Kendrick Lamar‘s triumphant single “i” is the official anthem for the 2014-2015 NBA season, so of course the rapper had to perform it for their annual kickoff event! It marked one of his first live presentations of the song, with the recent one being at this year’s We Day Toronto.
The concert was held outside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, where Lamar got the crowd hyped as they jumped in the air with energy. “i,” produced by Rahki, is the first insight to the rapper’s highly anticipated, yet-to-be-titled sophomore album. More »
Broods stopped by Last Call With Carson Daly last night (October 30) to perform their latest tune, “Mother & Father.” The New Zealand-bred duo sung to an energetic crowd at Los Angeles’ El Rey theater, as they captivated the audience with the moody single. Afterwards, they performed another song from their album — “Four Walls.”
“Mother & Father” is off Broods’ debut album, Evergreen, which was released on October 7. View their performance up top, and catch “Four Walls” after the jump. More »
BANKS has been quite busy over the past few months: her masterful debut album Goddess was released on September 9, she recently wrapped up her accompanying tour in North America and will embark on the European leg next month. Today, NPR released an intimate performance from the singer as part of their “Tiny Desk Concerts” series.
Situated in what looks to be a quaint library classroom, the singer gives a smooth and breezy rendition of her latest single “Beggin’ For Thread,” an acoustic version of “Brain” and the fiery album opener — “Alibi.” The cozy atmosphere leans itself nicely to BANKS’ tender and emotive vocals. More »
5 Seconds of Summer cause a riot in the behind-the-scenes clip for their latest “Good Girls” video. In the original video (released on October 10), the Aussie pop/rock band transform good girls in reform school into rebellious bad girls.
In the behind-the-scenes footage, the guys give us a look at all the chaos that occurred in the making of the video. Director Isaac Rentz said: “I wanted to make something that had an empowering message for girls. And we’re kind of having fun with the idea of some of the expectations that girls have put on them to be quiet and mild-mannered.”
5 Seconds of Summer will join Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige, Charli XCX and Pitbull as performers at the 2014 American Music Awards on November 23 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. View the entire list here. More »
The Veronicas gave their home country a strong performance during their appearance on The X Factor Australia today (October 30). The pop duo (formed by twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso) sung “You Ruin Me” off their forthcoming self-titled LP. Dressed in lovely nymph-like gowns, the two performed the track with heartfelt emotion.
The Veronicas, the sisters’ upcoming third studio album, will be released on November 21. Watch their performance of “You Ruin Me” up top. More »
Taylor Swift‘s promotional game for her new album 1989, has been the strongest we’ve seen from any artist all year! She has made appearances on every talk show known to man, and her latest stop was at ABC’s Good Morning America today (October 30).
The singer and newly-crowned NYC Welcome Ambassador braved the cold weather to give her fans a super-energetic mini-concert. Swift entertained the crowd with her three singles: “Shake It Off,” “Out Of The Woods” and “Welcome To New York.”
1989 is Taylor Swift’s fifth studio LP, and was released on October 27. Watch the performance of “Shake It Off” up top, and view the rest after the jump! More »
Jessie Ware stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers yesterday (October 29) to sing “Say You Love Me” — the incredible ballad off the new LP Tough Love. With only a 4-piece band backing her, the UK chanteuse put her powerhouse vocals to the forefront and made the tune sound even more touching.
“Say You Love Me” is off Ware’s sophomore album, Tough Love, which was released on October 21. The singer will embark on her European tour in January, and is one of the first set of artists confirmed for SXSW in 2015. Click here to watch the performance on Meyers’ website. More »
Budding synth-pop band Echosmith stopped by The Ellen Degeneres Show yesterday (October 28) to perform their breakthrough hit, “Cool Kids.” The single was released last year, but it quickly picked up speed — thanks to the internet — and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The quartet of siblings performed on the talk show with ease, as they entertained the audience with their synthy, New Wave-inspired sound. “Cool Kids” is off Echosmith’s debut album Talking Dreams (released in October 2013). More »
Taylor Swift stopped by Late Show with David Letterman yesterday (October 28) to promote her new album, 1989. The singer (who is NYC’s welcome ambassador) is officially an expert on all things New York, and she professed her love for the city to the show’s host. The “Out Of The Woods” starlet also talked about the secret album sessions she hosted for her fans.
Swift then commented on why she hasn’t written a song about relationships in a while: “Well I haven’t really had any lousy boyfriends in the past year and a half. It’s been good! I’m not really looking out for them.” Afterwards, she took the stage to perform “Welcome To New York” — the ode to her new hometown. Watch the performance up top, and catch the singer’s interview after the jump! More »
It is a strong crop this year on The Voice. Sure, there have been a few ill-advised song choices in this Knockout Round (looking right at you, Griffin and your Justin Bieber misstep) but rarely has there been either a clear victor or deadweight in these performances. This trend continued on Tuesday night, as Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton coached some of their contestants toward the live rounds, and sent others back to their pre-Voice beginnings.
Livening up the scene with her bright-eyed take at mentoring was Taylor Swift. While she couldn’t dry the tears of the ousted contestants, she offered much advice on connecting with an audience (hint: it requires a lot of arm movements). More »