The guys from WALK THE MOON are on a mission to bring the fist-pumping greatness of ’80s pop/rock — and all the glorious weirdness that accompanies it — back to the airwaves with serotonin-raising hit “Shut Up + Dance.” The lead single from their equally-upbeat sophomore set, TALKING IS HARD, is steadily climbing the Billboard Hot 100 on the back of growing radio support and, arguably, the year’s funniest video.
The rockers recently dropped by the Idolator office in Los Angeles to chat about their new LP, which dropped December 2, and the band’s love of all things nerdy. WALK THE MOON opened up about their wide-array of ’80s influences — Rick Springfield and Pat Benatar, to name a couple — and incredible fan support. Oh, and frontman Nicholas Petricca also revealed his love of magic cards. Find out more about their new record after the jump. More »
2014 has been a banner year for Australian artists. Iggy Azalea, Chet Faker, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Vance Joy all made their presence felt on a variety of Billboard charts. If the quality of breakthrough single “Roll Up Your Sleeves” is any indication, Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Meg Mac could be leading the charge next year. The lilting, gospel-tinged ballad is a breathtakingly beautiful introduction to one of pop music’s most exciting new talents.
I recently caught up with the rising diva about her big break — she won a prestigious competition for unsigned artists — and excellent debut EP, the appropriately-titled MEGMAC. Megan McInerny (her real name) also spoke about her love of old-school soul music and the inspiration behind “Roll Up Your Sleeves.” So, when is she bringing her music stateside? There’s no concrete date yet but she’s working on it. Get to know Meg a little better after the jump. More »
From the cheerful bubblegum-pop of his debut single “iYiYi” to the mellow, beach-rock of 2013 LP Surfers Paradise, Cody Simpson‘s sound has already evolved beyond recognition. That’s probably par for the course when you arrive on the scene as a fresh-faced 13-year-old, but the Aussie star’s sonic transformation has been quicker and bolder than most. The teenager is about to take the next step in his career by embracing a largely acoustic singer/songwriter sound on his third album.
Cody has spent the past few months chipping away at the LP in Malibu with Cisco Adler. “The way I’m going about the new stuff is the way people would go about a rock album,” he explains. “I’m writing everything with the same songwriter and producer — then I get together with my band and record it live. That’s the way I’ve always wanted to do it but never had the capacity or the tools.” Is there still room for a little pop? “No pop for me,” the 17-year-old laughs. “Pop’s dead in my mind.” More »
Prince Royce is hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Spanish-speaking superstars Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin with the release of his first English-language LP. The 24-year-old, who has dominated Billboard’s Latin Songs chart for the past couple of years with smash hits like “Las Cosas Pequeñas” and “Darte Un Beso”, is kicking off the project with a slick club-banger called “Stuck On A Feeling”. It even has a feature from rap legend Snoop Dogg!
The New York-born heartthrob recently dropped by the Idolator office in Los Angeles to talk about his infectious new single and upcoming album, which has he has been diligently working on for the last three years. Prince revealed that he has already recorded 110 songs for the opus with super-producers like Dr. Luke, RoccStar and Oak, and hinted at some high-profile collaborations with both Latin and English-language artists. Find out more after the jump. More »
Since being discovered (not really, but kind of) and mentored by Diplo, producer/DJ Dillon Francis has built a loyal following with his massive beats, killer remixes and hilarious Twitter feed. The 27-year-old is now ready to take things to the next level with his feature-filled debut LP Money Sucks, Friends Rule. (It’s ready and waiting for you on iTunes!)
I caught up with the electro-wizz before his album release party in Los Angeles and decided to confront him with some hard questions. You know, stuff about nudes and his cat being a menace. We also spoke about the album, his lady-friendly collaboration with Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendan Urie and the next big wave of electronic music. Read our Q&A after the jump. More »
RL Grime popped up on the music scene back in 2011 with full vengeance, thanks to his injection of menacing, hip-hop-influenced sound. Grime, whose real name is Henry Steinway, has made fiery remixes of songs by Kanye West, Rihanna and Chief Keef as well as collaborating with Baauer, Ryan Hemsworth and What So Not. Now the 23-year-old LA-based producer is finally gearing up for his anticipated debut LP release, simply titled Void (available on November 17).
I spoke to RL Grime about his experience with creating the new record, the camaraderie with his producer colleagues and his rise in the trap music world. Read what he had to say in our Q+A after the jump! More »
Jordan Knight has survived the roller coaster ride of teen stardom better than most. Since melting hearts and conquering charts as part of mega-successful ’80s boy band New Kids On The Block, the now 44-year-old has released successful solo albums and kept the NKOTB flame burning bright with prolific touring. His latest endeavor is a collaborative album with Backstreet Boys alum Nick Carter.
They discovered a shared love for R&B (and a similar performance style) when their respective bands joined to form super-man band NKTOBSB. That lead to a joint project called Nick & Knight and a similarly titled album. I caught up with Jordan recently to talk about their LP and blockbuster live show. He also opened up about the artists that inspire him at the moment and his future plans. Find out more after the jump. More »
AJR stormed the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year with SpongeBob SquarePants-sampling smash “I’m Ready”. Not bad for a song that was written, recorded and produced in the New York-based brothers’ apartment. Adam, Jack and Ryan followed that up with another great, DIY single called “Infinity” and released a similarly-titled EP.
I caught up with the trio before a promo gig in Hollywood, Los Angeles and they talked about everything from their hands-on approach to pop to their appreciation for all things Lorde. AJR also opened up about their debut LP Living Room (that’s where it was made, after all) and shared their thoughts on the current crop of boy bands. Find out what the Met siblings had to say after the jump. More »
Jasmine Villegas completely reinvented herself in 2014. The 20-year-old, who came to fame playing the love interest in Justin Bieber‘s YouTube-conquering “Baby” video, relaunched as a fierce urban-pop diva — complete with a major label record deal and a surprise feature from rapper Kendrick Lamar on new single “That’s Me Right There”.
The rising star recently dropped by the Idolator office in Los Angeles to pose for a photo shoot (above) and spill the beans on this exciting new phase of her career. Jasmine opened up about her upcoming EP (she has a collaboration with Jeremih in the can), writing songs with Nick Jonas and the evolution of her sound. Find out all you need to know about the lovely Latina after the jump. More »
Nicole Scherzinger is a great believer in timing. While most divas with a massive international following would given up on America after suffering multiple setbacks, she just puts it all down to the curious workings of the universe. And it looks like her patience is finally being rewarded with the impending release of US debut LP Big Fat Lie (due Spring 2015).
The gorgeous 36-year-old recently dropped by the Idolator office in Los Angeles to chat about her American campaign, which is being spearheaded by excellent ballad “Run”, and impressive growth as an artist. Nicole also opened up about her unreleased material (she really wants you to hear it), attention-grabbing album title and current influences. Find out all you need to know about the former Pussycat Doll‘s fresh start after the jump. More »