Nicole Scherzinger tapped T.I. to feature on her debut solo single “Whatever U Like” way back in 2007. It’s only fitting then that they reunite — seven years later — on the former PCD diva’s long-awaited US debut LP Big Fat Lie. And while “Electric Blue” lacks the edge of their first collaboration, the Janet Jackson-channelling mid-tempo bop is an absolute gem.
Produced by The-Dream (it also features his vocals) and Tricky Stewart, “Electric Blue” is a throwback to the simplicity and swagger of ’90s R&B. “At night all I think about is you, on that high this is what you do,” coos Nicole over rubbery beats. From there, she launches into the almost bubblegum-pop chorus before Tip arrives late in the song with a typically explicit verse. Listen after the jump. More »
You + Me (otherwise known as Pink and City And Colour to music fans) dropped their debut LP rose ave this week. tomorrow (October 14). After the initial hurdle of getting your head around the pop/rock queen’s folk side-project, the duo’s emotionally raw, stripped-back music is hard to resist. From “Break The Cycle” to “Capsized”, all of their buzz tracks have been on-point.
Now here’s a chance to hear a selection of You + Me’s equally outstanding album tracks. Pink and Dallas Green (his real name) put on an exclusive show at a recording studio in Santa Monica, California on October 9 and filmed performances of “Love Gone Wrong”, “Unbeliever” and “Open Door” as well as their gorgeous cover of Sade‘s “No Ordinary Love”. Peep it up top and check out the other songs after the jump. More »
Super fans (well, Lovatics and Azaleans), the moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here: The footage from VEVO’s first-ever Certified SuperFanFest has arrived!
As announced last month, Demi Lovato and Iggy Azalea hit the stage during the digital streaming service’s first-ever celebration of fans on October 8 at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. And judging from the footage, the ladies pulled out all the stops for their performances in front of some of their biggest fans. More »
Becky G is full of surprises. After establishing herself as the queen of catchy club-bangers with underrated gems like “Play It Again” and “Can’t Get Enough”, the talented teen veered towards radio-friendly pop on breakthrough hit “Shower”. She now leaves her rap roots completely behind (at least, momentarily) on mellow new single “Can’t Stop Dancing”.
Dr. Luke‘s latest earworm, which Ryan Seacrest premiered this morning (October 16), finds Becky in a surprisingly sultry mood. “I won’t stop you, no I like it there,” the 17-year-old sings over strummed guitar and a sea of vocal hooks. “You can even go further, babe.” It sounds raunchy but it’s more cute than anything. Listen to the catchy jam’s radio premiere after the jump. More »
One Direction surprised their fans by announcing the tracklist for their upcoming album, Four, on Youtube! But that’s not all – they’ve also given people the opportunity to receive five songs ahead of the album’s release if they pre-order the deluxe edition on iTunes.
Four, One Directions fourth studio LP (obviously) will be released on November 17. It will feature songs like “Steal My Girl” (whose video will include actor Danny Devito) and “Fireproof.” The video for “Steal My Girl” is expected to arrive on October 24.
Watch the British boys make their announcement and view the tracklist for the standard and deluxe editions below. More »
Azealia Banks is funny, I’ll give her that. The mouthy femcee couldn’t resist giving her two cents on Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg‘s beef (she found the whole thing “hilarious”), and even continued with her commentary after T.I. brokered a resolution. “Lol TI is always driving miss daisy,” quipped the 23-year-old on Twitter. She was, of course, referencing the 1989 movie about the friendship between a black chauffeur and elderly white woman.
The implication is clear — Tip is the one pulling the strings in the Australian hitmaker’s career. It looks like Azealia has still has a grudge against the Atlanta rapper for calling her a “syphilis-lipped rectum”. (She called his wife ugly first). Regardless of who is driving the car, Iggy will be performing her new single on Saturday Night Live this week, while the “Chasing Time” rapstress works on her forever-delayed debut LP. See her tweet after the jump. More »
Kylie Minogue loves to keep us guessing. The pop icon delighted fans with surprise Kylie + Garibay EP, dropped a random (but awesome) cover of Kim Carnes‘ 1981 smash “Bette Davis Eyes” and now makes an unexpected cameo on Flight Facilities‘ debut LP Down To Earth. Yep, that’s her singing on a reprise of the Australian dance duo’s 2010 hit “Crave You”.
The flawless 46-year-old, who is currently touring the globe with her blockbuster Kiss Me Once tour, delivers a sultry a cappella intro to the Giselle Rosselli-voiced chill-out anthem. Flight Facilities tried to keep Kylie’s involvement under wraps (“it’s something that we’re really excited about but we didn’t want to be a gimmick,” the band said in a recent interview) but it’s already arrived online and that voice is unmistakeable. More »
With the release of his highly-acclaimed debut In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith will take over North America with a string of new tour dates! The UK singer has announced the tour (his first arena/theater tour, by the way), which will kick off on January 9 in Atlanta, GA and hit various big cities like Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto and even NYC’s Madison Square Garden.
Smith started his career singing in smaller, low-key venues, so for him to escalate to an arena tour so quickly just shows how much he’s grown as a pop star over the past year. The “Restart” singer also plans to tour the UK next year, beginning on March 16 at the Glasgow O2 Academy.
View all of the tour dates after the jump. More »
Yikes. This has already been quite a week regarding alleged artist-producer relations after Kesha‘s reported bombshell lawsuit against Dr. Luke, and now, another pop star is speaking out about her own experience in the recording studio.
While promoting her #1 jazz record Cheek To Cheek with Tony Bennett, Gaga opened up to the UK’s The Times about what she considered to be industry “sharks”: “It’s very hard, this business, and there are a lot of sharks, she said. “I’ve had really awful experiences with men in the studio. Made me very uncomfortable….I didn’t feel like I was being cherished for my vocal talents but was seen more as someone to take advantage of.’”
Gaga has always been vocal about her struggles in the industry, as documented in the video for “Marry The Night,” for instance. In the article, Gaga also confirmed that she was sexually objectified: “I don’t have to elaborate, but when women who are in the business that are young read this article I hope [they realize] that you do not have to put up with that…I hope to be an inspiration that if you’re talented enough, you can work hard and achieve your dreams.” More »
More information continues to unravel in the wake of the Kesha v. Dr. Luke alleged sexual abuse scandal. After breaking the news that the singer plans to sue her producer after 10 years of being “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused,” TMZ is now reporting that she told doctors about her situation during her rehab stay back in January.
According to the site, sources connected to Kesha’s lawsuits claim the doctors kept those notes – which will be used as evidence towards the case. These sources are also claiming the Warrior star suffered from a Stockholm-type syndrome as explanation for why she never went to the cops.
Dr. Luke’s rep jumped in after the claims and told TMZ, “That’s preposterous. Just because someone says something to a doctor doesn’t mean they weren’t fabricated or part of an overall pre-planned campaign.”