Idina Menzel, the stunning voice behind Frozen hit “Let It Go,” had a chance to redeem herself after an Oscar performance that saw her racing the beat, which was likely due to her being shaken after John Travolta flubbed the introduction by calling her “Adele Dazim.” So what better way to brush it off and belt out the song than with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots using classroom instruments?
The Tony winner stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday (March 3) for the video, following in the footsteps of Robin Thicke and Carly Rae Jepsen, who both brought their viral hits to the Fallon classroom back when he hosted Late Night.
Check out the playful (and already viral) rendition up top. More »
The Voice on Monday night (March 3) was riddled with regret. Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher were filled with second guesses any time they did not turn their chairs for would-be contestants. Going for the title of “nicest panel on television,” the coaches issued more impassioned “Why’s?” than Nancy Kerrigan after that ’94 Olympics kneecapping incident as they mourned the overlooked contestants.
Come now, coaches, time to face facts: not everyone’s a winner. Just ask Tonya Harding. (Olympics jokes are still timely, right??)
Though those who choked during the Blind Auditions are likely still keeping the bleeding heart coaches up at night, it’s time to focus on the winners. Read on to see who made it through. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Poor Robin Thicke. He’s still trying to win back wife Paula Patton by declaring his love for her at shows. A couple of days after telling concertgoers in Virginia of his romantic woes, he performed Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together” in her honor at a gig in Atlantic City. Aww! [Billboard]
:: Here’s the sequel we’ve all been waiting for (or not). R. Kelly has announced that his will be following up his highly explicit collection of bedroom anthems Black Panties with a sequel called White Panties. Can’t wait. [Vibe]
:: Kanye West‘s music think tank DONDA will be managed by Jay Z‘s Roc Nation moving forward. Hov’s company will be in charge of DONDA’s recording, branding and touring initiatives. Get money. [Rap Radar]
:: Here’s some bad news for rap giant Lil Wayne. It turns out he owes the government a whopping $12 million in unpaid taxes. That’s got to hurt! Although, the MC is worth upwards of $100 million, so he’ll bounce back. [Vibe]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
I promise you’re not being trolled. Carol Maraj (AKA Nicki Minaj‘s mom) has recorded a gospel song called “God’s Been Good” — complete with EDM-inspired synths and autotune. She uploaded a thirty second preview to her SoundCloud today (March 3) and it’s obviously everything.
“With a strange look on his face the doctor studied me, looking at the X-rays I could see he wasn’t sure,” whispers the lyrically gifted diva before declaring “God’s been good, he’s always been good to me” over synths that could well have been recycled from “Starships”. Can I get an amen? Listen to a snippet of the I-can’t-believe-this-actually-exists anthem after the jump. More »
Australian R&B singer Nathaniel made a huge impression in 2013 with debut single “You”. Sounding like the best track Miguel never recorded, the smooth anthem shot into the ARIA top 10 and sold double platinum. Last month I posted a preview of rising star’s new jam “You’re Beautiful”, which turns out to be better yet.
The DNA-penned and produced tune channels vintage Prince with its squiggly ’80s synths and not exactly subtle sexual innuendo. In other words, it’s pretty great. Particularly when you take into consideration the X Factor alum’s powerful pipes and spine-tingling falsetto.
A song this sensual demanded a sexy video and Nathaniel delivers. He throws a masquerade party and performs for his guests, who parade around looking beautiful. It’s fairly simple but stylish and well shot. If you’re looking for a new R&B crooner to grace your iPod, I suggest you check this out. Watch “You’re Beautiful” up top. More »
Jessica Sanchez teams up with Cuban American crooner Jencarlos Canela on “The Night I Danced With You” — another track from the forthcoming Heartbeat Of Home soundtrack. (The 18-year-old’s lovely “Lead Me Home” also features in the Riverdance-inspired spectacular, which airs on PBS later this month).
So what can you expect from the American Idol runner-up’s latest offering? Well, it’s a cute but extremely cheesy ballad that finds the teen trading verses with Jencarlos over plucked guitar, strings and even pan-pipes. “The Night I Danced With You” belongs in Disney movie. I can totally see Cinderella or Belle twirling at the ball to this tune! Anyway, it’s always a treat to hear the Jessica’s powerful pipes. Listen after the jump. More »
After grabbing everyone’s attention with “Make Out” (a buzz track to introduce the band), Rixton finally unleash their official debut single “Me And My Broken Heart”. Produced by the always awesome Benny Blanco, the song is an absolute revelation.
The catchy guitar-pop of “Make Out” has been channeled into something more refined and mature. “Me And My Broken Heart” sounds like Maroon 5 on a very good day with its soulful vocal, funk-heavy bass and playful guitars. The sing-a-long chorus doesn’t hurt either. As for the lyric video? It’s shot in the first person and features a lot of hand-written notes. Watch up top. More »