Sigma have followed up their huge UK hit “Nobody To Love” with the epic “Changing,” a euphoric drum and bass jam that features “Can’t Rely On You” singer Paloma Faith. When the song first premiered last week, we branded it a storming dance cut given a powerful edge via Faith’s booming, gospel-like vocals and the strings (or at least string-like synths) that fill the track throughout.
Now there’s a beautiful video that was shot in Florida to accompany the song. Here we see Paloma — and, occasionally, British dance duo Sigma — roaming the area and hanging with the locals, lounging on the hood of an old Chevy and being driven through the streets. More »
Did You Hear?
:: A minor-league baseball team plans to destroy Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus records due to their “musical disease.” The event has been dubbed “Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It,” as inspired by the 1979 event in Chicago. [Los Angeles Times]
:: David Bowie hints that he will release new music soon. His last album, 2013′s The Next Day, was his first in a decade. [Pitchfork]
:: T.I. performed in the premiere episode of VH1′s new Soundclash series, produced by Questlove and hosted by Diplo. When the Atlanta rapper performed “Live Your Life,” Fall Out Boy and London Grammar filled in for Rihanna. [Stereogum]
:: Rihanna apologized for a contentious tweet she sent with the hashtag “#FreePalestine.” She says that she sent the tweet out on accident, without intending to take sides on the international conflict. [Billboard]
:: Girls creator Lena Dunham has one nagging question about MAGIC!‘s #1 hit “Rude” – has the girl mentioned “even consented to marrying a Canadian reggae singer?” Ingrid Michaelson‘s got answers. [Billboard]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »
Harmonizers, does Idolator ever have a treat for you today! Sassy vocal quintet Fifth Harmony swung by our studio last week to promote their just-released single “Bo$$”, and in case you’ve yet to hear it, the song finds the ladies calling out such powerful women as First Lady Michelle Obama and media mogul Oprah Winfrey over an infectious pop-R&B hook. And can we just get an amen on America finally offering up a girl group with chops as impressive as this?
Now, what you likely haven’t heard is 5H belting out the bombastic “Bo$$” during a stripped-down, acoustic performance. And that’s just what we have for you above. While hanging out with us and shooting the above Idolator Sessions clip, the girls proved that their “Bo$$” is a song that works with more than just one style of performance. More »
The gridlock that Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX had imposed on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Fancy” has finally ended…for this week, at least. After seven weeks in the peak position on the main singles chart, “Fancy” takes a tumble in the wake of MAGIC!‘s “Rude” jumping to the #1 spot. It’s the first chart-topping song for songwriter/band frontman Nasri Atweh and his pals — not bad for the Canadian act’s first single!
Also making a move is Disclosure and Sam Smith‘s dance jam “Latch,” which finally hops into the Top 10, at #10. All involved can pop a bottle in celebration, given that the song has now officially charted higher in the States than it did in their home country of the United Kingdom (where it peaked at #11 last year). More »
Were you begging for Lana Del Rey to give you all of that ultraviolence? Well, you’re in luck: The “saddest, baddest diva in rock” is preparing to drop the title track of her stunning second LP as the next official single from the campaign in the UK, due out on August 18 according to an official press release.
The dark and deeply romantic ode to a former flame named Jim, written alongside Dan Heath and produced by Dan Auerbach in Nashville, was originally premiered on BBC radio prior to the album’s release in early June.
The track is largely considered an album standout, and has also sparked some controversy for its provocative lyrics, as Lana sings about a very physical kind of love affair. “He hit me and it felt like a kiss,” she woozily coos in the chorus, an assumed nod to The Crystals‘ 1963s hit, “He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss).” If the song’s evocative and ultra violent lyrics are any indication, the accompanying video ought to be quite something.
Are you excited for Lana — err, Deadly Nightshade’s “Ultraviolence” to be a single? Let us know in the comments below, and listen to the track after the jump. More »
Beyonce shouted out to OutKast when her and Jay Z‘s On the Run tour hit Atlanta on July 15. To longtime residents, this small gesture proved that she knew of the hip-hop duo’s lasting influence.
Currently, Atlanta attracts aspiring rappers and producers from across the South, who work in hopes of churning out the next hit to be broadcast in the city’s three hip-hop stations. During “***Flawless,” Beyonce also played a snippet of Ace Hood‘s “Bugatti,” featuring Atlanta natives Future at the hook and Mike WiLL Made It on the beat. That platinum hit is just one example of how the hip-hop industry has thrived in the city.
In comparison, though, the pop diva’s brief nod to OutKast – a snippet of “SpottieOttieDopalicious,” off the duo’s 1998 classic Aquemini – felt more significant. Her shout-out, like her “No Angel” video, was harder evidence that she knows her hip-hop history — including that, without OutKast, no one would have known that the South got somethin’ to say. Watch Beyonce shout out OutKast during “***Flawless” in Atlanta below. More »
Lana Del Rey covers the latest issue of Rolling Stone, on stands July 18. Shot by Theo Warner, who also snapped Miley Cyrus last year, the Ultraviolence diva stares straight ahead while laying in bed and holding a grey cat close underneath the covers, appearing (almost) as a self-described homebody.
Based on snippets from her cover story, Del Rey may be fine with that. She talked to RS about how music-biz friends distanced themselves from her after her poorly-received Saturday Night Live performance – the sort of criticism that she would later find freeing, as she has said in other interviews. She also addressed her recent “I wish I was dead” statements, blaming The Guardian for leading questions but also adding, “I find that most people I meet figure I kind of want to kill myself anyway.”
According to the magazine, Del Rey even tried to back out of the cover story plans. “I feel like maybe we should wait until there’s something good to talk about,” she said. See another photo from inside the issue after the jump, then get the full scoop (so far) at RS. More »
While dining with Kanye West, Drake and The Kardashians last summer (casual), rising pop sensation Pia Mia briefly set the world ablaze when Kim K. uploaded Pia’s incredible acoustic cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Since then, she’s only continued to build buzz with the release of her debut EP The Gift, a collection of bouncy, catchy urban-pop jams and smooth ‘n slinky R&B ballads like “Red Love” and “Mr. President,” as well as her mesmerizing Divergent soundtrack contribution, “Fight For You (feat. Chance The Rapper).”
Ahead of the release of her upcoming debut LP, the talented 17-year-old songstress is rolling out brand new blog entries called Wolfpack Wednesdays, and we’re happy to premiere the first episode right here on Idolator.
The debut episode follows Pia as she heads out for a whirlwind promotional journey back in her homeland of Guam, conducts a few radio interviews, meets her fans (The Wolfpack!), puts on a killer performance and snaps some gorgeous photoshoots across the countryside before finally kicking back on the beach for a hot minute and eating hot Cheetos. (We’re all about that life too, girl.)
Watch the premiere of Wolfpack Wednesdays up top, and keep up with all things Pia Mia at her official website. More »
Austin Mahone released a new song called “Say My Name,” just a few months after he released his debut EP The Secret. (He’s been working hard – just ask his label boss Birdman.)
No, “Say My Name” is not a Destiny’s Child cover. However, after the 18-year-old singer recorded what sounded like long lost Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC cuts for The Secret, he turns in his new song to full-fledged R&B-turned-pop sensations for inspiration. On top of electric keys, Mahone begs for a girl to stay the night, his voice aching as if he’s listened to Boyz II Men in the past. During the breakdown, he interpolates the melody from Ginuwine‘s 2001 classic “Differences,” the part where the R&B lothario sings “My whole life has changed…”
Ultimately, Mahone sounds like an 18-year-old while singing such songs. He’s earnest, but he’s still got some growing up to do in order to sell heartache like this. Still, it’s tough to blame him for trying – have you heard “Differences” lately? Hear Mahone’s new song “Say My Name” and revisit Ginuwine’s 2001 classic after the jump. More »
Sia, featured vocalist on such hits as David Guetta‘s “Titanium,” Flo Rida‘s “Wild Ones” and her own current single “Chandelier,” has finally hit the top all by herself. The Australian multi-talent’s sixth studio album 1000 Forms Of Fear has debuted in the peak position of the Billboard 200 (it’s also #1 in her home country this week), marking her first chart-topper here — let alone her first LP to enter the Top 20 in the States.
When all was said and done, Billboard points out that 1000 Forms Of Fear sold 52,000 copies out of the gate — a relatively slow sales week overall — and the lowest total for a #1 album since August 2012.
Still, not bad, considering Sia hasn’t shown her face once during for any official album-campaigning this time around. More »