Perhaps no pop star has skyrocketed to fame faster in 2014 than Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea: From “Fancy” with Charli XCX to “Problem” with Ariana Grande to “Black Widow” with Rita Ora, the New Classic femcee has gone from success to success on top of the pop charts.
But at the same time, Iggy’s also fielded a substantial amount of criticism and shade for her entry into the rap game: From Nicki Minaj‘s (maybe?) shady snipe on the BET Awards to Rah Digga‘s diss to most recently, shots fired on Instagram from Snoop Dogg, not everyone is feeling the I-G-G-Y love.
Last night, Iggy opened up on Twitter about her history with rap music, where she came from (“Work” style), and her intention to globalize the craft. “As a kid loved rap but alot of lyrics were SO heavily themed around where you came from, it made me feel i didnt have a place,” she began the conversation. “i love love love to see and hear about other kids from all around the world discovering that maybe rap music is for them too. :-)”
Read all of the tweets after the jump. More »
After news broke out yesterday (October 16) that Kylie Minogue is featured on a reprise of Flight Facilities‘ 2010 breakthrough “Crave You,” the Australian dance duo has now released a teaser video for the single.
The shaky, ominous clip finds Minogue on top of a bed in a messy bedroom, as she begins to sing the opening verse a capella-style. Once the camera creeps near to the singer’s face, the video then goes completely fuzzy – sort of like an old television from the ’80s that has a broken antenna.
“Crave You” is off Flight Facilities’ debut LP, Down To Earth, is set for an October 24 release. As for Minogue, the diva is currently performing on her Kiss Me Once tour. More »
L.A., are the people saying la la la la la over there? Kingston? Miami? Stockholm? How about you guys? Yes? No?
In any case, Fergie Ferg’s long-awaited comeback track, “L.A. Love (La La),” which first premiered at the tail-end of September, just got suited up with a lyric video — and it’s a total #FlashbackFriday moment.
Sitting down in front of a scrapbook, Fergie flips through pages upon pages of classic memories and milestones from her career — from g-l-a-m-o-r-o-u-s photo shoots to live performanes to “London Bridge” promo photos — as well as tons of user-submitted photos of fans flipping the “LA” hand sign at the camera. The clip is cute and, if anything, a nice, nostalgic re-introduction to The Dutchess. More »
It’s good to be Duke Dumont. The 32-year-old British producer just pulled off the hat track of having his last three singles chart at either #1 or #2 in the UK, and the first in that string, the deep house delight “Need U (100%)”, scored a Grammy nomination last year for Best Dance Recording. He’s also in the enviable position of heading up his own label, Blasé Boys Club. Yet despite all this, Duke isn’t one capitalize on his success by chasing down pop’s most recognizable faces to belt out his songs, as many of his contemporaries do.
“If I work with an artist, it’s because I rate them so highly, and for the soul they may have in their voice, as opposed to making a calculated record purely just to sell as many copies as possible,” he tells Idolator. It’s a philosophy that’s paid off handsomely so far.
“Need U (100%)”, “I Got U” and “Won’t Look Back” were collected for Dumont’s EP1 (grab it here), the release of which coincides with his current stateside tour. Head below to read the chat we had with him just before he hit the road. More »
What scares us onscreen is pretty subjective. The stop-motion skeletons that got granny a-shiverin’ and a-shakin’ under her slip might not faze someone weaned in a world ruled by House-Of-Wax Plastic-Surgery-Chic like The Thing That Melted Meg Ryan.. Music, however, never loses its ability to scare us and the best, most classic horror themes can creep us all out, every time. Well, that and photographing Ariana Grande’s right side:
Do you like scary movies? Hang up that absurdly large 90s phone, crank the volume and…wait…what was that noise? You’d better go investigate… More »
Did You Hear?
:: After the unnecessary feud between Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg escalated (with even Azeliea Banks randomly joining in), Snoop has decided to finally apologize to the Aussie rapper via Instagram video – natch. She then tweeted (& deleted), “I appreciate the apology.” [Digital Spy]
:: Summer music festival season recently ended, but Bonnaroo is already prepped for next year! They announced their 2015 dates, which will take place on the weekend of June 11th – 14th in Manchester, TN. The lineup will be announced in February. [Consequence of Sound]
:: The Songwriters Hall of Fame 2015 nominees have been announced, with writers like Tom Petty, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Babyface and Linda Perry being considered. The selected songwriters will be inducted in the June 2015 ceremony. [Billboard]
:: Will there ever be a time when Justin Bieber is not in trouble? The Canadian bad boy recently threw a homecoming party when he returned to the states after traveling Europe, but the celebration was soon busted by the cops due to noise complaints. [TMZ]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Pitbull unveiled the cover and November 24 release date of eighth studio LP Globalization yesterday (October 15) but the tracklist is still under wraps. While the full line-up is yet to be announced, Mr. Worldwide shed some light on the matter by revealing the involvement of pop heavyweights Jennifer Lopez, Jason Derulo and Chris Brown on the album.
Other collaborators include dancehall king Sean Paul, producer/artist Wallpaper and rising pop diva Bebe Rexha. Songs that have been confirmed include 2014 FIFA World Cup theme song “We Are One (Ole Ola)”, G.R.L.-assisted pop anthem “Wild Wild Love” and current top 40 smash “Fireball”. Globalization will also feature a new single called “Celebrate (from Penguins of Madagascar)”, lifted from the soundtrack of upcoming animated movie Penguins of Madagascar. I’m ready to be slayed. More »
Bless Diplo and his messy Twitter feed. The twerk-enthusiast/super-producer dropped a bombshell earlier today (October 16) when he let slip that a Major Lazer/Ariana Grande collaboration called “All My Love” is on the way. “Ok so this @MAJORLAZER @ArianaGrande track is sounding pretty gigantic right now #allmylove” he revealed in a since-deleted tweet.
It will be interesting to see if Major Lazer is producing the track for Ari or if she is lending her vocals to one of their club-bangers. Unless there’s a rerelease of My Everything on the horizon, the latter would seem more probably. This is an exciting developmemt for the 21-year-old. She tested the waters of EDM on Zedd‘s relatively vanilla “Break Free” but Diplo’s balls-to-the-wall approach promises a very different result. More »
Does the world really need a T-Pain best of? Don’t get me wrong, “I’m ‘n Luv (Wit A Stripper)” and “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” are modern classics but this could be a hard sell. RCA obviously thinks otherwise because they announced the November 4 release date of T-PAIN PRESENTS HAPPY HOUR: THE GREATEST HITS today (October 16).
The 13-song collection features the above-mentioned hits but focuses largely on the rapper’s recent output. There are two versions of B.o.B-assisted chart bomb “Up Down (Do This All Day)”, two relatively obscure Chris Brown collaborations and a new single called “Drankin’ Patna”. Happily, “5 O’Clock” made the cut. Check out the full tracklist after the jump. More »
Nicole Scherzinger tapped T.I. to feature on her debut solo single “Whatever U Like” way back in 2007. It’s only fitting then that they reunite — seven years later — on the former PCD diva’s long-awaited US debut LP Big Fat Lie. And while “Electric Blue” lacks the edge of their first collaboration, the Janet Jackson-channelling mid-tempo bop is an absolute gem.
Produced by The-Dream (it also features his vocals) and Tricky Stewart, “Electric Blue” is a throwback to the simplicity and swagger of ’90s R&B. “At night all I think about is you, on that high this is what you do,” coos Nicole over rubbery beats. From there, she launches into the almost bubblegum-pop chorus before Tip arrives late in the song with a typically explicit verse. Listen after the jump. More »