The release of Charli XCX‘s forthcoming Sucker LP is just around the corner, and today we’ve been gifted a new remix of the singer’s hit — “Break The Rules.” FEMME spins the badass track to a dance-y groove. The British producer transforms the tune into even more of a schoolgirl romp — complete with jangling synths, handclaps and “Go shorty!” chants. The remix follows other versions from Tiesto and Broods.
Charli XCX’s sophomore album, Sucker, is set for a December 15 release. It features punchy tracks like “Breaking Up,” “London Queen” and “Boom Clap.” The singer will also embark on a UK tour beginning in March. Take a listen to the remix after the jump! More »
Surprise! Yet again, Beyoncé‘s just done a surprise digital drop out of nowhere…and this time, she’s getting deep. In fact, let’s just call her the Beylai Lama, because she is serving truth after truth after truth in this introspective, philosophical 11-minute video.
The artsy clip, loaded with footage from her 2013 visual album, has less to do with Bey’s 2013 album and more to do with her general outlook on life, and her philosophies on fame, conflict and…Beyoncé: “You can’t put your finger on who I am. I can’t put my finger on who I am. I am…complicated,” she explains. “I grew up with a lot of conflict and traumas, and I’ve been through a lot, just like everybody else. My escape was music.”
She also reflects on death (“I watched my friend’s body deteriorate…to see someone pass on so gracefully put everything into perspective”) and even touches on the word that illuminated from behind her on stage: Feminism. “I was always considered myself a feminist, although I was always afraid of that word because people put so much on it, when honestly it’s very simple,” she says. “It’s just a person that believes in equality for men and women. Men and women balance each other out, and we have to get to a point where we are comfortable with appreciating each other.” More »
The lyric video for Nicki Minaj‘s “Only” single sparked a lot of political controversy, but the official version has taken a very different route! The six-minute long clip is an S&M fest that stars the rap diva, Drake and Lil Wayne. In what is probably her sexiest video yet, Minaj plays a fiery dominatrix dressed in all black lingerie as she leads an underground sex dungeon. Chris Brown also makes a creepy, almost possessed cameo — complete with amber-colored contacts.
If you’ve been a little naughty, this video will definitely make you want a spanking — in the best way possible! Minaj’s forthcoming LP, The Pinkprint — which has tracks like the Meek Mill-assisted “Big Daddy,” her “Feelin’ Myself” collaboration with Beyonce, “The Crying Game” featuring Jessie Ware, All Things Go,” “Bed Of Lies” and more — is set to be released on December 15. More »
Perhaps tired of the hand-wringing, emotional subject matter visualized in his previous music videos, America’s music crush Sam Smith keeps things upbeat in the classy, New York City-set affair that is “Like I Can.” Here we see the British crooner and his buddies decked out in their Rat Pack best, roaming the streets of Manhattan (and even crossing the Brooklyn Bridge) in the black and white clip.
A nice Italian dinner is had, fire escapes are climbed, dancing is done in alleyways and shots are downed in what looks like a typical day in the life of a jet-setting playboy (or a six-time Grammy nominee) surrounded his pals. We’re not sure if this at all mirrors the reality of Smith’s own life, but the two minutes and 47 seconds above sure look like a damn good time. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Congratulations to Dr. Dre, who tops Forbes’ list of 2014′s highest-paid musicians! The hip-hop mogul brought in a whopping $620 million this year. Beyonce comes in second place (duh) with $115. [Huffington Post]
:: Young Jeezy is cleared of gun charges that stemmed from an arrest in August after police found an AK-47 and a Glock on his tour bus. The Orange County, CA District Attorney and judge explained there was a lack of evidence for the rapper’s case. [Rolling Stone]
:: Jay Z recently meet with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss criminal justice reform. The two went over the current system that’s in place and what they could do to improve it. The governor’s spokesperson stated they had a “productive conversation about doing a top-to-bottom review of the criminal-justice system, and how we can all work together to pass a reform package that ensures equality in the eyes of the law.” [Complex]
:: Bad news for Drake, whose 2013 Nothing Was The Same LP was the most pirated album of ExtraTorrent, one of the biggest torrent sites on the web. Maroon 5‘s “Payphone” single landed in second place, with Jay Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail LP in third. Yikes! [Popdust]
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One Direction stole the show at the BBC Music Awards 2014 tonight (December 11) with a show-stopping performance of “Steal My Girl.” Zayn Malik looked dead inside and Liam Payne sang off-key, but who really cares when their hair and outfits were on-point? The boy band drew the biggest applause, which was quite an honor given that the line-up of performers included Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Coldplay and multiple-Grammy nominee Ed Sheeran.
Coldplay delivered the goods with Ghost Stories hit “A Sky Full Of Stars,” while Ed belted out x lead single “Sing.” They both sounded great and confirmed their standing as consummate live performers. Also on the bill were Labrinth and Ella Henderson. They joined forces for a surprisingly good mash-up of their recent hits “Jealous” and “Ghost.” Check out all of the BBC Music Awards 2014 performances after the jump. More »
The Queen Of Pop is sick and tired of all this leaking business.
A few days ago, Madonna discovered that two of her unreleased tracks, “Wash All Over Me” and “Rebel Heart,” spilled onto the Internet during Thanksgiving weekend. She was mad, to say the least, posting a photo of a broken iPhone and rightfully declaring it to be “#fuckedupshit.”
And now, in between dreaming up new hashtags, recording her highly anticipated MDNA follow-up and taking selfies in the bathroom, the Instagram warrior just happened across a previously released outtake from a Steven Klein photoshoot…and she ain’t pleased about this one, either.
“Out takes from steven Klein shoot I’ve never seen before. Thanks for showing me again and again that stealing selling and buying is alive and well in cyberspace! #fearnoevil,” she angrily Instagrammed, along with the photo. Cyberspace! Stop stealing, selling and buying Madonna’s s–t! Good things come to those who wait. Or, as Madge herself once said, “#cantabitchjustfinishhershit”? More »
ILoveMakonnen ranks alongside Bobby Shmurda as hottest newcomer in hip-hop thanks to breakthrough hit “Tuesday.” Since being remixed by Drake, the meme-spawning club-banger has become something of a phenomenon — becoming the most-played song on urban radio (for three weeks and counting), nabbing a Grammy nomination and rising all the way to number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It even got the attention of Miley Cyrus, who became one of the Atlanta MC’s early supporters.
Now is as good a time as any to re-release Makonnen’s critically-acclaimed self-titled EP. The seven-track set drops December 15 and features five new songs. In fact, the only cuts from the original Extended Play to return are “Tuesday” — albeit the Drizzy remix — and “I Don’t Sell Molly No More.” New additions include Mike WiLL Made-It-produced banger “Swerve” and “Doubted” featuring Key!. See the tracklist after the jump. More »
Selena Gomez confirmed what we already knew when she admitted that new single “The Heart Wants What It Wants” is about ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber. “I definitely have so much respect and love for him, and going in the studio is just very therapeutic,” the 22-year-old said in a Norwegian radio interview. “[The song] was my way of having it be a message more to people in general. People everywhere feel this feeling, and they should understand when anybody goes through that.”
The “Slow Down” diva, who is already hard at work on her next album, confirmed that she’s not dating anyone and certainly hasn’t signed up for any hook-up apps. “[I don't] even know how to work [Tinder],” she joked. As for Justin’s platinum-blond makeover? “That’s for him. I’ll let him answer all that.” Selena sounds like she’s in a really good place. With a new album, movies and a rumored TV show on the way, 2015 should be her biggest year yet. Listen to the interview after the jump. More »
K. Michelle upped her promo game this week to support just-released sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart?. She dropped by Power 105′s popular talk show The Breakfast Club to chat about her excellent LP and grab some headlines by trashing Lil’ Kim. “God strike me down, that girl asked me to be the godmother of her child,” the “Love ‘Em All” singer revealed. “And I thought it was awkward.” She followed that up by shading The Queen Bee’s plastic surgery: “Her face is stretched back too tight, it probably affected her brain. I just feel bad for her face.”
Well, the rap legend clapped back this morning (December 11) in a lengthy Instagram post. You know you’re in for a treat when a diva begins her rant by labeling the recipient an “insecure pathological lying sick psycho bitch,” but that was just the beginning. Kim categorically denies asking K. to be her child’s godmother and says she only met the R&B diva once. “Case closed,” the Hard Core queen declares. “I don’t want to hear about this shit again. You’re done. And as far as you talking about the presence that I grace in front of peasants like you.” She did show some mercy, however. “Here’s my charity donation to you. I heard you dropped an album and I wish you all the success in the world.” That was nice.
The feud kicked off when K. dubbed Nicki Minaj the Queen of Rap over the summer. These ladies need to stop beefing and get in the studio together. The end-result would be the realest hip-hop collaboration of all time. See Kim’s post after the jump. More »