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 »
Since winning The Sing-Off in 2011, Pentatonix has carved out a niche as pop’s most successful and adventurous vocal group. Take their recently-released EP PXT, Vol. III. The infectious collection of offbeat covers and original material debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 ahead of new releases by veterans like Jennifer Hudson and Lenny Kravitz.
I recently caught up with Mitch, Scott, Avi, Kirstie and Kevin to chat about everything from popularizing a cappella music to the way they tackle hits by vocal heavyweights like Sam Smith. Pentatonix also opened up about their cameo in Pitch Perfect 2 and explained their wild and wacky “Papaoutai” video. Find out what they had to say after the jump. More »
is a busy woman. As Pepsi’s Beats Of The Beautiful Game
compilation dropped this week, Monae is already hard at work with her Wondaland collective, ready to churn out a new project. Could it be a fourth album, following her colossal The Electric Lady
? Or will she be dropping off more of a collaborative album with her team (rumor has it the “mystery school” has a floating bookshelf and grass grown indoors)? Who knows. And that’s the marvelous thing about Janelle Monae. You’re made to pleasantly expect the unexpected — like her re-imagined version of David Bowie’s
“Heroes” for Pepsi’s new project.
The song is given some welcomed new life, and comes armed with a poignant video that details the importance of anti-bullying. It’s something that Monae is incredibly passionate about and hopes to continue working on long after this album has run its course.
We checked in with our favorite ArchAndroid as she discusses her role on Beats Of The Beautiful Game, how her childhood and support system helped shape her, and the importance of being fearless…even in moments of fear. More »
This is a special week for Carrie Underwood
. The Oklahoma-born beauty has the #1 album in the country
— her third in a row — and 2012′s second-highest first week sales total.
Not bad for a small town girl who had pretty much given up on music before auditioning for American Idol in 2004. No doubt the success tastes even sweeter due to the risks America’s favorite “Good Girl” took on Blown Away. She cowrote eight of the album’s 14 tracks and explored some unexpectedly murky waters, particularly on the almost Hitchcockian revenge fantasy track “Two Black Cadillacs.”
Carrie kindly took some time to talk us about her freshly exposed dark side, upcoming world tour and glamorous new image. Jump below to read what she had to say. More »