Archive for the ‘Highlights’ Category

Jamie Lynn Spears Would Like To Tour With Sister Britney Spears: Morning Mix

Jun 20th, 2014 // Comment

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:: Jamie Lynn Spears revealed that she would love to tour with big sister Britney Spears in a recent interview. This sounds great. Not only could we finally hear “Chillin’ With You” live (-ish) but it would introduce the rising country diva’s music to a whole new audience. [Pop Sugar]

:: Surely someone can make this happen? Selena Gomez really, really wants to record a duet with Justin Timberlake. She’s a big fan of how he made the leap from teen idol to well-respected music artist. [Yahoo]

:: Beyonce is returning to HBO. The game-changing diva has lined up a new 10-part series called Beyonce: X10. The episodes run for 10 minutes each and include one song from The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. [Vibe]

:: The voice behind Frozen theme song “Let It Go” Idina Menzel had a disturbing costume malfunction during a recent show. Her breast fell out from under her bra but she calmly fixed the situation while continuing to sing. True professionalism! [MTV] More »

Alt-J Sample Miley Cyrus’ “4×4″ On The New Song “Hunger Of The Pine”: Morning Mix

Jun 19th, 2014 // Comment

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:: Miley Cyrus is so edgy. She collaborated with Flaming Lips on a cover of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and now she has been sampled by indie darlings Alt-J. They use parts of “4×4″ on their new song “Hunger Of The Pine”. [Spin]

:: Congratulations to Jack White. He not only has the number one album in the country but also an ice cream named after him. Australian gelato chain Messina has started selling Jack ‘N White. It consists of Jack Daniels and caramelized white chocolate. Can you say delicious? [MTV]

:: Jennifer Hudson looks a million bucks in her new “Walk It Out” video — no wonder she’s posting bikini pics on Instagram. She’s currently relaxing in Mexico after movie roles and recording duties.[Billboard]

:: While most people think Zendaya is a fairly good choice to play Aaliyah in a new Lifetime biopic, the R&B legend’s family wholeheartedly disagrees. They don’t want the movie to happen at all. [Spin]

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Popping Up: Clean Bandit

Jun 18th, 2014 // Comment
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Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

Without a doubt, Clean Bandit have stepped into the forefront of the current house music revival that’s coming out of Europe and infiltrating the American airwaves. But this British quartet has done so by adding a unique twist to the genre: they blend classical music with their beats. Those beautiful strings you hear on the band’s hits like “Rather Be” and “Extraordinary” — yeah, those are real.

Clean Bandit’s debut LP New Eyes was released this week by Big Beat/Atlantic Records (buy it here) and comes packed with enough dancefloor fodder and featured vocalists — many of them brand new talents — to give the group’s contemporaries like Rudimental and Disclosure some stiff competition. What gives the record an edge is the classical training of band members Grace Chatto (above photo, middle) and Neil Amin-Smith (far right) and their colleague Jack Patterson‘s (second from left) ability to mold their sound into something entirely club-ready.

To get a better understanding of the new musical force that is Clean Bandit, we rang up violinist Amin-Smith to get the story behind UK band and their album New Eyes. More »

Justin Bieber And Selena Gomez Are Back Together: Morning Mix

Jun 18th, 2014 // Comment

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:: The greatest love story of our time is back on. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez partied together earlier this week and there’s video evidence of the on-again/off-again couple getting cozy. Maybe they will finally release that duet now? [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Kesha, Brad Paisley, Ludacris and Josh Groban have opened up about their roles on interactive reality show Rising Star. They also kindly explained how the format works and why it’s different to other talent shows. [Billboard]

:: Never let it be said that Canadians don’t have a great sense of humor. Electro-pop duo Chromeo pranked journalists into believing that they had become major investors in a bogus airline by sending out a fake press release. [Stereogum]

:: Watain surprised fans (in a bad way, we hope) by splattering them with pigs’ blood at a recent concert in New York. As it turns out, the Swedish metal band didn’t technically break the law. Dousing people in animal blood is a legal activity. So there you go. [TMZ]

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Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’: Review Revue

Jun 17th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Calling the lonely-hearts club to the stand!  Your moment has arrived. English singer-songwriter Sam Smith has finally released his first ever album, In The Lonely Hour, and, unlike “Latch,” his uptempo, insanely successful, collabo track with electronic duo Disclosure,  Sam tries a more melancholy look on for size as his debut explores the painfully universal subject of unrequited love.

No doubt, this highly-anticipated record had the music world buzzing about. Here’s the round up of some of the reviews across the web had to say after the jump. More »

Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence’: Review Revue

Jun 17th, 2014 // Comment
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Lana Del Rey is back and with a change in musical direction. Unlike her gilded and sparkly Born To Die days in 2012, the ethereal pop princess explores drugs, abusive boyfriends, violence (amongst other pretty dark subjects) in her just-released third attempt, Ultraviolence.

Our own Mike Wass raved about the 15-song-long release, saying “Lana Del Rey reinvents herself — again — on the nightmarishly beautiful dose of musical Ambien (swallowed with a swig of whiskey) otherwise known as Ultraviolence.

But, what did the rest of the music world have to say about the album? Here are some reviews from across the web below. More »

Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett Surprised Students At The Frank Sinatra School Of Arts: Morning Mix

Jun 17th, 2014 // Comment

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:: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett surprised students on the last day of class at the Frank Sinatra School of Arts in New York City yesterday. They even performed a duet version of the classic song “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”. [Walb]

:: Talk about great casting! Execs at Lifetime have chosen rising Disney diva Zendaya to play Aaliyah in a new biopic. It makes sense especially given that her breakthrough hit “Replay” sounded like a lost Baby Girl demo. In a good way. [Vulture]

:: Chris Brown has hit the studio with Justin Bieber to record a collaboration for their loyal fans. This doesn’t sound like a particularly wise move for either of them but there you have it. [Rap-Up]

:: Well, this is kind of sweet. Casper Smart, who has been accused of cheating on Jennifer Lopez with a transgender Instagram model, took it upon himself to plug his famous ex’s new LP A.K.A. online. At least he’s trying. [Radar Online]

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Who Has 2014′s Song Of The Summer? Vote All Week In Our Poll

Jun 16th, 2014 // Comment

We say this every single year, but somehow we blinked and — BAM! — spring came and went. This is the final week of the season, and with June 21 (i.e. the first official day of summer) just around the corner, it’s time to get voting underway for what you, dear pop fanatics, think will be 2014′s official Song Of The Summer.

Over the past week and a half, we rolled out seven strong contenders for the title: Ariana Grande‘s “Problem,” Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy,” MAGIC!‘s “Rude,” Nico & Vinz‘s “Am I Wrong,” Jason Derulo‘s “Wiggle,” Calvin Harris“Summer” and Ed Sheeran‘s “Sing.” (And, yes — we’re totally side-eyeing Mr. Nico and Mr. Vinz for guffing up what would have been a perfect slate of single-word titles!) With each writeup, we detailed the individual song’s ascent into the mainstream and the reasons we feel any of them might just still be ruling the airwaves well into August.

But now it’s time to let democracy take the wheel and turn all seven picks over to you. There can only ever be one smash hit that’s crowned Song Of The Summer. So head below and get to voting, then check back on the site this Friday to see who Idolator readers deem worthy of winning the official SOS title! More »

Will Ed Sheeran’s “Sing” Be 2014′s Song Of The Summer?

Jun 13th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Slip on your shades, grab a glass of lemonade and check back each weekday over the next week and a half as we present you each Song Of The Summer contender.

By now, everyone’s heard of Ed Sheeran. Or, at least, they should have. After releasing his ridiculously successful debut album, +, in 2011, winning two BRIT Awards for Best British Male and British Breakthrough Act in 2012, and collaborating with music heavyweights such as Taylor Swift, One Direction and Sir Elton John, it is an understatement to say that the guy has been on fire as of late (and it’s not because of bright red hair either). Thus, choosing Sheeran’s latest single “Sing” as our seventh and final Song of the Summer contestant felt like an absolute no-brainer.

Featured on his highly anticipated upcoming sophomore attempt, x, “Sing” definitely does not resemble Ed’s signature languid melodies and crooning mewl. Done in collaboration with the King Midas of Music Pharrell Williams, the track seems to have a bit of a Justin Timberlake influence with it’s upbeat guitar riffs and Sheeran’s flawless falsetto. No doubt, the song shows a different side of Ed who is, simply put, out on the prowl and just having a good time. More »

Disclosure Praise The “Amazingly Classy Way” Sam Smith Came Out: Morning Mix

Jun 13th, 2014 // Comment

:: Disclosure have described the way that Sam Smith came out via his “Leave Your Lover” video clip as “amazingly classy”. The British duo worked with the crooner on rapidly rising hit “Latch”. [Pride Source]

:: Ever wondered what Rihanna would look like if she were an animated child? (I really hope you answered no). On the off chance you have, check out the trailer for Home. RiRi voices the lead character and she manages to keep it surprisingly child-friendly. [MTV]

:: Rita Ora has finally commented on her break-up with Calvin Harris. The rising diva tweeted: “I’ve had an incredible time w Calvin & i will treasure the memories.” It’s nice to see that they are both taking the high road. [Billboard]

:: Well, this is an unusual statement to have to make. Lea Michele assures fans that her new boyfriend Matthew Paetz is not a gigolo. Rather, he set up a website teaching gigolos how to date. I’m not sure how much better that is. [TMZ]

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