Currently on his King Of The Fall Tour with fellow soulster Jhene Aiko and rapper Schoolboy Q, The Weeknd’s Abel Testfaye is back with a new tour-titled track, and it’s business as usual, folks. It’s a song about — you guessed it — the ladies, but it’s not just about any girl in particular anymore. This time around, he wants the lot.
Packed with his signature baby-making melody and angelic mewl, “King of the Fall” seems almost formulaic for the Canadian crooner now, but, hey, if it keeps the ladies flocking, am I right? Singing “Your girl’s so bad, let me get her. She gon’ give it up ’cause she know I might like it,”
The Weeknd mysteriously also uses a picture of indie darling Sky Ferriera as the track’s cover art, which poses the question: Is this on purpose, or just a coincidence? Listen to the song below, and decide for yourself.
Remember last year’s iTunes Festival in London, when Lady Gaga premiered, like, half of ARTPOP all at once? The festival’s back on again this year and, while there’s no Gaga this time around, the organizers have thrown together a pretty incredible line-up for 2014.
In The Lonely Hour crooner Sam Smith, Blondie, Kiesza, Maroon 5, Pharrell, 5 Seconds Of Summer, David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Kylie Minogue are all expected to hit the stage at this year’s show at the Roundhouse in Camden throughout the month of September. The official iTunes Festival Twitter account confirmed the acts one by one over the course of the day today across the pond, much to the delight (and retweets) of fans worldwide.
Want to catch up on previous performances? Head to the festival page on iTunes to listen to live EPs from past years.
Who are you most excited to see perform this year? Let us know in the comments below. More »
Before Destiny’s Child became the untouchable trio we now know and love today — Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams — the legendary R&B girl group’s line-up was something of a revolving door in their earlier years.
A brief, but vital history lesson: In early 2000, back when the group was still a quartet, original members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett were unceremoniously ousted and replaced by two brand new members: Soon-to-be gospel-pop legend Michelle Williams (of “Say Yes” fame) and Farrah Franklin. And while Michelle went on to become the perfect third of DC3, Farrah quickly left the group and became an Independent Woman after just five months.
Farrah’s still making headlines as of this weekend…for all the wrong reasons, unfortunately: According to TMZ, Farrah was arrested in South Carolina yesterday, reportedly due to “disorderly conduct” involving alcohol. Read more about the charge after the jump. More »
Royksopp and Robyn‘s Do It Again EP hit the pop world this past spring to critical acclaim, and the Norwegian electronic duo and eternally cool Swedish singer have been trekking around together on tour in support of their joint release. Today brings the sprawling six-minute video for the EP’s title track, a song we recently included in our Best Of 2014 (So Far) roundup.
The video was directed by Martin De Thurah in Mexico, and it depicts rebels living out desperately urgent scenarios (seeking medicine after an injury, having sex, dancing wildly etc.) in a castle before a final act of authoritarian violence brings it all to an end. More »
:: Backstreet Boys have postponed their three sold-out concerts in Israel due to the ongoing international conflict with Palestine. The group is hoping to reschedule the shows for spring 2015. [Billboard]
:: Meanwhile, Selena Gomez became the latest pop star to face criticism for even speaking up on the conflict. She urged fans to pray for casualties at the volatile Palestinian region of Gaza, resulting in threats to un-follow her. [MTV]
:: A Beyonce fashion exhibit will debut July 22 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Featured pieces include her “Single Ladies” black leotard and Super Bowl body suit. [AP]
:: Zendaya did not feel “morally okay” to move forward with Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, she says. Among other reasons, one main one was that she tried, but failed, to reach the late singer’s family for consent. [Billboard]
:: Limp Bizkit‘s Fred Durst has directed not one, not two, but three eHarmony commercials. The first stars a child, age 5, who’s trying to sign up for the online dating service. [Ad Age]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »
Beyonce has offered the first look at Fifty ShadesOf Grey, the film adaptation of the 2011 best-selling “mommy porn” novel.
Without warning, the On the Run star posted a snippet of the trailer on July 19. Scenes close in on the hands of entrepreneur Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), hinting of their steamy affair to come. Meanwhile, a groggy version of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” plays out – a fitting soundtrack choice, given the graphic sex scenes that author E.L. James wrote in the film’s source material and initial promises from screenplay writer Kelly Marcel that the film will be rated NC-17.
The full Fifty Shades of Grey trailer debuts Thursday. For now, watch Beyonce’s teaser after the jump. More »
“Weird Al” Yankovic bemoans “First World Problems” in his latest spoof, also the latest in his eight-videos-in-eight-days streak. In the style of alt-rock icons The Pixies, particularly frontman Frank Black‘s talk-singing vocal inflections, the pop parodist complains over a friend calling instead of texting. He fumes over having WiFi everywhere in his house except for his kitchen and receiving a vanilla latte without foam art. He also wears a wispy blond wig supplied by director Liam Lynch (Tenacious D‘s film Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Yankovic’s Doors spoof “Craigslist”) — a pretty great attempt to “douchey,” as he tells PopCrush.
“First World Problems” appears on Mandatory Fun, Yankovic’s latest (and possibly last) album. To prepare, he listened to the Pixies’ entire catalog on repeat “until it just seeps into my brain,” as he said to Newsweek. Prior to that, he even performed Doolittle track “I Bleed” with the band in Los Angeles at a charity concert. More »
Adam Levine married model Behati Prinsloo on July 19 in Los Cabos, Mexico. The couple got engaged last summer after dating for a year.
Celebrity guests included actors George Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr. and Ray Romano. Performers included soon-to-be Voice mentor Stevie Nicks and Maroon 5 bandmate James Valentine. Guest list aside, though, details reveal that the wedding was a low-key affair. Friends and family wore linen suits and summer dresses, while members of the wedding parties were not held to a dress code, a source tells People. More »
Initially, Brian Wilson raised eyebrows when he revealed his new album‘s featured artists, which include Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel and now fun.’s Nate Ruess. Now, according to those close to him, his Lana Del Rey collaboration will be the song to remember, as it recounts Wilson’s sadness about the Beach Boys‘ dissolution.
“It started out being about lost love,” co-producer Joe Thomas said of “Last Song” to Rolling Stone. “But after the tour fell apart it became more about a missed opportunity for Brian and the guys to ride into the sunset together.” More »
“Weird Al” Yankovic shifts his focus from parodying pop songs to team anthems in “Sports Song.” In his latest video, he leads a marching band across a football field to rally the crowd. As to be expected from the proudly uncool funnyman, he does backpedal on some of his threats: “Okay, full disclosure: We’re not that great, but nevertheless, you suck!” Regardless, he nails it. He gets to exactly what sport songs are about, in a way that anyone can appreciate.
“I like to think that this is the kind of song that sports fans would love and people who hate sports would love,” Yankovic said to Radio.com. More »