Iggy Azalea‘s Rita Ora collaboration, “Black Widow,” has hit the Web a few days before the April 22 release of The New Classic, and the first thing that jumped out at us? It sounds an awful lot like “Dark Horse!” Turns out that’s because it was co-written by none other than Katy Perry. The potential single has a similarly snappy, sparse trap beat and the refrain (which is presumably the part KP wrote) follows that song’s formula of a slow-build chorus that never quite bursts.
You know that phenomenon where a guest outraps the song’s primary MC? That’s sort of the case here, with Ora bodying the hook and outshining Iggy’s snarling, bitter verses — even that triple time bit. Hear the song below. More »
This Twitter exchange between Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea would lead one to believe that the ladies are collaborating on something that’s about to drop very soon. But while that’s all up for speculation, we do know a few concrete details: Grande’s new single is called “Problem,” and now she’s confirmed, via a tweet, that she’ll perform the song live at the Radio Disney Music Awards, on April 27. Following that, Ariana tweeted that “Problem” will be made available on iTunes at midnight the same night.
Grande stands to win at the Radio Disney blowout in the Breakout Artist Of The Year and Most Talked About Artist categories. (I know — such a shame she missed out on a nod for Best Song To Rock Out To With Your BFF, because #legitcredibility.) Other confirmed performers set to hit the stage include Becky G, Fifth Harmony and Austin Mahone.
Will Iggy make a surprise cameo during Ariana’s shining moment? Dare to dream, dear Disney kiddies. Until then, check out Grande’s Twitter updates on “Problem” below. More »
Listen up, all you bad boys and girls: Lana Del Rey has just released a sparkling new single out into the world called “West Coast,” the first offering from her still-pretty-mysterious upcoming record, Ultraviolence. (That being said, here’s what we do know about Lana’s new album!)
Now that we’ve had a chance to cruise up and down the coast listening to Lana’s latest jam, we got to thinking: Which Lana Del Rey lead single takes the crown? Is it “West Coast”? What about her cinematic Paradise opener, “Ride”? Or, what about “Video Games,” the song that started it all with Born To Die?
That’s where we turn it over to you to decide. Head below to place your vote! More »
From 1999′s “How To Rob” to his ongoing tiff with Rick Ross, 50 Cent has made (and in the case of Ja Rule, ended) a career out of beefing. In fact, there’s a whole Wikipedia page dedicated to 50 Cent Feuds. But the further and further he gets from musical relevance, the more it seems to be desperation. The latest peer to come into Fif’s beef radar is his on-again/off-again target Diddy/Puff Daddy, whose comeback single “Big Homie” was deemed “garbage” by 50 in a recent interview with Baltimore’s 92 Q Jams.
While discussing the expiration dates of rappers, Fif complimented Jay Z and Diddy on their business acumen (a realm where 50 Cent has focused most of his efforts in recent years), but called out Diddy when it came to the new collab with Rozay and French Montana. “Puff’s still out there. He don’t even need a record. ‘Cause he don’t got one. Like, you know Puffy ain’t got no music that you wanna hear,” he said. “That ‘Big Homie’ shit is garbage. I’m gonna keep it all the way real with you.” More »
Are people still traipsing out each summer to attend the annual American Idol tour? Anyone? If so, this news should please that crowd: Season 13′s top ten finalists — that would be C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf — will head out on the road for a 41-date trek that kicks off June 24th in Binghamton, New York and winds down in Redmond, Washington two months later, on August 23.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that for every concert ticket purchased, a dollar will be donated to the Melanoma Research Alliance. True, you may forget all these kids’ names by September, but at least you can hit up the show and feel like some of your cash went to a good cause.
Full list of tour stops below. More »
Way before “Pompeii” was a Top 10 hit on either side of the pond, UK pop-rockers Bastille released the title track from their Bad Blood album as a single. It didn’t really do much in the way of blowing the band up, as it’s got a far darker aesthetic than the more accessible and cheery ’80s throwback “Pompeii.”
But now it’s time for Dan Smith & Co. to strike out with a follow-up in America, and, really, “Bad Blood” truly deserves a second shot. (Actually, in my book, the guys’ Snap!/Corona mashup “Of The Night” should have been a #1 smash, but I digress.) Above you’ll find Bastille fresh off the first weekend of Coachella, performing “Bad Blood” on Conan. And below is a web extra of the group doing “Flaws” on the show. More »
Drake is being sued for some $300K for using a sample of jazz musician Jimmy Smith on Nothing Was The Same track “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2,” according to TMZ. Before the beat drops in on the seven-minute double track, there’s a 35-second spoken word intro from the 1982 track “Jimmy Smith Rap” — and the interesting thing is that the liner notes for Drake’s album indicate the snippet was licensed (“Featuring samples of the Jimmy Smith recording ‘Jimmy Smith Rap’ produced under license from Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.”).
But Smith’s estate claims that not only was Drake never given permission to use the content, but that his camp never even asked. So it’s either blatant stealing or just a case of wires getting crossed at the labels’ legal departments. Either way, the estate is suing Drake and Cash Money for over $300,000. Hear the Drake track in question below. More »
This is why we can’t have nice things. Or, everything is embarrassing, you might say. Sky Ferreira released her thoroughly badass “I Blame Myself” video yesterday, and within about two seconds it was being labeled by some viewers as “racist.” The main issue is that the visual finds the (very) white Ferreira in the role of gang leader/dance commander in Compton, and save for a couple stray characters like a cop, the actors are not white, including her cadre of black backup dancers.
So, like Miley Cyrus and Lily Allen before her, Ferreira was accused of using non-white performers as props (on a related note: she’s the only female in the vid, so does that mean she’s using males as props and thus is SEXIST TOO?). And like those stars before her, Ferreira responded by saying the roles were filled based on who had the most talent, regardless of skin color.
But the critiques didn’t stop, so she didn’t stop with that simple explanation. Sky took to Facebook last night (April 16) to fully defend the video, highlighting her family makeup and upbringing, and absolutely laying into those who cried racism in the process. “Stop trying to search for something that isn’t there… My brother is half black. My cousins are black. My family is Latina & Native American. Some of my family is in the video. I wasn’t raised in a ‘white’ household,” she wrote. “Should I consciously only cast white dancers from now on?… Please do research before you make such shitty accusations about people.”
Read her whole rebuttal below, it’s worth it. More »
Courtney Love was enjoying a rare wave of good will following Nirvana‘s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony where she was booed by a bunch of lunkheads and buried the hatchet with Dave Grohl. But fear not, Love is hoping to right the ship and get back to pissing everyone off. First, video surfaced of the Hole front woman questioning Bruce Springsteen‘s rock bona fides because “saxophones don’t belong in rock ‘n roll.” And now she’ll likely feel the wrath of the Little Monsters after indicating she’s somewhat responsible for Lady Gaga‘s art awakening, saying she served as Gaga’s facilitator into the art world.
“I’m friendly with [Lady Gaga]. She started hanging out with a lot of my art friends and I think it influenced her and that’s great but it doesn’t necessarily translate for the masses,” she told Britain’s Gay Times. “She tried to take it on and sort of acclimate it into pop.” More »
From U2 to The Cranberries, Ireland has a long history of producing great bands. The latest act to add to that impressive list is Dublin-based quartet Kodaline. They broke big in Europe last year with critically acclaimed debut LP In A Perfect World and landed a string of radio hits with emotional rock anthems like “High Hopes” and “Love Like This”.
The band was recently stateside to promote new single “All I Want” and dropped by the Idolator studio for a quick chat between gigs. The guys opened up about their wackiest tour experiences, talked about those flattering comparisons to Coldplay and waxed lyrical about the state of American beer. (In short, they think our Guinness stinks). Watch up top. More »