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Foster The People Perform “The Truth” Live For Spotify Sessions: Watch

Foster The People The Truth Spotify Sessions 2014
Preach!
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 »

Austin Mahone Covers George Strait In San Antonio: Watch

Austin Goes Country
Austin Mahone took cues from ’90s boy bands (Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC) 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 »

Fifth Harmony Debut New Song, “Reflection”: Watch

5H Reflects (On Themselves)
Fifth Harmony 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 »

Hilary Duff Premieres “Chasing The Sun” Remix At Gay Club Marquee: Watch And Listen

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 »

MAGIC! Perform “No Evil” Live & Acoustic (For The First Time): Idolator Sessions

MAGIC! No Evil live acoustic Idolator sessions don't kill the magic July 2014
MAGIC! Perform & Explain The Story Behind The Song
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 »

Fifth Harmony Perform New Song “We Know” Live And Acoustic: Idolator Sessions

Fifth Harmony We Know live Idolator Sessions 2014
Brand New 5H
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, Camila, Normani, Dinah and Lauren 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 »

MAGIC! Peform “Rude” Live And Acoustic: Idolator Sessions

MAGIC! Rude Idolator Sessions 2014
MAGIC! Explain & Perform Their Smash Hit
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 »

SZA And Willow Smith Perform Unreleased Ethereal Duet “Domino”: Watch

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SZA + Willow Killin' It.
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.

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Fifth Harmony Peform “Bo$$” Live And Acoustic: Idolator Sessions

Fifth Harmony Boss
5H Unplugged
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 »

The Vamps Perform Acoustic Version Of “Somebody To You”: Watch

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The Vamps, Unplugged
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 »