The Giorgio Moroder project — his first artist album in over 30 years — kicked off with a bang last year in the form of “74 Is The New 24,” along with a press release that unveiled the enviable list of contributors, including Kylie Minogue, Sia, Charli XCX and Britney Spears.
Now, the legendary disco producer responsible for everything from Donna Summer‘s “I Feel Love” to Blondie‘s “Call Me” is starting to speak out about his experience creating the album, including some very subtle hints about what to expect.
For instance, the Britney feature will be “an old song,” which he says she put her “special touch” on while recording the track. And it was all her idea! “Britney actually came to me. She asked me if I was interested in doing an old song, which obviously I liked and I knew.” A Coverney! How exciting! He also explains that he loved Sia’s “Titanium” with David Guetta, as well as “Diamonds” for Rihanna. “As busy as she is, she was ready to work with me so that was quite nice,” he says.
What else did the producer have to say about his upcoming LP? Watch up top. More »
Well, that was quick. Sam Smith announced that his relationship with model Jonathan Zeizel was over during a concert last night (January 20) and then confirmed his return to single life on Instagram. “Sometimes you just need to lay in bed with a glass of red wine and a football T shirt and listen to Joni Mitchell,” the Grammy-nominated crooner captioned the post break-up selfie. “It’s been a sad day. Beautiful show, but sad day.”
The couple met on the set of Sam’s “Like I Can” video and dated for less than one month. They did, however, enjoy a joint-vacation in Australia over the Christmas break, so perhaps it was more serious than the brevity of the union suggests. The 22-year-old was still in mourning this morning, when he posted another Instagram pic with the caption: “I’m an old romantic, that’s what they say to me.” See video of Sam’s break-up announcement after the jump. More »
Another day, another Rihanna speculation — and no, it’s sadly not about #R8 (let’s be honest, it’s not coming anytime soon)! In today’s RiRi news, it is rumored the singer will perform at an outdoor concert as part of the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend festivities.
According to New York Post, it will take over a handful of blocks in New York City’s Flatiron district and will be a partnership with Jay Z‘s Roc Nation. The concert will reportedly take place on Thursday, February 12. Let’s see if our favorite bad gal will show up! More »
Fergie is a vision of loveliness on the cover of Allure magazine. The comeback queen serves serious glamor in the Patrick Demarchelier-helmed shoot, showing a softer, more romantic side than we’re used to seeing in her videos. The 39-year-old diva also posed for pics with husband Josh Duhamel and baby Axl Jack. It kind of goes without saying that they are a ridiculously photogenic family.
In addition to being more Fergalicious than usual, the “L.A. Love (La La)” hitmaker opened up about releasing a new solo album after an eight year break. “Did I feel some sort of pressure to come back out?” Fergie answers her own question in the affirmative. “I felt that it was either going to be another baby or an album.” Oh and as for the criticism her comeback single/video drew from critics? “I don’t read everything. I just figure with all my stuff — some people are going to like it, some people aren’t. It’s a lot easier for me to just say, ‘fuck it’ now!” More »
Iggy Azalea has received more than her fair share of online abuse since breaking big with 2014 chart-topper “Fancy,” which could explain why she posted a link to an article called “I’ve Come To Hate So Much Of The Internet” on Twitter last night (January 20). She followed that up with a string of tweets this morning, pointing out the disconnect between print magazines and their online counterparts. “I’ll be at the supermarket and see a face smiling at me endorsed by the same name that tried to convince me why its cool to hate that person and it seems like it’s all so conflicted,” the Aussie femcee wrote.
“The online version of a mag is always worse and by worse I mostly mean negative as fuck and purposely filled with misleading ‘buzz’ lines that often have little to do with the story,” Iggy continued. “Also it’s wierd [sic] to see publications that are known (in their physical version) to be specifically geared towards something ie. Forbes, Time having online versions of their brand that don’t seem to be focused on catering to their original demo. ie: people with brains.”
But she wasn’t done yet. “Media plays a big role in shaping society and it’s a problem when we consume information online and it’s undertone is very negative,” the “Black Widow” diva elaborated futher. “Anyway, this isn’t me saying all media is bad. Im just saying: Give ppl more credit. dont trade your brand identity for clicks.” Iggy makes several valid points but her truth tea party isn’t likely to win her any friends at the publications she just clocked. See the hitmaker’s Twitter commentary after the jump. More »
How long have we been fascinated with Madonna‘s naughty bits? Probably for as long as she’s been bouncing them out there for all to see…so, you know, decades. And now that the Queen Of Pop has been unleashed on Instagram, she has no problem showing her loyal subjects every aspect of her rebel heart.
Upcoming Grammy Awards performer Madge still knows how to get pulses racing — not to mention blood boiling — every time she shows a little skin, but she has choice words for her detractors: “Laughing at all the haters out there who spend their energy trying to label and limit me with their prejudices and fears,” she wrote last year on Instagram. “Take your evil tongue and eye and turn them into birds that fly!” More »
Dawn Richard is a visual artist. Despite releasing excellent third solo LP Blackheart (out now) independently, the former Danity Kane diva has delivered innovative artwork, an edgy image overhaul and even co-directed an amazing animated video, “Tide: The Paradox Effect,” which makes the rest of the game look creatively bankrupt.
The 31-year-old’s arty approach is reflected in Blackheart‘s stylish promo pics. Dawn has been updating her social media accounts with the stunning images, which range from a completely nude pic (she is covered in black paint) to a series of high-fashion looks. Everything about this era has been so well-executed and interesting, it makes you wonder what she could achieve with a bigger budget. See her sexy promo shoot up top. More »
The term “Queen Of Pop” gets thrown around all too loosely across the blogosphere, which is why it’s important that we bring it back and really recognize the true owner worthy of the title: Asia, Lady Gaga‘s iconic French bulldog.
Affectionately nicknamed “Batpig” (likely due to her bat-like ears and pig-like face, but also her impressive array of superpowers most closely similar to Batman), Asia is a true legend. Her #PhucksFree attitude is rivaled only by Rihanna, while her sad puppy face could make even the hardest and most toughest and strongest #RebelHearts like Madonna weep for days. Hell, she even scored a Harper’s Bazaar cover back in September! There’s simply no stopping this fierce and fashionable pup. Accordingly, we’ve rounded up some of Asia’s best photos over the nearly full year since Gaga adopted her beloved Batpig. More »
The Southern Barbz will get a taste of Nicki Minaj this summer, as she is set to headline the 2015 X Games in Austin, TX! The extreme sporting event will take place from June 4-7 at the city’s Circuit of Americas. Other artists who plan to join the also extreme rapper over the weekend include Talib Kweli, Pennywise, and Deltron 3000.
This news comes after the announcement of Minaj’s European tour this Spring in support of The Pinkprint, which kicks off on March 16 in Stockholm, Sweden. “Touchin, Lovin” collaborator Trey Songz will join her on the road. Tickets to the X Games Austin go on sale this Friday, January 23. More »
Charli XCX‘s fashion style is typically bold and girly with an injection of punk rock edge, but these new V magazine outtakes show a softer side to the UK singer. In the shoot (photographed by Richard Bush), she dons a fresh face with minimal makeup while wearing statement jewelry and a slick motorcycle jacket.
The “Doing It” chanteuse also speaks with the magazine about the success of “Boom Clap” and gives props to Britney Spears. View the photos in the gallery up top, and read highlights from the singer’s interview after the jump! More »