October’s days are filling up as far as far as new album releases, and Charli XCX just added herself to the calendar. The British singer’s sophomore LP Sucker, which follows her 2013 debut True Romance, is now set for an October 21 release via Neon Gold/Atlantic. To celebrate the news, Charli has premiered a new song titled “Break The Rules” (listen to it below) which finds her veering away from the romanticism of breezy summer hit “Boom Clap” and getting back to the more raucous, anthem-like dance-pop of “I Love It” and “You (Ha Ha Ha).”
Here Charli’s knack for a catchy, attitude-filled chorus is evident more than ever, and the song is given an added allure thanks to a thick, clomping beat and a hands-in-the-air synth refrain — complete with the singer chanting along with some na na na na nas by the end of the whole thing.
Give “Break The Rules” a listen below. More »
Well, it looks like Ed Sheeran is getting that street cred he’s been fighting for all along.
Recently releasing his slightly bizarre rags-to-riches music video for “Don’t” earlier this month, the British crooner is now teaming up with the Maybach Music Group big bawse Rick Ross for a new remix of the Rick-Rubin/Benny-Blanco-co-produced track. While the tune itself doesn’t change much, Rozay’s (aka Thick Smoke) verse proves ever-menacing as he raps about the finer things in life: his yacht, his red Yeezy’s and how he has “the streets tweaking.” What’s more, Ed finally let’s it all out, and drops a few much-needed f-bombs.
You can’t say you haven’t been warned. Listen to the track below. More »
The age of Aquarius, Tinashe-style, is almost upon us. The rising Los Angeles-based diva’s debut LP Aquarius will be released on October 7, according to a press release from her label, RCA, and it’s coming packed with a list of top-notch collaborators the “2 On” singer worked with over the past year in New York, Los Angeles and London.
Musicians included in the mix: “2 On” tunesmiths DJ Mustard, Redwine and DJ Marley Waters, as well as Stargate, Future, Jasper and Boi-1da. The press release also notes that Tinashe’s next single, the A$AP Rocky-featuring “Pretend,” will be released “later this month.” The song was produced by Detail.
Back in April, Tinashe stopped by Idolator for a chat and we asked her why she chose the title Aquarius for her debut album. More »
That new One Direction material might be coming sooner rather than later.
After the boys hinted at their “more edgy” new material on The Today Show, “La La La” hit-maker Naughty Boy‘s just gone and revealed the title of a (potential) 1D lead single called “One Chance To Dance,” co-penned by Emeli Sandé and 1D’s own Zayn Malik.
“We wrote it with Emeli Sandé and it’s a real progression for them. I’ve been told there’s a big chance it’s going to be the first single from their next album. I literally finished it this morning so I’m allowed to talk about it now,” he revealed to The Sun. More »
Elusive no more!
Following the release of her latest studio album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, ever-festive music legend Mariah Carey has just revealed the details of her upcoming tour, The Elusive Chanteuse Show, a sure-to-be sparkling affair.
According to the press release, the show will include “an exciting mix of her biggest hits, fan-favorite album cuts, never-before-performed selections from her #1 R&B Album ‘Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse’ and many more surprises!” (Here’s to praying for Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel‘s “H.A.T.E.U.” and E=MC2‘s “For The Record” to make the cut — just saying.) There might very well even be brand new material, according to Mimi: “I can’t stop writing songs, so don’t be surprised if you hear a brand new song that I just wrote the night before the show in your city!” More »
Occasional Voice chair-turner Christina Aguilera and the singer’s fiance Matt Rutler welcomed their new daughter on Saturday (August 16), at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Late Sunday night, Christina then tweeted the name of her baby girl: Summer Rain Rutler.
Bionic icon Christina has a six-year-old son named Max Liron Bratman from her previous marriage to music executive Jordan Bratman. Aguilera and Bratman divorced in 2010. More »
:: Simon Cowell says that he heard most of One Direction‘s new, slightly edgier album, and that it’s “one of their best.” Talk about a winning endorsement. [Twitter]
:: Kanye West is reportedly tracking down Paul McCartney for a collaboration to be featured in his follow-up to Yeezus. “Kanye and Paul have known each other for a long time but became more friendly recently,” a source said. [HipHopDX]
:: Best friends Taylor Swift and Jaime King took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge over the weekend. Swift then nominated Selena Gomez, who promptly stepped up. [MTV]
:: Justin Bieber also took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, after being tapped by manager Scooter Braun. He nominated Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and comedian Chris D’Elia. [Instagram]
:: That said, “Weird Al” Yankovic may have outdone everyone with his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He nominated Obama, the Dalai Lama and the Pope. [Stereogum]
:: Chris Martin is reportedly seeing actress Jennifer Lawrence. He and Gwyneth Paltrow split after being married for more than a decade in March. [E!]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »
Christina Aguilera has given birth to her second child. On August 16, she welcomed her daughter with fiance Matt Rutler at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Us Weekly.
Aguilera and Rutler met in 2010 while shooting Burlesque; she was starring in the film alongside Cher, while he was working as a production assistant. The couple revealed their engagement on Valentine’s Day, then that they were expecting a week later. “So blissful in taking this time for creating all things blossoming new on the horizon…album, baby & beautiful music to come,” Aguilera said on Twitter. More »
Beyonce covers a 1966 classic in the second trailer for HBO’s On the Run special.
While dressed as a jazz singer and staring down one captive audience member, husband and touring partner Jay Z, she sings the opening lines of the Sonny Bono-penned “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” as more so inspired by Nancy Sinatra than Cher: “I was five and he was six / We rode on horses made of sticks / He wore black and I wore white / He would always win the fight…”
Then the On the Run trailer cuts to exhilarating footage from Beyonce and Jay Z’s joint tour: The stunts. The squats. The hair flips. The crowd doing the Roc-A-Fella sign. Beyonce casually pushing her husband aside, just because. While the lyrics to “Bang Bang” spell out defeat, the trailer only confirms that during On the Run, Jay Z actually plays hypeman to his wife.
Watch the new HBO On the Run trailer up top, then revisit Cher and Nancy Sinatra’s versions of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” below. More »
Nicki Minaj had revealed her eye-popping “Anaconda” single art to Twitter reactions, Photoshop parodies – including a few inspired by Miley Cyrus – and even a heated debate over how it could influence young girls. Minaj wasn’t exactly pleased by the hullabaloo, as she showed by posting past Sports Illustrated covers featuring models baring just as much, if not more than she did (“Acceptable”).
For her new “Anaconda” lyric video, the song’s lyrics pop up and scroll across as they would in classic arcade games – all in all, a pretty cute display of Minaj’s coy lyrics. Yet all that seems like a distraction from the photos of Minaj herself. There’s selfies. There’s past publicity shots. Most importantly, there’s close-ups of her body from her other music videos — including for her kid-friendliest track “Starships.” More »