and Rita Ora
belted out rising hit “Black Widow”
on today’s (September 9) episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show
and shared an extremely intimate moment. The duo has performed the trap-pop anthem live several times
with similar staging (really hot ballerinas and copious clapping) but the faux-lesbian choreography is new. And welcomed.
After spitting her first verse alone in a figure-hugging white bodysuit, the Australian rap diva walks into the audience to meet her similarly-clad collaborator. Things get a little crazy when they return to the stage and Rita stares longingly at Iggy’s famous backside before they gently caress each other. I love stunt queen antics, so I’m fine with this. Watch the ladies in action up top. More »
By hitting up BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge for a performance of “Won’t Look Back,” Duke Dumont
revealed that the mystery singer on his latest club anthem is Moko
— or at least that’s who he brought along to belt out the track on the popular radio program. (The single art and video don’t credit the vocalist on the studio version.)
Moko featured on Chase & Status‘ 2013 UK hit “Count On Me” (it’s definitely one to check out if it slipped by you unnoticed last fall), and here with this live rendition of “Won’t Look Back,” she proves she can hold her own when paired up with Grammy-nominated producer Dumont. More »
noir thriller Drive
is the type of movie that doesn’t leave your head for days (weeks, years…) once you see it, and a large part of the film’s draw is its addictive electro-pop soundtrack — in particular, College
and Electric Youth
‘s dreamy tune “A Real Hero.” Cut to three years later, and Electric Youth, a Canadian duo consisting of real-life couple Bronwyn Griffin
and Austin Garrick
, are releasing their debut LP Innerworld
on September 30.
Ahead of that, the pair and their touring band recently shot a live video in a Toronto studio where they performed “A Real Hero” on camera for the very first time. NPR premiered the mesmerizing visual today, and you can watch it above. More »
pop diva to Cheek To Cheek
jazz chanteuse, Lady Gaga
is truly a musical chameleon. And last night, the “Born This Way” singer-songstress delighted an unsuspecting audience with yet another musical switch-up: Glam-rock goddess!
Yesterday, while down under for the Australian leg of her ArtRave, Gaga popped out on stage during the acclaimed Adam Lambert and Queen Tour in Sydney, which has electrifying audiences all over the world this summer. (It makes sense, too — Gaga is named after Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga,” after all!)
Together, the two friends gleefully tore into Queen classic “Another One Bites The Dust” together to the roaring delight of the crowd. “Tonight I felt alive in a way I have not before. I returned to the Radio GaGa mothership to pay homage to my leaders. It was emotional and wild,” Gaga wrote on Instagram. “So much fun tonight! @ladygaga” Lambert wrote on his page.
Check out photos and videos of the surprise duet after the jump, and listen to full audio from the concert right here. More »
had some time off last weekend, so naturally she did what any workaholic would do in her position: stage various pop-up performances of songs off her recently-released EP
across New York. Below you’ll see her hopping the ferry with her entourage and heading over to Governors Island for an impromptu appearance at last Saturday’s Full Moon Festival.
After Kiesza and her dancers tear through “Hideaway” during the gig, the red-headed singer notes, “Now we’re gonna try and catch a ferry [home]. I’m probably gonna take a shower, go to bed, wake up tomorrow and do it all over again.”
Watch the tireless songbird in action below. More »
Smart cookie Kiesza
continues to impress with her lives performances, only the one we’re raving about this time around doesn’t involve her elaborately recreating her “Hideaway”
dance routine outside a television studio space
. The Canadian singer instead sat down with an acoustic guitar for NME
‘s Basement Sessions series and turned out a moving rendition of Nirvana
‘s In Utero
classic “Heart Shaped Box.” In doing so, Kiesza proved that she’s not just a child of ’90s with an affinity for only house music
, but rather for the entire array of sounds that influenced her while growing up.
Watch the singer pour her own emotions into Nirvana’s 1993 alt-rock staple above. More »
Regardless of what possessed Hollywood musclehead Vin Diesel
to croon Rihanna‘s “Stay”
and dance all seductive-like in front of a camera
to Katy Perry
‘s “Dark Horse” and Beyonce
‘s “Drunk In Love” earlier this year, the Guardians Of The Galaxy
actor now has quite the reputation for being up on all things pop music. Hence him being asked during an interview with London’s Capital FM to sing Sam Smith
‘s “Stay With Me” on the spot.
Granted, the interviewer did give him a laptop with the song’s lyrics. And despite Diesel’s faux protests at first of not being up on the song, he appeared to catch on pretty quick once it began playing. All in all, Vin was a great sport, and, you know, actually didn’t sound too shabby. What a Renaissance Man. More »
Foster The People
‘s sophomore LP Supermodel
is full of musical gems, and one of the best of the bunch is “The Truth.” (It’s actually my own personal favorite, more so than pop-leaning numbers like “Coming Of Age”
and “Best Friend.”
) Something about the urgency in in frontman Mark Foster
‘s voice on the track — not to mention the straight-up crooning he does on the chorus — mixed with the sheer wall of sound the band and co-producer Paul Epworth
created on the album version make it a must-have for any 2014 playlist.
So consider us at Idolator tickled that we get to premiere FTP’s performance of “The Truth” from their recent Spotify Sessions gig. Recorded live at Los Angeles’ amazing Village studio, just past the 405 on Santa Monica Blvd., Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius (plus a few other musicians) serve up the song and give us an intimate look at what it’s like when they’re left to their own devices and making music together. More »
took cues from ’90s boy bands (Backstreet Boys
) on his debut EP The Secret
. To kick off his headlining tour
, though, Mahone also decided to cover The King of Country.
While performing in his hometown of San Antonio, the pop heartthrob performed a faithful cover of George Strait‘s 1995 hit “Check Yes Or No” while wearing a cowboy hat that initially belonged to his father.
Strait emerged in the early ’80s and ushered in a new wave of traditional country singers – and inspired Mahone himself, as shown in a video unearthed by America’s Funniest Home Videos. In 2012, the show hosted a submission in which Mahone, age 3, pulls a cowboy hat over his head, grins at the camera and says, “I look like George Strait.” (He was close enough … Strait likely would have worn pants.)
Watch a grown-up Austin Mahone cover George Strait, then a young Austin Mahone do his best to look like George Strait after the jump. More »