Avril Lavigne’s “Hello Kitty” Video Is Probably The Worst Thing You’ll Watch All Week

Apr 22nd, 2014 // 21 Comments
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What The Hell
Avril's "Kitty" Response
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She reacts to the "Hello Kitty" video scandal. Read More »

“Oh, no — there’s dubstep?” Those were words muttered in our office — mind you, after a string of various other laments — upon watching Avril Lavigne‘s “Hello Kitty.” Apparently there’s a demand somewhere out there for yet another single and music video off the Canadian singer’s dearly departed, self-titled fifth album, so voila.

To be honest, I kind of shut down physically and emotionally after the first four seconds here. Has anyone reminded Avril that she’s nearly 30 lately? See if you fare any better by watching above, and keep this in mind: “Hello Kitty” took four people to write, including Chad Kroeger. Konichiwa, bitches. More »

Nicki Minaj Says “Hell No,” ‘The Pink Print’ Will Not Have A “Starships” Or “Super Bass”

Apr 22nd, 2014 // 2 Comments
Nicki, Weezy & Tyga
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The “Nicki Minaj is returning to her hip-hop roots” narrative is already in high gear, even though Minaj has yet to officially release a track from her forthcoming album The Pink Print. But the storyline is undeniable, from the Jay Z-referencing album title to the furious rhymes she has unleashed so far this year on tracks like “Lookin’ Ass” and “Chi-Raq,” and even factoring in her uncharacteristically toned-down new looks. But now Nicki herself has confirmed she’s focusing on rap and isn’t worrying so much about pop sheen this time around.

When asked whether the new LP will have a song like “Starships” or “Super Bass,” Minaj responded with a simple “Hell no.” “The tracks on Pink Print are back to my hip-hop roots,” she told MTV in a recent interview. “And I don’t think it’s something that I’m necessarily trying to do. As soon as I started working on my new album, that’s just the songs that I’ve been writing.” More »

Katy Perry Is A Master Of Disguise In “Birthday” Video Teaser: Watch

Apr 22nd, 2014 // Comment
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Katy's Golden Years

Katy Perry channels her inner Eddie Murphy/Mike Myers in a new teaser clip for her forthcoming “Birthday” video. Filmed documentary style, it features interviews with “The World’s Worst Birthday Party Entertainers,” who are all depicted by an unrecognizable Perry thanks to some blockbuster movie-worthy makeup. KP plays an elderly woman who inspired “The Lady Is A Tramp,” a Jewish comedian, a drunken clown and other washed up party hacks. It’s… funny, or whatever.

The video for her fourth Prism single will premiere April 24, and promises to show KP in even more disguises. Check out the preview up top. More »

Austin City Limits 2014: Eminem, Outkast, Skrillex, Pearl Jam To Headline

Apr 22nd, 2014 // Comment
Em & RiRi At MTV
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Following Eminem‘s Texas-themed Instagram post hinting he’d be headlining Austin City Limits this year, the official 2014 lineup has been announced, and Marshall Mathers is indeed at the top of the bill. Em will headline the fall festival along with Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck and Skrillex, the latter serving as the lone youngster on the top line. But millennials will find plenty to like on the lineup’s second row, with Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Lorde and Foster The People rounding out the second level of acts.

Idolator faves like Zedd, Major Lazer, Chromeo, Chvrches, Phantogram, Iggy Azalea, Icona Pop, Capital Cities, Sam Smith, Kodaline and Bleachers also made the cut, along with a bevy of under-the-radar artists. They’ll perform across eight stages at Austin’s Zilker Park over two weekends, October 3-5 and 10-12. Passes for both weekends go on sale today (April 22) at 11 a.m. ET at the ACL site.

Check out the full lineup here. More »

‘The Voice’ Recap: Live Playoffs Begin With Killer Covers Of Adele & Katy Perry

Apr 22nd, 2014 // Comment

“Tonight the stakes are at an all time high,” Carson Daly said with no further explanation as he introduced the premiere of The Voice Live Playoffs. Twelve finalists finally got their chance to compete for a voting public, with the voting duties of Usher, Shakira, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton officially relieved.

With the launch of the live show brought some of the typical NBC Voice-isms. Part of the TODAY cast made an appearance (no Al Roker = no one cares). The awkwardness of the social media box was back in full force. Carson tried desperately to keep the verbose coaches on a timetable. Equipment went down. The best part of the show has returned in all of its glory, and the audience is no longer just along for the ride, but calling the shots.

Here are the 12 singers who competed for the 10 remaining spots. More »

Kelis’ ‘Food’: Album Review

Apr 22nd, 2014 // Comment
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Kelis' Food
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Kelis' "Jerk Ribs"
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Kelis is not the first to reinvent herself, and she surely won’t be the last. We can credit Madonna as perhaps the purveyor of sharp turns when it comes to style and sound. Kelis, though, is different. Her following isn’t based on the idea of her; rather it’s deeply rooted in her full-bodied vocals and varied beat selections that have inadvertently led her to develop one of music’s least likely cult followings. Why? Because she doesn’t embody epic; she merely embodies honest. As she brings her sixth solo album Food (out today, ) to the forefront, reinvention is the obvious theme, and it’s (for the most part) for the better. More »

Iggy Azalea’s ‘The New Classic’: Album Review

Apr 22nd, 2014 // 6 Comments
Iggy's Clueless
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She & Charli XCX pay tribute to the film in their "Fancy" video. Read More »
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She's heading on a spring tour to celebrate her debut LP release. Read More »

Trials, tribulations, the desire to succeed — a rapper’s motivation is vital to their work, yet there’s seemingly little driving Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy.” A breezy single featuring Charli XCX which charted as Azalea’s biggest hit yet, “Fancy” drops only a solitary hint in its Clueless-inspired video that the Aussie rapper gives a damn about street cred – a whiteboard listing candidates for GOAT emcee (Eminem, Andre 3000, Jay Z). And that’s fine. After the past few years of lackluster, unhelpful guest verses from male rappers (Rick Ross, Big Sean and, actually, Jay Z), Azalea’s “Fancy” reminds instead that, yes, rap can get along with BFF pop.

Unfortunately, the rest of Azalea’s major label debut The New Classic (out today, ) doesn’t have that spark. More »

The White House Responds To Justin Bieber’s Deportation Petition: Morning Mix

Apr 22nd, 2014 // 1 Comment

Did You Hear?

:: The White House has finally responded to a petition to deport Justin Bieber which attracted 273,968 signatures. In short, they refused to comment to the pop star’s case but waxed lyrical about the need for immigration reform. [E! Online]

:: Robin Thicke has a lot to celebrate. He’s rich, handsome and now has the highest selling download in UK history with iTunes-conquering “Blurred Lines”. It has sold 1.54 million copies to date. [ABC]

:: It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from “Somebody That I Used To Know” songstress Kimbra. Her soon-to-be-released second album features Muse frontman Matt Bellamy on guitar as well as cameos from John Legend and Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns. [NME]

:: Chance The Rapper cancelled his appearance at Coachella on Sunday (April 20) due to a mystery illness. However, his team assures us that he is expected to make a full recovery. Get well soon. [Rap-Up]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Demi Lovato’s Live Cover Of “Give Me Love” Was Mashed With Ed Sheeran’s Studio Version: Listen

Apr 21st, 2014 // 5 Comments
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Demi Lovato wowed fans with an impressive cover of Ed Sheeran‘s bleak ballad “Give Me Love” at her iHeartRadio Live gig in Los Angeles on Monday, April 14. It was only a matter of time before a tech-savvy fan mashed the Disney diva’s pretty version with the Brit’s original but the finished product is even better than expected.

These two need to collaborate as soon as possible. (Surely it’s not too late to add a track to X?) Demi and Ed’s voiced blend beautifully with each other and the hobby DJ that pulled this together does a great job at making the imaginary duet believable. Listen to the “Neon Lights” diva — kind of — join forces with pop’s favorite redhead after the jump. More »

Ricky Martin Teases World Cup Anthem “Vida”: Watch A Preview Of The Summery Video

Apr 21st, 2014 // Comment
Fun In The Sun
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Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez feature on Wisin's new song. Read More »

The FIFA World Cup has been a happy hunting ground for Ricky Martin. His 1998 theme song “The Cup Of Life” introduced him to new fans around the globe and a subsequent performance of the song at the Grammys is credited with breaking him in America. No doubt, the Latin heartthrob is hoping to repeat that success with new single “Vida”.

Produced by Salaam Remi, the bilingual anthem is a percussion-heavy, celebration of the important things in life (romance, having fun, partying etc). It’s only fitting that then that the feel-good song get an equally uplifting video. From the thirty-second preview, we get a glimpse of beautiful people dancing on the beach and Ricky looking typically handsome in a tank top. Watch above. More »