Archive: May 2012

Popping Up: Bright Light Bright Light

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

Bright Light Bright Light is the nom de pop of Welshmen Rod Thomas. The former folkie troubadour gave into his disco impulses and recorded what sounds like a…

Stephen Sears | May 31, 2012 - 5:30 am

Who Did “I Dreamed A Dream” Better — Susan Boyle Or Anne Hathaway In The ‘Les Miserables’ Trailer?: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Susan Boyle brought the classic showtune “I Dreamed A Dream” to the masses with her iconic Britain’s Got Talent audition, and now Anne Hathaway performs the song in the just-released trailer for upcoming movie musical Les Miserables. Whose version do you prefer? [Jezebel]

:: Now that Jessica Simpson has given…

Becky Bain | May 31, 2012 - 5:00 am

M83 Give A Nod To Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch In “Reunion” Video

The influence of Beastie BoysAdam Yauch is still coming to light weeks after his untimely death. The latest comes courtesy of French electro rockers M83’s new video, “Reunion”, off their impressive 2011 release Hurry Up We’re Dreaming. Directed by Fleur & Manu and produced by DIVISION, the clip continues the story begun in the…

Nicole Sia | May 30, 2012 - 6:12 pm

Justin Bieber Will Give Us A Look Into His World Tour On NBC Special This June

Justin Bieber’s jaunt to Europe is no vacation — the pop star will be hitting seven countries in 12 days as he performs shows for his fans and promotes his new album, Believe. And we’ll soon discover what the 18-year-old pop phenom’s hectic schedule is like on upcoming NBC special, Justin Bieber: All Around The World.

Becky Bain | May 30, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Kelly Rowland Is Named One Of Glamour’s 2012 Women Of The Year

“Thank you to the GREAT BRITISH PUBLIC and Glamour readers for my award. I was so shy and shocked to receive this! I love you!#glamourawards,” Kelly Rowland humbly tweeted following the 2012 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards on Tuesday night (May 29), where the motivated siren was named TV Personality Of The Year. Trey Songz “Heart

Erika Brooks Adickman | May 30, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Michael Jackson’s Private Letter To Lisa Marie Presley Pulled From Auction

A private letter Michael Jackson wrote to his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley has been pulled from an upcoming auction. Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills had planned to auction the letter in an upcoming memorabilia sale, but pulled it at Presley’s request. The letter, written sometime between 1993 and 1996, is both a love note to Presley and…

Becky Bain | May 30, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Garbage At Webster Hall: Watch Their MTV Hive Performance

On May 22, Garbage kicked off the release of their first album in seven years, Not Your Kind Of People, with a fueled performance at Webster Hall as part of MTV Hive’s “Live in NYC” series. The group busted out their old hits “Stupid Girl”, “Push It” and “Vow”, and also performed new tracks “Blood For…

Becky Bain | May 30, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Britney Spears On ‘The X Factor’: Preview The Pop Star As A Judge

Britney Spears no doubt has the star quality Simon Cowell was searching for when he went on the lookout for new judges for The X Factor’s second season. But does the pop star have what it takes to be a judge? Many (including us) are dubious of Brit’s ability to give helpful, pointed and smart…

Becky Bain | May 30, 2012 - 3:39 pm

Rihanna Goes Topless For ‘Esquire’ UK

Turns out Rihanna didn’t just get nude for her Nude fragrance shoot — she also stripped off (or at least appears to be completely topless) for the July cover of the UK edition of Esquire. RiRi was snapped in the buff by photographer Matt Irwin during the recent shoot in East London. There were other…

Robbie Daw | May 30, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Wiz Khalifa Hits Up Hollywood In “The Grinder” Video

After dropping his “Work Hard Play Hard” video just last week, Wiz Khalifa is all play, no work in his new video for “The Grinder”, a cut from his mixtape, Taylor Allerdice. The vid features scenes of a lackadaisical Wiz and his buddy Juicy J jammin’ through Hollywood and driving down Sunset Boulevard, randomly cross cut with a…

Becky Bain | May 30, 2012 - 1:32 pm

One Direction Invade Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre

After some “manly pampering”, boy band sensation One Direction was ready to take the stage in Toronto. The fearsome fivesome opened with “Na Na Na” — or at least we think they did. It was nearly impossible to hear Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson over the roar of 16,000…

Erika Brooks Adickman | May 30, 2012 - 1:14 pm

One Direction Get Animated In Cartoon Fan Fiction

A young man named Mark wanted to show that guys can also be fans of One Direction, and wrote some fan fiction featuring the members of the British boy band. And then he went and animated it. The Adventurous Adventures Of One Direction re-imagines Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis as superheroes, and their quest is to save…

Becky Bain | May 30, 2012 - 12:15 pm

Ellie Goulding And Xaphoon Jones Cover The Weeknd’s “High For This”: Listen

As a bit of a lark, Ellie Goulding covered The Weeknd’s seductive, cinematic song “High For This”, the opening track of the Toronto artist’s debut mixtape House Of Balloons. The Brit singer adds a bit of levity and delight to the somber tune with the help of producer Xaphoon Jones (the non-rapping half of duo Chiddy

Becky Bain | May 30, 2012 - 11:40 am

Justin Bieber Fan Frenzy Overwhelms Police In Norway

Justin Bieber kicked off the first show of his European tour more than 30 minutes early as part of an effort to ease the concerns of authorities in Oslo, Norway, where an unexpected throng thousands of Bieber fans were said to be overwhelming police. Bieber took the stage at the city’s renowned opera house amid…

Idolator Staff | May 30, 2012 - 11:34 am

Keane’s “Sovereign Light Cafe” Video Is Full Of Tricks

It’s your lucky day, Keane fans! In addition to us premiering the UK band’s acoustic video for “Disconnected” today, they also unveiled their official clip for third Strangeland single “Sovereign Light Cafe”. And, gee — what hard work it is being rock stars, what with spending an entire shoot on the beach. Of course, it’s…

Robbie Daw | May 30, 2012 - 11:19 am

Adam Levine Tells ‘Details’ He’ll Be Performing At Coachella — In 15 Years

The shirtless wonder, Adam Levine, takes it off once again for the June/July issue of Details magazine — but not in the way you’d expect. The Maroon 5 frontman, and America’s last “Payphone” user, whips out his clippers and shaves his head for his photo spread. (And here we thought he gave himself a buzz cut…

Erika Brooks Adickman | May 30, 2012 - 11:10 am

Fun. Reenact The Civil War In “Some Nights” Video Preview

We’re pretty sure no one ever described the Civil War as “fun”, but that’s not stopping the band fun. from going back to the past in their video for “Some Nights”, the title track of their debut album. In the Anthony Mandler-directed video, the trio takes the song’s “this is war” refrain seriously as they perform…

Becky Bain | May 30, 2012 - 11:00 am

John Mayer Takes ‘Born And Raised’ To #1 As Adam Lambert Takes A Tumble

John Mayer can pop a bottle over the fact that the singer-songwriter’s Born And Raised has become his third chart-topping LP. Mayer’s first album in three years debuts atop the Billboard Top 200 on the strength of 219,000 copies sold, and sends last week’s #1, Adam Lambert’s Trespassing (22,000), tumbling down to #11. …

Robbie Daw | May 30, 2012 - 10:47 am

Big Boi & Theophilus London’s “She Said OK” Is For Panty-Droppers Only: Listen

More reason for OutKast fans to come out of the woodwork: Following news yesterday that Big Boi has named his sophomore album Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, the Atlanta MC has teamed with fashion hound Theophilus London on a new track so filthy it borders on satire, “She Said OK”. Though the song’s top-down (heh)…

Nicole Sia | May 30, 2012 - 10:31 am

Paris Hilton Says It’s Not Her On “Louder”

If you’re more well known for your club-going party antics than anything involving talent, the only kind of song you can record when you inevitably attempt a pop star career are those that implore the DJ to do things. (See: Kim Kardashian wanting said DJ to turn up her favorite tune in DOA single “Jam”.)…

Becky Bain | May 30, 2012 - 10:07 am
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