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Capital Cities Perform “One Minute More” On ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’: Watch

Jul 9th, 2014 // Comment
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Capital Cities Talk
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Our chat with the "Safe And Sound" pair. Read More »

Has it already been a year since Capital Cities released debut album In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery and were riding high on the charts with “Safe And Sound”? Damn, time flies in the land of pop. The L.A.-based duo hit up The Late Show With David Letterman last night to perform their latest single off the album, “One Minute More,” and they wore a pair of pretty spectacular, color-splotched jackets while doing so.

This probably won’t be the song that returns Ryan and Sebu to the Top 10, but it at least seems like a nice bridge to whatever new material they may have up their sleeves. More »

Fifth Harmony Unveil “Bo$$” Video: Watch

Jul 8th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Fifth Harmony's "Bo$$"
The X Factor girl group channel Destiny's Child in its new song. Read More »

Fifth Harmony‘s “Bo$$” takes plenty of cues from hip hop. The girl group brags of their purses being heavy as if they closely kept track of Kanye West‘s 2010 weekly G.O.O.D. Friday series. Together, all five members boast of Oprah dollars as Drake currently has with One Direction numbers (as in ticket sales). All they see is signs, all they see is dollar signs.

But in their “Bo$$” video, Fifth Harmony take cues from choreographer and video director Fatima Robinson. She makes her presence clear in one scene in particular, when the girls sit in chairs, cross their legs in succession and pose on them as if in Flashdance. While Robinson’s big break was working up moves for Michael Jackson‘s opulent “Remember the Time” video, she would later work TRL stars like Britney Spears, Aaliyah and the Backstreet Boys. More »

Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” Covered By Crosby, Stills, Nash And Jimmy Fallon As Neil Young: Watch

Jul 8th, 2014 // Comment
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Rita Loves Iggy
The two act like besties while performing "Black Widow." Read More »

Jimmy Fallon posed as ’70s-era Neil Young to perform alongside folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash on The Tonight Show. Rather than dig into their decades-spanning catalog of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, though, the “reunited” four-man group sang a current Hot 100 hit: Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy.”

Fallon first appeared alone on stage, strumming his acoustic guitar as he sang, “First thing’s first, I’m the realest.” About halfway through, however, stage lights shone to reveal the trio standing next to him, just in time to help with Charli XCX‘s infectious hook. Their cover of “Fancy” recalls the first time that Fallon’s Neil Young impression caught on – when he invited Bruce Springsteen in 2012 to Late Night, to appear as ’70s-era Bruce Springsteen and help cover Willow Smith‘s “Whip My Hair.”

“I saw that. I thought I was really good in that,” Young said to Fallon years later.

Watch Crosby, Stills, Nash & “Young” cover “Fancy” up top, then revisit Fallon’s folky take on “Whip My Hair” below. More »

Ariana Grande Unveils ‘Star Wars’-Inspired “Break Free” Lyric Video: Watch

Jul 7th, 2014 // 3 Comments
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Ariana's 4th Of July
She performs her biggest hits for the Macy's spectacular. Read More »

When Ariana Grande first talked about her “Break Free” video, she said she was clearly inspired by Jane Fonda as ’60s sex icon Barbarella. With the song’s lyric video, though, Grande takes cues from another sci-fi classic: Star Wars.

From its title screen to its opening line (“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away”) and how the lyrics scroll across, the “Break Free” lyric clip mimics the classic film’s iconic opening sequence. The video does draw more attention to co-producer Max Martin‘s influence – namely, the doggerel that is lyrics such as, “I only wanna die alive / never by the hands of a broken heart.” Given how Grande’s taken to campy retro-futurism instead of actually appearing futuristic, it isn’t likely any of that matters. Plus, critics have already spoken: “Break Free,” off Grande’s sophomore album  My Everything and also featuring Zedd, sounds like a hit for here and now.

Watch Grande’s “Break Free” lyric video up top, then revisit the Star Wars opening sequence below. More »

Laurieann Gibson/Harlee Performs “Dream Warriors” On ‘Good Morning America’: Watch

Jul 7th, 2014 // 6 Comments
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Harlee's "Warriors"
Laurieann Gibson's dance-pop single with Akon. Read More »

Quick recap: Earlier this year, Laurieann Gibson (aka Lady Gaga‘s onetime choreographer Boom Kack) reinvented herself as Harlee, and embarked on her own pop career with the Akon-assisted single “Dream Warriors.” When we spoke to Akon in March, he told us the following about Harlee: “I think once she goes out on tour, people will really see a performance [that's] out of this world. She’s one of the most innovative, creative type of artists in a long time.”

Now Gibson is indeed out on the road…or at least she and Akon hit up Good Morning America today. Above you’ll see her bouncy performance of “Dream Warriors.” Give it a watch, and see if you think Harlee’s got the moves to make it on her own. More »

Kanye West Inspires Cheers And Jeers With 15-Minute Speech At Wireless Festival: Watch

Jul 6th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Kanye surprises Dave Chappelle's crowd with a hits medley. Read More »

Kanye West called out Nike, Gucci and Louis Vuitton at during his July 4 set at London’s Wireless Festival, during a 15-minute speech that divided the crowd. Partially to the tune of his own “Runaway,” though mostly with the impassioned (and slightly accusatory) tone of his previous “rants,” he accused these designers of holding him back.

“If you hear me talk about Louis Vuitton or Gucci Group or anything like that, I’m not dissing Louis Vuitton, I’m not dissing Gucci Group or anything like that,” he said. “I’m saying don’t discriminate against me because I’m a black man or because I’m a celebrity. They’re telling me that I can’t create and I can’t feel.” He even shouted out to fellow Wireless Festival act Pharrell and the Moncler sunglasses he designed in 2013 – “We liked them, right?” More »

Lady Gaga Covers Gershwin Brothers’ “I’ve Got A Crush On You” At Ottawa Bluesfest: Watch

Jul 6th, 2014 // 3 Comments
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She surprised Tony Bennett at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Read More »

Shortly after she surprised dean of pop vocalists Tony Bennett at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Lady Gaga teased more of what’s to come from their forthcoming duets album, Cheek To Cheek. During an ArtRave tour stop at Ottawa’s Bluesfest, she sat on top of a bubble-wrapped grand piano to sing “I’ve Got A Crush On You,” a 1928 standard written by George and Ira Gershwin.

“What I’ve been wanting to tell you is that, Canada, I’ve got a crush on you,” Gaga said to introduce her brief cover. She sang the hook a cappella, as made famous years later by the likes of Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra, before launching into her larger-than-life dance anthem “Born This Way.”

Bennett first announced Cheek To Cheek in 2012, while assuring that the collection of covers would “really affirm that [Gaga]‘s one of the best jazz singers that anyone’s ever heard.” The two have delayed the album’s release a few times since then, although recent appearances at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Frank Sinatra School of Arts hint that it will (finally) arrive this year.

Watch Lady Gaga sing “I’ve Got a Crush On You” up top, then revisit Sarah Vaughan’s 1957 take below. More »

Prince And Nile Rodgers Cover David Bowie At Essence Fest: Watch

Jul 5th, 2014 // Comment
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She talks her cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" and new music. Read More »

Prince ruled this year’s Essence Fest. He kicked off his July 4 headlining set in New Orleans by performing 14 hits in a row – “You know how many hits I got?” he shouted – to nearly 50,000 fans, or the largest single-night Essence crowd since Hurricane Katrina. “Prince has requested everyone wear PURPLE to his #EssenceFest performance,” the festival tweeted prior to his set. Everyone obliged.

But when Prince joined Chic‘s Nile Rodgers during his set, he followed the disco guitarist’s lead instead. This led to the two covering David Bowie‘s “Let’s Dance,” the hit title track from the Thin White Duke’s 1983 #1 album – and, based on the screams in fan footage, one of the festival’s best moments. More »

Kylie Minogue Mashes Up “Sexy Love” & “Love At First Sight” On ‘The Voice’ Australia: Watch

Jun 30th, 2014 // Comment
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Do You Feel The Love?
Kylie's Kiss Reviewed
We give our two cents on Minogue's latest album. Read More »

On the June 30 episode of The Voice Australia, coach Kylie Minogue did double duty by performing her latest Kiss Me Once single “Sexy Love” (along with Fever classic “Love At First Sight”). Wearing a little black dress, Kylie strutted across the stage with a troupe of backup dancers while her Voice cohorts Ricky Martin and will.i.am hopped up out of their red chairs and danced.

The Aussie pop queen also announced that her Kiss Me Once Tour will be hitting her home country in March 2015. (Catch the full list of Australian dates here.) “I’ve absolutely loved being back in Australia and now I’m even more excited to announce the dates for my Australian Kiss Me Once Tour 2015,” Minogue said in a statement. “Bringing my show back home is always an amazing feeling so I can’t wait. Get your dancing shoes on!” More »

Beyonce & Jay Z Face Criticism For Showing Justin Bieber’s Mugshot On Stage

Jun 29th, 2014 // 4 Comments
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Bey & Jay On the Run
We review opening night of Beyonce and Jay Z's joint tour. Read More »

Did Beyonce and Jay Z slight Justin Bieber on stage? Fans and critics are saying yes, thanks (or no thanks) to fan footage from opening night of their joint On the Run tour.

One clip (above) shows that Jay Z was performing his 2001 hit “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” to celebrity mugshots being projected behind him. Only Beyonce’s were fake; the others of David Bowie, Puff Daddy, Tupac and more were real. The clip does show that Bieber’s mugshot was timed to Jay’s best line in “Izzo” (“So poof! / Vamoose, son of a b—-”). What it doesn’t show, though, is that Beyonce was also apparently addressing the crowd. “Even the greatest can fall,” she said, according to The Mirror. More »