Sia Sings “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” For ‘Annie’ Soundtrack: Listen

In case you haven’t already watched the trailer or seen the new cast (Quvenzhané Wallis! Cameron Diaz!), the classic Annie is getting a massive 2014 reboot in time for Christmas. And, to coincide with the big budget remake of the original 1982 film adaptation, the movie’s also getting a newly rejuvenated soundtrack with updated lyrics and melodies, all thanks to producer Greg Kurstin and the pop industry’s most in-demand songwriter, Sia.

The ever-elusive 1000 Forms Of Fear belter delivers not one, not two but three new tracks on the soundtrack including a duet with Beck. And now, we’ve got a first listen of one of those new songs: “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile.”

True to Sia and Greg’s collaborative style, the song’s been given a punchy, poppy update, full of Sia’s soaring vocals and epic, crashing production from Kurstin. Really, aside from Sia’s more chipper and optimistic delivery, this production could have certainly been served up on her fantastic studio album. Listen to “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” after the jump. More »

Taylor Swift Previews New ’1989′ Song In Target Commercial: Watch

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She's A New Yorker, Y'all!

That Taylor Swift promo just won’t let up! The “Out Of The Woods” singer has previewed yet another track off her upcoming LP 1989. Instead of revealing the lyrics via Pinterest-friendly Instagram posts, she’s now using Target as her marketing tool.

In a new extended commercial for the popular department store, Swift discusses her love for New York City (she recently moved here, FYI). The clip is set to “Style,” a breezy cut off her new album. 1989 officially comes out on October 27, and if you buy the album at Target then you will get three bonus songs and three songwriting voice memos on the deluxe version. Oh joy! More »

S Club 7 Reuniting For UK Children In Need Charity Show

Maybe it was the fact that we here at Idolator included Rachel Stevens‘ 2005 solo LP Come And Get It in our recent 13 Great Pop Albums That Were Overlooked & Underrated In Their Time roundup that lured the singer back to the spotlight? Whatever the case may be, she and her onetime bandmates Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O’Meara, Hannah Spearritt — aka S Club 7 — are reuniting for the first time in 12 years for a live performance on the annual BBC Children In Need charity show.

Here in the States the group was mostly famous for their late-’90s Fox series S Club 7 In Miami and 2000 single “Never Had A Dream Come True.” But in their home country of the UK, S Club 7 racked up 11 Top 10 singles during their five-year run, with four of those going to #1. More »

Kiesza Performs “Hideaway” On ‘Live With Kelly & Michael’: Watch

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You Can't Hide

As part of the promotional rounds for her debut album, Sound of a WomanKiesza stopped by Live With Kelly & Michael yesterday (October 21) to perform her smash hit “Hideaway.” Per usual, she brought her strong vocals and lively dance moves to the talk show’s stage. After the performance, Kiesza taught Kelly and Michael how to do the popular “Jerk” dance.

There are a handful of gems on Sound of A Woman, but “Hideaway” is the song that captured us all. So it’s natural that the flame-haired songstress will continue to promote it worldwide. The album was officially released on October 21 via Island Records. More »

‘The Voice’: Beth Spangler & Mia Pfirrman Cover Christina Aguilera’s “I Turn To You”

Did The Ladies Do Xtina Justice?

As The Voice transitions from the Battles to the Knockouts, it’s time for celebration: get ready for a wardrobe change! Here’s hoping the coaches step it up in the ridiculous department, though, because this season’s fashion choices have been a little too safe. Sure, Adam Levine donned a bowling shirt, but his hair has stayed the same normal color, and there have been no Hawaiian shirts to speak of. Pharrell’s hat sizes have been beyond reasonable, and Gwen Stefani’s pilgrim socks from the Blind Auditions were nowhere near as ridiculous as the silk pajamas — or really anything — that Cee Lo wore on the show.

Come on, team; you can do better than this. A saucer fascinator topping Blake Shelton’s jeans-and-blazer uniform would do the trick, or even a wacky novelty tie with Carson Daly’s suit. Don’t make the audience wait until Christina Aguilera returns next season to bring out the outlandish.

On to the talent: Tuesday (October 21) night, The Voice wrapped up the Battle Round. Only Gwen entered the night with a steal remaining, but struggled with how to use it. The few televised Battles, after all, were surprisingly mellow — and that just ain’t her style. More »

Taylor Swift May Be The Only Artist To Go Platinum With An Album In 2014: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: There’s no doubt that 2014 was a lackluster year for music, and to make matters worse, no albums reached Platinum status…yet. America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift, may be music’s saving grace. The singer’s forthcoming LP 1989 may be the first album to go platinum. All hope is gone, people! (But the Foo Fighters may have a chance.) [The Guardian]

:: Cara Delevingne (a.k.a. Rihanna‘s BFF) has reportedly been in the studio working on a new single with Pharrell. Music is a completely different field than modeling, so let’s see how this will pan out. [Hollywood Reporter]

:: Annie Lennox is pretty outspoken when it comes to feminist rights, and the legendary singer has now come forward to denounce twerking. In a recent interview with NPR, she stated: “Twerking is not feminism. Thats what I’m referring to. It’s not — it’s not liberating, it’s not empowering. It’s a sexual thing that you’re doing on a stage; it doesn’t empower you. That’s my feeling about it.” [Billboard]

:: The Beatles‘ Ringo Starr is now a model! Well, kind of. The musician will be the face of sneaker brand Skechers‘ “Relaxed Fit footwear” line. Look out for the ad campaign in Spring 2015. [SPIN]

:: Sad news for die-hard Brooklyn concert-goers. Glasslands, a DIY venue in Williamsburg, will close its doors next year. In a statement, they announced that New Year’s Eve will be their last night of music. The place first opened in 2006, and booked acts like TV On The Radio, Disclosure and MGMT. [Brooklyn Vegan]

:: Remember when all those diva rumors popped up about Ariana Grande? Well the singer isn’t too happy about it. In fact, she allegedly turned to Miley Cyrus for advice. The Instagram-loving singer apparently told Grande: “Girl, don’t even look at it. Just be happy that you’re blessed. You have family and friends love you, you have fans that love you who know what’s true and what’s not. …It will blow over and tomorrow they’ll be talking about something else.” [Gawker]

Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Sheppard Make Their US TV Debut On ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’: Watch Them Perform “Geronimo”

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Apache Pop

To quote myself, there’s catchy and then there’s “Geronimo”Sheppard first topped the charts in their native Australia with the unstoppable anthem and now have their sights set on US chart domination. The indie-pop band took an important step towards that goal today (October 21) by performing the song of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It also marked their US TV debut.

The quirky collective, who were recently nominated for seven ARIA Awards, delivered a typically charming performance with tight musicianship and perky harmonies. And it already seems to be paying dividends. “Geronimo” made a huge leap on the iTunes download chart today and should make an appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 in the not-too-distant future. Watch up top. More »

Marlisa Wins ‘X Factor’ Australia, Bucks The Trend By Releasing A Good Winner’s Single: Listen To “Stand By You”

If there’s one universal truth to emerge from talent shows around the globe, it’s that the winner’s single is usually terrible. That probably has a lot to do with time constraints and the necessity of writing a song without the artist’s involvement but, more often than not, they blow. Marlisa, who won the sixth season of X Factor Australia earlier this week, bucks the trend with “Stand By You”.

Penned by Australian hitmakers DNA and singer/songwriter Hayley Warner, the emotional anthem eschews the usual cheesiness of winner’s singles and is all the better for it. “When you fight for every breath and the waves are over head, let me lay your mind to rest,” sings the 15-year-old high school student with her distinctive country twang. “I will stand by you”. Listen after the jump. More »

Seinabo Sey’s Eerily Gorgeous “Pistols At Dawn” Video Is Unforgettable: Watch

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If you haven’t discovered Seinabo Sey yet, it’s time to get correct. The mountain of buzz around the Swedish soul siren is only going to grow thanks to gorgeous anthems like “Pistols At Down”, the latest cut from just-released debut EP For Madeleine, and exquisite covers. (Check out her stunning interpretation of Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be”).

The 23-year-old not only has killer songs but also a remarkable visual approach. Her “Pistols At Dawn” video plays like the weirdest sci-fi short ever with the rising diva walking around an abandoned forest in a striking red ensemble. Things get even weirder when she’s stalked by a stormtrooper-like character and divides in half. At least, that’s what I think happened. Watch up top. More »

Jessica Mauboy’s ‘Beautiful’ LP Is Being Re-Released: See The ‘Platinum Edition’ Tracklist

Aussie pop diva Jessica Mauboy will re-release her third LP Beautiful on November 21. The Platinum Edition features five new tracks including current single “Can I Get A Moment?”, which was written and produced by Babyface. It’s shaping up to be a huge hit in her homeland — sitting at number two on iTunes behind Marlisa‘s X Factor winner’s single.

The fresh material should lift Beautiful to even greater heights. Thus far, it has already produced four singles including two top 10, platinum-selling hits (upbeat club-banger “Pop A Bottle” and moody mid-tempo ballad “Never Be The Same”). See the full tracklist of her re-release and a killer TV performance of “Can I Get A Moment?” after the jump. More »