If you missed Made In Heights the first time around (they released an album in 2012), there’s still time to get on board before they explode with their sophomore set. And the LA-based duo will do just that if gorgeous new single “Ghosts” is any indication of what they have up their collective sleeve. Make no mistake. This is one of the prettiest pieces of electronica to surface thus far in 2014.
“When all the ghosts are singing, taking my tears and filling their cups up,” sing-whispers vocalist Kelsey Bulkin over Sabzi‘s cascading synths in the song’s ever-so-subtle chorus. That gives you some idea of the song’s quirky lyrical content but probably doesn’t do justice to the whimsical production. Think of this as the complicated, stoner cousin of Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be”. Listen after the jump. More »
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea have fans salivating over the prospect of their eye-popping “Booty” video (the preview promises a sophisticated soft-porn extravaganza) but here’s a little something to quench your Jiggy — get it? — thirst while we wait for it to drop. The twerk-inducing floorfiller has now been remixed by the always-awesome Country Club Martini Crew.
The Brazilian DJ (it’s just one dude) has a knack of overhauling pop songs for the dancefloor without destroying the original’s mainstream appeal and he does it again with “Booty”. Diplo‘s thunderous beats remain largely untouched — everything has just been padded out with house-friendly synths. J Lo and Iggy fans will, no doubt, be dropping it low to this version in the very near future. Listen after the jump. More »
Remember when Lady Gaga and Cher recorded “The Greatest Thing” (it actually lived up to its title!) for the legendary diva’s Closer To The Truth LP but then it got ditched at the last minute because Mother Monster wasn’t happy with the fact that it sounded like the best song never to win Eurovision? Well, that mess is all in the past! The gay icons have made up and showed a lot of love for each other on Twitter yesterday (September 15).
It turns out someone sent Cher a copy of Lady Gaga’s jazz LP with Tony Bennett and she really liked what she heard. “SO F-ING PROUD OF U #GAGA HEARD (&SAW) AMAZING CD COLAB #CheekToCheek W/4 EVER HIP #TONYBENNETT BABE, UR CHANNELING JAZZ GREATS & KIL-N-ME,” the “Woman’s World” singer tweeted. (If you’re unfamiliar with Cher-speak that translates as “I enjoyed your album”). The ARTPOP pioneer was quick to return the love and even demanded her fans trend #MonstersLoveCher. See their cute exchange after the jump. More »
The internet exploded with talk that Beyonce was pregnant with a second child when Jay Z allegedly dropped the bombshell during an On The Run tour stop in Paris, France over the weekend. He was reported as switching the lyrics of Magna Carta Holy Grail interlude “Beach Is Better” from “I replace it with another one” to “cause she’s pregnant with another one”. (The audio isn’t exactly convincing).
In true Bey style, she refuted the baby talk not by holding a press conference or jumping on Twitter but by showing off her toned tummy in a series of scorching hot Tumblr posts. The 33-year-old rocked a tiny string bikini (and gold leaf tattoos) on her luxury yacht somewhere off the coast of France. It goes without saying that she looked completely and utterly amazing. See the sexy pics after the jump. More »
It’s been over two-and-a-half years since Whitney Houston died in a Beverly Hills hotel room, and in that time, the singer’s former mentor and label chief Clive Davis has gone about readying a live album/DVD collection — the first ever for Houston — for release this fall.
Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, out November 10, was produced by Davis and, according to USA Today, includes the late Grammy winner’s 1983 performance of “Home” on The Merv Griffin Show, her rendition of the National Anthem from Super Bowl XXV in 1991 and a 2009 performance of “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” on The Oprah Winfrey Show. More »
We’re all sending good vibes over to Lana Del Rey right now.
Following the cancellation of her planned Live Lounge appearance on BBC Radio 1 in London earlier this week, the Ultraviolence beauty has just cancelled the remainder of her promotional activities planned throughout Europe as a result of an illness, including two private concerts for Virgin Radio listeners in Paris.
“For medical reasons independent of our will, the artist has been forced to cancel all promotional activities planned in Europe over the coming days,” a rep from Universal reportedly said in a statement. More »
You could grate cheese on Usher‘s six-pack, so it’s not exactly surprising to discover that he’s the fittest man in popular music. The R&B superstar demonstrated his superior athletic ability on today’s (September 15) episode of The Ellen Show by taking on (and conquering) the demanding American Ninja Warrior obstacle course in the studio’s parking lot.
The 35-year-old, who is currently promoting his upcoming The UR Experience tour, demolished the course like a veteran Navy Seal — jumping over objects, climbing walls and hanging off railings like a professional. Usher is still putting the finishing touches on his eighth studio album, which still has no official release date. See the crooner’s athletic side after the jump. More »
From Usher‘s “She Came To Give It To You” to Beyonce‘s (officially) unreleased “***Flawless” remix, Nicki Minaj is everywhere right now. When you throw top 10 hits “Anaconda” and girl-power collaboration “Bang Bang” into the mix, it’s a pretty safe to assume that the 31-year-old never sleeps or is a cyborg sent from the future to improve the state of urban radio.
The extremely-busy rap diva’s latest high-profile feature is on August Alsina‘s “No Love (Remix)”. She lends him a verse and appears in the cheesy video as his girlfriend. Nicki discovers that her man is playing around but soon puts him in his place while rocking a suitably seductive outfit. The crooner eventually comes to his senses and pays her the attention she deserves. Watch the cliche-packed visual after the jump. More »
Tinashe is yet to put a foot wrong with debut LP Aquarius (due October 7). The rising R&B diva scored a well-deserved commercial breakthrough stoner anthem “2 On” earlier this year before channeling Janet Jackson on sublime slow jam “Pretend”. She continues to impress with “Feels Like Vegas” — a sexy bedroom romp that never feels sleazy or forced.
Produced by Norwegian duo Stargate (who are currently experiencing something of a revival thanks to Iggy Azalea‘s “Black Widow”), the slinky gem stays true to the 21-year-old’s signature brand of languid R&B. “Flashing lights, I let you love me because I can tell that you want me,” she purrs over lush synths. “Just you and I. Feels like Vegas don’t it?” Listen after the jump. More »
Katy Perry has gone above and beyond when it comes to “This Is How We Do” remixes. The chart-conquering diva first served up a mind-stretching overhaul featuring side-piece RiFF RAFF before unleashing a twisted trap version courtesy of Brillz. They were both great in their own weird and wonderful way but it looks like she saved the best for last.
The Harper’s Bazaar cover girl turns to RAC for the latest “This Is How We Do” remix and the Portuguese-born/Portland-based DJ transforms it into a spooky synth-adventure that mixes tinny hip-hop beats with his trademark retro-synths. The sparse, fuzzy soundscape is exciting new territory for Katy’s voice and somehow suits the upbeat pop song perfectly. Listen after the jump. More »