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Justin Timberlake & Timbaland Really Enjoyed Making ‘The 20/20 Experience — 2 Of 2′: Watch

Aug 26th, 2013 // Comment
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Justin Timberlake and Timbaland take us behind the scenes of The 20/20 Experience — 2 Of 2 in a new trailer for the sequel. The making-of footage doesn’t preview any new music from the album (which drops September 30), but it shows the dynamic duo working in the studio and talking about “the craft,” as Justin Bieber would say.

JT & Timbo give off less a mad scientist vibe and more of a guys doing what they love  feel — there’s lots of laughing and dancing, and at one point the two masterminds are bobbing their heads in sync without even realizing it. More »

Danity Kane Reunites, Teases Big News At VMAs

Aug 25th, 2013 // 3 Comments

Danity Kane has confirmed what the paparazzi and photos have hinted since May — an official reunion is in store. Now a quartet, the group debuted a new website and promo shots for what may be its first new music in five years.

Once signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy Records, the Making the Band quintet (also including D. Woods) released its debut single, “Show Stopper,” a savvy pop adaptation of Atlanta snap music. With 2008′s Welcome to the Dollhouse (and lead single “Damaged”), Danity Kane became the first female group to debut its first two albums at No. 1. The following year however, Danity Kane split. This year, Dawn Richard released the ambitious Goldenheart amid the fervor surrounding alt-R&B, while Aubrey O’Day released the polished Between Two Evils EP.

In the meantime, as if the sight of its four members — Richard, O’Day, Aundrea Fimbres and Shannon Bex — sitting together wasn’t enough, Danity Kane also promises to make an announcement during the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show, tonight at 8:15 p.m. EST. For hints of what may be in store, revisit “Show Stopper” and “Damaged” after the jump. More »

*NSYNC Join Twitter, Pretty Much Confirm VMAs Reunion Again

Aug 25th, 2013 // Comment
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*NSYNC joined Twitter on August 24, one day prior to its rumored (but also confirmed) reunion at the MTV Video Music Awards. Like Prince, the boy band — Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass — treated its first-ever tweet like a mic check: “…. is this thing on?!”

While Bass refused to confirm or deny the reunion, Joseph Fatone Sr., Joey Fatone‘s father, said that *NSYNC will indeed perform at tonight’s awards show. “I don’t even know what has gone into this performance. … I plead the fifth,” Fatone Sr., said. “I would suggest that you tell all your readers and everyone on the Internet, all your social media, tell them to watch!” But while *NSYNC’s Twitter debut seems to back what Fatone says, but it also may signal something bigger. More »

Robin Thicke’s “Give It 2 U” Video: Watch The Halftime Show Featuring His Son & An Ass Float

Aug 24th, 2013 // 1 Comment
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In between takes of his “Give It 2 U” video, Robin Thicke described the scene in one sentence. “It’s a Diane Martel dream, and I’m just happy to be here,” he said. Director Martel, of Thicke’s VMA-nominated “Blurred Lines” and Miley Cyrus“We Can’t Stop,” has created a clip equally as wild and tasteless, only it features Thicke’s son and an ass float.

Thicke stars as a referee-turned-halftime performer, riding shirtless on a mini-monster truck. (Kendrick Lamar rides with his shirt on.) His son Julian Fuego, also suited up, dances before he announces 2 Chainz, who yells his verse as an ass float — half black, half white, because diversity counts for something — slowly pulls up behind him. Fuego’s presence begs so many questions — mainly, whether this toddler knows 2 Chainz better than Sophia Grace and Rosie. More »

M.I.A. Samples Blur On “Unbreak My Mixtape”: Listen To The Moody Break-Up Anthem

Aug 20th, 2013 // Comment

M.I.A.‘s eagerly-awaited Matangi album doesn’t drop until November 5 but the hip-hop goddess took pity on fans and uploaded “Unbreak My Mixtape” this afternoon (August 20) to help quench our thirst for new material. There’s no word yet if the quirky Dear John letter set to music made the LP or is just a discarded demo but it’s still well worth checking out.

Maya muses on her confused state of mind, singing “here’s a mixtape that I made, let’s take a break” over a beat that sample Blur‘s 1999 single “Tender”. It sounds vaguely unfinished but that could be the whole point. Listen to M.I.A.’s latest multi-layered musical odyssey after the jump. More »

Cher’s “Woman’s World” Video Provides Multiple Halloween Costume Ideas: Watch The Wig-A-Thon

Aug 20th, 2013 // 1 Comment
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With her video for Summer 2013 dance club smash “Woman’s World,” pop matriarch Cher is here to school all you junior pop tartlets out there. And her main lesson is this: take all those nasty headlines about yourself, jam them into a paper shredder and fashion the remaining contents into a nice newspaper wig.

Actually, Cher dons multiple hair pieces in the visual for her lead Closer To The Truth single. Our favorite: the random haystack that appears to have been spirit-gummed to the age-defying diva’s noggin.

Aside from all this weavery, the overarching theme of the “Woman’s World” video is that it takes all kinds of ladies of various sizes and nationalities to make our planet spin so glamorously. More »

Kelly Clarkson Announces Christmas Album, ‘Wrapped In Red,’ So Christmas Is Saved

Aug 19th, 2013 // 1 Comment
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String up the mistletoe and run some tinsel through your hair like you’re Adrienne Maloof and you know who you are in this world: The great Kelly Clarkson has announced the release of her first Christmas album, Wrapped In Red (great title), due October 29.

A press release notes that the record will include “brand new instant classics” (the sort of PR garblespeak with which I would take umbrage if this were anyone other than Kelly Clarkson) including the first single, “Underneath the Tree,” as well as the title track; besides the original songs, expect standards like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” and “Please Come Home For Christmas.”  More »

Ellie Goulding & Burns Rework Midnight Star’s “Midas Touch”: Hear The ‘Halcyon Days’ Track

Aug 9th, 2013 // 1 Comment

British DJ/producer Burns is no stranger to working with pop divas: he’s remixed everyone from Lana Del Rey (“National Anthem”) to Charli XCX (“You (Ha Ha Ha)”) to Nelly Furtado (“Night Is Young”) to Iggy Azalea (“Work”). This time around he’s teamed up with Ellie Goulding, for her Halcyon Days reworking of “Midas Touch” by ’80s funk/R&B group Midnight Star (of “Operator” fame).

The result is a far moodier affair than the original 1986 version. Of particular note is the way the pair flip this pop trifle into something darker, with ominous synths throughout and Ellie and Burns crooning on the chorus, “Baby, let me touch your body and your soul.”

Listen to Ellie and Burns’ version of “Midas Touch,” and catch the original Midnight Star video, below. More »

Coldplay’s “Atlas”: See The Lyrics To The ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Soundtrack Song

Aug 9th, 2013 // Comment
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Coldplay are turning a new corner by contributing an original song to a movie soundtrack for the very first time. The multi-format favorites from the UK have recorded the track “Atlas” for the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire (in theaters on November 22). But thankfully, fans of the Chris Martin-fronted band won’t have to wait three months to hear the song, as “Atlas” is scheduled for a single release on August 26. (All this and a nude photo leak featuring Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson? Wowwwwww!)

Coldplay’s “Atlas” was written by all four members of the band and contains the recurring refrain “carry your world, I’ll carry your world.” And how do we know this? Because the band did everyone the favor of posting the lyrics on Facebook mere hours ago. Catch the worldly words below! More »

Azealia Banks Cancels Summer Festival Appearances Due To Throat Infection

Aug 2nd, 2013 // Comment

Poor Azealia Banks! The sweet-tempered rapstress and Friend To The Gays has come down with a throat infection that’s going to keep her from performing at two scheduled festivals this weekend — Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Montreal’s Osheaga. Boo!

As Billboard helpfully notes, Banks has a track record of ditching festivals at the last minute; the same thing happened last year with a slew of scheduled European summer appearances because, as she said: “They were all prematurely booked by my old management without any consideration for me and the album I need to finish!” Given that, it seems noteworthy that Broke With Expensive Taste has yet to be released. More »