Music festival season has officially begun, with Austin, Texas’ annual South by Southwest kicking things off next Tuesday (March 11). With 2,200 acts (!!) set to perform over the six-day conference, our favorite artists can easily get lost in the mix. So we’ve combed through the extensive roster and picked out this year’s can’t-miss performers!
A majority of our SXSW picks last year were rooted in pop, but this time around the choices are a bit more varied. From seasoned pop veterans to rising stars from across the pond, these seven performers are definitely worth waiting in long lines for a chance to see them live. More »
When Miley Cyrus isn’t posing topless here, posing topless there or posing topless over there, too, she’s making out and then getting into silly Twitter fights with Katy Perry. And when all those shenanigans aren’t going on, she likes to just chill out on her plane with an arm-shaped dildo called the Hand Of Adonis.
The proof of this comes via two pics the “Adore You” songbird tweeted a few days back. How they escaped us up to this point is one of the great mysteries of all time — or at least this week. But above and below, you can now see the (ahem!) Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award nominee realizing that life in plastic is truly fantastic. More »
Coldplay revealed they’ve linked up with producer Paul Epworth for their forthcoming album Ghost Stories (out May 19). This is the band’s first time working with Epworth, who helmed the majority of Adele‘s smash 21 and has worked with everyone from Florence + The Machine to The Rapture. Coldplay tapped Epworth after working closely with Brian Eno on their last two albums, Mylo Xyloto and Viva La Vida.
“Ghost Stories was a collaborative effort,” the band posted in a recent fan Q&A. “Jon [Hopkins] produced ‘Midnight,’ Rik Simpson & Dan Green were of course involved and Paul Epworth also worked on the album. Guy [Berryman] actually did a lot of the production this time round.” More »
Back in August 2013, Timbaland revealed L.A. Reid enlisted him to work on a posthumous Michael Jackson album featuring Jackson’s unreleased vocals and Tim’s production. Tim said back then that he’d have the work done by the end of 2013, but only now are we hearing the first bit of music from the project.
For Timbaland Thursdays, the producer posted a 1:07 snippet of a new song called “Slave To The Rhythm.” The majority of the chunk is a typically busy Tim arrangement, with his syncopated percussion intertwining with 20/20 Experience-type strings. Then the King of Pop storms in with his angry voice, repeating “She’s a slave to the rhythm.”
To be honest, the Timbo sound kind of overwhelms MJ on this one, but it’s tough to really know with such a short sample. Hear it for yourself below. More »
Ke$ha finished up rehab last night (March 6), updating her fans with a series of tweets, including a photo of her in a plane, and thanking them for the support over the past couple months. “Happy to be back! Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music,” she wrote. “I can’t thank my fans enough for all the love & support u have given me.”
Ke$ha, who entered rehab in January for help treating an eating disorder, has never been a cynical pop star, but it looks like she has emerged with a sunnier outlook on things after a bumpy couple of months. The star changed her Twitter handle from @keshasuxx to real name @KeshaRose, added the bio “I’m a rainbow,” updated her avatar to a portrait of her splattered in colorful paint and littered her first tweets back with emojis of rainbows and hearts. Girl’s definitely letting the light in, and we’re glad to hear she’s doing well.
Check out her tweets below. More »
After hitting up The Tonight Show and Late Night, Rick Ross‘ TV takeover continued Thursday (March 6) with a performance on Arsenio. But this time, he was joined by fellow hip-hop titan Kanye West and Ye’s G.O.O.D. Music bud Big Sean for the first live performance of Mastermind highlight “Sanctified.”
After the warm intro took everyone to church, Big Sean delivered his gleeful refrain, then Kanye stormed onto the stage for his take and the crowd went nuts. Rozay didn’t emerge until his verse later in the song, and all three dudes were clearly having a good time up there (West in particular had a wide grin), making for the Bawse’s best performance of this whole promo cycle.
Check it out up top. More »
Thursday night’s American Idol results show continued this week’s theme of “home,” with the show’s prodigal son, Phillip Phillips, returning home to the Idol stage for a performance. The judges even get in on the spirit, sharing some of their theme-inspired stories. In case you hadn’t noticed, Idol is serious about being consistent with this whole home theme, including sending a contestant there by the end of the episode. More »
Did You Hear?
:: A DNA test has allegedly confirmed that Brandon Howard is Michael Jackson’s illegitimate son. Conspiracy theorists point out that Brandon’s mom, R&B singer Miki Howard, went by the name Billy in the early ’80s and claim that MJ’s classic hit “Billie Jean” was written about her. [TMZ]
:: Aaron Carter jumped on Twitter to declare his undying love for ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff and expressed his desire to win her back. This is either extremely creepy or romantic. I’m not quite sure. [Gossip Cop]
:: The things we do for family. Dannii Minogue revealed that big sister Kylie Minogue made her sit through the entire season of The Voice UK for feedback. Hopefully the Australian pop legend provided lots of popcorn and wine. [Digital Spy]
:: Pink is being sued by a producer that worked on her 2000 debut LP Can’t Take Me Home. Sony Music puts the dispute down to a clerical error and an address change. This could get complicated. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Here’s an unexpectedly great shot of electro-pop from Salt Lake City, Utah! Newcomers Oh, Be Clever — a duo consisting of vocalist Brittney Shields and music man Cory Scott Layton — impress with infectious new single “Next To You”, which sounds like a cross between La Roux and Phantogram. (Not exactly a bad thing).
The synth-splattered, ’80s-referencing anthem was born when the pair went through brutal break-ups at the same time. ”[It was] the kind of breakup that makes you question your sanity at all hours of everyday,” explains Brittney. “I had to constantly see pictures of him and his new girlfriend all over social media, and it KILLED me inside.” Been there. Watch there stylish visual up top. More »
Selena Gomez has been laying low since checking into rehab earlier this year but her Instagram game remains as flawless as ever. The most elegant princess in the world regularly updates her account with artistic images — nobody chooses a better filter than Sel! — and happy snaps.
Recent highlights include the Stars Dance diva rocking a bindi, reclining on a couch and smiling in her car. Things are going to get hectic for Selena very soon (she has new music, movies and several live performances looming) but, in the meantime, play “Nobody Does It Like You” and peruse the 21-year-old’s best Insta-updates up top. More »