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Martin Garrix Talks Coachella, His Ed Sheeran Collaboration & “Animals”: Idolator Q&A

Apr 18th, 2014 // Comment
Afrojack Q&A
Check out our interview with Dutch producer Afrojack. Read More »

Martin Garrix is arguably the break-out EDM star of 2014. The 17-year-old producer reached a new peak of number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with bone-rattling club anthem “Animals”, which is a huge achievement under any circumstances but positively unheard of for an instrumental electro-house track.

I caught up with the Dutch DJ at Coachella, where he performed for the first time in the Sahara tent. Martin opened up about the unprecedented success of “Animals” (fun fact: it almost had a rap vocal), discussed his upcoming collaboration with Ed Sheeran and talked about his must-see acts at the Californian music festival. Read the interview after the jump. More »

Sia’s New Album Has Been Christened ’1000 Forms Of Fear’

Apr 18th, 2014 // Comment
Sia's "Chandelier"
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Sia unveils her poetic "Chandelier" lyric video. Read More »

Talk about burying the lede. The New York Times revealed that Sia‘s long-awaited sixth LP is called 1000 Forms Of Fear in the final paragraph of an article published today (April 18). The album “reflects an older vintage of Sia, with sadder, brutal lyrics that are far too violent and introspective for Top 40 radio” according to the article’s author Steve Knopper.

However, he adds that “it also displays elements of Furler the pop-anthem writer”, which I guess is where (relatively) radio-friendly lead single “Chandelier” fits in. Four years have passed since the Australian singer’s last album (2010′s excellent We Are Born) and semi-retirement from the spotlight. Since then Sia has arguably become the hottest songwriter-for-hire in the business — having penned hits for Rihanna, David Guetta and Flo Rida among many others. More »

Austin Mahone Unveils ‘The Secret’ Cover And Tracklist, Debuts New Song “Til I Found You”

Apr 18th, 2014 // Comment
Austin Goes On Tour
Austin Mahone has announced his first headline tour. Read More »
Austin Signs With YMCMB
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Austin Mahone signed with rap label YMCMB. Read More »
Austin At The Grammys
Austin Mahone looked suave in black at The Grammys Read More »
Austin Mahone's "U"
Austin Mahone unveils pretty ballad "U". Read More »

Austin Mahone unveiled the cover and tracklist of his debut mini-LP The Secret today (April 18) and there are some surprises. For starters, breakthrough single “What About Love” missed the cut as did hip-hop adventure “Banga Banga” and sweet ballad “U”. It does, however, include Pitbull-assisted club banger “Mmm Yeah” and new promo single “Til I Found You”.

The 18-year-old’s latest jam is actually pretty irresistible. Produced by RedOne, “Til I Found You” references the sound of ’90s hitmakers like The Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. There are slick, retro beats and a power pop chorus that makes you want to play “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” on repeat. See Austin’s The Secret tracklist and listen to his new song after the jump. More »

Ariana Grande Brings Her Babydoll Look To ‘Elle’ Magazine’s ‘Women In Music’ Issue

Apr 18th, 2014 // 2 Comments
Ariana's "Problem"
Ariana's new single "Problem" features Iggy Azalea. Read More »

Things are looking up for Ariana Grande. Buzz is already at fever pitch for new Iggy Azalea-assisted single “Problem” and she has been honored in Elle magazine’s ‘Women In Music’ issue along side Lily Allen, Foxes, Cher, Neneh Cherry, Angel Haze, Jetta, Warpaint and Banks. Not bad company!

The 20-year-old is typically doe-eyed in the black-and-white photo shoot. Ari rocks hair extensions and her trademark good girl grimace. As for the interview? Well, she talks about constantly looking forward. “If something great happens, I celebrate it for about — I’m not even kidding — a minute and a half. Then I start thinking about the next step.” See the full pic after the jump. More »

Katy Perry’s “Birthday” Gets A Celebratory Cash Cash Remix: Listen To The Exuberant Overhaul

Apr 18th, 2014 // Comment
Katy's "Birthday"
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Katy Perry's "Birthday" gets a cute lyric video. Read More »

Here’s a match made in pop heaven. Katy Perry‘s bubbly “Birthday” has been remixed by New Jersey dance outfit Cash Cash, who recently scored a breakthrough hit with Bebe Rexha-voiced club anthem “Take Me Home”. And the guys are smart enough to leave the euphoric Prism highlight largely alone.

They simply pad out the Dr. Luke and Max Martin-produced banger with chunky synths, tinker with the BPM and accentuate the track’s already irresistible ’80s dance influences. I particularly love the little instrumental breakdowns and Katy’s howls of “celebrate now!” Play this at your next party and just wait for the big balloons to come out. Listen after the jump. More »

Justin Bieber Crashed Drake Bell’s Album Release Party And Then Dragged Him On Instagram

Apr 18th, 2014 // 2 Comments
Justin At Coachella
Justin Bieber crashed Chance The Rapper's Coachella set. Read More »

For someone with an increasingly battered reputation, Justin Bieber usually keeps it cute on social media. Which makes last night’s (April 17) outburst against Drake Bell all the more memorable. Sick of constant Twitter jabs from the former Drake & Josh actor, the “Confident” singer crashed his nemesis’ album release party and then documented it on Instagram.

As far as beefs go, this one is actually pretty funny. Justin pulled up outside Mixology at The Grove in Los Angeles — the venue where Drake was holding his party — and basically stole his thunder. (Not to mention the attention of his overwhelmed fans). To rub it in, Selena Gomez‘ on-again/off-again boyfriend then posted a pic of the 27-year-old peering over the balcony to find out what was going on with the caption: “Why is @justinbieber sprinter van getting more attention than my album release party.”

Justin quickly deleted the post but uploaded a video of the frankly hilarious incident with the smug comment: “So nice seeing my fans at the grove tonight.” It might sound like overkill but Drake has been baiting the troubled star for a while now with tweets about his (allegedly) fake followers and lack of talent. See Biebs’ deleted Instagram post, subsequent video and his enemy’s response. More »

Dr. Dre & Q-Tip Are Up To Something In The Studio: Cue ‘Detox’ Chatter

Apr 18th, 2014 // Comment

G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Q-Tip took to Instagram to post a photo of himself with Dr. Dre in the studio. Of course, rumors of Dre working on his 2001 follow-up Detox have been swirling for over a decade now, so the fact that Tip accompanied the photo with the hashtag “#detox” could get the buzz going again before it inevitably dies off with nary a scrap of new music from Dre. (The only other info Q offered up was “#lastzulu #hideyodrummachines #beatsnrhymes.”)

So while it’s unclear what they’re working on, we do know both have been busy behind the boards recently — Q-Tip for Kanye West‘s Yeezus follow-up (if Tip himself is to be believed), and Dre for new Kendrick Lamar material (if a Beats ad is to be believed).

Check out the Instagram post below. More »

Beyonce & Jay Z Channel Kim & Kanye’s “Bound 2″ Motorcycle Ride For Mystery Shoot

Apr 18th, 2014 // Comment
Bey + Jay Tour
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Beyonce and Jay Z *might* be going on tour together. Read More »
Bey & Jay Live
8 songs we hope they perform together on tour. Read More »
Solange + Beyonce
Solange & Bey danced to "Losing You" at Coachella. Read More »
Bey x Jay x Tears
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Bey performs with Jay & cries at final tour stop. Read More »

Beyonce and Jay Z are up to something, indeed. Earlier this week, it was reported that the married couple are heading on a joint summer tour. And now they’ve been spotted outside L.A. shooting a video of some sort, with Bey in a short wedding dress riding on the back of a motorcycle being driven by a leather-clad Jay. Like “Bound 2″ but less porny.

This isn’t the first time Mr. and Mrs. Carter have traveled in tandem on a crotch rocket: this past New Year’s Eve, they darted through Miami on a bike. The most likely scenarios for this latest ride are that this is part of a forthcoming music video for their Magna Carta Holy Grail collab ”Part II (On The Run)” or it’s a visual element of the rumored tour.

Check out another photo from the shoot below. More »

Prince Confirms New Album Plans, Announces ‘Purple Rain’ 30th Anniversary Reissue

Apr 18th, 2014 // 1 Comment
Prince & Zooey
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Hear the duet between Prince & the New Girl star. Read More »
Prince on Fallon
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Prince jams for the Fallon audience. Read More »
"PretzelBodyLogic"
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Hear Prince's sexy new rocker. Read More »
Prince 4 "Breakfast"
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Watch the video for "Breakfast Can Wait." Read More »

Prince has been playing gigs with new material and releasing a steady trickle of new songs over the past year — including a duet with Zooey Deschanel stemming from his cameo on New Girl — but he’d been dodgy about what exactly he and his band, 3rdEyeGirl, are up to. But the mystery is over, as Prince today (April 18) confirmed he has a new album in the works.

The news came in a press release announcing the Purple One’s new deal with Warner Bros. Records that will “see the release of long-awaited, previously unheard music” and give him ownership of all his master recordings. “A brand-new studio album is on the way,” he said in a statement. “Both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship.” More »

Madonna List Of New Album Collaborators Grows To Include MoZella, S1 And Toby Gad

Apr 17th, 2014 // 5 Comments
Madonna + Avicii
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Madonna hit the studio to work on new tunes with Avicii. Read More »

Madonna isn’t taking any chances with her new LP. The pop icon has been cooking up tunes with EDM hitmaker du jour Avicii as well as collaborating with fellow diva/gun songwriter Natalia Kills. Now you can add MoZella, Symbolyc One (often referred to as S1) and Toby Gad to that extremely promising list.

So who are Madonna’s latest collaborators? Toby Gad should be familiar to most of you as the man who penned Beyonce‘s “If I Were A Boy” and Fergie‘s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”. S1 has also worked with Queen Bey (he produced “Best Thing I Never Had”), while MoZella was actually signed to Maverick Records — the Material Girl’s old label — in the early ’00s and released a couple of great albums and EPs.

Now she’s perhaps best known for writing Miley Cyrus‘ brilliant “Wrecking Ball”. With this trio on board, it’s a pretty safe bet that they are working on a ballad. Which is great news because you need an occasional break from the floorfillers and some of Madonna’s best songs are slow jams (“Live To Tell”, “Take A Bow” and “Rain”). More »