Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.
The buzz for electro-pop duo Capital Cities has been growing steadily for more than a minute, and you can be forgiven if you think you’ve heard their breakout single, “Safe And Sound,” somewhere before — because chances are, you have. The song has been around for over two years (most recently it was included on the pair’s self-titled EP, released in December 2012) and it has, as band members Ryan Merchant (the tall one) and Sebu Simonian (the one with the amazingly unforgettable beard) explain it in the interview above, gone through multiple incarnations.
But with the release of their debut album In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery just around the corner (it’s out June 4) — not to mention the growing airplay for “Safe And Sound” and its ascent up the iTunes chart — we figured it was time to bring these guys in and get them to tell their story. More »
‘s fourth album Random Access Memories
was released yesterday, and, for the most part, is garnering rave reviews
. Given all the lead-up hype surrounding the LP, and the global success of “Get Lucky,”
everyone has been buzzing about the duo — including artists who came in to pay Idolator a visit in recent weeks.
In the clip above, an eclectic array of talent — including Wyclef Jean, Little Boots, Jason Derulo, Capital Cities and Betty Who — weigh in on Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, and give their thoughts on the French pair’s music and legacy within the pop world. Their comments may surprise you, especially in the sense that they perhaps mirror your own views on the duo.
Watch above, and get a take on Daft Punk from others in same music game! More »
The most talked-about producer on the planet
right now isn’t one of the many crafting new material for Britney Spears
and Justin Timberlake
. It’s Giorgio Moroder
, the 73-year-old Italian musician whose synth-heavy work influenced more artists
than you can fill
on a sheet of paper and soundtracked at least two generations.
Giorgio’s longtime collaborator and close friend Donna Summer passed away one year ago today, at the age of 63. The disco queen kept her battle with lung cancer private, but it’s Summer’s enduring legacy of revered songs like “I Feel Love,” “Last Dance,” “MacArthur Park” and “Bad Girls” that lives on. To commemorate the first year since the passing of Summer and celebrate the extensive work of Moroder, we reached out to the producer, who turned out to be as thoughtful as he is candid.
“The thing I miss most about Donna is the vitality with which she surrounded herself,” Moroder reflects. “She was always ready for a joke, even in the last months, never indicating that she was suffering. She even tried to convince me to lose weight with the special diet [she was on].”
Rest assured, Giorgio is a man whose calendar in 2013 is getting busier by the week. Still, he offered many insights regarding the classic tracks he produced throughout the ’70s and ’80s — not to mention a certain song recently recorded for Daft Punk‘s upcoming LP Random Access Memories. Head below as Debbie Harry and Blondie‘s Chris Stein, Terri Nunn of Berlin and Moroder reminisce about the music of Donna Summer and some of Giorgio’s biggest milestones. More »
If you’re anything like us, then you’ve got Giorgio Moroder
on the brain these days. And it makes total sense — after all, the Italian producer soundtracked many of our childhoods with the scores and hits he crafted for such films as Scarface
, The NeverEnding Story
and Top Gun
, and now he’s back in action by featuring on Daft Punk
‘s aptly-titled Random Access Memories
track “Giorgio By Moroder,”
We even heard hints of Moroder in Little Boots‘ Nocturnes song “Strangers,” which we brought up to Victoria Hesketh (LB’s real name) while chatting with her in New York recently. She explained that the song was actually influenced more by ABBA, though Giorgio Moroder’s music has also had quite an effect on her over the years. More »
It’s been nearly four years since Little Boots
‘ debut LP Hands
arrived, and there’s a pretty solid reason it took so long for Victoria Hesketh
to craft its follow-up, the perfectly moody, just-released Nocturnes
“Everything is throwaway — and not just music — nowadays,” Hesketh told Idolator last week, just before her concert at New York’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg. “It’s just designed to break or designed for you to get bored of it… So it was really important to take the time to craft all the sounds and just try to make it sound one of the more legendary albums that I love.” More »
A couple things you should know about 98 Degrees
themselves: 1.) the band — that would be Nick
and Drew Lachey
, Justin Jeffre
and Jeff Timmons
— are back together, in full force and getting ready to head out on the road, and 2.) their first album in 13 years, 2.0
, was released this week. (See our review here
We recently sat down with the soulful quartet, and they gave us all a history lesson on their late ’90s pop classic “The Hardest Thing.” Now Idolator is presenting you with the rest of our conversation with 98 Degrees, wherein the guys tell all about their new album (which Nick calls “a potluck of pop sensation”) and working with Bruno Mars and Ne-Yo on a few of the tracks. Watch above. More »
One thing we learned very quickly during our sitdown
with fleet-footed crooner Jason Derulo
is that he wasn’t going to let the neck fracture he sustained
early on in 2012 slow him down — or
keep him from doing a headstand in the just-released video for new single “The Other Side.”
Another surprising bit of info we picked up: Jason says “The Other Side” was inspired by the bass lines in both Madonna
‘s “Like A Virgin” and Michael Jackson
‘s “Billie Jean.”
As for his upcoming third LP, Derulo tells Idolator he logged studio time with hit-makers like Dr. Luke and RedOne, and the album also has other artists featuring on a few songs — a first for Jason.
But let’s not give too much away just yet. We’ll let the singer tell you all about it himself, in the video above. More »
It’s goes without saying that Jason Derulo
considers Michael Jackson
to be one of his biggest musical influences. But when the 23-year-old singer swung by the Idolator office last week to discuss both his new single “The Other Side”
and upcoming third album, we were interested in learning about the other side of Jason himself — particularly, what are some of his favorite things aside
Granted, we did pry out of him which of Jackson’s albums is the hands-down best, as far as he’s concerned. He also spilled details on his favorite date night activity when he and main squeeze Jordin Sparks head out for a night on the town and his junk food of choice, plus why he’s such a big fan of Usher‘s benchmark-setting R&B staple Confessions and the hit cable series Game Of Thrones.
Watch Derulo discuss a few of his Favorites above. More »
Class is in session, and now it’s time to sit up straight and get an education! And in the case of Pop School, it’s artists who are teaching you a lesson on their classic hits. Start taking notes!
We recently sat down to talk to reunited boy-band-turned-man-band 98 Degrees about their new single “Microphone,” upcoming LP 2.0 (their first studio album in 13 years, out May 7) and, of course, their Package Tour with fellow vocal group icons New Kids On The Block and Boyz II Men. But try as we might, sometimes we find it hard to let go of the past.
Case in point: iconic pop singles from our youth — the ones that dominated the radio airwaves and the daily TRL countdown when we were just young, starry-eyed and very, very impressionable. One such gem is 98 Degrees’ “The Hardest Thing,” their second single off 1998 sophomore album 98 Degrees And Rising. One the group’s biggest hits, “The Hardest Thing” eventually found its way into the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, and still to this day has us conjuring up images from its boxing-themed video, wherein the shirtless, pumped-up gents throw some hooks, jump rope and croon against the dazzling lights of Sin City. More »
On one hand, yes, we’re still glum over Scissor Sisters
taking a hiatus from making music together. But the upside is that guitarist Del Marquis
has gone off on his own, somewhat, and put together retro R&B-pop stunner Cosmos
, one of the year’s most refreshing albums, under the monicker of Slow Knights
. We say “somewhat” because, while technically a “solo” album, Cosmos
really was a collaborative effort between Del (real name: Derek Gruen
) and various other artists, like Prince
‘s former band the New Power Generation
and vocalists Xavier Smith
, Chrissi Poland
, Bridget Barkan
and Bright Light Bright Light
‘s Rod Thomas
BLx2, of course, released his own LP Make Me Believe In Hope last year, and it subsequently wound up on Idolator’s 10 Best Albums Of 2012 list. So imagine how thrilled we were when we had Del and Rod stop by our studio together to talk pop and play Favorites! More »