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Ariana Grande Covers ‘Billboard’, Praises Madonna

Aug 15th, 2014 // 3 Comments
"Break Free" Video
Ariana Grande Zedd Break Free music video
Ariana channels Barbarella in the spacy clip. Read More »
Ariana x Big Sean
Listen to their pair-up on "Best Mistake." Read More »
Ariana's "Problem" Vid
Watch Ari & Iggy evoke the swinging '60s! Read More »
Ariana's 4th Of July
She performs her biggest hits for the Macy's spectacular. Read More »

Much as Miley Cyrus stood front and center in pop’s spotlight last fall, Ariana Grande is arguably the “it” girl in music in summer 2014. It’s a notion that Billboard, at least, agrees on, as the publication has splashed the polka dot covered “Break Free” songbird on the cover of its latest issue.

The accompanying feature story on her details Grande’s penchant for the bizarre as a young girl, including her leanings toward skeleton face paint, Freddy Krueger masks and Jaws-themed birthday parties. “There was a stage, when I was 3 or 4, where my mom thought I might grow up to be a serial killer,” she admits to Billboard. More »

Annie Lennox Reveals More Details About Her Comeback LP ‘Nostalgia’: See The Full Tracklist

Aug 14th, 2014 // Comment
Annie's LP Preview
Annie Lennox previewed new LP 'Nostalgia' at a cemetery. Read More »
Barbra's Partners
Barbra Streisand is covering her own songs on 'Partners'. Read More »
Annie Lennox Weighs In
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The former Eurythmics front woman criticizes Miley. Read More »
Cyndi's Re-Release
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Cyndi Lauper's classic She's So Unusual LP turns 30. Read More »

Annie Lennox previewed her new covers LP Nostalgia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Tuesday (August 12) and mesmerized the assorted press and industry types with haunting interpretations of standards like “Memphis In June” and “Strange Fruit”. The legendary diva finally shared more details about her comeback album today, including the release date and tracklist.

For starters, Nostalgia was produced by frequent collaborator Mike Stevens — not Don Was, who introduced the project at the aforementioned listening party. The album is scheduled to be released on vinyl first (September 30) before physical and digital formats hit stores/websites on October 21. Find the full, classics-packed tracklist after the jump. More »

Chris Brown Borrows Britney’s “Work Bitch” Pool For His “New Flame” Video: Watch

Aug 14th, 2014 // 1 Comment
Pop Copy Cats
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Read More »

Chris Brown unveiled his “New Flame” video this afternoon (August 14) and my mind immediately wandered to Britney Spears“Work Bitch” extravaganza. Which is unusual because I’m still trying to forget that Britney Jean ever happened. It just so happens that both videos were filmed at the same luxurious pool (or a very, very similar one).

Only instead of CGI sharks and dazed choreography, Breezy serves umbrella twisting and a shirtless cameo from international sex symbol Rick Ross. Fellow collaborator Usher also makes an appearance but — let’s be real — all eyes are on Teflon Don. The concept, which was first used by Mexican duo Prima J, is eye-catching but surely Chris had other options. Particularly when the song is this good. Watch both (equally glamorous) videos after the jump. More »

Katy Perry’s “This Is How We Do” Gets A Twisted Trap Remix From Brillz: Listen

Aug 14th, 2014 // 2 Comments
Katy Tour Pics
Here's our gallery of pics from the opening night of Katy's tour. Read More »
How Katy Does
Katy Perry This Is How We Do music video Prism
Check out Katy Perry's colorful "This Is How We Do" video. Read More »
5SOS Covers Katy
This band of actual teens covers "Teenage Dream." Read More »
"Dark Horse" Video
Watch Katy and Juicy J in their colorful "Dark Horse" visual. Read More »

Katy Perry‘s new single “This Is How We Do” has been morphed into a mind-bending dance anthem by trap god Brillz. I really wasn’t ready! The Los Angeles-based DJ turns the rising hit inside out, transforming it into a seething mass of twisted synths. And it works surprisingly well. So much so that the pop diva tweeted the link and put it on Facebook.

Of course, this isn’t Katy’s first flirtation with trap. She helped bring a pop friendly twist on the genre to the musical landscape with Juicy J-assisted chart-topper “Dark Horse” but this is a balls-to-the-wall banger. It goes really hard and should find serious love in clubs. “This Is How We Do” is the fifth single from the 29-year-old’s Prism LP and is currently the most-added song on pop radio. Listen after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea’s Sexy “Black Widow” Look Was (Partly) Inspired By Beyonce: Find Out How

Aug 14th, 2014 // Comment
"Black Widow" MV
Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora drop their "Black Widow" video. Read More »

Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora set YouTube on fire yesterday (August 13) with their ferocious “Black Widow” video. The X co-directed visual is loosely based on Quintin Tarantino‘s Kill Bill films but one fan thought the “Fancy” diva’s style (namely her multi-colored locks) served Christina Aguilera circa “Come On Over (All I Want Is You)” realness. He posted a side-by-side on Instagram to prove the point and was more than a little surprised when the Australian rapper replied. And corrected him.

“I see @xtina still inspiring the girls in 2014,” 106th captioned the image. “She’s amazing,” Iggy replied.  ”But it was actually bey in her bootylicious video with her hot pink dipped ends that I was feeling.” The straight-talking femcee is, of course, referring to Destiny’s Child‘s iconic 2000 chart-topper. While we’re on the topic of Beyonce, I’m pretty sure her 2005 Pepsi commercial with Jennifer Lopez also influenced the killer clip. (After all, they were based on the same source material). See the cute exchange after the jump. More »

Meghan Trainor’s Debut EP Is Creatively Titled ‘Title’: Discover The Full Tracklist

Aug 14th, 2014 // Comment
Meghan's Video
Meghan Trainor All About That Bass music video 2014
Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" is a feel-good affair. Read More »

Meghan Trainor is arguably the breakout pop star of 2014. Her seemingly unstoppable single “All About That Bass” has already conquered iTunes — it’s still keeping a trio of Ariana Grande songs at bay — and is sitting pretty at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Which makes it the perfect time to drop her debut EP, which is creatively titled Title.

The rising diva’s extended play drops September 9 and (obviously) features “All About That Bass”. Other tracks include “Dear Future Husband”, which she has previously performed live, and a pair of new songs called “Close Your Eyes” and “Title”. It will be interesting to hear what Meghan has up her sleeve because her breakthrough hit is a very hard act to follow. See the full tracklist after the jump. More »

North West Rocks Chanel In Her Modeling Debut: See The Adorable Pic

Aug 14th, 2014 // Comment
"Bound 2" MV
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Yeezus takes the wheel as a topless Kim Kardashian holds on. Read More »
Kanye's New Song
Listen to a snippet of Kanye West's new single "All Day". Read More »
Yeezy's New LP
Idolator breaks down 10 things to expect from his new music. Read More »
Kim's "Jam"
You'll want to "Jam" something in your ears to make it stop. Read More »

Is this the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s 13-month-old adorable daughter North West makes her modeling debut in the latest issue of CR Fashion Book (on newsstands September 4). She rocks a Chanel sweater — or is that a cardigan? — in the black-and-white pic, which finds her staring off into the distance.

There’s also a Chanel purse on the baby’s lap and a quote from the label’s creative director. “It is never too early to care about fashion,” dictates Karl Lagerfeld. This isn’t the first time North has appeared in a fashion magazine. The cherub-faced cutie also made a cameo in Kimye’s famous Vogue pictorial. It’s your move, Blue Ivy. See the full photo after the jump. More »

Michael Jackson’s “A Place With No Name” Video Makes Its History-Making Debut On Twitter

Aug 14th, 2014 // Comment
Xscape Review
Read our review of Michael Jackson's 'Xscape' album. Read More »

Michael Jackson made history again last night (August 13) when his “A Place With No Name” video became the first to premiere on Twitter. Directed by Samuel Bayer, the choreography-heavy visual for Xscape‘s official second single is comprised of behind-the-scenes/unused footage from 1992′s “In The Closet”, archival clips of MJ and new dance scenes staged in the desert.

The finished result is a pleasant burst of nostalgia but if you’re looking for more than a lovingly-curated walk down memory lane, “A Place With No Name” falls short. The black-and-white scenes at the beginning of the video blend nicely with the unearthed footage but the second half is a little sloppy. If only Michael were still here to exert quality control. Find a link to the history-making opus after the jump. More »

New Find: Annabel Jones’ “Magnetic” Is The Best Pop Song You’ll Hear Today

Aug 13th, 2014 // Comment

Annabel Jones could be the best-kept secret on SoundCloud. The Brit hits all the right notes on mercurial synth-ballad “Magnetic”, which falls somewhere between Imogen Heap and Ellie Goulding (they share a knack for ethereal-yet-catchy pop) on the female singer-songwriter spectrum. In other words, it’s awesome and you need to hear it.

There isn’t a lot of information on the 26-year-old — or her new project — but here’s what I know. Annabel fronted a couple of bands (Bluebell and Lady And The Lost Boys) that didn’t quite work out and moved to Los Angeles to work on solo material for an EP. The newcomer is also the daughter of the late Davy Jones (of The Monkees), so she definitely has musical pedigree. Check out “Magnetic” after the jump and get on the AJ bandwagon early. More »

Barbra Streisand Covers Her Own Songs (& A Few Others) On ‘Partners’: See The Star-Studded Tracklist

Aug 13th, 2014 // 2 Comments
Babs Goes Social
Barbra Streisand is now on Instagram. Press the follow button. Read More »

Barbra Streisand put her new (and already iconic) Instagram account to good use earlier this week when she announced her second duets LP. The appropriately-titled Partners teams the enduring diva with the some of the best male vocalists in the business, ranging from John Legend and Josh Groban to fellow legends like Stevie Wonder and Elvis Presley.

The feisty 72-year-old unveiled the album’s tracklist today (August 13) and it features covers of her own classic hits — Babs and Babyface singing “Evergreen”, anyone? — and a selection of timeless standards like Irving Berlin‘s “How Deep Is The Ocean”, which she sings with son Jason Gould. Prepare yourself for the set’s September 16 release date by checking out all the song titles after the jump. More »