Hold on to your wigs! RuPaul
has climbed off his bedazzled throne to put some sass (and ass) back into pop music with new LP Born Naked
(available February 24). The much-loved drag diva’s sixth album — seventh if you include Christmas classic Ho, Ho, Ho
— is a high-camp blockbuster featuring the who’s who of underground-pop deities.
The concise ten-song set (Ru doesn’t fuck with long tracklists) includes collaborations with former Weather Girl/dance legend Martha Wash, Australian soul singer Clairy Browne and My Crazy Girlfriend vocalist Myah Marie. There’s even a cover — I assume — of Shannon‘s freestyle classic “Let The Music Play” with Michelle Visage. See the full tracklist after the jump. More »
will drop his first album in 11 years on April 1. Titled White People Party Music
, the upbeat set was inspired by the comedian’s side-gig as a DJ. He discovered that nothing nothing gets the party started like club bangers for caucasians (!) and decided to put his own spin on the genre.
The emphasis here is clearly on carefree party jams and that’s reflected by the long list of collaborators. Akon, Pitbull and Migos all make appearances, while Afrojack takes over production duties on new single “Looking For A Dream”. The video dropped today (February 13) and finds Nick indulging in some synchronized dancing with suavely-attired friends. Watch him in action after the jump. More »
has been letting all kinds of surprises out of the bag over the past few days. First up was the reveal that her new single
, “You’re Mine (Eternal)”, will be out on February 12, two days before Valentine’s Day (February 14). (UPDATE: The song can now be heard here.
) Mimi then performed the track live at the 2014 BET Honors, ahead of the single cover art reveal today (see above). Now the five-octave diva has posted a teaser clip for the song, which touts her staggering list of music biz achievements since 1990. If you stick around till the tail-end, you’ll see that Carey’s long-awaited 14th studio album The Art Of Letting Go
— her first (non-holiday one) in five years — now has a release date of May 6.
Catch the “You’re Mine (Eternal)” preview below, and get ready to whistle-shriek, Lambs! More »
‘ lead Food
single “Jerk Ribs”
premiered online nearly a year ago, and was finally made available for download on iTunes last week. Now the track has cover art to go along with it — Kelis in triplicate! — as well as a club-ready remix by Ben Pearce
. You may recall Ben’s UK hit “What I Might Do,” which Katy B recently covered for BBC Live Lounge
? Head below to hear how the British DJ re-works Kelis’ soul jam “Jerk Ribs” by springly some dancefloor magic dust atop the song. More »
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 »