Send Frank Ocean‘s new cover of “At Your Best (You Are Love)” to someone you love, immediately. The reclusive R&B singer sounds raw and vulnerable, perhaps more so than in his most revealing moments in his 2012 album channel ORANGE, as he sings the majority of the 1976 Isley Brothers song in his arresting falsetto. He sings as if he’s taking lead vocalist Ron Isley‘s loving sentiments to heart.
Exactly why Ocean released this cover, it’s tough to say. Some figure that the song makes for a fitting tribute to Aaliyah, who would have turned 36 on January 16 and popularized “At Your Best (You Are Love)” with her own cover in her 1994 debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.
Of course, Ocean has also said before that he wrapped his sophomore album. Up until today, all he’s shown for it is one lo-fi recording, reportedly titled “Memrise.” Toward the end of his Isley Brothers cover, though, Ocean cues up what sounds like part of a brand new song — a sign, we hope, that he’ll come out of hiding soon enough.
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What did pop stars do for a little harmless publicity before posting nudes on Instagram became an option? I guess they actually had to go out and perform their songs in front of real people. It must have been exhausting! While showing your nipples or butt is the hot trend on social media right now (think of all the likes and new followers!), many pop stars still prefer the good, old shirtless selfie.
It seems like every dude with a record deal stripped off for Insta in 2014. The usual suspects (Justin Bieber and Austin Mahone) were well accounted for, as were boy band members. The guys from 5 Seconds Of Summer and One Direction struggled to keep their shirts on, while British trio Union J took it a step further by losing their pants. The king of shirtless pics? That award goes to Nick Jonas and his frequently-flashed abs. Peruse the best pics up top. More »
For the past two years, Frank Ocean has mostly kept to himself. Last year he teamed with Pharrell, Danger Mouse and Tyler, the Creator to record new music, only to go back into hiding. (He likely camped out at some studio, though no one but him knows for sure.) This spring the musician said that he wrapped his sophomore effort, the follow-up to 2012′s channel ORANGE, only to leave that news at that. He posted a shirtless selfie, only to (try to) delete it.
Earlier today (November 28), though, Ocean returned from obscurity with a song posted to his Tumblr. Likely, this grainy, lo-fi version of the reportedly titled “Memrise” is a demo; here, it sounds as if he escaped Los Angeles to some cabin in the woods. Yet as is, the song is already pretty evocative. With a tap on his computer keyboard, his lovelorn falsetto hovers above a formless groove before it eventually lands on one of his most direct lyrics yet: “I memorized your body exposed / I could fuck you all night long from a memory alone.” Hear it below. More »
:: While on a yacht off the coast of Italy, Rihanna
took a selfie with active volcano Stromboli. #bucketlistbullshit [Pink Is The New Blog
:: Scooter Braun, who manages the likes of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and British boy band Rixton, and his wife Yael Cohen have announced that they are expecting their first child. [MTV]
:: Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean are being sued for three million dollars by musician Joel McDonald over Watch The Trone album-track “Made In America.” [XXL Magazine]
:: British songstress Natalia Kills wants larger-framed women to stop criticizing skinny women. [Oh No They Didn’t]
:: Ed Sheeran clears up the rumors about him feuding with Miley Cyrus, stating that he has “never met her.” [Gossip Cop]
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We’ve done it for the girls
), and now the boys are up to bat.
Now that Summer ’14 is officially in full swing, we’ve rounded up some of the year’s sexiest pics of our favorite pop heartthrobs to help provide a bit of motivation to get our own beach bodies in shape. Kicking things off? None other than, you guessed it, Justin Bieber. Giving a nod to Mark Wahlberg as his main inspiration for his new bod, Biebs certainly has no problem showing it off, recently getting creative on a new crotch-level selfie — and then deleting it moments after. Other serial Selfie Kings like Austin Mahone and Cody Simpson also joined J-Biebs in the throwdown for the best abs. Continue reading after the jump to see all of pop’s sexiest players. More »
:: Frank Ocean
has fired his publicity firm, Life Or Death PR, and his manager. In an unrelated move, Mac Miller
has signed up with Life Or Death. Even swap, right? [Buzzfeed
:: Thirty-eight people were hospitalized for dehydration after taking drugs at an Avicii concert in Boston. [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: Beyonce typed out a four-paragraph letter honoring Michael Jackson on the five-year anniversary of the King Of Pop’s death: “For whatever reason he could evoke more emotion than an adult. It was so raw and so pure. It was these little things that he did that were just swag. It’s something that’s God given.” [Beyonce.com]
:: “Would it be really easy to assume that I was a douchebag? Definitely. One hundred percent. But that doesn’t mean that I am. Or maybe I am, I don’t know,” Adam Levine tells GQ in their profile on the clearly conflicted Maroon 5 rocker.
:: Prince‘s Purple Rain album was released 30 years ago (!!!) this week. Its parent movie won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, but was also up for two Razzies: Worst New Star and Worst Original Song (“Sex Shooter”). [Pink Is The New Blog]
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surprised as the romantic lead of Nicki Minaj
‘s “Pills N Potions” video
. There, he obliges to draping fur over his bare chest, biting on one of Minaj’s bunny ears and, most importantly, gazing wistfully at the Pink Print
femcee’s direction. In short, he did the complete opposite of what he’s done as of late: maintain the tough-gangsta persona of his West Coast upbringing, but with groan-worthy beefs
that now overshadows his (otherwise respectable) musical output.
Then came “Bigger Than Me,” a misogynistic diss track that declares him to be the black Marshall Mathers (he’s gotten over his beef with Eminem, see), takes aim at XXL‘s new Freshmen class wholesale, and while calling out Frank Ocean in the process: “Tampon lyricists, evacuate the premises / Mute BET cyphers, because I don’t want to hear that shit / May be you rest in piss, f— n—-s / hey Frank Ocean, go ahead and f— these f— n—-s.” He ends by suggesting that Miguel sing to his song. Pardon? More »
“It’s very different than anything I’ve ever done,” Brian Wilson
, of the Beach Boys
, has said of his next album
. But as he proved today, fans couldn’t have predicted the list of featured artists, which includes Lana Del Rey
, Kacey Musgraves
, Zooey Deschanel
and possibly Frank Ocean
. “I had no idea we could pull this off!” Wilson said to Rolling Stone
, according to his official website
This news is surprising, especially since back in October, Wilson described his latest effort as “very mellow kind of stuff, mellow harmony, not very much rock ‘n’ roll yet.” He was working with longtime cohorts, including former Beach Boys collaborators. “There’s a style about the melody and chords that I think he wants to recapture some of the Pet Sounds flavor,” guitarist Jeff Beck said, referring to the iconic 1966 Beach Boys album.
What he told RS, though, was a different story – one that had fans crying foul. More »
It’s about that time, Idolator readers! Another week in the world of pop is drawing to a close, and boy, was it a busy one!
The divas were at the very top of our list this week, with Beyonce sporting a flawless bedhead look for the cover of ‘T’ Magazine, Destiny’s Child reuniting on Michelle William’s gospel track “Say Yes,” and Rihanna rocking an amazing sheer, Swarovski crystal-laden gown at the CFDA Awards. And as if that wasn’t enough, we had a listen to Jennifer Lopez very promising new album, A.K.A, and even Celine Dion premiered her highly anticipated video for “Incredible,” featuring Ne-Yo.
What’s more, it seemed to be the week for some truly outlandish music videos! One Republic released their music video for “Love Runs Out,” New Zealand songstress Kimbra brought her bizarre, yet endearing clip for new single “90’s Music” and L.A. sultry singer-songwriter BANKS dropped an ethereal music video for “Drowning.”
Here on Idolator, we premiered Poliça’s cover of Lesley Gore’s 1963 smash- hit “Don’t Let Me Down.” We also just kicked off our “Song Of The Summer” competition, presenting Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea’s collab track “Problem” as our first major SOS contender, plus Iggy and Charli XCX‘s chart-dominating “Fancy.”
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In case you were wondering what Don Henley
thought when Frank Ocean
took the master tape for The Eagles
‘ 1977 classic “Hotel California” and sang over the instrumental track for his mixtape song “American Wedding” a few years back, let’s just say he was none too pleased.
“I heard it,” Henley said of Ocean’s song in a new interview with Australia’s Daily Telegraph. “I was not impressed. He needs to come up with his own ideas and stop stealing stuff from already established works.”
Given that Ocean’s song was offered up for free in 2011 via a mixtape, he didn’t make a profit from it. Still, Henley got his lawyers involved, which prompted Frank to post on Tumblr that the Eagles member was “apparently intimidated by my rendition of ‘Hotel California’” and that he “threatened to sue if I perform it again.” More »