:: Aretha Franklin‘s forthcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, is out October 21. She will sing songs by Etta James, Whitney Houston, Adele and more. [Billboard]
:: Snoop Dogg‘s next album is solely produced by Pharrell and features Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder. For a hint of what to expect, watch Snoop tease a song praising a strain of medical marijuana. [HipHopDX]
:: Beyonce would never release a free album like U2 did with Songs of Innocence. “There’s a misconception that recorded music sales are not an important piece of the mix of any artist business,” her marketing manager says. [Financial Times]
:: Is Big Sean dating Ariana Grande? Recent comments point to yes: “I am going to tell you this: Ariana is very, very special. She’s very special to me.” [Ryan Seacrest]
:: Lifetime revealed the debut trailer for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. The biopic stars Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah herself, who replaced Zendaya Coleman after she dropped out of the role. [THR]
:: The Daily Show responded to complaints from One Direction fans, for a segment comparing the boy band to terrorist groups: “Dear 1D fans: We didn’t know the band members’ names, religions, hobbies, etc,” Just knew they were popular. But not THIS popular.” [Twitter]
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You’ve all waited eight entire years for a brand new Fergie album, and, well, here’s the first taste of it — her new single “L.A. Love (La La)”. The DJ Mustard-produced track finds the 39-year-old Black Eyed Peas diva surprisingly stuck in creative rut, spouting out a slew of hip-hop-lite cliches that, to be honest, we would have expected her to have left behind sometime around The E.N.D. More »
Charli XCX recently pushed back the release of her sophomore album Sucker, from October 21 to December 16, though for a good reason: “Boom Clap,” her winning contribution to The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack, became her biggest solo hit to date. (To be fair, the song does live up to its title.) “’Boom Clap’ is still getting so much love all over the world, which is crazy, and it just makes sense, so I have proper time to focus on the album launch,” the True Romance star said.
Still, Charli XCX’s change of plans haven’t stop her from letting fans know what to expect. During her recent show at Orlando, Fla., fans recorded footage of her performing two new songs off Sucker. (She did six new songs total, according to Stereogum.) One, Sucker‘s title track, is sassy pop-punk with a delicious hook (“Fuck you, sucker!”). Another, “Famous,” had the crowd chiming in during the wailing, sing-song hook by the third go.
Watch Charli XCX perform “Sucker” and “Famous” below. More »
Jay Z headlined this year’s Global Citizen Festival on September 27, in New York’s Central Park. To have one of the biggest rappers in hip-hop history on stage, for a festival raising awareness for extreme poverty worldwide, felt momentous in of itself. When Beyonce made a surprise appearance during his set, however, not even the usually-calm rapper could contain himself as he practically screeched her name: “Make some noise for Beyonceeeee!”
The On the Run tourmates teamed up to perform Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” and “Young Forever,” though with a slight wardrobe malfunction. During the former, Beyonce’s blouse came undone to reveal her nude bra as she sang Justin Timberlake‘s despairing parts with added urgency and jumping up and down in heels. Beyonce could have easily receded into the background during the rest of Jay Z’s verses. Instead, while occasionally tugging her blouse closed, she continued to vibe and dance wildly for the rest of the performance. More »
Originally, One Direction planned to release new single “Steal My Girl” on September 29. As of late last night, however, fans have been wondering if the boy band had different plans in mind. After midnight, Liam Payne let Directioners know on Twitter that he was bored, he was really bored, he had headed to bed and wanted to fall asleep but couldn’t because his TV was broken and his room was too hot. Then a low-quality version of “Steal My Girl” surfaced online. #LiamWeKnowItWasYou is now a trending topic on Twitter.
Regardless of how “Steal My Girl” (off 1D’s upcoming album Four) arrived, the song is clearly a hit. “I got it all because she is the one / Her mom calls me love, her dad calls me son, alright,” the lads sing near the beginning, as if each member is trying to catch his breath. Without wasting much time, though, “Steal My Girl” morphs into a soaring stadium pop anthem with hard-hitting drum machine beats, glassy piano chords and that playground chant of a hook (“Everybody wanna steal my giiiirl / Everybody wanna take her heart away!”).
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Ariana Grande has been on full promotion mode since the release of her sophomore album My Everything, and the singer’s latest stop is on Saturday Night Live! She was the guest performer for the show’s 40th season premiere, hosted by actor Chris Pratt.
The mini-pop diva first took the stage with her latest single, “Break Free.” Wearing those black cat ears once again (someone is excited for Halloween), Grande opened it with a lovely piano-driven version of the track. But as soon as the singer hopped off the piano, she and her dancers turned the stage into a strobe light-filled party.
For the second song, she brought on The Weeknd to perform “Love Me Harder” live for the first time. Grande also made a cameo in the episode’s first sketch, playing the classic She-Ra!
Check out “Break Free” up top, then head below to watch “Love Me Harder” and her opening sketch with Pratt. More »
Lorde has teased a new lyric – but for what, she didn’t say. “And the scars that mark my body, they’re silver and gold,” it reads, as written on her hand. (Fortunately, she has neat penmanship.)
This summer, Lorde announced that she will be curating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. (“Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” she says.) The “Royals” star has yet to detail exactly what’s in store, except for the fact that she will be contributing a song titled “Yellow Flicker Beat,” produced by Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence + The Machine) and out September 29.
Earlier this month, she teased a lyric that was just as puzzling as the one she just revealed: “I’m a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm.” While Lorde could easily be teasing lyrics for “Yellow Flicker Beat,” there’s also the possibility that she is prepping the follow-up to her well-received 2013 debut, Pure Heroine – and if that’s what’s in store, then expect hysteria.
See the lyrics that Lorde has teased so far below. More »
Britney Spears kicked off her Las Vegas residency Piece of Me in late 2013, drawing devout fans and pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. The last time she renewed her residency, she planned to perform shows up until the end of 2015 (and there were even reports that her stay could easily extend to December 2016).
Now, though, Spears has confirmed to Good Morning Britain that she has renewed Piece of Me for another two years, up until 2017. “The last time we chatted here on Good Morning Britain to you, you just started that tenure,” said host Richard Arnold. “It’s been extended for another two years.”
“Yeah, I’m very excited,” Spears said. See the interview below. More »
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett traveled to Brussels earlier this week to promote pop standards album Cheek to Cheek. The odd (but delightful) couple strutted arm in arm on stage at the city’s Grand Place to perform their rendition of “Anything Goes,” as shown in a new video from that night (above).
Bennett appeared completely at ease – after all, he has appeared in a suit and before a jazz band throughout his decades-long career. Meanwhile, Gaga twirled in her gold sequined gown as she belted her parts in the song, originally the title track from Cole Porter‘s 1934 Broadway musical. More »
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian got booed when they arrived at Lanvin Paris’ Fashion Week show on September 25, as shown in a new video from TMZ. The couple showed up at the front row after the rest of the audience was already seated. So when West heard a few hecklers act up, he walked past the photographers crowding around his wife to address them directly.
“Alber [Elbaz] asked us to see us,” the Yeezus rapper said, referring to Lanvin’s creative director. “Don’t boo us. Alber asked to see us. Don’t boo us. We’re not late. We’re not late.”
Those hecklers were reportedly runway photographers. “The runway photographers were all just booing them as they walked in,” an unnamed source said to Page Six [via Complex]. “They were waiting for them for the show [to start], which was 40 minutes late. Kanye immediately walked over and was gesturing for them to cut it out.” See the video below. More »