Ariana Grande had a busy weekend. After wowing viewers with a duo of elaborate performances (she rocked cat ears and dragged out The Weeknd) on Saturday Night Live, the pint-sized diva headed straight to BPM nightclub to perform a set for gay fans. She even switched up her wardrobe — opting for an all white ensemble. (She kept the cat ears, however).
The 21-year-old belted out current single “Break Free” as well as a solo rendition of Jessie J and Nicki Minaj collaboration “Bang Bang”. The My Everything hitmaker is in full damage control mode at the moment after generating a wave of bad publicity with her alleged diva demands that involve having no photos taken from the right. See a selection of snaps from the gay nightclub adventure after the jump. More »
Just when you thought Jessie J‘s Sweet Talker LP was going to be a party-startin’ collection of urban club-bangers like “Bang Bang” and 2 Chainz-assisted “Burnin’ Up”, the comeback queen delivers a pretty stripped-back ballad called “Personal”. Co-written by rising R&B diva Elle Varner, the mid-tempo gem is a return to the more mellow terrain of Who You Are and Alive.
After coasting through the verses accompanied only by simple guitar and finger snaps, the Brit can’t resist unleashing her powerful pipes in the chorus. “Ain’t got a shot glass in my fist to spill it away all my business, telling these strangers about you,” she sings. “I’m getting too personal, I’m getting too personal with you.” This is a much better fit for Jessie’s voice and personality than her previous singles. Listen after the jump. More »
Last month Royksopp and Robyn premiered their cerebral music video for Do It Again EP track “Monument.” It seems there was a bit more, visually, the three artists wanted to put out there, as they’ve now served up a second clip for the song (in remixed form), called “The End Version.” This all comes on the heels of Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp announcing that their upcoming LP The Inevitable End (out November 11) will be their last.
“We feel like this is a goodbye to the traditional album format,” the pair explained in a press release. “In our consecutive run of albums, we have been able to say what we want to say and do what we want to do with the LP. We’re not going to stop making music, but the album format as such, this is the last thing from us.” More »
If you thought the highlight of Jessie J‘s appearance on UK talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man was going to be her discussing nude photos, better watch the above clip. The British songbird, whose “Bang Bang” just topped the UK chart this week, debunked the rumor that she’s leaving London to live in America, and talked about the fact that she has “no tits and a bony chest” on the program.
But the real highlight was when Jessie attempted to teach Alan and his audience the “Bang Bang” dance routine. Carr surprised the singer with his Nicki Minaj-esque inflatable butt, only to later bend over while dancing and realize that he’d suffered a slight wardrobe malfunction. More »
With the release of Tinashe‘s debut album Aquarius just days away, the singer has dropped another track off the LP. Simply titled “Bet,” the slinky tune is a departure from the club-ready “2 On” that we were first introduced to. Tinashe’s commanding vocals are at the forefront, which are anchored by a hypnotic production filled with haunting echoes and sparkling synths. Featured artist Dev Hynes (of Blood Orange) sneaks in towards the end with an anguished guitar solo.
While the other cuts off the album feel too on trend, “Bet” is a much-welcomed return to the sultry R&B vibe that was found on Tinashe’s mixtapes. The singer has previously released slow jam “Feels Like Vegas” and the A$AP Rocky-assisted “Pretend.”
Look out for Aquarius on October 7, and take a listen to “Bet” after the jump. More »
Start shaking and crying Camp Rock enthusiasts, because this is real and happening: Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas reunited on stage last night!
Six whole years after the duo first co-starred together on their smash Disney Channel original movie, the superstars came together once again to perform their Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit, “This Is Me,” during Demi’s World Tour stop in Los Angeles last night.
After Demi launched into the tune, Joe Jonas casually wandered out (to the frenzied shrieks of the Lovatics in the audience!) to support his longtime friend with a vocal assist, as the two happily smiled at each other and belted out the tune. “Thanks @joejonas for the awesome surprise!! #staplescenter #4yrssincewesangtogether #demiworldtour” Demi later tweeted along with a photo of the two of them on stage that night. More »
Believe it or not, next year will mark a full decade since Carrie Underwood was crowned the winner of American Idol. To celebrate, the country-pop queen is releasing her collection Greatest Hits: Decade #1 on December 9. Not a bad stocking stuffer, there.
Producer Mark Bright (Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery) co-wrote the compilation’s lead single, “Something In The Water,” with Carrie, and the uplifting song finds Underwood belting out inspirational lyrics over a lush, piano-and-guitar-driven wall of sound. “And now I’m singing along to ‘Amazing Grace,’ can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face / got joy in my heart, angels on my side / thank God almighty, I saw the light,” she sings.
Listen to “Something In The Water” below. More »
The Veronicas have taken their devastating new ballad to TV screens down under.
After premiering their gorgeous and artistic visual for “You Ruin Me,” the Aussie sister act is taking the next step in their long-awaited comeback by bringing their latest single to X Factor Australia.
Set within a smoky stage and surrounded by orchestra players, Lisa dramatically crooned the heart-wrenching ballad straight into the camera, accompanied by her sister Jessica on piano. And by the end, the two finally bring it all together by uniting in the middle of the stage to belt out the song’s final few bars — an appropriately chill-inducing performance for an equally emotional number. It certainly seemed to go over well both with the crowd and the judges, all of whom rose to their feet to cheer for the girls.
Watch the duo’s performance up top, and let us know what you thought in the comments below. More »
When Fergie announced her return to the music industry after eight long years, we all were elated to hear new music from The Dutchess. Yesterday (September 28), she finally released her new single “L.A. Love (La La)” – but it was quite the letdown.
Our own Robbie Daw stated, “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.”
Did other music critics agree? Read what they had to say after the jump. More »
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 »