Ashanti recently dropped by the Idolator studio to chat about Braveheart, the diva’s first LP in six years, as well as her journey as an independent artist but also reminisced about the massive success of 2002 debut solo single “Foolish”. The timeless R&B anthem spent what felt like an eternity at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned the then 22-year-old a well-deserved Grammy nomination.
“Looking back, even now, it’s like oh my gosh. I literally was in two or three different states in one day,” Ashanti remembers. “The fact that we broke history in Def Jam records and on Billboard, I think it was like 11 weeks consecutive. It was an amazing experience.” And the song’s legacy still lives on. “The DJ puts ‘Foolish’ on and it causes mayhem 12 years later, [which] is phenomenal.” More »
Kylie Minogue surprised a lot of people by picking “I Was Gonna Cancel” as the second single from Kiss Me Once. The Pharrell connection (he produced it) is an obvious selling point but the subtle mid-tempo jam is the most obvious choice. Happily, a dark and dangerous electro-house remix by The Presets makes the diva’s decision a lot easier to swallow.
The Australian duo completely deconstruct Pharrell’s retro-R&B flavored pop anthem, transforming it into a sprawling floorfiller that throbs with sinister synths and new vocal hooks (for example: “go, go, go girl!”). It’s a radical improvement on the original and a reminder of how good Kylie sounds when she opts for a harder dance sound. Let’s hope this remix gets a radio edit. Listen after the jump. More »
Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Tyga‘s ominous “Senile” has gotten a colorful, slightly creepy video directed by Colin Tilley. The behind-the-scenes photos gave us an indication that the video for the Rise Of An Empire cut would be odd, but I’m not sure we were prepared for Shake Weights and the wackest version of The Worm ever put on tape.
Each rapper gets their own little setting in the video: for Tyga, it’s a blacklit room with masked dancers and a hookah, while Nicki is on a playground and Weezy spends his time with some backwards Swedish-looking family. The visual premiered on BET’s 106 & Park and isn’t online yet, so for now watch the TV rip up top. More »
OK so 2 Chainz is basically the male version of Rihanna when it comes to insane levels of output. Dude’s already working on B.O.A.T.S. III, and in the meantime, he has decided to release a new EP called Freebase (interesting title considering his recent drug charges.) The EP is due out May 5, and it’s being touted as a fan-oriented project that finds Tity Boi returning to “hardcore, streetflavored rap.”
“It has been a minute since the release of my album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time and I wanted to give something special to my fans while I record my follow-up album,” the rapper said in a statement. “This is a taste of what is to come.” The fan thing isn’t just hollow marketing jargon either — the cover (which you can see up top) was chosen from thousands of fan submissions on Instagram. The winning design features a photo of the legendary Richard Pryor wearing two chain necklaces.
Check out the trailer below, which features part of a new song. More »
You pretty much really do have to be living under a rock to have not yet heard Jason Derulo‘s infectious banga “Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz)”: Whether you’ve witnessed him cutting a rug on Dancing With The Stars or you’ve seen his host of famous friends — from One Direction to Austin Mahone — lip-syncing to the jam, there’s simply no escaping that horn-heavy breakdown.
It comes as no surprise then that Jason’s named his latest studio album after the international smash, which just dropped today, April 15. The album also includes his wedding bell-ready “Marry Me” and “The Other Side,” as well as his duet with GF Jordin Sparks, “Vertigo.”
To celebrate this special day, we’re giving away five SIGNED copies of Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty. You want to win? Why, of course you do! Find out how on the other side. More »
There’s no denying the fact that Pharrell Williams‘ chart-topping smash hit “Happy” has brought joy to millions of people worldwide, and become something of a musical movement. But when Oprah Winfrey presented the in-demand singer-songwriter-producer with a montage clip of “Happy” tributes from around the globe on Sunday’s Oprah Prime, Williams broke down into tears, leaving Winfrey to well up herself and reach for the Kleenex.
“Why am I crying on Oprah,” Pharrell said when he finally gained his composure. Winfrey’s response: “You know, it’s being used for something that’s greater than yourself. I get that.” More »
Pop fanatics, Cody Simpson is 17 now, which means the Aussie heartthrob will make not-so-subtle lyrical euphemisms about his penis being an elongated piece of athletic equipment whenever he damn well pleases. Take, for instance, his new single, “Surfboard.” Sure, Cody might be lifting a page right out of the Beyonce playbook when it comes to referring to sex in song, but why not strike while the long, sleek iron is hot an bothered?
In the music video, Cody makes his play for getting his girl (in this case, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Gigi Hadid) to sit up on his big wooden board while some other ladies bump in grind in a pool of water. It’s okay, though — Hadid and Simpson are a real-life couple. So go ahead and ride it till the board breaks in two, kids. But, um, just don’t spring a leak. More »
So let’s get this straight: Avicii‘s debut album True was released less then seven months ago, but there’s already a remix album out called True: Avicii By Avicii, where — you guessed it — the Swedish EDM wunderkind himself remixes all his own tunes. On top of that, True single “You Make Me” already has a music video, but now there’s a new video for the remixed version. And even thought it is a remix, the track runs less than 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
Got all that? Yes? No? Either way, watch the video above for (the second version of ) “You Make Me,” where some guy goes on dates with a dozen different women before meeting “the one.” Awwwwwwwwwwwwww. More »
Fresh off her seven-night stand to close out NYC’s legendary Roseland Ballroom, Lady Gaga has been announced as a headliner at this summer’s AIA Real Life: Now Festival in Seoul, South Korea. She’ll top the bill on the second of two nights, in a move that makes sense considering Mother Monster’s interest in K-Pop, the genre’s influence on ARTPOP and the fact that she enlisted Korea’s Crayon Pop as her opener on the ARTPOP Ball tour.
Other headliners announced include PSY, 2NE1 and Winner. And we would go bananas if Gaga collaborated live with 2NE1 or even PSY, to be honest. More »
If you thought Charlie Wilson‘s soaring, soulful vocals on Kanye West‘s 2013 juggernaut “Bound 2″ sounded positively uplifting, wait till you hear them slapped atop a drum and bass beat with an electronic accompaniment. London dance duo Sigma initially remixed “Bound 2″ and offered it up as a free download earlier this year. Three months, some local radio airplay and a professional recording session later, their rendition, “Nobody To Love,” now has a colorful music video (featuring two beautiful women frolicking in the Cape Town sun) and is currently the #1 single in the UK.
“Nobody To Love” is just latest retro-sounding dance tune to top the British chart, following Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be,” Route 94‘s “My Love” and Duke Dumont‘s “I Got U” — and the streak looks set to continue, as Kiesza‘s own ’90s house throwback, “Hideaway,” is already #1 on UK iTunes following its release this past Sunday. More »