Austin Mahone‘s debut album was originally scheduled for release in October last year but it was pushed back to mid-2015. To be fair, the 18-year-old has released two EPs (including The Secret) but fans are thirsty for more and aren’t afraid to let him know it. The YMCMB signee responded to questions about the delay on Twitter and revealed that he’s still working on the opus. “I don’t wanna rush it and then put out a single that doesn’t do well,” he explained.
“I wanna take time to make sure that I have some incredible, next level, monster smashes that I can release and feel good about,” Austin continued. “And believe me I’ve got some crazy songs that are potential next singles but i want to be sure. I’m going to LA in Feb. To finish my first album once and for all.” The teen superstar’s last single “Mmm Yeah” was his highest charting song yet — reaching number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100. See his tweets after the jump. More »
After avoiding social media for most of 2014, Selena Gomez is making up for lost time. The 22-year-old went on a posting spree over the weekend (by her standards, at least) — dropping multiple hints about Zedd‘s new single “I Want You To Know.” The German DJ revealed the title last week, but his rumored love interest dropped a bombshell on Saturday (January 24) when she all but confirmed her involvement by posting the hashtag #IWantYouToKnow on Twitter and Instagram.
That was enough to trigger an avalanche of tweets from frenzied Selenators, who promptly declared that the collaboration would save music/heal the world. While “I Want You To Know” may or may not live up to those expectations, it’s certain to ramp up the excitement for Sel’s first LP for Interscope Records. Since swapping labels December, the triple threat has been diligently recording songs between acting commitments. See the fan reaction to her Zedd feature after the jump. More »
Kid Cudi is earning points left and right from the LGBT community today.
The talented artist plays the part of a gay man in the upcoming film James White, a drama based on the life of a twenty-something played by Christopher Abbott dealing with personal turmoil that premiered over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. (Not only that, he also scored the film.)
In an interview with Billboard on the red carpet before the film’s premiere, the Satellite Flight rapper discussed his intention behind taking on the role, and what it meant in a larger sense than just the film: “I felt like I had a responsibility to present a different walk in life from that world.” Read on to see what else he had to say. More »
Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney‘s (that’s the official billing) “FourFiveSeconds” had a blockbuster first day on pop radio. The star-studded collaboration, which arrived with no forewarning on Saturday (January 24), has already been played 1308 times for an audience impression of 11.226 million — making it the 35th most played song on the format. Expect the looming smash to climb much, much higher by the end of the week.
It’s a good sign for RiRi’s polarizing new single, which left much of the Navy ready to jump ship. The stripped-back duet — Sir. Paul accompanies Rihanna and Yeezy on piano — is a huge change of pace for the queen of club-bangers, but radio obviously loves it and the faithful are still prepared to hand over their coins. “FourFiveSeconds” is already number two on the iTunes download chart, blocked only by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘ enduring smash “Uptown Funk.” Welcome back. More »
Big Sean is gearing up for a major music takeover, as he is prepping for the release of his third studio album — Dark Day Paradise. He revealed the LP title via social media last night, and now he graces the February/March issue of Complex. Inside the issue, the Detroit native touches on various topics: his new record, goals of starting a record label, ex-girlfriend Naya Rivera and his new lady Ariana Grande.
The magazine states that “Sean feels his third album, about his recent highs and lows, is his most personal yet, but admits that he’s still trying to find his sound.” The rapper cites producer Key Wane as crucial for the record’s sound.
“We started as friends. I’d never done that. Usually you meet a girl and then start dating. We always saw each other in the studio, and we’d talk about songs we were working on,” Sean Don says about Grande. “It was cool to have a girl that I could talk to about my problems. I did that with her. It’s not some fake-ass, inauthentic shit when I say we were friends. This is something special and I appreciate every moment of it.” View the Complex cover in its entirety after the jump. More »
Sam Smith is having a rough start to 2015. The Brit broke up with boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel last week and was recently forced to hand over 12.5% of his “Stay With Me” royalties to Tom Petty due to “notable similarities” with the singer/songwriter’s 1989 single “I Won’t Back Down.” Oh, and he was also called “an ugly motherfucker” by Howard Stern over the weekend. “You know what I like about the guy?” the shock jock asked listeners. “He’s an ugly motherfucker. He’s fat, I love it.”
Instead of asking Lady Gaga for a ride in the Born Brave Bus (a safe place for victims of bullying), Sam decided to rise above it. “I can’t believe what I’ve just read,” he tweeted. That was followed by: “Ignore.” Today (January 26), the multiple Grammy nominee has carried on as usual — posting his usual mix of selfies and song lyrics on Instagram. He also shared a shirtless pic, perhaps to refute Stern’s unflattering assessment of his appearance. See the full pic and tweets after the jump. More »
If TLC and Shayne Ward have proved anything in recent weeks, it’s that sidestepping the major labels and utilizing online funding platforms might just be the fastest and easiest way to go when making a pop album that stays true to the artist’s own vision.
Iconic R&B girl group TLC only just announced that they’d be using Kickstarter to fund their upcoming final LP, and within two days their monetary goal had been met thanks to money handed over by their fans…including Katy Perry! (Read our interview with the ladies here.) More »
The 87th annual Academy Awards is shaping up to be an interesting one, due to its announcement of unexpected performers. Thanks to Diane Warren, we’re aware that Rita Ora will be singing at the ceremony — most likely the Oscar-nominated “Grateful” from Beyond The Lights. Now, you can add Adam Levine to the lineup!
The Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice coach revealed the news on Twitter, stating: “So…I’ll be singing at the #OSCARS!!! Whaaaat??!?!? Thank you @theAcademy! #LostStars.” It’s safe to say that he’s pretty excited. Levine will perform “Lost Stars,” which is from the Begin Again soundtrack. John Legend and Common‘s “Glory” tune from Selma is also up for a nomination, so it’s possible the duo will perform as well. View the tweet after the jump! More »
We haven’t heard news about Nathan Sykes (or The Wanted, for that matter) since his 2013 “Almost Is Never Enough” duet with former girlfriend Ariana Grande. While the mini pop diva has moved on to another man and new music, the former boy band member is planning some tunes of his own! The soulful crooner has partnered up with songwriting legends like Diane Warren, Babyface and Harmony Samuels for his debut solo album.
Sykes spoke to Hunger TV about his new collaborations: “Working with Diane Warren and Babyface were two of the most surreal days of my life. There is never a dull moment with Diane and she is one of my favorite people on the planet and the session with Babyface produced probably the most honest and emotional song I’ve ever written.”
The singer also touched on his plans for the album, including its sound: “While I’ve kept this as a pop album, I have tried to make something for everyone and have elements of soul, funk, Motown, dance, straight down the line commercial pop, some more stripped back acoustic tracks and there are a couple of piano ballads on there as well,” he said. “I just wanted to make an album that people can really enjoy and that will also translate really well into a live show as I feel that having a great live show is just as important as having a great album.” More »
You may recall that when the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ 2006 hit “Dani California” arrived and sounded not unlike Tom Petty‘s “Last Dance With Mary Jane,” Petty was pretty laid back about the whole thing. “If someone took my song note for note and stole it maliciously, then maybe [I'd sue],” the rocker stated at the time. “But I don’t believe in lawsuits much. I think there are enough frivolous law suits in this country without people fighting over pop songs.”
Nor will there be much of a fuss over Sam Smith’s 2014 smash “Stay With Me,” which appears to have been influenced, melodically, by Petty’s 1989 single “I Won’t Back Down.” The latter song was co-written (and co-produced) by Petty and Jeff Lynne, and both have reportedly been been given a 12.5% writing credit for “Stay With Me.” More »