It’s hard to believe a year has passed since Lorde dropped her platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning debut LP Pure Heroine. “Royals” and “Team” are still radio staples and she is busily promoting the album with a North American tour while recording new music for the Hunger Games soundtrack (Check out “Yellow Flicker Beat”). To celebrate the milestone, the Kiwi diva wrote a commemorative Tumblr post.
“I’m reminded of this day last year, when pure heroine came out in this country,” the 17-year-old revealed. “The feeling of something very solitary that i had worked on spinning around and around further away from me, becoming someone else’s, everyone’s. the past year of my life has seen everything around me multiply in size and number – the stamps on my passport, the number of people i have to ask before i ride on the ferris wheel after my set at a festival, the decibels that follow me when i walk around in public.”
“The other thing that’s grown is me — my fitness, my mental stamina, my ability to think clearly and make decisions — but most of all, my capacity for love,” Lorde continued. “The thousands upon thousands (wait, millions(?!!)) of you who bought pure heroine truly feel like friends to me — it’s no coincidence i’m posting this note here, where i feel the most happy and safe online, the place where i laugh the most and where every day, i feel like people get me.” More »
The guys from Maroon 5 have certainly switched up their image for the V era — at least, visually. Their “Maps” video told the story of a fatal car crash in reverse and the just-released clip for new single “Animals” plays like a mini-horror movie. Adam Levine stars as a creepy butcher with a bad habit of stalking female customers including real-life wife Behati Prinsloo.
He follows her around town, takes photos of the blond bombshell in her apartment and then, disturbingly, strips off and hangs out in a meat truck. But wait, there’s more! The couple eventually hook up and have surprisingly explicit sex (don’t be surprised if this is removed from YouTube) while covered in blood. I think it’s a dream sequence but it’s still creepy as fuck. Watch Maroon 5′s horror opus up top. More »
Ariana Grande had a busy weekend. After wowing viewers with a duo of elaborate performances (she rocked cat ears and dragged out The Weeknd) on Saturday Night Live, the pint-sized diva headed straight to BPM nightclub to perform a set for gay fans. She even switched up her wardrobe — opting for an all white ensemble. (She kept the cat ears, however).
The 21-year-old belted out current single “Break Free” as well as a solo rendition of Jessie J and Nicki Minaj collaboration “Bang Bang”. The My Everything hitmaker is in full damage control mode at the moment after generating a wave of bad publicity with her alleged diva demands that involve having no photos taken from the right. See a selection of snaps from the gay nightclub adventure after the jump. More »
Just when you thought Jessie J‘s Sweet Talker LP was going to be a party-startin’ collection of urban club-bangers like “Bang Bang” and 2 Chainz-assisted “Burnin’ Up”, the comeback queen delivers a pretty stripped-back ballad called “Personal”. Co-written by rising R&B diva Elle Varner, the mid-tempo gem is a return to the more mellow terrain of Who You Are and Alive.
After coasting through the verses accompanied only by simple guitar and finger snaps, the Brit can’t resist unleashing her powerful pipes in the chorus. “Ain’t got a shot glass in my fist to spill it away all my business, telling these strangers about you,” she sings. “I’m getting too personal, I’m getting too personal with you.” This is a much better fit for Jessie’s voice and personality than her previous singles. Listen after the jump. More »
Last month Royksopp and Robyn premiered their cerebral music video for Do It Again EP track “Monument.” It seems there was a bit more, visually, the three artists wanted to put out there, as they’ve now served up a second clip for the song (in remixed form), called “The End Version.” This all comes on the heels of Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp announcing that their upcoming LP The Inevitable End (out November 11) will be their last.
“We feel like this is a goodbye to the traditional album format,” the pair explained in a press release. “In our consecutive run of albums, we have been able to say what we want to say and do what we want to do with the LP. We’re not going to stop making music, but the album format as such, this is the last thing from us.” More »
If you thought the highlight of Jessie J‘s appearance on UK talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man was going to be her discussing nude photos, better watch the above clip. The British songbird, whose “Bang Bang” just topped the UK chart this week, debunked the rumor that she’s leaving London to live in America, and talked about the fact that she has “no tits and a bony chest” on the program.
But the real highlight was when Jessie attempted to teach Alan and his audience the “Bang Bang” dance routine. Carr surprised the singer with his Nicki Minaj-esque inflatable butt, only to later bend over while dancing and realize that he’d suffered a slight wardrobe malfunction. More »
With the release of Tinashe‘s debut album Aquarius just days away, the singer has dropped another track off the LP. Simply titled “Bet,” the slinky tune is a departure from the club-ready “2 On” that we were first introduced to. Tinashe’s commanding vocals are at the forefront, which are anchored by a hypnotic production filled with haunting echoes and sparkling synths. Featured artist Dev Hynes (of Blood Orange) sneaks in towards the end with an anguished guitar solo.
While the other cuts off the album feel too on trend, “Bet” is a much-welcomed return to the sultry R&B vibe that was found on Tinashe’s mixtapes. The singer has previously released slow jam “Feels Like Vegas” and the A$AP Rocky-assisted “Pretend.”
Look out for Aquarius on October 7, and take a listen to “Bet” after the jump. More »
Start shaking and crying Camp Rock enthusiasts, because this is real and happening: Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas reunited on stage last night!
Six whole years after the duo first co-starred together on their smash Disney Channel original movie, the superstars came together once again to perform their Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit, “This Is Me,” during Demi’s World Tour stop in Los Angeles last night.
After Demi launched into the tune, Joe Jonas casually wandered out (to the frenzied shrieks of the Lovatics in the audience!) to support his longtime friend with a vocal assist, as the two happily smiled at each other and belted out the tune. “Thanks @joejonas for the awesome surprise!! #staplescenter #4yrssincewesangtogether #demiworldtour” Demi later tweeted along with a photo of the two of them on stage that night. More »
Believe it or not, next year will mark a full decade since Carrie Underwood was crowned the winner of American Idol. To celebrate, the country-pop queen is releasing her collection Greatest Hits: Decade #1 on December 9. Not a bad stocking stuffer, there.
Producer Mark Bright (Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery) co-wrote the compilation’s lead single, “Something In The Water,” with Carrie, and the uplifting song finds Underwood belting out inspirational lyrics over a lush, piano-and-guitar-driven wall of sound. “And now I’m singing along to ‘Amazing Grace,’ can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face / got joy in my heart, angels on my side / thank God almighty, I saw the light,” she sings.
Listen to “Something In The Water” below. More »
The Veronicas have taken their devastating new ballad to TV screens down under.
After premiering their gorgeous and artistic visual for “You Ruin Me,” the Aussie sister act is taking the next step in their long-awaited comeback by bringing their latest single to X Factor Australia.
Set within a smoky stage and surrounded by orchestra players, Lisa dramatically crooned the heart-wrenching ballad straight into the camera, accompanied by her sister Jessica on piano. And by the end, the two finally bring it all together by uniting in the middle of the stage to belt out the song’s final few bars — an appropriately chill-inducing performance for an equally emotional number. It certainly seemed to go over well both with the crowd and the judges, all of whom rose to their feet to cheer for the girls.
Watch the duo’s performance up top, and let us know what you thought in the comments below. More »