It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Cher Lloyd, but the British singer announced the details of the release of her aptly titled Sorry I’m Late LP, which she initially teased back in October. The album will get a May 27 release, and as part of the rollout, she’ll select a fan who will, in conjunction with the MTV Artists app, get to exclusively unveil a track.
“What I love most about my fans is that they aren’t afraid to be vocal when they want new music from me, so I thought why not let them be the ones to release it?” Lloyd said in a statement. Now there’s an example of a healthy and symbiotic stan-artist relationship. More »
Leave it to Foxes to turn Pharrell‘s serotonin-raising “Happy” into a heart-rending synth ballad. The Glorious diva dropped by BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge earlier this week and offered a completely unexpected take on the Despicable Me 2 chart-topper — for starters, she mashed it up with Massive Attack‘s 1998 trip hop classic “Teardrop”.
The 24-year-old’s interpretation begins like an eerie lament, with the Brit showing off her powerful pipes over “Teardrop”‘s melancholy opening notes. Just when you think you know where she’s going with her distinctly unhappy cover of “Happy”, Foxes ups the tempo and gets her groove on. Trust me, you won’t “feel like a room without a roof” after watching this wacky mash. See it up top. More »
Broods are back with a video for “Never Gonna Change,” off their very strong debut EP. For the visual, the New Zealand brother and sister are nowhere to be found. Instead, the clip follows a man who (we’re guessing, here) is drowning, and what we see is his death fantasy about being with his lover.
Or, ya know, maybe it’s literal and it’s actually about two people with magic water powers doing it in a leaky trailer. We can’t be too sure. Either way, the waterlogged images fit with the song’s fluid synths and bass line.
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Lea Michele dropped by Good Morning America today (March 5) to promote her debut LP Louder and performed Sia-penned ballad “Battlefield”. The Glee star looked sleek and stylish in a little black dress and showed off her powerful pipes with a typically dramatic/impressive rendition.
The 27-year-old was really in her element here. Lea is clearly more comfortable with emotional ballads than uptempo tracks — and gets to have her very own Celine Dion moment complete with awkward (but amazing) facial expressions and acrobatic hand gestures. Watch her endearing diva turn up top. More »
Lorde pops up in the strangest places. Like on Alternate Worlds — the latest EP from New York City-based post-rock pioneer Son Lux. She beautifully reinvents a track called “Easy”, which originally appeared on Ryan Lott‘s (his real name) 2013 album Lanterns.
“Easy” is an exceptionally good fit for Lorde. It taps into the teen’s gothic outlook — sounding like a (strangely sexy) horror movie soundtrack with its smattering of spooky synths and tinny beats. Her vocal feels at home in the gloomy soundscape, adding even more texture to an already dense and atmospheric song. Listen to the Kiwi’s collaboration after the jump. More »
Katy Perry‘s traveling Down Under and for her latest trick, she stopped by Sydney’s 7 Sunrise today (March 5) to take a stab at being a meteorologist. Brandishing a ”nifty wand that all weather reporters use,” the superstar stepped in front of the LCD screen showing a map of Australia and delivered the day’s forecasts, mispronouncing several major city names along the way.
By the end, she gave up, calling Hobart “Hogwart’s” and channeling Kristen Wiig for the big finish at Perth. It was stupidly amusing, but I feel bad for the people who actually needed a weather report. Although, as Perry pointed out, “If you don’t understand all this, I’m sure you have an app on your phone.”
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It’s been a couple weeks since Phantogram dropped their sophomore album Voices, which has quietly climbed its way to the No. 11 spot on the Billboard 200. The week of its release, they brought “Black Out Days” and “Fall In Love” to Jimmy Kimmel Live, which probably gave them a sales boost, and on their Letterman stint last night (March 4), they performed deep cut “The Day You Died.”
The plaintive song brings to mind a more expansive version of The xx, and it makes Sarah Barthel’s vocals the centerpiece, which seemed to be a theme on the album. Check it out up top. More »
With her CUT 4 ME mixtape, Kelela was another voice entering the increasingly crowded realm of alt-R&B last year, but she set herself apart by matching the type of earnest, evocative vocals you’d hear in the ’90s with squiggly, unpredictable productions that seemed to come from the 2090s. After that, the L.A. singer landed on the Solange-curated Saint Heron compilation, along with Jhene Aiko, Sampha, Cassie and more. Now she has linked up with British producer Bok Bok (who had some credits on her mixtape) for “Melba’s Call” off his forthcoming EP.
The beat is a thing of stuttering beauty, with slap bass and synths transformed into hiccuping clips, like another dimension’s version of Janet Jackson‘s Control. With such a distinctive arrangement, you’d think it would be easy for Kelela’s vocals to get lost in all the syncopation, but those pipes are the foundation of the whole song, and her voice ably floats and falls to keep up with the choppy beat.
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Perception is thrown for a loop in Sleeper Agent‘s video for “Waves,” the lead single off the Kentucky alt-pop band’s upcoming sophomore LP About Last Night (out March 25 — and, incidentally, no relation to the recent feature film of the same name). In the clip, frontwoman Alex Kandel lays on a bed of dolls and gets her upside-down head dipped in a fish tank while fellow vocalist Tony Smith sits on the ceiling and is later doused in milk, which is pouring from the side of the screen.
“Waves” director Chris Grieder and the band members give an inside look at how those tricky shots and various others were done during the two-day shoot via a behind-the-scenes video Idolator is premiering today. Head below to get a peek behind the curtain on the set of Sleeper Agent’s latest visual. More »
Sky Ferreira took to Facebook to make a plea against online bullying, slamming those who have lobbed abusive comments her way (sexual or otherwise) recently. “I’m exhausted of (more than some) people telling me how I should look or be if I want to be a ‘pop star’ & how they think it’s okay to say vile & (sexually) abusive shit to me on a daily basis over the internet,” she starts. “I’m not only writing about myself…because almost every person has to deal with this.”
The “pop star image” is something Sky has been battling since it was foisted upon her at a young age, and part of why her debut Night Time, My Time was so great was because she so brazenly ignored industry standards — angst instead of glamour, scuzzy guitars instead of bass drops, a topless cover — to make a pop album on her own terms.
Ferreira signed off with a bit of advice that she hopes will stop abusive Internet behavior: “If you see hateful/disgusting/abusive comments, please start reporting it or deleting it. I think that’s the only way we can start to lower that sort of thing from happening. Use the internet as a way to connect with others & LEARN.” See her full Facebook post below. More »