2014 is nearly over, and you know what that means: Year-end retrospectives! (Speaking of, have you checked out our Class Of ’14 yet?)
Accordingly, YouTube has just rolled out this year’s YouTube Rewind (the theme? “Turn Down for 2014″), a look back at some of the most popular viral videos, YouTubers and, of course, hit songs that dominated the streaming service, all combined into one jazzy video.
This year’s special recap is completely jam-packed with Internet stars, featuring YouTubers like Jenna Marbles, Tyler Oakley and Michelle Phan, late night TV hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien and John Oliver and cameos from singing vloggers like Troye Sivan and Sam Tsui — even Eurovision starlet, Conchita Wurst!
And to soundtrack the song, dance and ice bucket challenge-filled affair, YouTube mashed together a medley of the biggest songs of 2014, featuring everything from Frozen‘s “Let It Go” to Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX‘s “Fancy” to Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” to Pharrell‘s “Happy.” And of course, a little bit of Lil Jon to tie the whole shebang together. More »
U2‘s new project Films of Innocence drops tomorrow and as a treat, the band has released a video for “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone).” The visual (which was premiered by our friends over at Stereogum) is a celebration of street art. It follows artist Oliver Jeffers, a Belfast native and Brooklyn resident, as he creates a colorful mural on a bare wall off the city’s streets.
Films of Innocence is the video counterpart to U2′s Songs of Innocence album. Look out for it when it drops tomorrow (December 9), and catch the band on tour beginning in May! More »
Last month an explicit sex scene featuring Nick Jonas, from DirecTV series Kingdom, did the rounds online. Sadly, all traces of Jonas’ visual naughtiness was removed from the Internet. But fear not, pop perverts — the “Jealous” crooner is at it again on the show, and this time we get to see way more of what Nick’s got to offer via a new, very NSFW scene.
There’s no video to be found (at the moment), but there are a few GIFs that have surfaced. Have at them below, and don’t forget to vote for Nick or any of your other favorite artists who recently put out LPs in our Best Albums of 2014 poll! More »
Last month, Nick Jonas surprised with his titanic duet with Demi Lovato. By then, Jonas had released two slick R&B ballads (“Chains,” “Jealous”) off his sophomore self-titled album, to show he can handle the spotlight on his own. He had also dropped his pants for a magazine appropriately titled Flaunt. Still, “Avalanche” showed that for these two stars, their Disney Channel days are a distant memory.
As of late, Lovato has been popping up here and there. She re-released 2013′s Demi this past week. She joined Jessie J on stage just a few days ago, and she appears in recent efforts by Olly Murs (“Up”) and The Vamps (“Somebody to You”). So when Jonas brought out Lovato at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball to perform “Avalanche,” spectators freaked out. It’s tough to blame them, of course.
Watch Demi Lovato join Nick Jonas on stage to perform “Avalanche” at Jingle Ball up top.
Sam Smith rose to fame this year with sad and slow music that gave enough room to showcase his pipes. As of yesterday (December 5), the London singer-songwriter is a six-time Grammy nominee.
Naturally, when tasked to sing a Christmas carol, Smith chooses “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Actress Judy Garland made this song famous in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis, during a scene where she’s “smiling through her tears.”
As his new video (above) shows, Smith performs a faithful cover. Like in “Stay With Me,” he sings to low-lit piano chords. And as always, every vocal inflection of his can be heard. His version of the holiday classic may as well have been a bonus track for his debut In the Lonely Hour, now up for an Album Of The Year Grammy.
Smith’s version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is also available on iTunes. Watch his performance up top, then see his (priceless) reaction to his Grammy nominations below. More »
Robbie Williams‘s collection of B-sides, demos and unreleased tracks, Under The Radar Vol. 1, will be released on December 8 exclusively via his website. He has already unveiled the eye-popping nude cover art — that’s quite an angle — and shared the gritty opening track, “Bully”. Today (Demeber 5), the cheeky Brit premiered the first video from the rarities LP and it’s a suitably low-key affair that looks like it was filmed in one-take.
“H.E.S.” (it stands for “Heavy Entertainment Show”) is another brooding rock anthem that shows a darker side to the 40-year-old than we’ve come to expect from tongue-in-cheek anthems like “Rudebox” and “Rock DJ”. It called for a suitably lo-fi visual and Robbie obliges by haphazardly slapping on some face paint and heading to the nearest Smart & Final, where he is seemingly pushed around the store on a shopping cart. Watch up top. More »
After J. Cole‘s highly-anticipated third LP 2014 Forest Hills Drive was leaked, the rapper has released a new video to ease the madness. The visual is set to “Intro,” the album’s opening track (obviously). It is a simple one, showing Cole cruising through the buzzing New York City streets on his bicycle.
Look out for 2014 Forest Hills Drive, the follow-up to 2013′s Born Sinner, when it officially releases on December 9. More »
Straight after the Into The Woods trailer starring the Queen of Everything (a.k.a Meryl Streep) was released, another promo clip for the film has surfaced! This time it stars Anna Kendrick, who plays the Cinderella character, singing “On The Steps Of The Palace.” The actress is well-known for her Pitch Perfect cups performance, so it comes naturally for her.
Into The Woods, Disney’s big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine‘s 1987 Broadway smash, will hit theaters on Christmas Day. It stars big-name actors like Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman and many more. More »
David Guetta made his breakfast TV debut on ‘GMA’ today (December 4) with a dazzling performance of “Dangerous” — complete with a full band and orchestra. The French DJ stood behind the decks and effortlessly coordinated the clash of house beats, strings and piano like a skilled concert conductor. Impressively, it all went to plan and finally introduced the world to singer/songwriter Sam Martin, who absolutely nailed his part.
“Dangerous” is shaping up to be the 47-year-old’s biggest hit in the US since his Nothing But The Beat hey day. The latest single from Listen reaches a new peak of 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week and should continue to climb given strong digital sales and rising airplay. David’s dance anthem has already topped the charts in multiple countries including Germany, Switzerland and France. Watch his live performance up top. More »
WALK THE MOON dropped their very, very good sophomore LP TALKING IS HARD yesterday (December 2) and celebrated the occasion by performing the album’s infectious lead single “Shut Up + Dance” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Anybody who has seen the band’s energetic live show knows the pop/rockers always bring the party and that translated into a winning piece of late-night television.
“Shut Up + Dance” is already WALK THE MOON’s biggest hit, debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 a couple of weeks ago. Bolstered by a hilarious, 80s-themed video and rising airplay, the song could do even more damage over the festive season. Watch the face-paint aficionados do their thing on Jimmy Kimmel Live up top. More »