Ellie Goulding first hinted at a new album last month, at island concert Bacardi Triangle. On stage, the eclectic British vocalist promised that she would be back stateside by next summer, letting the audience figure out on its own that new music will probably arrive in the spring. Last night (November 14) at the London Palladium, though, Goulding confirmed that a new studio release is indeed on the way.
“The only big thing coming up for me now is my third album, which won’t be out until next year. Everything is going into that,” Goulding said, during the Royal Variety Performance, an annual gala hosted by the British Royal Family. More »
Lorde only made her U.S. TV debut a year ago, keeping it cool as she performed her first-ever single “Royals.” Last night (November 14) on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, she looked like a veteran. For the debut performance of “Yellow Flicker Beat,” the lead single from Hunger Games: Mockingjay— Part 1 OST, Lorde went all out — head-banging under intense strobe lights, her long hair flying.
The Kiwi superstar will release the star-studded Mockingjay — Part 1 OST on November 17, four days before the film’s theatrical debut. Recently, Lorde’s idol Kanye West proved that “Yellow Flicker Beat” could be darker and more brooding than it already is, though his inspired rework of the song. The soundtrack’s opener, Stromae‘s “Meltdown” featuring herself, Pusha T, Haim and Q-Tip, has also surfaced online, giving listeners an even more intense glimpse into how her brilliant mind works.
Watch Lorde perform “Yellow Flicker Beat” up top. Then, if you missed its debut yesterday, check out the Mockingjay — Part 1 OST’s closing track, Lorde’s cover of Bright Eyes‘ “Ladder Song” after the jump. More »
The last we heard from Dannii Minogue — at least, musically speaking — was in late 2013 when she dropped a third greatest hits collection called This Is It: The Very Best Of. It came after months of whispers that the evergreen dance diva was plotting a long-overdue comeback. That still hasn’t eventuated but here’s a little something to quench your thirst for new material — the thinking man’s Minogue has covered “That’s How You Know” from Enchanted! (You might remember Demi Lovato‘s rock version).
The unexpected anthem appears on a compilation called We Love Disney. It features new interpretations of Disney classics by Australian artists including indie-darling Kimbra (she covers “I’m Wishing” from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs), The Voice winner/Will.i.am protege Anja Nissan and country band The McClymonts. The whole album is worth a listen — it was released today (November 14) — but how can you beat Dannii belting out Giselle’s contemplative tune? Watch up top. More »
Jessie Ware‘s sweet, soulful Tough Love is quietly one of the year’s best releases, and the UK songbird is wasting no time adding some extra oomph to the newly released LP.
Along with the announcement of her brand new single “You & I (Forever)” (due out January in the UK), Jessie revealed a special remix project in conjuction with Red Bull Studios, in which she’s teamed up with various remixers and producers around the world to take on her Julio Bashmore-produced “Keep On Lying,” just one of the many gems off of her sophomore effort. And, along with the remixes, she’s also provided an inside glimpse into the making of each remix with the producers, including Pional, Preditah, Nina Kraviz, Tokimonsta and Harry Fraud.
Check out Jessie tinkering in the studio with Preditah up top, and listen to all the remixes after the jump. And if you’d like to watch the in-studio sessions for the rest of the producers, make sure to visit Red Bull Studios. More »
Nicole Scherzinger switches things up on the third single from new album Big Fat Lie (due early 2015 in the US). The “Your Love” diva turns her back on the furious club-bangers and slick mid-tempo bops that made her famous in favor of a raw and emotional acoustic ballad. “Run” shows the stunning 36-year-old in a completely new light. She’s finally able to put the entire focus on her impressive pipes, which are usually diluted by excessive production and raunchy lyrics.
What if understated Nicole isn’t your thing? Don’t worry! The girl band survivor has got you covered in the form of a seriously camp remix from Moto Blanco. The enduring English duo — I feel like they’ve been around since the dawn of time — give “Run” a house overhaul — transforming it into a wonderfully fluffy floorfiller. It’s not the edgiest club anthem you’ll hear this weekend (unless you hit up some strange places) but I’m very glad it exists. Take a listen after the jump. More »
I’m not sure if Kim Kardashian‘s butt-exposing Paper magazine cover actually succeeded in breaking the internet, but it sure made Twitter a bloodbath for a couple of days. One of the surprise victims was Lorde. She tweeted the pic along with the comment “mom”. As anyone under 30 can tell you, that basically translates as “I love you, please adopt me” but it was misinterpreted by bloggers as a dig. The Kiwi took to her blog last night (November 13) to set the record straight.
“I retweeted Kim’s amazing cover and wrote ‘MOM’, which among the youthz is a compliment; it basically jokingly means “adopt me/be my second mom/i think of you as a mother figure you are so epic” (obviously i love my own mama and she is the best tho) but straight after that i think someone else called out the cover saying Kim has no right to look that sexy as she is a mother which is TOTAL trash – why should that stop her?” she wrote.
“If anything i think she gets even more beautiful and sexy all the time like a fineass wine, and of course has every right to showcase that – but i think our two comments got lumped in and also maybe reporters don’t understand my breed of humour/worship. i am the biggest fan of [photographer] Jean-Paul Goude and of Grace Jones, as you know, and there’s no way i could support one and not the other you know?” Lorde elaborated. More »
Mary J. Blige has always been an R&B innovator, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the legendary diva packed her bags and headed to London to record her 13th studio LP with some of the hottest names in British music. The resulting album — appropriately titled The London Sessions — drops December 2 and signifies a complete creative rebirth for the evergreen soul siren.
Now the “No More Drama” hitmaker wants to show you how the ambitious project came together. Over the next 20 days (the same amount of time it took to record the album), Mary J. will reveal daily insights into her English journey. We’re excited to kick off the countdown with a video about the creative process behind bluesy lead single “Therapy” featuring Sam Smith (he wrote the song) and Emeli Sande (she also contributed to the album).
“When I initially heard that she was going sing that song I was like ‘but that song is so about me, I can’t imagine it!’ and then you hear her singing and it’s her song… it was made for Mary J. Blige,” declares Sam. It’s hard to argue with that assessment when you hear the finished version and see her obvious passion for the material. Watch the intriguing black-and-white video after the jump. More »
Echosmith gave another awesome performance of “Cool Kids” on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last night (November 13). The Los Angeles-based sibling quartet entertained the audience with the very catchy indie pop tune — which is currently sitting at the number 24 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Lead vocalist Sydney Sierota‘s vocals (and her dress) sparkled, with her brothers backing on the instruments. “Cool Kids” is off Echosmith’s debut album Talking Dreams (released in October 2013). More »
Say what you like about Iggy Azalea but all the tracks she’s shared from Reclassified — a reissue of debut LP The New Classic, due November 24 — have been pure fire. If MØ-assisted lead single “Beg For It” and hilarious brag-anthem “Iggy SZN” (“I know you can’t stand it, just get you a seat”) are any indication, the Australian femcee has perfected her already-enjoyable mix of pop and hip hop. Need further proof? Look no further than soaring Ellie Goulding collaboration “Heavy Crown”.
The “Fancy” hitmaker has already teased the future smash in a preview of Colin Firth‘s upcoming blockbuster Kingsman: The Secret Service but she kindly uploaded a longer, high quality snippet to YouTube today (November 14). The combination of Iggy’s snarling rap with Ellie’s breathy vocals works surprisingly well and the lush production elevates “Heavy Crown” to unexpected heights. Oh, and you get to hear the classy British diva declare “bitch, I got it now!” Listen after the jump. More »
Get ready to ring in the new year along with some of the biggest pop acts of 2014! One Direction, Meghan Trainor and Charli XCX will all take the stage on Ryan Seacrest‘s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. “Blank Space” songstress Taylor Swift was previously announced as the show’s headliner, and will close out the broadcast in New York City’s Time Square.
While the newly-added artists will perform at Billboard’s Hollywood Party in LA, Lady Antebellum and Gavin DeGraw will ring in 2015 in Nashville, TN. Jenny McCarthy plans to host the show along with Fergie, who is also a performer. The New Year’s Eve live broadcast special will air on Wednesday, December 31 at 8 p.m. on ABC. More »