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Ariana Grande Premieres Zedd/Max Martin-Produced Dance Anthem “Break Free”: Listen

Jul 2nd, 2014 // 7 Comments
Ariana's "Problem"
Watch Ariana and Iggy Azalea evoke the swinging '60s! Read More »

After relentlessly teasing “Break Free” on Instagram, Ariana Grande finally unveiled the follow-up to “Problem” this afternoon (July 2). Co-produced by Zedd and Max Martin, the fast and furious club banger certainly represents a new sound for the 21-year-old, who is best known for her power ballads and mid-tempo jams.

The second taste of Ari’s imminent sophomore set My Everything is a manic floorfiller that picks up where Zedd’s last big hit “Clarity” left off. It’s fairly straightforward EDM but Swedish hitmaker Max Martin makes sure that it has a distinct pop sensibility. “Problem” was blocked from reaching number one by Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy” but the pint-sized diva could have better luck this time. Listen after the jump. More »

Jennifer Hudson Teams Up With R. Kelly For Unsettling Disco Duet “It’s Your World”: Listen

Jul 2nd, 2014 // 1 Comment
"Walk It Out" MV
Jennifer Hudson hits the street in her "Walk It Out" video. Read More »

Jennifer Hudson is definitely channeling a vintage R&B sound on her as-yet-untitled third LP. Current single “Walk It Out” has a slinky ’90s vibe courtesy of super-producer Timbaland, while just-surfaced R. Kelly duet “It’s Your World” takes it all the way back to the ’70s with disco-referencing production and politically incorrect lyrics.

There’s always something vaguely unsettling about female artists collaborating with the “Ignition” singer (see Lady Gaga‘s “Do What U Want”). That goes double when the lyrics sound like something from a 1950s guide to homemaking. “Anything that you want from me, boy you can get it any time, any place,” coos Jennifer over  strings and bass. “I’ll be your servant, your slave.” It gets even more uncomfortable from there. Listen after the jump. More »

Zac Efron Uploads Another Dance Video: Watch Him Move To “Turn Down For What”

Jul 2nd, 2014 // Comment
Zac Efron Dances
Zac Efron posted an Instagram video dancing to "Wiggle". Read More »

It looks like Zac Efron had a great time in Italy. We know he danced to Jason Derulo‘s “Wiggle” (on a table, no less) with friends Gianluca Vacchi and Youseff Giga but it turns out that wasn’t his only flirtation with choreography. The Neighbors actor also busted a move to DJ Snake and Lil Jon‘s party anthem “Turn Down For What”.

This video is even more elaborate than the last. The 26-year-old rocks a top hat while twirling in time to the music with his pals. He then hams it up for the camera, while actress Michelle Rodriguez makes a surprise cameo towards the end. Zac clearly fancies himself as a dancer, so perhaps it’s time to sign up for another musical. Watch him in action after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea Finally Responds To Nicki Minaj’s BET Awards Shade: “I’m Unbothered”

Jul 2nd, 2014 // 1 Comment
Nicki Shades Iggy
Nicki Minaj clarifies her Iggy Azalea shade. Shades her again. Read More »

Iggy Azalea has responded to Nicki Minaj‘s BET Awards shade and subsequent Twitter clarification with a lengthy Instagram post. “I have to say the general explosion of pettiness online is hard to ignore,” the Aussie femcee begins. “If I had won the BET Award that would’ve been great but it wasn’t my year & I don’t mind — so you shouldn’t either.”

“Generally speaking I’m unbothered by anything that ‘happened’ at the BET Awards and just feel worn out by everyone trying to make me have wars with people all the time,” she continued. “I hate to see everyone exhausting themselves on my behalf over things that I’m still not 100% sure even exist & don’t matter.” That’s how you quash a beef. See Iggy’s full post after the jump. More »

Mariah Carey’s “You Don’t Know What To Do” Is Shaping Up To Be A Hit (On Urban Radio)

Jul 2nd, 2014 // 15 Comments
MIAM Reviewed
Read our review of MC's 'Elusive Chanteuse' album. Read More »

The state of Mariah Carey‘s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse campaign is a hotly-debated topic on social media. The album is exceptional, so why isn’t it slaying? That’s a question for another time but the warm reception “You Don’t Know What To Do” is having at urban radio is the first sign that things just might be turning around.

Mimi’s infectious Wale-assisted disco anthem is the third-most added song to urban radio this week, behind T.I. and Iggy Azalea‘s “No Mediocre” and Mike WiLL Made-It‘s “Buy The World”. A solid radio hit is just what this era needs, so hopefully it will continue to get strong airplay. (An epic video would also help). Listen to the future hit — fingers crossed! — after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea Is Fancier Than Ever On The Cover Of ‘Cosmopolitan’ Australia

Jul 2nd, 2014 // Comment
As if, Iggy!
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Iggy & XCX On GMA
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Iggy Azalea covers the August issue of Cosmopolitan Australia in an elaborate cut-out leotard with gold detail and giant pearl earrings. It’s an extremely fancy look for the Aussie rap diva, who is still holding down the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Fancy”. She now has the longest-running number one hit (for a female rapper) of all time.

Not bad for a girl from Mullumbimby, who cleaned hotel rooms to scrape together enough cash to buy a plane ticket to Miami. While the chart reign of “Fancy” continues, the 24-year-old has another two songs on the rise. T.I. collaboration “No Mediocre” is the most added song to urban radio, while Rita Ora-assisted “Black Widow” has already hit the airwaves ahead of its official release. More »

Nicki Minaj Denies Iggy Azalea Shade In Twitter Rant, Drags Her Rival Even Harder

Jul 2nd, 2014 // 3 Comments
Nicki Vs. Iggy
Nicki Minaj threw shade at Iggy Azalea at the BET Awards. Read More »

Nicki Minaj threw thick shade at Iggy Azalea in her smug acceptance speech for Best Female Rapper at the BET Awards on Sunday (June 29). “What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it,” she said between giggles. It was a fairly obvious dig at her Aussie rival, who is mentored by T.I. but also extremely offensive to the other nominees.

After a social media backlash, the 31-year-old jumped on Twitter this morning (July 2) to deny any shade-throwing. “The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different,” Nicki began. “I believe we’re smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do.” So she’s basically still insinuating that Iggy doesn’t write her own bars. “I fell in love with Lauryn Hill b/c I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on the MisEducation.”

But the femcee didn’t stop there. “It’s the same reason I have a different level of respect for Missy [Elliott],” she continued. “I know she’s a writer and a producer. Women MUST aspire for more.” This is the shadiest explanation of all time. If Nicki has proof Iggy Azalea is a fraud then please share it. If not, she should issue a sincere apology because this just makes her look jealous. After all, “Fancy” is spending its sixth week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, while “Pills N Potions” is nowhere to be seen in the top 30. Find her tweets after the jump. More »

Katy Perry Unveils Poster For New Fragrance ‘Royal Revolution’

Jul 1st, 2014 // Comment
Katy Tour Pics
Here's our gallery of pics from the opening night of Katy's tour. Read More »

Katy Perry launched new fragrance Royal Revolution by sharing the regal poster on Instagram. She looks typically flawless in a blue skirt and jacket combination with elaborate gold detail. The 29-year-old also happens to be wearing a Cher-tastic headdress and is standing next to a suit of armor. It’s certainly an interesting look for the globe-trotting diva.

According to the pop queen’s website, Royal Revolution is “an irresistible floral fragrance that’s as beautiful as it is bold, as royal as it is rebellious”. So far, so good. It also “conquers at first breath with notes of pink freesia, mystical blackthorn, jasmine and vanilla orchid.” How wonderful. I’ve always loved the aroma of mystical blackthorn. See Katy’s Instagram post after the jump. More »

Holly Valance Makes A Surprise Comeback On Andy Clockwise’s “Hopeless”: Listen

Jul 1st, 2014 // 1 Comment

Few pop stars have amassed as strong a cult following as Holly Valance. After finding fame on Neighbours (the same soap opera that gave the world Kylie Minogue), the then 19-year-old effortlessly made the transition to dance diva and racked up multiple hits in Australia and the UK with debut LP Footprints. That opus was fun but she raised the bar much higher on sophomore set State Of Mind, which still holds up as near-perfect electro-pop adventure.

Unfortunately, the album bombed (it was ahead of its time!) and the stunning songstress turned her attention back to acting. Now, more than a decade later, Holly returns with a cute feature on Andy Clockwise‘s new single “Hopeless”. She lends her heavenly vocals to the chorus and coos the questionable lyric “put your hands into my car” over ’80s synths. It’s better than it sounds! Listen after the jump. More »

Robin Thicke’s “Forever Love” Gets A Slammin’ Afrojack Remix: Listen To The Overhauled ‘Paula’ Cut

Jul 1st, 2014 // Comment
Robin's Paula
Robin Thicke's controversial 'Paula' LP is now streaming online. Read More »

Robin Thicke‘s musical apology to estranged wife Paula Patton (otherwise known as new LP Paula) has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. The R&B crooner has been accused of stalking the actress, while a Twitter Q&A arranged to promote the album went horribly wrong when commentators took him to task for perceived misogyny.

Amid the ongoing chaos, the music itself has been overlooked. While some of Paula is eyeball-rolling madness, the 37-year-old actually delivers the goods on a couple of tracks. New single “Forever Love” is one such example. The tender ballad deals with his relationship less specifically, which makes it much easier to stomach. The song has now been overhauled by Afrojack and the new club-friendly version is fairly enjoyable dancefloor fodder. Listen after the jump. More »