Taylor Swift Gets Super Perky For “Welcome To New York”: Listen

In case it wasn’t clear by now, Taylor Swift really loves her new digs in NYC — so much so, she’s just become the official spokeswoman of the city!

Tay Tay is utterly overflowing with optimism on her glittery 1989 intro track, “Welcome To New York,” which she previewed earlier this morning. Seeped in cheesy throwback ’80′s synths, the Ryan Tedder co-penned cut sees Taylor packing up and shipping off to the Big Apple to make all her greatest dreams come true, reveling in all of the fabulousness that the city has to offer. (Granted, being an incredibly rich and popular superstar before making the move probably helps.)

“Like any true love, it drives you crazy/But you know you wouldn’t change anything, anything!” she gleefully coos. Oh, to be Taylor Swift! Listen to the deliriously chipper tune after the jump. More »

Meghan Trainor Unveils Her Cute And Colorful ‘Title’ Cover Art: Fall In Love With It & Peruse The Tracklist

Meghan Trainor unveiled the artwork for much-anticipated debut LP Title today (October 20) and it’s as cute and colorful as you would expect from the pastel-wearing retro-pop queen. The album’s tracklist also surfaced online and there are no big surprises — apart from the fact that all the songs from her similarly-titled EP are included.

So, in addition to Billboard Hot 100-conquering smash “All About That Bass”, your ears will be treated to fan favorites “Dear Future Husband”, “Title” and “Close Your Eyes”. New single “Lips Are Movin’” is obviously included (it impacts radio tomorrow) as well as enticingly named jams like “Walkashame” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”. See the full tracklist after the jump. More »

Matthew Koma Takes Us Behind The Scenes In ‘Ink & Keys’: Idolator Premiere

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Things are about to get very exciting for Matthew Koma.

You already know and love the talented singer-songwriter for co-penning and supplying his vocals to smashes like Zedd‘s “Clarity (feat. Foxes),” “Spectrum” and “Find You,” as well as Tiesto‘s “Wasted” on and, most recently, RAC‘s “Cheap Sunglasses.” He’s written for dozens of other superstars as well, including Carly Rae Jepsen, Afrojack, Alesso. Plus, he’s heading out to perform during select show on RAC’s upcoming tour — seriously, he’s on fire right now.

And next year, he’s about to aim even higher: Matthew will be releasing his next solo single in 2015, along with his long-awaited debut LP. In the meantime, he wants to give you a glimpse into his creative process, live performances and what’s to come from his new music. More »

Selena Gomez Sizzles In Cleavage-Revealing Bodysuit: See Her Sexiest Photo Shoot Yet

If you needed another reminder that Selena Gomez is (literally) leaving Disney behind, look no further than her Instagram account. The 22-year-old whipped fans into a frenzy by posting three black-and-white pics over the weekend that cast her in a sexy new light. Shot by Aris Jerome, the eye-popping snaps find Sel rocking a black lace-up bodysuit that reveals her killer cleavage. No wonder they have almost a million likes each!

Apart from snatching wigs with her flawless beauty, the “Slow Down” diva is working on a secret project (she has confirmed that it’s music related) and is widely rumored to be releasing a greatest hits collection called For You in November/December. The release marks the end of Selena’s stint at Hollywood Records. She inked a new deal with Interscope earlier this year. See the rest of her raunchy shoot after the jump. More »

FKA Twigs Dance Battles Her Doppelgängers In Mini Concept Film: Watch

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FKA Twigs partnered up with Google Glass to create a visual concept mini-film, titled “#throughglass.” In the two-minute clip set to re-recorded versions of “Video Girl” and “Glass & Patron,” the singer shows off her slinky choreography using the glasses to search for dance inspirations.

In the video, the singer finds herself confronted with various doppelgängers (gelled baby hairs, thick braids, pouty lips and all) that results in an artistic dance battle. This visual comes after the release of FKA Twigs’ debut album, LP1 (released in August 2014). More »

Lorde Is Banned From San Francisco Radio At The Moment

Bad news for Lorde fans in the Bay Area: You won’t be hearing “Royals” any time soon.

For those who aren’t entirely caught up on the whole baseball thing, the San Francisco Giants are heading to the World Series this week against the Kansas City…Royals. Uh oh! Superstitiously, San Fran’s radio stations are blacklisting Lorde’s big hit — at least until the series is over.

According to a series of tweets from radio stations, including KFOG and KOIT, “Royals” isn’t being put into rotation during the series. From Billboard: “‘Why send any positive vibes to Kansas City?’ KFOG’s program director Jim Richards told NBC Bay Area. ‘Why not give the song a rest? No one is going to get hurt over it.’” To be fair, the song has been played to death on radio ever since last year — a little break probably wouldn’t hurt. (We’re assuming Kansas City is about to majorly make up for those SF spins, anyway.)

Check out the radio station tweets after the jump. More »

Gwen Stefani Teases “Spark The Fire” Song: Listen To A Preview

Gwen Stefani‘s comeback single “Baby Don’t Lie,” is a tame re-introduction back to the industry for the No Doubt front runner. But a preview of a new song has popped up, and it definitely packs the right punch. Titled “Spark The Fire,” the song finds Stefani returning back to her Love.Angel.Music.Baby. roots as she shouts in her unique tone:“Who got the lighter?/Let’s spark the fiyah!!/Who got the lighter?” 

The singer’s commanding vocals (she’s rapping!) combined with the song’s percussion-heavy production filled with “Ting!” sound effects (courtesy of longtime collaborator Pharrell), sounds like a winner that will re-energize the pop world as Q4 wraps up. Listen to a brief snippet after the jump.

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Restless Road’s Tour Diary With Demi Lovato And Christina Perri (10 Photos): Idolator Premiere

Last year Restless Road formed on the US version of The X Factor, under the guidance of Simon Cowell. The country-pop trio wound up in fourth place by the end of the series’ third season, and earlier this month, they found themselves reuniting with onetime X Factor judge Demi Lovato by opening for her and Christina Perri in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Moline, Illinois.

“Being able to perform on the same stage as Demi and Christina in itself was an amazing experience,” the guys tell Idolator. “We’re huge fans of both of their work. But going into the tour, we weren’t sure how a pop audience would receive our music with us being a country-rooted act. But as soon as we started performing, the crowd immediately started getting into it and having a good time.”

Today we’re premiering a gallery of exclusive backstage photos from their shows with Demi and Christina that the guys provided us, which you can flip through above. (You might notice that a new member, Jared Keim, has replaced Colton Lane Pack since the band were on The X Factor.) And below, is a short Q&A with did with the three of them — Jared, Andrew Scholz and Zachary Beeken — where they discuss their upcoming album and some of their biggest music influences. More »

Bebe Rexha’s “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You (Chainsmokers Remix)” Video: Idolator Premiere

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Quench Your Thirst

After penning monster hits (literally) for other artists, Bebe Rexha is about to wreak some chart damage of her own with killer debut single “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You”. The soaring electro-pop anthem has been warmly embraced by pop radio and is steadily climbing iTunes. It’s also getting a lot of love in clubs thanks to an epic remix by The Chainsmokers.

The NYC duo, who dropped unavoidable floorfiller “#Selfie” earlier this year, sure know how to turn a pop song into perfect club fodder. (See their remixes of Chromeo‘s “Jealous” and Bastille‘s “Flaws” for further evidence). Their balls-to-the-wall overhaul now gets a dramatic, neon light-drenched video that gives you a whole new appreciation for Bebe’s breakthrough hit. Start your week off right by watching it up top. More »

Gwen Stefani’s “Baby Don’t Lie”: Review Revue

When Gwen Stefani and Fergie announced their return to music as solo artists a few months ago, the pop world shook with excitement. While Fergie’s bland “L.A. Love (La LA)” wasn’t the banger we expected, Stefani’s new single “Baby Don’t Lie” finds the singer embracing the reggae-inspired sound that we’ve all come to love over the years.

The song officially premiered yesterday (October 19), and we wrote “‘Uh huh, here we go,’ Stefani says, and to this rubbery bass line and hand claps – this club-ready setting suggesting a sequel to the Pharrell-produced smash ‘Hollaback Girl. Instead, ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ mellows out into a mid-tempo pop song.” Did other music critics enjoy Stefani’s comeback single? Read on below to find out! More »