Grimes has always marched to the beat of her own drum and that has never been more apparent than in Canadian diva’s mind-bendingly weird “Go” video. The 26-year-old hits the desert in the post-apocalyptic romp (which she also directed with her brother) and spends a lot of time waving a large sword around. She also poses in front of long sheets of fabric.
That description doesn’t really do it justice. The striking desert scenes are juxtaposed with nightclub action, which makes the video feel like Mad Max: The Musical. A collaboration with LA-based electro-wizz Blood Diamonds, “Go” was apparently written for Rihanna‘s new album. I can understand why RiRi rejected it — the song is too wild for her rigid brand of urban-pop — but it’s her loss. Watch up top. More »
It’s been a big week for Miss Betty Who, that’s for sure.
After the announcement of her debut LP Take Me When You Go, the singer-songstress just appeared on the Today Show stage this morning to kick off the day with the Movement EP song that started it all: “Somebody Loves You.”
After some small talk about her shoes, hair and the origin of her name (fun fact: it was originally the title of a song she wrote!), Miss Who launched into a spirited performance performance of her synth-y jam, bouncing around and crooning to a fan-filled studio audience. She’s got a lot to be happy about as of late: She’s heading out on tour with Katy Perry down under for the Prismatic World Tour in November.
Check out Betty performing up top, and let us know if you’re excited for her debut LP in the comments below. More »
Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.
House-leaning dance-pop acts like Rudimental, Gorgon City and Jess Glynne are proving that North London is a currently one of the hottest hotbeds of new music right now, and throwing his hat into the arena is 21-year old Lewis Jankel. Recording as Shift K3Y, he landed a Top 5 hit in his home country of the UK earlier this year with his soulful garage-pop single “Touch.” (It’s now been released in the States — grab the song here.) And, yes, that’s Lewis, not a separate, featured vocalist, doing the singing on the track — something that makes him unique among many of his contemporaries.
We had lunch in the Big Apple with this young new pop force earlier this month, and he proved to be just as candid and sharp as he is savvy about music-making. Head below to find out more about Shift K3Y. More »
Gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album, Labrinth — real name Timothy McKenzie — recently dropped his soulful number “Let It Be.” While it might not be a party-starter like his Tinie Tempah-assisted club banger “Earthquake,” the new single not only lets his sultry pipes shine through, but also shows a real maturation for the 25-year-old English crooner.
Now “Let It Be” has a video, and it’s a pretty dizzying one at that. Filmed in a single shot, the clip seemingly follows McKenzie’s process of making his second disc, from fighting with label execs and recording tunes in the studio to just jamming with his friends. What’s more, it all takes place in a rather eerie warehouse space.
The visual might also reflect his trepidation with this still-untitled new record as he further ventures away from writing purely pop jams. More »
Ever since we first heard her massive debut single “Hideaway,” we’ve been loving up on singer-songstress Kiesza for months now.
Recently, the fast-rising diva dropped her debut EP Hideaway which includes the runaway smash, as well as “Giant In My Heart,” her slinky R&B slow-burner “So Deep” and her haunting remake of Haddaway‘s “What Is Love.” And now, we want you to hideaway with us!
Want to win a deluxe Kiesza Hideaway EP package? Of course you do. Find out how after the jump. More »
Break out the champagne, Amber Rose: Wiz Khalifa just notched his very first #1 album on the Billboard 200 this week.
The Blacc Hollywood rapper/singer-songwriter soared to the top spot with 90,000 units sold according to Billboard, finally reaching the summit after reaching the number two spot with both O.N.I.F.C. and Rolling Papers in previous years.
Elsewhere on the charts, the Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack continues to perform well after last week hold at #1, while the country world scored a victory with Chase Rice‘s Ignite The Night. Check out the full Top 10 of the Billboard 200 after the jump. More »
From ArtRave pop diva to Cheek To Cheek jazz chanteuse, Lady Gaga is truly a musical chameleon. And last night, the “Born This Way” singer-songstress delighted an unsuspecting audience with yet another musical switch-up: Glam-rock goddess!
Yesterday, while down under for the Australian leg of her ArtRave, Gaga popped out on stage during the acclaimed Adam Lambert and Queen Tour in Sydney, which has electrifying audiences all over the world this summer. (It makes sense, too — Gaga is named after Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga,” after all!)
Together, the two friends gleefully tore into Queen classic “Another One Bites The Dust” together to the roaring delight of the crowd. “Tonight I felt alive in a way I have not before. I returned to the Radio GaGa mothership to pay homage to my leaders. It was emotional and wild,” Gaga wrote on Instagram. “So much fun tonight! @ladygaga” Lambert wrote on his page.
Check out photos and videos of the surprise duet after the jump, and listen to full audio from the concert right here. More »
One of the highlights of last night’s (August 26) final episode ever of Chelsea Lately — aside from seeing host Chelsea Handler nude in the shower with Ellen DeGeneres, of course — was watching Miley Cyrus cover Roy Orbison‘s aptly-titled classic “It’s Over.” The recent MTV VMAs Video Of The Year winner was every bit the class act in her red pants and white fringe jacket, doing Orbison justice by belting out the Top 10 hit from 1964 with her stunning vocal range on full display. Now this is the Miley we all love.
Later, in the show’s final minutes, Cyrus joined Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Dave Grohl, Alanis Morissette, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, Avril Lavigne and a slew of others on stage for a riff on “We Are The World” titled “Goodbye To E!”, which sent Handler’s show off into the late night one last time. More »
For seven years, Chelsea Handler‘s crass, ballsy humor brought an air of uniqueness to late night TV — she was, after all, a female in an otherwise male-dominated arena. Alas, her series, Chelsea Lately, came to an end last night (August 27) in a star-filled night that saw Ellen DeGeneres confronting a nude Handler in the shower, the trio of Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston and Mary McCormack staging an intervention of sorts with the hostess, Chelsea’s ex 50 Cent performing with G-Unit and Miley Cyrus covering Roy Orbison‘s “It’s Over.”
For the big finale, multiple past guests of the show and friends of Handler’s — including Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Dave Grohl, Alanis Morissette, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes and Avril Lavigne — joined her in riffing on “We Are The World” with the farewell song “Goodbye To E!” More »
:: While “Anaconda” rapstress Nicki Minaj claims that her VMA wardrobe malfunction was real, sources told TMZ that it was all for the show. Well, it totally worked because everyone seems to be talking about it. [TMZ]
:: Young Jeezy has been arrested on firearms charges, which may or may not be related to the shooting of 38-year-old male Eric Johnson at Wiz Khalifa‘s concert in California. [Entertainment Weekly]
:: Producer Aphex Twin opens up about “Avril 14,” and how Kanye almost ripped him off when he sampled the song for the My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy-track “Blame Game.” [NME]
:: Justin Bieber is under investigation for allegedly stealing from a Dave & Buster’s and lunging at a “fan” when said person started taking pictures of Beiber and Selena Gomez on his phone. Beibs, just stop. [Vulture]
:: Super-producer Rick Rubin sits in a bathtub full of ice for ALS and nominates Frank Ocean, Vincent Gallo and Owen Wilson to complete the challenge next. [Stereogum]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »