Fifth Harmony cater to all audiences. Hot on the heels of their Spanish language EP comes a collection of hot club mixes. Better Together: The Remixes features — funnily enough — remixes of all five songs on their debut EP.
They all sound great — Bit Error does a great job with “Who Are You” as does Cole Plante with “Don’t Wanna Dance Alone” — but it’s hard to go past Papercha$er‘s upbeat overhaul of breakthrough single “Miss Movin’ On”. Now you can feel independent and empowered while twerkin’ in the club. Winning? Listen to the remix after the jump. More »
Sky Ferreira is the latest pop diva to pose for infamous photographer Terry Richardson. Surprisingly, given the fact that she’s topless on her album cover, the indie-pop darling keeps her clothes on for the black-and-white shoot. In fact, she doesn’t even take her jacket off.
It goes without saying that Sky looks great. The “You’re Not The One” singer’s unique mix of grunge and glamour has made her a fashion icon but she looks extremely bored — grimacing through most of the shoot. Funnily enough, her obvious disinterest adds to the shoot’s appeal. Bad girls do it better. More »
The response to Britney Spears‘ eighth studio LP — listen to it here — has been mixed. Some fans are delighted to hear new music from their icon, while others are baying for Will.i.am‘s blood. The rest of us are just confused about Brit’s “most personal album” being full of club bangers. The Britney Jean bonus tracks arrived online today and, happily, they are more in line with the set’s purported theme.
We’ve already heard “Brightest Morning Star” and “Perfume (The Dreaming Mix)”, which are triumphant in comparison to most of the standard tracks, but “Hold On Tight” and “Now That I Found You” are also well worth a listen. The latter is my pick. An oddball mix of sounds and influences, the pretty electro-ballad/bonkers dance anthem at least offers some insight into the diva’s state of mind.
“Lived a wasteful life in a hateful city, there was no love just pain and pity ’til I found you,” Britney croons sweetly before cheesy euro-synths come crashing down and the hitmaker moves into self-help mode, declaring: “I can live my life, I believe in faith, I have found myself, I have lost my hate, I have felt the love, I can see the truth now that I found you.”
This is a really weird song. But what do you expect when Will.i.am, David Guetta and Danny O’Donoghue (the lead singer from The Script) share songwriting credits? “Now That I Found You” is probably an acquired taste but it successfully pushes Britney out of her comfort zone and, let’s be honest, the unexpected ’90s techno breakdown is kind of amazing. Listen to the quirky jam after the jump. More »
Before Jonas Brothers broke up, when they reconvened to write a new album called V, the pop trio tried to cull the best from a wide range of influences, as first shown in each member’s respective solo career. “With this record, we pulled pieces from all our inspirations,” Joe Jonas said. “But at the same time, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make it sound different than anything we’d done before.”
The five songs that Jonas Brothers released today, now apparently their last tracks ever, fulfill that promise. The sleek and muscular “What Do I Mean To You,” once slated as V‘s next single, surprises with the sudden aggression at the hook as if inspired by Muse. Other songs sound just as deliberate, but also couldn’t sound more different. “The World” recalls Paula Abdul‘s “Straight Up,” “Wedding Bells” bears enough whimsy to recall Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” while “Found” was clearly the trio’s answer to Frank Ocean‘s “Lost.”
Listen to the Jonas Brothers’ remaining V tracks after the jump, and sound off on what could have been in the comments below. More »
It might feel like Lorde‘s “Royals” has been ruling the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for at least half a year, but it’s only been nine weeks. And just a reminder: Robin Thicke currently takes the Overstayed Their Welcome In 2013 Award for “Blurred Lines,” which was #1 for 12 weeks this summer.
Still, nine weeks isn’t what you would call a short spell, and 17-year-old Lorde now finds herself in a club with only a handful of females who’ve spent as much time atop the Hot 100 with their first single as a lead act (in other words, not as a “featured” artist). Billboard points out that the other ladies who’ve achieved this feat are Debby Boone with 1977′s “You Light Up My Life” (10 weeks), Ashanti with 2002′s “Foolish” (10 weeks), Ke$ha with “Tik Tok” in 2010 (nine weeks) and Carly Rae Jepsen with “Call Me Maybe” in 2012 (nine weeks). More »
Eminem, current Billboard 200 king, shows and tells of how he raps like a robot in “Rap God.” He does this as he spells out a once-censored lyrical reference to the 1999 Columbine High School Massacre, sprints through a swift and homophobic diss directed at Soulja Boy and speeds through a reference to J.J. Fad‘s “Supersonic,” one that Rap Genius initially struggled to spell out. “So call me rapbot,” he actually suggests.
And he drives all of this home in his new “Rap God” video, particularly when he portrays the titular character from Max Headroom (above), the ’80s TV series that was supposed to portray the not-too-distant future. Televisions could not be shut off, ratings were an exact science and cameras were everywhere. Here, Max Headroom is the first-ever computer-generated TV personality, but while his looks was modeled after male hosts at the time, he himself would spaz and sigh deeply through bouts of sarcasm.
It’s as Eminem raps in the second verse: “Well, to be truthful, the blueprint’s simply rage and youthful exuberance / Everybody loves to root for a nuisance.” Watch his “Rap God” video up top, and then after the jump, check out late-night host David Letterman‘s interview with Max Headroom himself. More »
Rick Ross promises to provide for Ashanti in a new version of “I Got It,” a song first released this summer. “She want a cappuccino, so I bought her Starbucks,” he declares, and in the middle of his business-as-usual inventory count, as required by the rapper’s drug-lord charade: Bricks on consignment? Check. Bulletproof coups? Choppers? Of course.
It’s as if the Mastermind rapper was seduced by Ashanti’s breathy confidence: “I’m not bragging, babe / I just like to celebrate my accolades.”
The R&B diva sounds like she’s smartly updated her past, mafia princess persona in both versions of “I Got It.” (The first featured Future.) She also seems far more relaxed compared to her initial, high-octane attempts to build anticipation for her new album Braveheart: “The Woman You Love” featuring Busta Rhymes and “That’s What We Do” featuring R. Kelly.
While her initial singles are standout songs, this version of “I Got It” could fit into rap radio, now. Let’s hope that it does, solely so that Braveheart — an album once slated for a January 2013 release — may finally come out. Hear Ashanti’s new take below. More »
London producer-songwriter James Blake has uploaded a remix of Destiny’s Child‘s “Bills, Bills, Bills” online, once a vinyl-only release. While the R&B girl group had taken care to list all of what that triflin’, good-for-nothin’ type of brother had done, Blake focuses on toying with the hook so that it knocks, hiccups and snaps. It’s hard to tell whether he pitched down the vocals or decided to sing about telephone bills and automo’ bills himself, but either way, it’d be hard to blame him for trying.
Hear how Blake, also Kanye West‘s favorite artist, reworked the Destiny’s Child staple after the jump. More »
After surrendering the top position on the Billboard 200 seven days ago to Interscope labelmate Lady Gaga, Eminem returns to #1 for a second non-consecutive week with The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The Rolling Stone cover rapper‘s eighth album moved another 120,000, pushing its three-week total to just over 1 million copies sold.
As for Gaga, ARTPOP shifted another 46,000 copies, bringing its total to about 305,000 and sending the album down from the top to #8 in its second week. Between Em and Gaga on the chart are several new debuts, including those by Daughtry and Yo Gottti, plus the new Hunger Games soundtrack.
See how the upper tier of the Billboard 200 played out below. More »
Ho, Ho Ho! It’s almost Black Friday, and has Santa got a stocking stuffer for you! It’s Britney Spears‘ new album, bitch. Actually, it’s not out till next week (December 3), but at the very least, you can listen to and pre-order Britney Jean on iTunes. Actually, listening first might pull the rug out from under that whole pre-ordering part…but, oh look — there’s a clip from the “Work Bitch” video up above, in the Britney Jean TV ad! And you can hear “Perfume”!
Shit, this isn’t really going well, is it? More »