:: Lance Bass has set a date for his wedding to model Michael Turchin: December 20. Yes, Bass plans to invite his former boy bandmates in *NSYNC, though no – they will not take the stage together. “I think it’s a little cheesy if I sing at all at my wedding,” he says. [Billboard]
:: Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died October 18 of a rare form of cancer. Borgella finished in the top 24 of the singing competition show’s seventh season. [Vulture]
:: Jhene Aiko opened up about her recent no-show to her label Def Jam’s 30th anniversary concert. She told fans that a male worker “physically assaulted a member of my management (female) … we had to leave due to the disrespect and hostile environment.” [FADER]
:: British pop star Olly Murs groaned when he learned that Taylor Swift‘s “Out of the Woods” may be about ex-boyfriend Harry Styles. “Come on, let it go. Write something new that isn’t about Harry,” he said. [J-14]
:: Drake took a few warm-up shots with the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team during its preseason Big Blue Madness. Unfortunately, he air-balled. [Vulture]
:: Katy Perry wasn’t pleased to find out that Betty Crocker discontinued its Rainbow Chip frosting. She’s hardly alone – when the news first hit, tubs of it were selling for nearly $100 online. [Twitter]
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Congratulations are in order!Glee star Matthew Morrison married model Renee Puente on October 18 in Maui, Hawaii.
The longtime couple exchanged vows during an intimate ceremony of just 50 guests, held on a private estate in Kihei. Kiley Dean, R&B singer and Britney Spears‘ back-up vocalist, sang as Puente walked down the aisle. Later, the newlyweds themselves sang a duet version of “Starry Eyed/Video Games” by Nashville star Laura Benanti.
Morrison and Puente had been dating since 2011 and got engaged last summer. Friends Elton John and David Furnish had announced the news during this year’s White Tie and Tiara Ball in London, and to celebrate, John and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin serenaded the couple with a duet version of John’s pop standard “Your Song.” More »
Kesha filed a lawsuit earlier this week against longtime producer Dr. Luke, claiming that he “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused” her for a decade. But as BuzzFeed just discovered, a rare few weren’t shocked by the allegations. The news outlet discovered (and confirmed the authenticity) of several letters that the Warrior star wrote to devoted fans while staying at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center earlier this year.
All of her letters were written on coloring book pages. Some of them have the “Timber” singer calling out the super-producer by name. “Annie – yes, Dr. Luke has tortured me & my family … he did do what people know about + so much more terrible shit,” Kesha wrote in one letter – see it below. More »
Taylor Swift has been teasing song lyrics from her new album, 1989, over the past few days. Last night (October 18), however, she revealed something even bigger – a worldwide iTunes release. “Heads up! Something’s happening on @itunesmusic at around 11:59pm EST Monday night..,” she said on Twitter.
Swift posted two photos with her announcement, including one of her standing on a balcony with a view overlooking the Big Apple. This has led fans to believe that the “Out Of The Woods” star plans to release a song called “Welcome to New York,” which is reportedly co-written by OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder. (Swift has said that this rumored 1989 tracklist wasn’t accurate, save for how “Shake It Off” is listed as the sixth track.) See the announcement below.More »
“Uh huh, here we go,” Stefani says, and to this rubbery bass line and hand claps – this club-ready setting suggesting a sequel to the Pharrell-produced smash “Hollaback Girl.” Instead, “Baby Don’t Lie” mellows out into a mid-tempo pop song. Throughout, Stefani hiccups through her lyrics (“But there’s something behind those eyes/those eyes/that you can’t, that you can’t disguise/disguise”) like Rihanna does in 2012′s Sia-written “Diamonds,” save for the Love.Angel.Music.Baby-ready sung-rap breakdown. Take a listen below. More »
Earlier this week, Baauer (of “Harlem Shake” fame) posted a screenshot to Facebook of an iTunes playlist [“writing (play out)”], featuring 85 previously unreleased songs of his. “pick one from here and ill [sic] put it on soundcloud RN,” the trap ‘n bass producer said. From there, fans took notice of an AlunaGeorge collaboration titled “One Touch.”
Last night (October 17), BBC Radio 1′s Annie Mac premiered “One Touch” in its entirety – perhaps by coincidence, the same way that AlunaGeorge debuted its new song “Supernatural.” And like a true collaboration, both parties play to their sensibilities: AlunaGeorge’s lead vocalist Aluna Francis continues to sound like a disembodied ghost as she pleads for just a little more action (“You gotta give me something to work with,” she repeats). Meanwhile, Baauer alternates between cuing door-slam percussion, rubbery bass lines, finger snaps and key-jangling melodies – it’s carefully orchestrated chaos.
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Pop super-producer Max Martin hints that Katy Perry and Drake may soon appear in a song together. MTV notes that the official website for his production company Maratone now lists a version of Perry’s song “Legendary Lovers” featuring Drake among his credits. Martin wrote and produced the song with the chanteuse, her longtime collaborator Bonnie McKee, Cirkut and Dr. Luke.
“Legendary Lovers” is one of a few songs off Perry’s 2013 album, Prism, that are influenced by hip-hop. (Perhaps Drake will crib her flow from her sung-rap verses or pay off her vows to be a ride or die chick – who knows.) “Dark Horse” became an unexpected crossover hit for featured Three 6 Mafia ringleader Juicy J, while a “This Is What We Do” remix features rap’s most bizarre goofball RiFF RaFF. More »
“I allowed other people to come in and push my control and make me uncomfortable,” Jessie J said of her third studio album Sweet Talker (out today, ). Based on what happened this summer, that move hardly seems like a risk.
Hiring reliable, bold-faced producers and songwriters is often a fail-safe move in pop, and with her sophomore album Alive being restricted to a UK-only release, Jessie J’s decision doesn’t seem like an exception. Along came “Bang Bang,” her Max Martin-assisted, high-octane pop hit that features Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Currently a Top 10 single, it arrived right on trend during a season ruled by all-female collaborations, although with all its gospel inflections it seemed to cater most to Jessie J’s comfort zone and newfound role as leading diva.
“Bang Bang” was effective enough to help the singer stage a stateside comeback. But the all-star team (Diplo, The-Dream, Tricky Stewart) behind the toned-down Sweet Talker failed to tackle the problem that first pervaded her schizophrenic 2011 debut, Who You Are: Vocal tricks aside, Jessie J doesn’t have a clear sense of identity.More »