No sooner did we post our list of this spring’s 11 hottest acts from outside the United States, which features UK electro-pop outfit Clean Bandit, did said band go and announce the US release date for debut album New Eyes, along with a couple of stateside live dates. The group topped the British chart earlier this year with their Jess Glynne-featuring house-pop dynamo “Rather Be.” (For more on up-and-coming UK songbird Glynne, see Route 94‘s equally catchy “My Love.”) It turns out that a slew of other singers will grace Clean Bandit’s 13-track debut LP, including the colorfully named Sharna Bass, Love Ssega and Lizzo.
The group also has two domestic gigs scheduled: one at the Roxy in the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles (June 17), and the other at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg (June 19).
Head below to see the full tracklist for New Eyes, then listen to Cash Cash‘s remix of “Rather Be.” More »
Sky Ferreira is all over the place these days, in a very good way — she’s opening for Miley Cyrus across the US, she stopped by our NYC studio to chat and sign a couple copies of Night Time, My Time for fans to win and she recently performed a trio of songs for BBC Radio 1. And now that Maida Vale session is available to stream.
It started off with “I Blame Myself,” and the arrangement had a nice cloud of reverb over it, with Ferreira’s voice sounding far too big for whatever radio soundbooth they were in. Up next she belted out “24 Hours” and “You’re Not The One,” and the crunchy ’80s core of the songs really took hold in the live setting. Stream the BBC session below. More »
California R&B revivalist LIZ has premiered the video for “All Them Boys,” off her recently released Just Like You EP. The Mad Decent singer is pretty overt about her love of all things ’90s (even going by the handle LIZ Y2K), so this house-flavored ode to simpin’ got a suitably ’90s-repping visual, with LIZ and her dancers rocking oversized jerseys and backwards hats.
In fact, she even told Noisey she wanted the vid to be “reminiscent of those videos that you would see on TRL. Like for Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, even some Britney videos, the storyline is often extremely secondary to the performance aspect of it.” See how she nailed the vibe up top. More »
In between tearing up the stage both on late night TV and Miley‘s Bangerz Tour, “You’re Not The One” siren and Idolator fave Sky Ferreira dropped by the studio this week to hang out with us and talk music, touring and everything in between. (Keep your eyes peeled for the interview, coming your way shortly.)
Are you just as obsessed with Sky’s debut Night Time, My Time as we are? Good, ’cause we’ve got something extra special that ought to make your heavy metal heart beat even faster: Two signed copies of Night Time, My Time!
Head below to see Sky herself inking copies of her critically acclaimed debut for you guys to win. Want to be the one (one, one, one)? We don’t blame yourselves… More »
After getting “Fancy” with Charli XCX and sooort of resurrecting “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems” with Keyshia Cole, Iggy Azalea gets vindictive with a little help from Rita Ora on “Black Widow.” A 75-second snippet of The New Classic‘s sneering kiss-off hit the Web, and it finds both ladies taking a jaded look back at a failed relationship.
“It’s like I loved you so much and now I just hate you / Feeling stupid for all the time I gave you,” Iggy snarls, before Ora chimes in with “You used to be thirsty for me / But now you want to be set free.” From there it builds up to a massive chorus with a wave of dubstep-ready pulses.
Hear the snippet below, before the album’s April 22 release. More »
Coachella, which officially kicks off on Friday (April 11), is a veritable smorgasbord for indie music fans with a mouth-watering range of (slightly to very left-of-center) rock, rap and EDM acts. But what if your taste runs a little more mainstream? Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of great music waiting for you in the dusty heat of Indio, California.
The multi-stage line-up can be overwhelming for the uninitiated, so we’ve combed through the mind-bending roster and picked this year’s can’t-miss pop performers as well as a smattering of rising acts that you really should check out if you’re not lying in a tent somewhere battling sunstroke. Just make sure you get there early because there will be hordes of revelers waiting for these must-see sets. More »
Madonna is certainly up to something. After working on a collaboration with Avicii, she has now logged studio time with Natalia Kills and Cherrytree Records honcho Martin Kierszenbaum (a.k.a. Cherry Cherry Boom Boom). Wednesday night (April 9), Madge posted a photo on Instagram of the two ladies, with Kierszenbaum on the keys in the foreground (according to Billboard), along with the caption “Working the midnight shift with Natalia Kills. 2 girls on a couch… don’t it taste like Holy Water?”
Conspiratorial followers of the dicey Madonna-Lady Gaga narrative will be quick to note the history here: Kills and Gaga were former labelmates at Cherrytree, and Kills was dodging Gaga comparisons during that time. As for Kierszenbaum, he of course had a big role in Gaga’s launch, serving as A&R for her first two releases and scoring credits on four Fame tracks (he even got a shout-out on “Eh, Eh”). The snake eats its tale. More »
Ten years ago, you’d have been hard-pressed to find more than two or three artists from outside of the United States border infiltrating our red, white and blue airwaves in any given month. Thankfully, that archaic, temporary sanction has been lifted, and diverse acts from overseas like Adele, Rihanna, Lorde, Icona Pop, Bastille, Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding currently fill playlists across America, whether they be at cross-format radio stations or on the iPods stuffed in our gym shorts during a long run.
Here at Idolator, we’ve always got our eye on new talent, no matter which far-flung territory it hails from. And given the particular quality of new and exciting pop in 2014, we figured it was high time we rounded up the hottest imports of the moment. Head below to hear the tracks from foreign acts that are keeping us grooving as we enter this year’s warm months. More »
After Sam Woolf was surprised with a save last week, eight contestants are still in the running. So this past Wednesday night, all of the children — I mean contestants — sing songs from the 1980s, an era in which I can guarantee none of them were born. We are treated to some iconic jams from the soloists, as well as duets from the finalists, who are teamed up together to showcase their ability to work with one another. Will this second chance be enough for Sam to make his way into the top seven?
This time around, it truly is in America’s hands as the judges no longer have any saves left up their sleeves. More »
:: Kylie Minogue has been labelled a thief (!) by English girl band Atomic Kitten. They claim that the Aussie diva’s global hit “Can’t Get You Out Of My head” was actually intended for them. Tough luck? [Digital Spy]
:: This is sad. Big Sean and Naya Rivera have reportedly called off their engagement and taken to Twitter to beef about who gets what. The Glee starlet has accused the MC of stealing jewelry from her house. Not exactly a fairytale ending then. [TMZ]
:: Here’s something for the sports fans. Drake is the surprise host of the 2014 ESPYs, which will be telecast live from Los Angeles on July 16. The MC is a good choice. After all, he’s the global ambassador of the Toronto Raptors. [Rolling Stone]
:: Missed Jay Z‘s Made In America documentary when it screened at the Toronto Film Festival or, later, on Showtime? Well, you’re in luck. Hov’s movie is coming to DVD in May. [AllHipHop]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »