It seems like everyone is jumping on the Sam Smith fan bandwagon, with the latest artist being Kelly Clarkson! The singer and new mother covered the “Restart” crooner’s smash hit, “Stay With Me,” during her concert performance in Chicago last weekend. Her vocals are already stunning, but the soulful ballad highlighted them even more.
Clarkson isn’t the first (and probably not the last) to cover Smith’s tune. Jessie J, Ed Sheeran and FKA Twigs both tried their hands at it, while Mary J. Blige joined him for a duet version. Listen to Kelly Clarkson’s rendition after the jump. More »
Rixton‘s catchy “Wait On Me” single has a smooth R&B-inspired flair, but the song has now been spun into a club-ready jam! Cahill (an electronic group from Liverpool, UK) remixed the boy band’s song – taking away the melodic soul away and adding an heavy bassline, ear-splitting synths and intense drops.
“Wait On Me” is the follow-up to Rixton’s breakthrough single, “Me And My Broken Heart.” Both singles are from their debut album, Let The Road - out on January 6, 2015. Take a listen to the Cahill remix after the jump. More »
The 2014 MTV EMAs are shaping up to be something extra special this year.
Following the announcement of “Anaconda” diva Nicki Minaj taking hosting and performing duties on the main stage in Scotland on November 9 — where acts like Calvin Harris, Kiesza, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran are also scheduled to perform — there’s even more goodness happening stateside.
The U.S. telecast, airing live form Miami’s Klipsch Amphitheater, will see performances from “Jealous” pop prince and frequently near-naked boy wonder Nick Jonas, Jake Miller and the talented young BO$$E$ of Fifth Harmony. More »
Gwen Stefani follows up the release of her comeback single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” with its official music video! Directed by longtime collaborator Sophie Muller, the clip finds the singer (rocking her classic red lips and heels) walking through a neon-colored jungle. There’s is also a fun dance scene towards the end, which breaks the the monotony of the video.
The geometric and graphic animation is nothing new though – it’s been seen with videos like Beyonce‘s “Grown Woman,” Rihanna‘s “Rude Boy” and M.I.A.‘s “Boyz.” Stefani’s upcoming third solo LP is expected to be released in December, and according to this awesome “Spark The Fire” preview, Pharrell will be partnering up with the singer once again.
Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.
Jennifer Hudson knows it; Kiesza knows it; and Mary J. Blige definitely knows it: as far as popular music goes in 2014, London is where it’s at, and deep house is the name of the game. Recently we’ve shined our Popping Up spotlight on beat-heavy British acts ranging from Gorgon City to Clean Bandit to Route 94, and there’s always room for one more, provided the music is solid.
That brings us to UK dance duo Billon, who’ve steadily been earning a solid reputation by remixing artists like Katy B (“Still”), Yasmin (“Thinking About You”) and Ella Eyre (“If I Go”). The pair have also offered up a couple EPs in the past, and today (October 21) sees the stateside release of their brand new single “Special.”
Head below to find out how the guys partnered up with songwriter MNEK and singer Maxine Ashley for “Special,” and how the whole Billon project got started in the first place. More »
Charli XCX draws inspiration from old-school computer games in the lyric video for her punky “London Queen” single. The visual finds the singer taking a joyride around town in a Barbie-pink jeep, from London all the way to Hollywood. The overall effect is totally chopped-up and glitchy, but it works perfectly for the Ramones-inspired track.
“London Queen” is the latest single off Charli XCX’s sophomore LP, Sucker, set for a December 16 release. It will also features songs like “Boom Clap” and “Break The Rules.” Check out the “London Queen” lyric video up top. More »
‘Tis the season for all things spooky, and American Horror Story: Freak Show is certainly delivering on that front — especially if you’re not here for clowns. But were you aware that Ultraviolence Queen Lana Del Rey, who just performed in a cemetery, is getting in on the terror as well?
It’s true, and here’s the proof: Jessica Lange — Elsa Mars in the show — will be singing Lana’s Paradise EP track “Gods & Monsters,” both an incredible track and a fittingly freak-friendly serving for AHS.
And, from the looks of a newly surfaced LQ preview, it’s going to be one smoky, ghoulish delight. Check out the brief teaser of Jessica Lange’s character belting out the tune after the jump. More »
It’s already clear that Nick Jonas is an extremely sexy being (I mean, have you taken a look at this Flaunt magazine gallery?). But the singer takes full ownership of his newfound confidence in his latest tune, “Wilderness.” It strays away from his recent R&B-tinged offerings, with the melodic piano beat giving off a more radio-friendly pop flair.
The song is an uptempo romp that finds the crooner channeling his inner caveman, as he sings, “Naked as the day we were born/Did you know it could feel like this?/Feel like this?/I’ll take your body back, take it back, take it back to the wilderness.” Oh, there’s also some male howling thrown in the background for good measure. Nick Jonas’ self-titled album is set for a November 11 release, and features songs like “Chains,” “Jealous” and “Numb.” Take a listen after the jump. More »
Another day, another Taylor Swift song lyric reveal! This time, the “Welcome To New York” singer unveiled two more lyrics from her upcoming album 1989. The first one (from track seven), is written on jagged heart-shaped paper with the words, “You always knew how to push my buttons / You give me everything and nothing.”
The second post is taken from song 11, and the photo is taken from an airplane window (is that a clue, perhaps??). The lyrics go like this, “When you’re young / You just run / But you come back to what you need…”
The pieces are all slowly coming together, but we’ll all find out what they really mean when Swift’s fifth LP, 1989, drops on October 27. View the Instagram posts after the jump. More »
Though Pharrell is undoubtedly the lyrical genius on the Voice panel, it is Gwen Stefani who had the quote of the night/Battles/season when speaking of bringing in her husband, Gavin Rossdale, to mentor her team. “I was kind of nervous about it, because we’ve never done anything outside of make out and have kids,” she said.
Take note, newlywed Adam Levine: making out and having kids have brought the Stefani-Rossdales through 12 years of marriage. Whatever it takes to spark the fire, as they say.
Besides making out and having kids, there was work to be done as The Battles continued. Going into the evening, Pharrell was out of steals, Adam had yet to use one successfully and Blake Shelton and Gwen still each had one steal to drop in this final week. More »