Bea Miller didn’t win X Factor in 2013 but the gravelly-voiced teen made enough of an impression to land a record deal with Hollywood Records. Not that she’s your average Disney diva. The 15-year-old worships The Pretty Reckless, recorded an EP full of relatively rebellious pop/rock anthems and is an outspoken LGBT advocate (she has two mums).
It makes sense then that the video for “Young Blood”, the lead single from her similarly-titled debut LP, would be a fairly gritty affair. Directed by Mark Pellington, the atmospheric video was filmed in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse and finds Bea (and a bunch of equally pained-looking teens) in an extremely emo mood. It’s a great fit for the catchy and surprisingly stirring anthem. Watch up top. More »
Maroon 5 has unveiled the cover and tracklist of their appropriately-titled fifth LP V. The artwork is simple but striking, depicting a neon-lit letter against a desert landscape. More exciting is the tracklist, which features much-anticipated Gwen Stefani collaboration “My Heart Is Open” and the band’s current top 10 smash “Maps”.
V also includes Adam Levine‘s solo contribution to the Begin Again soundtrack “Lost Stars” but the rest of the LP is something of a mystery. The titles, however, sound quintessentially Maroon 5. “Unkiss Me”, “Sex And Candy” and “Sugar” promise to be raunchy cuts, while “It Was Always You” and “Coming Back For You” could be ballads. See the full tracklist after the jump. More »
In lieu of her upcoming sophomore LP, Tough Love, and the recent premiere her ethereal album-titled ballad, British soulstress Jessie Ware has announced a mini Fall 2014 tour across Western Europe and, fortunately, a bit of North America as well. Slated for two shows in California, one in Toronto, Ontario and the last in Brooklyn, NY, Jessie will hopefully show off some much-needed new jams as well as some old goodies like “Night Light” and “Imagine It Was Us.” While the release of her forthcoming album have yet to be determined, the BenZel-produced track “Tough Love” drops on August 3rd. For a closer look at her tour dates, peruse the specifics after the jump. More »
As part of the “Eight Videos In Eight Days” installation for his new album Mandatory Fun, “Weird Al” Yankovic debuted his video for track “Lame Claim To Fame” today. Already premiering parodies of pop heavyweights such as Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, and Robin Thicke, Weird Al doesn’t poke fun at celebrities this time around but, rather, makes jabs at the people who name-drop or claim to know today’s biggest cultural figures but really don’t.
“My sister used to take piano lessons from the second cousin of Ralph Nader,” Weird Al sings, which he then follows up with “Last year I threw up in an elevator next to Christian Slater.”
And the list goes on and on. While the video itself is a bit reminiscent of Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer,” the track is done in the style of your average southern blues rock band. It also might have you shouting “I’ve got a lame, lame claim to fame” by the end of it. You’ve been warned. Watch the clip up top. More »
It’s official: You simply can’t go wrong with Gorgon City.
After making a massive splash on the UK charts at the top of 2014 with their gorgeous MNEK collaboration “Ready For Your Love,” the UK electronic duo followed up their smash with — what else? — another smash: Their Laura Welsh-assisted “Here For You” danced its way into the Top 10 in late May. (Want a more formal introduction? Check out our Popping Up!)
The boys are back for yet another round this summer — and they’ve just nailed it for the third time in a row.
“Unmissable,” which features the powerful chops of rising star Zak Abel, is an instant burst of early ’90′s House-leaning euphoria for the dance floor. “The sun’s gonna shine for the last time, and I don’t want to miss it all…let’s make it unmissable!” he chants across the truly anthemic, piano-led chorus. It’s an ode to living it up, and a very sincere sort of YOLO anthem — so grab your friends, throw your hands in the air and make every moment count.
This track is, in fact, unmissable — and it certainly doesn’t make the wait for their debut album Sirens (due out October 6) any easier. Listen to the track after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
We premiered Jacob Latimore‘s catchy new single “Heartbreak Heard Around The World” in early June and the multi-talented teen (he’s also a budding movie star with roles in Ride Along and The Maze Runner) is now gearing up to release the Jumper-inspired video (due July 23). From our exclusive sneak peek, it looks like something of a blockbuster.
Directed by Erik White, the slick visual finds the 17-year-old walking/dancing down the street while thinking about his lady. Jacob rocks a pair of Heelys skate shoes and looks suitably emotional. Given that the clip is based on a science fiction film about a kid with teleportation abilities, I’m sure there’s a lot more action to come. Watch up top. More »
Tinashe made the leap from blog darling to genuine contender with infectious DJ Mustard-produced single “2 On”, which is rocketing up the Billboard Hot 1oo. (It lands at an impressive number 27 this week). The rising star dropped by The Wendy Williams Show today (July 21) to perform the smash and even showed off some nifty dance moves.
R&B’s new ‘it’ girl is known for her off-the-wall fashions and she served serious ’90s chic by rocking what appears to be a transparent raincoat. Tinashe worships Janet Jackson and there was a touch of Damita Jo to her simple but slick and effective performance. Apart from a minor choreography mishap, the 21-year-old delivered an overwhelmingly fun performance. Watch up top. More »
Everyone knows Kanye West is on the cutting edge of fashion. (After all, he invented leather jogging pants — a staple in every wardrobe!) The rap mogul promised to share his style secrets in the latest issue of GQ, helping us mere mortals “dress like a god”. And he comes through in the magazine’s chic and surprisingly practical fashion shoot.
Shot by Patrick Demarchelier, the spread finds Ye rocking a variety of sharp ensembles that range from super casual to semi-formal. And yes, his trademark leather pants make an appearance. He also shares handy hints like: ”military green is classic, masculine, not too trendy — all the stuff men’s clothes are supposed to be.” If you want to learn how to dress like a deity, peruse Kanye’s GQ pics up top. More »
On Friday (July 18) Irish pop-rock group The Script announced details about their highly anticipated fourth studio album live via Google Hangout. Noting recently in an interview with Hot Press that the album is a kind of “prequel” to their super successful debut LP, the band finally revealed the album’s name, No Sound Without Silence, and also premiered their new single “Superheroes.” The first track that they wrote for the disc, “Superheroes” is a self-proclaimed “ultra-catchy” tune that, after a few spins, definitely lives up to that description.
No Sound Without Silence is due out on September 15. Listen to this anthem-like number after the jump to get a little taste of what’s to come. More »
Last week we brought you Fifth Harmony‘s rambunctious acoustic take on new single “Bo$$” during the girl group’s Idolator Sessions performance. (We also presented you with the opportunity to win a photo signed by all five ladies.) Today, we’re slowing things down a bit as Ally, Camila, Normani, Dinah and Lauren stage a live version of brand new song “We Know.”
“It’s a really cool a cappella moment where we get to sing, and the melody is so sick,” Camila Cabello explains while introducing the song. “And if you’re a girl, this song probably relates to you in some shape or form.” More »