is still climbing the American charts. Given that, Glynne joined UK quartet Clean Bandit on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, thus marking her television debut in the States. (During a recent performance on Good Morning America, vocalists Elisabeth Troy and Florence Rawlings took on Glynne’s parts of the song.)
Watch “Rather Be” above, then check out Clean Bandit serving up New Eyes track “Extraordinary” on Kimmel below. More »
Nicole Scherzinger is gearing up for the release of her sophomore LP Big Fat Lie, and the first single – called “Run” – has arrived. We first posted the radio rip earlier this month, but now the official version is here.
The song, which is produced by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, is a heartfelt, piano-based ballad that contrasts Scherzinger’s usual upbeat pop tunes like “Your Love” and “Don’t Hold Your Breath.”
Listen to “Run” after the jump, and look out for Big Fat Lie on October 20. More »
NYC rising songstress-turned-blogosphere darling VÉRITÉ has certainly been making a name for herself as of late, having already supplied two rich, hook-filled pop offerings thus far: “Weekend,” and the creeping “Strange Enough.”
Today, the singer debuts her third track to date: “Echo,” which will also be the title track from her forthcoming debut EP, available on October 20.
With its layered vocals, textured beats and pounding drums, the new song conjures elements of experimental electronic artists like Imogen Heap and Oh Land. Fittingly, given the name of the song, it’s also a repetitive little ditty: “I can hear the echo,” she repeats over and over through the stomping track, adding even more goodness to her increasingly solid mini-repertoire.
Listen to “Echo” below, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
Ready for some hella good news? Gwen Stefani is currently in Miami with producer/fellow Voice coach Pharrell Williams, working to wrap up the recording of her third solo album, said her manager Irving Azoff during a panel at New York’s Advertising Week yesterday (per Billboard). In a separate chat, Interscope chariman John Janick told Billboard that Stefani’s LP will be executive-produced by Benny Blanco, and could be out in December.
Yesterday Azoff added that Gwen will select the lead single off the album sometime next week, and will perform it later in the season on The Voice. That contradicts recent reports that a song called “Baby Don’t Lie” had already been slated for an October release. More »
Each month, we’re taking a look back at the albums that piqued our pop interest, pitting them against each other and then asking you to decide which album ultimately ruled.
It’s that time again: The “Best Of” Ibrawlator for September! Last month, art-pop purveyor from down under Kimbra dazzled our readers, resulting in a crowning victory for her daring and ambitious The Golden Echo.
And now, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on the best pop records of September. More »