During The Fader magazine’s “Fader Fort” showcase on October 23, Mary J. Blige surprised fans by closing out the concert with a new song — “My Loving.” The tune, off the diva’s upcoming The London Sessions album, has a tinge of disco influence rather than straight-up ’90s house seen with songs like “Right Now.”
“My Loving” is off the singer’s forthcoming thirteenth studio LP, The London Sessions (out on December 2). It features collaborations from artists like Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy.
Watch the performance up top, and catch Blige singing her classic hit “Real Love” after the jump. More »
As far as Colombians in the mainstream pop world go, Shakira has been the dominant force for a fair amount of years. So it’s about time we had an equally good looking male counterpart come along.
Enter Danny Mercer, a native of Bogota, Colombia, who graduated not that long ago from, um, Columbia University and is now signed to — wait for it — Columbia Records. His debut single “Who Are You Loving Now?” is a nice little slice of reggae-pop that displays Danny’s knack for sparkling melodies as well as his smooth, Bruno Mars-esque tenor. Bonus: He’s not that bad on the eyes, either. (Oh. I already mentioned that, didn’t I…) More »
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini might be best known for her high-energy live performances and tightly choreographed routines, but hey, she sings too — and she wants you to know it!
Just ahead of the release of the Girls Aloud icon’s forthcoming studio album, the “I Don’t Care” beauty has been serving up acoustic renditions of some album tracks…and covers of TLC and Beyoncé, just ’cause. And for her latest performance, she’s tackling the album’s title track, “Only Human.” Check out the performance up top. More »
Beyonce is notorious for being extremely private about her personal life, and even though she’s been recently letting her fans into her world via Instagram posts, the singer is still tight-lipped about certain topics. Well, that will all be changing soon!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a biography about King Bey is in the works. The as-yet-titled book, written by J. Randy Taraborrelli, plans to explore her entire life — from her childhood performances, her time withe Destiny’s Child and her relationship with Jay Z. In a statement, the author said “Beyoncé has lived a most incredible, inspiring life. I know my readers will enjoy her journey.” More »
Austin Mahone might have got our *NSync and Backstreet Boys-lovin’ hearts racing with his early ’00′s-tastic The Secret EP earlier this year, but he’s keeping things more low-key with his latest track, “Places.”
The melodic tune, which Austin is now giving away for free as a special surprise for fans on his Soundcloud, sees the talented young singer taking down the BPM (and the lights!) for a sexy slow-burning R&B jam, co-penned by his friend Robert Villanueva. “Here’s a new song me and Robert wrote since we’ve been in the new house! Hope you like it,” he said of the song. Listen to “Places” after the jump. More »
Simple Minds‘ bountiful discography is lined with 15 studio albums and an array of hits like “Promised You A Miracle,” “Alive And Kicking,” “Sanctify Yourself,” “See The Lights” and, of course, the Breakfast Club soundtrack classic “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”. Now in their 37th year, the Jim Kerr-fronted band will release their 16th album Big Music next week (on November 4), and today Idolator is premiering a stream of all 12 tracks.
The album is a mix of attention-grabbing melodies, guitar- and synth-filled instrumentation, irresistible choruses and Kerr’s familiar crooning — in other words, Big Music comes packed with all the proper Simple Minds hallmarks.
Head below to listen to Simple Minds’ new album Big Music a week ahead of its release. More »
Calvin Harris‘ upcoming fourth album Motion is already highly-anticipated, but soon after the star-filled tracklist was released we couldn’t wait to listen! Today, after endless Instagram teaser videos and snippets, the LP is now available for full stream on iTunes.
Motion is jam-packed with features from our favorite artists — Gwen Stefani‘s collaboration on the club-ready “Together,” the naughty “Open Wide” track with Big Sean, the Ellie Goulding-assisted “Outside” and John Newman‘s feature on “Blame.” There is also the throwback rave-y tune, “Slow Acid.” Oh, we can’t forget the smash hit that started it all — the inescapable “Summer.” More »
Given the peerless quality of her voice, it’s hard to believe that Whitney Houston never recorded a live album. Sony Legacy Recordings is remedying that situation by releasing Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances on November 10. Lovingly curated/produced by long-time mentor Clive Davis (with input from the legendary diva’s estate), the CD/DVD includes a collection of the six-time Grammy winner’s finest live moments.
We’re excited to premiere a restored and remastered rendition of Whitney’s gorgeous ballad “You Give Good Love” from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on April 5, 1985. The unique subtlety and strength of the much-missed singer’s voice is showcased superbly in the stunning performance, which helped the track reach number one on the R&B charts and become the legend’s first top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100. (It peaked at number three). Take a walk down memory lane after the jump. More »
Nicki Minaj seems to be having an awesome year — she ditched the colorful wigs for a more age-appropriate and glamorous look; collaborated with Jessie J, Usher and Beyonce; her inescapable “Anaconda” single was recently certified Platinum; she’s hosting the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards and she was planning her third LP release for The Pinkprint.
The album was previously set to drop on November 24 (the same day as Iggy Azalea‘s Reclassified re-release, FYI), but now the project has been pushed back along with labelmate Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter V. But unlike Weezy’s record (who knows when that will arrive), Minaj’s The Pinkprint has a new release date — December 14. More »
Calvin Harris‘ feature-filled album Motion, out on November 4 (next week!), is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest releases, packed full of certifiable club smashers like “Summer,” “Blame” with John Newman and “Outside” with Ellie Goulding. (Have you entered to win a copy of the record yet?)
But of all the new tracks, arguably the most anticipated track of the whole bunch is “Together,” featuring the inimitable vocals of Queen Gwen Stefani. And, at long last, the wait is over. Listen to the track after the jump. More »