MAGIC! Perform “No Evil” Live & Acoustic (For The First Time): Idolator Sessions

Jul 23rd, 2014 // Comment
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Last week Toronto reggae-pop-rockers MAGIC! booted Iggy Azalea off the top of the Hot 100, which made for the perfect time for us to post their live, stripped-down rendition of their current #1 single “Rude.” Today we follow that up with the Nasri Atweh-fronted band’s very first acoustic performance of “No Evil,” a cut off MAGIC!’s debut LP Don’t Kill The Magic that they offered up during the same Idolator Sessions performance.

“I was sitting in a coffee shop…and I was thinking about my Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil, See No Evil monkeys that I have,” Nasri explains before the band launch into the song. “I started writing from my head, and I called the guys and I had it all structured.”

The singer/songwriter/producer goes on to note that this is the first time the band have done “No Evil” acoustically, and without rehearsal. More »

MNEK’s “Wrote A Song About You” Video: Watch The Ultra-Retro Clip

Jul 23rd, 2014 // Comment
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It’s safe to say British 19-year-old soulster MNEK has been doing quite well for himself as of late, appearing on Gorgon City’s smash hit “Ready For Your Love” as well as working with the likes of electronic troupe Clean Bandit and Aussie pop starlet Kylie Minogue. What’s more, the producer prodigy is gearing up for his own album debut, releasing infectious tracks like “Every Little Word,” as well as his recent meta 90’s House-laden hit “Wrote A Song About You,” to show people what’s in store.

Now, “Wrote A Song About You”  just got itself a fun, retro music video full of neon lights, ‘90s graphics and MNEK himself grooving to the beat. The clip is a bit reminiscent of the opening credits to hit sitcom Saved By The Bell —I mean that in only the best way possible! — or a really hazy, smoke-filled club on a ’90′s night. Either way, it simply works. Watch the visual up top. More »

Pharrell Gets Goofy With Miley Cyrus In “Come Get It Bae” Video: Watch

Jul 23rd, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Pharrell is going full force with his latest G I R L jam “Come Get It Bae,” a breezy, post-“Blurred Lines” funky disco cut posed to reign on radio by the end of summer.

To bring the track to life, Pharrell’s enlisted a bunch of pretty ladies — potential baes, if you will — to dance around in a circle, gyrate and smile while he films them. Sure. Not creepy at all! Our favorite tonguey twerker Miley Cyrus swings in for some fun later on in the clip, jokingly dancing around with Pharrell, while showing some attitude and sipping out of a smiley face coffee mug. (Is that actually coffee in there? We’re slightly dubious.)

There’s not much happening here, apart from some lively dancing and some silly faces. Perhaps the most shocking part of the whole video? The fact that P’s swapped out the infamous massive hat in favor of a more reasonably sized fedora. Check out Pharrell getting phunky with some baes (and Miley!) up top. More »

Hilary Duff’s “Chasing The Sun” Single, Co-Written By Colbie Caillat, Gets Official Release Date

Jul 23rd, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Following rumors, teases and a general buzz about the grand return of ’00s sweetheart Hilary Duff, the singer is set to officially release her new single “Chasing The Sun” next week, on July 29. The singer/actress, now 26, released her last album (the just-slightly-ahead-of-its-time pop treasure Dignity) in 2007 via Disney’s Hollywood Records. The Duff has now signed up with Sony’s RCA label, and a press release notes that her forthcoming fifth LP is due out this fall.

As for “Chasing The Sun,” the single will hit iTunes next Tuesday, the same day the video premieres. Hilary’s comeback offering was co-written by “Try” songbird Colbie Caillat, fellow musician Jason Reeves and Toby Gad (One Direction’s “Truly, Madly, Deeply,” Nicole Scherzinger‘s “Don’t Hold Your Breath”). More »

iHeart Radio Music Festival 2014 Line-Up: One Direction, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift & More

Jul 23rd, 2014 // Comment

The line-up for 2014′s iHeartRadio Musical Festival has officially arrived.

The annual event, which is being held on September 19 and 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this time around, boasts yet another diverse, star-studded line-up full of radio’s most popular acts — from country-pop darling Taylor Swift, to “Summer” King Calvin Harris, to Ghost Stories alt-rockers Coldplay, to…Mötley Crüe?! They’ve got all the bases covered.

Over in the festival village, there are plenty of familiar faces hitting the stage as well — from Kacey Musgraves to MAGIC! and Nico & Vinz.

Check out the full line-up after the jump. Who are you most excited to see at the iHeartRadio Music Festival this year? More »

Kiesza Gives US Debut Performance At New York’s Santos Party House: Review

Jul 23rd, 2014 // Comment
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Ducking into Santos Party House on Tuesday (July 22) evening in New York’s vibrant TriBeCa neighborhood, the mood was straight-up Giddy Night Out At The Club Circa 1995, from the rainbow-variety lighting to the fog machine to the deep house cuts the DJ was spinning. Granted, the venue is a nightclub, and said fog machine signaled the entrance on stage of the sweetheart of pop’s ’90s house revival scene: Kiesza.

When the Canadian singer stopped by Idolator for a chat back in March, to the eyes and ears of most, she was simply a girl on a small, independent label with a retro-sounding dance track called “Hideaway” that had a soon-to-be-viral video and a back story involving ballet, the military and a love of all things Michael Jackson.

In just four months, however, “Hideaway” has topped charts across Europe while Kiesza herself has hob-knobbed with Diplo, written music for Rihanna and become the new face of Fendi’s eyewear line. Only one puzzle piece was missing from the diva’s full arrival: her debut show in the United States. More »

Iggy Azalea And Rita Ora Look Smokin’ Hot In Their “Black Widow” Video: Morning Mix

Jul 23rd, 2014 // Comment

:: Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora have been snapped on the set of their Kill Bill-themed “Black Widow” video wearing leather bodysuits. Needless to say, the blond bombshells look completely amazing. [Rap-Up]

:: Fresh from sampling Miley Cyrus on new single “Hunger Of The Pine”, Alt-J are turning their talents to cinema. The British trio has scored a new short film called Wander With Me, which is described as a coming of age story. [NME]

:: Snoop Dogg is the poster man (?) for marijuana, so it’s not that surprising that he sparked up a joint in the bathroom of the White House. Amazingly, security was fooled by the rapper saying he needed to “burn something” because he was doing “a number two”. Words escape me. [MTV]

:: The concert event of 2014 is almost upon us. Mariah Carey has hinted at a looming world tour in a post on her newly overhauled website. This is amazing news for thirsty Lambs and connoisseurs of fine music. [Vibe]

Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »

Michelle Williams Teases New ‘Journey To Freedom’ Snippets: Listen To “Yes” And “Need Your Help”

Jul 22nd, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Michelle Williams is redefining the soundscape of gospel music on her fourth solo LP Journey To Freedom. The Destiny’s Child diva first showed her intent to shake things up on mid-tempo R&B anthem “Fire” but really went HAM on Beyonce and Kelly Rowland-assisted religious club banger “Say Yes”. Her mission to make faith-based more accessible continues with two new snippets.

The 33-year-old diva surprises on “Need Your Help” — an urban-pop anthem with a distinct ’80s twist courtesy of retro-synths. It’s very promising but Michelle takes it to the next level on “Yes”. The frantic electro-house anthem begins with a massive drop before a male singer demands “put your hands up in the air”. At this rate, Journey To Freedom is shaping up to be one of the most unexpectedly original albums of the year. Listen to the new snippets after the jump. More »

Life Before “Shower”: Becky G’s 5 Best Early Songs And Features

Jul 22nd, 2014 // Comment
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Becky G captured lightning in a bottle with Dr. Luke-produced melodic rap/power-pop banger “Shower”. The infectious sing-a-long anthem is storming up the Billboard Hot 100 and on the cusp of cracking the iTunes top 10. It’s the commercial breakthrough we’ve been waiting for since the 17-year-old first started making waves in 2012 with a bunch of cute features.

Given her new profile as the savior of Latin-infused hip-hop/pop, now is as good a time as any to revisit Becky G’s early cuts. While her verse on Cher Lloyd‘s “Oath” is perhaps her best-known feature, she also brightened up Cody Simpson‘s “Wish U Were Here” (still his best single) and stole the show on the rap remix of Kesha‘s “Die Young”. Fall in love with teen’s back catalogue after the jump. More »

5 Seconds Of Summer Perform “She Looks So Perfect” And “Amnesia” On ‘Today’: Watch

Jul 22nd, 2014 // 1 Comment
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5 Seconds Of Summer are near unstoppable at the moment. The Australian teenagers have topped iTunes twice (“Don’t Stop” and “Amnesia”) and already racked up three top 50 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 from their self-titled debut LP, which dropped today (July 22). It looks certain to land at number one next week — a feat the newcomers have achieved in 11 other countries.

The boys dropped by Today this morning to perform breakthrough hit “She Looks So Perfect” and the aforementioned “Amnesia” in front of thousands of screaming fans. 5SOS know how to bring it live and drove the crowd into a frenzy with their tight musicianship and catchy hooks. One Direction finally has some legitimate competition. Watch up top and after the jump. More »