He had us dancing through the summer with his (appropriately titled) club cut, “Summer.” He’s put us through a serious guilt trip with John Newman on “Blame.” He’s made breaking up sound positively thrilling with Ellie Goulding on “Outside.” And, most recently, he just had us opening wide with Big Sean.
Yes, everything is coming together rather nicely for Calvin Harris — and there’s only more excitement on the way.
To celebrate the release of the Scottish DJ/producer/superstar’s forthcoming record Motion on November 4, which will include Gwen Stefani, HAIM and Tinashe (all of which we’re dying to hear), we’re giving away 3 copies of the upcoming record. Want to win? All you have to do is…give us a little motion. More »
It’s time for our quarterly round-up of raunchy pop diva pics! And, as usual, the leading ladies of music did not disappoint. In further proof that 2014 is the year of the nude, it was almost an embarrassment of the riches with everyone from 19-year-old newcomer Niykee Heaton to 56-year-old pop legend Madonna losing their clothes in the name of self expression/free publicity.
The usual candidates are all represented. Outtakes from Rihanna‘s iconic Lui magazine shoot surfaced online and got everyone clicking, while Miley Cyrus‘ Instagram account remains a valid alternative to PornHub. Honorable mentions go to Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea for proving that rap divas do it better. Peruse the (semi-NSFW) gallery up top. More »
Last month Big Sean made jaws drop when he unleashed his powerful track “I Don’t Fuck With You,” which played like a clear shot aimed at ex- fiancée Naya Rivera. Another round seems to have been fired with Sean’s Calvin Harris collaboration “Open Wide,” a track on the latter’s upcoming album Motion (out November 4).
Harris first let the world know he and Sean were in the studio when he popped a pic of the two of them on Instagram back in June. Now the video for their pair-up has arrived, and it’s a violent, shoot-’em-up affair that finds two gangs at war in the desert with a nimble female dancer doing steps between the flying bullets. More »
Over the weekend, Iggy Azalea made her debut on the Jim Carrey-hosted Saturday Night Live. The diva took to the legendary stage to perform her current hits: a medley of “Fancy” and the Rita Ora-assisted “Black Widow,” and “Beg For It” — her latest song with Danish singer MØ.
Azalea held her own with confidence and ease, but it was MØ’s feature that had everyone talking — but not in a good way. In our recap of the night’s performance, we wrote: “…Iggy returned to the stage for the live introduction of her catchy, very “Fancy”-sounding follow-up “Beg For It”, joined toward the end by MØ, who…well, seemed to experience some technical difficulties.” MØ has since apologized on Twitter.
Did other critics enjoy the rapper’s performance? Find out after the jump! More »
Sketch comedy mainstay Saturday Night Live, now in its 40th year, can either be a career-launching platform or a soul-destroying one. And with each episode, artists take a gamble by walking onto the live series’ stage and giving it their all. (Well, sometimes they walk on stage only to jig off a minute later, but more on that below.)
We’ve started to notice a pattern here, which is that the SNL performances deemed to be “terrible” occur about every other year, and only in the even years. Right on schedule, Danish singer MØ backed up Iggy Azalea this past weekend, giving the show its first water-cooler live performance (in a not-so-good way) since Lana Del Rey in 2012.
Below, we rounded up five of the most dissed Saturday Night Live showings by musical acts from the past decade. We then took a closer look at what happened to their individual careers after the fact. Some were able to pick up the pieces (the pieces, the pieces of me), while others, well… More »
Well! Justice has just been served on a big ol’ plate full of lotus flowers and red lipstick tubes.
After “Beautiful” diva Christina Aguilera slightly fumbled her words during her (still iconic) performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the opening of the 2011 Super Bowl, Staind frontman Aaron Lewis went on a short rant mid-concert about artists who “try to change that f**king song.” Rude — and, unfortunate for him, oddly prophetic.
Fast forward to this past weekend, when Lewis was in charge of belting out the tune for Game 5 of the World Series in San Francisco. And almost right off the bat, he missed the mark: “What so proudly we hailed…were so gallantly streaming.” Oops! That’s a lyrical mismatch. You Got Cursetina’-ed! More »
The 2014 AMAs is already jam-packed with huge pop stars, but the awards ceremony has decided to place even more artists to the mix! Lorde, One Direction and Fergie have all been added to the performance roster. They will be joined by Sam Smith, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Mary J. Blige. Everyone’s favorite entertainer, Mr. Worldwide (a.k.a. Pitbull) will host the show for the second year in a row and also perform.
Lorde is up for four nominations, including Artist of the Year. The Pure Heroine starlet will go head to head with One Direction for said category, as well as Favorite Pop/Rock album. The 2014 AMAs will air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, on November 23 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. View the entire list here. More »
As if the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards couldn’t get any bigger, Enrique Iglesias has just been added to the award show’s lineup! The singer will join the likes of Calvin Harris, Charli XCX, Kiesza, Royal Blood, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran, who were previously announced earlier this month. Nicki Minaj (a.k.a. The Queen of the World) will both host and perform.
Iglesias is nominated for Best World Stage, Best Spanish Act and Worldwide Act. The EMAs have also announced the category for Best Song with a Message, which you can find after the jump. The show is set to air on November 9, live from the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland. View the entire nominations list for the 2014 MTV EMAs here. More »
Mikky Ekko rose to stardom thanks to a little (okay, it was pretty major) duet with Rihanna — “Stay,” off the diva’s 2012 seventh LP Unapologetic. Since then, Ekko has broke out in his own right as a solo artist. Last year, he released the video for “Kids” and recently dropped the visual for “Smile.”
Now, Ekko has unveiled the cover art for his forthcoming debut LP Time. It is set to be released on January 20 via RCA Records, and will be available for pre-order on November 10. Producers like Stargate, Clams Casino, Jeff Bhasker, Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder have all took part on the project.
Read on after the jump to view Time‘s tracklist, as well as Mikky Ekko’s upcoming tour dates with alt-J and HAERTS. More »
Welp, Ed Sheeran just made an entire nation swoon.
After flaunting his ballroom-ready moves in the heavily choreographed visual for his latest x single “Thinking Out Loud,” the English singer-songwriter took his romantic track to the stage of X Factor UK over the weekend.
Of course, the talented crooner sounded fantastic while singing his sweet song to the wild yelps, howls and whistles of the crowd throughout, but it was a mixture of crowd participation and well-timed cinematography that was actually the coolest part of the performance. As the camera slowly panned around Ed, the stadium lit up with thousands of bright lights shining from both the crowd and a handful of on-stage participants, creating the effect of millions of stars surrounding the singer — err, or A Million Lights, as Cheryl would agree. Check out the performance up top. More »