With the recent premiere of her dazzling single “Two Weeks,” and the release of her highly-anticipated debut album LP1 just around the corner, British soulstress FKA Twigs — real name Tahliah Barnett — is everyone’s new up-and-coming artist to watch. While she might be considered a newcomer, FKA Twigs is actually a music-biz veteran, revealing that she was, in fact, a back-up dancer in her latest track “Video Girl.”
Featured in visuals for Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, Taio Cruz, and, most notably, in Jessie J’s “Price Tag” and “Do It Like A Dude,” FKA Twigs addresses her past in this very raw and slightly heartbreaking new track. As synthy layers and Tahliah’s gentle vocals wind throughout song, it seems that the singer is not just ready for a new start as an artist, but she simply craves it. More »
House producer SecondCity (aka Rowman Harrington) was was born in Chicago, but his family emigrated to England when he was a young kid. In early June, Harrington topped the UK chart with club cut “I Wanna Feel,” which borrows vocals from Toni Braxton‘s 1996 hit “You’re Makin’ Me High.” For his follow-up floorfiller “What Can I Do,” however, SecondCity has opted for original vocals by Ali Love, a singer who previously appeared on The Chemical Brothers‘ “Do It Again,” among other tracks. Got all that? Good.
Now, sure, there are quite a lot of house anthems floating around the airwaves these days. But when they’re good enough to get our toes tapping at 4:50 p.m. on a Monday afternoon, there’s always room for another on our summer playlist.
Give “What Can I Do” a listen below. More »
Christina Perri is best-known for her emotional ballads (“Jar Of Hearts” and “A Thousand Years”) but the 27-year-old isn’t afraid to raise the tempo occasionally as she proves on new Head Or Heart single “Burning Gold”. The singer/songwriter performed the irresistible toe-tapper on the Today Show this morning (July 28) and even showed off a new look.
The “Human” diva is almost unrecognizable with her sleek, straightened hair but there’s no mistaking that voice. Christina delivered the goods vocally (as usual) and did her best to rev up the crowd with an energetic performance. “Burning Gold” has radio hit written all over it, so expect to hear a lot more of the Butch Walker-produced anthem. Watch up top. More »
It’s here! After each one of the talented ladies teased the track via social media over the past few weeks, “Bang Bang” — the Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Ilya crafted superstar collabo between UK powerhouse Jessie J, My Everything mini-diva Ariana Grande and “Pills ‘N Potions” rapstress Nicki Minaj — is finally upon us.
“She got a body like an hour glass but I can give it to you all the time!” Jessie confidently pledges off the top of her clap-heavy, twerk-friendly soulful summer anthem. And from there, the ladies are off with a bang (eh heh), wailing across big bouncy beats and horn blasts.
“Break Free” pop darling Ariana provides a reliably solid verse of her own, followed by a spitfire surge of ferociousness sure to satiate the Barbs’ thirst for more from Miss Minaj. The vocals are loud and bold (we all know Jessie doesn’t hold back from a big ol’ belt!), and there are plenty of earworm pop hooks — from that powerful chorus (“Bang bang…there goes your heart!“) to the spell-off “B to the A to the N to the G to the uh!” and everything in between. More »
Last week Britney Spears thrilled the world by announcing her plans to launch a line of lingerie. The pop icon even modeled her merchandise in a sexy snap, which she posted on Twitter with the message: “Coming very soon… The Intimate Collection, by yours truly.” Victoria’s Secret immediately shut up shop because, well, game over.
Today (July 28), the 32-year-old shared another ravishing promo pic from The Intimate Collection. The “Work Bitch” diva models a white lace bra with rose detail against the softest mood lighting this side of Mariah Carey‘s make-up trailer. She looks pretty but almost unrecognizable thanks to overzealous Photoshop action. (What have they done to her nose?) More »
Only two short months ago, in May, Caleb Johnson became the winner of American Idol at the end of the series’ 13th season. And abracadabra — his debut album Testify is due to be released in a mere two weeks, on August 12. Today the LP’s lead single, “Only One,” premiered, and the mid-tempo rock number finds the North Carolina crooner exercising his classic-rock vocal chops over some slick, radio-friendly instrumentation.
Phillip Phillips found some success sticking with this same multi-format pop-rock formula after winning Idol two years ago. Can Caleb keep the mojo going? Listen to “Only One” below and see what you think. More »
Tinashe is one of the hottest new divas in R&B thanks to breakthrough hit “2 On” but she better watch her back after The Navy uncovered a bunch of shady tweets about Rihanna — from five years ago. “I’m not much of a Rihanna fan.. and I definitely don’t particularly like the song, but the ‘Russian Roulette’ video is dope!” she shared with followers in 2009.
Pretty innocuous, right? Well, the 21-year-old went a bit harder by retweeting: “#uknowitsarecession when Rihanna finally talks about ‘that night’ near a damn year later to help her albums sales.” I don’t see any lies but The Navy was not impressed and immediately started dragging. Given RiRi’s habit of demolishing opponents in Twitter beefs, Tinashe should consider sprinkling some holy water on her timeline or apologizing in advance. See her tweets and the reaction they caused after the jump. More »
If one thing is clear about Swedish DJ Alessandro Lindblad— otherwise known as Alesso— and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, it’s that they are truly two peas in a pod.
Back in 2012, the two released club hit “The Calling (Lose My Mind)” with Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso, which was then followed by Alesso’s mesmerizing rework of OneRepublic’s smash single “If I Lose Myself.” Now, the dynamic duo are back in action with a new club cut, “Scars.” With its anthemic melody and massive drop, this tune is bound to be not only on everyone’s latest summer gym playlist, but probably on every DJ’s latest club mix as well.
Alesso, who was recently signed to Def Jam Records, also premiered his latest banger “Tear The Roof Up” on BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe on July 15. Hopefully, this means a brand new record from the 23-year-old beatsmith is coming soon. While we wait, however, jam out to “Scars” just below. More »
We’ll have to wait seven agonizing more days before we start overdosin’ on Nicki Minaj‘s new single, Barbz: The “Pills N Potions” rapstress just announced last night that her highly anticipated new track, “Anaconda,” is now being pushed back to Monday, August 4.
“My darlingz, I’ve pushed the release of Anaconda to next week, Monday 8/4. I promise you will understand why before the week is out. Loveeeeeeee uuuuuu” she Instagrammed, posted with a similarly eye-popping shot of the diva working on her fitness. “Trrrrrruuuuuuusssssstttttt,” she then tweeted.
Of course, we already know she does have “Bang Bang” to promote alongside Ariana Grande and Jessie J, — but was she hinting at something else in store? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
And, since we’re on the topic, check out some hilarious fan interpretations of Nicki’s already iconic and very cheeky “Anaconda” single art posted on Nicki’s Instagram account after the jump. More »
Hilary Duff‘s got us wishing we were hanging out by the beach on this Monday afternoon with her breezy new comeback single, “Chasing The Sun.”
While the airy, “folkier-type” Colbie Caillat-penned tune had us remembering Metamorphosis (and Sheryl Crow‘s “Soak Up The Sun”), we were also sort of left hoping for a bit more of a bite from Hil’s big comeback tune, concluding: “It’s sweet, but certainly no ‘With Love.’”
But what did the rest of the world think? Here’s what the blogosphere is saying about Hil’s big comeback. More »