Budding synth-pop band Echosmith stopped by The Ellen Degeneres Show yesterday (October 28) to perform their breakthrough hit, “Cool Kids.” The single was released last year, but it quickly picked up speed — thanks to the internet — and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The quartet of siblings performed on the talk show with ease, as they entertained the audience with their synthy, New Wave-inspired sound. “Cool Kids” is off Echosmith’s debut album Talking Dreams (released in October 2013). More »
The Angelina Jolie-directed WWII drama Unbroken is scheduled to open in theaters on Christmas Day (December 25), and the film’s soundtrack will get a boost of rock-star power courtesy of Coldplay. It was announced today that the Ghost Stories band have contributed a brand new song called “Miracles” to movie.
Unbroken is based on the true story of Olympic track runner Louis “Louie” Zamperini (portrayed in the film by Jack O’Connell), who drifted in the Pacific in a life raft for over a month before being captured by the Japanese as a prisoner of war for two years. The real life Zamperini passed away in July at the age of 97. More »
Charli XCX‘s “Break The Rules” is already a bad-ass song on its own, but it just got even more unruly. Broods, New Zealand’s latest indie pop export, remixed the Sucker tune into a sinister ride with skeletal production that highlights Charli’s pouty attitude.
“Break The Rules” is the latest single off Charli XCX’s sophomore LP, Sucker, set for a December 16 release. It will features songs like “Boom Clap” and “London Queen.” Take a listen to Broods’ remix after the jump. More »
“Anytime I watch a performance of any kind I’m taking notes,” declared Taylor Swift on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice. Girl, we hear you, and are taking just as many notes on your mentoring stint during the Knockout Round. Judgment, after all, is a favorite pastime.
Some of the 1989 singer’s advice was solid, some was weak, and some was downright bat-ish crazy. Following the first week of Tay Tay’s stint on The Voice, here are the highlights of her mentoring wisdom. More »
FKA twigs proved she is the reigning (and underrated) queen of music videos, as seen with the grandiose visual for “Two Weeks.” Now the singer has released another stunning clip, this time for the appropriately-titled “Video Girl.” Fun fact: before she made it big, twigs was a dancer in other artists’ videos.
The black + white Kahlil Joseph-directed video begins with startling imagery of a man being given the death penalty via lethal injection. Twigs shows off her beautifully intricate dance moves throughout the clip. Oh, there’s also a gnarly cameo by Travi$ Scott. More »
The ongoing Kesha-Dr. Luke legal battle just got even messier, if you can believe it.
If you remember, the whole ordeal began when Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, alleging that the producer sexually and emotionally abused her for nearly a decade. Within the same day, the producer responded with a lawsuit of his own against Kesha, claiming that Kesha’s lawsuit was an act of defamation and extortion.
But the legal drama isn’t stopping there: According to a new report by TMZ last night, not only has Dr. Luke responded with the lawsuit against Kesha, but he’s going after Kesha’s mom, Pebe Sebert, as well. Read the full details after the jump. More »
Taylor Swift stopped by Late Show with David Letterman yesterday (October 28) to promote her new album, 1989. The singer (who is NYC’s welcome ambassador) is officially an expert on all things New York, and she professed her love for the city to the show’s host. The “Out Of The Woods” starlet also talked about the secret album sessions she hosted for her fans.
Swift then commented on why she hasn’t written a song about relationships in a while: “Well I haven’t really had any lousy boyfriends in the past year and a half. It’s been good! I’m not really looking out for them.” Afterwards, she took the stage to perform “Welcome To New York” — the ode to her new hometown. Watch the performance up top, and catch the singer’s interview after the jump! More »
How to categorize the music of Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas? Easy: you don’t. The adorably rowdy Detroit outfit released their debut LP Secret Evil this past August (grab it on iTunes), and today Idolator is premiering the music video for “Sorry I Stole Your Man.” (Jessica’s really not that sorry, folks.)
In the clip, a mariachi band plays while Jessica and her girls, who look like they stepped right off the set of Brando’s The Wild One, give it straight about that fact that, baby, that guy is no longer yours. If my arm was twisted, I guess I’d say this firecracker of a song falls under the Latin-tinged rockabilly-goth category.
In this bizarre year where anything goes as far as the mainstream is concerned, surely there’s a place for Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas on several playlists. Watch the “Sorry I Stole Your Man” video above, and let us know if you agree. More »
Back in April, we predicted that Nico & Vinz‘ “Am I Wrong” would be a future hit — and we were right! Their international smash peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the highest-charting song from a Norwegian act since 1985′s “Take On Me” by A-ha. Ever since then, the rap/pop duo has made a big name for themselves in the U.S. and around the world.
Their debut album, Black Star Elephant, was released in September and features songs like “When The Day Comes” and “In Your Arms.” The vibe of the record is completely different than anything happening in music today, due to its roots in African culture that are mixed in with emotive pop.
I spoke with the duo about their new album, their transition into the U.S. market and their love for Africa. Read on to see what Nico & Vinz had to say in our Q&A below. More »
Calvin Harris‘ forthcoming LP Motion (out on November 4) is jam-packed with star features, and one of the highlights is the producer’s collaboration with Haim — titled “Pray To God.” The trio of sisters provide chilling harmonies over luxurious drum patterns and warm synths. The outcome is a disco-flecked groove that is bound to become a future club favorite.
Harris’ fifth studio album includes bangers like “Summer,” the John Newman-assisted “Blame” and “Outside” with Ellie Goulding. You can stream Motion on iTunes and also enter to win a copy of the album in our giveaway! Take a listen to “Pray To God” after the jump. More »