U2 Apologize (Kind Of) For Surprise ‘Songs Of Innocence’ Release: Morning Mix

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:: Remember that horrible time when U2 added their new album, Songs Of Innocence, to our iCloud accounts? Well now they are finally apologizing…kind of. The band’s frontman, Bono, addressed the fiasco during a Facebook Q&A session: “Oops. I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard. There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.” [Pitchfork]

:: Tyga spoke with our friends over at Vibe magazine about his experience working with Kanye West on his forthcoming album, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty. The Young Money rapper stated, “He just told me to come to the studio one day and just gave me and Big Sean this long speech. He was just saying what it is, and what we need to do as young artists and how we just need to take control of this shit. We got the voice, and people follow what we do.” Read what else Tyga had to say here.

:: Erykah Badu took to the streets of New York City to…sing for money? The artist went to the infamous Times Square to see what it was like to perform for the passing tourists. She ended up making $3.60 at the end. [Pigeons & Planes]

:: Britney Spears‘ Las Vegas residency is making the destination city some major bank! The singer’s Planet Hollywood show revenue has boosted the city’s annual earnings by $20 million. That would explain why they extended her residency for two more years…[PopDust]

:: Ariana Grande will be making a return to acting, as she’ll be starring in the animated film UnderdogsGlee star Matthew MorrisonNicholas Hoult and Katie Holmes are also casted. It is set for an April 10, 2015 release. [MTV News]

:: Next year, a new documentary titled 808 plans to hit the silver screen. The project, which focuses on the instrument that helped to change music in the ’80s, will feature commentary from Pharrell, Diplo, David Guetta, Questlove and more. [Rolling Stone]

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Miriam Bryant’s “Dragon” Video Doesn’t Actually Feature One (But Is Still Well Worth A Watch)

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Scandipop Perfection

Miriam Bryant is one of those brilliant Scandinavian divas (there’s a flock of them) that have been threatening to break big for while now. The 23-year-old came close a couple of times — Zedd collaboration “Push Play” was, at one point, going to be the follow up to “Clarity” — but she might have more luck with heady electro-pop single “Dragon”.

The Swede dropped the video for her Game Of Thrones-evoking anthem today (October 15) but sadly there’s no dragon in sight. You see its shadow at the end but my dreams of seeing Miriam on the back of a flaming CGI beast were dashed. Oh well. There’s still a lot to love about the visual. For starters, the rising pop star runs through a field and looks really gorgeous. That’s enough, right? More »

Ariana Grande And The Weeknd’s “Love Me Harder” Gets A Country Club Martini Crew Remix: Listen

Ariana Grande has already landed two huge hits from sophomore set My Everything in the form of summer smash “Problem” and Zedd-assisted EDM excursion “Break Free”. It’s a pretty safe bet that she will make it three from three with mid-tempo synth anthem “Love Me Harder”. A duet with The Weeknd, the earworm has been singled out by most critics as the best song on her LP.

While it’s definitely more palatable than the album’s first two cuts, “Love Me Harder” still feels stuck in second gear to me. A new remix by the ever-reliable Country Club Martini Crew remedies that by transforming the cute bop into a raging club-banger without destroying the original’s sweet appeal. Listen to Brazilian DJ’s latest dance overhaul after the jump. More »

Melanie Martinez’s Trippy, Carnival-Themed “Carousel” Video Is A Wild Ride: Watch

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Hold On Tight

Melanie Martinez‘s dreamy/nightmarish pop anthem “Carousel” found a whole new audience when it was chosen to soundtrack previews of American Horror Story: Freak Show. The spellbinding ditty, which can be found on the 19-year-old’s excellent debut EP Dollhouse, has slowly been gaining ground on iTunes and now gets a suitably spooky video.

The striking visual finds our bow-wearing heroine enjoying the rides at a carnival. Melanie, who first came to fame on season three of The Voice, then meets a hottie and things get kind of weird. She starts floating like a balloon and ends up bound at the wrists on a carousel. The newcomer also blows neon-colored chunks. (The exact same thing happened to me at Six Flags). Watch up top. More »

Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels Explains The Poor Performance Of Mariah Carey’s ‘Elusive Chanteuse’ LP

The poor performance of Mariah Carey‘s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse album is one of 2014′s greatest mysteries. It’s arguably her best album since The Emancipation Of Mimi — a view supported by an avalanche of excellent reviews. So why didn’t it sell? Def Jam’s new CEO Steve Bartels was asked just that in a recent interview with Billboard and his answer is pretty simple.

“Sometimes an artist — and in the case of Mariah, an artist I’ve worked with for 10 years — makes an amazing album that just doesn’t connect with the audience,” the respected music exec explained. “Of course that is very disappointing, but it would be impossible to pinpoint that down to just one thing.” He then sang the iconic diva’s praises, saying: “I’ve enjoyed incredible success with Mariah and many of those hit songs and albums have made Billboard history. But this latest effort just didn’t go all the way.”

While that explanation certainly rings true, there were other factors at play. The continually-changing release date, botched surprise rollout, unflattering cover, confusing title, lack of a radio hit and bizarre promotion that found Mariah riding the subway around New York City certainly didn’t help. It’s also disappointing that we never got videos for potential hits “Thirsty” or “You Don’t Know What To Do”. Let’s hope everything falls into place next time because I really miss hearing Mimi on the radio. More »

Snoop Dogg Apologizes To Iggy Azalea After Speaking To T.I. On The Phone: Watch The Video

Snoop Dogg‘s beef with Iggy Azalea is officially over. The rap veteran uploaded an Instagram video this afternoon (October 15) after speaking with T.I. (the “Fancy” hitmaker’s mentor) on the phone. He apologizes in the black-and-white clip but seems more concerned about disrespecting Tip than expressing regret for calling the femcee “a cunt” (among other things).

“I just got off the phone with my homeboy Tip,” Snoop begins the video before declaring that the beef is over. “No more bad talk, I apologize.” He then gets a little more personal, saying: “Iggy, I apologize, I won’t do it again.” The fight started over the weekend when the “Gin And Juice” rapper posted a picture of a male albino labelled ‘Iggy Azalea make-up free face’. Things just got uglier from there when the femcee retaliated. See his apology after the jump. More »

Ibrawlator: Which Pop Diva Will Have The Best Album At The End Of 2014?

Sure, 2014 hasn’t exactly been the biggest year for pop diva record releases, no doubt because of the deluge of albums that dropped last year, from the likes of Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga — just about everyone, really!

Not that there’s a complete shortage this year, however: In fact, there are a bunch of releases that we can’t wait to hear. What are some of the most anticipated records on our radar right now?

It’s down to “Shake It Off” songstress Taylor Swift‘s 1989, “Anaconda” diva Nicki Minaj‘s The Pink Print, “Crazy Stupid Love” pop princess Cheryl‘s Only Human and “London Queen” Charli XCX‘s highly anticipated Sucker. But we want to know: Which one are you most excited to hear? Vote for the record of your choice after the jump. More »

Broods Perform A Brilliant 1 Mic, 1 Take Live Version Of Breakthrough Hit “Bridges”: Idolator Premiere

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Go Up In Flames

Broods is the latest act to take part in Capitol Records’ 1 Mic, 1 Take video series, which challenges an artist to deliver a stripped-back, acoustic performance of a recent hit. Georgia Nott (brother Caleb remains off camera) more than rises to the occasion with an exquisite interpretation of breakthrough hit “Bridges” — transforming the already melancholy pop song into a wonderfully miserable ballad.

The performance puts the focus squarely on the Kiwi’s expressive voice and the quality of the duo’s songwriting, which should give you a whole new appreciation for New Zealand’s latest pop export. The talented siblings recently released their debut LP Evergreen, which has been met with near universal praise. Watch Broods’ awesome take on “Bridges” up top. More »

Of Course Azealia Banks Found A Way To Get Involved In Iggy Azalea And Snoop Dogg’s Beef

Azealia Banks is an authority on Twitter beefs, so it’s no surprise that she gave her two cents on Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg‘s very public falling out. (To recap, the veteran rapper posted offensive memes of the Australian diva and then branded her “a cunt” when she called him out). Instead of showing some solidarity to a fellow woman/femcee, the queen of SoundCloud just stirred the pot.

“Where was the white media when T.I threatened to push me down the stairs though?” she tweeted in reference to her beef with T.I. (A.K.A. Iggy’s mentor). “And why isn’t t.i jumping down snoops throat? But will jump at a chance to say anything to me?” It could have something to do with the fact that Azealia threw the first punch by calling Tip’s wife ugly, which was actually pleasant compared to the remarks she made about Lily Allen‘s children.

Azealia’s conclusion? “Snoop is fucking hilarious.” So much for girl power. See her Twitter commentary after the jump. More »

Gwen Stefani’s New Single “Baby Don’t Lie” To Premiere This Sunday?

Now, folks, like most rumors you hear, we want you to take this with a grain of salt. Because the last thing we want to do is cause some easily-excitable Gwen Stefani stan to fall into a fit of hyperventilation and scream-crying. But, as Twitter chatter (and, um, this) would have it, the Voice Season 7 blonde might be dropping her new single “Baby Don’t Lie” this Sunday.

It’s been nearly a full month since word first came that Gwen’s new single would be out in October. In fact, the Internet was shrieking back then that Interscope’s radio-listing site PlayIGA.com accidentally posted the title of Stefani’s upcoming single, as well as its premiere date of October 6. More »