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Huge news for K-pop lovers this week.
CL, lead vocalist/rapper of the wildly popular and fashionable quintet 2NE1, is undoubtedly one of the biggest break-out stars on the South Korean pop scene, having already made a splash with her sassy 2013 smash, “The Baddest Female.” The song and video even made some ripples stateside…an early sign of things to come.
According to a new report, CL — guided by super-manager Scooter Braun, whose roster includes Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Psy — now has her sights set on the US, with a solo debut planned for next year. More »
Oh, to be one of the lucky Swifties invited to one of Taylor Swift‘s #1989SecretSessions!
Not already familiar? The concept is pretty amazing: Over the past year, the pop princess oh-so-sneakily scoured the Internet to find some of her biggest fans from all across the world. Then, she invited them to an undisclosed location, herded them together to mingle with one another, baked them cookies, played her new album 1989, danced around and took Polaroid pictures together all night long. For a fan, that’s kind of like the ultimate dream, right? It doesn’t really get any better.
After hosting these secret sessions all over the world, Taylor’s just now revealed the behind-the-scenes footage from the events. Watch as the clueless attendees try and guess what’s going on while she busily preps cookies in the kitchen, peeps out the window and, finally, surprises them all in a big ol’ living room. Dancing! Cats! Photos! It’s a very cute way to make fan interaction tons of fun for everyone involved. Plus, there’s cookies! Watch Taylor host her secret sessions up top. More »
Remember when Iggy Azalea teased that promising, “Fancy”-sounding bop at her show in London a few weeks ago called “Beg For It”? Well, it’s coming — but it’s not Charli XCX on the track. It’s No Mythologies To Follow songstress, MØ! (Not familiar? Check out our recent interview with the “Don’t Wanna Dance” singer.)
According to the constantly tweeting femcee, the track — which doubles as the lead single from her forthcoming re-release, The New Classic: Reclassified — will premiere next Saturday morning (October 25) starting at 6 AM on radio, just before her debut television performance of the track on Saturday Night Live. And that’s not all!
I-G-G-Y also dropped the sketchy (literally) cover art for “Beg For It,” which sees the rapper looking fierce with a jacket draped over her shoulders, accompanied by a panther. More »
Nicki Minaj, often referred to as the E. E. Cummings of our generation , is finally getting the serious-face slam poetry session she deserves.
While the “Anaconda” diva has been serving up her A$$-tastic, Sir Mix-A-Lot sampling smash in our face with iconic visuals and live performances, YouTube’s MartiansBrain has just gone ahead and given us a version of the Harajuku Barbie’s latest banger that ought to provoke deep awe and wonderment.
Never before has the phrase “he toss my salad like his name Romaine” resonated so strongly. Listen to the full spoken word version of “Anaconda” after the jump. More »
Perhaps no pop star has skyrocketed to fame faster in 2014 than Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea: From “Fancy” with Charli XCX to “Problem” with Ariana Grande to “Black Widow” with Rita Ora, the New Classic femcee has gone from success to success on top of the pop charts.
But at the same time, Iggy’s also fielded a substantial amount of criticism and shade for her entry into the rap game: From Nicki Minaj‘s (maybe?) shady snipe on the BET Awards to Rah Digga‘s diss to most recently, shots fired on Instagram from Snoop Dogg, not everyone is feeling the I-G-G-Y love.
Last night, Iggy opened up on Twitter about her history with rap music, where she came from (“Work” style), and her intention to globalize the craft. “As a kid loved rap but alot of lyrics were SO heavily themed around where you came from, it made me feel i didnt have a place,” she began the conversation. “i love love love to see and hear about other kids from all around the world discovering that maybe rap music is for them too. :-)”
Read all of the tweets after the jump. More »
L.A., are the people saying la la la la la over there? Kingston? Miami? Stockholm? How about you guys? Yes? No?
In any case, Fergie Ferg’s long-awaited comeback track, “L.A. Love (La La),” which first premiered at the tail-end of September, just got suited up with a lyric video — and it’s a total #FlashbackFriday moment.
Sitting down in front of a scrapbook, Fergie flips through pages upon pages of classic memories and milestones from her career — from g-l-a-m-o-r-o-u-s photo shoots to live performanes to “London Bridge” promo photos — as well as tons of user-submitted photos of fans flipping the “LA” hand sign at the camera. The clip is cute and, if anything, a nice, nostalgic re-introduction to The Dutchess. More »
Super fans (well, Lovatics and Azaleans), the moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here: The footage from VEVO’s first-ever Certified SuperFanFest has arrived!
As announced last month, Demi Lovato and Iggy Azalea hit the stage during the digital streaming service’s first-ever celebration of fans on October 8 at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. And judging from the footage, the ladies pulled out all the stops for their performances in front of some of their biggest fans. More »
Yikes. This has already been quite a week regarding alleged artist-producer relations after Kesha‘s reported bombshell lawsuit against Dr. Luke, and now, another pop star is speaking out about her own experience in the recording studio.
While promoting her #1 jazz record Cheek To Cheek with Tony Bennett, Gaga opened up to the UK’s The Times about what she considered to be industry “sharks”: “It’s very hard, this business, and there are a lot of sharks, she said. “I’ve had really awful experiences with men in the studio. Made me very uncomfortable….I didn’t feel like I was being cherished for my vocal talents but was seen more as someone to take advantage of.’”
Gaga has always been vocal about her struggles in the industry, as documented in the video for “Marry The Night,” for instance. In the article, Gaga also confirmed that she was sexually objectified: “I don’t have to elaborate, but when women who are in the business that are young read this article I hope [they realize] that you do not have to put up with that…I hope to be an inspiration that if you’re talented enough, you can work hard and achieve your dreams.” More »
From frequent rumors of posthumous records to much buzzed-about television movies, Aaliyah‘s legacy continues to endure to this day.
As longtime fans no doubt already know, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Aaliyah’s critically acclaimed debut Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, featuring Top 10 hits “Back & Forth” and “At Your Best (You Are Love).” And to celebrate the occasion, Legacy Recordings — the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment — is releasing a special 2LP edition of the album on Record Store Day’s Black Friday event (November 28).
The record will be packaged as a 12″ double LP 180 gram white vinyl pressing, and will also include her UK bonus track, “The Thing I Like.” Check out the full description of the Aaliyah release after the jump. More »
The ever-adorable Selena Gomez is continuing to make the talk show rounds.
After dishing about walking around naked in her new home and dealing with her BFF Taylor Swift‘s incessant pleas to join her in NYC on The Ellen Show, the Rudderless starlet appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to do some more #RudderlessPromo — and talk selfies, of course.
The Stars Dance pop starlet discussed her massive social media following, as well the all-important selfie and the artistry involved in taking the perfect pic with fans…as well as the lack of interaction once they take the photo. “They’re immediate! It’s like filter, Twitter, post, got it,” she joked with Jimmy. And while Selena might be part of the Twitter generation, she’s not so much for texting. When asked how many texts throughout the day she sends, she laughed: “Oh man, like 8? I’m a horrible texter, you can ask anyone!” She prefers talking on the phone (what?!) — such an old fashioned kind of gal.
Watch the cute video up top. And, after the jump, watch Selena talk about her Rudderless crush Billy Crudup, as well as hoarding Kit-Kats in her new mini fridge. More »