Pop super-producer Max Martin hints that Katy Perry and Drake may soon appear in a song together. MTV notes that the official website for his production company Maratone now lists a version of Perry’s song “Legendary Lovers” featuring Drake among his credits. Martin wrote and produced the song with the chanteuse, her longtime collaborator Bonnie McKee, Cirkut and Dr. Luke.
“Legendary Lovers” is one of a few songs off Perry’s 2013 album, Prism, that are influenced by hip-hop. (Perhaps Drake will crib her flow from her sung-rap verses or pay off her vows to be a ride or die chick – who knows.) “Dark Horse” became an unexpected crossover hit for featured Three 6 Mafia ringleader Juicy J, while a “This Is What We Do” remix features rap’s most bizarre goofball RiFF RaFF. More »
Oh boy, was it a super jam-packed week for pop music! The 2014 American Music Awards nominations were announced, with Iggy Azalea leading the pack. Ariel Pink dissed Madonna‘s recent work, while Christina Aguilera announced her return to The Voice next year along with new music – SAY! We also interviewed Nicole Scherzinger about her upcoming LP, Big Fat Lie and launched an Ibrawlator where you can vote for which pop diva will have the best album by year’s end!
Our favorite insightful tweeters, Chris Brown and Azealia Banks gave their thoughts on the Ebola epidemic. Speaking of Banks, she decided to jump into the messy Snoop Dogg vs. Iggy Azalea social media feud. Snoop has since apologized for starting the drama. But the biggest and most shocking news of the week was Kesha revealing she’d allegedly been sexually and physically abused by producer Dr. Luke for 10 years. The singer has sued the producer, which escalated into a messy lawsuit.
As always, our readers had a lot to say. But they were definitely more opinionated than usual! Check out some of the week’s best comments after the jump. More »
Jessie J has delivered a string of brilliant performances during her promo blitzkrieg for new LP Sweet Talker but today’s (October 17) appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show was her best yet. The fiery Brit looked incredible in her purple satin pantsuit and got the party started with a solo version of Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj-assisted summer smash “Bang Bang”.
That segued into a positively euphoric rendition of Ricky Reed/Axident-produced club-banger “Burnin’ Up”. It didn’t take a lot of encouragement for the crowd to jump to their feet and start clapping along. Jessie’s new single is quickly climbing iTunes — it’s already top 40 — and looks set to be another huge hit. Watch her energetic performance up top. More »
When Guy Sebastian unveiled the cover of new single “Mama Ain’t Proud” earlier this week, I speculated that the Australian superstar might be returning to his R&B roots given the 2 Chainz feature and quirky video call sheet. A preview of the catchy club banger confirms that suspicion. There’s even a trap twist to underline the fact that the 32-year-old is leaving EDM behind!
“Drop crotch, snapback, black leather backpack, white shirt down to my knees,” sings the “Battle Scars” hitmaker. “They can judge our shoes but not our moves, we ain’t go no one to please.” From there, Guy rides a wave of staccato beats until he reaches catchy chorus (“so sing like no one’s around and dance like ya mama ain’t proud”) before things get really mental with a massive drop. Check it out after the jump. More »
RoccStar is one of the hottest producers in the game right now — not to mention an aspiring artist in his own right — with placements on Chris Brown‘s X and Jennifer Lopez‘s A.K.A.. I recently interviewed the hitmaker (coming soon) about those projects and his work on Beyonce‘s game-changing visual album. He spent a week with Queen Bey and cooked up two killer tunes but they weren’t used when she veered towards a different sound.
“I was there for like 7 days with Bey,” RoccStar remembers. “[They went with] a lot of DJ Mustard type stuff, with ‘Drunk In Love’ and ‘Partition’. I’m more on the left side of things, so I don’t think I was a good fit for that project because the records I had were maybe a little too futuristic and a little too advanced.”
“I think she wanted to swing with what was happening right now,” he continues. “I respect that, I mean Beyonce is amazing. So I don’t care what decision she makes! There were two songs that were crazy, ‘Turn It On’ and ‘Legends’ but they didn’t make it on the project.” The “Confidence” rapper later played me a snippet of the former club-banger and it sounded incredible with one of Bey’s best vocals and bone-rattling beats. Hopefully both tracks find a home with other artists eventually. More »
Huge news for K-pop lovers this week.
CL, lead vocalist/rapper of the wildly popular and fashionable quintet 2NE1, is undoubtedly one of the biggest break-out stars on the South Korean pop scene, having already made a splash with her sassy 2013 smash, “The Baddest Female.” The song and video even made some ripples stateside…an early sign of things to come.
According to a new report, CL — guided by super-manager Scooter Braun, whose roster includes Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Psy — now has her sights set on the US, with a solo debut planned for next year. More »
Iggy Azalea has kept her silence on the on-going drama with Hefe Wife but finally gave her side of the sloppy saga in a long-and-detailed Twitter rant this morning (October !7). To recap, the femcee’s ex-boyfriend first tried to sell a sex tape the couple made to porn company Vivid Entertainment and then alleged they were married in a bid to get his hands on her cash in the ensuing divorce settlement.
“Ive settled 2 old contracts privately. Both got a very fair sums & went on about their lives,” the Mullumbimby mogul tweeted. “Real cases are handled in court, not the press.” She then got more specific and spilled the beans on Hefe’s marriage allegations. (In Texas you only need to hold yourself out as a married couple for the union to exist). “My lawyer agreed to be served ‘divorce’ papers but they want to hire someone to serve me in person, probably so it can be another TMZ story,” the “Fancy” hitmaker confided.
“I also was told yesterday via his lawyer if i do not settle out of court they will go to the press and say i gave him an STD, whats next?” Iggy asked before getting stuck into the nuts and bolts of the case. “Unfortunately to file common law ‘divorce’ all you need is three of your friends to sign a statement swearing the persons story is true.” Things then took a very unexpected turn when the Australian diva accused Hefe of abusing his ex-girlfriend. See Iggy’s explosive tweets after the jump. More »
Oh, to be one of the lucky Swifties invited to one of Taylor Swift‘s #1989SecretSessions!
Not already familiar? The concept is pretty amazing: Over the past year, the pop princess oh-so-sneakily scoured the Internet to find some of her biggest fans from all across the world. Then, she invited them to an undisclosed location, herded them together to mingle with one another, baked them cookies, played her new album 1989, danced around and took Polaroid pictures together all night long. For a fan, that’s kind of like the ultimate dream, right? It doesn’t really get any better.
After hosting these secret sessions all over the world, Taylor’s just now revealed the behind-the-scenes footage from the events. Watch as the clueless attendees try and guess what’s going on while she busily preps cookies in the kitchen, peeps out the window and, finally, surprises them all in a big ol’ living room. Dancing! Cats! Photos! It’s a very cute way to make fan interaction tons of fun for everyone involved. Plus, there’s cookies! Watch Taylor host her secret sessions up top. More »
Calvin Harris‘ fourth album Motion is due out on November 4, and perhaps one of the most anticipated tracks on the LP is “Together,” which features Gwen Stefani on vocals. Thankfully Harris isn’t going to torture us all by having us wait three more weeks until his album’s release to hear the track. He tossed a snippet on Instagram today, and while we’re not normally ones to judge a song until we hear the full thing, it’s probably safe to say these few seconds of “Together” blow that entire Maroon 5 duet Gwen did out of the water.
Get an early taste of “Together” below. More »
Beyonce and Jay Z‘s inescapable smash, “Drunk In Love,” has quickly become the ultimate turn-up anthem for partygoers worldwide. But now the hit gets stripped of its club-ready roots and transforms to a reggae-inspired groove – thanks to ESTA.
The San Diego-based producer spins the tune into a tropical mid-tempo, featuring bouncy percussion, swooping horns and staccatto guitar flicks. The result is a song that is perfectly suitable for the beach, where Beyonce and Jay Z frequently spent their summer months. Take a listen to ESTA.’s “Drunk In Love” remix below. More »