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Coachella 2014: Mary J. Blige Joins Disclosure For “F For You”: Watch

Apr 14th, 2014 // Comment
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Mary J. Blige delighted fans at Coachella when she joined Disclosure to perform her version of “F for You,” off the UK duo’s 2013 debut Settle. Blige was hardly the only guest during the set, as young critical darlings Alunageorge and Sam Smith popped up as well — but she inspired the loudest cheers of all, while belting her verses and jumping in stilettos (!) to keep the crowd hyped.

Blige approached Disclosure after the May release of Settle, a set that already sounded like a long-lost album from Tommy Boy‘s ’90s dance music roster. (Blige’s cameo only adds to that comparison.) “We said, ‘Sure, whatever you want,’” Disclosure’s Howard Lawrence said to Billboard. “She wanted to sing a new verse, so she sent us hundreds of vocals she thought might work. We sifted through them and had a great time.”

Watch Alunageorge and Blige crash Disclosure’s set after the jump. More »

Coachella 2014: Blondie’s Debbie Harry Joins Arcade Fire For “Heart Of Glass”: Watch

Apr 14th, 2014 // 2 Comments
The (Inevitable) Sprawl Of Glass
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“Cruise on, motherfuckers,” Blondie‘s Debbie Harry said at Coachella, while on stage during Arcade Fire‘s headlining set – one of the biggest surprises of the festival’s third day.

Harry joined the Montreal band on stage to duet with vocalist Regine Chassagne for Blondie’s 1978 hit “Heart of Glass,” then provide backup vocals for Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains),” off its 2010 LP The Suburbs. While Chassagne appeared intimidated by Harry at first, and Harry seemed unfamiliar with the lyrics to “Sprawl II,” the two were also clearly stoked to perform together. (“Debbie motherfucking Harry,” frontman Win Butler later said.) It’s a good thing too, because for Arcade Fire fans in particular, the match-up was inevitable.

When The Suburbs initially dropped, critics immediately compared “Sprawl II” to “Heart of Glass” while calling it an album highlight. Chicago duo The Hood Internet then released a mash-up called “Sprawl of Glass,” still years before. On their U.S. dates leading up to Coachella, Arcade Fire would cover “Heart of Glass” live. Watch Blondie and Arcade Fire team up at Coachella up top, then hear the Hood Internet’s mash-up and Arcade Fire’s live cover after the jump. More »

Coachella 2014: Pharrell Brings Out Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes & Nelly: Watch

Apr 13th, 2014 // Comment
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When Pharrell emerged as one half of the Neptunes in the mid-90s, they and producer Timbaland helped establish Virginia Beach as an unexpected Southern hip-hop capital as they revamped pop with spaced-out, stripped-down sound. They all boasted a singular vision but certainly didn’t act alone, as Pharrell proved through his star-studded Coachella set on April 12.

Before he closed with the ever-ubiquitous “Happy,” Pharrell kicked off his set with breakout solo hit “Frontin’” before guests popped up to perform their Neptunes-produced and -featured hits: Nelly for “Hot In Herre,” Snoop Dogg for “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” Busta Rhymes and Puff Daddy on “Pass the Courvoisier Pt. 2” and the biggest surprise of all, Gwen Stefani — who Pharrell simply addressed as “Queen” — for “Hollaback Girl.” (Watch his full set after the jump.) More »

Coachella 2014: Watch A Live Stream Of The Festival

Apr 11th, 2014 // Comment
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Watch The Fest!
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Yeah, it totally sucks that you can’t be geographically transported from where you’re sitting now to Indio, California for the annual Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival, but guess what — actually, you can. Thanks to YouTube and, of course, festival organizers, you can stream Coachella live all weekend, staring with today’s kickoff.

Outkast are headlining the fest tonight, while other acts like Ellie Goulding, HAIM and Chromeo will hit various other stages. Over the the weekend, several other acts will brave the desert heat and give earth-shaking performances, including Muse, Pharrell Williams, Disclosure, Lorde, Foster The People, Arcade Fire, Calvin Harris and Lana Del Rey.

UPDATE: The live stream will play out over three different YouTube channels. The rebroadcast of Channel 1, Day 1 (Friday) is above. Catch today all three Channels for Saturday, April 12 below! More »

Plug In Stereo Performs “Everything I Shouldn’t Say” & “To Be Wanted”: Idolator Sessions

Apr 4th, 2014 // Comment
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Trevor Unplugs
"To Be Wanted" Video
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You may recall that last fall Idolator premiered Plug In Stereo‘s song “To Be Wanted” and the music video. A pair-up with Megan & Liz, the upbeat track has an undeniably catchy pop hook in its studio-recorded form. But when the act’s frontman Trevor Dahl hit up New York recently while on tour to promote his EP A Little Peace (grab it here on iTunes), we had him stop by our studio and give an acoustic performance for our Idolator Sessions series.

Trevor took out his guitar and treated the staff to two songs from his latest release, while also explaining the back story behind each. Catch “Everything I Shouldn’t Say” above, then head below to watch the singer-songwriter’s stripped-down rendition of “To Be Wanted.” More »

Lady Gaga Moons Roseland Ballroom, Shows Monsters Her Ass: Watch

Mar 31st, 2014 // 4 Comments
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Lady Gaga kicks off her 7-night NYC residency. Read More »

On night two of her seven-day residency at Roseland Ballroom, Lady Gaga gave Monsters in the Big Apple something to feast their adoring eyes on: Her ass. The pop queen tore through such Gaga staples as “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Born This Way,” “Applause,” “G.U.Y.” and even “Monster” (a total highlight). But she wasn’t content to simply show off her musical skills. Her fishnet-clad butt was also on full display at one point, as she sauntered off the stage between songs.

Instagram user dondedoni captured the above image. Get even more of a glimpse at diva’s derriere below by watching video of Gaga putting the “A” in ARTPOP. More »

Duke Dumont Mashes Up Route 94′s “My Love” & Kiesza’s “Hideaway” (Plus HAIM!): Watch

Mar 21st, 2014 // Comment
"My Love" & "Hideaway" Re-Imagined
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This week, news arrived that Route 94‘s housey, Jess Glynne-featuring “My Love” — already a #1 hit in the UK — will be getting a stateside single release in April. Also, here on Idolator, we interviewed Kiesza, singer of breakout (and equally ’90s-leaning) dance hit “Hidewaway.” So what better way to top of Friday than with Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Duke Dumont‘s Radio 1 Live Lounge mashup of the two songs? (Bonus: Dumont ties a nice bow on the package by incorporating his own beat from the remix he did for HAIM‘s “Falling.”)

Watch above as Kellie Leigh and Moni Tivony add their combined vocal power to Duke’s catchy reworking of two of 2014′s hottest new tracks. More »

Kylie Minogue Performs Stripped Down ‘Kiss Me Once’ Tracks For Spotify Sessions: Listen

Mar 17th, 2014 // Comment
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If you’ve never caught Kylie Minogue live, then you’re missing out on one of pop’s most engaging entertainers. Case in point: During her recent Spotify Sessions performance, wherein the Australian songbird offered up stripped-down versions of three Kiss Me Once tracks as well as her classic “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” Minogue proved yet again that she’s just as capable of whipping us all into a frenzy on dancefloor as she is at captivating us with simple acoustic accompaniment. Like with the singer’s 2012 release, The Abbey Road Sessions, these four tracks put the spotlight on the malleable nature of the compositions within Kylie’s catalog.

Head below to listen to Kylie’s recent performances of “Into The Blue,” “Beautiful” and her album’s title track, live from London. (And don’t forget to enter our giveaway to win the vinyl box edition of Kiss Me Once.) More »

SXSW 2014: Justin Bieber Dedicates Surprise “As Long As You Love Me” Performance To Selena Gomez

Mar 10th, 2014 // Comment
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Surprise, Austin — indie rock god Justin Bieber showed up for a face-melting performance of his jangle-pop jam “As Long As You Love Me” at Scooter Braun‘s Sunday Funday SXSW showcase. Actually, he led things off with the rap from “Boyfriend” — yep, the “swag, swag, swagoo” bit — before dedicating “As Long As You Love Me” to his “baby.” And given that Bieber spent Friday in Texas getting cozy in public with Selena Gomez (they really are “on” again, aren’t they), we’ll just go out on a limb and say he was implying the song was going out to her.

Give the least likely SXSW performance of the year a watch above. It’s guaranteed to be a better viewing experience than watching Bieber’s deposition tape, at least. More »

Bruce Springsteen Covers Lorde’s “Royals”: Watch

Mar 2nd, 2014 // Comment
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Bruce Springsteen opened his March 1 concert at Auckland, New Zealand, by covering Lorde‘s “Royals.” His solo, acoustic version contained a few choice edits — you can call him King Bee, for one — and would stray from the original’s melody, but it also showed why he related overall to the Pure Heroine anthem.

Springsteen stuck to playing an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, but eventually he played the original’s beat by pounding his fist on his guitar’s body. Around then, he hoarsely cursed because he can (“And every fucking song’s / gold teeth, Grey Goose…” ). And he repeated one of Lorde’s lyrics as if for emphasis, if not with his 1973 debut Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., in mind: “And I’m not proud of my address, in a torn-up town / in a torn-up town …”

Watch Springsteen cover “Royals” after the jump. More »

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