Pop fanatics, Cody Simpson is 17 now, which means the Aussie heartthrob will make not-so-subtle lyrical euphemisms about his penis being an elongated piece of athletic equipment whenever he damn well pleases. Take, for instance, his new single, “Surfboard.” Sure, Cody might be lifting a page right out of the Beyonce playbook when it comes to referring to sex in song, but why not strike while the long, sleek iron is hot an bothered?
In the music video, Cody makes his play for getting his girl (in this case, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Gigi Hadid) to sit up on his big wooden board while some other ladies bump in grind in a pool of water. It’s okay, though — Hadid and Simpson are a real-life couple. So go ahead and ride it till the board breaks in two, kids. But, um, just don’t spring a leak. More »
So let’s get this straight: Avicii‘s debut album True was released less then seven months ago, but there’s already a remix album out called True: Avicii By Avicii, where — you guessed it — the Swedish EDM wunderkind himself remixes all his own tunes. On top of that, True single “You Make Me” already has a music video, but now there’s a new video for the remixed version. And even thought it is a remix, the track runs less than 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
Got all that? Yes? No? Either way, watch the video above for (the second version of ) “You Make Me,” where some guy goes on dates with a dozen different women before meeting “the one.” Awwwwwwwwwwwwww. More »
Fresh off her seven-night stand to close out NYC’s legendary Roseland Ballroom, Lady Gaga has been announced as a headliner at this summer’s AIA Real Life: Now Festival in Seoul, South Korea. She’ll top the bill on the second of two nights, in a move that makes sense considering Mother Monster’s interest in K-Pop, the genre’s influence on ARTPOP and the fact that she enlisted Korea’s Crayon Pop as her opener on the ARTPOP Ball tour.
Other headliners announced include PSY, 2NE1 and Winner. And we would go bananas if Gaga collaborated live with 2NE1 or even PSY, to be honest. More »
If you thought Charlie Wilson‘s soaring, soulful vocals on Kanye West‘s 2013 juggernaut “Bound 2″ sounded positively uplifting, wait till you hear them slapped atop a drum and bass beat with an electronic accompaniment. London dance duo Sigma initially remixed “Bound 2″ and offered it up as a free download earlier this year. Three months, some local radio airplay and a professional recording session later, their rendition, “Nobody To Love,” now has a colorful music video (featuring two beautiful women frolicking in the Cape Town sun) and is currently the #1 single in the UK.
“Nobody To Love” is just latest retro-sounding dance tune to top the British chart, following Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be,” Route 94‘s “My Love” and Duke Dumont‘s “I Got U” — and the streak looks set to continue, as Kiesza‘s own ’90s house throwback, “Hideaway,” is already #1 on UK iTunes following its release this past Sunday. More »
After delays due to a certain someone‘s ongoing legal troubles/perpetual spiral of insufferable behavior, Ariana Grande and Chris Brown‘s “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” had been delayed. But not for too long, it seems. While Breezy is currently behind bars awaiting trial stemming from assault charges, his camp released a video preview of the duet.
The visual shows a backlit Breezy dancing to the song’s robo-pop beat, and the only vocals come in on the chorus, with Ariana and Chris singing, “Don’t be gone too long, tell me who’s gonna love me when you’re gone?”
Still no word on when the song will be released. Brown’s album X is scheduled for a May 5 release, but we’ll hold off until May 5 before making a final call on that. Check it out below. More »
Pharrell was just on SNL to kinda sing a pair of G I R L songs while a backing track did the heavy lifting, but he returned to Ellen Monday (April 14) to perform “Come Get It Bae,” and this time the live vocals were up in the mix and he proved he could hit that brittle falsetto.
Wearing the trademark hat and a goofy letter jacket, and flanked by a few female dancers on platforms, Skateboard P continued his reign of terror — we’re kidding, no matter how ubiquitous this guy is getting, it’s impossible to get bitter. He earned it after reshaping aughts pop, and, plus, he’s just so damn happy all the time.
Check it out up top. More »
A second week of The Voice Playoffs started on Monday (April 14), in an evening filled with endless compliments from Usher, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Adam Levine, few critiques and a smattering of standout performances. Performing Monday night were five finalists from Team Shakira, five finalists from Team Adam, and the entire audience by way of off-rhythm clapping and aggressive arm waving.
While the audience impressed roughly no one, Teams Shakira and Adam earned high praises from the coaches – and some of these compliments were even deserved! Unfortunately, compliments can only take contestants so far in The Voice, so four out of the ten competitors would be packing up by the end of the evening. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Adam Lambert joins Katy Perry as the latest pop star to dye his hair green (above) – effectively rendering seapunk irrelevant or, as he says, “Green Hair Don’t Care.” Does he pull it off? [Popdust]
:: Pharrell has talked about his surprise hit “Happy” at length before, but he has yet to cry over its success as he did on Oprah Prime. “I don’t know why I’m crying!” he said, after host Oprah Winfrey played a clip of fans around the world dancing to the song. [Rap Radar]
:: Speaking of hits: Mac Miller debuted a few new songs at a April 12 concert in Pittsburgh, and one line stuck out to fans in particular. “I did it all without a Drake feature,” he rapped. Thoughts, Future? [MTV]
:: Jhene Aiko exacts revenge on a cheating love in her new “Comfort Inn Ending” video. She steals his jewelry and scratches his car with keys before she sets fire to it all, making for a compelling follow-up to “The Worst” while proving she can hold her own, with or without Drizzy. [Rap Radar]
:: Justin Bieber skipped the latest hearing for a high-profile incident in December 2013. Bieber is charged with assaulting a limo driver after leaving a Toronto nightclub. [Billboard]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Wiz Khalifa has premiered the video for the hollering “We Dem Boyz,” off his forthcoming album Blacc Hollywood. And you will NEVER guess what he is doing when he’s first shown on screen. From there, starting out in his bedroom, the visual follows him through the neighborhood as he smokes, strolls, ogles and shoots a jumper (you think it went in?) in a long single-take shot. (Props to director Ethan Lader.)
Follow along up top as Wiz heads to the local turn up function. More »
For her sixth album Food, “Jerk Ribs” singer/culinary school grad Kelis turned to Dave Sitek for guidance on the production end. And like CSS did with their 2013 LP Planta, Kelis spent time recording the record at Sitek’s house in Los Angeles. The result is a trek through indie-soul territory, which we’ve already gotten a, um, taste for with previously released tracks like “Rumble.”
Now you can whet your appetite by hearing Food in full ahead of its release next week (on April 22), courtesy of a stream on NPR‘s site, as well as see the dates below for Kelis’ just-announced seven-date North American tour in support of the album. Bon appétit! More »