Posts tagged "Beyonce"

Rita Ora Covers Coldplay’s “Magic” & Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love”: Watch

Rita Ora surprised BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend crowd by covering Beyonce‘s “Drunk In Love.”

By doing so, she joins the ranks of Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, Kesha and, best of all, this saxophonist. But she also found a way to distinguish her cover from the rest, by prefacing it with a bit of Coldplay‘s “Magic,” off of their new album Ghost Stories. She also shouted out the band, who headlined the festival the night before.

“Did you catch this performance last night? You liked them, right?” Ora said. “This is one of my favorite songs from there.” Then, while backed by a small band, she seamlessly transitioned from one song to another, with her backup vocalists alternating between the two before a snap beat kicked “Drunk In Love” into full gear. Watch the cover below. More »

Whatcha Say: Nicki Minaj, Michael Jackson And Richard Marx Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! We hope you’re all about to enjoy a nice long weekend away. As always, there was much to talk about in this week of pop.

We kicked off with a bang on Sunday with the Billboard Music Awards, featuring performances from the likes of everyone from Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez to Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande. Plus, Mariah Carey, Robyn & Royksopp and Cher Lloyd ALL debuted the full streams for their long awaited albums.

Whips and chains evidently excite pop divas Madonna and Katy Perry, who tag-teamed on the surprise cover of V Magazine this week. Lea Michele got sultry in the video for “On My Way.” Michelle Williams got us holy twerking with Kelly, Solange and Beyonce on “Say Yes.” And the winners were officially crowned this week on both The Voice Season 6 and American Idol Season 13!

Right here on Idolator, we had the pleasure of debuting Richard Marx‘s stunning comeback track “Whatever We Started.” Our monthly Magazine Melee is in full swing between Beyonce, Rihanna, Lily Allen, Madonna and Katy Perry and Solange. (Have you voted yet?) Plus, we launched a giveaway for tickets to The Thank You Festival in DC. As always, you guys had plenty to say. Read the week’s best comments below! More »

Michelle Williams Looks Simply Divine On The Heavenly Cover Of “Say Yes”, Sets Release Date

Michelle Williams‘ future smash “Say Yes” (featuring the vocal talents of Beyonce and Kelly Rowland) now has an official cover and release date. The much-discussed Destiny’s Child reunion is now available to pre-order ahead of its June 2 arrival. You can also preview a minute and a half of the mixed and mastered track, which sounds considerably better than the already awesome unfinished leak.

Produced by Harmony Samuels, “Say Yes” is the third single from Michelle’s long-awaited Journey To Freedom LP. It is based on a popular Nigerian hymn but has major pop appeal. Like “If We Had Your Eyes” and “Fire”, the DC diva’s latest is equally appropriate for church or the club. Which is an incredible achievement in and of itself. As for the cover, the Jesus Christ Superstar actress has never looked more sumptuous or blessed. More »

John Mayer’s Cover Of Beyonce’s “XO” Gets A Studio Version: Listen

John Mayer last month unveiled a stripped-back cover of Beyonce‘s “XO” during his Australian tour, and now the permanently sensitive singer has posted the studio version. As with the live version, he’s on the harmonica and guitar to start, but this finished take also adds a piano to the mix to drive things home.

Even with Bey’s chest-beating declarations excised from the track, the song still packs an emotional punch, which is a testament to the writing job by Ryan Tedder, The-Dream and Bey.

Hear Mayer’s interpretation below. More »

Someone Mashed Beyonce’s “Partition” With Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” And It Sounds Amazing: Listen

Why couldn’t this be official? Somebody had the good sense to mash Beyonce‘s transport-altering “Partition” with lashings of Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy” rap. It should be a complete trainwreck but the tracks/divas combine effortlessly and the uptempo remix breathes new life into Mrs. Carter’s slinky club-banger. If this doesn’t make you drop it low, you probably have arthritis.

The epic mash-up is proof that the ladies need to hit the studio together. Iggy opened The Mrs. Carter Show for Bey in Australia, so they are well acquainted and fans of each other’s material. The rap queen even thanked Third Ward Trill in her album booklet. Anyway, clear some room to dance and draw the curtains. The ratchet floorfiller of your dreams is waiting after the jump. More »

Michelle Williams Reveals “Say Yes” Producer, Beyonce Snapped On Set & A Live Performance

Michelle Williams killed off that tiresome #PoorMichelle meme once and for all yesterday (May 21) when new single “Say Yes” surfaced online. Not only does the catchy toe-tapper feature Beyonce and Kelly Rowland (and thus reunite Destiny’s Child), it also expertly bridges the gap between gospel and popular music. This could be the first song of praise to crossover since Mary Mary‘s “Shackles (Praise You)” in 2000.

After keeping mum about the leak, Michelle jumped on her awesome Twitter and thanked fans for their support but explained that the version being shared online is unmixed and unmastered. She also revealed that “Say Yes” was produced by Harmony Samuels (the man behind Ariana Grande‘s “The Way”) and is based on a popular Nigerian hymn. See the DC diva’s tweets after the jump as well as a pic of Beyonce arriving at the video shoot and an awesome solo performance of the song from late 2013. More »

Destiny’s Child Reunites On Michelle Williams’ Gospel Club-Banger “Say Yes”: Listen

That Michelle Williams reign just won’t let up! Fresh from announcing her starring role in the revival of hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar and signing on to host a choir-fixing reality TV show, the gospel great has single-handedly saved popular music by organizing a Destiny’s Child reunion on her latest single “Say Yes”.

Quite possibly the first twerk-inducing song of praise, “Say Yes” is an infectious gospel club-banger starring Michelle with a little help from sisters Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. (You might have heard of them?) This is so much fun. The percussion-filled production is an invitation to the dance floor, those harmonies remain unrivaled and the chorus is a monster. Trust me, “when Jesus say yes nobody can say no!” will be stuck in your head after the first listen.

But that’s not all. Destiny’s Child will reunite in the imminent “Say Yes” video. This will be the first time the three ladies have filmed a music video for their own music since 2005 charity single “Stand Up For Love”. (The trio previously reunited in Beyonce’s “Superpower” visual but Michelle and Kelly didn’t contribute to the song). Check out the booty-shaking club anthem/gospel hymn after the jump. More »

Magazine Melee: Which Pop Princess Has The Best June 2014 Cover?

Magazine Melee: June 2014
Each month, we take a look at our favorite pop stars gracing the glossy covers of fashion, health, music and lifestyle magazines across the world and ask you to choose the best cover!

Now that the sunny season is finally upon us, our favorite pop princesses are gracing the glossy pages with their brightest, most daring looks for summer.

Queen of Pop Madonna and pop princess Katy Perry are teaming up for a provocative, S&M-inspired high fashion look for V. Beyoncé is looking appropriately stoic on her “Diva”-sized cover, while Rihanna goes into seductress mode for her “Rebel” cover — both of which are part of Ebony‘s 4-cover Black Music Month special. Meanwhile, Bey’s sis Solange keeps it cute and colorful on the cover of ASOS. As for Sheezus herself, Lily Allen? She’s the rebel of the bunch (of course!), smashing a mic stand to smithereens for Q.

Check out the upcoming covers below, and then place your vote for your favorite of the month! More »

Beyonce And Jay Z Fans Are Petitioning For A Full ‘Run’ Movie: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Beyonce and Jay Z pulled another rabbit out of their hat when they dropped their Run mini-movie on Saturday night (May 17) but annoyed fans with the ‘coming never’ ending. So much so that thousands have signed a petition for a full-length movie. [MTV]

:: It’s hard not to translate this as a dig at Britney Spears. Mother Monster has blasted fellow pop stars for miming. “I think if you pay money for a ticket to see a show, the artist should fucking have some pipes and sing their records for you,” Lady Gaga told Extra. [Gossip Cop]

:: Pitbull is suing an alcohol company for branding their vodka cocktail the ‘Pit Bull’. The (admittedly delicious sounding) beverage contains New Amsterdam vodka, lime juice, grapefruit juice and lemon/lime soda. [Digital Spy]

:: Now this is just gross. Ricky Martin was reminiscing about crazy fan behavior during his early ’00s hey day and recalled when a fan threw a used tampon at him during a concert. I hope he threw it back. [Gossip Cop]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Beyonce Continues Damage Control By Posting Pics Of Jay Z And Solange On Tumblr: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Beyonce isn’t exactly subtle when it comes to damage control in the wake of Jay Z and Solange‘s elevator brawl. The game-changing diva has been flooding her Instagram feed and Tumblr account with happy family snaps. [MissInfo.TV]

:: VH1 invited singer/songwriter Linda Perry to live tweet for them during the Billboard Music Awards and she didn’t hold back — expressing her boredom with and contempt for the current state of pop music. [Twitter]

:: Jennifer Lopez will release her first book in October. True Love details the diva’s experiences as a new mother and the various phases of her iconic career. No doubt, J.Lo will soon add best-selling author to her CV! [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: This is pretty scary. 29 fans were hospitalized for drug and alcohol-related illnesses at a recent Avicii concert in Toronto. The Swedish DJ likes to turn arenas into a giant rave but it seems some concertgoers took things too far. [Billboard]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »