The talented young ladies of Little Mix quietly dropped one of the better girl group records in recent history late last year with Salute, which spawned cuts like the snappy “Move” and self-empowering title track. Since the last album’s release, they’ve been hard at work ever since recording a follow-up — and now, we’re starting to find out who’s been helping to shape their sound.
While interviewing on the red carpet at BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards, the girls revealed to Digital Spy their enviable list of collaborators, including Marina And The Diamonds, MNEK, Jess Glynne and Jessie J.”I think it’s just a step up really – production, vocals, everything,” Jamaican accent expert Jesy explained. More »
Good morning, New York! Taylor Swift‘s got a very special surprise waiting for you this morning.
With the release of 1989 just one week away, Tay’s doing more promo than ever for her forthcoming foray into pop. And, after dropping “Out Of The Woods”, sipping Diet Coke with kittens and teasing lyric after lyric on a daily basis, the “Shake It Off” singer has just provided her loyal Swifties with yet another taste of her upcoming LP.
“Welcome To New York” is the first track off of Taylor’s new record, and will be made available to download in full later tonight on iTunes. The bubbly, synth-filled ode to the city certainly sounds like the late ’80′s pop Taylor was inspired by while making her new album. “Welcome to New York…it’s been waiting for you!” she happily sings above the sparkly beat, recalling something off of Carly Rae Jepsen‘s Kiss. Listen to the preview of “Welcome To New York” up top. More »
Calvin Harris is on a roll with previewing his upcoming LP Motion (out November 4). Last week brought the video for instrumental rave-house track “Slow Acid” as well as a tease of Gwen Stefani collaboration “Together,” and now we have the Ellie Goulding-featuring “Outside” in full.
This is probably the most straight-forward pop number we’ve heard in the lead-up to Harris’ fourth album. In fact, “Outside” is just as pleasant, if not slightly more so, than Calvin and Ellie’s previous outing together, 2012′s “I Need Your Love.” It’s good to hear that there’s still quite a bit of musical magic when these two hit the studio together.
Give “Outside” a listen below and see if you agree. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Lance Bass has set a date for his wedding to model Michael Turchin: December 20. Yes, Bass plans to invite his former boy bandmates in *NSYNC, though no – they will not take the stage together. “I think it’s a little cheesy if I sing at all at my wedding,” he says. [Billboard]
:: Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died October 18 of a rare form of cancer. Borgella finished in the top 24 of the singing competition show’s seventh season. [Vulture]
:: Jhene Aiko opened up about her recent no-show to her label Def Jam’s 30th anniversary concert. She told fans that a male worker “physically assaulted a member of my management (female) … we had to leave due to the disrespect and hostile environment.” [FADER]
:: British pop star Olly Murs groaned when he learned that Taylor Swift‘s “Out of the Woods” may be about ex-boyfriend Harry Styles. “Come on, let it go. Write something new that isn’t about Harry,” he said. [J-14]
:: Drake took a few warm-up shots with the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team during its preseason Big Blue Madness. Unfortunately, he air-balled. [Vulture]
:: Katy Perry wasn’t pleased to find out that Betty Crocker discontinued its Rainbow Chip frosting. She’s hardly alone – when the news first hit, tubs of it were selling for nearly $100 online. [Twitter]
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Iggy Azalea will include five new songs total in Reclassified, the forthcoming re-release of her debut The New Classic, according to Rap-Up. And based on their titles, the “Black Widow” star may spend her time defending her stance as one of this year’s biggest breakout stars, in both rap and on the Billboard Hot 100.
Azalea teams up with rising pop star Mø on a song called “Beg for It,” which they will premiere next week on Saturday Night Live. Recent collaborator Jennifer Hudson appears in a track called “Trouble,” while Ellie Goulding pops up in a song that isn’t called “Can I Say,” as previously reported, but “Heavy Crown.” Given the criticism and flak she has received from rap elders like Rah Digga and Snoop Dogg, such songs could make for bold statements.
Reclassified is out November 24. See its rumored tracklist below. More »
Congratulations are in order! Glee star Matthew Morrison married model Renee Puente on October 18 in Maui, Hawaii.
The longtime couple exchanged vows during an intimate ceremony of just 50 guests, held on a private estate in Kihei. Kiley Dean, R&B singer and Britney Spears‘ back-up vocalist, sang as Puente walked down the aisle. Later, the newlyweds themselves sang a duet version of “Starry Eyed/Video Games” by Nashville star Laura Benanti.
Morrison and Puente had been dating since 2011 and got engaged last summer. Friends Elton John and David Furnish had announced the news during this year’s White Tie and Tiara Ball in London, and to celebrate, John and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin serenaded the couple with a duet version of John’s pop standard “Your Song.” More »
Kesha filed a lawsuit earlier this week against longtime producer Dr. Luke, claiming that he “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused” her for a decade. But as BuzzFeed just discovered, a rare few weren’t shocked by the allegations. The news outlet discovered (and confirmed the authenticity) of several letters that the Warrior star wrote to devoted fans while staying at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center earlier this year.
All of her letters were written on coloring book pages. Some of them have the “Timber” singer calling out the super-producer by name. “Annie – yes, Dr. Luke has tortured me & my family … he did do what people know about + so much more terrible shit,” Kesha wrote in one letter – see it below. More »
Taylor Swift has been teasing song lyrics from her new album, 1989, over the past few days. Last night (October 18), however, she revealed something even bigger – a worldwide iTunes release. “Heads up! Something’s happening on @itunesmusic at around 11:59pm EST Monday night..,” she said on Twitter.
Swift posted two photos with her announcement, including one of her standing on a balcony with a view overlooking the Big Apple. This has led fans to believe that the “Out Of The Woods” star plans to release a song called “Welcome to New York,” which is reportedly co-written by OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder. (Swift has said that this rumored 1989 tracklist wasn’t accurate, save for how “Shake It Off” is listed as the sixth track.) See the announcement below. More »
Lana Del Rey cast a lingering spell over the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles last night (October 17) with the first of two surprise shows at the unusual venue. From the moment I walked through the wrought-iron gates and slowly made my way past headstones to the makeshift stage, I knew the diva’s depressing brand of indie-pop had found the perfect setting.
And the 29-year-old rose to the occasion. She casually strolled on stage looking like a ’60s beauty queen, with her Jackie O hairstyle and pretty floral dress, and kicked off the concert with Ultraviolence opener “Cruel World”. It was immediately apparent that Lana was in fine form vocally and seemed less disorientated than the last couple of times I’ve seen her perform. That song segued into Paradise EP cuts “Cola” and “Body Electric”.
Despite the quality of her new album, the Fader cover girl mostly stuck with the more familiar material from Born To Die. (Hearing the title track in the near vicinity of the dearly departed was genuinely touching). There was a smattering of new songs, however, and they all sounded great. Lana upped the tempo with a rollicking rendition “West Coast”, which got screams of approval, and enchanted with the most-slept-on single of 2014, “Ultraviolence”. More »
Gwen Stefani‘s comeback single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” has surfaced online ahead of its rumored October 19 premiere date. The song itself, the No Doubt ringleader and Voice coach‘s first new solo music since 2006′s The Sweet Escape, is just as surprising.
“Uh huh, here we go,” Stefani says, and to this rubbery bass line and hand claps – this club-ready setting suggesting a sequel to the Pharrell-produced smash “Hollaback Girl.” Instead, “Baby Don’t Lie” mellows out into a mid-tempo pop song. Throughout, Stefani hiccups through her lyrics (“But there’s something behind those eyes/those eyes/that you can’t, that you can’t disguise/disguise”) like Rihanna does in 2012′s Sia-written “Diamonds,” save for the Love.Angel.Music.Baby-ready sung-rap breakdown. Take a listen below. More »