MAGIC! have been pretty quiet since conquering the Billboard Hot 100 with debut single “Rude”. They followed that near-perfect pop anthem with LP title track “Don’t Kill The Magic” in some territories but it looks like the next US single might be gentle reggae-pop ballad “Let Your Hair Down”. It’s already charting well in Canada, so that’s a good sign.
Nasri and friends dropped the appropriately low-key video today (October 31) and it finds the band performing on a beach. The sun-dappled visual suits the song’s tropical vibe and there’s a bikini-clad love interest to keep things interesting. While MAGIC! probably won’t repeat the success of “Rude” with this one, their easygoing charm is still a breath of fresh air. Watch up top. More »
Kylie Minogue is experiencing something of a revival in the Australian electronic scene. Hipster darlings Flight Facilities invited the pop icon to sing their “Crave You” reprise, while Peking Duk covered the diva’s seminal 2001 hit “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” for JJJ’s popular Like A Version segment. They also brought along vocalist JOY and members of the Sydney Chamber Orchestra.
The Canberra duo, who scored a commercial breakthrough at home earlier this year with synth-pop single “High” (it also resulted in a US record deal), put a memorable spin on Kylie’s much-played monster hit. They slow the tempo right down, opting for an ambient-electro approach. JOY’s sultry vocals are on-point and the strings are a nice touch. Watch up top. More »
David Guetta isn’t taking any prisoners this era. His new LP Listen boasts features from A-Listers (Nicki Minaj, Sia and John Legend, for starters) and the music videos have been star-studded affairs. Goodfellas actor Ray Liotta starred in “Lovers On The Sun”, while James Purefoy nabs the lead in the Frenchman’s blockbuster “Dangerous” visual.
Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, the superstar DJ’s latest video tells the tale of rival Formula One drivers. David and James grew up racing toy cars together but their relationship got strained somewhere along the way. Cut to the “Shot Me Down” hitmaker facing off against his frenemy in a big race. There are special effects, scantily clad ladies and the obligatory nightclub scene. Watch up top. More »
Labrinth has shown before that he doesn’t require much to make a huge impression. When the London singer-songwriter (Rihanna, Ellie Goulding) stopped by the Idolator studios last year, he performed an acoustic rendition of his grimy club-pop banger “Earthquake,” as if it was written during the same session as his Emeli Sande-featuring ballad “Beneath Your Beautiful.”
Labrinth wrote his new song “Jealous” with Josh Kear and Natalie Hemby in Nashville earlier this year. It’s about how he and his family felt when one of his parents abandoned him as a child (“I’m jealous of the way you’re happy without me”), and the video could have easily recreated such specific memories. Instead he sits alone in an empty theater, singing each lyric as if he’s still searching for the right words — and it pains him to do so. More »
Take That‘s comical music video for lead III single “These Days” could very well mirror their lives for the next year or so, as the tiring nature of an album campaign and world tour cause them to spend practically every waking moment together. (And as for those non-waking moments, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald even cram themselves into the same bed at night in the video!)
Here we see the trio on what looks like the set of a TV sitcom, as they wake up, eat breakfast, shower, hit the salon, work out… you name it, they do it. Things finally wind down as Take That, decked out in retro blue suits, performance a dance routine on a box, with plenty of backup help. More »
This week, Leighton Meester independently released her debut album Heartstrings with little fanfare. Much more noise was made five years ago, when her Robin Thicke-assisted major label single “Somebody To Love” dropped.
The two major differences between then and now are that Gossip Girl, the hit series Leighton starred on, is no longer on the air, and the singer-actress appears to have used her freedom to find a sound that she’s comfortable inhabiting with regards to her music career. And we’re so happy that she did. More »
After the release of their stellar self-titled debut LP, HAERTS are following up with a video for their new single “Giving Up” — and today (October 30) we at Idolator are bringing you the premiere! Directed by Austin Peters, the black+white clip is a display of true love in its most organic form.
It focuses on various couples of all ages and backgrounds, as they passionately kiss each other and start a rave while HAERTS give their own emotive performance throughout. The imagery is all heightened by the tune’s pulsating rhythms and soaring vocals by lead singer Nini Fabi. The video ends beautifully, with dozens of flower petals circling around the band and the couples.
Watch the “Giving Up” visual up top, and view HAERTS’ upcoming tour dates with co-headliner Mikky Ekko after the jump! More »
Calvin Harris dropped a surprise video for R3hab collaboration “Burnin’” this afternoon (October 29) to new LP Motion (due November 4). The Scottish DJ has largely focussed on the album’s star-filled features such as the Ellie Goulding-assisted “Outside” and Gwen Stefani-voiced “Together”, so it’s nice to see one of the instrumental tracks getting some attention.
The visual was filmed at this year’s EDC Las Vegas, which gives it a surprisingly raw quality. You almost feel like you’re in the middle of all those turnt revelers, watching Calvin and his Dutch pal work their magic behind the decks. The video is simple enough but it’s material like this that will keeps clubs/festivals hopping for the next few months, rather than the pop-friendly anthems. Watch up top. More »
Ingrid Michaelson sneakily gave herself a winning pop makeover on new LP Lights Out and nobody seemed to notice until infectious lead single “Girls Chase Boys” caught fire on radio and slowly rose the Billboard Hot 100 — eventually becoming the 34-year-old’s second biggest hit. She looks get to repeat that success with uplifting anthem “Afterlife”.
After teasing the project with a topless cover, Ingrid finally unveiled the video today (October 29) and it’s a surprisingly moving affair that finds the bespectacled diva helping fans overcome their fears. It sounds corny and, to a certain extent, it is but you have to be made of rock not to be affected by the feel-good shenanigans. The pop game is an infinitely better place with the singer/songwriter in it. Watch up top. More »
FKA twigs proved she is the reigning (and underrated) queen of music videos, as seen with the grandiose visual for “Two Weeks.” Now the singer has released another stunning clip, this time for the appropriately-titled “Video Girl.” Fun fact: before she made it big, twigs was a dancer in other artists’ videos.
The black + white Kahlil Joseph-directed video begins with startling imagery of a man being given the death penalty via lethal injection. Twigs shows off her beautifully intricate dance moves throughout the clip. Oh, there’s also a gnarly cameo by Travi$ Scott. More »