After delays due to a certain someone‘s ongoing legal troubles/perpetual spiral of insufferable behavior, Ariana Grande and Chris Brown‘s “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” had been delayed. But not for too long, it seems. While Breezy is currently behind bars awaiting trial stemming from assault charges, his camp released a video preview of the duet.
The visual shows a backlit Breezy dancing to the song’s robo-pop beat, and the only vocals come in on the chorus, with Ariana and Chris singing, “Don’t be gone too long, tell me who’s gonna love me when you’re gone?”
Still no word on when the song will be released. Brown’s album X is scheduled for a May 5 release, but we’ll hold off until May 5 before making a final call on that. Check it out below. More »
Pharrell was just on SNL to kinda sing a pair of G I R L songs while a backing track did the heavy lifting, but he returned to Ellen Monday (April 14) to perform “Come Get It Bae,” and this time the live vocals were up in the mix and he proved he could hit that brittle falsetto.
Wearing the trademark hat and a goofy letter jacket, and flanked by a few female dancers on platforms, Skateboard P continued his reign of terror — we’re kidding, no matter how ubiquitous this guy is getting, it’s impossible to get bitter. He earned it after reshaping aughts pop, and, plus, he’s just so damn happy all the time.
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A second week of The Voice Playoffs started on Monday (April 14), in an evening filled with endless compliments from Usher, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Adam Levine, few critiques and a smattering of standout performances. Performing Monday night were five finalists from Team Shakira, five finalists from Team Adam, and the entire audience by way of off-rhythm clapping and aggressive arm waving.
While the audience impressed roughly no one, Teams Shakira and Adam earned high praises from the coaches – and some of these compliments were even deserved! Unfortunately, compliments can only take contestants so far in The Voice, so four out of the ten competitors would be packing up by the end of the evening. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Adam Lambert joins Katy Perry as the latest pop star to dye his hair green (above) – effectively rendering seapunk irrelevant or, as he says, “Green Hair Don’t Care.” Does he pull it off? [Popdust]
:: Pharrell has talked about his surprise hit “Happy” at length before, but he has yet to cry over its success as he did on Oprah Prime. “I don’t know why I’m crying!” he said, after host Oprah Winfrey played a clip of fans around the world dancing to the song. [Rap Radar]
:: Speaking of hits: Mac Miller debuted a few new songs at a April 12 concert in Pittsburgh, and one line stuck out to fans in particular. “I did it all without a Drake feature,” he rapped. Thoughts, Future? [MTV]
:: Jhene Aiko exacts revenge on a cheating love in her new “Comfort Inn Ending” video. She steals his jewelry and scratches his car with keys before she sets fire to it all, making for a compelling follow-up to “The Worst” while proving she can hold her own, with or without Drizzy. [Rap Radar]
:: Justin Bieber skipped the latest hearing for a high-profile incident in December 2013. Bieber is charged with assaulting a limo driver after leaving a Toronto nightclub. [Billboard]
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Wiz Khalifa has premiered the video for the hollering “We Dem Boyz,” off his forthcoming album Blacc Hollywood. And you will NEVER guess what he is doing when he’s first shown on screen. From there, starting out in his bedroom, the visual follows him through the neighborhood as he smokes, strolls, ogles and shoots a jumper (you think it went in?) in a long single-take shot. (Props to director Ethan Lader.)
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For her sixth album Food, “Jerk Ribs” singer/culinary school grad Kelis turned to Dave Sitek for guidance on the production end. And like CSS did with their 2013 LP Planta, Kelis spent time recording the record at Sitek’s house in Los Angeles. The result is a trek through indie-soul territory, which we’ve already gotten a, um, taste for with previously released tracks like “Rumble.”
Now you can whet your appetite by hearing Food in full ahead of its release next week (on April 22), courtesy of a stream on NPR‘s site, as well as see the dates below for Kelis’ just-announced seven-date North American tour in support of the album. Bon appétit! More »
Three superstars unite for the superhero visuals of “It’s On Again” from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. The visual for the Alicia Keys track starts off with Kendrick Lamar barking his verse into a walkie talkie, setting the stage for some sort of rebel heist that’s going down. Keys is the ringleader, I suppose, motivating the troops or whatever, and the ubiquitous Pharrell mans the control room (fitting since he co-wrote and produced the song), for what ends up being an operation to turn the New York City skyline into a giant EQ visualizer. Wasn’t there a commercial that did this recently?
Also, what does this all have to do with Spidey? Who cares! Because he’s in the video, too, as is the film’s composer (and G I R L collaborator) Hans Zimmer.
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Lily Allen will dedicate her third LP Sheezus (out May 5) to Amy Winehouse. While Allen considered the late singer to be an acquaintance, she also found herself relating to the increased media attention that surrounded Winehouse. “She was not in a great place when we knew each other, so I don’t feel I knew Amy,” Allen said to The Telegraph. “I knew a version of Amy.”
Allen and Winehouse both released albums (Alright, Still and Back to Black, respectively) to critical acclaim in 2006. A few years later, Allen would claim that Winehouse “is very different to what people portray her as being,” compared to headlines of her high-profile drug abuse – “a very clever, intelligent, witty, funny person who can hold it together.” Allen continues to defend her to this day.
“What she had to deal with was 10 times anything I had to deal with,” Allen says. “She’d sold a hell of a lot more albums than me, and there was a lot more interest in her. There were people outside her home 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I know what that was like on a much smaller level, and I felt trapped.” More »
Even with her tour underway, one of two Coachella sets done and “West Coast” out, Lana Del Rey has somehow managed to keep the details of Ultraviolence under wraps. It’s no small feat for a major pop star these days — especially one who’s as prone to leaks as Lana is. A big reveal can’t be too far off, but to hold fans over until she drops another vague bombshell on Twitter or Instagram, we’ve combed through all the scraps of information that have been floating around for the past year or so and compiled a handy list of the eight things we know about Ultraviolence so far.
Head below for an idea of what we can expect from LDR’s highly anticipated new album. More »
Mary J. Blige delighted fans at Coachella when she joined Disclosure to perform her version of “F for You,” off the UK duo’s 2013 debut Settle. Blige was hardly the only guest during the set, as young critical darlings Alunageorge and Sam Smith popped up as well — but she inspired the loudest cheers of all, while belting her verses and jumping in stilettos (!) to keep the crowd hyped.
Blige approached Disclosure after the May release of Settle, a set that already sounded like a long-lost album from Tommy Boy‘s ’90s dance music roster. (Blige’s cameo only adds to that comparison.) “We said, ‘Sure, whatever you want,’” Disclosure’s Howard Lawrence said to Billboard. “She wanted to sing a new verse, so she sent us hundreds of vocals she thought might work. We sifted through them and had a great time.”
Watch Alunageorge and Blige crash Disclosure’s set after the jump. More »