Samantha Jade has dropped a bunch of great songs (“Firestarter”, “Up!” and “Soldier”) since winning X Factor Australia in 2012 but none of them are going to be on her long-awaited debut LP. Instead, a ’90s pop-referencing dance anthem called “Sweet Talk” is being touted as the album’s lead single. And it draws inspiration from Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera!
“I’ve always had a thing for 90′s style pop — the days when Britney, Mariah, and Christina were on a non-stop roll with huge hits,” the pint-sized diva explains. “I’m really inspired by powerful women like that… it seems like a lot of that female pop-star attitude is coming back with artists like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.” A snippet of Sam’s new single has already surfaced online and it sounds like an update of Mimi’s “Fantasy”. Take a listen to the Paro-produced gem after the jump. More »
Carrie Underwood‘s ‘best of’ is bound to be a big seller this Christmas. Spearheaded by brilliant lead single “Something In The Water”, Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (due December 9) is a 2-disc overview of the country queen’s blockbuster career — complete with new material and demos. If your CU collection isn’t as comprehensive as you would like, this is an excellent starting point.
The American Idol has racked up so many hits that it was almost inevitable that some would miss the cut. I’m just sad that it had to be “Quitter”, which is a better example of country-pop than anything Taylor Swift has ever put her name to. (Also, where is platinum-selling Miranda Lambert duet “Somethin’ Bad”?) Happily, signature songs “Jesus, Take The Wheel”, “Before He Cheats” and “Cowboy Casanova” are present and accounted for. See the full tracklist after the jump. More »
Broods demonstrated their ability to transform a pop song into something completely new and different when they not so much remixed, as completely deconstructed Charli XCX‘s current single “Break The Rules”. The New Zealand duo took it a step further by putting their own haunting spin on Katy Perry‘s “Dark Horse” during a recent radio appearance in their homeland.
The Nott siblings strip Dr. Luke‘s trap-pop anthem right back, turning it into a haunting folk song that showcases the full range of Georgia’s exquisite voice. I’d love to hear Katy perform “Dark Horse” like this. It highlights everything that’s good (and timeless) about the chart-topper. Broods’ performance isn’t on YouTube yet, so you’ll have to peep it over at the radio station’s website. It took a minute to load for me but it was so worth it. More »
Selena Gomez‘s November comeback arrived a day early thanks to a slip-up from Amazon France. They confirmed that the much-missed diva’s greatest hits album is indeed called For You and even posted the tracklist. Whoops! The 15-song set includes a couple of surprise omissions (where are iconic anthems “Hit The Lights” and “Bang Bang Bang”?) and odd inclusions (goodbye at “Forget Forever” making the cut) but, over all, it’s pretty spot on.
Most excitingly, there are two (or possibly three) new tracks. “Heart Wants What It Wants” is being bandied around online as For You‘s lead single — a video has already been filmed for it — but there’s also a new collaboration with Rock Mafia called “Do It”. I can’t place “Mas” either but I’m wondering if it’s a Spanish language version of another song that has already been released. We’ll know soon enough. The album is pegged for a November 24 release. See the full tracklist after the jump. More »
Well, this is too cute for words. Beyonce started her Halloween celebrations early by stepping out dressed as Janet Jackson circa Rhythm Nation 1814. The 33-year-old got Jan’s military-inspired pant suit just right but even she was upstaged by Blue Ivy, who rocked a Michael Jackson outfit. The adorable toddler had King of Pop’s socks, gloves and jacket down pat.
As for Jay Z? Well, it looks like he wasn’t in the mood for a costume this year. Perhaps, he will go to more effort tonight? It looks like we’ll be seeing more of Bey in the not too distant future. She was accidentally announced as a performer at the MTV EMAs on November 10. While we wait to be slayed by that appearance, check out more pics of the diva’s Halloween look after the jump. More »
Earlier this month, Union J teased a new song called “You Got It All,” written by MAGIC!‘s Nasri. Turns out, that big, soaring ballad is the title track of the British boy band’s sophomore album, out December 8.
Other featured collaborators in You Got It All include Jamie Scott (One Direction), Eric Frederic (Jessie J), famed songwriter Diane Warren (Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson) — oh, and one that the X Factor finalists won’t reveal just yet. This follow-up to Union J’s 2013 self-titled debut kicks off with The Wanted-inspired “Tonight (We Live Forever),” and from there, the album seems to promises even more feel-good party anthems. One song is actually called “YOLO.”
See the tracklist for Union J’s You Got It All below. More »
Taylor Swift talks living single in 23 (yes, 23) editions of Cosmopolitan‘s December issue. So, while songs off her fifth album 1989 deal with fleeting memories of an ex, Swift emphasizes how she isn’t interested in dating and couldn’t be happier. “People will say, ‘Let me set you up with someone,’ and I’m just sitting there saying, ‘That’s not what I’m doing. I’m not lonely. I’m not looking,’” she says. “I completely feel you on that, oh my God. They just don’t get it.”
The magazine describes Swift as “this girl’s girl,” who debates with friends like Girls creator Lena Dunham over the double standards of dating between males and females. As she also proved with her recent secret listening sessions, this sense of relatability is still key to Swift’s appeal. It’s why her first “documented, official pop album” has felt like a personal victory to fans, with an estimated 1.2 million copies sold during its first week. More »
It’s no secret that Kanye West is a humbly vain person, as is the Instagram-loving Madonna. So when the two stars came together for a once-in-a-lifetime selfie, the result was just magic! Both artists attended the Keep A Child Alive‘s 11th Annual Black Ball in NYC last night (October 30), and found time to share their best Blue Steel poses. The pop legend posted the picture on her Instagram, with the caption: “Self Obsession much? #unapologeticbitches”
Madonna has also been cooking up some tunes with Nas. The rapper shared a photo of himself and Madge in the studio, with the singer licking his face (classy). But can you imagine what that collaboration will sound like? She is working hard on her forthcoming thirteenth (!!) studio album, and has been spotted in the studio with music superstars like Alicia Keys, Avicii and Diplo. Natalia Kills and MNEK have also discussed their experience working with Madonna on the new project.
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Along with leading the pack with the most nominations, Iggy Azalea will also grace the stage as a performer at the 2014 American Music Awards! The “Beg For It” diva is up for six nods at the ceremony, including Artist of the Year, Single of the Year for the Charli XCX-assisted “Fancy” and Favorite Female Artist.
Other artists set to perform are Lorde, One Direction and Fergie, Sam Smith, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Mary J. Blige. Pitbull will have double duties, as he’ll host and perform. The 2014 AMAs will air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, on November 23 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. View the entire list here. More »
Jennifer Lopez has been a tabloid fixture thanks to her high-profile relationships with Puff Daddy, Ben Affleck and Marc Anthony, among others. (See her “Jenny from the Block” video for proof.) However, she has yet to open up about these relationships as she apparently has in her forthcoming memoir True Love, out November 4. “I’ve never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I’ve felt abused in one way or another: mentally, emotionally, verbally,” she says, according to PEOPLE.
While Lopez doesn’t say who was responsible for such abuse, she did mention that Anthony, her third husband and the father of her two children, found True Love to be revealing. “He read it and said, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize you were going through this whole journey,’ ” she says. “We try to be supportive of each other. We feel that’s the best thing for our kids.” Anthony had filed for divorce in 2012, shortly after the couple’s seventh wedding anniversary.
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