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Stuck On Repeat: Ingrid Michaelson’s Awesome “Girls Chase Boys”

Aug 21st, 2014 // Comment
Simply Irresistible
"Blood Brothers" MV
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Ingrid channels Lady Gaga in her "Blood Brothers" music video. Read More »

Ingrid Michaelson slyly released one of the year’s best pop songs way back in February and it’s taken half a year for most of us to realize it. The 34-year-old singer/songwriter is currently enjoying the second biggest hit of her long career with “Girls Chase Boys”, which is hovering just outside the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100. (Only 2007 smash “The Way I Am” has charted higher).

What makes the lead single from Lights Out so good? Well, it’s possibly the most nonchalant break-up anthem of all time (“all the broken hearts in the world still beat, let’s not make it harder than it has to be”). It’s the musical equivalent of breaking up with someone by texting “lol bye”, which gives it universal appeal. Oh and the gender-bending video — a cute homage to Robert Palmer‘s iconic “Simply Irresistible” visual — doesn’t hurt. Watch up top. More »

Ariana Grande And Iggy Azalea’s “Problem” Gets A Spanglish Remix Featuring J Balvin: Listen

Aug 21st, 2014 // 3 Comments
Ari's "Break Free" MV
Ariana Grande Zedd Break Free music video
Ariana channels Barbarella in her "Break Free" music video. Read More »
Ariana's "Boyfriend"
Hear Ari's Yours Truly leftover "Boyfriend Material." Read More »
Ari's "Problem" MV
Watch Ariana Grande & Iggy Azalea evoke the swinging '60s! Read More »
Ariana On A Bike
Ariana Grande poses sexily on a motorbike. Just because. Read More »

Ariana Grande is taking no chances with sophomore LP My Everything. The 21-year-old worked with the game’s hottest producers and songwriters as well as roping in the services of cool collaborators like Zedd, The Weeknd, Childish Gambino and Iggy Azalea. You can now add rising Colombian rapper J Balvin to that already long list.

The Latin superstar appears on the just-released Spanglish remix of lead single “Problem”. I usually love it when artists retool their songs for the Latin American market (who will ever forget this gem?) but there’s something creepy about J Balvin quietly repeating Big Sean‘s lines in Spanish and then robotically trading verses with Iggy. Decide for yourself after the jump. More »

Nico & Vinz Reveal The Cover Of Their US Debut LP ‘Black Star Elephant’: See The Full Tracklist

Aug 21st, 2014 // Comment
Nico & Vinz Arrive
Check out Nico & Vinz's breakthrough hit "Am I Wrong". Read More »
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Nico Vinz Am I Wrong Jimmy Kimmel Live June 2014
Nico & Vinz perform "Am I Wrong" on 'Jimmy Kimmel'. Read More »
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Nico & Vinz debut the US version of their "Am I Wrong" video. Read More »
Song Of The Summer?
Is Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" the song of the summer? Read More »

Nico & Vinz delivered the soundtrack of summer 2014 with “Am I Wrong”. The infectious world music-tinged pop anthem turned out to be a worldwide phenomenon — topping charts around the globe and peaking at an impressive number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The Afro-Norwegian duo is hoping their US debut LP Black Star Elephant (due September 16) finds a similar reception.

The 20-song set features the newcomers’ breakthrough hit “Am I Wrong” (of course) but their European follow-up “In Your Arms” doesn’t make the cut. (The same goes for the duo’s contribution to The Good Lie soundtrack). Instead the LP is comprised of completely new material with evocative titles like “Homeless”, “My Melody” and “Know What I’m Not”. See the full tracklist after the jump. More »

Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” Gets A Camp House Remix From The Thin Red Men: Listen

Aug 20th, 2014 // Comment
"Pretty Hurts" Remix
Beyonce's "Pretty Hurts" has been remixed by Dutch DJ R3hab. Read More »

I don’t think anyone knows what’s going on with Beyonce‘s pioneering visual album at the moment. “Pretty Hurts” came and went without as much as a television performance (I’m still mad!) and then she randomly dropped that messy “***Flawless” remix with Nicki Minaj in the middle of night before going back to dusting her Grammys.

“***Flawless” is scheduled to impact rhythmic radio this week and Queen Bey will perform at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, so I guess we’ll know more then. In the meantime, check out The Thin Red Men remix of “Pretty Hurts”. It’s a little on the camp side but that works well with the song’s divalicious lyrics. Listen after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea And Ariana Grande Both Have Three Songs In The Top 10 Of The Billboard Hot 100

Aug 20th, 2014 // Comment
"Black Widow" MV
Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora drop their "Black Widow" video. Read More »

Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande make history by landing three songs (each) in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The only other female artists to achieve this rare feat are Adele in 2012 (“Set Fire To The Rain”, “Rolling In The Deep” and “Someone Like You”) and Ashanti, believe it or not, in 2002 (“Foolish”, “Always On Time” and “What’s Luv?”).

Their hit collaboration “Problem” is still sitting pretty at number seven, while Iggy’s summer-ruling smash “Fancy” hangs around at number five. She also scores a new entry with Rita Ora-assisted revenge anthem “Black Widow”, which lands at number eight. As for Ari? “Break Free” bullets to number four and her feature on Jessie J‘s “Bang Bang” rounds out the top 10. See the full chart after the jump. More »

Here’s (A Photoshopped) Britney Spears Wearing Pajamas For ‘The Intimate Collection’

Aug 20th, 2014 // 3 Comments
Brit's Lingerie
Britney Spears is launching her own line of lingerie. Read More »

Britney Spears is serious about the lingerie business. She’s already spent more time promoting The Intimate Collection than her most personal album Britney Jean and continues to delight the interwebs with amazingly airbrushed images that evoke the glamor (and fantasy) of Mariah Carey‘s last three album covers. It’s completely over-the-top but I’m strangely here for it.

Take the pop icon’s latest promo picture. Britney models pajamas in a room so softly lit you can barely make out the furniture. And that’s fair enough — every diva wants to look their best — but what’s with the ultra-soft lens and bizarre Photoshop on her nose? See the full image (as well as one of the 32-year-old modeling sexy pink lingerie) after the jump. More »

Steven Drozd Sheds Some Light On The Flaming Lips’ Record With Miley, Calls Her “Fucking Badass”

Aug 20th, 2014 // Comment
Miley's Sexiest Pics
Here are Miley's 9 sexiest and occasionally NSFW photos. Read More »

Miley Cyrus has been writing and recording songs with The Flaming Lips for the follow-up to Bangerz. The oft-nude diva has admitted as much in past interviews but many fans and commentators never expected the joint-project to see the light of day. They could be in for a big surprise, according to the band’s composer/guitarist Steven Drozd.

“We’re going to try to make a record with her if we can work this out because we’ve gotten together with her a few times in a recording studio and she’s fucking badass,” he said in a recent interview. “She’s a total pro and sings like a bird. She’s very patient and did take after take and was totally laid back,” the Electric Würms mastermind raved. “I’m hoping that we can help her make a record that she wants to make for the next phase of her career.” More »

Rita Ora Walks Out Of Interview After Being Asked About Calvin Harris: Watch

Aug 20th, 2014 // Comment
Rita Vs. Calvin
Rita says Calvin Harris stopped her performing at the TCAs. Read More »

Rita Ora is probably ruing the day she met Calvin Harris. Not only has the Scottish DJ blocked his ex-girlfriend from performing rising hit “I Will Never Let You Down” on television, he is rumored to have taken back the songs he wrote for her second album. Which has resulted in the “Black Widow” diva pushing the release date back to January 2015. Ouch.

The 23-year-old was questioned about her sophomore set while promoting her new fragrance in New York yesterday (August 19) and called the album a “moment of truth”. “It’s my love of pop mixed with my love of soul,” Rita told the Associated Press. She was much less forthcoming when asked about Calvin Harris. In fact, she turned around and walked away. Watch the awkward moment after the jump. More »

Radio Stations Won’t Play Fifth Harmony’s “Bo$$” Because They Name Check Michelle Obama?

Aug 20th, 2014 // Comment
5H's "We Know" Live
Fifth Harmony We Know live Idolator Sessions 2014
Fifth Harmony performs a new song live and acoustic! Read More »

Radio is blackballing Fifth Harmony‘s fierce self-empowerment anthem “Bo$$” because the girls mention Michelle Obama in the lyrics — at least according to the song’s producer Wallpaper. “Regardless of the positive message some radio stations wont play @FifthHarmony BO$$ cus it has “Michelle Obama” in the lyrics,” he tweeted earlier today (August 20).

That was enough to mobilize outraged Harmonizers, who promptly got the hashtag #dontcensor5H trending worldwide. No stations have been named and shamed (as yet) but “Bo$$” is losing a little momentum at pop radio, so there could be something to it. Which is sad given the song’s inspirational message to get money and take charge of your life. See the hitmaker’s tweet and the best fan responses after the jump. More »

George Ezra’s “Budapest” Is The Best iTunes Single Of The Week (ie. Free Download) In Ages

Aug 19th, 2014 // 1 Comment
Vance Joy Interview
Vance Joy talks about rising hit "Riptide" and his debut LP. Read More »

You never know what you’re going to get with the iTunes Single Of The Week — a diamond in the rough or a lump of coal. Happily, this week’s selection is definitely the former. George Ezra‘s melodic folk-pop anthem “Budapest” has been a phenomenon in Europe, reaching the top 10 in the UK, Germany and Italy (among other nations) and then proved just as popular in Australia and New Zealand.

What’s so intoxicating about the Brit’s breakthrough single? Well, it has a probably lot to do with George’s sleepy voice and timeless melodies. His sound is unique but if you need a comparison, the closest is probably Ed Sheeran circa + mixed with a little Vance Joy. Hell, Ryan Tedder called “Budapest” the song of the summer, so it has to be good! Listen after the jump. More »