Swedish diva Ji Nilsson had a distinct sense of deja vu when she first heard Gwen Stefani‘s new single “Baby Don’t Lie”. She felt the song ripped off her own 2014 single “Heartbreakfree” and jumped on Twitter to (very politely) express her surprise. “People all over the internet are saying @gwenstefani s Baby Don’t Lie sounds just like my previous single ‘Heartbreakfree’!” she tweeted.
The Scandinavian singer/producer also retweeted a supporter’s comment about imitation being the greatest form of flattery, before giving a longer explanation when Gwen’s fans started trolling her mentions. “I have not been sitting around waiting to say that a famous artist copied the production of my song,” Ji lamented. “Blogs started to write about it and people agreed so I listened to Baby Don’t Lie and yes, I agree that the production sounds alot like Heartbreakfree.”
She actually has a point. The production does sound very similar, which may or may not be a total coincidence. Ji should probably take that up with Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco (who produced “Baby Don’t Lie”) but I sincerely doubt Gwen has ever heard the actually-rather-great “Heartbreakfree” in her life. Compare both songs after the jump and see the aggrieved pop star’s tweets. More »
You can add RoccStar to the list of hot producers working on Fergie‘s much-anticipated comeback album. (Mike WiLL Made It, DJ Mustard and Will.i.am are also involved). I asked him about the project during a recent interview and he couldn’t contain his excitement. “I did a couple tracks on there and I’m gonna do some more because I love Fergie.”
And what does the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman’s new LP sound like? “It’s The Dutchess mixed in with some Rihanna… it’s like an upgraded version of her. She has more edge, and I made sure she’s ahead of this current movement.” Leon Youngblood Jr. (his real name) produced the title track of Jennifer Lopez‘s A.K.A. and has several songs on Chris Brown‘s X. He also worked with Beyonce on two songs that didn’t appear on her game-changing visual album. More »
The rollout of Rita Ora‘s sophomore album was derailed when ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris took back all the songs he wrote for it but the ensuing delay has given the “Black Widow” babe time to collaborate with some interesting people. Take her new single “Grateful”, which is the handiwork of legendary songwriter Diane Warren. The soaring power ballad shows the Brit in a completely new light.
“I’m grateful for the wrong one, made me appreciate the right one,” Rita sings in the Celine Dion-worthy chorus. “I’m grateful for the pain, for everything that made me brave.” It will be interesting to see if the song connects with fans of the 23-year-old’s urban/dance output but Diane is confident. “Rita Ora did an amazing vocal,” she says of the Beyond The Lights soundtrack cut. “I think it can be a career song for her.” Take a listen to the lighters-in-the-air anthem after the jump. More »
Well, she did pretty damn well at keeping this one locked down, but the jig is up: With just five days to go, the tracklist for Taylor Swift‘s highly anticipated ’80′s-inspired pop record 1989, has made its way onto the Internet thanks to a stealthy fan/admirer who snapped a photo of the album’s back cover, which is now doing the rounds on Twitter.
Along with smash single “Shake It Off,” as well as promo tracks “Out Of The Woods” and “Welcome To New York,” and the intriguingly cute “Style” (teased in a Target commercial released this morning), the album also includes still unreleased cuts like “I Wish You Would,” “Blank Space” and “Bad Blood” — y’know, the one she wrote about Katy Perry. (Allegedly.)
Read on to see the full tracklisting for 1989. More »
Selena Gomez set Instagram on fire earlier this week when she posted pics from a photo shoot with Aris Jerome. The 22-year-old modeled a revealing, lace-up bodysuit in the sexy black-and-white images, which showcase her killer curves and growing confidence. Today (October 22), the photographer posted more snaps from his session with Sel and they are just as striking.
One new portrait finds the Stars Dance diva rocking tiny denim shorts and a purple tank top. In other pics, Selena wears the same eye-popping bodysuit. The general consensus is that the former teen queen has never looked better. It will be interesting to see if this is the first hint of what to expect from her new era at Interscope Records. See the sexy shoot after the jump. More »
Iggy Azalea has been going through a bit of a rough patch dealing with the ex-boyfriend from hell and a high-profile beef with Snoop Dogg but she’s not letting the drama get in the way of her success. The Australian rapper will perform her new Mø-assisted single “Beg For It” on Saturday Night Live this weekend and has signed on to be the new face of Forever 21 (along with her man Nick Young).
The genetically-blessed couple model a variety of slick ensembles in the clothing retailer’s holiday campaign. In one cute pic Iggy rocks a sexy, sequined dress, while Nick keeps it cool in a white jacket and green plaid pants. In another, the femcee models a figure-hugging leather skirt. Forever 21 has never looked better! See a selection of images after the jump. More »
Ariana Grande has many musical influences, but who knew Imogen Heap was one of them? Last Saturday, the “Love Me Harder” mini-diva uploaded an Instagram video that showed her and the British singer-songwriter having dinner. Judging by both of their exclamation point-laden posts, the two apparently enjoyed each other’s company.
Grande wrote, “most surreal night of my life. thank you so much again to my favorite person on earth, and my idol for so many years @imogenheap for the sweetest, home cooked, vegan dinner and the spontaneous lesson in mimu gloves!!!” The UK entertainer took to her blog, stating “A lovely time was had and was amazing hearing about her world. Crazy!” Last January, Grande covered the 2005 single “Just For Now” from Heap’s sophomore album Speak For Yourself.
View Ariana Grande’s Instagram video below, and click here to read Imogen Heap’s blog post. More »
Kelly Clarkson seriously loves her some Christmas, y’all.
From her seasonal smash record Wrapped In Red to her upcoming Christmas benefit concert down in Nashville, the Idol alum is showing no signs of ceasing the festivity any time soon.
To keep the spirit going strong as she records her forthcoming original studio album, Kelly’s dropping a re-release of her 2013 Christmas album at Walmart, which will also be bundled with a DVD of her Christmas special, Kelly’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale, which aired last year on NBC and saw special guest appearances from a ton of stars, including Reba, Trisha Yearwood and Blake Shelton. Will this lead to another #1 on the Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart this year? It’s quite likely. Check out the tracklisting for the CD/DVD after the jump. More »
Maybe it was the fact that we here at Idolator included Rachel Stevens‘ 2005 solo LP Come And Get It in our recent 13 Great Pop Albums That Were Overlooked & Underrated In Their Time roundup that lured the singer back to the spotlight? Whatever the case may be, she and her onetime bandmates Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O’Meara, Hannah Spearritt — aka S Club 7 — are reuniting for the first time in 12 years for a live performance on the annual BBC Children In Need charity show.
Here in the States the group was mostly famous for their late-’90s Fox series S Club 7 In Miami and 2000 single “Never Had A Dream Come True.” But in their home country of the UK, S Club 7 racked up 11 Top 10 singles during their five-year run, with four of those going to #1. More »