News that Iggy Azalea
‘s much anticipated/delayed debut LP The New Classic
now has a concrete release date
(April 14) was a relief for long-suffering fans and now the Aussie femcee has given Azaleans another reason to celebrate. Her new single “Fancy” — a collaboration with English singer/songwriter Charli XCX
— is due later this week.
The 23-year-old posted the hand drawn cover on Instagram account over the weekend with the caption: “so this is happening sometime late next week.” It’s great to see that Iggy’s album campaign is back on track. The involvement of Charli XCX is also promising. Having penned Icona Pop‘s “I Love It”, she certainly knows her way around a catchy chorus and the rap diva really needs a radio hit to reach the next level. More »
It’s been a wait for new music from Kelis
after the release of Flesh Tone
in 2010, give or take the single release of Calvin Harris
three years back and the surfacing online of “Jerk Ribs”
last spring. But lo and behold, the genre-defying diva’s sixth album Food
(out April 22) now has artwork and a tracklist. Given the name of the Dave Sitek
-produced LP, song titles like “Breakfast,” “Cobbler,” “Fish Fry” and “Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy” really shouldn’t surprise anyone.
“I love the lifestyle of a great meal,” Kelis told Idolator in 2009, shortly after taking culinary classes at the famed Le Cordon Bleu and becoming a certified saucier. “I think food and fashion and music all go together when it’s done right.”
Taste the Food tracklist below. More »
Hold on to your wigs, pop divas. Shakira
just unveiled the cover of her self-titled new album
and she means business — strumming a guitar in a sexy black outfit with her trademark bed hair flowing like strands of spun gold. It’s definitely one of the Colombian goddess’ hottest looks and gives Kylie Minogue
‘s lovely Kiss Me Once
artwork a run for its money.
The 36-year-old also announced a partnership with Target. The retail giant will release a deluxe edition of Shakira complete with three exclusive bonus tracks and run an expensive commercial during the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (January 26) to promote it. With “Can’t Remember To Forget You” performing well at radio, this has the potential to be a blockbuster era. More »
‘s much-anticipated new album finally has a name. Her 12th opus is called Kiss Me Once
and has a suitably flirtatious cover. It’s a close-up shot of the Australian diva’s famous pout — as seen through a sheet of wet glass. At a time when the visual component of music plays a larger role than ever, the gorgeous artwork certainly leaves a lasting impression.
It looks like Kylie isn’t taking chances this era. New single “Into The Blue” is an absolutely exquisite slice of dance-pop and its artwork is an equally pulse-raising affair. If the title and cover of Kiss Me Once is any indication, the 45-year-old’s move to Roc Nation has really brought her inner-sex kitten. Not that it was ever really that hidden. More »
So, technically, Cyndi Lauper
‘s debut solo LP She’s So Unusual
was released in October 1983, and this would then be the year of its 31st anniversary — but who’s counting, anyway? Sony’s Legacy Recordings division will issue She’s So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration
on April 1 as a two-disc commemoration of current Grammy nominee
Lauper’s classic album featuring hits like “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop” and “All Through The Night.” Included as bonus tracks on the first disc will be a Yolanda Be Cool
remix of the LP’s first single/MTV staple “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” plus two mixes of chart-topper “Time After Time,” by Nervo
and Bent Collective
Demos, a live recording and studio sessions make up the second disc, while Jancee Dunn, who co-wrote 2012 book Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir with the singer, penned the set’s liner notes. More »
has always taken a more-is-more approach to album covers — she held doves against a ring of roses on her debut and floated with parrots for Fall To Grace
— but she has really outdone herself with the artwork for third LP A Perfect Contradiction
The British soul siren appears on the cover multiple times in different outfits. That’s not particularly strange but the army of body doubles also happen to be carrying a naked and seeming unconscious Paloma. It’s completely over-the-top but also beautiful and striking. See the full tracklist for the diva’s much-anticipated new album after the jump. More »
It’s hard to believe that Sara Bareilles
way back in April 2013. Nine months have passed and the feel-good lead single from Grammy nominated LP The Blessed Unrest
is still unavoidable on radio and holding steady on the Billboard Hot 100. This week it actually climbed four spots to number 26.
The time has come, however, to look to the album’s second single and the songstress has chosen “I Choose You”. It’s unclear if the Mark Endert-produced toe-tapper is an official single or just a promo release but a cover has been unveiled, indicating the former. And it’s a good choice. Along with “Chasing The Sun”, it’s the sophisticated set’s most obvious and endearing radio hit. More »
After an unusual chart stumble with “Unconditionally”
, the Katy Perry
juggernaut is back on track with “Dark Horse”
. The Juicy J
-featuring trap-pop adventure leapt into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week (it jumped from number 11 to 6) and reached the top spot on the iTunes download chart yesterday (January 8).
To celebrate what is increasingly looking like yet another number one, Katy unveiled the “Dark Horse” cover art. It’s an elaborate drawing by New York-based artist Yao Xiao of the “Roar” diva dressed as a knight. Could this be an insight into the much-anticipated video? In other happy news, Prism sold its one millionth copy in America last week — so congratulations all around. More »
‘s much-anticipated duet with Rihanna
was officially confirmed
this morning (January 6) on Twitter after months of speculation and an amusing anecdote
. (It turns out Mr. Worldwide wanted RiRi to sing on “Timber”
but she had to pass due to a previous engagement with a certain Colombian superstar).
The “Can’t Remember To Forget You” promo continues with the unveiling of the cover. Unfortunately, it’s a bit dull. When you have two of the sexiest women on the planet collaborating, why use a black-and-white photo of furniture as the artwork? Perhaps this is just a promo pic to tide us over until January 13 when the single hits iTunes. Fingers crossed. More »
will release their forever-in-the-making (at least, it feels that long) debut LP Pulses
on March 25. The tracklist hasn’t been announced yet but it will definitely feature hip-hop/pop adventure “Acapella”
and soulful new single “I Want It All”
The duo also unveiled their album cover and it’s fair to say they both look pretty incredible in their matching maroon ensembles. I’m not sure what the red color scheme is all about but it works. What can we expect from the music? “The honeymoon is over now,” they explain. “There’s… some serious stuff. There’s definitely a lot more depth in it, which is something we’ve always felt we wanted to do.” More »