Happy Friday, Idolator readers. We did it. We made it through yet another week of pop!
There’ve been some major releases along the way — from Tinashe‘s Aquarius to Betty Who‘s Take Me When You Go, to Gorgon City‘s Sirens — along with some major premieres. Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj gave us the official “***Flawless” remix performance, Marina And The Diamonds debuted her “Froot” and a newly slimmed down Take That returned with “These Days.”
Over ’round these parts, we interviewed the fantastic Molly Lambert and premiered the Giorgio Moroder remix of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s Cheek To Cheek jam, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” Naturally, all of the above (and more!) got our readers talking.
Check out some of the week’s best comments after the jump. More »
Mackintosh Braun, an electro-pop duo from Portland, Oregon, have made a name for themselves through song features on some of your favorite TV shows (Gossip Girl, Chuck, Grey’s Anatomy). But now they are ready to take on the the music scene at full speed, with the release of their The City Below EP – out on October 14. The project is slated ahead of their forthcoming third studio album, Arcadia, which will arrive early next year.
The duo, comprised of Ian Mackintosh and Ben Braun, have a bright approach to their music – which has a breezy ’80s charm (think along the lines of John Hughes). But their modern twist on classic synths and airy drum patterns is what makes them stand out in the pop world – and it may be genetic! Ben’s father (Michael Braun) was a longtime drummer for Hall & Oates, and has been his musical inspiration.
I spoke with them about their upcoming releases and their love for Portland, as well as their experience working with Lady Gaga. Read on to see what Mackintosh Braun had to say in our Q&A below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Can you believe a year has passed since the release of Miley Cyrus‘ controversial media circus, that was Bangerz? The singer took to Instagram (duh) to celebrate the album’s first anniversary, and posted cute collages and gifts from her fans. [MTV]
:: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett continue to take their Cheek To Cheek project on the road! The jazz duo’s final performance for 2014 will be in Las Vegas’ The Cosmopolitan Casino for a special New Year’s Eve concert. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 10. [HitFix]
:: Talk show host Wendy Williams will host the 2015 Soul Train Awards. The award show will occur on November 7 at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena, and will air on BET and Centric at 8p.m. EST on November 30. [Huffington Post]
:: Rockstars like Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe and Muse‘s Matt Bellamy plan to contribute to a special cause. The musicians have designed custom Carparelli guitars, which will be auctioned off at Bonhams New York on November 9. Proceeds will go to War Child USA. [Rolling Stone]
:: Paul Revere, leader of ’60s rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders, passed away at the age of 76. The band is known in music history for being a major influence for garage rock and early punk. [Brooklyn Vegan]
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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga may have channeled the jazz greats for their chart-topping album Cheek To Cheek, but legendary producer Giorgio Moroder is taking the pair straight to the modern day dancefloor with his remix of “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.”
It’s not a jarring overhaul, either; rather, Moroder gives his re-working a charming pop sheen with simple chords, bright synths and a bouncy bassline that compliments the cute, playful nature of Tony and Gaga found in the vocals of the song.
Listen to Giorgio’s interpretation of “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Drake broke The Beatles‘ record for the number of singles to be featured on the Hot 100. His remix of ILoveMakonnen‘s “Tuesday” became Drake’s 72nd song to enter the chart, besting the Beatles at 71. (Glee still has the most entries of all time with 207.) [MTV]
:: Speaking of Drake, he also “hosted” his own, rap-oriented version of the Grammys, #HoodGrammys, on Instagram. ILoveMakonnen‘s “Tuesday” was named Best Latin Club Anthem, natch. [The FADER]
:: Ariana Grande revealed snapshots from her “Love Me Harder” video shoot. She and featured artist The Weeknd appear in all black and in what looks to be a dark cellar – hmm! [Ryan Seacrest]
:: Nicki Minaj covers the latest issue of L’Uomo Vogue, the men’s version of Vogue Italia. Fittingly, she appears in menswear-inspired ensembles. [The FADER]
:: Lady Gaga revealed in a recent Reddit AMA that in high school, she was in a classic rock band and was inspired by Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant‘s vocals. “Im [sic] certain that side of my musicianship will seep through the pores of music in the future,” she says. [Reddit]
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Lady Gaga is really dedicated to her Little Monsters. So much so that she got a hand making their trademark claw tattooed on her back. The “G.U.Y.” diva shared the entire process on her Instagram account last night (October 2) — from the original tracing of the design, right through to the end result. I’m not sure if the tattoo matches the rest of her ink but it definitely makes a statement.
It’s been a very good week for the 28-year-old. She made history by becoming the first woman to land three number one albums this decade when Tony Bennett-assisted jazz LP Cheek To Cheek topped the chart. ARTPOP might have flopped but her core fan-base is intact, which is the most important thing. See Mother Monster get tatted up after the jump. More »
The race for #1 on the Billboard 200 over the past week was a tight one, but in the end it was Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga who (barely) won it. The pair’s collaborative album of jazz duets, Cheek To Cheek, topped the main album chart after selling 131,000 copies, thus giving 88-year-old Bennett his second #1 LP (after 2011′s Duets II) and 28-year-old Gaga her third (following 2011′s Born This Way and 2013′s ARTPOP).
Just behind Cheek To Cheek is Kenny Chesney‘s 17th studio LP The Big Revival, at #2 (130,000). Giving both a run for their money was last week’s #1 album, Barbra Streisand‘s Partners, which slips to #3 after selling another 127,000 copies.
Head below to see where the rest of this week’s players wound up on the album chart. More »
Each month, we’re taking a look back at the albums that piqued our pop interest, pitting them against each other and then asking you to decide which album ultimately ruled.
It’s that time again: The “Best Of” Ibrawlator for September! Last month, art-pop purveyor from down under Kimbra dazzled our readers, resulting in a crowning victory for her daring and ambitious The Golden Echo.
And now, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on the best pop records of September. More »
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett traveled to Brussels earlier this week to promote pop standards album Cheek to Cheek. The odd (but delightful) couple strutted arm in arm on stage at the city’s Grand Place to perform their rendition of “Anything Goes,” as shown in a new video from that night (above).
Bennett appeared completely at ease – after all, he has appeared in a suit and before a jazz band throughout his decades-long career. Meanwhile, Gaga twirled in her gold sequined gown as she belted her parts in the song, originally the title track from Cole Porter‘s 1934 Broadway musical. More »
Another week has passed in the Pop world, and boy was it jam-packed!
It kicked off with song releases from Jessie J with “Burning Up”, and Kiesza‘s collaboration with Joey Bada$$ on “Bad Thing.” Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s jazz collaboration Cheek To Cheek was released, and Danity Kane surprised everyone with a new album announcement and accompanying single. Kendrick Lamar dropped his anticipated single, “i” while Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose called it quits. Lastly, Carrie Underwood announced Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (her first compilation album) with the new single “Something In The Water” to be released on September 29.
Here at Idolator, we spoke to LIGHTS about her new album and also interviewed K. Michelle (it included a ton of shade, of course).
As usual, you were all quite vocal this week! Check out some of the best comments below. More »