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Last year Restless Road formed on the US version of The X Factor, under the guidance of Simon Cowell. The country-pop trio wound up in fourth place by the end of the series’ third season, and earlier this month, they found themselves reuniting with onetime X Factor judge Demi Lovato by opening for her and Christina Perri in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Moline, Illinois.
“Being able to perform on the same stage as Demi and Christina in itself was an amazing experience,” the guys tell Idolator. “We’re huge fans of both of their work. But going into the tour, we weren’t sure how a pop audience would receive our music with us being a country-rooted act. But as soon as we started performing, the crowd immediately started getting into it and having a good time.”
Today we’re premiering a gallery of exclusive backstage photos from their shows with Demi and Christina that the guys provided us, which you can flip through above. (You might notice that a new member, Jared Keim, has replaced Colton Lane Pack since the band were on The X Factor.) And below, is a short Q&A with did with the three of them — Jared, Andrew Scholz and Zachary Beeken — where they discuss their upcoming album and some of their biggest music influences. More »
There really is no escape when Taylor Swift chucks out a new album, is there? The woman is either topping charts (see: “Shake It Off”), putting out new songs before the single has even cooled off ( “Out Of The Woods”), teasing lyrics to even more tracks and hopping countries to ensure the media blitz sticks. The latest invasion took place when Swift hauled herself down to Australia and performed on The X Factor.
“Shake It Off” has already hit #1 on the country’s ARIA pop chart, and so tireless Taylor’s energetic performance was simply insurance for parent album 1989 following suit upon its release. More »
Calvin Harris is on a roll with previewing his upcoming LP Motion (out November 4). Last week brought the video for instrumental rave-house track “Slow Acid” as well as a tease of Gwen Stefani collaboration “Together,” and now we have the Ellie Goulding-featuring “Outside” in full.
This is probably the most straight-forward pop number we’ve heard in the lead-up to Harris’ fourth album. In fact, “Outside” is just as pleasant, if not slightly more so, than Calvin and Ellie’s previous outing together, 2012′s “I Need Your Love.” It’s good to hear that there’s still quite a bit of musical magic when these two hit the studio together.
Give “Outside” a listen below and see if you agree. More »
Calvin Harris‘ fourth album Motion is due out on November 4, and perhaps one of the most anticipated tracks on the LP is “Together,” which features Gwen Stefani on vocals. Thankfully Harris isn’t going to torture us all by having us wait three more weeks until his album’s release to hear the track. He tossed a snippet on Instagram today, and while we’re not normally ones to judge a song until we hear the full thing, it’s probably safe to say these few seconds of “Together” blow that entire Maroon 5 duet Gwen did out of the water.
Get an early taste of “Together” below. More »
With no release date in sight for Azealia Banks‘ perpetually-delayed debut album, the label-less rapstress apparently has a lot of time on her hands. Hence the pearls of extreme wisdom she’s been dishing out on Twitter this week, such as giving her two cents on Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea‘s since-resolved spat and, now, the global Ebola crisis.
United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has launched an appeal for donations to a trust fund aimed at fighting the deadly disease. But Banks doesn’t really see the point in people coughing up money, as her tweets from this morning indicate. Rather, she believes the government has the solution at its fingertips: Just print more money, which can then be burned after Ebola goes away!
Sure, that might very well cause the world’s currency to become worthless and the entire financial system to collapse, but, hey — #YOLO!
Study up on Professor Banks’ theory for Ebola relief below, pop pupils. More »
It’s good to be Duke Dumont. The 32-year-old British producer just pulled off the hat track of having his last three singles chart at either #1 or #2 in the UK, and the first in that string, the deep house delight “Need U (100%)”, scored a Grammy nomination last year for Best Dance Recording. He’s also in the enviable position of heading up his own label, Blasé Boys Club. Yet despite all this, Duke isn’t one capitalize on his success by chasing down pop’s most recognizable faces to belt out his songs, as many of his contemporaries do.
“If I work with an artist, it’s because I rate them so highly, and for the soul they may have in their voice, as opposed to making a calculated record purely just to sell as many copies as possible,” he tells Idolator. It’s a philosophy that’s paid off handsomely so far.
“Need U (100%)”, “I Got U” and “Won’t Look Back” were collected for Dumont’s EP1 (grab it here), the release of which coincides with his current stateside tour. Head below to read the chat we had with him just before he hit the road. More »
Brad Pitt‘s latest foray into WWII action-drama territory, Fury, opens in theaters this weekend, and as a bit of promo (or should we say pro-bro?) the actor popped, locked and spun his way through a breakdancing skit with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. The two had a “conversation” by busting their respective moves, and naturally this all required a bit of help from body doubles who can actually dance.
The skit pays off with laughs by the end, when utter ridiculousness truly sets in. (“Do you want to double breakdance?” Pitt asks with some fancy hand gestures. Fallon answers with a crotch-grab: “Hell yes.”) More »
Paloma Faith, you sneaky little diva! We didn’t know you were back in the States. The British soulstress appeared on Live! With Kelly & Michael this morning and gave another gorgeous, rousing performance of her Diane Warren-penned ballad “Only Love Can Hurt Like This.”
Last week we posted our interview with Paloma, and she described falling for the song as soon as Warren played it for her: “It was saying everything in such a simple way that I’ve tried to say. It’s the sentiment, like I’m a tragic romantic and I don’t feel anything for sentimental love songs. It’s like torture!” More »
Taylor Swift is full of surprises this week, and her latest is a kitten-filled delight. After premiering 1989 track “Out Of The Woods” as a buzz single on Tuesday, the country-turned-pop force appears in a brand new Diet Coke ad along with her cat Olivia and basically an army of other felines. And for those of you who can’t wait for the October 27 release of Taylor’s new album (surely there are a few?), you can hear a clip of brand new song in the commercial.
Watch Swift and her pussies above. More »
Now, folks, like most rumors you hear, we want you to take this with a grain of salt. Because the last thing we want to do is cause some easily-excitable Gwen Stefani stan to fall into a fit of hyperventilation and scream-crying. But, as Twitter chatter (and, um, this) would have it, the Voice Season 7 blonde might be dropping her new single “Baby Don’t Lie” this Sunday.
It’s been nearly a full month since word first came that Gwen’s new single would be out in October. In fact, the Internet was shrieking back then that Interscope’s radio-listing site PlayIGA.com accidentally posted the title of Stefani’s upcoming single, as well as its premiere date of October 6. More »