Say what you like about Carly Rae Jepsen (one-hit wonder, 2012′s Meghan Trainor etc.), the Canadian songbird’s Kiss LP is still a near-perfect pop record. Which other diva could chirp convincingly about holding hands and making wedding rings of string while staring 30 in the face? Anyway, the “Call Me Maybe” diva could be on the brink of 2014′s most relevant comeback. According to Interscope’s promo website, she has a new single on the way called “I Really Like You.”
So when does this gem drop? Early 2015 is as specific as the listing gets. That’s still pretty exciting news. For a while there, I wondered if we would ever get new music. It will be interesting to see which direction Carly takes. In June 2013, the 29-year-old said she was hoping to mix folk music with electronica. “I have a folky side in my blood from what I used to listen to with my parents,” the pop princess said. “And it’ll be fun to incorporate that more in the verses of the pop songs.” Can’t wait. More »
Janet Jackson has become something of a recluse since marrying Wissam Al Mana. The pop legend shut down rumors of a comeback and has dedicated her time to charitable causes. The baby-faced 48-year-old (how is this possible?) was recently snapped visiting children at Zaatari refugee camp with her billionaire hubby, and she looks absolutely radiant and at peace with her new lifestyle.
While I’m glad Janet has found contentment, I feel like pop music needs her more than ever. A batch of new artists have started to emerge that channel her trademark sound (hello, Tinashe) but nobody has been able to do it as well as Miss Jackson. In fact, you can’t help but think a comeback would be very well-received at the moment given that her speciality — electro-tinged R&B — is now a radio staple. See more pics of the much-missed diva after the jump. More »
If seasonal fare makes you gaga, Bebe Rexha‘s new single “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” (due December 23) is the perfect antidote. A fiery fuck-you anthem, the rising diva’s follow-up to “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” is a ferocious dance/rock concoction that could be just the radio hit she needs to make the leap from Next Big Thing to chart-busting pop sensation.
Today (December 17), the 25-year-old unveiled the cover and it finds her looking like she’s about to cut a bitch. Bebe is crouched on the ground next to a no-trespass sign with a mean look on her face. I love it. The newcomer, who also appears on Pitbull and David Guetta‘s new albums, also shared two new snippets of her new single — one of them accompanied by footage of Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted. Watch after the jump. More »
Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Still a steady seller 20 years after its initial release (it’s the highest-selling festive anthem on iTunes this year — sorry, Ariana Grande), the Xmas classic is near indestructible. I mean, it even survived that abominable rehash with Justin Bieber. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise then, that song also sounds great stripped right back to basics.
Kudos to the DJ that decided to give “All I Want For Christmas” an acoustic remix. Instead of using a live performance, the mellow interpretation plays around with the original stems. That means the vocal is absolutely on-point and we’re treated to goosebump-inducing vocal runs. Trust me, the big finale will push Lambs to the very edge of sanity. This is a great idea. Maybe Mimi can treat us to an acoustic Xmas album next year? Listen after the jump. More »
Bad news for Bobby Shmurda! The young rapper was allegedly arrested today (December 17) at New York City’s Quad Studios, after a long-term NYPD investigation. He may possibly be involved in narcotics trafficking and various shootings. The news follows Shmurda’s recent charge for possessing a gun and marijuana. Billboard states the rapper was arrested early this morning along with other members of the GS9 Brooklyn gang.
Shmurda is facing indictment, but the charges won’t be officially released until tomorrow (December 18), when the arraignments will reportedly take place at Manhattan Supreme Court. Bobby Shmurda came onto the mainstream scene once his “Hot Nigga” song went viral and took over many parts of pop culture, including the Billboard Hot 100. More »
Kanye West has added another artist to his G.O.O.D. Music roster! The latest signee is Kacy Hill, a 20-year-old model who wants to try her hand at singing. The confirmation didn’t come from ‘Ye himself, though. Instead, Def Jam revealed the news on Twitter as they asked followers to “Vote up Kanye’s newest G.O.O.D Music addition @kacyhill on @DazedMagazine 100 List!” Fun fact: Hill is a former American Apparel model who is known for her, um, ass-ests and was also a backup dancer at the rapper’s “Yeezus Tour.”
There is no word on when the record label will release additional information or a single from the artist, but for now we can get a taste of Hill’s alternative sound — thanks to a video for “Experience” that was released back in September. She joins John Legend, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Big Sean and more on G.O.O.D Music!
View the tweet announcement and Kacy Hill’s video after the jump! More »
Well, at least there are no smashed iPhones. (Yet.)
This morning, at least 13 demos from Madonna‘s still untitled, highly anticipated follow-up to MDNA surfaced on the web, including tracks like “Living For Love,” “Unapologetic Bitch” and “Illuminati.” It didn’t take too long for Madge herself to notice, as she’s just posted a response to the invasion of her privacy on Instagram. “Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty! Thank you for waiting and if you have heard please know they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world,” she wrote, accompanied by a photo from her new Interview Magazine spread. More »
Oof. If she wasn’t happy about her Avicii tracks and her photo shoot outtakes leaking, Madonna is seriously going to burn the whole house down over this.
Overnight, at least 13 demos from Madonna‘s forthcoming MDNA follow-up have unexpectedly hit the web early, including her much-teased, oft-hashtagged titles “Unapologetic Bitch” and “Bitch I’m Madonna.” (Check out our “What To Expect” guide to her upcoming album for more information on some of the titles.) While we’re deeply disappointed by this leak, early reviews from those who have heard the demos have already praised the iconic singer’s latest effort, including the House-leaning rumored lead single “Living For Love” and the name-dropping “Illuminati,” which references Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Still, these are undoubtedly just rough demos still being worked on, which makes this leak all the more invasive. After all, the album doesn’t even have a title yet! More »
Calvin Harris is the highest-paid DJ in the world, the proud owner of washboard abs and the new face of Emporio Armani. Some guys have all the luck. The lanky Scotsman, who is no stranger to whipping his shirt off, posted a behind-the-scenes pic from his first shoot for the iconic label on Twitter today (December 16) and it’s something of an understatement to say he’s looking sharp. Rita Ora is going to be binge-eating ice cream while watching Bridget Jones’s Diary tonight.
“It’s incredible to be working with Mr. Armani and his team at Emporio Armani,” the 30-year-old said in a statement. “I feel an affinity to the brand ethos and have been a long time admirer of their designs.” The admiration, it seems, is mutual. “Calvin Harris is a truly cosmopolitan, dynamic young man who is capable of attracting the masses with his music and energy,” the legendary designer said. “He isn’t a model by nature, and this creates a more sincere and engaging bond with the public.” Calvin might not be “a model by nature” but the “Summer” hitmaker looks like the real deal in this shoot. See more pics after the jump. More »
Remember that scene in Big where Tom Hanks jumps on the big piano at FAO Schwarz toy store in New York City? (Ask your mom). Well, Nick Jonas randomly reenacted it — only instead of tapping out chopsticks, he belted out breakthrough hit “Jealous” while hopping over the keys like a leather jacket-clad bunny. Needless to say, the footage is absolutely adorable and demands multiple viewings.
2014 has been an absolutely epic year for the 22-year-old. He tested the waters of solo pop stardom with buzz single “Chains,” but really starting building momentum with upbeat earworm “Jealous”. The song had already started moving up iTunes when Nick figuratively broke the internet with his Flaunt underwear pics and continued doing it with each subsequent shirtless photo shoot. To cap it off, he released released his sophomore LP to rave reviews and stars in a hit TV show! See the rising star’s incredible big piano performance after the jump. More »