Adam Lambert and Queen are reuniting once again for an arena tour! Lambert has toured with the legendary band in June for their North American summer dates, but this time the rockers will be heading to the UK.
Lambert will accompany the band for seven arena tour dates, which will kick off on January 13 in Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena and end in Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena. After that, Queen will head to other countries in Europe – including France, Germany, Italy and Denmark. Lambert has previously performed in the UK with them in 2012.
The tour is in conjunction with Queen’s forthcoming compilation album, Queen Forever, to be released on November 10. It will feature a 20-track single album version and a 36-track two-disc version, as well as three unreleased tracks with Freddie Mercury‘s vocals (including a duet with Michael Jackson). View the band’s tour dates after the jump. More »
Lorde is keeping her head up, sparking her heart and heading into battle with her striding Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack anthem, “Yellow Flicker Beat.”
After teasing the track for several weeks, the brooding singer-songstress returns with a defiant battle cry — the first taste of new music since last year’s Pure Heroine.
Kicking off with an ominous sustained hum, the alt-diva moves into a murky and minimal melody atop spooky chants and noises, not unlike anything from her debut. “The scars that mark my body, they’re silver and gold,” she slowly pronounces. And then, there’s a sudden explosion, as the chorus launches the songstress into a fiery synth-pop anthem. “I just try, keep up with the red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart!” she cries out across the slick goth-pop synths. More »
It’s been a banner year for British blue-eyed soul singer Jess Glynne, who topped the chart in her home country by pairing up with Route 94 on “My Love,” and also landed in the Top 10 with her Gorgon City-produced hit “Right Here.” But the song that kicked it all off for Glynne was Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be,” which spent four weeks at #1 in the UK and is sitting just outside the Top 10 this week stateside, at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Clean Bandit have once again enlisted Jess for a new single (in a similar, upbeat vein as “Rather Be”) called “Real Love,” which you’ll have heard live if you’ve caught the house-pop quartet on their current US tour. The song, which doesn’t appear on the band’s debut LP New Eyes, is currently available for pre-order on UK and German iTunes (with a release date of November 16). More »
Move over, lesser pop starlets: Aretha Franklin is back on the scene — and she means business.
As we recently learned, the legendary 72-year-old vocalist returns at the end of October to properly school us with a diva-themed collection of covers, featuring Aretha-ized versions of classic cuts by everyone from Diana Ross to Barbra Streisand to Adele. And now, we’ve got a first taste of what’s to come from Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. More »
Fear not, international Who Crew members: Betty Who has got you covered too.
While the “Somebody Loves You” siren puts in promotional work stateside with the release of her upcoming debut Take Me When You Go out on October 7, Miss Who is supplying the UK with a new EP called Convertible Nights on November 24, a 4-track collection of tunes from the album, which should come some time in 2015 across the pond.
Following her opening slot on Katy Perry‘s Prismatic World Tour down under in November, the pop princess will also be returning to London in December, including a showcase on December 2 at Birthdays.
Check out the tracklisting after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
:: 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]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
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!”).
Hear One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” before the song’s September 29 debut below. More »