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Take That‘s comical music video for lead III single “These Days” could very well mirror their lives for the next year or so, as the tiring nature of an album campaign and world tour cause them to spend practically every waking moment together. (And as for those non-waking moments, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald even cram themselves into the same bed at night in the video!)
Here we see the trio on what looks like the set of a TV sitcom, as they wake up, eat breakfast, shower, hit the salon, work out… you name it, they do it. Things finally wind down as Take That, decked out in retro blue suits, performance a dance routine on a box, with plenty of backup help. More »
It looks like the collaborative magic between Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson didn’t end with Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox cuts like “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Gorilla.” This morning UK producer Ronson tweeted out a tease for “Uptown Funk,” the lead single from his upcoming fourth album, and noted that the song features Mars.
A release date of November 10 appears on a poster image Mark included in the tweet, which you can catch below. More »
Ed Sheeran expressed his affection for Sam Smith‘s hit ballad “Stay With Me” in early June, when he covered the song during a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance. “It is my favorite song of the last year,” Sheeran told host Annie Mac, while explaining why he chose to cover Smith’s ballad. “I think it’s an instant classic. It’s gonna be around for a long time. [Sam Smith] is gonna be around for a long time, as well.”
Indeed, Smith is still hanging in there, and last night Sheeran joined him on stage at Manchester’s Albert Hall for a joint performance of “Stay With Me” that sent Sam’s audience into a frenzy. More »
This week, Leighton Meester independently released her debut album Heartstrings with little fanfare. Much more noise was made five years ago, when her Robin Thicke-assisted major label single “Somebody To Love” dropped.
The two major differences between then and now are that Gossip Girl, the hit series Leighton starred on, is no longer on the air, and the singer-actress appears to have used her freedom to find a sound that she’s comfortable inhabiting with regards to her music career. And we’re so happy that she did. More »
Taylor Swift was already on track to sell a million copies of her fifth album 1989 out of the gate, but now industry forecasts have upped the number to 1.2 million.
1989 went on sale this past Monday, and according to Billboard sources, the album sold 600,000 copies on the first day alone (mostly at Target, where an exclusive copy of the CD with bonus tracks is available, and iTunes). Taylor’s previous album, 2012′s Red, sold 1.21 million copies in its first week. More »
Sorry, Iggy, you just weren’t fancy enough. And Taylor, you left things shaken, but not really stirred. By the way, Katy, you can ride your dark horse straight outta Dodge.
It turns out Meghan Trainor is shaping up to be the Queen Of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014, as her debut single “All About That Bass” racks up an eighth week at #1 on the chart — the longest reign for a female artist in 2014. In fact, if Meghan can hang for just two more weeks at the top, she’ll tie the 10 week stretch of the year’s longest-running #1, Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy.” More »
The Angelina Jolie-directed WWII drama Unbroken is scheduled to open in theaters on Christmas Day (December 25), and the film’s soundtrack will get a boost of rock-star power courtesy of Coldplay. It was announced today that the Ghost Stories band have contributed a brand new song called “Miracles” to movie.
Unbroken is based on the true story of Olympic track runner Louis “Louie” Zamperini (portrayed in the film by Jack O’Connell), who drifted in the Pacific in a life raft for over a month before being captured by the Japanese as a prisoner of war for two years. The real life Zamperini passed away in July at the age of 97. More »
How to categorize the music of Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas? Easy: you don’t. The adorably rowdy Detroit outfit released their debut LP Secret Evil this past August (grab it on iTunes), and today Idolator is premiering the music video for “Sorry I Stole Your Man.” (Jessica’s really not that sorry, folks.)
In the clip, a mariachi band plays while Jessica and her girls, who look like they stepped right off the set of Brando’s The Wild One, give it straight about that fact that, baby, that guy is no longer yours. If my arm was twisted, I guess I’d say this firecracker of a song falls under the Latin-tinged rockabilly-goth category.
In this bizarre year where anything goes as far as the mainstream is concerned, surely there’s a place for Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas on several playlists. Watch the “Sorry I Stole Your Man” video above, and let us know if you agree. More »
As far as Colombians in the mainstream pop world go, Shakira has been the dominant force for a fair amount of years. So it’s about time we had an equally good looking male counterpart come along.
Enter Danny Mercer, a native of Bogota, Colombia, who graduated not that long ago from, um, Columbia University and is now signed to — wait for it — Columbia Records. His debut single “Who Are You Loving Now?” is a nice little slice of reggae-pop that displays Danny’s knack for sparkling melodies as well as his smooth, Bruno Mars-esque tenor. Bonus: He’s not that bad on the eyes, either. (Oh. I already mentioned that, didn’t I…) More »
Simple Minds‘ bountiful discography is lined with 15 studio albums and an array of hits like “Promised You A Miracle,” “Alive And Kicking,” “Sanctify Yourself,” “See The Lights” and, of course, the Breakfast Club soundtrack classic “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”. Now in their 37th year, the Jim Kerr-fronted band will release their 16th album Big Music next week (on November 4), and today Idolator is premiering a stream of all 12 tracks.
The album is a mix of attention-grabbing melodies, guitar- and synth-filled instrumentation, irresistible choruses and Kerr’s familiar crooning — in other words, Big Music comes packed with all the proper Simple Minds hallmarks.
Head below to listen to Simple Minds’ new album Big Music a week ahead of its release. More »