When Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne released their single, “Real Love,” we were secretly hoping it would be a cover of Mary J. Blige‘s 1992 R&B classic. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. But have no fear, our wishes have been granted!
Glynne stopped by BBC Radio 1Xtra yesterday (October 14) to perform her own version of Blige’s single. The cover is completely stripped from its upbeat roots, as the “Rather Be” singer was solely backed by a piano and two backup singers. She uses the bare setting to her advantage, which highlights her impassioned vocals. Glynne plans to break out into the U.S. market with seen with the single, “Home.” More »
LeAnn Rimes is having quite a year in music: After dropping her fabulous new set of dance floor-ready remixes with Dance Like You Don’t Give A… earlier this summer, the Grammy Award-winning country-pop darling is at it again — and in a much more angelic state of mind this time around — with her upcoming holiday themed record, One Christmas: Chapter 1, due out on October 28.
The forthcoming EP will include 6 songs, made up of both classics (and more unconventional seasonal offerings) including “Silent Night,” “Carol Of The Bells” — even “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.” Check out the full tracklisting, as well as the premiere of “Silent Night” after the jump. More »
The holiest of anniversaries is fast approaching, pop fanatics. That’s right, Lotus turns two on November 13, and we’ll personally be taking the entire month off to observe this treasured holiday. Or — sigh — maybe we’ll just have to make due with the fact that Christina Aguilera has announced new music for 2015.
Yesterday news broke that the soulful bombshell will be returning to her coaching duties on The Voice next year after taking the past two seasons off (thus leaving Shakira and Gwen Stefani, respectively, to fill in for her). Later in the evening, the mom of two hit up Twitter to let her followers know she’s got some other good stuff cooking — and she even tossed out the eyebrow-raising hashtag #FireAndFun while doing so!
Could that be a hint? Catch Tweetina’s update below. More »
Maejor Ali has been working on a remix of Meghan Trainor‘s smash “All About That Bass,” and he previously posted the version online. Yet it was soon taken down with this statement explaining why: “I had to take down my ‘All About That Bass’ Remix because it will now be released w/ a feature verse from one of your favorite Artists.”
Well it turns out that artist is none other than Justin Bieber! The Canadian crooner teamed up with Ali for the remix, which gets a trap-lite spin (thanks to heavy dubstep-inspired drops and Bieber’s swagged-out vocals) that completely derails from Trainor’s original poppy tune. Bieber has collaborated with the producer/rapper for last year’s cheeky “Lolly” single.
Take a listen to Maejor Ali’s take on “All About That Bass” below. More »
From the dreamy, sweeping title track to the Miguel-assisted “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe” to her Ed Sheeran co-helmed power ballad “Say You Love Me,” UK soulful songbird Jessie Ware has been teasing tracks from her highly anticipated Devotion follow-up, Tough Love, for what feels like years now. (She’s even been teasing tracks that didn’t make the cut!)
And now, Jessie’s LP is finally available to stream in full on NPR one week ahead of the album’s release in the US on October 24. The delicately crooned collection, which was helmed alongside production duo BenZel (Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch), is full of warm, Sade-like electro-soul gems, including “Cruel,” “(You & I) Forever” and “Sweetest Song.” For those in search of some soothing sounds, this one will no doubt do the trick.
Which songs are your favorite so far? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. More »
Judging from Instagram pictures and red-carpet events, it’s pretty clear that Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney are madly in love. But did the couple finally make their relationship official? The Daily Mail is reporting the two recently held a commitment ceremony to show how much they truly love each other.
According to the site, Gaga and her actor boyfriend (who has starred in films and television shows like Zero Dark Thirty and Chicago Fire) held the ceremony at NYC restaurant Joanne Trattoria, which is owned by the singer’s parents. Only a few family members and close friends were said to be in attendance.
They reportedly plan on getting officially married next year when they have more free time. The couple met back in 2011 on the set of Mother Monster’s “You and I” music video, and have been dating ever since. More »
We’ll be honest: If Kelly Clarkson isn’t involved, we don’t really follow Jason Aldean. But congrats to the 37-year-old Georgia native, anyway, for earning his second chart-topping album on the Billboard 200 with Old Boots, New Dirt. The LP sold 278,000 copies this week, thus bumping Blake Shelton from #1 and racking up the third-largest opening for an album in 2014, behind Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories (383,000) and Eric Church‘s The Outsiders (288,000).
Coming in just behind Aldean is Irish crooner Hozier, whose weekend appearance on Saturday Night Live no doubt aided his self-titled debut landing at #2 with 58,000 copies sold. After that, music’s old standards continue to rule, as Barbra Streisand and the duo of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga refuse to budge from the #3 and #4 positions, respectively.
See how the rest of the Top 10 played out this week below. More »
Another day, another celebrity feud! Snoop Dogg has been making of Iggy Azalea on Instagram for a few days now, and the “Fancy” rapper fired back on Twitter on Monday (October 13). The post that sparked the feud was a hurtful photo of an Alibno woman with the caption, “Iggy Azalea no make up.” She then responded to his insults, stating ““And everytime I’ve spoken to you, you’ve always been nice as hell. I’m disappointed you’d be such an ass for no reason.”
Fast forward to two days later, and the drama still continues. The OG rapper must’ve taken her response to heart, as he flooded his Instagram with even more memes that made fun of Azalea. One included a comparison of the rapper and the movie comedy White Chicks. Another was a photo of Nicki Minaj sitting alone with the caption, “Where is Iggy ? Nowhere insight. @realnickiminaj_ Fuc the fake n non writers yeah that means u again biitch !! Go nikki go Hoe Iggy hoe !! Sweet dreams cunt”
After a series of tweets that expressed her feelings, Azalea simply wrapped up with “ima be the bigger man in this situation and leave it be.” Read on below to see the highlights of the social media beef. More »
Is it October 27 yet? No, we’re not quite out of the woods yet — but Taylor Swift is making the wait a little easier for her Swifties, in the form of a lyrical tease for the next two weeks.
After shaking her way up to #1 with “Shake It Off” and unveiling her shimmering new 1989 jam “Out Of The Woods” yesterday, the pop princess revealed the first new lyric from her forthcoming late ’80′s pop-inspired record. More »
Calvin Harris takes his viewers on an adventure with his video for “Slow Acid,” released today (October 15). The dark clip follows a young teenager (who is painted a blue-silver) as she pulls a wild all-nighter, that kicks off once she downs a bottle of acid-looking liquor. Now filled with energy, the girl robs a convenience store and sells her body for money. This is all set to Harris’ rave-y, pulsating instrumental that is jolted with Prodigy-like “Wooo!” vocal samples.
“Slow Acid” is the latest single off Harris’ upcoming fourth studio LP, Motion - out on November 4. The project will feature major guest artists like Ellie Goulding, Tinashe and Gwen Stefani. More »