Ingrid Michaelson sneakily gave herself a winning pop makeover on new LP Lights Out and nobody seemed to notice until infectious lead single “Girls Chase Boys” caught fire on radio and slowly rose the Billboard Hot 100 — eventually becoming the 34-year-old’s second biggest hit. She looks get to repeat that success with uplifting anthem “Afterlife”.
After teasing the project with a topless cover, Ingrid finally unveiled the video today (October 29) and it’s a surprisingly moving affair that finds the bespectacled diva helping fans overcome their fears. It sounds corny and, to a certain extent, it is but you have to be made of rock not to be affected by the feel-good shenanigans. The pop game is an infinitely better place with the singer/songwriter in it. Watch up top. More »
It’s time for our quarterly round-up of raunchy pop diva pics! And, as usual, the leading ladies of music did not disappoint. In further proof that 2014 is the year of the nude, it was almost an embarrassment of the riches with everyone from 19-year-old newcomer Niykee Heaton to 56-year-old pop legend Madonna losing their clothes in the name of self expression/free publicity.
The usual candidates are all represented. Outtakes from Rihanna‘s iconic Lui magazine shoot surfaced online and got everyone clicking, while Miley Cyrus‘ Instagram account remains a valid alternative to PornHub. Honorable mentions go to Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea for proving that rap divas do it better. Peruse the (semi-NSFW) gallery up top. More »
Ingrid Michaelson is tastefully topless on the cover of new single “Afterlife”. There’s no explanation needed. Anything goes in 2014, so I’d be more shocked if the veteran singer/songwriter was fully clothed. Enough about the glamorous artwork. More importantly, the song is really, really good and should find love at radio like surprise hit “Girls Chase Boys”.
A collaboration with Brian Lee (Lady Gaga‘s “Americano”) and Adam Pallin, “Afterlife” is a feel-good anthem in the mold of Sara Bareilles‘ “Brave”. Which is a big compliment. “We all (we all), we’re gonna be alright, we’ve got (we got) we always got the fight in us,” Ingrid sings in the genuinely anthemic chorus. “We all (we all), we’re gonna live tonight, like there’s no tomorrow because we’re the afterlife.” Check it out after the jump. More »
slyly released one of the year’s best pop songs way back in February and it’s taken half a year for most of us to realize it. The 34-year-old singer/songwriter is currently enjoying the second biggest hit of her long career with “Girls Chase Boys”, which is hovering just outside the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100. (Only 2007 smash “The Way I Am”
has charted higher).
What makes the lead single from Lights Out so good? Well, it’s possibly the most nonchalant break-up anthem of all time (“all the broken hearts in the world still beat, let’s not make it harder than it has to be”). It’s the musical equivalent of breaking up with someone by texting “lol bye”, which gives it universal appeal. Oh and the gender-bending video — a cute homage to Robert Palmer‘s iconic “Simply Irresistible” visual — doesn’t hurt. Watch up top. More »
Did You Hear?
:: A minor-league baseball team plans to destroy Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus records due to their “musical disease.” The event has been dubbed “Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It,” as inspired by the 1979 event in Chicago. [Los Angeles Times]
:: David Bowie hints that he will release new music soon. His last album, 2013′s The Next Day, was his first in a decade. [Pitchfork]
:: T.I. performed in the premiere episode of VH1′s new Soundclash series, produced by Questlove and hosted by Diplo. When the Atlanta rapper performed “Live Your Life,” Fall Out Boy and London Grammar filled in for Rihanna. [Stereogum]
:: Rihanna apologized for a contentious tweet she sent with the hashtag “#FreePalestine.” She says that she sent the tweet out on accident, without intending to take sides on the international conflict. [Billboard]
:: Girls creator Lena Dunham has one nagging question about MAGIC!‘s #1 hit “Rude” – has the girl mentioned “even consented to marrying a Canadian reggae singer?” Ingrid Michaelson‘s got answers. [Billboard]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »
Yesterday, Colbie Caillat
surprised fans by pulling a small-scale Beyonce
and releasing Gypsy Heart Side A
, a five-track EP that is to precede the singer-songwriter’s full-length Gypsy Heart
album (due out later this year). The Babyface
-produced “Try” serves as a single for this particular appetizer of Caillat’s.
“We did four or five songs. I love him as a producer and writer,” Caillat told Idolator a few months back while discussing her work with Babyface. “I just tell him any style that I’m in the mood for and we write it. It’s not like he’s pigeonholed in being an R&B producer.”
The lyric video for “Try” features Caillat, her fans and other famous faces — like Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Osbourne, Sara Bareilles, Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, Natasha Bedingfield, Christina Perri and Jessie J — going sans makeup in an effort to spread the message that beauty truly is on the inside. More »
At the domestic box office, Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen
is currently about $93,000 shy of hitting the $400 million mark. And on the Billboard 200
, the movie’s soundtrack has now racked up an 11th week at the top, thus surpassing the 10-week run of The Lion King in 1994
to become the longest-reigning #1 soundtrack from an animated feature in the chart’s history. And, thanks to Easter holiday shopping, Frozen
sold another 259,000 copies — the album’s best sales week since its November 2013 release.
This leaves the Top 10′s new entries to debut in the #2 through #5 positions, including Jason Derulo‘s third LP Talk Dirty at #4 (his first Top 10 album, with 44,000 sold) and Ingrid Michaelson at #5 with Lights Out (37,000).
Anyone think Iggy Azalea‘s The New Classic is posing any kind of threat to a 12th week the top for Frozen? Nah, probably not. More »
The turkey leftovers have been cleared out, the tree is up and we’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of cards that need to be dropped in the mail this month. A good excuse to procrastinate on the latter: We decided that no website is complete at this time of year without a festive playlist, and so to truly get in the spirit of the holidays, that’s exactly what we whipped up for you!
Our criteria was simple: This particular roundup of seasonal hits simply had to be pop-oriented, melodic songs that bring about a grand sense of warmth. Whether it’s Justin Bieber feeling lovey-dovey under the “Mistletoe,” Chris Martin crooning beautifully on Coldplay‘s “Christmas Lights,” Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson harmonizing sweetly over their “Winter Song” or Lady Gaga dreaming of a picture-perfect “White Christmas,” each of the songs below, much like the stocking hung by the chimney, were chosen with care.
So head below and hit play to chill out to our yuletide mix. At the very least, it should cure you of of the Bing Crosby blues the elevator ride put you in. More »
is one with her fellow music artists, both past and present, in her new video for “Blood Brothers”, off her album Human Again
. In the time-lapse video, we see the singer-songwriter — with the magic of a team of make-up artists — turn into Madonna
(circa her Marilyn Monroe era), David Bowie
as Ziggy Stardust, Lady Gaga
during her hairbow phase, KISS
‘s Gene Simmons
, John Lennon
and, most impressively, Amy Winehouse
. More »
is in the peak position on Billboard
‘s Top 200 for an 18th non-consecutive week, though she may have some competition on the horizon in the form of Lana Del Rey’s debut Born To Die
— the standard and deluxe versions of which are occupying the top two spots on iTunes. The divisive “Video Games
songstress is also tops at Amazon’s MP3 store. As for this week, Adele’s Grammy-nominated
sophomore effort is #1 after another 116,000 in sales.