Hayley Kiyoko is the latest in a very long line of starlets (she is perhaps best known for Disney movie Lemonade Mouth) to dabble in music but her approach — and the end result — couldn’t be more atypical. The 23-year-old, who was recently cast in a big-screen adaptation of Jem And The Holograms, makes music in her parents’ LA basement and opts from ethereal, indie-leaning electro-pop.
Co-produced by James Flannigan, new single “This Side Of Paradise” is enchantingly soft and subtle. “I’ve got better luck in my head, playing poker with the dead,” sings Hayley over gentle layers of synths. It’s all very atmospheric and mysterious but doesn’t skimp on hooks or the memorable chorus. Listen to the title track of the budding diva’s upcoming EP after the jump. More »
Jessica Mauboy is bringing out the big guns for her fourth studio album. The Australian diva, who has already racked up 12 top 20 hits in her homeland, worked with Babyface on new single “Can I Get A Moment?” and it sounds like an on-trend, percussion-heavy club-banger — at least if the snippet that arrived online today (October 1) is any indication.
“Too hot to touch, I’m burnin’ up,” purrs the 25-year-old over chunky beats and hand claps before laying down the law. It sounds like a winning mix of B’Day-era Beyonce and Jessie J‘s “Bang Bang” — particularly in the fierce chorus. “No disrespect, I’m not impressed, right now I’m doing me,” sings Jess. “You do the most, you’re way too close, it’s hard for me to breathe! Can I get a moment?” Listen to a snippet after the jump. More »
Taylor Swift considers herself something of a fashionista, so probably got a kick out being British Vogue‘s new cover girl. The former country queen is almost unrecognizable in the pastel-themed shoot, which finds her rocking slicked-back hair and a knitted tank top. Apart from rocking granny fashions, the 24-year-old also opened up about her new LP 1989 and dating life.
“This time around I’ve chosen the brave and bold way of going about things,” she says of her new pop opus. “I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, I don’t want to betray Nashville… but essentially it comes down to challenging yourself as an artist.” Taylor also talked about dating and the gents of Hollywood will no doubt breathe a collective sigh of relief when they hear that she’s retired. “Dating or finding someone is the last thing on my mind, because I can’t picture how it could work with the way my life is.” See the “Shake It Off” hitmaker’s British Vogue cover and pictorial after the jump. More »
Chet Faker and Flume drove Instagram hipsters (and other thirsty types) into a frenzy by posting a shirtless pic together last night (September 30). The Australian indie-darlings, who broke internationally with an epic collaboration called “Drop The Game”, are both currently on tour in their homeland and were obviously looking for some kind of relief from the heat.
Apart from upping their Instagram game, the rising stars are also busily promoting new projects. Chet (real name Nick Murphy) just released “Gold” (make sure you watch the genius Hiro Murai-directed video) as the latest single from critically acclaimed debut LP Built On Glass, while Flume (otherwise known as Harley Edward Streten) recently remixed Lorde‘s “Tennis Court” and made it even better. See their bromantic snap after the jump. More »
It’s been a minute since Miley Cyrus stripped off for a magazine shoot or single cover, so last night’s (September 30) sexy Instagram spree will come as sweet relief for restless fans thirsting for new nudes. The Bangerz diva really came through with an alluring bath pic. She’s topless — of course — with shiny disco balls cover her nipples. Now that’s what I call ARTPOP.
The 21-year-old also shared a bath video (it’s pretty tame by her standards) and another topless pic in bed, this time with flowers covering her breasts. “I like this daisy tit edit,” she elegantly captioned the black-and-white image. When is Miley going to come back with new music? Pop is really boring without her attention-whoring ways and iconic self-promotion. See the other pics and video after the jump. More »
Who from the cast of American Horror Story has the chops to cover Lana Del Rey during upcoming season Freak Show? Why, the Supreme, of course, Jessica Lange…at least according to a hinting tweet posted by AHS show runner Ryan Murphy.
A fan of the show tweeted at Murphy last night, “I’ve been a loyal viewer but I am OUT on this one…between trailers and your comments, it is more than I can handle ” This prompted Murphy to respond with the following: “Tina, don’t be afraid! The clown is scary, true. But don’t you wanna see Jessica Lange sing a Lana Del Rey song?” More »
It’s an interesting time to be a white female rapper. Iggy Azalea kicked down the door with summer smash “Fancy” but became an instant target in the hip-hop community. Canadian-born, Jamaica-raised femcee Nova Rockafella should face a much less hostile reaction. For starters, she’s been quietly building a following in Los Angeles for years and presents an edgier fusion of rap and EDM on her new EP.
A stop-gap measure to keep fans satisfied until her debut LP drops in early 2015, PROBLEMCHILD is a nice introduction to Nova’s snarky rhymes and sick beats. There’s a lot to love here including the femcee’s relatable DJ Nobody-produced stoner jam “Whole Bag”, fake British accent-showcasing “Lunch Special” and bad bitch anthem “Batman”. Download the Boardwalk/Island Records diva’s EP after the jump. More »
Remember when Nick Jonas almost broke the internet by posting a shirtless pic on Instagram? I know, it was a magical moment. Well, the 22-year-old is at it again — brazenly showing off his killer six-pack and snail trail on the cover Flaunt magazine. Expect gym memberships to skyrocket when this hits newsstands/the interwebs next month!
The youngest Jonas brother is making the transition from teen idol to adult pop star look easy. After signaling his new sound with slick buzz track “Chains”, Nick dropped ’80s-influenced urban-pop anthem “Jealous” and immediately found love at radio and on iTunes. (The song is now top 30 — and climbing — on the download chart). His sexy magazine shoot can only help his cause. Check it out after the jump. More »
Tinashe‘s much-anticipated Aquarius LP is now streaming a week ahead of its official October 7 release date. So, does it live up to the hype? If you like sexy, languid R&B with on-point production and vintage Janet Jackson-esque interludes, then the answer is a resounding yes. The talented 21-year-old carves out her own nice with a sound as fresh as it is comfortingly familiar.
So what are the highlights? Schoolboy Q-featuring stoner anthem “2 On” is still the ultimate ratchet party jam, while new A$AP Rocky-assisted single “Pretend” shows a softer, prettier side. When you throw sexy bedroom romp “Feels Like Vegas” into the mix along with previously unheard gems “Far Side Of The Moon”, “Bated Breath” and “Cold Sweat”, it’s hard to deny that Tinashe has well and truly delivered the goods. More »
Jessie J‘s career had just about flatlined until she hooked up with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj on “Bang Bang”. The track is a monster hit — it reached a new peak of number three on the Billboard Hot 100 this week — and has everyone excited for the Brit’s third LP Sweet Talker. So why is she systematically editing out her collaborators?
The 26-year-old dropped a rap-free edit of the smash a couple of weeks ago — bye, Nicki! — and today (September 30) a solo version arrived online. It’s always fascinating to hear different versions of a good song and Jessie easily carries “Bang Bang” on her own. The verses sound a little clumsy but her vocal runs are on point. As usual. Check it out for yourself after the jump. More »