Sam Smith recently sat down with Ryan Seacrest to chat it up on his radio show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest. In the interview, the “Restart” crooner spoke about how he’s handling the great success of In The Lonely Hour and that he’s started to write songs for his next album.
The singer reveals he was a bit nervous to release his debut, as he didn’t want people to think he was miserable: “I was scared before releasing this record because obviously Adele did her sad record, and there’s a lot of sad music out there. I don’t want to be sad as a person, but it’s where I was last year.”
He also shares the story behind “I’m Not The Only One,” which was about a married couple that he knew: “That song always makes me laugh, because I was really hungover when I vocaled it…it all added to the vibe. That very vocal was a hungover vocal!” More »
There’s still speculation whether or not Kendrick Lamar and Prince are working on a collaboration, and the two fueled the rumor mill by performing together on stage! The rapper joined the music legend for the album release celebration for Art Official Age and 3RDEYEGIRL‘s PLECTRUMELECTRUM, at the historic Paisley Park studios.
During the broadcasted performance on Yahoo, Lamar came on stage to add an energetic verse to Prince’s “What’s My Name” – a rare track from the 1988 Crystal Ball box set. It’s clear that Prince is a fan of the younger generation of artists – he recently played a brief snippet of his song with Rita Ora. More »
As part of the celebration for his new albums, his solo Art Official Age and 3RDEYEGIRL‘s PLECTRUMELECTRUM (which both dropped on September 30), Prince gave fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look of the release party. Along with a tour of his Paisley Park studio and a 20-minute live set of new music, the rocker also previewed a new track with Rita Ora.
Before his concert, Prince asked Josh Welton (the co-producer of Art Official Age) to play the snippet featuring Ora. What came out of the speakers is a sound we typically don’t associate with the “I Will Never Let You Down” singer. Instead of her comfort zone of bubbly synths, the song reveals edgy vocals that are laid over a savage, electronic-based production fit for a rockstar. More »
The novelty of pressing the buttons is officially over! Where as in night one of The Voice’s Blind Auditions Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton seemingly hit the red circle just for the physical thrill of the chair spin (who can blame them?), by Tuesday’s night four they were like, “Not worth the vertigo, bro.” Some strong singers were turned away, and some stronger ones were only approved by one or two coaches.
Don’t worry: in keeping with true Voice tradition, it was still mostly all compliments, and there were still a couple inexplicable four-chair turners. More »
5 Seconds Of Summer: Not just a summer thing, after all!
The Aussie pop-rock troupe has steadily skyrocketed to superstardom over the past year, and it seems that with each passing television appearance, they’ve got more and more achievements building under their collective belts. Currently, the boys are out on tour with One Direction on their massively successful Where We Are Tour, and soon enough, they’ll be heading out on their own Rock Out With Your Socks Out headlining tour in 2015.
This morning, 5SOS dropped by Good Morning America to perform two of their biggest hits: “Amnesia” and “She Looks So Perfect.” As per usual, the troupe rocked out in front of a squealing crowd of fans, supplying an energetic performance (in a rather tiny space!), playfully joking around with each other and generally just living it up on stage together. More »
Yesterday brought news that pop-house act Clean Bandit and singer Jess Glynne had reunited for upcoming single “Real Love,” a follow-up to their global smash “Rather Be.” But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet, as the latter song is still climbing the American charts. Given that, Glynne joined UK quartet Clean Bandit on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, thus marking her television debut in the States. (During a recent performance on Good Morning America, vocalists Elisabeth Troy and Florence Rawlings took on Glynne’s parts of the song.)
Watch “Rather Be” above, then check out Clean Bandit serving up New Eyes track “Extraordinary” on Kimmel below. More »
The Blind Auditions continued on The Voice Monday (September 29) night, and new coach Pharrell’s niceness is just getting weird. He outwardly supported his colleagues Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine in their pursuits of contestants…even when he’s also in the running. Either no one has explained the rules of the game to the producer/singer, or he decided to take an opposite approach to the “I know you want it, I know you want it, I know you want it” seduction technique from “Blurred Lines.”
Probably a good idea. More »
If you thought the highlight of Jessie J‘s appearance on UK talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man was going to be her discussing nude photos, better watch the above clip. The British songbird, whose “Bang Bang” just topped the UK chart this week, debunked the rumor that she’s leaving London to live in America, and talked about the fact that she has “no tits and a bony chest” on the program.
But the real highlight was when Jessie attempted to teach Alan and his audience the “Bang Bang” dance routine. Carr surprised the singer with his Nicki Minaj-esque inflatable butt, only to later bend over while dancing and realize that he’d suffered a slight wardrobe malfunction. More »
The Veronicas have taken their devastating new ballad to TV screens down under.
After premiering their gorgeous and artistic visual for “You Ruin Me,” the Aussie sister act is taking the next step in their long-awaited comeback by bringing their latest single to X Factor Australia.
Set within a smoky stage and surrounded by orchestra players, Lisa dramatically crooned the heart-wrenching ballad straight into the camera, accompanied by her sister Jessica on piano. And by the end, the two finally bring it all together by uniting in the middle of the stage to belt out the song’s final few bars — an appropriately chill-inducing performance for an equally emotional number. It certainly seemed to go over well both with the crowd and the judges, all of whom rose to their feet to cheer for the girls.
Watch the duo’s performance up top, and let us know what you thought in the comments below. More »
Charli XCX recently pushed back the release of her sophomore album Sucker, from October 21 to December 16, though for a good reason: “Boom Clap,” her winning contribution to The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack, became her biggest solo hit to date. (To be fair, the song does live up to its title.) “’Boom Clap’ is still getting so much love all over the world, which is crazy, and it just makes sense, so I have proper time to focus on the album launch,” the True Romance star said.
Still, Charli XCX’s change of plans haven’t stop her from letting fans know what to expect. During her recent show at Orlando, Fla., fans recorded footage of her performing two new songs off Sucker. (She did six new songs total, according to Stereogum.) One, Sucker‘s title track, is sassy pop-punk with a delicious hook (“Fuck you, sucker!”). Another, “Famous,” had the crowd chiming in during the wailing, sing-song hook by the third go.
Watch Charli XCX perform “Sucker” and “Famous” below. More »