Much has been said about the legendary Mariah Carey‘s The Elusive Chanteuse Show which kicked off in Asia at the beginning of the month, from the good (hear her cover Billie Holiday‘s “Don’t Explain”!) to the bad, including those iffy opening night vocals — which have seemingly improved.
But while the Western world continues to chatter away, Mimi’s simply too busy breaking all sorts of international touring records while hitting her stops in China.
According to her official website, as of this week, Mariah Carey just became “the first ever western artist to play 5 stadiums in China and the first ever western artist to perform in Tianjin.” A major feat!
And to celebrate to achievement, she’s just uploaded a very special montage video featuring her performances of “Hero,” recorded live from all 5 stadiums in Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Tianjin and Shanghai. Check out the video after the jump. More »
Lorde might be banned from the airwaves in San Francisco but knowing she’s the queen of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack must be some consolation. The Kiwi teen released her first contribution to the film, “Yellow Flicker Beat”, in late September but now ups the ante by delivering a blockbuster collaboration with Miguel and The Chemical Brothers.
After the briefest of introductions by Lorde (all she says is “there it is!”), Miguel takes over the reigns — rapping about survival over menacing trap beats. The English producers then revert to their preferred electro for the furious chorus. Happily, the “Royals” diva returns intermittently throughout the song to sing/speak the hook but it’s not really about her this time. Listen to the radio premiere after the jump. More »
Nicki Minaj poses next to pastel-colored poodles in her glamorous GQ shoot but that’s not the most outrageous thing you’ll in the photos. Instead, the eye is immediately drawn to the femcee’s barely-there top, which appears to be a marvel of modern engineering. The 31-year-old spoke to the magazine about her upcoming LP The Pink Print and meme-spawning “Anaconda” video.
After making the seemingly disingenuous claim that there’s no sexual innuendo in the song or video (“it’s just cheeky, like a funny story… all it says is, ‘my anaconda don’t’”), Nicki sheds some light on the feminist statement she was trying to make with “Anaconda”. “That was important for us to show in the kitchen scene, because it’s always about the female taking back the power,” she says in reference to the clip’s banana-chopping moment. See another pic from her stunning GQ shoot after the jump. More »
Meghan Trainor unveiled the artwork for much-anticipated debut LP Title today (October 20) and it’s as cute and colorful as you would expect from the pastel-wearing retro-pop queen. The album’s tracklist also surfaced online and there are no big surprises — apart from the fact that all the songs from her similarly-titled EP are included.
So, in addition to Billboard Hot 100-conquering smash “All About That Bass”, your ears will be treated to fan favorites “Dear Future Husband”, “Title” and “Close Your Eyes”. New single “Lips Are Movin’” is obviously included (it impacts radio tomorrow) as well as enticingly named jams like “Walkashame” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”. See the full tracklist after the jump. More »
If you needed another reminder that Selena Gomez is (literally) leaving Disney behind, look no further than her Instagram account. The 22-year-old whipped fans into a frenzy by posting three black-and-white pics over the weekend that cast her in a sexy new light. Shot by Aris Jerome, the eye-popping snaps find Sel rocking a black lace-up bodysuit that reveals her killer cleavage. No wonder they have almost a million likes each!
Apart from snatching wigs with her flawless beauty, the “Slow Down” diva is working on a secret project (she has confirmed that it’s music related) and is widely rumored to be releasing a greatest hits collection called For You in November/December. The release marks the end of Selena’s stint at Hollywood Records. She inked a new deal with Interscope earlier this year. See the rest of her raunchy shoot after the jump. More »
Bad news for Lorde fans in the Bay Area: You won’t be hearing “Royals” any time soon.
For those who aren’t entirely caught up on the whole baseball thing, the San Francisco Giants are heading to the World Series this week against the Kansas City…Royals. Uh oh! Superstitiously, San Fran’s radio stations are blacklisting Lorde’s big hit — at least until the series is over.
According to a series of tweets from radio stations, including KFOG and KOIT, “Royals” isn’t being put into rotation during the series. From Billboard: “‘Why send any positive vibes to Kansas City?’ KFOG’s program director Jim Richards told NBC Bay Area. ‘Why not give the song a rest? No one is going to get hurt over it.’” To be fair, the song has been played to death on radio ever since last year — a little break probably wouldn’t hurt. (We’re assuming Kansas City is about to majorly make up for those SF spins, anyway.)
Check out the radio station tweets after the jump. More »
Mr. Worldwide (otherwise known as Pitbull) is set to host this year’s American Music Awards. The entertainer will set the tone for the music ceremony, as well as perform a new song from his forthcoming album. He was quite ecstatic about the news, saying in a statement: “World, who would have thought Pitbull hosting the AMAs two years in a row. The harder I work, the luckier I get. Thank you ABC and dick clark productions for the amazing opportunity — more than anything let’s get ready to have fun. Dale!”
Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry and Pharrell lead the pack with the most nominations for the night. The “Fancy” rapper has six nods, with the latter artists snagged themselves five nominations. Along with Pitbull, Charli XCX is also confirmed to perform at the awards show. More »
Get your stocking stuffers ready! Coldplay plan to release a DVD and Blu-Ray of a concert film in support of their Ghost Stories album (released in May 2014). The band recorded their performance of various tracks off the LP back in March, inside a custom-built amphitheater in Los Angeles’ Sony Studios. It will feature tracks like “Magic,” “Always In My Head,” “A Sky Full Of Stars” and “True Love.”
The Ghost Stories concert film will be available on November 24, and will also come with a live album with audio recorded at intimate shows in London, New York, Sydney, Paris, Cologne and Los Angeles between April and July 2014. View the tracklists for the DVD and CD after the jump. More »
The talented young ladies of Little Mix quietly dropped one of the better girl group records in recent history late last year with Salute, which spawned cuts like the snappy “Move” and self-empowering title track. Since the last album’s release, they’ve been hard at work ever since recording a follow-up — and now, we’re starting to find out who’s been helping to shape their sound.
While interviewing on the red carpet at BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards, the girls revealed to Digital Spy their enviable list of collaborators, including Marina And The Diamonds, MNEK, Jess Glynne and Jessie J.”I think it’s just a step up really – production, vocals, everything,” Jamaican accent expert Jesy explained. More »
UPDATE: It has been confirmed that the Reclassified tracklist is indeed the correct version.
Iggy Azalea will include five new songs total in Reclassified, the forthcoming re-release of her debut The New Classic, according to Rap-Up. And based on their titles, the “Black Widow” star may spend her time defending her stance as one of this year’s biggest breakout stars, in both rap and on the Billboard Hot 100.
Azalea teams up with rising pop star Mø on a song called “Beg for It,” which they will premiere next week on Saturday Night Live. Recent collaborator Jennifer Hudson appears in a track called “Trouble,” while Ellie Goulding pops up in a song that isn’t called “Can I Say,” as previously reported, but “Heavy Crown.” Given the criticism and flak she has received from rap elders like Rah Digga and Snoop Dogg, such songs could make for bold statements.
Reclassified is out November 24. See its rumored tracklist below. More »