Disney has successfully book-ended the past two decades with back-to-back hit soundtracks. Frozen, released last November, has matched the 10-week reign of fellow Oscar winner The Lion King atop the Billboard 200, the last animated feature soundtrack to spend as much time at #1. The time span between the two albums’ chart runs is almost 20 years, with the soundtrack to The Lion King — which contained the Elton John hits “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle Of Life” — having been released on May 31, 1994.
Billboard points out that the Frozen soundtrack has now sold more than 2 million copies, easily making it the biggest-selling LP of 2014. In fact, no other album has even crossed the 1 million mark. This week the album added another 133,000 copies to its total.
Head below to see where every album in the Top 10 that isn’t the Frozen soundtrack landed. More »
Don’t you love it when titans of EDM collide? Afrojack recently called on David Guetta to overhaul his Wrabel-voiced single “Ten Feet Tall” and the French DJ works his usual magic — transforming the soaring dance-pop anthem into a sprawling floorfiller that will, no doubt, be played in clubs from Atlanta to Amsterdam.
The French hitmaker does an excellent job of separating the track’s electronic and acoustic elements. There are moments when everything stops to let the guitars shine but they always give way to an explosion of fast and furious synths. Afrojack’s debut LP Forget The World drops May 19 and boasts features from Sting and Wiz Khalifa. Listen to Guetta’s “Ten Feet Tall” remix after the jump. More »
2014 has been a great year for new synth-pop, from Allie X‘s soaring “Catch” to X priest X‘s uplifting “Sophie K” and a bevy of new acts without an “X” in the name. And now we have another addition, with Brooklyn duo Tomboy.
Sarah Aument and Will McIntyre’s debut single “Roll Out” (not a Ludacris cover, that would be “Rollout”) matches tribal-flavored fills and a yearning, wordless vocal melody with a synthetic four-on-the-floor pulse that pumps liquid-mercury synths. The result is a punchy and assured piece of dance music, made even more impressive when you realize it’s from their forthcoming self-titled debut EP.
The “Roll Out” music video premiered today (April 16), so check it out below. More »
Chvrches have made a nice little side-career covering other artists, and now the Scots have covered themselves. For the deluxe reissue of their highly enjoyable debut The Bones Of What You Believe, the trio have remixed the LP’s three marquee tracks, turning “The Mother We Share,” “Recover” and “Gun” into plaintive bits of dream-pop. The synths in all three take a back seat to Lauren Mayberry’s vocals this time, thus highlighting the subtle emotions that she’s able to evoke with her instrument.
The chipper and pulsating “Mother” has been transformed into a swaying ballad, and “Recover” likewise has been toned down with a bed of atmospheric Atari electronics. And the once-jittery kiss-off “Gun” is nearly unrecognizable, sounding even more deceptively sweet than before.
Stream the three reworked tracks below. More »
One Direction are releasing “You & I” as their fourth single from their third album Midnight Memories, and today (April 16) they’ve posted a teaser for the ballad’s music video. The 40-second clip is black and white, and depicts the guys on a pier looking longingly into the camera and horsing around as usual. But fear not! In a voiceover, they promise they’re “doing something very different on this video.” So we’ll have to wait and see exactly what that entails.
The visual was directed by frequent 1D collaborator Ben Winston, and it premieres Friday. Check out the preview below. More »
KidinaKorner associate Mike Del Rio is known for writing and/or producing cuts for other artists, like Christina Aguilera‘s “Make The World Move,” Skylar Grey and Eminem‘s “C’mon Let Me Ride” and, most recently, Kylie Minogue’s lead Kiss Me Once single “Into The Blue.” But the 27-year-old musician also lends his talents to his own duo, POWERS, fronted by fellow singer-songrwiter Crista Ru (aka Crista Russo, who, along with Del Rio, penned Selena Gomez‘s “Birthday”).
Given such an illustrious pop pedigree, you’re probably curious to hear what these two sound like when putting their musical minds together for their own material. Today Idolator is premiering POWERS’ crunchy electro stomper “Touch The World,” which features a thick bassline, throbbing synths and Crista Ru’s breathy talk-singing, over both the verses and a chorus that you’ll be hard-pressed to get out of your head after just one listen.
Give POWERS’ new single “Touch The World” a play below. More »