With the release of her second album, The Golden Echo (out today, ), we can all come to terms with the fact that no one is Kimbra. (Except for her, of course.) The singer melds every genre you’ve ever loved from childhood onward, providing a cohesive party that places the New Zealand siren at center stage. More »
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The Andrew Mortlock-directed clip taps into the track’s retro vibe by focusing on someone’s very impressive vinyl collection. As for being back in the band? “It’s been a great challenge nutting out how to bring a large band, visuals and studio compositions together for the Gotye live shows over the last two years,” Kimbra‘s former duet partner said. “But right now I’m looking forward to getting sweaty behind the drums and playing rock ‘n’ roll in these fab clubs with my brothers Kris and Tim, and what better track to lead them into the fray with than ‘So Hard For You’.” More »
Billboard reports that the campaign, created by the Global Poverty Project, allows ordinary people (just like you and me!) to take a “variety of social actions… to earn points they can use to win free tickets to concerts,” which is cool if you love music and feel like doing something. All of the associated issues relate to extreme poverty and include “polio, malaria, women’s empowerment, education and more.” More »
Now, the official sampler for the soundtrack has been unveiled, featuring 30-second snippets from each of the songs. Unsurprisingly, Lana Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful” is an instant standout, but Emeli Sande’s 1920s redux of Beyonce‘s “Crazy In Love” is stiff competition. As for Fergie‘s “A Little Party,” which was unveiled in full yesterday — well, it’s not the best thing here, mercifully. Listen to the full sampler up top, then check after the jump to skip around. More »
The full trailer was released today, and not only does the movie look spectacularly lush and histrionic, there’s three new songs featured in the trailer: Beyonce and Andre 3000‘s cover of Amy Winehouse‘s “Back to Black,” Lana Del Rey‘s “Young and Beautiful” (originally entitled “Will You Still Love Me?”), which was produced by Rick Nowels for the re-release of Born to Die but left off the final tracklist, and Florence & The Machine‘s new original song “Over the Love.” More »
These were just a few of the moments during the three-and-a-half hours that made up the 2013 Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 10). We admitted in our wrap-up of music’s so-called big night that the whole thing was pretty underwhelming on this end. So how did the rest of the Internet react? Head below for a roundup of reviews. More »
Several heavy hitters were crowned with awards earlier in the day — see Rihanna and Taylor Swift — but the live acceptances were pretty much as expected. Check the full list of winners after the jump. More »
These are the songs that were ubiquitous, but deservedly so, from the alt-ier end of the spectrum (The Black Keys‘ “Lonely Boy”) to the sugary pop bite of Taylor Swift‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” But what’s most notable is that the list is dominated by artists who had breakout successes this year, demonstrating that the year’s best songs are no longer the domain of music’s veterans: It’s anyone’s game now. Check our analysis after the jump. More »
The publication notes that 21 sold another 4.41 million copies in ’12 (down just a bit from 5.82 million in 2011), thus marking the first time since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991 that the same album is tops two years in a row.
Elsewhere, Gotye’s Kimbra-featuring smash “Somebody That I Used To Know” racked up a total of 6.80 million digital sales, with Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe,” the top tune on iTunes for the year, nipping just behind with 6.47 million overall. More »
Altogether, 13 lucky songs made it to #1 — down one from last year. And several have since gone on to be nominated for Grammys. Maroon 5′s “One More Night” and Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” spent the most time at the top (9 weeks), while on the other end of the spectrum, three other singles spent one solitary week in the peak position.
So how will you remember the biggest songs that sound-tracked 2012? Idolator editors Robbie Daw, Sam Lansky, Carl Williot and Erika Brooks-Adickman all racked their brains and tried to sum up each in one word. (It’s harder than you think!) Catch their abbreviated, retrospective reviews below. More »