Wiz Khalifa has premiered the video for the hollering “We Dem Boyz,” off his forthcoming album Blacc Hollywood. And you will NEVER guess what he is doing when he’s first shown on screen. From there, starting out in his bedroom, the visual follows him through the neighborhood as he smokes, strolls, ogles and shoots a jumper (you think it went in?) in a long single-take shot. (Props to director Ethan Lader.)
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For her sixth album Food, “Jerk Ribs” singer/culinary school grad Kelis turned to Dave Sitek for guidance on the production end. And like CSS did with their 2013 LP Planta, Kelis spent time recording the record at Sitek’s house in Los Angeles. The result is a trek through indie-soul territory, which we’ve already gotten a, um, taste for with previously released tracks like “Rumble.”
Now you can whet your appetite by hearing Food in full ahead of its release next week (on April 22), courtesy of a stream on NPR‘s site, as well as see the dates below for Kelis’ just-announced seven-date North American tour in support of the album. Bon appétit! More »
Three superstars unite for the superhero visuals of “It’s On Again” from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. The visual for the Alicia Keys track starts off with Kendrick Lamar barking his verse into a walkie talkie, setting the stage for some sort of rebel heist that’s going down. Keys is the ringleader, I suppose, motivating the troops or whatever, and the ubiquitous Pharrell mans the control room (fitting since he co-wrote and produced the song), for what ends up being an operation to turn the New York City skyline into a giant EQ visualizer. Wasn’t there a commercial that did this recently?
Also, what does this all have to do with Spidey? Who cares! Because he’s in the video, too, as is the film’s composer (and G I R L collaborator) Hans Zimmer.
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Lily Allen will dedicate her third LP Sheezus (out May 5) to Amy Winehouse. While Allen considered the late singer to be an acquaintance, she also found herself relating to the increased media attention that surrounded Winehouse. “She was not in a great place when we knew each other, so I don’t feel I knew Amy,” Allen said to The Telegraph. “I knew a version of Amy.”
Allen and Winehouse both released albums (Alright, Still and Back to Black, respectively) to critical acclaim in 2006. A few years later, Allen would claim that Winehouse “is very different to what people portray her as being,” compared to headlines of her high-profile drug abuse – “a very clever, intelligent, witty, funny person who can hold it together.” Allen continues to defend her to this day.
“What she had to deal with was 10 times anything I had to deal with,” Allen says. “She’d sold a hell of a lot more albums than me, and there was a lot more interest in her. There were people outside her home 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I know what that was like on a much smaller level, and I felt trapped.” More »
Even with her tour underway, one of two Coachella sets done and “West Coast” out, Lana Del Rey has somehow managed to keep the details of Ultraviolence under wraps. It’s no small feat for a major pop star these days — especially one who’s as prone to leaks as Lana is. A big reveal can’t be too far off, but to hold fans over until she drops another vague bombshell on Twitter or Instagram, we’ve combed through all the scraps of information that have been floating around for the past year or so and compiled a handy list of the eight things we know about Ultraviolence so far.
Head below for an idea of what we can expect from LDR’s highly anticipated new album. More »
Mary J. Blige delighted fans at Coachella when she joined Disclosure to perform her version of “F for You,” off the UK duo’s 2013 debut Settle. Blige was hardly the only guest during the set, as young critical darlings Alunageorge and Sam Smith popped up as well — but she inspired the loudest cheers of all, while belting her verses and jumping in stilettos (!) to keep the crowd hyped.
Blige approached Disclosure after the May release of Settle, a set that already sounded like a long-lost album from Tommy Boy‘s ’90s dance music roster. (Blige’s cameo only adds to that comparison.) “We said, ‘Sure, whatever you want,’” Disclosure’s Howard Lawrence said to Billboard. “She wanted to sing a new verse, so she sent us hundreds of vocals she thought might work. We sifted through them and had a great time.”
Watch Alunageorge and Blige crash Disclosure’s set after the jump. More »
“Cruise on, motherfuckers,” Blondie‘s Debbie Harry said at Coachella, while on stage during Arcade Fire‘s headlining set – one of the biggest surprises of the festival’s third day.
Harry joined the Montreal band on stage to duet with vocalist Regine Chassagne for Blondie’s 1978 hit “Heart of Glass,” then provide backup vocals for Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains),” off its 2010 LP The Suburbs. While Chassagne appeared intimidated by Harry at first, and Harry seemed unfamiliar with the lyrics to “Sprawl II,” the two were also clearly stoked to perform together. (“Debbie motherfucking Harry,” frontman Win Butler later said.) It’s a good thing too, because for Arcade Fire fans in particular, the match-up was inevitable.
When The Suburbs initially dropped, critics immediately compared “Sprawl II” to “Heart of Glass” while calling it an album highlight. Chicago duo The Hood Internet then released a mash-up called “Sprawl of Glass,” still years before. On their U.S. dates leading up to Coachella, Arcade Fire would cover “Heart of Glass” live. Watch Blondie and Arcade Fire team up at Coachella up top, then hear the Hood Internet’s mash-up and Arcade Fire’s live cover after the jump. More »
The wait is nearly over for Sky Ferreira‘s full visual for her latest Night Time, My Time single “I Blame Myself,” which is now scheduled to premiere this Wednesday, April 16, through a collaborative video series by online retailer SSENSE and the print publication System. The clip was shot entirely in Los Angeles.
During our interview with Ferreira last week, she told us the following about her “I Blame Myself” video: “I can’t really give too many details about it yet, but I shot it in L.A. with Grant Singer, who does all my other videos. And my family’s in it.”
In the above teaser clip, we see Sky wearing shorts while singing in a graffiti-riddled alleyway and sitting in a red car while donning a sheer top. Give it a watch. More »
From Saturday Night Live to a stadium near you: Ed Sheeran has announced his first-ever headlining arena tour of North America, to follow the June 23 release of his sophomore LP x. The tour starts August 22 in Seattle and wraps September 18 in Toronto, though more dates are to come.
Sheeran’s tour fulfills a goal that he recently disclosed when talking about x and three sold-out nights at Madison Square Garden, a feat for any solo singer-songwriter – “I want to headline a stadium,” as he told Billboard. (Previously, he held the opening slot for Taylor Swift‘s Red Tour.) Meanwhile, on April 12 on SNL, Sheeran previewed how x would sound live by performing lead single “Sing” and a new song called “Don’t.” Both songs show that he’s beefed up his acoustic folk-meets-hip-hop roots, the former being produced by Pharrell and the latter channeling one of Pharrell’s key influences, new jack swing pioneer Teddy Riley (Blackstreet, Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson‘s Dangerous).
Pre-sale tickets for Sheeran’s stops in Toronto, Boston and Chicago go on sale on April 22, while other dates are available starting April 25. See the full list of tour dates after the jump. More »
For her follow-up to 2011 sophomore LP I Remember Me, Jennifer Hudson is said to be working with Pharrell Williams (of course), R. Kelly (projectile vomit into a bucket of piss) and Timbaland (nice one). The first hint at what’s to come is the new Timbo callab “Walk It Out,” which clocks in at nearly five minutes long. (If you’re at all familiar with Justin Timberlake‘s recent output, then you’ll know this is actually a short run time for a Timbaland production these days.)
The track is a beautifully smooth and sexy slow jam that mashes some old-school Philly soul vibes with a modern-day R&B sensibility. And it’s got Timbland chiming in with a barrage of ad-libs, hence, we guess, his “featuring” credit. That said, “Walk It Out” isn’t the most obvious choice of lead-single material as we head toward radio’s sure-to-be busy summer.
Give J-Hud and Timbaland’s pair-up a listen below. More »