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 »
Before unleashing a wave of synth squelches and relentless beats during their joint performance at the Hollywood Bowl last night, Norwegian duo Royksopp
and Swedish darling Robyn
each offered up separate sets. And as she did recently at a few other Do It Again Tour
stops (notably the Sonar Festival), Robyn hauled out to yet-to-be-released tracks — ones that we’ll just call “Set Me Free” and “Love Is Free” (totally guessing on those titles, by the way).
“Love Is Free” boasted a pounding beat and an almost reggaeton groove, not to mention Robyn’s rapping. “Set Me Free,” however, came off as an anthem-like, raise-your-hands-to-the-rafters dance-rock jam. That’s Robyn for you, always keeping us guessing (as far as the direction of her upcoming LP). Get a load of both new cuts below. More »
Glastonbury, usually a muddy affair was blessed with sunshine and a heavy dose of Dolly Parton
this year, as the country icon hit the Pyramid Stage — and subsequently drew the largest crowd of the 2014 festival — on Sunday. From “Jolene” to “9 To 5,” Parton left no big hit unturned.
Before her set, Dolly told reporters, “I thought, well, I can’t do a bunch of sad, slow songs because everybody is drunk and high and we don’t want to bring them down that bad, so there are two or three songs that they have to hear like maybe ‘Coat of Many Colors’ and a few things that are a part of my whole life and my background.”
Others who dazzled Glastonbury 2014 included Sam Smith, Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Imagine Dragons, Metallica, Kasabian, Ellie Goulding, HAIM, Disclosure, Kelis and Goldfrapp. Watch Sam belt out “Money On My Mind” above, then catch Dolly, Lana and others below. More »
If there’s one rising UK girl group we’re banking on to break into the US market next, it’s Neon Jungle.
The fab foursome first caught our attention last summer with their rowdy, unstoppably catchy debut single “Trouble,” followed by their explosive club cut “Braveheart” and their very own call to arms, “Welcome To The Jungle.” The girls went on to notch three Top 15 hits in the UK — and now, they’ve set their sights on stateside domination.
Last week, we went down to Sony headquarters in NYC to watch the ladies perform a very special acoustic set just for Idolator, and damn — these girls can seriously sang! With their harmonies on lock, the girls flawlessly flew through “Trouble,” as well as supplying an incredibly melodic, soulful rendition of Irish artist Hozier‘s 2013 hit, “Take Me To Church.”
Sure, we were already impressed enough with the studio versions of their songs — but after having seen what they’re capable of doing live, we’re even more excited about the future for Neon Jungle.
Watch above to see the girls perform a stirring rendition of Hozier‘s “Take Me To Church,” followed by their debut smash “Trouble” below the jump. More »
It was a rainy night in Miami on Wednesday (June 25), but that didn’t stop a massive crowd from pouring into the Sun Life Stadium to hear hit after hit after hit on opening night of Beyonce
and Jay Z
‘s On The Run Tour. Throughout the evening, Bey tore through chart smashes and album track favorites like “Crazy In Love,” “Ring The Alarm,” “Haunted” and “Drunk In Love,”
while Jay brought the fire with “Clique,” “On To The Next One,” “N***as In Paris” and “Tom Ford.”
The married pair shared the stage several times, but perhaps one of the most memorable moments during the Carters’ joint spectacle was when Beyonce filled in for Justin Timberlake on chorus duties for Hova’s summer 2013 smash “Holy Grail.”
Watch that one above, then catch a few more performances from Bey and Jay’s On The Run gig in Miami below. More »
Are you feeling that futbol
fever and yearning for some hot Latin fire? Well, you’re in luck because Jennifer Lopez
and Mr. Worldwide Pitbull
performed their song “We Are One”
at the opening ceremony for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Marking the official start of the sexy soccer extravaganza, Brazilian songstress Claudia Leitte
, who fluffed up the crowd in anticipation for JLo and Pit’s arrival, joined the two pop stars. Despite negative reviews of the track
, J-to-the-L-O, donned in a sexy green leotard, and Pitbull, who is wearing pants that some might call a little too
fitted, gave a lively and joyous performance to say the least.
While an earlier announcement stated that Jennifer wouldn’t make it to the opening because of supposed “production problems,” Jenny made it work and really got the crowd going not only with her outfit, but also her impressive samba moves.
Watch the performance after the jump. More »
‘s funky Song Of The Summer
was finally released in the UK this week, and it’s currently sitting at the top of the country’s iTunes chart. Just below the Pharrell
-produced hit on the digital retailer’s singles roundup is Sam Smith
‘s UK chart-topper (and breakthrough US hit) “Stay With Me.”
Deciding to put the “friendly” in the term friendly competition, Sheeran paid tribute to Smith by performing “Stay With Me” this morning on BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge.
“It is my favorite song of the last year,” Sheeran told host Annie Mac, while explaining why he chose to cover Smith’s ballad. “I think it’s an instant classic. It’s gonna be around for a long time. [Sam Smith] is gonna be around for a long time, as well.”
Watch Ed take on “Stay With Me” above, then catch him doing “Sing” on Live Lounge below. More »
Has Lily Allen
been drinkin’, has she been drinkin’? Nah, the “Air Balloon”
songstress was likely just having a bit of laugh when she threw on a Beyonce
wig, black bra and sheer dress, stepped onto the stage at London’s G-A-Y over the weekend and lip-synced to Bey’s massive hit “Drunk In Love.”
Allen, whose third LP Sheezus
is out May 6, is certainly no stranger to taking jabs at her pop star peers
. But the British singer looked like she was having a genuinely good time prancing around to the strains of Beyonce’s global smash, and the whole spectacle seemed to be all in good fun.
Watch Lily mime to Beyonce above and see if her drag game is tight. More »
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 »
“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 »