Well, here’s a polarizing and/or very exciting thing!
Producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins is responsible for creating some the best pop hits over the past two decades, from Destiny’s Child‘s “Say My Name” to Lady Gaga‘s “Telephone” to Justin Bieber‘s “As Long As You Love Me.” Next year will officially mark the producer’s 20th anniversary in the music industry, and he wants to celebrate his achievements — by bringing them into the future.
In an interview with HITS Daily Double, the producer revealed that he’s got a “special project” lined up for 2015, where he’ll be releasing originals and “reimagined hits.” “So for example, I’ll do the ‘The Boy Is Mine’ with Ariana [Grande] and Jessie J. Sam [Smith] is doing “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” by Whitney Houston, which Sam told me was the song that made him want to sing,” he explained.
Whoa. “The Boy Is Mine” and “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” are modern pop classics at this point. Will today’s hottest stars be able to tackle them? Darkchild seems to think so. “Sam’s the truth. He has a great heart and he’s genuine. His music speaks for who he is. This is a project I’m really looking forward to.”
But how about you? Are you looking forward to these reinventions? Let us know in the comments below.
In 1998, Bill Clinton was President, Monica Lewinsky was the most famous intern on the planet, the world had come down with Titanic
fever and a show on MTV called Total Request Live
was about to alter the sound of popular music. One such superstar who rose up through TRL
‘s glittery ranks was Britney Jean Spears
, a then-16-year-old performer who had last been seen as a series regular on Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club
To celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Britney’s debut single “…Baby One More Time” — a three-and-a-half-minute dose of pop-funk that put Spears on the fast track and cemented songwriter/producer Max Martin as a music’s go-to maestro — we took a deep look in the mirror, realized how old we were and began sobbing uncontrollably. Then we composed ourselves and whipped up a fairly pop-filled playlist that is guaranteed to give you an accurate depiction of what radio sounded like in 1998.
So head below to get an earful of what people were listening to while checking their pagers and worrying about the Y2K Bug. More »
LL Cool J
has unveiled the album artwork and tracklist for Authentic
, out April 30. And in keeping with the nostalgic Kings of the Mic tour
, apparently by “authentic” LL means “throwback.” The album is loaded with old school guest spots including: Snoop Dogg
, Chuck D
, Earth, Wind & Fire
and freaking Eddie Van Halen
. One of the few new school guests, Fitz and The Tantrums
, even sounds old school. So the cameos may be all over the place, but there seems to be a unified theme here. Oh, and also Brad Paisley
is on a song. It’s wild.
It’s worth noting that only one song title (the opener) isn’t followed by “featuring,” and there’s no sign of LL’s new tracks “Ratchet” and “Take It.” Head below for the full tracklist. More »
With the 55th Annual Grammy Awards just days away, we’ve got that yearly itch to revisit the fashions of Grammys gone by. This time, however, we’re scratching it in a different way. This isn’t a hottest red carpet roundup. Instead, you’re not going to see Jennifer Lopez
in that green Versace dress,
rocking sexy bed-head hair
. No, this year what caught our attention when we took a walk down Grammy memory lane was what actually stood the test of time: the women themselves.
In the gallery above, we present to you pop’s divas whose careers long outlasted the now-dated dresses they wore. Join us as we celebrate young Britney Spears, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Adele and Whitney Houston the night they won their first Grammys and (for reasons unknown) that time that Cher talked to Miley Cyrus. See how many of these historical pop moments you remember! More »
During the the BET Awards
in Los Angeles, Mariah Carey
did the honor of delivering a touching speech about her late friend Whitney Houston
, who died on February 11. “The first time I heard Whitney’s voice, I was mesmerized, like the rest of the world,” Carey said after walking on stage. The songstress went on to state that she was captivated by “the power in [Houston's] range, the richness of her tone and her unique ability to wrap a lyric emotion.”
Those who also paid tribute to Houston at the awards show included Monica, who performed gospel number “I Love The Lord”, and Brandy, who tackled Whitney classics “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. Houston’s brother Gary followed up with “Where You Are” before Whitney’s mother Cissy sang a moving rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
Catch Mariah’s speech above, and the Whitney tribute performances below. More »
may owe the IRS a bundle of cash
, but the versatile singer at least has the triumph of a chart-topping album to be thankful for this week. Tuskegee debuted on the Top 200
two weeks ago, behind Madonna
(which had some crying foul
). After slipping to #4 last week, the country duets LP has risen to the top of the heap thanks to a boost from CBS’ special ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends In Concert
, which aired last Friday. More »
Yesterday we learned Whitney Houston’s official cause of death, but that won’t stop the tributes from coming. Many of today’s biggest artists were just growing up in the late 80′s and early 90′s when the pop diva was at her peak, so it’s no wonder so many have cited her as one of their greatest influences. This is certainly true for Brandy and Monica, who separately honored the “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” legend at their V103’s Conversation/Soul Session in Atlanta. Monica performed Whitney’s “You Give Good Love,” while Brandy sang a little of “I Will Always Love You” a cappella. Catch this along with duets both old and new, “The Boy Is Mine” and “It All Belongs To Me,” below. More »
Brandy and Monica’s video for “It All Belongs To Me”
, their first pair-up since their top-selling 1998 smash “The Boy Is Mine”
, is pretty much a straight forward visual that plays on the ladies’ man-sassin’ lyrics. In one tongue-in-cheek scene, Brandy dumps her man, instructs her ex to log off his Facebook, then changes the status on her own account to single. Use your
MacBook (which Brandy and Monica will likely say belongs to them) to watch the vid.
We’re happy that, lyrically, Brandy and Monica are getting along these days. That said, judging by some reactions
to their new single “It All Belongs To Me”
, listeners seemed to prefer their “The Boy Is Mine”
feuding days better. Regardless, the ladies hit up the Tonight Show
last night for an impressive, soulful performance of their new jam for Jay Leno’s audience. Watch it below.
A few months (or weeks) from now, you may not remember who won the Super Bowl. But we bet you’ll remember who performed at halftime
, and that’s just one reason why she dominates the latest Pop & Fizz
chart. We’ve tallied the ups and downs of M.I.A., Lana Del Rey, Missy Elliott and the rest of this week’s news-making pop artists, and you’ll find the results below. (Remember, we study each artist or major news story according to their size (that’s Rank) and then we weigh how they’re faring overall in the pop zeitgeist (that’s Hype). Who do you think will top the chart following the Grammy Awards