Ashanti named “Early In The Morning” as the next single from her independently-released Braveheart LP when I interviewed her way back in April. Cut to six months later and the slick French Montana-assisted bedroom anthem is finally getting its due. (To be fair, the R&B diva has been busy touring Nigeria with long-time collaborator Ja Rule).
The “I Got It” hitmaker unveiled the sexy, topless cover today — who else is getting Janet Jackson circa All For You vibes? — and announced the release date of the video. (It drops tomorrow!) “Early In The Morning” still sounds fresh and should find love at urban radio. Also, the eye-popping artwork can’t hurt! Get reacquainted with Ashanti’s new single after the jump. More »
You know Ebola has entered the public consciousness when pop stars start referencing the disease while fighting with paparazzi (see Iggy Azalea‘s iconic exchange outside of Vons). But the Aussie rapper isn’t alone. Chris Brown has also been spending a lot of time thinking about the lethal virus. So much so that he felt the urge to jump on Twitter last night (October 12) and offer up some pearls of wisdom.
“I don’t know … But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control,” Breezy tweeted his 13.7 million followers. “Shit is getting crazy bruh.” He then followed that up by tweeting: “Let me shut my black ass up!” Everyone is entitled to their opinion but Breezy’s theory is less likely than X going platinum. See the R&B superstar’s tweets after the jump. More »
There are many artists and producers on board for Madonna‘s forthcoming 13th (!!) studio LP, and Ariel Pink recently revealed that he’ll also be lending a hand in the songwriting process. But he’s not really giving the Queen of Pop her props. In a recent interview with Faster Louder, the musician blatantly stated Madonna has gone downhill since the release of 1998′s Ray Of Light. Ouch!
Apparently, he was picked by Interscope records to give some life back to the singer. “They need something edgy. They need songwriting,” Pink said. “She can’t just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she’s 20 years old. They actually need songs. I’m partly responsible for that return-to-values thing.” Read on to see what else Pink had to say. More »
Another day, another instance of life imitating art — or something like that.
South Park is, of course, known for making fun of the rich and famous, and absolutely nobody is spared. Their most recent victim for playful teasing? “Yellow Flicker Beat” songstress Lorde, who has been the subject of two South Park episodes now.
The plot involves Stan’s dad Randy Marsh, who reveals that he is actually…Lorde. Throughout the episode, he works on writing a track called “Feeling Good On A Wednesday,” and when he plays the track back on his laptop, it’s the voice of…Sia singing back?! While Sia’s remained silent about it, that’s unmistakably the “Chandelier” singer’s powerful chops. (Not following along? You can watch the episode now.)
It’s all very hilarious and, even more amazingly, Lorde’s evidently seen it, because she just sang a half second of the track during an interview. Watch up top, and check out her tweets about the show below. More »
You better break out your copy of Wrapped In Red, because Kelly Clarkson is getting into the Christmas spirit again.
The powerhouse vocalist has just announced her first-ever annual Christmas benefit concert called Miracle on Broadway in Nashville on Saturday, December 20 — and she’s bringing quite a few friends along for the ride.
The Christmas-themed concert will feature original performances of holiday classics, as well as performances of Wrapped In Red hits, from Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Charles Esten and Meghan Trainor. And, in keeping with the Christmas spirit, all proceeds from the event will be donated to four Nashville charities. More »
Iggy Azalea wraps up her stellar year, as she leads the 2014 American Music Awards nominations with six nods – including Artist of the Year, Single of the Year for her Charli XCX-assisted hit “Fancy,” Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. She has some tough competition in that last category, going head to head with Drake and Eminem.
Trailing behind the rapper is Katy Perry, Pharrell and John Legend with five nominations. “Yellow Flicker Beat” singer Lorde snagged herself four nominations. It has also been announced that Charli XCX will grace the stage, performing at the show for the first time. The ceremony determined by fan votes, which will reveal how much these artists truly connected with their audiences over the past year.
The 2014 AMAs will air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, on November 23 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Check out the full list of nominees below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Ariana Grande spent an entire day recording at a studio in London, less than two months after she released her sophomore album My Everything. Could she be working on its follow-up? [Twitter]
:: Selena Gomez confronts Billy Crudup in a dramatic preview of the musical drama Rudderless. The film hits theaters and Video on Demand on October 17. [MTV]
:: Jessie J has done an acoustic rendition of “Ain’t Been Done,” the opening track of her third studio album Sweet Talker. Recently, she gave Sam Smith‘s “Stay with Me” the same stripped-down treatment. [MTV]
:: Rap minimalist DJ Mustard hopes to work with Disclosure, Sam Smith and Calvin Harris sometime in the future. He’s already had experience branching out — after conquering hip-hop/R&B radio, he toured with and opened for Skrillex. [Los Angeles Times]
:: Justin Bieber was reportedly cleared of allegedly stealing a fan’s cell phone at a Dave & Buster’s in Los Angeles. The Believe pop star lunged for the device, as the fan was attempting to take photos of him and on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez. [Billboard]
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Actor and director Danny DeVito has impressive range. He has starred in dramas, comedies, family flicks and sitcoms. And now, he’s scored some major bragging rights with his latest role – the star of One Direction‘s forthcoming music video.
That’s right – as the U.K. boy band just revealed, DeVito will be featured in the “Steal My Girl” video, out October 13. Photos from the shoot show all of them at a desert, playing with a monkey in between takes and hanging out with DeVito’s #Trollfoot – the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star‘s social media alter ego, art project and, well, foot. (“I didn’t know what to do on Twitter, like my first tweet was ‘My b — s are on fire’ . . . I didn’t want to keep going in that way,” he has said. “I decided that Troll Foot was good.”) Oh, and despite the song’s subject matter, there isn’t a girl in sight.
See One Direction and Danny DeVito’s video shoot antics below. More »
It took Bonnie Anderson six years to release her debut single after winning Australia’s Got Talent as a 12-year-old way back in 2007. That song, a bubbly pure-pop anthem called “Raise The Bar”, made minor waves in 2013 but she finally landed a major hit with Katy Perry-channeling club banger “Blackout”. (It sounds a lot like “Dark Horse”).
The talented teen finds her own lane with “Rodeo”. Co-written and produced by long-time P!nk collaborator Billy Man, “Rodeo” is a demented country-pop detour that sounds horrible in theory but, through some mystery of the universe, just works. “My daddy is a boxer, he taught my how to punch with my bare hands,” Bonnie sings over plucked guitar strings before launching into the infectious chorus. I’m here for it. Listen to the future hoedown classic after the jump. More »
First things first (sorry, it’s an Iggy Azalea post and I can’t help myself), Australia’s rap queen was never married to Hefe Wine. That was the focus of her latest — and possibly greatest — Twitter rant this afternoon. She also wants you to know that she will perform on an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live and has decided to release “Beg For It” as her next single.
But before you start dreaming of a Charli-XCX reunion (the duo already performed the song live), the 24-year-old has thrown us a curve ball. The featured vocalist on the track is actually Danish diva Mø. The collab is still a tantalizing prospect, however, given the general excellence of the electro-pop newcomer’s No Mythologies To Follow LP. It also demonstrates Iggy’s ability to think outside the box. Get to know the femcee’s latest collaborator a little better here and see her tweets after the jump. More »