Another day, another great Kylie Minogue anthem that was omitted from Kiss Me Once. “Golden Boy” was released on limited edition 7″ vinyl yesterday (April 20) to celebrate Record Store Day and today the pop icon teased a brief snippet of “Crystallize”, which she is releasing in May to raise money for her One Note Against Cancer campaign.
The concept is fascinating. Fans can bid on one of the 4408 notes contained in “Crystallize” via eBay and the winners will get their names included in the song’s video credits as well as a certificate of ownership and the satisfaction of knowing they helped a great cause. As for the song? It sounds like an absolute winner.
Co-written by Dev Hynes and Scissor Sisters‘ sex symbol Babydaddy, the charity single sounds like a light and airy club anthem that wouldn’t sound out of place on the diva’s iconic Fever album. Her breathy vocal (“you only have to turn my way”) is cradled by sexy synths that beckon you to the dance floor. It’s a mystery why two of the best songs from the Kiss Me Once era got the chop but you will soon be able to make one hell of an iTunes playlist. Listen to a snippet after the jump. More »
Lady Gaga is standing by ARTPOP and her current single despite the fact that radio and iTunes haven’t exactly been kind to her of late. Mother Monster’s latest endeavor is releasing a “G.U.Y.” remix package, which should be gratefully lapped up by fans starved of new material. And the new mixes are definitely worth a listen, particularly Rami Samir Afuni‘s.
That name might sound familiar to some of you. The New York City-based producer was responsible for Kiesza‘s breakthrough hit “Hideaway”, which topped the UK singles chart this week. He brings a similar ’90s house sound to “G.U.Y.”, letting those magical keys run riot over Gaga’s sassy club anthem. Listen to the retro-tastic remix after the jump. More »
“Did it hurt when you fell?” Miguel sings in Carlos Santana‘s slow-burning “Indy,” before he sighs and answers the question himself (“Probably not, I can tell”). He may be singing a popular pick-up line among declarations of sweet, unholy metaphors involving the Himalayas, holy temples and personal salvation. But, thanks to his and Santana’s equally blissful performances, “Indy” makes even pick-up lines sound inspired.
“Indy,” produced and written by Miguel, appears in Santana’s next album Corazon (out May 6), along with features by Gloria Estefan, Wayne Shorter, Ziggy Marley and Pitbull. Meanwhile, while recording for the Girls OST and Elton John‘s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road reissue, Miguel has teamed with the likes of Jessie Ware and J. Cole for his follow-up to 2012 breakthrough Kaleidoscope Dream.
Hear Santana’s new song after the jump. More »
Lana Del Rey‘s wonderfully hazy “West Coast” has been cleaned up for radio by producer Dan Auerbach. The official remix, which surfaced on Interscope’s SoundCloud over the weekend, puts the Ultraviolence diva’s vocal higher in the mix — making the lyrics easier to understand and the song more digestible to radio programers.
Part of the original’s immense appeal is the Xanax-with-a-whiskey-chaser fog that hovers over the song but Auerbach’s remix doesn’t dispel it completely and it is nice to hear exactly what Lana is singing. It will be interesting to see which version they use for the Vincent Haycock-directed video, which could drop any day now according to his Twitter. Listen after the jump. More »
Sporting a striking look that seems like a straight-up homage to Jane Fonda‘s character Bree Daniels in 1971 Oscar winner Klute, Sky Ferreira is the very definition of glam in Alasdair McLellan‘s shots for French publication Le Monde. The singer recently wrapped her stint as opener on Miley Cyrus‘ now-canceled North American Bangerz Tour, and last week she premiered the controversial video for her latest Night Time, My Time single, “I Blame Myself.”
When it comes to her own fashion sense, while not working, Sky pretty much sticks with what she knows. “I still go to all the same stores I went to in high school,” she told Idolator earlier this month. “Sometimes I do like having nice clothes, but most of my clothes are not designer clothes.”
Flip through Sky’s Le Monde pics in the gallery above. More »
OutKast has added yet another date to its 40-plus date festival tour: June 28, at this year’s three-day BET Experience in Los Angeles. The Atlanta hip hop duo will headline and perform alongside current chart heavyweights Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky and K. Michelle.
BET Experience, the network’s answer to radio festivals like Hot 97′s Summer Jam, kicks off June 27 with performances by Future and an R&B all-star roster: Maxwell, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius and Candice Glover. The Roots will perform the following night with “special guests.” while Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Trey Songz will help close the festival. And, in a move that surprisingly hasn’t been done yet, DJ Khaled will host. More »
Iggy Azalea opens up on her past dating woes in “Rolex,” a bonus track off her major-label debut The New Classic. While the moody song draws broad comparisons between the luxury brand and time spent in a failed relationship, one line in particular points to exactly who’s responsible. “I got you tatted, you took off before the ink dried on my hands,” she spits.
When Azalea first started to gain attention as a rapper, she sparked rumors of dating Harlem’s own A$AP Rocky with one hell of a clue: the words Live Love A$VP tattooed on her fingers, to match a The New Classic tattoo on the opposite hand. She quickly confirmed that the two were dating (“I love him and that’s all there is to it,” she said to VIBE), only for Rocky to move on to model Chanel Iman.
Azalea’s The New Classic is available today (April 21) on iTunes, a day earlier than scheduled. Hear “Rolex” after the jump. More »
Madonna‘s fans collectively blew a gasket, fell backwards into the drapes, yanked the curtain rod out of the wall then plunged headfirst through the glass, screaming in tongues the whole way down to the sidewalk after photographer Mert Alas (one-half of creative lensman duo Mert + Marcus) Instagrammed the above photo today with the following caption: “In my room listening to the NEW ALBUM!!!!! Im DYING!!!!!! LET ME LOVE YOU FROM INSIDE OUT”
Granted, Madge has been busy getting into the groove once again (at least according to a barrage of her own Instagram pics), writing and recording tunes for her upcoming 13th studio album with the likes of Avicii, Natalia Kills, MoZella‘s Maureen Anne McDonald (who co-penned a little Miley Cyrus song called “Wrecking Ball”) and Toby Gad (the songwriter/producer behind Beyonce‘s “If I Were A Boy” and Fergie‘s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”). More »
A week ago, Arcade Fire brought out Blondie‘s Debbie Harry to perform “Heart of Glass” for the band’s first headlining set at Coachella, adding to the number of high-profile guests at this year’s festival. During the second weekend, though, a duo dressed as Daft Punk crashed the Montreal band’s set for a slo-mo version of their comeback single “Get Lucky.” Frontman Win Butler stormed the stage. “What the fuck is happening? What is this? What is this guys, seriously?” he said.
Of course, Beck would actually join Arcade Fire later to cover Prince‘s 1981 single “Controversy.”
Before Arcade Fire teased the crowd, and as Butler likely figured, Coachella saw a slew of surprise guests. A giddy Kid Cudi invited Haim and favorite band MGMT to help perform songs like “Pursuit of Happyness.” Later, Nas continued to celebrate his legacy (his iconic debut Illmatic just turned 20) with help from Lauryn Hill. Hill’s return to music may have been drawn-out and frustrating at times, but she seemed to stop time with her fiery performance in “Ready or Not” alone, proving that she’s still in fighting shape.
Surprise guests may be now totally expected at Coachella, but they’re always welcome. See clips from Arcade Fire, Nas and Kid Cudi’s performances after the jump. More »
Pharrell set the bar high for himself during the first weekend of Coachella, as he invited hip-hop and pop stars like Nelly, Snoop Dogg and Gwen Stefani to perform Neptunes-featured and -produced hits. For his second weekend set, though, the Virginia Beach hit-maker managed to top himself. Jay Z joined his pal and busted out a hits medley while Usher, T.I. and Pusha T performed song to shrieks from the crowd.
Pharrell himself sang the hooks for Jay Z songs “Excuse Me Miss,” “La La La (Excuse Me Miss Again)” and “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)”), while he also crooned Robin Thicke‘s lyrics in “Blurred Lines” before T.I. unleashed his GIF-worthy shuffle. The “Happy” singer also played hype man to Pusha T’s breakout verses from Clipse‘s “Grindin’.” For said international hit “Happy,” Pharrell pulled Earl Sweatshirt, Fonzworth Bentley (!) and Haim up on stage to dance alongside him.
Plus, after hinting of Stefani’s solo return last week, Pharrell hyped the crowd up for Usher’s follow-up to 2012′s excellent Looking 4 Myself. “Please get ready for this man’s next album,” he said. “It’s so amazing.” It was yet another reminder of how crucial he’s become to the music industry…as if the crowd needed one.
See clips of the star-studded set after the jump. More »