Iggy Azalea turned down the chance to work on Ariana Grande‘s debut LP Yours Truly because she mistook the pint-sized diva for a child. “She reached out to me for her first album,” the “Fancy” hitmaker revealed in an interview with Grammy.com. “And I didn’t do it even though I thought she was amazing because I thought she was much younger than what she is.”
“When I realized she was so close to my age, I was like — wait you’re an adult!” the Australian rap queen continues. “I felt that my music was kind of so risque and I knew she had a Disney show… I didn’t feel it was appropriate but then I actually met her and I found out that she’s a grown-up and I was like ‘oh ok!’” The duo subsequently worked together on summer smash “Problem”, so all’s well that end’s well. Watch the amusing interview up top. More »
Ryan Gosling noir thriller Drive is the type of movie that doesn’t leave your head for days (weeks, years…) once you see it, and a large part of the film’s draw is its addictive electro-pop soundtrack — in particular, College and Electric Youth‘s dreamy tune “A Real Hero.” Cut to three years later, and Electric Youth, a Canadian duo consisting of real-life couple Bronwyn Griffin and Austin Garrick, are releasing their debut LP Innerworld on September 30.
Ahead of that, the pair and their touring band recently shot a live video in a Toronto studio where they performed “A Real Hero” on camera for the very first time. NPR premiered the mesmerizing visual today, and you can watch it above. More »
Motherhood hasn’t mellowed Lil’ Kim one iota. The Queen Bee returned with a vengeance by scalping Nicki Minaj in scathing remixes of Beyonce‘s “***Flawless” and Rae Sremmurd‘s “No Flex Zone”. Today (August 28), she turns down the hate on a short — it only goes for 55 seconds! — but enjoyable overhaul of Iggy Azalea‘s summer smash “Fancy”.
“Fly girl I should have my own airline, Chanel belt couple thousand on my waistline,” Kim raps over that unmistakeable beat. “I might waste money but I don’t waste time.” It’s frustrating that she didn’t deliver a full remix because this is really cute. Hopefully Iggy appreciates the love and invites the hip-hop legend to join her on a new song in the not-too-distant future. Listen after the jump. More »
If you’re still mourning the loss of dance legends LMFAO (and, let’s face it, who isn’t?), new music from afro-toting frontman Redfoo is balm for the soul. “New Thang” is being promoted as the lead single from the 38-year-old’s debut LP — what does that make Australian chart-topper “Let’s Get Ridiculous”? — and features the talents of Sexy Sax Man.
Despite being the latest in an increasingly long line of “Talk Dirty”-inspired sax-heavy club anthems, Redfoo’s party jam is impossible to hate. (Feel free to try, though). The cheesy/amusing lyrics that made LMFAO’s music so much fun are present and the colorful video, which finds our hero putting moves on the ladies, is suitably irreverent. Watch up top. More »
Throwing a party this weekend but have no idea what music to play? Stop stressing, David Guetta‘s got you! The French producer has kindly composed a 60-minute megamix featuring the biggest dance hits of 2014 (with a couple of golden oldies thrown into for good measure) especially for Labor Day parties. And it’s pretty hard to fault his selections.
The hour-long floorfiller kicks off with a double shot of recent Guetta singles (“Shot Me Down” and “Bad”) before transitioning into Afrojack‘s “Ten Feet Tall”. That’s followed by Calvin Harris‘ “Summer” and the 46-year-old’s own smash “Lovers On The Sun”. Other highlights include Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be” and Coldplay‘s “A Sky Full Of Stars”. Listen to the monster mix after the jump. More »
With hype building about Nick Jonas‘ new soul-pop sound and imminent LP, it’s easy to forget that older brother Joe Jonas tried to make a similar transition to solo stardom in 2011 with (largely) electro-pop opus Fastlife. The album didn’t perform as well as he (or his fans) had hoped but there are still plenty of gems to be found among the Danja and Hit-Boy-produced tracks.
That makes the arrival of “Young & Restless” cause for celebration. Jonas Brothers internet scholars (ie. crazy fans) are in agreement that the song is an unused demo from the Fastlife sessions and I’m inclined to agree because of the production and subject matter. I’m pretty sure Joe’s new material would have a more somber tone. Anyway, it’s still well worth a listen. Check out “Young & Restless” after the jump. More »
Experiencing a bit of “Rude” fatigue? Fear not: “Break Free” hit-maker Zedd‘s gone and given new electronic life into the summer smash, due out officially on September 2.
Moments ago, the superstar producer unveiled his remix of MAGIC!‘s “Rude,” one of the songs that ruled the radio waves throughout Summer ’14. Replacing the reggae-rock vibes of the original with big House piano keys, scorching synthesizers and, of course, some searing beat breakdowns, Zedd gives the tune a major kick in the pants for the dance floor. Will the track get a second burst of energy on the dance charts with this remix? Sure sounds that way.
What do you think of Zedd’s MAGIC! makeover? Let us know in the comments below. More »
Across a room full of people dancing, a young man and woman make eye contact and begin to move toward each other. So begins the video for Gorgon City‘s “Unmissable,” the UK duo’s latest house-infused strobe light anthem off upcoming album Sirens (out October 7). We also see snapshots of the pair running in a dark space toward a blinding light, and later holding each other on the balcony of a building while staring into the sunset, as soulful vocalist Zak Abel belts out the lyrics to the moody club track.
By the end of the visual, everything literally comes crashing down around the couple. Can love survive, despite the danger lurking all around? Watch the “Unmissable” video above and decide for yourself. More »
The dudes from Maroon 5 were obviously feeling nostalgic when they recorded V. Lead single “Maps” is a welcome throwback to moody reggae/rock of The Police, while uptempo buzz track “It Was Always You” taps into the shadowy synth-rock of bands like The Killers. Need more proof? Just take a listen to one of the album’s (rather great) bonus tracks.
I’m talking about the group’s cover of Marcy Playground‘s “Sex And Candy”. A top 10 in 1997, the song lives on a post-grunge classic that is still played with alarming frequency on adult rock radio stations today. As such, my gut instinct is that Maroon 5 should have left it alone but their faithful version is a well-executed reminder that the late ’90s were, well, completely awesome. Listen after the jump. More »
It’s been a huge week for Miss Ariana Grande, what with her powerhouse opening performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, the premiere of the video for “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj and the release of her highly anticipated sophomore album, My Everything. And yes, that girl just keeps on going!
Last night, Ari hit the stage at Radio City Music Hall in NYC during the live results show for America’s Got Talent to perform her Zedd-assisted summer smash, “Break Free.” Rocking a cute pair of kitty ears and her signature big ponytail and thigh-high boots look, the tiny diva-in-training crooned her way through the tune up and down the stage, providing some sassy hip thrusts and hair flips along the way. Did she make you proud, Arianators?
Check out Ariana’s performance of “Break Free” on AGT up top, and let us know what you thought in the comments below. More »