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 »
performed a new song called “Reflection” while opening for Austin Mahone
in San Antonio, Texas yesterday (July 25).
Like lead single “Bo$$,” this slick pop-R&B track sees the girls sounding subtly flirty as they empower themselves, standing in front of a mirror and getting caught giving themselves compliments: “Oh, I ain’t talking about you / I’m talking about my own reflection.”
Fifth Harmony will tour with Mahone, The Vamps and Vine star Shawn Mendes nationwide through September 9, as the group preps its debut album, due out this fall.
Watch Fifth Harmony debut their new song “Reflection” after the jump. More »
In the wee hours of the morning, Hilary Duff
was introduced at Chelsea nightclub Marquee
in New York by Perez Hilton
and flanked by colorful drag queens as she officially premiered new single “Chasing The Sun.”
Well, actually, it was a remix
of the song — apparently The Gays can’t handle all that guitar
and Colbie Caillat song structuring
At any rate, if you’re not up to speed, “Chasing The Sun,” which is being released next week, is the lead single off Duff’s upcoming fifth album (her first in seven years). Needless to say, it’s been A Moment since the release of her last LP, the benchmark-setting Dignity, and Hilary’s return to pop has become somewhat of A Thing.
Head below to watch Hilary twirl with a gaggle of queens, drag and otherwise. More »
Last week Toronto reggae-pop-rockers MAGIC!
booted Iggy Azalea off the top of the Hot 100
, which made for the perfect time for us to post their live, stripped-down rendition
of their current #1 single “Rude.” Today we follow that up with the Nasri Atweh
-fronted band’s very first acoustic performance of “No Evil,” a cut off MAGIC!’s debut LP Don’t Kill The Magic
that they offered up during the same Idolator Sessions performance.
“I was sitting in a coffee shop…and I was thinking about my Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil, See No Evil monkeys that I have,” Nasri explains before the band launch into the song. “I started writing from my head, and I called the guys and I had it all structured.”
The singer/songwriter/producer goes on to note that this is the first time the band have done “No Evil” acoustically, and without rehearsal. More »
Last week we brought you Fifth Harmony
‘s rambunctious acoustic take on new single “Bo$$”
during the girl group’s Idolator Sessions performance. (We also presented you with the opportunity to win a photo signed by all five ladies
.) Today, we’re slowing things down a bit as Ally
stage a live version of brand new song “We Know.”
“It’s a really cool a cappella moment where we get to sing, and the melody is so sick,” Camila Cabello explains while introducing the song. “And if you’re a girl, this song probably relates to you in some shape or form.” More »
Toronto reggae-pop-rockers MAGIC!
pulled off the ultimate pop trick this week by unseating Iggy Azalea from the top of the Billboard Hot 100
. The Nasri Atweh
-fronted band’s debut single “Rude”
had been steadily gaining momentum since the early spring, and last week Idolator had the good fortune to have the guys around for an intimate Idolator Sessions performance. (Watch them do “No Evil” live during their session here
“Songwriting is important for us,” Nasri explains before performing the song. “The craft has always been a bit of an obsession for me, and I know the guys love the process too.”
He continued by explaining the origins of the quartet’s hit single. “It actually started off [as] a really dark song,” Atweh says. “It’s funny, because I would have never expected it would end up where it ended up now, which is this story where I’m basically singing to a dad.” More »