In today’s hard-hitting music news, Demi Lovato has shaved her head. Well, part of it — anyway. The “Heart Attack” hitmaker updated her Instagram with a picture of her shorn locks before revealing her edgy new look in another snap. It turns out she just shaved the side of her head, otherwise known as the Cassie.
The 21-year-old would look good with any hairstyle, so it’s a no-brainer that she rocks the new style. “So…. This happened…… Oops,” she wrote before declaring “IDGAF”. Right on, Demi! Shave your head if you want to and dye whatever’s left bright pink. If you have tickets to the Disney diva’s excellent Neon Lights tour, pay extra attention to her ever-evolving hair game. See her Insta-updates after the jump. More »
While Bastille continues to rule the airwaves and iTunes in America with chant-filled smash hit “Pompeii”, the band is already up to single number seven from Bad Blood in the UK. They chose to re-release “Flaws”, which originally peaked just outside the top 20 in late 2012.
It’s a wise move. The mid-tempo rock anthem is one of the catchiest cuts on Bastille’s blockbuster debut LP and deserves another shot at chart glory. A new remix from The Chainsmokers can only help its cause. The New York City duo is blowing up with their own single “Selfie” but found the time to transform “Flaws” into a dark and dirty disco jam. Listen to the killer EDM overhaul after the jump. More »
The Hive has skills! One talented Beyonce fan by the name of Jesse Hill has taken it upon himself to recreate the diva’s meme-spawning mega-hit “Drunk In Love” using emoji and it’s great. The neat trick should be fun for like ten seconds but it held my attention to the very end.
There’s so much to love about this video. For starters, who knew there were so many sexual emoji? A digital porno featuring smilie faces can’t be too far off! Also, props for using the eggplant emoticon in such a creative way and well done for honoring Bey’s weird and wonderful lyrics in such a faithful way. Watch the viral video up top. More »
Janelle Monae is the latest pop star to dip a toe into the animated film soundtrack waters (“C’mon in, the water’s fine!” beckons Pharrell while sunbathing on his yacht surrounded by bikini-clad minions). The Electric Lady has premiered “What Is Love,” her new song for Rio 2, and no, it is not a cover of this. Monae melds her usual funky guitar flicks with some island flair and a backing choir, and the neo-soul queen really belts out the refrain (“What good is love / if it’s not your love?”), resulting in one of her most powerful vocal performances.
It’s not nearly as catchy and instantly pleasurable as “Happy,” but few songs are. Check out the fun animated video up top, and stream the full, cartoon voice-free audio below. More »
In January, New York trio MisterWives offered up their debut EP, Reflections. The six tracks that make up the joyous, synth-pop filled release are brimming with giddy handclaps and deftly-arranged melodies, and today Idolator is premiering the lyric video for set’s title track.
In the clip, vocalist Mandy Lee, drummer Etienne Bowler and bassist Will Hehir spend time goofing off in an apartment, and their actions are quite literally displayed from the point of view of a mirror’s reflection. And just what do the MisterWives band members get up to? We don’t want to give away too, too much, but let’s just say there is silly string, lipstick, alcohol, a loveseat and some shirtlessness — and that’s all before the fireworks come out. More »
DJ Cassidy really lined up an all-star cast for “Calling All Hearts”. Nile Rodgers And Earth, Wind & Fire help set the classic dance vibe, while Robin Thicke and Jessie J lend their powerful pipes to the retro anthem. It’s a heady mix that promises big things from the knob-twiddler’s debut LP Paradise Royale (due in May).
The video is equally epic affair. The celebrity DJ — he has spun tunes for Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey at private parties — gets dumped by his girl in the black-and-white intro before he’s whisked away to a pink soundstage after buying a magical hat. It’s like The Wizard Of Oz with a disco soundtrack! Watch the candy-colored visual up top. More »
2 Chainz may be working on B.O.A.T.S. III, but he still has time for Me Time, as he released a video for “Mainstream Ratchet” off his second album. And it looks like he got his birthday wish, as the video features so many jiggling booties slo-mo twerking to that churning, burrowing beat.
Directed by Sharod Marcus Simpson, the booty cam shots are interspersed with shots of Chainz barking at the camera, sometimes in a see-through mesh tank top, maybe to promote some equal opportunity ogling.
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For its upcoming 18th season, Dancing With The Stars will fill its pop star quota with Australian crooner Cody Simpson and Big Time Rush member James Maslow. Simpson will find himself paired up with former So You Think You Can Dance contestant/current DWTS troupe dancer Witney Carson when the ABC series begins again on March 17. Maslow will be sharing his fancy footwork with Peta Murgatroyd.
Other cast members this time around include comedian-turned-Price Is Right host Drew Carey, actor Billy Dee Williams, Real Housewives Of Atlanta/Glee diva NeNe Leakes, Olympians Charlie White and Meryl Davis and — gasp! — Wonder Years child star Danica McKellar. More »
Aloe Blacc broke through in a major way last year by featuring on Avicii‘s global smash “Wake Me Up.” Now he’s finally making a name for himself stateside with his breakthrough as a lead artist,”The Man.” In fact, in the video for the current Top 20 single, he’s every man — from an observer of 1960s-era war protests to a smooth lounge crooner to a peaceful member of a march for black rights.
We spoke to Blacc recently on the set of the video, and he had the following to say about the message in his uplifting, Elton John-interpolating hit: “It’s the same story I keep telling in all my songs. It’s the story of the underdog hoping for a better moment.” More »
Iggy Azalea has spent a couple weeks teasing the video for “Fancy,” her collaboration with Charli XCX, and today (March 4) the Clueless homage premiered. Iggy takes on Cher, the role made famous by Alicia Silverstone (now she scrolls through outfits on her iPad!), while Charli is decked out as Brittany Murphy‘s Tai character.
While the Australian Iggy and the British Charli really have the gum-chomping Beverly Hills thing down, the wardrobes are the real star of the video. The blast of ’90s nostalgia was directed by Director X, and for added authenticity it was filmed at the same high school as the movie.
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