Katy Perry has gone above and beyond when it comes to “This Is How We Do” remixes. The chart-conquering diva first served up a mind-stretching overhaul featuring side-piece RiFF RAFF before unleashing a twisted trap version courtesy of Brillz. They were both great in their own weird and wonderful way but it looks like she saved the best for last.
The Harper’s Bazaar cover girl turns to RAC for the latest “This Is How We Do” remix and the Portuguese-born/Portland-based DJ transforms it into a spooky synth-adventure that mixes tinny hip-hop beats with his trademark retro-synths. The sparse, fuzzy soundscape is exciting new territory for Katy’s voice and somehow suits the upbeat pop song perfectly. Listen after the jump. More »
Its been a big weekend for Nicki Minaj. The “Anaconda” diva dropped by Beyonce and Jay Z‘s On The Run tour stop in Paris to perform “***Flawless” and is also rumored to have filmed the song’s much-anticipated visual while she was in town. (The 31-year-old definitely filmed a video for something). It only makes sense that the busy femcee would want to let off some steam by hitting up a couple of fashion shows and after-parties.
We all know that Nicki is no shrinking violet, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that she rocked an outfit that (really) highlighted her famous curves to Alexander Wang‘s party and then shared the raunchiest snaps on Instagram. The rap heavyweight merrily exposed her boobs to partygoers and looked like she was having a great old time. See more pics of her Paris party antics after the jump. More »
Robin Thicke needs to hire a PR team to rehabilitate his image stat. If the commercial and critical failure of misguided (and frankly creepy) Paula LP wasn’t bad enough, the crooner reveals he lied to media outlets about co-writing “Blurred Lines” in court documents which have just been made public. He also admits to an ongoing battle with drug and alcohol abuse.
The revelations were made during the course of legal proceedings Marvin Gaye‘s children brought against Robin and producer Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement. In short, they claim that “Blurred Lines” rips off their father’s 1977 classic R&B hit “Got To Give It Up”. As such, the famous duo were deposed to establish the creative process behind the song.
This is where it gets really nuts. The 37-year-old says he played no part in penning the 2013 summer smash despite having a songwriting credit. “I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit… so I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was.” He finally comes clean and admits: “The reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.” That statement is in stark contrast to the process he described in detail to several media outlets. His explanation for lying? Drug and alcohol abuse. More »
Erasure is back at it once again.
Following the release of last year’s holiday-themed Snow Globe, the prolific electronic duo has returned this year with their sixteenth (!) studio album The Violet Flame due out on September 22, helmed by British hit-maker, Richard X.
After we premiered the tracklisting and vibrant cover art for the upcoming LP right here on Idolator, the troupe debuted the album’s surging lead single “Elevation,” an uplifting slice of majestic synth-pop.
And, as with “Elevation,” you can expectedly equally bright and flashy things across the entirety of the record: “This time, because we wrote on the synths, Vince came up with some dance riffs. I just sang along with those, so it was much more immediate. We also did the writing in Miami rather than New York, so it was much warmer,” Andy Bell tells USA Today where the album can be exclusively streamed in full.
Listen to the stream at USA Today, and check out the full tracklisting after the jump. More »
Last year, Ariana Grande launched her pop-R&B sound with her Mac Miller pair-up “The Way,” which wound up becoming the first of what would become her string of several catchy Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. The onetime Nickelodeon star was 20 at the time, but as she reveals in the October issue of Marie Claire, she was personally ready to cut an album of R&B tracks — ones, it seems, with a mature slant — years prior to that. More »
Dillon Francis is a little over a month away from conquering clubs and soundtracking your next hundred or so parties with bone-rattling debut LP Money Sucks, Friends Rule (due October 27). The LA-based DJ/moombahton pioneer signaled his intent to make your shit jiggle with DJ Snake-assisted “Get Low” but takes it to the next level on “We Make It Bounce”.
A collaboration with Major Lazer (Diplo‘s day job when he’s not producing hits for other folks) and British reggae singer Stylo G, “We Make It Bounce” certainly lives up to its title with beats big enough to break your speakers. “AS I SAY AT EVERY SHOW I NEED TO SEE YOU BOUNCING TO THIS SHIT!!!” writes Dillon eloquently about his new jam. Listen after the jump. More »
Alicia Keys dropped by the TODAY show this morning for a touching performance of her new single “We Are Here.” The singer, who is pregnant with her second child, explained the meaning of the song to host Matt Lauer.
“It started with this conversation that I had, that question [why are we on this planet] was asked to me,” Keys said. “That really opened up a whole conversation and a whole dialogue. And with the backdrop of everything that’s going on in the world, we’re wondering what can we do about it. We all have a voice, but how can it be used?”
See if Alicia’s song motivates you to answer why we’re all here on the planet below. More »
After capping off their highly successful, endlessly headline-generating On The Run Tour in Paris, Beyoncé and Jay Z are still finding new ways to bring their vision to fans, beginning with Part One of Bang Bang, a mini-film shot in support of their tour.
Today, the superstar duo debuted the first piece of the visual, directed by photographer/filmmaker Dikayl Rimmasch. Inspired by “French new wave cinema and the powerful intimacy of legendary independent director and mentor Les Blank,” the captivating clip sees the two hitting the dusty trail for some high-speed car rides (and a quick diner stop) in the vintage 2-minute clip — and yes, there’s an underlying meaning to this duo’s Bonnie & Clyde-esque styling. More »
Producer Pharrell Williams takes Jennifer Hudson and Iggy Azalea to the disco on their JHUD collaboration “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.” (He also swipes his own quick drumbeat intro from another of his recent productions, Kylie Minogue‘s “I Was Gonna Cancel.”)
“Whisper in his ear, it makes it hotter / don’t wipe the sweat, it makes it better,” J-Hud sings seductively on the upbeat track. Later, Iggy hops in with a rap that states she’s “got him wrapped around my fingertips” and “rock hard.” Saucy stuff, and it’s all laid over Pharrell’s dark and slinky instrumentation. More »
Want to get up close and personal with “The Man” himself?
On September 30, Aloe Blacc will be performing live at JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) as part of JetBlue’s ongoing Live From T5 concert series — and we’re giving away a free pair of passes for you and a guest to see the “Wake Me Up” singer.
Following the show, the winner and their guest will also get a special meet and greet session with Aloe Blacc — and yes, roundtrip transportation from a central location in Manhattan will also be provided! A pretty sweet deal all around. Want to enter to win? It’s easy. Head below to find out how! More »