In Conversation

Nico & Vinz Talk Their Debut LP, The Smash Hit “Am I Wrong” & Their African Roots: Idolator Interview

Bianca Gracie // October 29, 2014

Back in April, we predicted that Nico & Vinz’ “Am I Wrong” would be a future hit — and we were right! Their international smash peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the highest-charting song from a Norwegian act since 1985’s “Take On Me” by A-ha. Ever since then, theMore »

Popping Up: Hollie Cook

Bianca Gracie // October 24, 2014

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

Over the past year, various musicians from the UK quickly made a name for themselves here in the states — including SamMore »

Popping Up: Billon

Robbie Daw // October 21, 2014

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

Jennifer Hudson knows it; Kiesza knows it; and Mary J. Blige definitely knows it: as far as popular music goes in 2014, London is where it’s at,… More »

Kiesza Discusses New Album ‘Sound Of A Woman’ & The Runaway Success Of “Hideaway”: Idolator Interview

Robbie Daw // October 21, 2014

Kiesza’s life has become an unexpected whirlwind in 2014. Since the release of her deep house throwback “Hideaway” this past spring, the Canadian singer-songwriter has spent more time on airplanes and in different countries than she ever could have imagined.

“I’m flying to Italy on Friday, and then back to L.A. More »

Duke Dumont Discusses His Upcoming Album & The Current State Of House: Idolator Interview

Robbie Daw // October 17, 2014

It’s good to be Duke Dumont. The 32-year-old British producer just pulled off the hat track of having his last three singles chart at either #1 or #2 in the UK, and the first in that string, the deep house delight “Need U (100%)”, scored a Grammy nomination last year for Best Dance… More »

Mackintosh Braun Talk Their New EP, Upcoming Album & Lady Gaga: Idolator Interview

Bianca Gracie // October 10, 2014

Mackintosh Braun, an electro-pop duo from Portland, Oregon, have made a name for themselves through song features on some of your favorite TV shows (Gossip GirlChuckGrey’s Anatomy). But now they are ready to take on the the music scene at full speed, with the release of their The City Below EP – out o… More »

Paloma Faith Breaks Down New Album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ & Tells The Most Amazing Diane Warren Story Ever: Interview

Robbie Daw // October 8, 2014

This week saw the stateside release of Paloma Faith’s third album A Perfect Contradiction, a set of disco-tinged soul jams the big-voiced British singer spent time writing and recording in America with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Raphael Saadiq, Diane Warren and Chris Braide. And, oh, what a story Paloma has to tell… More »

Behind The Boards: How Ricky Reed Became One Of The Game’s Hottest Producers

Mike Wass // October 1, 2014

Ricky Reed was perhaps better-known as the frontman of hip-hop/pop collective Wallpaper until he co-produced Jason Derulo’s monster hit “Talk Dirty” and instantly became one of the game’s hottest hitmakers. The influence of that song (and its killer sax hook) can be heard in everything from Ariana Grande’s summer smash “Problem” to Cheryl Cole’s UK chart-topper “Crazy Stupid Love”. More »

Electric Youth Discuss Debut Album ‘Innerworld’: Interview

Robbie Daw // September 24, 2014

You know synth-pop duo and real life couple Electric Youth, aka Bronwyn Griffin and Austin Garrick, from their breakout collaboration with College, “A Real Hero.” The song wound up on the soundtrack to flashy Ryan Gosling noir thriller Drive in 2011, and catapulted the pair from Canada into the arena of super-cool electronic… More »

LIGHTS Talks Growing Up, New Album ‘Little Machines’ & Going Into Labor While Recording: Idolator Interview

emilytan // September 22, 2014

LIGHTS has grown up a lot since the first time we all heard her single  “February Air” in an Old Navy commercial in 2008. Now 27, not only has the Canadian synth-pop artist put out two albums — The Listening and Siberia — and a number of EPs, she also started started a… More »

Gorgon City On Debut Album ‘Sirens’, The UK House Scene & Working With Jennifer Hudson, Kiesza & MNEK: Interview

Robbie Daw // September 5, 2014

For well over a year, UK duo Gorgon City have been steadily releasing one stellar house banger after another, beginning with 2013’s “Real” (featuring Yasmin) and “Intentions” (a pair-up with Clean Bandit), and carrying into 2014 with the MNEK-featuring anthem “Ready For Your Love,” “Here For You” with Laura Welsh on vocals and their latest, “Unmissable.”More »

7 Questions With The Knocks About “Classic,” Working With Friends & Their Debut LP: Interview

Rachel Sonis // August 14, 2014

It all started from a knock on the wall.

Hailing from New York City, electronic duo The Knocks – consisting of Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson – chose there name after people would bang on their walls because the two would make tracks in their room and be too “noisy.” But… More »

Jessie J Interview: 7 Things You Should Know About “Bang Bang” & Her Upcoming Album

Robbie Daw // August 14, 2014

Jessie J is back on top and bigger than ever thanks to a little song called “Bang Bang.” Before the British singer-songwriter hooked up with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj for her out-of-the-blue summer 2014 smash, she was known stateside for previous hits like “Price Tag”  and the magnificent slice of pop “Domino.” But for her… More »

Meghan Trainor Talks “All About That Bass” And Her Upcoming Album & Offers Up A Cotton Candy Giveaway: Interview

Robbie Daw // August 13, 2014

Upon meeting her, it becomes clear very quickly that Meghan Trainor is one of the most personable individuals walking among us.  Idolator premiered the video for her instant smash hit “All About That Bass” in June, and when she breezed into New York for a recent performance on Live! With Kelly & Michael, we scheduled… More »

7 Questions With Bebe Rexha: “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You,” Her Debut Album And The State Of Pop

Bradley Stern // August 12, 2014

Bebe Rexha’s no stranger to a mean pop hook: The burgeoning singer-songwriter is most famously responsible for penning Eminem and Rihanna’s hit “The Monster” among other pop gems, as well as supplying her distinctive vocals on Cash Cash’s inescapably catchy club smash, “Take Me Home.”

But Bebe’s got even more exciting things still… More »

Watch Caleb Johnson Discuss ‘Testify’, Collaborating With Aloe Blacc & Missing His Hometown: Interview

Robbie Daw // August 12, 2014

Recently, American Idol winner Caleb Johnson stopped by the Idolator studio to talk to us about his love of good ol’ rock and roll and his debut album Testify, which was released today (August 12). We already posted the first part of our chat with him, where the Asheville, North Carolina native played a game… More »

Watch Caleb Johnson Play Rock Dudes Vs. Divas: Who’s More Badass?: Interview

Robbie Daw // August 11, 2014

Asheville, North Carolina native Caleb Johnson made no secret of his penchant for good old rock and roll during his winning stint on American Idol earlier this year. Whether he was belting out classics on the show like “Sympathy For The Devil” or “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” or taking on newer hits like Adele’… More »

7 Questions With Jake Miller: “First Flight Home,” Upcoming Music & Loving Sam Smith’s Album

Robbie Daw // August 8, 2014

Jake Miller’s career is about to go sky high, quite literally. When Idolator first premiered his “Day Without Your Love” video two years ago, he was still an independently-signed teenager from Florida hitting the road hard to make a name for himself. Now on the Warner Bros. roster, 21-year-old Jake just premiered the video for hi… More »

Popping Up: Laura Welsh

Robbie Daw // August 5, 2014

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

Last month we talked with beat-heavy UK duo Gorgon City for our Popping Up series, so it seemed like a given that we should also seek out Laura Welsh,… More »

Diplo On Major Lazer, Working With Envelope-Pusher Madonna & Gwen Stefani: Idolator Interview

Kathy Iandoli // July 3, 2014

Anyone tuned into Diplo’s Twitter and/or Instagram recently will know that he’s been having an amazing time while globetrotting. Major Lazer was out in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup festivities (Diplo even released a World Cup mix for the BBC here) with the Budweiser Hotel, performing, partying, the usual business. Their latest EP… More »

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