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Drake Performs “Started From The Bottom” & “Trophies” On ‘Saturday Night Live’: Watch

Drake served as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live on January 18, where he kept the show lively with a strong opening monologue (in which he apologized for the proliferation of “YOLO”) and a string of solid impressions — from Jay-Z to Lil Wayne as Urkel to Katt Williams.

Later, he took the stage to perform a medley of…

Sam Lansky | January 18, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Lykke Li Is Prepping A New Album, Due Out In May

Swedish songstress Lykke Li has been pretty quiet since her 2011 LP Wounded Rhymes dropped, spawning the ubiquitous track “Get Some” and brilliant sophomore single “I Follow Rivers,” but that doesn’t mean the singer-songwriter hasn’t been hard at work cooking up more melancholy Scandinavian gloompop for you — and today, Li announced that she’s ready to release her third…

Sam Lansky | January 17, 2014 - 10:12 am

Danity Kane Come Back Swinging With Excellent New Song “Bye Baby”: Listen

Given their dubious reality TV origins, the bickering and drama, and their divergent career paths since splitting up, it’s easy to forget that Danity Kane turned out some exceptionally forward-thinking pop tunes; but since reuniting as a four-piece (now sans D. Woods) the girls have been hard at work in the studio, and now the first official…

Sam Lansky | January 17, 2014 - 9:09 am

Charli XCX Unveils New (Very Brief) Song “Allergic To Love”: Listen

Charli XCX went all slick pop with her recent single “SuperLove,” but she’s gone fuzzy and electropunk with new offering “Allergic To Love,” which clocks in at 71 rather noisy seconds. It’s not clear whether it’s just a scratch demo or something properly canonical but either way, it’s catchy and appealingly shouty — call it punk-lite,…

Sam Lansky | January 16, 2014 - 2:39 pm

David Guetta Teams Up With Skylar Grey For “Shot Me Down”: Hear A Snippet

Even as the EDM craze has begun to declineDavid Guetta has managed to stay busy — producing tracks on recent LPs for Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, however dubious their quality — but the French DJ and superproducer is still cranking out his own tunes as well, and for his latest single, he’s roped in singer-songwriter Skylar Grey for a dance version of…

Sam Lansky | January 16, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Nicole Scherzinger Is Back In The Studio (With Tricky Stewart)

Hello! How is your day? Could it be improved by a very low-resolution photo of Nicole Scherzinger in the studio with producer Tricky Stewart? You’re in luck!

The “Boomerang” songstress posted a new photo to Instagram last night which shows her hard at work, writing a new smash (with a pencil, no less) while Stewart (who helmed…

Sam Lansky | January 16, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Jessica Simpson Has Now Joined Instagram, So You Can Finally Stop Dreaming And Start Living

People always said that if you believe it, you can achieve it, and friends, our dreams have finally come true: Celebrated songbird and apparel mogul Jessica Simpson has finally joined Instagram, so she can share the minutest details of her personal life with her many fans. And look — she already has over 40,000 followers! That’s probably…

Sam Lansky | January 16, 2014 - 10:27 am

‘American Idol’ Season 13 Premieres To Worst Ratings Ever

Have viewers abandoned American Idol? The show returned for its thirteenth season last night with judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and new addition Harry Connick Jr. — and posted its worst premiere ratings ever, notching 15 million viewers and a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49, down 23% from last year. Yikes.

Entertainment Weekly notes that the show’s ratings have…

Sam Lansky | January 16, 2014 - 9:41 am

Lily Allen Promises To Make You Mad On New Album

Lily Allen courted plenty of controversy with her satirical single “Hard Out Here” (and its lacerating video), and the songstress promises that it won’t stop there: “When you put something out there, people want to write about it,” she said in an interview with NME. “They want the hits, they want American Apparel to advertise on their…

Sam Lansky | January 16, 2014 - 8:58 am

Kanye West Sues COINYE Digital Currency For Trademark Infringement

Well! As if there weren’t enough legal complications to keep Kanye West eye-deep in lawyer’s fees (at least he can afford it!), the rapper has now filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the creators of a digital currency called COINYE (get it?). New York Daily News reports that COINYE is a crypto-currency (like Bitcoin!), which features a cartoon illustration…

Sam Lansky | January 15, 2014 - 3:31 pm

One Direction, The Wanted Nominated For Worst Band In NME Awards 2014

Well, the NME Awards nominations are out, and it’s bad news for fans of One Direction and The Wanted. The dueling British boy bands weren’t just snubbed by the British rock magazine’s annual awards — they were actually nominated for Worst Band this year, alongside Muse, 30 Seconds To Mars, The 1975 and Imagine Dragons, which feels a little harsh. All four of those are…

Sam Lansky | January 15, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Katy Perry’s Tour To Feature Kacey Musgraves, Capital Cities, Tegan & Sara: See The Dates

Katy Perry is adding some high-profile support to the North American dates of her upcoming Prismatic World Tour. While Icona Pop will be opening for the songstress during her UK dates, she’ll be joined in the United States and Canada by Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan & Sara (covering three different regions as the tour moves through North America).

Sam Lansky | January 15, 2014 - 11:43 am

Colbie Caillat Gets Spiritual In “Hold On” Video: Watch

Colbie Caillat has been celebrating Christmas in the sand, well, all year long, but the songstress is back with “Hold On,” a new single helmed by Ryan Tedder that premiered late last year — and now she’s unveiled the video for the track, which sees her channeling her inner goddess in a big, cheesy moonlit jungle sequence.

Sam Lansky | January 15, 2014 - 10:54 am

Pixie Lott Gets A Little Wild In “Nasty” Video: Watch

Well! Pixie Lott has released the video for her new single “Nasty,” and indeed, it’s a slightly more daring look for the English songstress. She pops and locks in a club! She’s topless, covering her breasts with a Chanel bag! (What, like you’ve never done it?) The point is, she does indeed get nasty.


Sam Lansky | January 15, 2014 - 9:57 am

Ciara Talks Pregnancy, New Music & Beyonce In New Interview

Well! Ciara announced yesterday that she was expecting her first child with fiance Future, and she opened up more about her pregnancy in a new interview yesterday with The Huffington Post. (She also talked about her new music and how she feels about Beyonce, so there’s that, too.)

First and foremost, she’s pregnant — with creativity! “I’ve…

Sam Lansky | January 15, 2014 - 8:57 am

Pixie Lott Unveils “Nasty” Video Teaser: Watch

Do you have any idea where Pixie Lott’s new album campaign is headed? I don’t! There was the lush noir gorgeousness of “Heart Cry,” and then a surprising little team-up with The Vamps, and now she’s going full throttle for radio with her new single “Nasty,” a jazzy, provocative horn-heavy number that was fished out of Christina Aguilera’s…

Sam Lansky | January 14, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Christina Aguilera, Robin Thicke To Perform At 2014 New Orleans Jazz Festival

Rise up, jazz fans: The line-up for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Festival has just been announced, and the impressive line-up includes such legendary artists as Christina AguileraChristina Aguilera and also Christina Aguilera.

(Please note that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Phish, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Robin Thicke, Trey Songz and a bunch of…

Sam Lansky | January 14, 2014 - 12:48 pm

John Newman Performs “Love Me Again” On ‘Ellen’: Watch

John Newman is taking the United States by storm, with a recent debut televised performance on Jimmy Fallon to perform his debut single “Love Me Again” — and now, he’s conquering daytime television as well in a performance of the song on Ellen.

As with his Fallon set, his vocals sound huskier and scratchier than they do in the…

Sam Lansky | January 14, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Kylie Minogue Talks Returning To Her Roots On New Music: “The Sound Retains My DNA”

Well! Kylie Minogue’s new single “Into The Blue” will get its big radio premiere on January 27, but the dance-pop icon is continuing to talk up the new single in an interview with The Daily Mailwhere she talks about the transition of signing to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label and reinvigorating her sound.

On the subject of…

Sam Lansky | January 14, 2014 - 11:16 am

Marvin Gaye’s Family Settles With Sony/ATV Over “Blurred Lines” Controversy

Well! Here’s a complicated legal kerfuffle that sounds like a storyline I would not be able to follow on The Good Wife: The publishing company Sony/ATV has settled with Marvin Gaye’s family over a lawsuit stemming from claims that Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” ripped off one of Gaye’s compositions. (The lawsuit isn’t over, but at least one piece…

Sam Lansky | January 14, 2014 - 9:28 am

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