The best thing about this performance (apart from Katy’s fetching red bandana) is that it showcases the full versatility of her powerful pipes. “The Big Bang” finally showed what the blonde bombshell is capable of vocally after releasing a handful of less challenging electro-pop singles but this mini-medley highlights a surprisingly soulful quality. Watch her in action up top. More »
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Tickets for the show go on sale at 12pm EDT on June 11. JT put on a similar spectacle at New York’s Roseland Ballroom last year and it was something to behold. The 33-year-old performed all his early hits (“Like I Love You”, “Senorita” and “Cry Me A River”) as well as belting out songs from The 20/20 Experience. With another album of new material under his belt, this year’s gig promises to be even better. More »
Jessie J delivers sass at moments, like in “Sweet Talker” (above) and at the sung-rap hook of “Ain’t Been Done,” though her new material isn’t as deliberately fiery as Alive‘s debut single “Wild.” Instead, she’s alternating between sweeter, uplifting pop and intimate acoustic numbers, like “You Don’t Really Know Me” – a song she prefaced by saying, ““Sometimes I don’t know how to be famous, and it freaks me out.” Hear that, “Keep Us Together” and “Ain’t Been Done” below. More »
After a quick introduction from the 33-year-old, the video splices fan-generated content into a live performance. There are submissions from parents, same sex couples and even a man who found love for himself after battling mental illness. Much like the official video, it’s more than a little cheesy but you can’t help but be moved all the same. Watch up top. More »
Anyway, hometown heroes Imagine Dragons took home that first trophy. That was about 45 minutes ago and there’s only been one other award handed out. Like we said, the hardware isn’t the priority tonight. Check out the full winners list below, which we swear will get longer throughout the night. More »
All in all, it’s a solid idea for a video honoring Jackson while highlighting the “new” aspect of the release. And it’s definitely better than some holo-Jacko CGI monstrosity that was surely a possibility at some point. Check it out up top. More »
As he has before, Timberlake talks of how radio programmers and label heads initially laughed off the first single off FutureSex/LoveSounds, “SexyBack.” As revealed last week, though, Michael Jackson helped convince him to take that sort of leap: Timberlake initially wrote *NSYNC’s game-changing “Gone” for Jackson himself. After it was rejected, Timberlake pitched it for the group’s last album Celebrity, only for Jackson to call in hopes of recording “Gone” as a duet with him. “I was literally punching myself,” Timberlake says.
Watch Timberlake talk breaking away with *NSYNC up top, then check out clips showing how confident he is now below. (As Gawker would note, he kicked off the episode by saying, “When you look at me, you should understand that I am America.”) More »
Meanwhile, the Michael Jackson‘s unearthed feel-good jam “Love Never Felt So Good,” now repurposed as a Justin Timberlake duet, debuts at #20 after selling 80,000 downloads in just the three days it was on sale before chart cut-off time. (The song was made available for purchase at midnight last Thursday.)
Over on the Billboard 200 album chart, the Frozen soundtrack is in its 133rd week at the top. Oops, added an extra “3″ there…not that anyone would know at this point. More »
The duet has a soulful disco feel, which makes sense since Jackson wrote the song with Paul Anka back in 1983. This final version was produced by John McClain, and one of the highlights of the resuscitated track is hearing MJ and JT join up on the chorus, where their voices make for an uncannily natural combination (which may have more to do with how it was mixed to bolster MJ’s unfinished vocal track, but still, well done everyone). The other great thing is that it’s not trying to be an Event, it’s just a breezy dance floor strut that wouldn’t feel out of place on Off The Wall or The 20/20 Experience.
Hear the song below, along with the more orchestral MJ-only version. More »
Tonight’s inaugural NBC broadcast of the iHeartRadio Music Awards will boast appearances by Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry and Lorde, as well as performances by Pharrell, Drake, Shakira and Ariana Grande. But among all the surprises, bells, whistles and overall hoo ha will be the premiere of a “new” song: Michael Jackson‘s “Love Never Felt So Good,” off the late singer’s forthcoming posthumous release Xscape (out May 27).
iHeartRadio tweeted that the song will debut during tonight’s telecast “with a special guest.” PopJustice notes that “Love Never Felt So Good” will be the first official single from the eight-track Xscape. You can hear an early version of the song from the early ’80s here, and dream about the wondrous possibilities of how the “finished” version will sound until tonight. More »