RoccStar is one of the hottest producers in the game right now — not to mention an aspiring artist in his own right — with placements on Chris Brown‘s X and Jennifer Lopez‘s A.K.A.. I recently interviewed the hitmaker (coming soon) about those projects and his work on Beyonce‘s game-changing visual album. He spent a week with Queen Bey and cooked up two killer tunes but they weren’t used when she veered towards a different sound.
“I was there for like 7 days with Bey,” RoccStar remembers. “[They went with] a lot of DJ Mustard type stuff, with ‘Drunk In Love’ and ‘Partition’. I’m more on the left side of things, so I don’t think I was a good fit for that project because the records I had were maybe a little too futuristic and a little too advanced.”
“I think she wanted to swing with what was happening right now,” he continues. “I respect that, I mean Beyonce is amazing. So I don’t care what decision she makes! There were two songs that were crazy, ‘Turn It On’ and ‘Legends’ but they didn’t make it on the project.” The “Confidence” rapper later played me a snippet of the former club-banger and it sounded incredible with one of Bey’s best vocals and bone-rattling beats. Hopefully both tracks find a home with other artists eventually. More »
Beyonce and Jay Z‘s inescapable smash, “Drunk In Love,” has quickly become the ultimate turn-up anthem for partygoers worldwide. But now the hit gets stripped of its club-ready roots and transforms to a reggae-inspired groove – thanks to ESTA.
The San Diego-based producer spins the tune into a tropical mid-tempo, featuring bouncy percussion, swooping horns and staccatto guitar flicks. The result is a song that is perfectly suitable for the beach, where Beyonce and Jay Z frequently spent their summer months. Take a listen to ESTA.’s “Drunk In Love” remix below. More »
Beyonce famously passed on Meghan Trainor‘s chart-topping hit “All About That Bass” but she might have a second chance at ass-referencing pop glory. The Hive took a breather from dragging their queen’s questionable bangs when rumors started swirling that Bey had recorded a new song called “Donk”. Which, to quote Urban Dictionary, is slang for: “a very round, attractive ghetto style booty.”
Is there anything to support the existence of “Donk”? Well, a fan-site produced a screengrab (it could just be a PhotoShop special) of the song’s ASCAP registration. Beyonce, The-Dream and Pharrell Williams are credited as songwriters. It all sounds too good to be true but there are persistent whispers of a four-disc platinum edition of her visual album being released in November. Peep the alleged ASCAP entry after the jump. More »
Beyonce‘s Hive is the rowdiest fan army to ever roam the lawless plains of cyberspace. While generally good-natured and friendly folk, the ever-watchful guardians of Bey’s throne will murder your Twitter timeline, Instagram feed and Facebook wall if you dare come for the Queen. There is no escape from their fury, reach and peerless ability to clock a bitch.
While the game-changing diva is generally spared their wrath even during times of extreme beyhydration (ie. most of 2013), there is one exception. Bad wigs will not be tolerated. And it seems the hair piece Beyonce has been rocking in Paris and now London qualifies. See the Hive’s hilarious tweets about the “Partition” diva’s extremely short bangs after the jump. More »
‘Tis the season…for music award show nominations to start rolling in, of course.
After Iggy Azalea led the way with the American Music Award nominations announced earlier this morning, it came down to Ebola conspiracy theorist Chris Brown, Beyoncé and the ever-present Pharrell to pave the road with the most nominations at this year’s Soul Train Awards.
Aside from the usual suspects of pop’s biggest heavyweights, including Drake, John Legend and the King Of Pop himself Michael Jackson, this year’s Wendy Williams-hosted ceremony (airing on November 30) also honors several of our favorite Popping Up acts for the Best New Artist category, including “Am I Wrong” duo Nico & Vinz, Sevyn Streeter and Jhene Aiko. Check out all the nominations after the jump. More »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers. We did it. We made it through yet another week of pop!
There’ve been some major releases along the way — from Tinashe‘s Aquarius to Betty Who‘s Take Me When You Go, to Gorgon City‘s Sirens — along with some major premieres. Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj gave us the official “***Flawless” remix performance, Marina And The Diamonds debuted her “Froot” and a newly slimmed down Take That returned with “These Days.”
Over ’round these parts, we interviewed the fantastic Molly Lambert and premiered the Giorgio Moroder remix of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s Cheek To Cheek jam, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” Naturally, all of the above (and more!) got our readers talking.
Check out some of the week’s best comments after the jump. More »
Cheryl Cole may not have many cares to give in the world as of late, but the UK singer is now showing off her vulnerable side. She uploaded a video on her official Youtube page yesterday (October 9) with a performance of her singing a mash-up of TLC and Beyonce. The choice of songs? “Unpretty” and “Pretty Hurts,” naturally.
Filmed in a rehearsal studio, the black + white visual finds her stripping down the tracks and performing them acoustically. Meshing “Unpretty” and “Pretty Hurts” is a genius move, but the former Girls Aloud member doesn’t quite showcase their powerfully emotive tones.
Cole’s upcoming fourth studio LP, Only Human, is set for a November 10 release – with “Crazy Stupid Love” and “I Don’t Care” serving as the first two singles. More »
Sam Smith is a loud and proud member of The Hive but he’s shied away from covering any of Beyonce‘s hits until now. The British crooner delighted fans at a radio event in Nashville by starting an impromptu sing-a-long to Queen Bey’s internet-conquering “***Flawless”. The “Stay With Me” hitmaker even threw in a little of the choreography!
And what does Sam’s version sound like? Well, it was recorded on a cell phone, so the audio quality is very low and it’s hard to hear his voice over the crowd. I think he needs to give “***Flawless” the same treatment he gave Whitney Houston‘s “How Will I Know”. The Brit obviously knows his way around a diva anthem and it would be interesting to hear the feminist banger from a male perspective. Get a taste after the jump. More »
Nicki Minaj went topless for “Pills N Potions” before conquering YouTube with her ass-tastic “Anaconda” video. When you throw her raunchy Instagram antics into the mix, it’s fair to say the rap diva spent a considerable chunk of 2014 (semi-)naked. That makes her chic L’Uomo Vogue spread something of a surprise. Sure, the 31-year-old shows plenty of cleavage but her famous curves are largely hidden by a series of fashionable suits.
The femcee also shows a different, more vulnerable side in the accompanying interview. For starters, Nicki reveals she had a panic attack after performing “***Flawless” in Paris with Beyonce. “I was flying in a private jet, tired from the performance and the jetlag, but instead of sleeping, I worried about all of the deadlines waiting for me in Los Angeles,” she admits. “I got really scared – I had a sort of panic attack”.
However, the frightening experience did have one positive side-effect. “Seeing Beyonce with her daughter and husband was so tender,” Nicki says. “It showed me that it is possible to be an animal on stage and a caring mother at the same time.” Peruse the hitmaker’s stylish L’Uomo Vogue shoot above. More »