Did You Hear?
:: Jewel is recording a sequel (of sorts) to mega-selling 1995 album Pieces Of You. She plans to release the album independently and record several songs during live performances. Sounds great! [Billboard]
:: This is incredible. Beyonce‘s concert at the 02 Arena in London on Tuesday night (March 4) was attended by Adele, Lily Allen, Jennifer Hudson and Liam Payne among other celebrities. Bow down. [Twitter]
:: Miley Cyrus knows how to spawn a meme or two. The twerkin’ diva’s latest contribution to popular culture is turning the simple question “Are those jeggings?” into a catchphrase. [MTV]
:: It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Ashanti. The R&B songstress dropped her much-anticipated new LP Braveheart and agreed to sing the national anthem at the upcoming Pacquiao vs. Bradley boxing match. [Vibe]
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Norway’s Mr Little Jeans has been generating buzz and receiving universal blog love since dropping an impressive indie-pop cover of Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies” way back in 2010. Four years later, Monica Birkenes is finally ready to grace our iPods with her much-anticipated debut LP Pocketknife (due March 25).
The tracklist features all of the Scandinavian diva’s singles including her beautiful cover of Arcade Fire‘s “The Suburbs”, 2012′s Ladyhawke-channeling synth-rock gem “Runaway” and gorgeous lo-fi pop anthem “Oh Sailor”, which ranked in my top 10 singles of 2013. The album also boasts Mr Little Jeans’ new track “Good Mistake”. Listen to it and see all the songs after the jump. More »
Christina Perri has another huge hit on her hands with Head Or Heart lead single “Human”. The moving ballad is steadily moving up the Billboard Hot 100, rapidly racking up radio spins and recently broke into the iTunes top 20. The song’s impressive remix package can only help its chart fortunes.
The stand-out EDM overhaul belongs to Passion Pit. When not releasing brilliant electronic tunes of their own, the band dabbles in remixing songs for other acts and they do a fantastic job of transforming Christina’s heartfelt hit into a sprawling synth anthem. This isn’t so much a remix as a completely new interpretation. Listen to the club-friendly version of “Human” after the jump. More »
Nicki Minaj is no stranger to sexy social media antics but the random post-shower pics she shared on Instagram today (March 5) are pretty shameless even by her standards. The femcee poses topless in the happy snaps with only her wet hair for coverage.
Don’t get me wrong, the “Lookin Ass N*gga” rap diva looks great — her chest is almost as gravity-defying as that famous butt — but what exactly was the point? Maybe she was just trying to show off her stylishly decorated bathroom. If this is the kind of stunt Nicki is willing to pull when she’s promoting a buzz single, imagine her antics when album number three drops later this year! More »
Taylor Swift has a lot of famous friends. When she’s not hanging out with Lorde, Selena Gomez or Ed Sheeran, the country superstar is taking road trips with supermodels. Yep, the 24-year-old spent the last two days driving across California with Karlie Kloss and she kindly shared pictures of her epic adventure on Instagram.
I’m not sure how much fun a road trip with Taylor would be (I imagine her playing James Taylor‘s greatest hits on repeat and rambling endlessly about heartbreak) but Karlie had the time of her life if the photos are any indication. The blond bombshells drove along the Pacific Coast Highway, stopped at Pfeiffer Big Sur state park and even cuddled on the beach. See all their pics after the jump. More »
You know the old saying about not judging a book by its cover? Well, it turns out you shouldn’t judge a song by its title either. My eyes rolled when I heard Jennifer Lopez‘s new single was called “I Luh Ya Papi” but the Detail-produced banger premiered today (March 5) and it’s actually rather great.
Sure, the lyrics are questionable (“I got the hourglass for you, baby look at these legs!”) and the song is essentially an update of 2011 hit “I’m Into You” but the production is jam-packed with catchy hooks and the chorus is terrifyingly catchy. It’s only a matter of time before this becomes a meme. Oh and French Montana spits a few bars about Jenny keeping it real. Listen to J.Lo’s latest after the jump. More »
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Cher Lloyd, but the British singer announced the details of the release of her aptly titled Sorry I’m Late LP, which she initially teased back in October. The album will get a May 27 release, and as part of the rollout, she’ll select a fan who will, in conjunction with the MTV Artists app, get to exclusively unveil a track.
“What I love most about my fans is that they aren’t afraid to be vocal when they want new music from me, so I thought why not let them be the ones to release it?” Lloyd said in a statement. Now there’s an example of a healthy and symbiotic stan-artist relationship. More »
Leave it to Foxes to turn Pharrell‘s serotonin-raising “Happy” into a heart-rending synth ballad. The Glorious diva dropped by BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge earlier this week and offered a completely unexpected take on the Despicable Me 2 chart-topper — for starters, she mashed it up with Massive Attack‘s 1998 trip hop classic “Teardrop”.
The 24-year-old’s interpretation begins like an eerie lament, with the Brit showing off her powerful pipes over “Teardrop”‘s melancholy opening notes. Just when you think you know where she’s going with her distinctly unhappy cover of “Happy”, Foxes ups the tempo and gets her groove on. Trust me, you won’t “feel like a room without a roof” after watching this wacky mash. See it up top. More »
Broods are back with a video for “Never Gonna Change,” off their very strong debut EP. For the visual, the New Zealand brother and sister are nowhere to be found. Instead, the clip follows a man who (we’re guessing, here) is drowning, and what we see is his death fantasy about being with his lover.
Or, ya know, maybe it’s literal and it’s actually about two people with magic water powers doing it in a leaky trailer. We can’t be too sure. Either way, the waterlogged images fit with the song’s fluid synths and bass line.
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Lea Michele dropped by Good Morning America today (March 5) to promote her debut LP Louder and performed Sia-penned ballad “Battlefield”. The Glee star looked sleek and stylish in a little black dress and showed off her powerful pipes with a typically dramatic/impressive rendition.
The 27-year-old was really in her element here. Lea is clearly more comfortable with emotional ballads than uptempo tracks — and gets to have her very own Celine Dion moment complete with awkward (but amazing) facial expressions and acrobatic hand gestures. Watch her endearing diva turn up top. More »