Michelle Williams‘ mission to save souls with booty-shakin’ bangers continues apace with a furious club remix of “Fire”. The already turnt-up gospel anthem now gets a winning house overhaul by UK-based DJ Jochen Simms (who memorably remixed Beyonce‘s “Run The World (Girls)”).
It goes without saying that Michelle makes the transition from church to club effortlessly. Criminally underrated promo single “Love Gun” already proved that the Destiny’s Child diva is equally at home on a podium or in the pulpit. Listen to her latest jam after the jump. More »
Lucy Hale shared the cover of debut single “You Sound Good To Me” today (December 2) and it’s a sun-dappled delight. Currently better known as Aria Montgomery on hit TV series Pretty Little Liars, the 24-year-old actress will surprise a lot of people when her exceedingly cute country-pop jam hits iTunes on January 7.
For starters, “You Sound Good To Me” sounds like the second coming of Shania Twain — obviously a good thing! — and her playful twang comes across as completely natural. It will be interesting to see how the Hollywood Records signee is received by country music aficionados but pop fans will, no doubt, welcome Lucy with open arms. Watch a live rendition of her new single after the jump. More »
At age 21, Travi$ Scott has developed an uncanny ability to create atmosphere and tension (no doubt that’s why he was enlisted to work on Yeezus). And if you’ve seen his “Upper Echelon” video, you know he’s got a penchant for bizarre imagery. But he’s upped the mindfuckery ante on his video for Owl Pharaoh standout ”Uptown.”
Scott seems to have some sort of telepathic control over people, and the ability to ignite into flames. That’s about all there is in terms of a narrative. The rest is just one strange setpiece after another. There’s a robbery by a bunch of white-eyed goons, vomiting, facial morphing, a cackling butcher, a legit jump-scare when A$AP Ferg gets on the mic and a White Stripes sample. If that all sounds confusing, that’s probably the point: the video is eight minutes long, but it never seems to follow one trajectory for more than 30 seconds. This means it leads to a lot of cool shit, but also a lot of interruptions to an otherwise strong song. More »
One of these days I’m going to make a gallery documenting all of the hairstyles Beyonce has rocked on The Mrs. Carter Show world tour. (Because something this important obviously needs to be recorded for history!) There was the straight bob and the much-maligned permed bob as well as the ever-reliable wavy lion’s mane.
On the opening night of the second North American leg of The Mrs. Carter Show in Vancouver, Bey added another stunning ‘do the list. Her long locks were back but this time the diva’s trademark curls were missing. Third Ward Trill‘s straight weave was warmly received by the usually hyper-critical Hive, so expect to see a lot more of this look. More »
Lorde was a special guest performer — along with Alicia Keys — at Sunday’s (December 1) ARIA Awards in Sydney, Australia and treated assembled fans and industry types to a knock out performance of Pure Heroine highlight “Team”. She kept it typically simple, belting out the song alone on a dark stage.
The 17-year-old donned her now trademark goth make-up and rocked a priest’s habit-like outfit with gigantic sleeves for the ceremony. New Zealand’s finest export definitely cut a striking figure behind the microphone, contorting her face and arms as she semi-danced/writhed to the song. Her vocal was excellent and she proved yet again that less is often more. More »
While we were drowning in a sea of gravy and cheap scotch over Thanksgiving weekend, it looks like Syron was studying up on Rihanna‘s recent style choices, as the British about-to-pop singer unleashed a new video and new ‘do.
From the first few seconds of her “Colour Me In” video, it’s clear this is a revamped Syron we’re dealing with — she’s ditched her around-the-way girl style for something edgier, all legs and ink. But while she’s rocking a rock look in the BretonLabs-directed visual, the music is still smooth and pulsating, hitting her house sweet spot at the chorus. It’s not as immediately hooky as her prior tracks, but it may very well be her most hypnotic song yet.
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R. Kelly‘s”Show Ya Pussy” is not an uplifting anthem for cat lovers. Rather, the latest taste of Black Panties to surface online documents the R&B icon’s strip club shenanigans in explicit detail. “I’m about to get drunk up in this fucking club, I’m spending a lot of money in this fucking club,” he croons and, well, the man wants to get what he paid for!
The highly instructional chorus — “climb up, slide down, bend over, twerk now” etc — is rowdy enough but Migos and Juicy J take it to the next level with verses bursting with unintentionally hilarious one-liners like: “when I kill that pussy she don’t call the cops, shorty is such a dope bitch!” And they say romance is dead. Listen R. Kelly’s mind-boggling stripper anthem after the jump. More »
Ariana Grande dropped by SBTV in the UK to promote Yours Truly and kindly belted out an acoustic version of breakthrough hit “The Way”. With only a guitar to accompany her, the 20-year-old put on a devastating vocal display — delivering one of her best performances.
As frustrating (and flattering) as the Mariah Carey comparisons must be, they are unavoidable when you see Ari in full flight. Her upper register is truly something to behold as she hits notes only your dog can hear. With the right material, the budding diva could really shake the game up. Watch her in action above. More »
The 2013 Soul Train Music Awards took place Sunday (December 1), and the ceremony was heavy on nostalgia — Keith Sweat and Dionne Warwick both received honors for their iconic careers, Warren G performed his classic “Regulate,” Vanilla Ice got stage time for some reason — but the new school had plenty of time in the spotlight. Kendrick Lamar took home Album of the Year, “Blurred Lines” won song of the year, Janelle Monae snagged Video of the Year and Miguel was named Best R&B/Soul Male Artist. The mix of old and new went into the performances as well: up top, watch Jennifer Hudson do a medley with Chaka Khan, T.I. and Evelyn “Champagne” King.
Check out performances from Wale, Tamar Braxton and more below. More »
Well, the Jonas Brothers may have gone kaput, but Joe Jonas is talking about how and why it all happened in a revealing story for New York, where the singer reveals that the band’s split was a long time coming — and a lot of other stuff, too!
He talks about their ascent to stardom! He talks about the fans! He talks about his love life! He talks about the fame! He talks about Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus! Ah, yes, this is a good one, folks. The rare celebrity interview that’s actually genuinely revealing. More »