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What a week in pop!
With 1989 just days away, it’s been all Taylor Swift all the time: From “Welcome To New York,” to Target commercials, to secret sessions and everything in between. So! Much! Taylor! But Tay’s not the only artist with new stuff out: Gwen Stefani made her grand comeback with “Baby Don’t Lie”! Plus, Sound Of A Woman siren Kiesza kept us dancing through the week, while Jessie Ware came in for a softer approach on the gorgeous Tough Love.
At the same time, Mariah Carey notched yet another achievement with her current China tour and Jennifer Lopez is all-but-confirmed for Vegas.
Around here, we premiered t.A.T.u. darling Lena Katina‘s “Who I Am” video, celebrated the 20th anniversary of Madonna‘s under-appreciated Bedtime Stories and spoke to Jasmine V and Kiesza. Phew!
As per usual, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments after the jump. More »
Perhaps you’ve seen rumblings on Twitter, on the Internet or merely felt the vibrations coursing through the streets, but Taylor Swift‘s new album, 1989, may or may not have hit the web a little early.
To be fair, we’d already heard a bunch of new tunes leading up to the album’s eventual arrival, including her #1 smash “Shake It Off,” “Out Of The Woods” and “Welcome To New York,” as well as a hint of “Style.” But what else is there to look forward to? Let’s discuss. More »
It’s Britney (Day), bitch!
Incredibly, it’s already been just about a year since Brit Brit began her Las Vegas residency, Piece Of Me, and the reviews and sales numbers have been utterly stellar — so much so, that Planet Hollywood is now giving back to the living legend in the form of a new holiday.
On Wednesday, November 5, Las Vegas will be celebrating “Britney Day” at The LINQ Promenade, where Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak will “present Britney with an official proclamation, as well as the Key to the iconic Las Vegas Strip.” What will B do with that key? Likely indulge in her outrageous shopping spree for a bit with her BFFs, and then help herself into the Starbucks on the ground floor of Planet Hollywood for some delicious frappes. More »
It’s been a pretty insane week for “Hideaway” hit-maker Kiesza ever since her debut album, Sound Of A Woman, dropped on Tuesday: She’s performed on Good Morning America, Live With Kelly & Michael, had a lengthy chat with us about her LP and dropped the video for her latest single “No Enemiesz.” But that’s not all! Last night, she took her haunting cover of Haddaway‘s classic dance jam “What Is Love” to Conan.
Forgoing the dancers for a simple, stripped-down piano performance, Kiesza showcased a different side to her talent — the acoustic side! — belting her sorrowful rendition of the song. At times, the performance recalls Lady Gaga‘s earliest days, when she’d turn around from a high-energy performance of “Just Dance” and stun with a piano version of “Poker Face.” A versatile pop princess — that’s what we love to see (and hear)! Check out Kiesza’s performance up top. More »
When we last left Fergie, she was throwing a massive rager on the streets with some of famous friends, including Kelly Osbourne, Sevyn Streeter and “My Hitta” rapper, YG. Evidently, YG wasn’t sticking around just to look pretty in the video — he served up an official remix of the track, which just made its way online.
The rapper’s assist on the throbbing, DJ Mustard-produced cut comes two-thirds in, as YG casually raps his way through a West Coast-inspired brag-a-thon: “High at the club, we party like I scored a touchdown, I pop a bottle and all the models wanna f–k now!” Everybody’s la la la in love. Listen to the remix after the jump. More »
The truth is out, no stopping now Harmonizers: Fifth Harmony have got a brand new song for you!
It seems like only yesterday when the girls were in our studio singing their stomping, sassy urban-pop ode to all the independent girls, “BO$$.” But now, with the release of their long-awaited debut LP Reflection just weeks away, they’re already onto the next one.
And this time around, they’ve switched up their sound (yet again) with “Sledgehammer,” a big, throbbing electro-pop production. After the girls made their single announcement via Twitter last night, the song made its official radio premiere on 104.3 FM, which you can now hear after the jump. 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 »
The secret’s (all but) out!
Taylor Swift has been sneakily giving her loyal Swifties bits and pieces of her new album 1989 for weeks and months now — from those #1989SecretSessions at her apartment, to Target commercials, to pre-release tracks on iTunes. But the wait is nearly over, and now, she’s inviting us…like, all of us…to a final secret session!
On Monday (October 27), Taylor will be hosting a live stream, just as she did when she announced the album, with both Yahoo and iHeartRadio at 7:30 PM EST. What’s in store? Well, that’s still a secret — obviously. We’re guessing a live album playback, or maybe even a performance. And, if the Yahoo announcement is anything to go by, Tay Tay might even be in a Halloween state of mind? “It would be downright scary if you missed it!” they ominously sign off. How positively ghoulish! More »
After blessing us with her cute take on The Ronettes‘ “Be My Baby,” legendary songstress Bette Midler is back again this week with another selection — and arguably one of the most anticipated! — from her upcoming girl group-inspired covers album, It’s The Girls: TLC‘s “Waterfalls.”
The seasoned vet switches up the classic R&B production of TLC’s original for her take on the track, turning the song into a much more sorrowful, contemplative slow tune complimented by gentle piano melodies and subtle strings — even some light bongo action. It’s a soulful rendition, fit perfectly for The Divine Miss M’s vocals. Listen to Bette’s take on the track up top. More »
Aside from her chart-topping smashes like “Give Your Heart A Break,” “Heart Attack” and “Skyscraper,” Queen Demi Lovato is also known for her outspokenness, frequently opening up about everything from sexuality to body image to feminism — and this week is certainly no exception.
Her good friend Taylor Swift‘s been getting plenty of both praise and heat lately for her recent 1989 offerings like “Out Of The Woods,” which led her to speak out about what she considered to be “sexist” criticism for writing about her ex-boyfriends — and it seems that Demi’s in agreement with Tay.
In an interview with ET Canada, the “Neon Lights” singer backed up her friend, going on to say that Taylor’s one of the very few famous friends she has that has yet to be affected by fame. Check out Demi’s full comments after the jump. More »