This week was stacked with new album releases, giving us brand new LPs from J. Cole
, Kelly Rowland
, and of course, Kanye West‘s Yeezus.
And if that wasn’t enough new music for you, we got brand new singles from Victoria Justice
and Kelly Clarkson
With the official start of summer upon us, our staff at Idolator shared their favorite 2013 summer jams: From Avril Lavigne to Daft Punk, our writers plead their case as to why these tracks deserve a spot on your summer playlists.
Miley Cyrus continued to remind us she can’t be tamed with her exuberant interviews in Billboard and Rolling Stone, as well as the premiere of her twerktastic music video for laidback seasonal smash, “We Can’t Stop.”
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has dropped a 30-second teaser for her “Dirty Laundry”
video, and although the Talk A Good Game
song was produced by The-Dream
, don’t worry, this clip suggests the visual won’t follow his soft-core porn strategy
. Like the song, it looks to be a throwback to those dramatic ’90s R&B gems, all soapy and steamy (get it, because laundry
There’s sad Kelly in the water, and sad Kelly in a dark room, and sad Kelly getting wine spilled on her by the song’s antagonist. Check it out up top.
Did You Hear?
:: Is Selena Gomez now part of the A Team? According to Us Weekly, the 20-year-old is secretly dating Ed Sheeran. Apparently they met via Taylor Swift and have been an item since Memorial Day weekend. [Us Weekly]
:: A round of applause for Mike Posner. He is taking part in the Food Bank Of New York City’s food stamp challenge, spending less than $4.50 a day. [Instagram]
:: Miley Cyrus wants you all to know that she’s super-proud of her “We Can’t Stop” video. And so she should be. It’s not easy to twerk in a pool and keep your dignity intact. [Hollywood Life]
:: New Yorkers were treated to an in-store by Kelly Rowland, who dropped by Best Buy to sign copies of new album Talk A Good Game. Unfortunately she wasn’t giving fans kisses down low. [Just Jared]
:: Madonna admits she was “a mess” on her MDNA world tour. No comment. [Hollywood Reporter]
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I hope Kelly Rowland
has a warm jacket and a torch. It must be cold there in Beyonce
‘s shadow and the hapless diva isn’t going anywhere soon if the predicted first week sales tally of Talk A Good Game
is any indication. The deeply personal album has garnered positive reviews
from critics but is still only expected to sell 60,000 – 65,000 copies this week. To put things into perspective, Queen B sold 300,000+ copies of 4
in its first seven days of release.
Perhaps that’s an unfair comparison but Talk A Good Game will, most likely, sell considerably less than recent albums by fellow R&B divas Fantasia and Keyshia Cole, who managed 91,000 and 96,000 respectively. A first week sales tally of 65,000 copies would be the lowest of Kelly’s career – even less than 2011′s Here I Am, which sold 77,000 copies. There is some good news. The underselling opus is set for a top 10 debut, Kelly’s third in a row. More »
With her new album Talk A Good Game
finally in stores, Kelly Rowland
is stepping up her promo game. The singer stopped by Good Morning America
today (June 19) to perform “Street Life” with Pusha T
. Dressed in an all-black leather, belly-baring outfit, the singer showed off her swagged-out dance moves.
But the appearance didn’t end there! Rowland also gave a little taste of her upcoming “Dirty Laundry” video, which looks fittingly emotional given the song’s subject matter. Catch the performance up top and check out the “Dirty Laundry” teaser after the jump.
After hanging out her dirty laundry and telling us where she wants her kisses, Kelly Rowland
finally dropped Talk A Good Game
, the singer’s most personal effort to date. We gave it a solid four out of five in our review, noting “Game
consists of slickly produced mainstream R&B that skews provocative in its subject matter, even as ballads tend to dominate.” On her fourth studio album, the former Destiny’s Child
member has found her genre niche, however, “there’s still a versatility at play that feels welcome, like she’s working quite hard to cross all her Is and dot all her Ts: The bangers are super sexy and the ballads are super soulful; there’s enough driving-through-Atlanta-with-the-top-down midtempos to satisfy.”
As for the other critics out there, Rowland’s latest LP talked a good game to some, and a meh game to others. Head below for our roundup of reviews. More »
Power 105.1 has debuted a radio-friendly remix of Kelly Rowland
‘s “Dirty Laundry,”
featuring R. Kelly
. While Rowland sings of an abusive relationship in the original, Talk a Good Game
track, Kelly steps in to sing as the beau himself: “Let’s just get it all out, you got something to say? / Say it to my face, so silence your mouth.”
While this particular relationship inspired Destiny’s Child‘s “Girl,” a song that imagines a staged intervention, Rowland had never been this forthcoming until “Dirty Laundry” (“I was battered / He hit the window like it was me, until it shattered”). Despite his aggressive introduction though, R. Kelly’s vocals actually lighten up the mood, if only because he shifts his focus to fellow artists-turned-imitators (“See, the truth of the matter is, everybody can’t do this / and that’s why I got all these shit-talking artists, singers on my hit list”).
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This week’s Ibrawlator
got heated when we asked our readers: Which of the up-and-coming girl groups would reign supreme in 2013, Fifth Harmony
or Little Mix
? Mixers and Harmonizers do not
play games when it comes to defending their favorites. Who will win? We’ll find out on Monday.
Another big topic this week: Kanye West. With the release of Yeezus a few days away (err, despite the leak), the rap mogul has been making headlines all this week. whether he’s performing at Governors Ball, shooting an “American Psycho”-themed video in Brooklyn, or doing peculiar interviews with the New York Times, it’s always a G.O.O.D. time with Yeezus.
Additionally, this week was filled with new music from Jonas Brothers, Snopp Dogg, as well as some song premieres from up-and-comers Eli “Paperboy” Reed and The Dolls.
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How does Kelly Rowland
do it? When she’s not raising awareness
for domestic violence, the hardest-working woman in music is performing new music
on TV and dropping buzz singles
like hot potatoes. In the midst of that mayhem, she somehow found time to take her mom and aunties on a tour of the X Factor
set (above). Awww.
We all know Beyonce is busying not being pregnant and touring the globe but what about that other child of destiny, Michelle Williams? She’s just finished performing in a theatrical production of Fela and, of course, Bey – angel of light and consolation – wrote her a handwritten note with an… unusual compliment. More »