Are you still in the mood for some jazz, Little Monsters? Well, you better stay in that mood, ’cause Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett aren’t pulling away from that Cheek To Cheek promo anytime soon!
As if the PBS special wasn’t already enough jazzy goodness, the duo just added more live dates throughout 2015.
While the two were already scheduled for a New Year’s Eve show in Vegas at the Cosmopolitan, as well as a post-Grammy gig in LA on February 8. But according to a new report from Billboard, the two acts will be performing together at the Hollywood Bowl on May 30, the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 8 and NYC’s Radio City Music Hall on June 29. And that’s hardly all: “Gaga and Bennett will headline as many as a dozen jazz festivals in 2015, according to a source.”
Will you be heading out to see more of Gagaloo and Mr. Bennett? Sound off in the comments below. More »
Taylor Swift is having the best year ever — well for the last few months, at least. With her fifth studio LP 1989 out today (October 27), the singer has been doing the ultimate rounds of promotion. She has starred in commercials for Diet Coke and Target, and even unveiled song lyrics from the album leading up to its release.
Now, the “Out Of The Woods” starlet is ready to wrap up 2014 by headlining Ryan Seacrest‘s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Swift will perform in the middle of Times Square for over one million people (did you know she’s officially a New Yorker now?). The live broadcast special will air on Wednesday, December 31 at 8 p.m. on ABC. More »
Ashley Frangipane, otherwise known as her music alter-ego Halsey, is a 20-year-old New Jersey native making waves in the pop scene with her breakout single — “Ghost.” The tune was released earlier this summer, and it now has a visual! Today, we at Idolator are bringing you the premiere of the “Ghost” video, directed by Alex de Bonrepos. It is a part of the singer’s 5-track EP, Room 93, with four of them having an accompanying clip.
The video depicts a young, starry-eyed couple (with Halsey herself playing the girlfriend) who seem to be at the peak of their stormy relationship. It starts out with a steamy make-out session in a rundown motel room, but soon takes a dangerous turn as the two begin to fight. The ending of the video is unexpectedly unnerving, but you have to watch it up top for yourself to see what goes down!
Head on after the jump to read Halsey’s own explanation of the “Ghost” video. More »
Mary J. Blige has released the lyric video for “Therapy,” the lead single off her upcoming album The London Sessions. The footage is very organic and weathered, featuring images of the singer and Rorschach tests. It has quite the therapeutic effect — pun intended. The bluesy song was co-written by Blige, Sam Smith and Eg White (Adele, Florence + The Machine, etc.).
“Therapy” is off the singer’s forthcoming thirteenth studio LP, The London Sessions (out on December 2). It features collaborations from artists like Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy. More »
Welcome to 1989!
After what’s seemed like a full year’s worth of promotional duties packed into the past one or two months, Taylor Swift‘s first official foray into pop music has finally arrived.
The sparkling set, which includes #1 smash “Shake It Off,” “Out Of The Woods” and her effervescent ode to the Big Apple “Welcome To New York,” is already on track to becoming one of the year’s highest sellers (if not the highest seller), but how does it stack up among music critics ’round the world?
Check out what the critics are saying after the jump. More »
Are you ready to light-rock? Imagine Dragons‘ debut album Night Visions sold over 2 million copies in the US — a rare feat these days — and spawned multi-Platinum hits in the forms of “Radioactive” and “Demons.” Naturally the Vegas-based alt rock band are eager to keep the ball rolling, and so today we have “I Bet My Life,” the lead single off ID’s upcoming sophomore album.
With this one, gone is the explosive angst that fueled the band’s previous radio fare. And in its place is a lighter, more Mumford-meets-Phillip-Phillips vibe. (That sounds like a horrifying analogy, doesn’t it? Happy Halloween!) Call it a kinder, more cuddly Imagine Dragons, if you will?
Listen to “I Bet My Life,” which was written and produced by Imagine Dragons, below. More »
Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.
Twenty-year-old soulstress Becky Hill has developed the work ethic of a warrior. In 2012, she went on singing competition The Voice UK, where she was under the guidance of UK heavy-hitter Jessie J and made it all the way to the semi-finals.
Now, having graduated from the show, the Brit has become a tour-de-force in her homeland’s thriving dance music scene, providing smoky vocal assists on the likes of Wilkinson’s “Afterglow,” Rudimental’s “Powerless,” and Dutch beatsmith Oliver Heldens‘ smash hit “Gecko (Overdrive)”.
As she gears up for the release of her debut album, Becky jumped on the phone with Idolator to talk about her time on the show, working with her longtime pal and fellow 20-year-old music prodigy MNEK, and her inspirations behind the upcoming record. Find out all there is to know about the rising diva after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Nicki Minaj will feature Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown in a new song titled “Only,” out October 28. Minaj’s current single, “Anaconda,” is now No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. [Instagram]
:: Speaking of the “Anaconda” star – in a viral video, a woman who had her wisdom teeth removed wakes up, upset that she looks nothing like Nicki: “I just wanted to have her butt. And her face. I paid a lot of money, and I’m still white!” [Complex]
:: Rihanna celebrated the launch of her latest fragrance, Rogue Man, at the Macy’s in Atlanta’s Lenox Square. More than 300 fans flooded the store and purchased the men’s fragrance. [E!]
:: Lady Gaga brought a $23 million mansion in Malibu, complete with a stable, a saltwater pool with spa, a bocce ball court and a two-lane bowling alley. [Los Angeles Times]
:: Diplo is reportedly expecting his second child with ex-girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart. The producer-DJ has been linked to Katy Perry since April. [New York Daily News]
:: How much can Taylor Swift have in common with experimental techno pioneer Aphex Twin? See for yourself with Aphex Swift, a fan-made mash-up album complete with an explanation (“APHEX TWIN IS AS BIG A ROMANTIC CORNBALL AS TAYLOR SWIFT”). [Stereogum]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
“This is a church song. This is a soulful song. This is one of my favorite songs out right now, and you think you know it, but you don’t. It’s not Sam Smith,” Kelly Clarkson said, during her recent Buffalo N.Y., concert. The endearing pop star was referring to how she covered Smith’s hit “Stay with Me” last week in Chicago, trading in the original’s choir for electric guitar melodies. Instead, she transitioned into another song that had the crowd shrieking, partially because of how unexpected it was – Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off.”
“Shake It Off” is a modern-day version of Toni Basil‘s cheerleading anthem “Mickey.” The words that Clarkson used, “church” and “soulful,” aren’t exactly the first that come to mind. That said, the Wrapped In Red star made her case, singing the first few verses slowly and with added verve. She actually managed to bring “Shake It Off” to church, only to joke of how doing so may be blasphemy: “I might be going to hell, but it ain’t for that.”
Preach, Kelly. Watch her cover Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” below. More »
Pharrell kicked off and closed CBS Radio’s “We Can Survive” concert, held October 24 at the Hollywood Bowl. As an unofficial host of sorts (the real host was The Voice‘s Carson Daly), he took it upon himself to remind fans of the event’s cause, to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. “When we sing this next song, I want you to put your best efforts, your prayers, your energy into believing that we can beat this cancer,” he said.
Still, the event’s featured acts made sure to keep the mood light. Taylor Swift performed songs from her new (and soon-to-be-smash) album 1989. Surprise guest Jennifer Lopez stormed Iggy Azalea‘s set for their A.K.A. team-up “Booty.” (She even spanked the rapper’s booty in the process — oh my!) Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Lady Antebellum and Paramore brought their own respective hits, while to close the concert, Pharrell brought out comeback kid, noted collaborator and fellow Voice coach Gwen Stefani. More »