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John Legend’s “You And I (Nobody In The World)” Video Stars Chrissy Teigen And Laverne Cox: Watch

Jul 10th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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"All Of Me," Country
John Legend taps Jennifer Nettles, Hunter Hayes for the revamp. Read More »

John Legend‘s new “You and I (Nobody in the World)” video begins with a familiar scene. As he sits on his bed, waiting, supermodel (and Legend’s wife) Chrissy Teigan stares straight ahead as she tucks her hair behind her ears, as if in front of a mirror.

This scene cuts to others of women, including Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox, as they brush their teeth, try on clothes and wipe their makeup off, taking in their reflection. Some look dismayed by what they see, which is heartbreaking. Others look pleased, as if they can hear Legend sing his words of encouragement: “You were fine in my eyes, a half and hour ago.” More »

Aloe Blacc Premieres “Hello World (The World Is Ours)” Video: Watch

Jul 10th, 2014 // Comment
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Aloe Blacc Q&A
The throwback soul singer talks how he uplifts with "The Man." Read More »

Aloe Blacc has revealed his new video for single “Hello World (The World Is Ours).” Directed by Shane Drake and filmed in a single day in Detroit, the clip shows Blacc sings in a decrepit hallway and an abandoned cathedral – a few examples of how the city’s deteriorated in recent years.

Despite his settings, though, Blacc isn’t driven to despair. In other scenes, kids wearing hoodies roam the city. They approach an old man’s home, raid a convenience store and spray-paint a blank wall. One kid reaches into his pocket as he nears a young woman pushing a stroller. These sights, matched with their neighbors’ fearful expressions, can initially brings the deaths of Latasha Harlins and Trayvon Martin to mind – that is, until the kids reveal themselves to be good doers. More »

Demi Lovato Speaks Up For Marriage Equality: Watch

Jul 10th, 2014 // Comment
She Really Does Care
Becky G's Dream Collab
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Demi Lovato has lent her voice to Human Rights Campaign in support of marriage equality. “I believe that love comes in all different shapes, sizes and colors – so whether you’re LGBT or straight, your love is valid, beautiful and an incredible gift,” she says in a new video (watch above).

The Demi star’s endorsement appears with a pledge to support marriage equality. It’s also timely – Utah, one of 31 US states banning same-sex marriage, is currently seeking a Supreme Court review for a new ruling. Meanwhile, Lovato has become a vocal supporter for marriage equality over the past few weeks. She filmed her “Really Don’t Care” video during this year’s LA Pride festivities, while serving as the event’s grand marshal. “You don’t have to hate, because my Jesus loves all,” she said to protesters nearby, at the music video’s start.

Watch her speak on behalf of Human Rights Campaign up top, then see her recent speech at New York City Pride Rally below. More »

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
Can't You Taste This Gold?
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
This Is The Part When You Sing Along
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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Dreamy?
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
'Ye At Radio City
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
Crush On You
Gaga Surprises Tony
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 »