Miley Cyrus is on a mission to free the world of double standards, one breast at a time! Given her relentless activism, it’s only fitting that the 22-year-old contribute a song to Linda Esco‘s Sundance-selected documentary Free The Nipple — a film about a group of women lobbying for their right to go topless in public. She dusts off Melanie Safka‘s ’70s folk anthem “Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma” and gives it a grungy twist.
The Bangerz diva has previously performed the song live, but the studio version is grittier than her usual country-lite interpretation. Miley growls the weary lyrics over a fuzzy guitar, delivering one of her rawest vocals. The cover was reportedly recorded in just two takes with Australian dance outfit Pnau (A.K.A. Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes) this August. Listen to the boob-activist sing “Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma” after the jump. More »
Jordin Sparks is getting right back in the game.
It’s been a few minutes since we last got a studio album from the talented season six American Idol winner (since 2009′s Battlefield, actually), but she’s gearing up to make quite the comeback, beginning with the release of her brand new mixtape, #BYEFELICIA. And as it turns out, that mixtape was just the tip of the iceberg.
In a new press release issued today, Jordin announced that she has signed with Louder Than Life, an imprint via Sony Music founded by producer Salaam Remi. And ahead of her forthcoming new record, she’s dropping her #BYEFELICIA single “It Ain’t You” today as the official new single from her forthcoming third album, Right Here, Right Now.
“I am very excited to be working alongside Salaam Remi on my next album. Together, we have created something special. I’m very proud of it and can’t wait to share it!” Jordin says of the upcoming record. For reference, Remi worked extensively with artists like Amy Winehouse and Nas in the past.
Are you excited to hear Right Here, Right Now? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. More »
All good things come to those who wait! Jennifer Lopez‘s Dance Again concert documentary will make its belated debut on HBO on December 31. What better way to bring in 2015? Produced by Simon Fields, the film is said to combine live performances from the diva’s blockbuster 2012 world tour, as well as documentary footage — J.Lo apparently reflects on her “romantic happiness” — and interviews with family and friends.
The tour was absolutely spectacular, so this should be a (long-overdue) treat. The timing is also interesting. Dance Again was initially pegged for a theatrical release in 2013 (it was filmed in 3D), but that never eventuated. Instead of simply releasing the film on DVD, a high-profile HBO special is a pretty smart way of promoting the pop icon’s rumored Las Vegas residency. If it’s actually on the cards. Regardless, this will be must-see TV! More »
Despite a brief release setback, Ne-Yo is now ready to ring in 2015 with a new album! Titled Non-Fiction, this marks the R&B crooner’s sixth project of his career. It may also be his most heartfelt: “I’m a storyteller: with this album, I wanted to put a magnifying glass on that. I wanted Non-Fiction to feel cinematic: each track gives listeners something entertaining, yet if they take their time with it, they’ll discover different dimensions and subplots.”
The 14-track album is threaded with features — including his duet with Pitbull on “Time Of Our Lives,” “Money Can’t Buy” with Jeezy and the Juicy J-assisted “She Knows.” Aside from the collaboration with Mr. 305, Ne-Yo is heading back to his R&B roots on Non-Fiction.
In an interview with Billboard, the singer said it will be “predominately R&B this time. I had a little stint with the dance music and all of that, which I had a good time with– and I love the audience, I love them for accepting me doing it – but I had to go home on this one.” More »
Iggy Azalea is known for spilling the tea to her fans on Twitter, and last week the rapper confirmed her collaboration with Britney Spears! She responded to a fan on the social media site with this: “To answer ur question: bliss isn’t real or the name of our song. also our song isn’t about booty or sonically similar.”
Now I-G-G-Y is revealing even more information about the forthcoming duet with pop’s princess. In a recent interview with Boston radio station Kiss 108 for their Jingle Ball, Azalea stated the single will be coming next year. “We recorded a few different things and then one of those just ended up being, I think, undeniably great. Hopefully everybody will get to hear it at the beginning of next year,” she said. “I think people are really going to love it and enjoy it. It’s a really fun track.” More »
Mark Ronson is making a return in 2015 with Uptown Special, the follow-up to 2010′s Record Collection that will be inspired by Ronson’s early days as a DJ. He teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce) to create the album in NYC, London, Memphis & Los Angeles studios.
Pultizer Prize winner Michael Chabon, Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker, Hudson Mohawke and Emile Haynie all play roles in the project as well. The album features collaborations with Bruno Mars (“Uptown Funk”), Mystikal (“Feel Right”), Stevie Wonder and more! Uptown Special is Ronson’s fourth studio LP is due on January 12 via RCA Records — but in the meantime, you can catch him and Mars perform on The Voice season finale on December 16!
Check out the tracklist after the jump. More »
Selena Gomez has been in transition for the majority of 2014. She found new management and returned to the studio with producers in crime Dreamlab and Ruffian (plus new collaborator Zedd). Then the singer released the Justin Bieber-inspired torch song, “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” as a single from her new greatest hits compilation For You. All of this seemed to confirm what rumors have suggested for a few months now — Gomez was ready to leave her Disney Channel days behind, by fulfilling her contract at the Disney-owned Hollywood Records and signing to Interscope, making for an eventful 2015.
On December 12, the Stars Dance diva confirmed the good news: She’s now an Interscope artist! Gomez posted to Instagram a snapshot at a restaurant, with what appears to be the record contract in front of her — see it below. More »
Earlier this week, Madonna discovered that a photo shoot outtake had been stolen — that is, previously unreleased and then leaked online. She posted the snapshot by Steven Klein, the same fashion photographer who assisted with her racy “Secret Project” last year, with a scathing caption: “Thanks for showing me again and again that stealing selling and buying is alive and well in cyberspace!”
Now, the Queen of Pop has found yet another outtake floating on the internet. This time on Instagram, she wonders if her fans (gasp!) are to blame. “Another unreleased photo from a series I have just discovered!” she says. “Stolen and sold ti [sic] whom?? Wtf? Are my fans doing this? If so Im very confused! Stealing is a crime. #karma”
Many pop stars now anticipate such leaks. When Nicki Minaj‘s The Pinkprint surfaced online earlier this week, the rapper was unfazed. Not Madonna, though. Before she found these photos, she had two unreleased songs (“Wash Over Me,” “Rebel Heart”) surface online during Thanksgiving weekend, then her manager Guy Oseary asking fans to help them find whoever was responsible.
So are the fans actually to blame? See the photo shoot outtake that pissed off Madonna below, then sound off in the comments. More »
Songs by Lana Del Rey, Lorde and Sia are among the 79 eligible for an Oscar for Best Original Song, as announced today (December 13).
Based on votes from the Academy Awards community, this long list will eventually be whittled down to just five nominees. For now, though, these picks are quite similar to those up for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song — Motion Picture. In fact, all of those nominees are now eligible for an Oscar nomination, too: Del Rey’s title track for Tim Burton‘s Big Eyes, Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” off The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One, Sia’s “Opportunity” for Annie, John Legend‘s “Glory” off Selma and Patti Smith‘s “Mercy Is” for Noah. More »
Mariah Carey will always be the Queen of Christmas — and all other holidays, to be honest — but Kelly Clarkson is definitely next in line to the throne! The lovely American Idol alum recently dropped a video for “Wrapped In Red,” the title track of her platinum-selling seasonal opus, and now follows it up with a wonderfully camp dance remix, courtesy of British producer Ruff Loaderz (real name Julian Napolitano).
He transforms Kelly’s poignant mid-tempo ballad into a cheerful bop that is sure to get your drunk relatives moving at Christmas. This is actually the “Mr. Know It All” diva’s second festive floorfiller. She dropped an equally cute club remix of “Underneath The Tree” last year, so you might want to add that to your yuletide playlist too. Listen to Ruff Loaderz’s frothy house overhaul of “Wrapped In Red” after the jump. More »