Gwen Stefani held a Twitter Q&A to promote new single “Baby Don’t Lie” last night (October 21) — it worked because the perky jam is lodged in the iTunes top 10 — and revealed some interesting tidbits to fans. Most excitingly, that her long-awaited third solo LP should drop before Christmas. “Hopefully if all goes well, sometime in Dec,” the comeback queen declared.
The flawless 45-year-old also confirmed that another No Doubt album is on the way (“we’re actually working on new music now”), said she would love to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar and declared that Jimmy Iovine has had the biggest impact on her career. Gwen also described hearing “Baby Don’t Lie” on the radio as “weird and surreal”. See her tweets after the jump. More »
For the fourth year in a row, the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For The Holidays charity show will be staged at New York’s Beacon Theatre (this time around on Saturday, December 6). Rosie O’Donnell will co-host once again, along with Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox. Each year, Home For The Holidays is staged to help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness, and proceeds support Lauper’s True Colors Fund’s work to address the problem.
On the roster for joining Cyndi at the Beacon Theatre in December are 50 Cent, Natalie Maines, Patty Griffin, Salt-N-Pepa, Sufjan Stevens, Emily West, STRFKR, Liv Warfield and Today Show hostess Hoda Kotb. More »
The 2014 MTV EMAs are shaping up to be something extra special this year.
Following the announcement of “Anaconda” diva Nicki Minaj taking hosting and performing duties on the main stage in Scotland on November 9 — where acts like Calvin Harris, Kiesza, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran are also scheduled to perform — there’s even more goodness happening stateside.
The U.S. telecast, airing live form Miami’s Klipsch Amphitheater, will see performances from “Jealous” pop prince and frequently near-naked boy wonder Nick Jonas, Jake Miller and the talented young BO$$E$ of Fifth Harmony. More »
Another day, another Taylor Swift song lyric reveal! This time, the “Welcome To New York” singer unveiled two more lyrics from her upcoming album 1989. The first one (from track seven), is written on jagged heart-shaped paper with the words, “You always knew how to push my buttons / You give me everything and nothing.”
The second post is taken from song 11, and the photo is taken from an airplane window (is that a clue, perhaps??). The lyrics go like this, “When you’re young / You just run / But you come back to what you need…”
The pieces are all slowly coming together, but we’ll all find out what they really mean when Swift’s fifth LP, 1989, drops on October 27. View the Instagram posts after the jump. More »
Over the summer, it was announced that Lorde will curate the soundtrack for the upcoming blockbuster The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. We already got a taste of what the project will sound like, thanks to the singer’s haunting “Yellow Flicker Beat.” Yesterday, her collaboration with the Chemical Brothers and Miguel (“This Is Not A Game”) premiered on radio.
The singer pulled in some amazing talent for the project (which seem too good to be true), including Tove Lo, Tinashe, Bat For Lashes and Grace Jones. The collaborations are also unexpected: there’s a Kanye West remix of “Flicker,” Charli XCX with Duran Duran‘s Simon Bon and a mega-track with Lorde, Stromae, Pusha T, Q-Tip and HAIM.
Lorde’s solo tune from the soundtrack is already major, so there’s no doubt the rest of the artists will bring the heat. It will be available on November 17, while Mockingjay hits theaters on November 21. View the tracklist in its entirety after the jump. More »
Much has been said about the legendary Mariah Carey‘s The Elusive Chanteuse Show which kicked off in Asia at the beginning of the month, from the good (hear her cover Billie Holiday‘s “Don’t Explain”!) to the bad, including those iffy opening night vocals — which have seemingly improved.
But while the Western world continues to chatter away, Mimi’s simply too busy breaking all sorts of international touring records while hitting her stops in China.
According to her official website, as of this week, Mariah Carey just became “the first ever western artist to play 5 stadiums in China and the first ever western artist to perform in Tianjin.” A major feat!
And to celebrate to achievement, she’s just uploaded a very special montage video featuring her performances of “Hero,” recorded live from all 5 stadiums in Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Tianjin and Shanghai. Check out the video after the jump. More »
Lorde might be banned from the airwaves in San Francisco but knowing she’s the queen of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack must be some consolation. The Kiwi teen released her first contribution to the film, “Yellow Flicker Beat”, in late September but now ups the ante by delivering a blockbuster collaboration with Miguel and The Chemical Brothers.
After the briefest of introductions by Lorde (all she says is “there it is!”), Miguel takes over the reigns — rapping about survival over menacing trap beats. The English producers then revert to their preferred electro for the furious chorus. Happily, the “Royals” diva returns intermittently throughout the song to sing/speak the hook but it’s not really about her this time. Listen to the radio premiere after the jump. More »
Nicki Minaj poses next to pastel-colored poodles in her glamorous GQ shoot but that’s not the most outrageous thing you’ll in the photos. Instead, the eye is immediately drawn to the femcee’s barely-there top, which appears to be a marvel of modern engineering. The 31-year-old spoke to the magazine about her upcoming LP The Pink Print and meme-spawning “Anaconda” video.
After making the seemingly disingenuous claim that there’s no sexual innuendo in the song or video (“it’s just cheeky, like a funny story… all it says is, ‘my anaconda don’t’”), Nicki sheds some light on the feminist statement she was trying to make with “Anaconda”. “That was important for us to show in the kitchen scene, because it’s always about the female taking back the power,” she says in reference to the clip’s banana-chopping moment. See another pic from her stunning GQ shoot after the jump. More »
Meghan Trainor unveiled the artwork for much-anticipated debut LP Title today (October 20) and it’s as cute and colorful as you would expect from the pastel-wearing retro-pop queen. The album’s tracklist also surfaced online and there are no big surprises — apart from the fact that all the songs from her similarly-titled EP are included.
So, in addition to Billboard Hot 100-conquering smash “All About That Bass”, your ears will be treated to fan favorites “Dear Future Husband”, “Title” and “Close Your Eyes”. New single “Lips Are Movin’” is obviously included (it impacts radio tomorrow) as well as enticingly named jams like “Walkashame” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”. See the full tracklist after the jump. More »
If you needed another reminder that Selena Gomez is (literally) leaving Disney behind, look no further than her Instagram account. The 22-year-old whipped fans into a frenzy by posting three black-and-white pics over the weekend that cast her in a sexy new light. Shot by Aris Jerome, the eye-popping snaps find Sel rocking a black lace-up bodysuit that reveals her killer cleavage. No wonder they have almost a million likes each!
Apart from snatching wigs with her flawless beauty, the “Slow Down” diva is working on a secret project (she has confirmed that it’s music related) and is widely rumored to be releasing a greatest hits collection called For You in November/December. The release marks the end of Selena’s stint at Hollywood Records. She inked a new deal with Interscope earlier this year. See the rest of her raunchy shoot after the jump. More »