According to Houston radio station MAJIC 102.1, Jay Z was performing his Magna Carta Holy Grail interlude “Beach Is Better,” when he swapped the lyric “I replace it with another one” with “’Cause she’s pregnant with another one.” A fan has since posted a purported audio clip from Jay Z’s performance, although his lyrics are tough to make out. See their Instagram posts below. More »
What does Sound Of A Woman sound like? Well, Kiesza‘s debut LP isn’t out until October 21, and so far we’ve only heard deep house cuts like “Hideaway,” “Giant In My Heart,” “No Enemiesz” and “So Deep.” Also, the tracklist for the album has yet to be revealed (though we’ll go out on a limb and assume all of the mentioned tracks will be included).
What we do have, however, is the cover artwork for Kiesza’s full-length release. The flame-haired Canadian unveiled the image across her social media channels today, and here we see her face, hands and blinged-out nails against a stark black background. It’s kind of perfect in its simplicity, really. More »
The match-up isn’t just arousing mood music, as to be expected from two young R&B stars. Instead, Brown and Songz weave in references to R. Kelly‘s singles off 1993 debut 12 Play (“Sex Me,” “Bump ‘N Grind,” “Your Body’s Callin’”), plus later hits like “Fiesta” and “Ignition,” in efforts to sound more explicitly adult.
If anything, “Songs On 12 Play” brings to mind how much Brown and Songz (who recently released his own sixth album, Trigga) owe to the still-controversial R. Kelly. Following a brief, almost forgettable stint with new jack swing, the raunchy R&B singer still manages to find new ways to surprise with his dreamy songs of explicit bedroom instructions, from sung-rapped vocals to truly outlandish metaphors.
Neither Brown nor Songz sound as impassioned in their tribute as R. Kelly would on his own, though “Songz On 12 Play” still sounds like an earnest effort. Hear the X song below. More »
Rolling Stone initially panned Led Zeppelin’s version of the Anne Bredon-written song upon its 1969 release. “The song is very dull (especially on the vocal passages), very redundant, and certainly not worth the six-and-a-half minutes the Zeppelin gives it,” writer John Mendelsohn said.
With her version (titled “Baby, I’m Gonna Leave You”), though, Cyrus reminds us why Led Zeppelin’s take would later be hailed as one of the band’s finest moments. Each time the Bangerz star sings the driving hook, her loud wails cut through the heavy guitar riffs and drums — a bold reminder that yes, she can sing.
Hear Cyrus cover “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” below. More »
Days before X‘s release, though, Brown released the “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” video that he directed months ago. While a previous teaser showed only him silhouetted in a dark room while dancing to the song, the full video isn’t as straightforward. In this storybook romance gone wrong, Grande plays a princess who falls in love with Brown. After the two are caught seeing each other, though, knights lock Ariana’s object of affection away in attempts to keep them apart. More »
Taylor Swift and Katy Perry (maybe?) swapped subtweets and shady songs, U2 dropped an unwanted (for some of us?) album on us via Apple and Ariana Grande is (possibly) a diva who only likes to be interviewed and photographed on one side of her face. Hmm…
In less dicey news, we premiered AJR return with “Infinity,” launched a contest for BANKS‘ gorgeous Goddess, premiered some stunning artwork to coincide with Kimbra‘s The Golden Echo and took a look back at 13 pop albums that deserved a lot more love than they were originally dealt.
As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out some of the week’s best comments after the jump. More »
The appeal of the worldwide smash is easy to understand. Robin breathes just enough life into the French duo’s sad and depressing folk song to make it palatable. The end result is a curiously catchy but still defiantly gloomy earworm. Interestingly, the collab almost didn’t happen due to the DJ remixing the track without permission. They sorting things out and now everyone is rolling in cash. And they say there’s no such thing as a fairytale ending! Watch the very German video up top. More »
The sexy party jam demanded an equally evocative visual and it looks like Pit is going to deliver. Today’s (September 12) preview finds the rapper hanging out in a club with his co-star and a bunch of scantily-clad women. So it’s like every other Pitbull video ever made only with really obvious product placement for the hitmaker’s vodka brand. I’m here for it. Watch up top. More »
As part of Myspace’s ongoing Five Minutes To The Stage series, which gives fans an inside glimpse into an act’s “rituals, superstitions and experiences” seconds before hitting the stage (like JoJo!), the girls revealed their obsession with their (equally obsessed) fans. At one point, they pass around Ally‘s phone, as she scrolls through her Twitter timeline and giggles at Vines. (You see, Harmonizers? They could be doing that right now if you tweet them.)
5H also talk about their pre-performance rituals, including a group prayer (this time with Dinah‘s family included!), as well as a quick rehearsal of their opening moves and some vocal warm-ups. Even with those pre-show jitters, they’re still on point. More »