While we wait patiently for the release of Ashanti‘s much-delayed Braveheart album and the inevitable chart slayage that will follow, the lovely R&B diva has mercifully dropped a seasonal EP to quench our thirst for new material. A Wonderful Christmas With Ashanti is a perky five-song set that positively exudes festivity.
Featuring tracks from a new Lifetime movie called Christmas In The City (it premieres December 7), the EP is the “I Got It” singer’s second seasonal offering. Ashanti’s Christmas reached number 160 way back in 2003, so new Yuletide fare was long overdue. See the tracklist and listen to EP highlight “Christmas Love” after the jump. More »
Tamar Braxton‘s emotional “All The Way Home” video is a family affair. For starters, real life husband Vince Herbert plays the R&B diva’s lover and I imagine her mansion is every bit as glamorous and tastefully decorated as the one featured in the clip.
There isn’t much of a narrative to speak of. Scenes of Tamar looking flawless are intercut with footage of a red Rolls Royce on the freeway. It’s a simple but effective visual that excels at conveying regret and longing — making it a perfect fit for the Sevyn Streeter-penned gem. Watch up top. More »
Did somebody say drama? In a just-unveiled extra scene from One Direction‘s This Is Us documentary, two of the band’s most beloved members (well, they’re all beloved) reveal that while they may be good friends now, it wasn’t always that way.
Apparently, when the group first got their start on The X Factor, vocalists Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson butted heads — due to Liam’s responsible nature and Louis’ prank-happy tendencies. As Liam explains: “Me and Louis did not get on at all. We were two completely different characters. He was really loud and bubbly. I think there was one point where I literally wanted to whack him.” More »
Luke James reached a whole new audience as the opening act for much of Beyonce‘s blockbuster The Mrs. Carter Show world tour. The crooner’s passionate performances made him a crowd favorite and his Grammy-nominated vocal chops are undeniable, so expectations are understandably high for new single “Strawberry Vapors”.
The slick alt-R&B ballad documents the ever-dangerous act of getting high on love. It’s smooth, subtle and suitably intoxicating — much like the classy video which finds Luke chasing his lady through a deserted forest. There’s also some colorful smoke and the singer randomly starts floating at one point, so stay tuned for that! Watch up top. More »
Afrojack has been spinning a remix of Miley Cyrus‘ chart-conquering “Wrecking Ball” in clubs for months, and while various bootlegs and edits have made their way online, the full seven minute mix has been a closely guarded secret. That is until today (December 4) when the Dutch DJ uploaded it to his SoundCloud.
It goes without saying that this is an absolute monster remix. A pretty piano introduction gives way to furious electro-house beats and a male voice (or digitally altered Miley) shouting “I came in like a!” before the BPM subsides for the serial twerker’s sublime vocal. Listen to Afrojack’s epic dance overhaul after the jump. More »
Britney Jean might be Britney Spears most personal album but it unlikely to be her best-selling one. The opus is predicted to miss the top spot on the Billboard Hot 200 next week — making it her first LP to debut lower than number one since Blackout, which reached number two in 2007.
According to sales predictions, 115,000 – 120,000 copies of Britney Jean will be snapped up by fans this week. Not bad considering the lack of promotion and underperforming singles but still not enough to stop Garth Brooks leaping from number three to number one with Blame It All On My Roots — a two CD/six DVD box set available only at Walmart. (He is predicted to sell 150,000 copies). More »
While One Direction score their biggest album yet in America with Midnight Memories, another British troupe of tousle-headed young lads is making a splash back on the other side of the pond — and the buzz is getting louder. The Vamps, a new four-piece of apple-cheeked teens, already notched a #1 hit in the UK with their first single, the Bruno Mars-penned “Can We Dance,” but their second single, “Wild Heart,” is even better: A rollicking, Mumford-esque dance-rock gem with storming production and a thrilling, euphoric chorus.
There’s shades of “Story Of My Life,” here, but it’s bigger than that — a chorus that all but demands you sing along to it. More »
Christmas without Mariah Carey would be like Thanksgiving without turkey. Thankfully, Saint Nick’s spirit animal takes her duties seriously and officially kicked off the festive season last night (December 3) with a performance at Rockefeller Center’s 81st annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Mimi belted out a holiday medley in two suitably glamorous ensembles. There was a body-hugging red dress, which she teamed with long black gloves, and a gem-studded, sparkly white gown. It goes without saying that Mariah looked absolutely divine. Her performance will be aired on NBC tonight. More »
Everytime (Britney spelling!) A Great Big World perform their surprise hit ballad “Say Something” live, it’s an angelic feather in Christina Aguilera‘s wig. The world at large stumbled upon the song when the duo hit up The Voice last month and staged a moving rendition of the duet with coach Aguilera on national television. “Say Something,” originally released nearly a year ago sans the pipes of Xtina, suddenly shot up iTunes and earned all involved an invitation to perform the track live at the American Music Awards. The results of that event are now in: “Say Something” has moved into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Yes, while such odes to shot-taking and boinking as “Not Myself Tonight” and “Your Body” have failed to garner Christina much chart success in recent years, the throaty Mouseketeer has carved out quite a niche as The Go-To Features Diva — something underscored by the fact that her last three Top 10 hits have come courtesy of cameos on Maroon 5‘s “Moves Like Jagger” (#1 in 2011), Pitbull‘s “Feel This Moment” (#8 in 2013) and now A Great Big World’s “Say Something” (#10, so far, in 2013). More »
Well! Feeling celebratory? Feeling festive? Feeling fine? Good: Celebrity DJ (just go with it) DJ Cassidy has unveiled the first single from his as-yet-untitled upcoming LP, “Calling All Hearts,” featuring certifiable talents Jessie J and Robin Thicke. The trio are set to head out on tour together next February in a fifteen-city national tour, and Cassidy’s track ties the three talents together nicely.
“Calling All Hearts” is a sparkly, retro-flair confection with powerhouse vocals (wailing, really) from Jessie and typically smooth crooning from Thicke; unsurprisingly, they sound velvety-smooth together. More »