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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 »
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 »
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 »
Catching Kylie Minogue live in London? I should be so lucky — and in fact, I was!
Last night, the iconic pop diva discoed down to London Town for the first of three headlining nights at the O2 Arena on her Kiss Me Once Tour, which kicked off last week in Liverpool.
As opposed to the grand Grecian architecture of the Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour or the futuristic flashing screens of KylieX2008, the Kiss Me Once Tour is a vastly stripped-down affair in comparison: The stage consists of a single series of structural beams and, apart from the use of a few key props — a light-up pair of lips, a bathtub (more on that later), and of course, some sexercize balls — stays stationary the entire time.
Then again, Kiss Me Once was also a markedly quieter era for Kylie, who spent a majority of the time acting as a judge on The Voice UK as opposed to engaging in heavy promotional duties for her latest LP. But while this particular tour might be less of a visual extravaganza (no water fountains this time around, sadly!), the production stayed true to the very essence of Kylie: Campy smash hits, coquettish cooing and loads of confetti and glitter. More »
Start shaking and crying Camp Rock enthusiasts, because this is real and happening: Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas reunited on stage last night!
Six whole years after the duo first co-starred together on their smash Disney Channel original movie, the superstars came together once again to perform their Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit, “This Is Me,” during Demi’s World Tour stop in Los Angeles last night.
After Demi launched into the tune, Joe Jonas casually wandered out (to the frenzied shrieks of the Lovatics in the audience!) to support his longtime friend with a vocal assist, as the two happily smiled at each other and belted out the tune. “Thanks @joejonas for the awesome surprise!! #staplescenter #4yrssincewesangtogether #demiworldtour” Demi later tweeted along with a photo of the two of them on stage that night. More »
The Veronicas have taken their devastating new ballad to TV screens down under.
After premiering their gorgeous and artistic visual for “You Ruin Me,” the Aussie sister act is taking the next step in their long-awaited comeback by bringing their latest single to X Factor Australia.
Set within a smoky stage and surrounded by orchestra players, Lisa dramatically crooned the heart-wrenching ballad straight into the camera, accompanied by her sister Jessica on piano. And by the end, the two finally bring it all together by uniting in the middle of the stage to belt out the song’s final few bars — an appropriately chill-inducing performance for an equally emotional number. It certainly seemed to go over well both with the crowd and the judges, all of whom rose to their feet to cheer for the girls.
Watch the duo’s performance up top, and let us know what you thought in the comments below. More »
Lorde is keeping her head up, sparking her heart and heading into battle with her striding Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack anthem, “Yellow Flicker Beat.”
After teasing the track for several weeks, the brooding singer-songstress returns with a defiant battle cry — the first taste of new music since last year’s Pure Heroine.
Kicking off with an ominous sustained hum, the alt-diva moves into a murky and minimal melody atop spooky chants and noises, not unlike anything from her debut. “The scars that mark my body, they’re silver and gold,” she slowly pronounces. And then, there’s a sudden explosion, as the chorus launches the songstress into a fiery synth-pop anthem. “I just try, keep up with the red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart!” she cries out across the slick goth-pop synths. More »
Move over, lesser pop starlets: Aretha Franklin is back on the scene — and she means business.
As we recently learned, the legendary 72-year-old vocalist returns at the end of October to properly school us with a diva-themed collection of covers, featuring Aretha-ized versions of classic cuts by everyone from Diana Ross to Barbra Streisand to Adele. And now, we’ve got a first taste of what’s to come from Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. More »
Fear not, international Who Crew members: Betty Who has got you covered too.
While the “Somebody Loves You” siren puts in promotional work stateside with the release of her upcoming debut Take Me When You Go out on October 7, Miss Who is supplying the UK with a new EP called Convertible Nights on November 24, a 4-track collection of tunes from the album, which should come some time in 2015 across the pond.
Following her opening slot on Katy Perry‘s Prismatic World Tour down under in November, the pop princess will also be returning to London in December, including a showcase on December 2 at Birthdays.
Check out the tracklisting after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »