made the leap from critically acclaimed underground artist to veritable hitmaker by penning (and lending his vocals to) Rihanna
‘s career-best ballad “Stay”
. The song has been covered by everyone from Vin Diesel
to Patti Smith
and will probably still be played at weddings ten years from now. But what did the original demo sound like?
The answer is absolutely gorgeous. Mikky’s solo version of the blockbuster smash surfaced online today (January 22) and it sounds remarkably similar to Rihanna’s mega-selling interpretation. The arrangement is unchanged and RiRi even mimicked the Nashville-based songsmith’s vocal delivery. Listen to the pretty, understated demo after the jump. More »
Punk poet Patti Smith
performed in New York City on December 30, and for her 67th birthday that night she treated fans to a host of covers, including renditions of songs by Lou Reed
, John Lennon
… and Rihanna
! Smith joined the growing list
of musicians showing their appreciation for RiRi’s lovely “Stay,”
reportedly calling it “the 2013 song of the year” before breaking out a cover — but somehow the video of her rendition sat largely unnoticed on YouTube until now.
The pig-tailed rock icon stood stoically as she crooned the ballad at Webster Hall, her vocals as evocative as ever. Near the end, Smith forgets some of the lyrics, saying, “Wait, wait. I’m sorry, I’m just nervous. I was doing so good,” before picking up where she left off. Turns out even the legends still get butterflies.
Check it out below, then compare it to Vin Diesel‘s rendition from last Valentine’s Day. More »
Leave it to Rihanna
to make a physical activity as dull as paddle boarding look sexier than pole dancing. The queen of sexy Instagram updates
really outdid herself today (January 21) by uploading a series of pics from Brazil that showcase her deep love of water sports.
RiRi rocks a tiny bikini while posing on a paddle board and even manages to smoke a cigar (let’s give her the benefit of the doubt) while working out. That takes skill and coordination! After working up a sweat, Shakira‘s duet partner removed her top — much to the delight of her millions of followers. More »
Merry Friday, Idolator readers! It’s been a pop-tastic week ’round these parts, kicking off at the start of the week with the premiere of Rihanna
‘s “Can’t Remember To Forget You,” Lily Allen
‘s “Air Balloon”
and Paloma Faith
‘s “Can’t Rely On You.”
Meanwhile, the competition is fierce in Idolator World between our Britney Spears super fans for a chance to win a signed copy of Britney Jean. And speaking of battles, we need your help to name the Top Twerker for our ticket giveaway for Miley‘s Bangerz Tour. Make sure to vote on both if you haven’t already!
Plus, Kylie Minogue just revealed the lyrics for her “Into The Blue,” and the ladies known as Danity Kane have made their grand return to the music scene with “Bye Baby.” It’s all happening — and as always, you guys had plenty to say this week. More »
‘s new single “Can’t Remember To Forget You”
is already a radio hit
and steady seller on iTunes despite surprising many fans with its ska-flavored, retro-rock twist. However, as connoisseurs of the Colombian goddess can attest, her Rihanna
collaboration actually covers not-so-foreign territory.
While best known for her Latin-tinged, hip-swinging pop jams, the 36-year-old siren has experimented wildly with sound on every album since her 2001 international breakthrough Laundry Service. (Has it really been that long?) In fact, the DNA of “Can’t Remember To Forget You” can be traced back to that LP. Update your Shakira playlist with the following three tracks. More »
Now this is different. Bastille
band member William Farquarson
makes his acting debut (I assume) in a bizarre short film starring a Rihanna
poster. Called La Ri En Rose
, the weirdest slice of cinema you’ll see in 2014 finds the handsome musician lying in bed.
He holds a white rose, rubs it on his beard and eventually starts to cry. That’s when we realize he’s looking at a poster for RiRi’s Loud album. I’m sure Chris Brown has the same reaction. The “Pompeii” hitmakers tweeted a link to the film (see it after the jump) with the hashtag #BetterThanBattleships. Rude or accurate? More »
‘s “Can’t Remember To Forget You”
has been warmly embraced by radio. The high-profile duet made its debut yesterday (January 13) and received 1,172 first-day spins on 143 stations. That equates to 11 million audience impressions.
The quirky, ska-flavored collaboration hasn’t been as popular on iTunes. Shakira and Rihanna are currently sitting at number seven on their sales countdown, which is an impressive achievement but not quite the speedy march to number one that many fans were expecting. More »
celebrated the release of her Shakira
collaboration “Can’t Remember To Forget You”
by posing nude on Brazilian beach for Vogue
. Admittedly, pics of the scantily-clad diva enjoying sun and surf emerge every second day but these are extra glamorous.
Not only does RiRi pose topless (with only nude-colored pasties for coverage), she also rocks a ruffled green jacket and shows off her nipple ring. I’m not sure when Vogue turned into Playboy but I doubt they will be inundated with complaints. Find a link to the pics after the jump. More »
have up and collaborated on a new single — the understated, ska-influenced “Can’t Remember To Forget You”
(not to be confused with Carrie Underwood
‘s “Don’t Forget To Remember Me”) — and the critics are chiming in with their thoughts on the tune. Unsurprisingly, given that it doesn’t sound like much of a radio single, the listening community seems split, with some writing that the song’s subtle shape makes it a winner, while others feel like there’s not enough there
Check below to see what the Internet thought about the new single. More »
The pop rock revolution
just found two major supporters in Shakira
on their new duet “Can’t Remember To Forget You.” The lead single off Shak’s forthcoming album has the two stars venting about a lost love as ska guitars and horns litter the chorus in that Police
style. That’s followed by driving power chords and live drums during the towering, oooh oooh
-laden chorus as they lament, “When you look at me, the only memory is us kissing in the moonlight.”
Hear the powerhouse duet below. More »