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 »
On July 15 at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, New York, R&B soulstress SZA
teamed up with Will Smith
’s daughter, Willow Smith
, for a surprise performance of their unreleased collabo track “Domino.” Yep, you read that right, the
Willow Smith. Already the ripe age of 13,Willow is done “whipping her hair back and forth”
and seemingly on to bigger, better and more sultry things. Indubitably a signature SZA track, “Domino” is a smooth and soothing number, and Willow’s poignant vocals echoing throughout make it all the better.
Filmed by Scene Media, the performance concluded in SZA hinting at the fact that Willow is definitely working on some brand new tracks for the near future. “Can I tell you she’s cooking some of the craziest shit I have ever heard,” SZA earnestly told the audience. In the mean time, however, watch the video up top for a possible snippet of what’s to come.
Harmonizers, does Idolator ever have a treat for you today! Sassy vocal quintet Fifth Harmony
swung by our studio last week to promote their just-released single “Bo$$”
, and in case you’ve yet to hear it, the song finds the ladies calling out such powerful women as First Lady Michelle Obama
and media mogul Oprah Winfrey
over an infectious pop-R&B hook. And can we just get an amen
on America finally offering up a girl group with chops as impressive as this?
Now, what you likely haven’t heard is 5H belting out the bombastic “Bo$$” during a stripped-down, acoustic performance. And that’s just what we have for you above. While hanging out with us and shooting the above Idolator Sessions clip, the girls proved that their “Bo$$” is a song that works with more than just one style of performance. More »
Teenage pop act The Vamps
have revealed an acoustic version of their song “Somebody To You.” Even with drummer Tristan Evans
on tambourine and without the “Yeah, you
!”s that punch up the original version, this performance of its rising hit — the song made its Billboard debut last week
– proved to be as charming as its surf rock-inspired video
, co-starring Demi Lovato
To be fair, The Vamps don’t sound completely unplugged here. There are moments in this performance where lead singer Bradley Simpson‘s voice is dubbed and subtle studio effects (an airplane-like whoosh! halfway through) help build the momentum. Still, these boosts don’t quite take away from how The Vamps appear here: earnest and charming, if not completely approachable. More »
Did you have a great 4th of July celebration, Idolator readers? Hot dogs, fireworks — the whole nine yards? In case you missed it over the weekend, the grand celebration of American independence was made even more historic — thanks to our favorite pint-sized, powerhouse vocalist-slash-pop princess, Ariana Grande.
It’s been a very, very Grande 2014 so far — from Ari’s Total Ariana Live MTV takeover, to the premiere of her new Zedd smash-to-be “Break Free,” to the newly unveiled tracklist for her collabo-heavy album, My Everything. So naturally, it would only make sense to see the young starlet gracing the stage at the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.
Dressed in an oh-so-adorable stars and stripes-filled dress and surrounded by dozens of flag baton-wielding fans, the singer powerfully belted out her tunes, including current summer smash “Problem” and “The Way.” She got into it so much during “Problem” that she even ended up rapping Iggy Azalea‘s verse by the end! (She nailed it, for the record.) With the gorgeous backdrop of the city behind her, Ariana never looked or sounded better — or more American, of course. Bb, you’re a firework! Watch her belt out “Problem” above, then check out “The Way” after the jump. More »
When fans heard Iggy Azalea
‘s Rita Ora
collaboration “Black Widow,”
they started pegging the two pop stars as best friends. By then, Azalea had opened for Ora during her 2013 tour. After The New Classic
break-up anthem surfaced, though, they would be quizzed
on their favorite Spice Girls
and shoe-purchasing habits. Azalea posed for Instagram
with Ora in her underwear, only to actually set the record straight on their relationship on air.
“I think people would like her to be my bestie, but she’s my friend,” she said to Ryan Seacrest. “You know, we have a working relationship.”
When Ora joined Azalea at London’s Wireless Festival to perform “Black Widow” for the first time, though, she behaved as a bestie would. Specifically, they met at the middle for Ora to dip and “bite” at Azalea’s hips like a puppy with a chew toy. “You jealous? You should be!” Ora said on Instagram, with the hashtags #sorryicouldnthelpmyself and #sorryNick!!, as in NBA boyfriend Nick Young. So much for Azalea’s statement.
Watch Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora perform “Black Widow” for the first time after the jump. More »