Austin Mahone unveiled the cover and tracklist of his debut mini-LP The Secret today (April 18) and there are some surprises. For starters, breakthrough single “What About Love” missed the cut as did hip-hop adventure “Banga Banga” and sweet ballad “U”. It does, however, include Pitbull-assisted club banger “Mmm Yeah” and new promo single “Til I Found You”.
The 18-year-old’s latest jam is actually pretty irresistible. Produced by RedOne, “Til I Found You” references the sound of ’90s hitmakers like The Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. There are slick, retro beats and a power pop chorus that makes you want to play “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” on repeat. See Austin’s The Secret tracklist and listen to his new song after the jump. More »
Things are looking up for Ariana Grande. Buzz is already at fever pitch for new Iggy Azalea-assisted single “Problem” and she has been honored in Elle magazine’s ‘Women In Music’ issue along side Lily Allen, Foxes, Cher, Neneh Cherry, Angel Haze, Jetta, Warpaint and Banks. Not bad company!
The 20-year-old is typically doe-eyed in the black-and-white photo shoot. Ari rocks hair extensions and her trademark good girl grimace. As for the interview? Well, she talks about constantly looking forward. “If something great happens, I celebrate it for about — I’m not even kidding — a minute and a half. Then I start thinking about the next step.” See the full pic after the jump. More »
Here’s a match made in pop heaven. Katy Perry‘s bubbly “Birthday” has been remixed by New Jersey dance outfit Cash Cash, who recently scored a breakthrough hit with Bebe Rexha-voiced club anthem “Take Me Home”. And the guys are smart enough to leave the euphoric Prism highlight largely alone.
They simply pad out the Dr. Luke and Max Martin-produced banger with chunky synths, tinker with the BPM and accentuate the track’s already irresistible ’80s dance influences. I particularly love the little instrumental breakdowns and Katy’s howls of “celebrate now!” Play this at your next party and just wait for the big balloons to come out. Listen after the jump. More »
For someone with an increasingly battered reputation, Justin Bieber usually keeps it cute on social media. Which makes last night’s (April 17) outburst against Drake Bell all the more memorable. Sick of constant Twitter jabs from the former Drake & Josh actor, the “Confident” singer crashed his nemesis’ album release party and then documented it on Instagram.
As far as beefs go, this one is actually pretty funny. Justin pulled up outside Mixology at The Grove in Los Angeles — the venue where Drake was holding his party — and basically stole his thunder. (Not to mention the attention of his overwhelmed fans). To rub it in, Selena Gomez‘ on-again/off-again boyfriend then posted a pic of the 27-year-old peering over the balcony to find out what was going on with the caption: “Why is @justinbieber sprinter van getting more attention than my album release party.”
Justin quickly deleted the post but uploaded a video of the frankly hilarious incident with the smug comment: “So nice seeing my fans at the grove tonight.” It might sound like overkill but Drake has been baiting the troubled star for a while now with tweets about his (allegedly) fake followers and lack of talent. See Biebs’ deleted Instagram post, subsequent video and his enemy’s response. More »
G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Q-Tip took to Instagram to post a photo of himself with Dr. Dre in the studio. Of course, rumors of Dre working on his 2001 follow-up Detox have been swirling for over a decade now, so the fact that Tip accompanied the photo with the hashtag “#detox” could get the buzz going again before it inevitably dies off with nary a scrap of new music from Dre. (The only other info Q offered up was “#lastzulu #hideyodrummachines #beatsnrhymes.”)
So while it’s unclear what they’re working on, we do know both have been busy behind the boards recently — Q-Tip for Kanye West‘s Yeezus follow-up (if Tip himself is to be believed), and Dre for new Kendrick Lamar material (if a Beats ad is to be believed).
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Long before One Direction, The Wanted, Backstreet Boys, Take That and New Kids On The Block were infusing their R&B influences into golden pop harmonies, there was one vocal group blazing a trail for all handsome boy bands to follow: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Jukebox musical Jersey Boys has been a Broadway staple since it premiered in 2005. Now the Warner Bros. film version, directed by Clint Eastwood, is scheduled to hit theaters on June 20.
Above is the first trailer for the musical biopic, which shows how lead Four Seasons vocalist Valli (played by John Lloyd Young, who originated the role in the stage version), songwriter Bob Gaudio and their streetwise pals rose up the ranks of the musical elite during the 1960s, and hit more than a few bumps along the way. More »
Beyonce and Jay Z are up to something, indeed. Earlier this week, it was reported that the married couple are heading on a joint summer tour. And now they’ve been spotted outside L.A. shooting a video of some sort, with Bey in a short wedding dress riding on the back of a motorcycle being driven by a leather-clad Jay. Like “Bound 2″ but less porny.
This isn’t the first time Mr. and Mrs. Carter have traveled in tandem on a crotch rocket: this past New Year’s Eve, they darted through Miami on a bike. The most likely scenarios for this latest ride are that this is part of a forthcoming music video for their Magna Carta Holy Grail collab ”Part II (On The Run)” or it’s a visual element of the rumored tour.
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As if it wasn’t painful enough having to deal with Courtney Love‘s crazy ass, Lady Gaga went and had her wisdom teeth removed. The “G.U.Y.” songstress had the reverse-Warholian dental deed done upon her mouth ahead of her upcoming ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour, which is scheduled to get underway on May 4 at Ft. Lauderdale’s BB&T Center.
“I can’t eat. I’m gonna put some meatballs in a blender,” Gaga tweeted last night, along with the above photo that shows her in bed, clutching a stuffed monkey. Or is it a teddy bear? A stuffed Courtney?
Oh, just check out her chipmunk-cheek tweets below. More »
After teasing the clip all week, One Direction have premiered the video for “You & I.” It begins with Niall Horan taking a stroll out on a pier — a perfectly suitable image for the ballad — but then he morphs into Liam Payne, whose face then morphs into Harry Styles‘ and so on. We can just see a squealing Directioner having trouble deciding which member of 1D is her favorite and having that a-ha moment, “Wait, what if they were all combined into one guy!” and that’s probably exactly how the video was pitched to the suits.
It’s a cool idea, giving the illusion that it’s a single-take visual, while obviously bringing to mind the iconic closing scene in Michael Jackson‘s “Black Or White.” Be sure to stick around after the morphs to see the guys engage in the usual horseplay and throw in some totally uninspired parkour on the pier.
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Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.
Clearly, the sound of ’90s house music is having a huge moment once again, and Route 94‘s mesmerizing dance cut “My Love” has been one of the breakout hits of the renaissance. The track is a strobe-ready slowburner that features British vocalist Jess Glynne, who previously appeared on Clean Bandit‘s UK chart topper “Rather Be.” Shortly after the latter’s success earlier this year, “My Love” was released and shot straight to #1 in Route 94′s home country as well.
With the song now starting to cross over in the States (it was officially made available on US iTunes last week), we took the opportunity to ring up the man behind the beats to find out more about what’s in store for Route 94. More »