The long-overdue return of The Veronicas was one of the more exciting pop developments of 2014. After years of label limbo, the Australian twins finally inked a new deal and didn’t waste any time dropping their third LP. The self-titled set has already produced one smash hit — “You Ruin Me” topped the charts in the duo’s homeland and became their first UK top 10 hit — and they look set to repeat the feat with “If You Love Someone.”
Another stellar DNA production, The Veronica’s new single is considerably more upbeat than soul-destroying ballad “You Ruin Me.” It’s not quite the furious pop/rock of “4Ever” and lacks the synths that made “Untouched” so memorable, but “If You Love Someone” is a radio-ready earworm with an instantly catchy chorus. The Tapehead-directed video finds Lisa and Jess starting a love revolution inside a warehouse. Watch up top. More »
Jasmine Villegas is all grown up. If that wasn’t clear to you on fierce Kendrick Lamar-assisted anthem “That’s Me Right There,” it will be when you watch her steamy (literally) “I Love Your Crazy” video. The second single from the former teen queen’s debut EP showcases her new R&B direction. It’s a slick, slinky jam that sounds like the perfect soundtrack to bedroom activity. The 21-year-old has certainly come a long way since starring in Justin Bieber‘s “Baby” video!
Given the song’s sultry content, the striking video makes perfect sense. Ms. V simply looks gorgeous and takes a bath. That’s about it. Only, the visual is filmed in such a stylish, classy way that it feels intimate rather than voyeuristic. With “I Love Your Crazy,” Jasmine delivers musically and visually. She’s clearly found a sound and image that sets her apart from other young divas. Hopefully, it will start clicking commercially. Watch her sizzling video up top. More »
It’s safe to say that Olly Murs and Demi Lovato will have a massive UK hit on their hands when “Up” drops January 4, 2015. The emotional duet has slick pop/rock production and a massive chorus that aptly showcases the duo’s powerful pipes. It sounds just as good, if not better, stripped back to basics. The unlikely pair unveiled an acoustic version of the track today (December 19), which features on the Brit’s upcoming Up EP.
Olly and Demi also treated fans to a simple black-and-white video of their performance. It finds the heartthrob, who recently stripped off for Attitude magazine, and the grande dame of Disney doing their thing in the studio. The focus is on their impressive, underrated vocals, which helps you appreciate “Up” on a whole new level. The track is the second single from the 28-year-old X Factor star’s cockily-titled fourth LP Never Been Better. Watch up top. More »
Vance Joy is one of 2014′s unlikelier success stories. While the rest of the game seems to be doing more, the Australian singer/songwriter did less. All he needed was a ukelele and a demo that had been sitting on his computer for several years to land a global hit. “Riptide” reached number one in James’ (his real name) homeland and eventually sold quadruple platinum. It wasn’t long before the song was a smash across Europe.
That leaves American chart domination and Vance is working on it. “Riptide” is hovering just outside the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100, while his debut LP Dream Your Life Away reached the top 20. His campaign should get a substantial boost when he hits the road as the opening act for Taylor Swift‘s 1989 world tour. To get some idea of what the Aussie sounds like live, check out his typically brilliant performance on Conan up top. More »
Charli XCX is a great live performer, but you wouldn’t know that from this morning’s (December 17) appearance on Today. The Brit looked sharp in a black beret and short, leopard-skin print dress and put on a typically energetic display, which is impressive considering her microphone was never switched on. She even moved away from the mic at one point while new single “Break The Rules” was still playing, so, at least, wasn’t trying to hide her mime game.
It’s been a huge week/year for Charli. After multiple delays, her sophomore LP Sucker is finally out and it looks like she has another hit on her hands with “Break The Rules.” The 22-year-old is also nominated for two Grammys — including one for Record Of The Year — for her chart-topping collaboration with Iggy Azalea, “Fancy.” If they get to perform the anthem at the ceremony, hopefully she will show off her live vocals. Watch up top. More »
As part of her Froot album promotion, Marina And The Diamonds plans on releasing acoustic videos for the project’s tunes — and the first visual is for “Happy.” It is a distinct variant from quirky lead single, “Froot,” as it is a dreary, heartfelt ballad. The accompanying video displays just that, with the Welsh artist singing the the track with tangible emotion while blue lights sparkle around her stunning face.
“Happy” is the latest single from Froot, the follow-up to 2012′s Electra Heart. It is Marina And The Diamonds’ forthcoming third studio LP, which is set for an April 3, 2015 release via Neon Gold Records. More »
As 2014 comes to a close, there are a ton of fresh faces that begin to pop up just as the new year lurks around the corner. One artist to watch for 2015 is Alus, the newest signee to Steve Rifkind and Russell Simmons‘ artist platform ADD52 — and today (December 17) we at Idolator are premiering her video for “Ordinary Girl.” The 21-year-old New Jersey native seduces the camera as she proclaims that she’s not your average chick from the block.
The sleek video also showcases the flame-haired singer’s dance moves, model-worthy poses and curvaceous body. It is all set to the tune’s snap-heavy, ’90s-inspired production that is filled with catchy harmonzied hooks and Alus’ feather-light yet sweet vocals. “Ordinary Girl” is one of those chilled bops that you can enjoy both at the club and laidback basement parties. More »
Selena Gomez upstaged everyone at the American Music Awards with her emotional rendition of “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” The 22-year-old fought back tears throughout the incredible performance, which clearly struck a chord with viewers. The diva’s final single for Hollywood Records — she is now officially an Interscope artist — shot into the iTunes top five and shortly thereafter became her second top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
The former teen queen, who may or may not be collaborating with Iggy Azalea, now opens up about the epic TV moment in an emotional video diary. “This performance is a little bit frightening,” she admits. “When I had the intention behind the performance I knew that I wanted it to be all of me.” Selena then gets super real. “Somebody asked me a while ago, ‘what’s the one thing you wish people knew about you?’ and I said I wanted it to be my heart.” Watch up top. More »
Fresh after releasing their “Throw Sum Mo” collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Young Thug, Rae Sremmurd are back with a new song — “Up Like Trump.” This time around, the tune has an accompanying video. The two rappers take over NYC’s Times Square as they celebrate their success and equate it to the infamous Donald Trump. The boisterous production of the tune plays along well with the visual’s party atmosphere.
“Up Like Trup” follows the Mississippi-bred duo’s breakthrough tracks “No Flex Zone” and “No Type.” Look out for Rae Sremmurd’s debut album, SremmLife, on January 6 via Ear Drummer/Interscope. More »
Prior to the formation of Jack Ü, Diplo worked with Skrillex on his debut LP Recess (released in March). One of the highlights of the album is “Dirty Vibe,” a collaboration with K-Pop stars CL (of 2NE1 fame) and Big Bang‘s G-Dragon. Diplo and Skrillex aren’t present in the official video, but the two Korean artists stand out all on their own! Their swagger is unmatched, as they dance, rap and pose throughout the eclectic clip.
Along with their solo work, the two electronic producers are promoting their Jack Ü duo — with the first single being “Take U There,” featuring Kiesza. CL has also been in the studio with Diplo, as she plans on breaking into the American pop industry (with some help from super-manager Scooter Braun). More »