Back in November 2013, Idolator premiered COIN’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1970 hit “Cecilia.” Since then, the synth-y pop-rock quartet have steadily been working on their self-titled debut LP with producer Jay Joyce, a current Grammy nominee, and it’s due out in June via StarTime International.
Ahead of their LP’s release, COIN are heading out on the road for a string of six tour dates beginning this week. Today Idolator is premiering the quartet’s brand new single “Run” to coincide with their live jaunt. Give it a listen below! More »
Kanye West kicked off 2015 by releasing “Only One,” his poignant ballad featuring Paul McCartney on keyboard. If West’s barber is correct, though, then the Beatles songwriter played a larger role in the Yeezus rapper’s new music than anticipated.
According to Ibn Jasper, who has cut West’s hair since he was 17, McCartney has co-produced the entirety of West’s new album. Here’s where it gets a little confusing: While Rihanna had promoted the just-released “FourFiveSeconds,” featuring both artists, as a “first glimpse” of her new album, Jasper says that this new song belongs to West and will therefore also appear on his upcoming studio release. More »
Rihanna has offered a taste of what her new album will sound like — “FourFiveSeconds,” featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney.
Coming from the Unapologetic diva who churns out urban dance-pop hits like clockwork, and the rapper who matched his impassioned raps with ’90s industrial rock tendencies on Yeezus, an acoustic guitar duet about workingman’s blues was the last thing that we expected. Yet here it is, with Rihanna’s voice sounding as resilient and West’s as tender as can be. More »
Lady Gaga ended 2014 by hitting the studio with acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren, best known for her power ballads. Now, a month later, the resulting collaboration has made its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Their new song, “Till It Happens to You,” appears in Kirby Dick‘s The Hunting Ground, a documentary that exposes the troubling rape culture at college campuses nationwide.
While “Till It Happens to You” hasn’t surfaced online yet, Lady Gaga and Warren did exchange some lyrics on Twitter, to give fans an idea of what to expect — “Till it happens to you, you don’t know how it feels,” and “Till your world burns and crashes, till [you're] at the end, the end of your rope.” In her review, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Leslie Felperin says that the song “provides an extra jolt of poignancy” in the film.
See Lady Gaga and Diane Warren announce “Till It Happens to You” on Twitter below. More »
Meghan Trainor sings of being lovesick in her upcoming duet with One Direction‘s Harry Styles, titled “London Lights” — at least, in the snippet she performed recently at Capital FM Breakfast.
“Saying that you love that I got hazel eyes / and honestly, I won’t catch up on sleep tonight / I’ve been looking at London lights and missing you,” Trainor sings to a gentle ukulele melody. The winning pop songwriter calls the song “cute,” but fittingly there’s also a twinge of sadness in her voice. More »
UK artist Alxndr London recently premiered his soulful debut track “Cold Sun,” and it signaled the fact that the East Londoner is absolutely one to take notice of in 2015. Falling somewhere on the sonic tapestry also occupied by the likes of Sade and Jessie Ware, “Cold Sun” is a funky, synthy slow jam that’s more radio friendly than the output of many alt-R&B acts in the game right now.
Despite its title, London’s song, produced by Loxe, is a warm ray of light worthy of your attention this chilly January. Listen below! More »
Last week we clued you in about Johan Agebjorn‘s upcoming LP Notes (out February 10 via Paper Bag Records), a more atmospheric set that departs from the Swedish musician’s more Italo-house/pop offerings of yore with the likes of Sally Shapiro. This week Agebjorn followed up track “The Boy Who Thought It Was A Good Idea To Cry” with gorgeously mysterious new song “You Passed Through,” a collaboration with Young Galaxy.
While the album version for that one premiered over at Noisey, Idolator is giving you the Memoryhouse Remix of “You Passed Through” today, as a treat ahead of the single (and this remix) being released on Monday. Give it a listen below. More »
With brand new single “Hold My Hand,” Jess Glynne continues to carve out her prime space as England’s most prolific house siren of late. The soulful Brit dazzled last year with, of course, her feature on Clean Bandit‘s Grammy-nominated “Rather Be,” as well as “Real Love” (another Clean Bandit pairing), Route 94‘s “My Love” and Glynne’s own cut “Right Here.”
There’s something entirely giddy about “Hold My Hand,” some extra pop polish that was absent from the more dancefloor-leaning tracks previously mentioned, that gives the sense this could be Jess’ big breakout moment on her own. Give the song a listen below and see if you agree. More »
Sweden is a huge mecca for talented pop artists, and the latest act to emerge from the country is Tove Styrke (not to be confused with fellow Swede Tove Lo!). The 22-year-old singer is ready to take on the U.S. market with her new single, “Ego” — the first single from her debut studio LP, Kiddo. Fun fact: the album titled is inspired by Kill Bill character Beatrix Kiddo!
The electric mid-tempo kicks off with tribal-inspired percussion, and then swoops into lush synths over Styrke’s delicate vocals once the chorus begins. Look out for Kiddo‘s release this Spring via RCA, and take a listen to “Ego” after the jump! More »
The last time we heard from the enchanting heiress-turned-songstress-turned DJ Paris Hilton, she was lifting our spirits on the dance floor with her sugary dance tune, “Come Alive.” She’s been DJing, opening up accessory shops and generally just #killingit ever since, but luckily, music is back on her radar.
Ahead of the release of her upcoming single “High Off My Love,” the dance-pop diva’s collaboration with DJ Poet, “Never Be Alone” has finally seen the light of day. Originally teased in a chic fashion video last year, the throbbing trance anthem sees Paris warmly reassuring us of her endless dependability. “You don’t have to be lonely because I know just what to do/Kill the pain, come alive, elevate, see the light,” she angelically croons.
Will Paris’ highly anticipated second studio album finally be heading our way in 2015? Listen to “Never Be Alone” after the jump, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. More »