The turkey leftovers have been cleared out, the tree is up and we’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of cards that need to be dropped in the mail this month. A good excuse to procrastinate on the latter: We decided that no website is complete at this time of year without a festive playlist, and so to truly get in the spirit of the holidays, that’s exactly what we whipped up for you!
Our criteria was simple: This particular roundup of seasonal hits simply had to be pop-oriented, melodic songs that bring about a grand sense of warmth. Whether it’s Justin Bieber feeling lovey-dovey under the “Mistletoe,” Chris Martin crooning beautifully on Coldplay‘s “Christmas Lights,” Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson harmonizing sweetly over their “Winter Song” or Lady Gaga dreaming of a picture-perfect “White Christmas,” each of the songs below, much like the stocking hung by the chimney, were chosen with care.
So head below and hit play to chill out to our yuletide mix. At the very least, it should cure you of of the Bing Crosby blues the elevator ride put you in. More »
While we were drowning in a sea of gravy and cheap scotch over Thanksgiving weekend, it looks like Syron
was studying up on Rihanna
‘s recent style choices, as the British about-to-pop
singer unleashed a new video and new ‘do.
From the first few seconds of her “Colour Me In” video, it’s clear this is a revamped Syron we’re dealing with — she’s ditched her around-the-way girl style for something edgier, all legs and ink. But while she’s rocking a rock look in the BretonLabs-directed visual, the music is still smooth and pulsating, hitting her house sweet spot at the chorus. It’s not as immediately hooky as her prior tracks, but it may very well be her most hypnotic song yet.
Watch the video up top. More »
“Dallas, it feels so good to be home,” Selena Gomez
said at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas on Thanksgiving. Just a day after she wrapped her world tour
, the Stars Dance
diva headed to her hometown for a flashy halftime performance.
Backed by a live band, a dance troupe and cheerleaders, she shimmied, swayed and dipped through songs off her new album: the appropriate “Like a Champion,” the high-octane “Slow Down” and the seductive lead single “Come and Get It.” During a breakdown she even pulled off a swift wardrobe change, pulling off her fringe skirt to reveal red hot pants. Fire and fireworks shot into the sky.
As in her album, flaunting her singing chops isn’t Selena’s top priority. Instead, the point seemingly was to show her home state how she’s pulled off the versatile but always high-energy choreography that she’s seen from pop stars like Britney Spears and Janet Jackson.
What did you think of Selena’s halftime show? Watch up top, then sound off in the comments below. More »
Thanksgiving may bring family and friends together, but odd pairings dominated the floats shown at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
. Fifth Harmony
sang their new single “Better Together”
on one sponsored by Goldfish Crackers, while Fall Out Boy
performed “Alone Together”
nearby the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
. Meanwhile Ariana Grande
riffed on Wham!
‘s “Last Christmas” with her own song of the same name
, one about heartbreak — “What you did last December, you left my heart a mess” — while next to a clapping Dora the Explorer.
Most of the parade’s featured pop acts, including the already-young Austin Mahone and Cher Lloyd, were made to appear even younger on floats. So in a twist, Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon and The Roots instead teamed up with the cast of Sesame Street to perform with classroom instruments in the show’s signature style — what may have been the parade’s best attempt at wholesome fun. Watch Fifth Harmony’s performance up top, then check out the rest after the jump. More »
Ah, the power of The Voice
. In a poll released Tuesday, 31% of Americans revealed that they would like to share Thanksgiving dinner with Blake Shelton
and Adam Levine
. That famed bromance even put the coaches ahead of the first family, which is really saying something. No comment was to be made by Christina Aguilera
— who, despite her glorious looks on Tuesday evening, didn’t make the Thanksgiving cut — or Cee Lo
, who is far too cool for such a poll.
No matter: with all coaches but Adam Levine facing a possible elimination going into Tuesday’s results show, there was no time to focus on Thanksgiving. Instead, the focus was on the Top 8, fab performances by Ellie Goulding, Cee Lo and Big Gipp, and looming devastation for two contestants. Sounds festive! More »
Warner Music, Universal and Sony have teamed up for Songs for the Philippines
, a 39-song compilation made in efforts to raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Songs by The Beatles
, including a remastered version of “Across The Universe,” open and close the generations-spanning pop album.
Other classic hits featured on Songs include Madonna‘s “Like A Prayer,” Earth Wind & Fire‘s “Sign On” and Bob Dylan‘s “Shelter From The Storm.” These appear alongside Eminem‘s latest and live rendition of “Stan,” a Johnson Somerset remix of Katy Perry‘s “Unconditionally” and Lady Gaga‘s “Country Road” version of “Born This Way,” a remix that was previously released to benefit gay advocacy group GLSEN.
Songs for the Philippines is on sale now at iTunes, with all proceeds going directly to the Philippine Red Cross. See the tracklist after the jump. More »
has been teasing her “Neon Lights” video
all week, and now that the clip is finally here, it’s nice to see that it doesn’t disappoint — not one bit. (It’s probably my favorite Demi video to date, aside from the peerless, wrenching visual for “Skyscraper.”
Featuring a blue-haired Demetria in various darkened scenes, but primarily dancing in the shadowy cloisters of a nightclub (and it’s nice to see there are no bottles to be found, with pop’s sobriety queen proving that you don’t have to drink to get super turnt up), there’s no real story but it doesn’t need one: It’s dark, mature and a little bit edgy. There’s actual choreography! There’s hair flipping! There’s Demi submerged seductively in a pool of water! It does the trick. More »
makes for an unusual guest on talk shows, because of his loud candor but also the cognitive dissonance between how he appears on a couch
and portrays himself in Yeezus.
In the album
he’s anti-pop if not anti-establishment, as he snarls through certain lines
, imagines himself pillaging through the Hamptons
and demands that you hurry up with his damn croissants
As announced today, West will go one step further on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when he debuts his “Bound 2″ video on — wait for it — The Ellen DeGeneres Show. For reference, child YouTube stars (and Ellen regulars) Sophia Grace and Rosie appear the day before to perform “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Ellen‘s official site also hints that West’s “Bound 2″ video “may or may not” star his fiance Kim Kardashian. Either way, while the show’s yet to release a promo trailer for West’s spot, Saturday Night Live did provide an oddly timely hint of what to expect in a new skit called “Waking Up With Kimye.”
“What better way to start your morning than with my energy, my opinions and the sound of Kim’s voice?” “Kanye” says, before host and musical guest Lady Gaga (!) enters as an Apple employee. Check it out after the jump. More »
Week! Yes, this week was full o’ Miss Lady Gaga
: From her crazy #ARTRAVE release party
in New York, to the official release of ARTPOP
(check out our review!
), to her candid interview with Howard Stern
, it was all about Mother Monster’s Reverse Warholian Expedition.
But that’s not all — there was tons happening in pop: Almighty diva Mariah Carey dropped her long-awaited “The Art Of Letting Go,” RiRi gave us something to get scared about with the creepy “What Now” video and we started looking back at the best albums of 2013. (Have you voted yet?) Plus, we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Jay-Z‘s The Black Album and the 5 year B’Day of Beyonce‘s I Am…Sasha Fierce with a Stan & Deliver.
We also had a bunch of premieres ourselves, including Never Shout Never‘s Christmas collabo with Dia Frampton on “Meet Me Under The Mistletoe” and Sabi‘s cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Dreams” And of course, you guys had a ton of things to say about all the releases this week. Check it out! More »
This is either brilliant or just more proof that all the creatives are out of new ideas. Alanis Morissette
is bringing her sneering ’90s smash Jagged Little Pill
to Broadway. The Canadian singer’s entire 1995 international debut will be adapted for a jukebox musical, also titled Jagged Little Pill
, along with other songs from her catalog and new tracks penned by Morissette for the show.
“I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story,” she said, and we’re hoping that means more details about her doomed relationship with Dave Coulier. The show will get orchestration and arrangements from Tony winner Tom Kitt, who worked on Green Day‘s American Idiot stage show. It’s scheduled to debut as a workshop production in 2014, giving you plenty of time to think up more “Ironic” jokes. More »