In 2007, Tori Kelly started uploading covers like India Arie‘s “Wonderful” and Beyonce‘s “Halo” to YouTube, as performed during school recitals. Now she’s a Capitol Records signee prepping her debut album, which may or may not feature Ed Sheeran. “Ed Sheeran was amazing to work with,” Kelly said to MTV. “We wrote a duet together, so hopefully people get to hear that soon as well.”
“I’m hoping that it ends up on my album,” Kelly added. “We’ve been kind of waiting for the right place for that song because it feels so special.” More »
MNEK really doesn’t make bad a bad song, does he? Whether it’s his collaborations with other artists like Kylie Minogue, Becky Hill and Gorgon City, or his own tunes, such as “Every Little Word” and “Wrote A Song About You,” the 19-year-old Brit is on a hot streak — and funky soul-pop jam “In Your Clouds” is another fine feather in his cap. (All of this really bodes well for that upcoming Madonna album, no?)
Above you’ll find the video for MNEK’s latest — though, visually, the singer himself is absent. Instead we’re treated to various psychedelic images of colorful graphics that zip by, a nice technique that ultimately puts the focus on the music itself. More »
K. Michelle is one of the most polarizing divas in modern R&B. The Memphis-born babe’s blunt manor and general lack of fucks (as evidenced on hit reality TV show Love & Hip Hop) won her a large and very loyal following but also made the 30-year-old a magnet for all kinds of online drama. As a result, the soul siren’s excellent debut LP Rebellious Soul didn’t get the critical acclaim it deserved but that didn’t stop the album vastly exceeding sales expectations.
And she has her sights set even higher for mysteriously-titled sophomore set AWBAH. K. recently dropped by the Idolator office in Los Angeles to chat about the album’s killer lead single “Love ‘Em All” and her move towards a broader pop sound. She also revealed that she’s revisiting her country roots (it was her first love) on a high-profile duet and spoke openly about ongoing beefs with Lil’ Kim and Iggy Azalea. See what the rising star had to say after the jump. More »
Just after the release of Cheek To Cheek, her collaboration album with Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga has teased a new visual for the jazz LP. The two are gearing up for a live performance of the album for PBS’ “THIRTEEN’s Great Performances,” which will include Gaga’s rousing rendition of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).”
Made famous thanks to Cher‘s 1966 single (as well as Beyonce‘s recent take on it for the “On The Run Tour” promo), Lady Gaga put her own spin on the classic song in the 30-second teaser video. Dressed in a red-leather jumpsuit and donning a Cher-inspired wig, the singer stuns with her tender vocals. More »
Soulful British songbird Paloma Faith is currently riding high at the top of the UK chart with her Sigma collaboration “Changing.” That said, she’s missing out on all the glory back home, as she’s in the States to promote the American release of third album A Perfect Contradiction. (In fact, we just had a chat with the lovely Paloma this morning, so stay tuned for our full one-on-one with her.)
Last night Faith hit up the Late Show With David Letterman for a flawless performance of “Only Love Can Hurt Like This,” a ballad penned by Diane Warren that recently gave the singer her latest Top 10 hit in England and her first #1 in Australia. Could America be far behind? More »
Danity Kane has struggled this year to stage a comeback.
Last spring, the Making the Band-formed girl group released a new single, “Lemonade,” though unexpectedly as a trio. (Fourth member Aundrea Fimbres didn’t announce her departure until the first night of Danity Kane’s reunion tour.) Then the group split after a physical dispute between Dawn Richard and Aubrey O’Day, reportedly because O’Day and Shannon Bex recorded songs behind Richard’s back. (Cue “Damaged.”)
Just when the dust settled, though, Danity Kane announced its new album DK3, out October 28.
“What’s up, DK fans. I just want to let you guys know that I love you, I miss you so much, and because you guys never gave up on us, Shannon and I haven’t given up on you,” O’Day says in a video posted to Instagram. The announcement is sweet on the surface, though as fans noticed, Richard is conspicuously absent. She does appear on the album cover, though she’s yet to mention DK3 on social media.
See the DK3 announcement video below. More »
During the London pit stop for her “Intimate Britney Spears” lingerie collection, Britney Spears sat down for some entertaining interviews. The singer first spoke with London’s On Demand Entertainment about the line, stating that she included both “Sexy Britney” and “Fun Britney” into the designs. She also spoke about what she’s been cooking up for her forthcoming studio album!
Spears has been spotted looking very happy in the recording studio, and the singer discussed who she’d love to work with on the new LP. A few names that popped up included Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry and Iggy Azalea! She also threw even more shade at her ex-boyfriend, stating “I’m gonna have a lot of ‘I hate men!’ songs and a lot of ‘I love men!’ songs, so it kind of goes both ways.”
In her second interview with Glamour Magazine, the singer talked about what she likes to wear to bed and her all-time favorite look from her music videos. View what she had to say below! More »
Ed Sheeran has announced that he will embark on an eight-day arena tour in Australia and New Zealand next year. With that, the x star will become the first artist in 20 years to do a solo headlining arena tour in that region, following the late country-rock singer John Denver.
The tour kicks off on March 20 in Brisbane, Australia, and wraps up on April 11 in Auckland, New Zealand. Tickets will go on sale starting October 2. “Ed wanted to ensure that his shows were accessible to all of his fans,” a statement said. “It’s incredibly rare these days to have all tickets at one price in arena venues but Ed wanted to make it happen.”
Sheeran last performed in Australia earlier this year, doing six shows in just two days across Melbourne and Sydney to promote his new album, x. He announced his new set of dates as he preps for this year’s iTunes Festival in London on September 29.
See Ed Sheeran’s Australia and New Zealand tour dates below. More »
Yeezy season is finally approaching! We’ve been getting teasers, snippets and brief interview mentions of Kanye West‘s forthcoming seventh studio album, but it seems like the LP release date is near.
West has been in Paris enjoying the city’s fashion week events alongside wife Kim Kardashian, but last night (September 24) the rapper previewed his new album for a small group of guests at a dinner party. Theophilus London, a fellow rapper and West’s mentee, Instagrammed a photo of the two at the event, stating that ‘Ye played the album – not one – but THREE times in a row! More »
Ready to be seduced by four new, handsome players on the pop scene? Meet The Heydaze, a band from New York’s Upper West Side that consists of Jesse Fink (vocals, guitar), Andrew Wonderberg Underberg (producer, keyboardist), Andrew Spelman ([lead guitar) and Alexander Glantz (drums). “We classify ourselves as Windows Down, Stereo Up music,” Jesse says. “It appeals to a wide range of people, and it’s meant to be catchy and make you feel good.”
Case in point: The guys’ debut single “Don Juan,” a slick pop production with irresistible guitar licks, a danceable beat and an undeniable synth hook. As you might guess from the title, the song’s lyrics are a play on literature’s legendary lothario. More »