Archive for the ‘Live’ Category

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

Mar 31st, 2014 // 4 Comments
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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 »

Eminem Announces Joint Tour With Rihanna

Feb 22nd, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Eminem will tour with Rihanna for three dates this summer, he says to XXL and confirms on Twitter. Naturally, this jaunt is named it after their second chart hit together: The Monster Tour.

Exact dates have yet to be announced, though Eminem reveal that they will perform in New York, Los Angeles and his hometown Detroit in August. To have these two coming together for even just three days feels a little miraculous: These dates will mark the first time that Eminem tours with a pop star. (Artists ranging from David Guetta to A$AP Rocky and HAIM have opened for Rihanna.)

The rapper’s also currently on his Rapture tour with Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, while Rihanna just wrapped her Diamonds World Tour last fall. Speaking of busy schedules: While Rihanna has joined him in the past to perform their first hit, “Love the Way You Lie” off his Recovery, they had to piece together follow-up hit “Monster” (off The Marshall Mathers LP 2, currently No. 13 on Billboard’s Hot 100) over email due to conflicting schedules, as to be expected from two global superstars. More »

Bastille Mash Up Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” & Pulp’s “Common People” For Live Lounge: Watch

Feb 10th, 2014 // Comment
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'90s Redux

Bastille are no strangers to mashing up classic ’90s pop jams, as evidenced by their Corona vs. Snap! tour de force, “Of The Night.” And this time around the London band chose Michael Jackson‘s “Earth Song” and Pulp‘s “Common People” to blend together, for their BBC Live Lounge performance.

With the BRIT Awards just around the corner, this particular choice of songs is a bit of a wink back to the 1996 Brits, when Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker rushed the stage during Jackson’s overblown performance of “Earth Song” and playfully mooned the audience.

Above, catch Bastille’s soulful “Earth Song” and “Common People” performance, and then see the notorious prank Cocker pulled at the Brits below. More »

Madonna Introduces Pussy Riot At Amnesty International Concert In New York: Watch

Feb 6th, 2014 // Comment
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Madonna, a vocal supporter of  previously-imprisoned Russian band Pussy Riot, introduced two members of the political activist group/punk-rockers at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Wednesday (February 5) night, during Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home concert. Cane-wielding Madge read a handwritten speech about Pussy Riot, which started off with a jokey tone (“I’d like to thank Pussy Riot for making the word ‘pussy’ a sayable word in my household…”), but segued to the pop queen reflecting on her own MDNA Tour hitting Russia in 2012 shortly after the band was arrested.

“What I realized when I went to Russia and saw what was going on with Pussy Riot and this trial, and what was going on with the gay community, was how lucky I was and am to live in a country where I can speak my mind,” Madonna said during her introduction of the band. She went on to urge citizens to stand up to people like Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders who “do not respect human rights and perpetuate oppression, discrimination and injustice of any kind.”

Eventually, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina of Pussy Riot took the Barclays stage as Madonna called out for several hell yeahs from the audience — and even a hell-mother-fuckin’-yeah. Woah. More »

Katy B Mashes Up Ben Pearce’s “What I Might Do” & Arctic Monkey’s “One For The Road” Live: Watch

Jan 30th, 2014 // Comment
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Don't Know What We Might Do If Katy Gets Any More Awesome

Katy B is on a roll with being a complete pop dynamo while both promoting current single “Crying For No Reason” and getting the word out about her upcoming sophomore album Little Red (out February 10 in the UK). One of her most recent stops was BBC Live Lounge, where the music firecracker perfectly mashed up Ben Pearce‘s 2013 Top 10 hit “What I Might Do” with Arctic Monkeys‘ latest single “One For The Road.” The result is an overly enjoyable three minutes of radio caught on camera that you can watch above before heading below to hear the original versions of each song. More »

Alphabeat’s Stine Bramsen Debuts “Prototypical”: Watch The Live Performance

Jan 10th, 2014 // Comment
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Stine Bramsen is stepping away from her status as the adorable, lone girl from Alphabeat, at least for the time being. Don’t worry — the insanely cheery Danish pop act isn’t splitting up, they assure us. Rather, they’re taking a break after nearly ten years of touring and putting forth three solid albums. (Note to self: Time to dig out and play The Spell. But first…)

Stine is making a foray into the solo world, and her first album is due out at some point this year. Getting the ball rolling is lead single “Prototypical,” which Bramsen debuted today via a video showing an expertly-staged live performance of the track. And what does it sound like? You probably never would have pegged the Alphabeat singer as one who has the chops to pull off a soul-rattling, Adele-sized stomper of a song, but here you go.

Watch above and be amazed. More »