It’s been a bit since Rilo Kiley‘s Jenny Lewis released a solo album — six long years, to be exact. Well, have no fear, folks! The indie songstress is back in action with her much-awaited next solo LP, Voyager. After releasing her latest Beck-produced hazy single “Just One Of The Guys” earlier in June, Jenny just premiered the track’s music video, and, from the looks of it, she’s pulling out all the stops.
Recruiting Hollywood actresses Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson, Jenny dons a dashing rainbow tuxedo and sings about how, even though she tries to be just one of the guys, there is “a little something inside” that won’t let her be. As if that wasn’t hilarious enough, Jenny, along with her longtime gal pals, suddenly transforms into a ridiculous tracksuit-wearing bros. Anne shows off her breakdancing moves whilst sporting a rat tail (!!!), Kristen effortlessly plays that one creep that everyone would do better to avoid, and Brie lets the world know that, believe it or not, she looks great with a blonde ‘stache. I mean, what’s not to love?
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Last spring, Drake selected PARTYNEXTDOOR as the first signee of his OVO Sound imprint. The Toronto producer-singer released his debut, self-titled mixtape under this moniker a few months later. (He had been releasing R&B under his real name, Jahron Brathwaite, prior to signing.) Later that year, he appeared as an unlisted opener at Drake’s Would You Like a Tour?, warming up stadium crowds for billed opening acts Future and Miguel.
Naturally, then, Drake guests in PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “Recognize,” a new song that announces his sequel to last year’s music, simply titled PARTYNEXTDOOR 2 (out July 29). To be honest, though, “Recognize” doesn’t re-introduce the producer-singer as a singular artist, as much as it portrays OVO Sound as a state of being. “You got n—-s, and I got b—-s,” PARTYNEXTDOOR warbles from a distance. The whole affair unfolds to what feels like a sick fog, what sounds like Future meets former Drake affiliate The Weeknd. Plus, he goes on to lift the percussive flow of Soulja Boy‘s “We Made It” – as Drake did in his own “We Made It” remix from last year. All of this happens before Drake even enters the song.
Based on his new mixtape’s tracklist, though, PARTYNEXTDOOR will have other opportunities to distinguish himself from his label boss. Not only is Drake the only guest, but “Recognize” appears to be the only song with a featured artist. Hear “Recognize” and see the PARTYNEXTDOOR 2 tracklist below. More »
Well, well — better late than never. Lorde‘s “Team,” the New Zealand singer’s hit follow-up to juggernaut “Royals,” has been around on the airwaves since the winter, but it’s just been given a dreamy overhaul by M83 spinoff White Sea. “Team” proved to be a fan and radio favorite off Lorde’s Pure Heroine album, and here White Sea’s Morgan Kibby takes some experimental liberties while fleshing out the LP version of the song’s more ethereal qualities.
“There is something anonymous about having a project name, and I think because I do so many different things — whether it’s writing pop music or remixing or producing for other bands — I think it allows me a lot of maneuverability, a lot of flexibility,” Kibby told us last month, when describing the work she does under the White Sea monicker. Give her twist on Lorde’s “Team” a listen over at Stereogum.
Oh, Betty Who!
It seems like only just yesterday when the “Somebody Loves You” diva first came strolling into our studio last year to chat with us about her debut The Movement EP. Since then, she’s been signed to a major label, released her Slow Dancing EP featuring “Heartbreak Dream” — and she’s heading out on tour with Katy Perry in Australia later this year. (Not too shabby.) Now, it’s time to add yet another accomplishment to the list: Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Dressed in a sexy sheer number (oh behave, Miss Who!) with her signature platinum coif slicked back, the Aussie-born chanteuse launched into a spirited rendition of the song that started it all: “Somebody Loves You.” As usual, Betty brought her infectious energy to the stage that we’ve come to know and love, happily bopping up and down to the joyous, synth-heavy tune alongside her band. With any luck, the feel-good jam will finally become the radio smash it deserves to be. Watch Betty Who perform “Somebody Loves You” up top. More »
Um, it’s pretty safe to say that 5 Seconds Of Summer are having the best summer ever.
In the past few weeks, the Aussie pop-punkers rocketed to #1 on US iTunes with their latest promotional single “Amnesia,” shot straight to #1 with their their debut album in over a dozen countries (due out July 22 in the US!), confirmed a performance slot on the upcoming 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. And now, they’ve only just gone and skyrocketed to the top of iTunes once again.
“Everything I Didn’t Say” already went Top 20 over in Australia and New Zealand months ago, and now it’s quickly hurdling to the top stateside, released today on iTunes. Listen to the latest 5SOS jam after the jump. More »
Didn’t Pat Monahan watch the Machete movies? Train have enlisted ever-present character actor Danny Trejo for their gun-toting “Angel In Blue Jeans” video. Here, Monahan plays a crooked sheriff who has done Trejo wrong by holding him at gunpoint in the desert and stealing his girlfriend. Of course, there are two things that all involved should have known by this point: Machete don’t text and you don’t mess with his girl.
Trejo eventually hunts the band and his kidnapped better half down in an old dive bar, and that’s when the fireworks begin. More »
Adam Levine may have scored rock icon Stevie Nicks as his go-to sage for the upcoming fall season of The Voice, but new coach Gwen Stefani also has quite an ace of up sleeve, as well: her husband, Gavin Rossdale. “guess who’s going to be my advisor on #TheVoice?” Gwen wrote on Instagram while posting the above photo.
Bush frontman Rossdale told Access Hollywood, “I don’t know how it came about, but it was just one of those things [where] the idea was mentioned — I wasn’t even sure who was mentioning it — and then it came around to, ‘So, next week you ready? You are gonna come and do this?” More »
:: Cheryl Cole revealed that she married boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini on July 7 by posting a photo of her wedding ring. The two had been dating for just three months. [Facebook]
:: Jessica Simpson offers a peek inside her July 5, Great Expectations-inspired wedding with retired NFL player Eric Johnson. The two married July 5 at Montecito, Calif.’s San Ysidro Ranch. [PEOPLE]
:: Jay Z joins director Spike Lee, actor Billy Crystal and famed NBA player Michael Jordan in tipping their caps to New York Yankees Derek Jeter. Jeter is about to enter his last season. [MTV]
:: Selena Gomez criticized a fan for going too far in the comments section. While the original remark was deleted, Gomez re-posted her response: “The comment you left about cancer was absurd. How distasteful of a young woman.” [MTV]
:: Rap Genius has changed its name to simply Genius, in efforts to spell out its new ambitions: “Annotate the world.” The crowd-sourced site has already branched out to encompass rock, news and poetry, though not without courting controversy. [Okayplayer]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »
If you’ve been firmly trapped under a rock for the past six months, well, then you’ve likely missed out on Kiesza‘s must-see, single-shot video for house romp “Hideaway.” The ’90s throwback quickly became a smash-a-roo overseas this past spring, and the Canadian singer gave her first American TV performance last week during a jaw-dropping turn on the Late Show With David Letterman.
But it’s not all business and tight dance moves and chart success for Kiesza. In fact, one glance at her Instagram account reveals the flame-haired diva’s playful side. From donning crop-top Beatles shirts to letting her usually-bound-up hair cascade down to snuggling up with her toy owl in a onesie, Kiesza’s self snaps show her much lighter side. More »
Already named one of the best tracks of 2014, Aussie songstress Sia’s single “Chandelier” from her sixth studio album 1000 Forms Of Fear has not only become everyone’s dark party girl anthem, but just got a stellar rework by British singer and producer Dev Hynes. Simply put, if Sia’s original track is the night of the party, then Dev’s remix is undoubtedly the dizzy hangover session the morning after.
Stripping “Chandelier” to its bare bones, the English beatmaker – who also goes by moniker Blood Orange – brings a more ominous version of the track to the forefront. While the original is grandiose in production, Dev’s take is more or less minimalist, his falsetto vocals slipping in and out of the song as Sia’s “One two three, one two three, drink!” obsessively echoes in the faint background. While the first half of the track sounds like a different song entirely, Dev swiftly transitions to Sia’s vocals half way through, making her glorious pipes shine all the more against his ethereal beat. Listen to the remix after the jump. More »