Just when you thought Billboard cover girl Ariana Grande couldn’t saturate the market any further after releasing singles “Problem,” “Break Free” and “Bang Bang” — not to mention “Best Mistake” — she’s now teasing her upcoming album’s My Everything‘s title track. (Incidentally, it’s one of the few songs on the LP that doesn’t have another featured vocalist tacked on.)
This morning Grande posted two live video clips on Instagram that show the 21 year old sitting in the middle of an orchestra on a sound stage, practicing the old-school-sounding slow song. She wrote on the first one, “little somethin from rehearsal today.” An hour later she added the second clip and noted, “here’s another only cause I love this string intro so much! had to share.”
Get an early listen of “My Everything” in below. More »
Aussie YouTube sensation Troye Sivan is officially a bonafide pop star to be reckoned with.
The “Happy Little Pill” crooner quickly garnered critical acclaim with his debut single (which just broke into the Billboard Hot 100), a song that some of our favorite pop stars are loving, including Adam Lambert. (And Florrie already covered the song!)
And now, his major label debut EP is following suit: TRXYE, which was released today worldwide, soared straight to #1 on iTunes in the US — and an unbelievable 54 more countries as well. More »
It’s been a minute since we heard anything new from Bastille, the UK band behind “Bad Blood” and “Pompeii” that broke out big last year. But lo and behold, the London pop-rockers have an EP on the way for latest All This Bad Blood single “Oblivion,” which will contain a new track titled “Bad News.”
The song kicks off with a synth squelch and quickly evolves into a mid-tempo anthem that has Bastille frontman Dan Smith singing, “Bad news like a sucker punch, moving your way / people fill the streets like nothing has changed.”
Give Bastille’s latest angsty cut a listen below. More »
Taylor Swift is on the promo trail for The Giver, the sci-fi film she stars in alongside Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, but there’s also the not-so-secret news that she’s got new music on the way — including a single that may or may not be titled “Shake It Off.”
Swift, who is set to perform at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, hit up Late Night With Seth Meyers last night to chat about her movie, crashing a fan’s recent bridal shower and why she’s always caught on camera dancing at awards shows. More »
Here’s a good reason to start chasing the sun today, Little Duffsters: A brand new Hilary Duff promo photo has just surfaced!
The “All About You” folk-pop princess is looking all sorts of grown up and gorgeous in the newly unveiled promo photo from her upcoming comeback LP. What’s she looking at? Maybe it’s one of her paper airplanes.
Are you excited to hear Hil’s upcoming comeback LP? Check out the full photo after the jump. More »
Much as Miley Cyrus stood front and center in pop’s spotlight last fall, Ariana Grande is arguably the “it” girl in music in summer 2014. It’s a notion that Billboard, at least, agrees on, as the publication has splashed the polka dot covered “Break Free” songbird on the cover of its latest issue.
The accompanying feature story on her details Grande’s penchant for the bizarre as a young girl, including her leanings toward skeleton face paint, Freddy Krueger masks and Jaws-themed birthday parties. “There was a stage, when I was 3 or 4, where my mom thought I might grow up to be a serial killer,” she admits to Billboard. More »
Iggy Azalea is so fancy…you already know. But did you know the I-G-G-Y is charitable too?
The Aussie “Black Widow” femcee, along with our favorite “Stay With Me” soul-pop crooner Sam Smith, will both headline at the pre-2014 MTV Video Music Awards concert for the national HIV/AIDS prevention and education nonprofit, Lifebeat – Music Fights HIV/AIDS on Friday, August 22 at The Avalon in LA.
The two skyrocketing sensations have both honored with a MTV Artist To Watch nomination (Iggy last year, and Sam this year), and are part of a long line of acts who have previously headlined the pre-VMA Lifebeat concert, including Robin Thicke, Maroon 5 and The Beastie Boys.
Love you some Iggy and Sam? If you live in Southern California, Time Warner Cable is going to be giving away tickets to residents. So, in the words of Iggy: Do dat, do dat!
Are you excited for all of the VMAs festivities? Let us know in the comments below. More »
Like a moth to the flame, burned by the J.Lo, our love for Janet Damita Jo Jackson is blind, can’t you see our desire?
In anticipation of her new album, we decided to delve deep into Baby Miss Jackson Privacy Control’s video vault. But since her videography only comes in three modes: iconic, more iconic or MOST ICONIC, we’re shining the spotlight on seven of her lesser-known but unbelievably essential video triumphs. Alright! More »
:: Taylor Swift dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to announce her performance at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. While there, she took part in the popular Ew! segment and played a super nerd. It appeared to come easily. [Billboard]
:: Here’s an unexpected cover version. Chris Brown shared a unique interpretation of Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me”, which is currently sitting at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s different. [Spin]
:: This is really touching. The broadway cast of Aladdin honored the late Robin Williams with a huge singalong. Performer James Iglehart also reminisced about watching the Disney cartoon for the first time. [Death And Taxes]
:: Michael Cera has released a lo-fi folk album called True That. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The Arrested Development actor has appeared in videos for Islands and sang backing vocals for Weezer. [Stereogum]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today below!
Annie Lennox previewed her new covers LP Nostalgia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Tuesday (August 12) and mesmerized the assorted press and industry types with haunting interpretations of standards like “Memphis In June” and “Strange Fruit”. The legendary diva finally shared more details about her comeback album today, including the release date and tracklist.
For starters, Nostalgia was produced by frequent collaborator Mike Stevens — not Don Was, who introduced the project at the aforementioned listening party. The album is scheduled to be released on vinyl first (September 30) before physical and digital formats hit stores/websites on October 21. Find the full, classics-packed tracklist after the jump. More »