Jhene Aiko is on one hell of roll. After years of feature spots and false starts, the R&B diva’s debut EP Sail Out landed at number eight on the Billboard 200. Breakthrough single “The Worst” is also one of the biggest urban radio hits of 2014 — thanks, in part, to ongoing support from Drake. He even made his Coachella debut during one of her sets.
The 26-year-old bombshell is hoping to raise her profile even further in the lead up to debut LP Souled Out and an eye-popping pictorial in the latest issue of GQ magazine can only help. Jhene posed in black panties and a camouflage-print jacket. She seems to have lost her top but shit happens on photo shoots! See the sexy pic after the jump. More »
Aaaand now we know how that Chris Martin stint on The Voice came about. In a move reminiscent of Justin Timberlake‘s primetime special for The 20/20 Experience, Coldplay just announced they’ll be presenting Ghost Stories in a 60-minute special on NBC the night before the album’s release. Coldplay: Ghost Stories will feature 360-degree footage from the band’s intimate March performance in L.A., which will be interspersed with a cinematic filmed narrative (wouldn’t it be great if that part involved them literally telling ghost stories?).
In addition to new songs like “Magic” and “Midnight,” the special will include live renditions of past hits like “Viva La Vida,” “Paradise” and “Clocks.” The special airs May 18 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Watch the trailer below. More »
For her first American performance of new single “I Will Never Let You Down,” UK songstress Rita Ora was decked out in a white frilly dress, which she strutted and stomped around in on the Tonight Show stage last night. Ora was flanked by two backup dancers and a full band that proceeded to transform Calvin Harris‘ production into a more organic sound for Jimmy Fallon‘s audience. But just to add a bit of, um, color to the whole spectacle, Ora pristine white dress ended up splattered with paint before all was said and done.
“I Will Never Let You Down” was released on US iTunes this week. Watch Rita’s performance above, and see if it has you rushing to download. More »
At the domestic box office, Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen is currently about $93,000 shy of hitting the $400 million mark. And on the Billboard 200, the movie’s soundtrack has now racked up an 11th week at the top, thus surpassing the 10-week run of The Lion King in 1994 to become the longest-reigning #1 soundtrack from an animated feature in the chart’s history. And, thanks to Easter holiday shopping, Frozen sold another 259,000 copies — the album’s best sales week since its November 2013 release.
This leaves the Top 10′s new entries to debut in the #2 through #5 positions, including Jason Derulo‘s third LP Talk Dirty at #4 (his first Top 10 album, with 44,000 sold) and Ingrid Michaelson at #5 with Lights Out (37,000).
Anyone think Iggy Azalea‘s The New Classic is posing any kind of threat to a 12th week the top for Frozen? Nah, probably not. More »
Pharrell has dropped a video for G I R L opening track “Marilyn Monroe.” He sings, “I just want a different girl,” and in the video, he certainly gets his wish. It starts with Pharrell going in to embrace some beautiful goddess, only to see her vanish just before he wakes up from a dream — but then the remainder of the reality-based visual is more like a fantasy, as he’s surrounded by dozens of women dancing to the orchestral funk number in what basically amounts to an ode to the manic pixie dream girl.
There’s also an appearance from the purple-coiffed Kelly Osbourne, who is featured briefly on the track and has struck Pharrell with cupid’s arrow in the visual. Check it out up top. More »
Kelis is one of the industry’s most versatile entertainers: She’s tackled funky, Top 40-friendly R&B (“Milkshake”), hip-hop (“Bossy”), dance floor-ready electronica (“Acapella”) and now, she’s moved into the throwback soul arena, tossing blaring horns, gentle guitars and rich vocals into the appropriately titled Food, a filling homemade concoction released yesterday (April 22) via Ninja Tune. (Have you checked out the review yet?)
Featuring foodie-friendly titled cuts like “Jerk Ribs,” and “Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy,” as well as “Rumble,” the album takes us out of the dance floor and into the dining room for some tasty sonic grub.
Since we believe all good music should be served at high volume, we’re giving away a 3-room Sonos Wireless HiFi system to blast this Food out loud. Want to win? Head below to find out how. More »
Kiesza, her love affair with ’90s dance music and the success she’s having in the UK at the moment have all come full circle. Following the Canadian singer’s ascent to the top of the British chart this week with debut single “Hidewaway,” she’s unveiled a video for her haunting piano-and-synth cover of Haddaway‘s Eurodance staple “What Is Love,” which NME premiered this week.
Originally released in 1993, “What Is Love” danced its way to the upper reaches of charts around the globe (and, of course, even gained a second life later in the decade thanks to this Saturday Night Live skit). Here, Kiesza and several extras symbolically go naked in the visual and delivers a stunningly stripped-down version of the tune.
If you’re at all squeamish about NSFW material, be warned: there are (the top halves of) butts. Otherwise, head below to watch Kiesza’s take on the song, plus the original Haddaway video. More »
After debuting a couple Ghost Stories tracks during their concert at SXSW, Coldplay have unveiled another album cut in a live setting, today (April 23) performing “Oceans” for BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge.
While the restrained, generally hushed tone of the band’s new material has invited comparisons to their debut album, “Oceans” is the first track that truly feels like it could’ve come from a Parachutes session. There’s hardly a hook to be found, but it’s a lovely, slightly forlorn sway of a song, with an acoustic guitar anchoring Chris Martin‘s meandering falsetto amidst some swirling atmospherics. Perhaps the studio version has a heftier arrangement, but for now, it sounds like the unassuming, pre-”Clocks” iteration of the band.
Update: Now with video! Watch them perform “Oceans” and “Magic” below.
Wiz Khalifa has scored himself a nice little hit with his trappy Auto-Tuned party anthem “We Dem Boyz.” And just as he knows how to make a hit out of the simplest of hooks (“Black and Yellow,” anyone?), he also knows how to charm a TV audience with some simple “stoner zonked out on the couch” behavior. Earlier this month, he cooked up some weed snacks on Arsenio, and Monday (April 22) Wiz appeared on Chelsea Lately to get that Blacc Hollywood promo with guest host T.J. Miller.
The main takeaway from the appearance is that Wiz has a strain of weed named after him (Khalifa Kush), which he gets for free from the marijuana company that sponsors him. Watch him talk about the incredible business deal up top. More »
Glee’s fifth season has all been leading up to this: Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) opening night on Broadway. In fact, she’s been dreaming of this night since we first met her on the show so five years ago. With the pressure mounting for her to perform, the big question of the episode will be whether or not she’ll be able to pull it off, or if she’s going to choke on the stage for all the world to see. More »