Disney has an incredible track record at turning teen actresses into genuine pop stars — hello Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez — but their attempt to do the same for Shake It Up starlet Bella Thorne fell flat when debut single “Call It Whatever” came and went without denting the Billboard Hot 100 (or any other chart). It was disappointing but the 17-year-old hasn’t throw in the towel. In fact, she released her debut EP Jersey today (November 17) and there are some familiar names in the songwriting credits.
For starters, Charli XCX contributes a track called “Boyfriend Material”. And it has the “Boom Clap” hitmaker’s fingerprints all over it, from Bella’s spoken delivery (she even appears to be imitating the Brit’s accent at times) to the icy electro arrangement. The song doesn’t quite work — there’s more autotune on it than T-Pain‘s last album — but kudos for trying something different. Much more successful is Bebe Rexha‘s co-write “One More Night”. It’s a cute bubblegum-pop song with fluttery synths and a killer chorus. This is a much better fit for the teenager and should be used as the blueprint moving forward. Check out both songs after the jump. More »
Nicki Minaj is holding nothing back for her upcoming video for “Only,” as seen with the revealing photos she recently posted on her Instagram! The rapper took fans behind-the-scenes of the shoot, which also included song collaborators (and YMCMB labelmates) Drake and Lil Wayne. Chris Brown, the tune’s other feature, wasn’t present. It’s too bad, though, his rock-hard abs could’ve added something extra.
For the shoot, Minaj dons a super-seductive mesh bodysuit with only black lingerie underneath. She completed the outfit with intensely-high platform heels and black veil. The men kept their outfits more tame, rocking a simple jeans-and-t shirt combination. More »
Bachata superstar Prince Royce is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin by launching a successful English-language music career. The 24-year-old, who has already notched up enough hits on the Latin Songs chart to warrant a compilation of #1 singles, teams up with Snoop Dogg on slick club-banger “Stuck On A Feeling”. It’s a hook-filled delight that really didn’t need a rap feature to makes waves on pop radio.
Produced by Jason Evigan (the dude behind Demi Lovato‘s “Heart Attack”, Nick Jonas‘ “Chains” and Fifth Harmony‘s “Miss Movin’ On”), “Stuck On A Feeling” sounds like a cross between an Enrique Iglesias party jam and Justified-era Justin Timberlake. Which is a very good thing. “Girl I know you’re a handful, cause you know what you like,” he croons over throbbing beats. “You might be hard to handle but Imma show you tonight.” Listen to Prince Royce’s killer anthem after the jump. More »
It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting fo(u)r, Directioners: Today, the talented troupe known as One Direction released their fourth studio album, the appropriately titled FOUR, worldwide.
Along with singles “Steal My Girl” and “Night Changes,” as well as their previously released pre-order tracks including “18″ and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?”, the band’s latest outing sees the boys continuing to mature in sound and style, supplying more songwriting credits than ever before. Over here at Idolator, we thought the album saw the boys “reaching harder for the adult romantic longing of The Killers,” giving the album 4 out of 5 stars. But what did everybody else ’round the Internet have to say?
Check out highlights from other reviews around the globe after the jump. More »
Avicii and Wyclef Jean have teamed up to record a soaring dance anthem called “Divine Sorrow”. The track is part of a new campaign by (RED) and Coca-Cola to raise awareness and cash to help eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa with every cent raised from the club collaboration being donated to their Global Fund. It’s a very worthy cause but is the song any good? The answer, happily, is yes. So you have no excuse to not part with your coins!
There’s no word yet if “Divine Sorrow” will feature on Avicii’s much-anticipated sophomore set Stories but it has been confirmed as the lead single from Wyclef Jean’s upcoming LP Clefication. I’d be surprised if it ended up on the Swedish DJ’s new album given all the talk about switching up his sound this time around. The soul-infused house concoction is something of a throwback to the content of True — think “Wake Me Up” — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Particularly when you consider how disappointing “The Days” was. Listen after the jump. More »
Sabrina Carpenter is slowly carving out a niche as Disney’s budding country-pop queen with irresistible anthems “Can’t Blame A Girl For Trying” and “The Middle Of Starting Over”. More recently, the 16-year-old Girl Meets World actress dropped an adorable Christmas single called “Silver Nights”. She performed all of those songs as well as a couple of surprise covers at Sunday’s (November 16) Family Day event in Los Angeles.
One of the tracks she covered was Meghan Trainor‘s Title EP highlight “Dear Future Husband”. It only makes sense for Sabrina to pay tribute to the “All About That Bass” hitmaker — after all, she penned “Can’t Blame A Girl For Trying”. The teenager does a great job of putting a slight country twist on the sassy tune. (They really need to work together again!) Watch the rising star in action up top. More »
Kim Kardashian tried to break the internet by showing her oily butt on the cover of Paper magazine but Solange Knowles came much closer last night (November 16) when her quirky wedding photos went viral. (That could explain why Kris Jenner jumped on Instagram to throw a little shade, but more about that later). Why did the pics cause such a stir? For starters, there’s the hipster element.
The 28-year-old diva and her 51-year-old husband-to-be Alan Ferguson rode to the ceremony on pimped-out bicycles. They also wore matching white outfits and tied the knot in a spooky/chic New Orleans venue. The newlyweds should be the absolute worst but the whole event was so flawlessly executed that you can’t help but be in awe. Other highlights include someone having the audacity to make Beyonce sit on the floor and Tina Knowles becoming a Twitter sensation for looking sexier than anyone has a right to at the age of 60.
While the wedding exuded hipster chic, the reception seemed more relaxed. Solange even entertained guests by dancing to Rae Sremmurd‘s breakthrough hit “No Flex Zone” with son Julez. (Watch their slick moves after the jump). As for Kris Jenner? Well, she clearly didn’t like the attention the Knowles clan was getting and posted a picture of her own family in all-white outfits. Needless to say, her mentions became a bloodbath. More »
Usher‘s new single “Clueless” was supposed to be a promotional track hidden inside special boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios at Walmart, which is definitely one of the oddest marketing tools in recent months! Well, now you don’t have to fret about tearing up endless cereal boxes to find the download link — “Clueless” has now surfaced online.
It is a R&B mid-tempo (with a total lack of percussion) that finds the crooner singing mostly in his upper register, with twinkling synths and a steady bass guitar play in the background. The track doesn’t live up to its hype, so be glad that we saved you a trip to Walmart. No word on when Usher’s eighth studio LP UR will be released, but it will feature production from Max Martin, Disclosure, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Take a listen to “Clueless” after the jump. More »
Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson are back again with another collaboration — this time for the rapper’s track “Trouble,” off the upcoming Reclassified LP. The brief snippet uploaded on Youtube finds the “Beg For It” rapstress with a laid-back flow, with the R&B diva coming in with a sassy hook. The song is laid over a soulful handclaps and piano combination.
The duo previously collaborated on the Pharrell-produced JHUD cut, “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.” Look out for Reclassified on November 24 (featuring the Ellie Goulding-assisted “Heavy Crown” and “Iggy SZN”), and take a listen to the “Trouble” snippet after the jump! More »
Ahead of her forthcoming Sucker LP release, Charli XCX has shared a new track off the album. Titled “Gold Coins,” the track is a grainy, rock-tinged tune that pops with bright sound effects and a fuzzy electronic guitar riff. The tune was co-written by Patrik Berger, who in the past has worked with Robyn and Icona Pop.
Charli XCX’s sophomore album, Sucker, is set for a December 16 release. It features punchy tracks like “London Queen,” “Break The Rules” and “Boom Clap.” The singer will also embark on a UK tour beginning in March. Take a listen to “Gold Coins” after the jump! More »