We haven’t heard news about Nathan Sykes (or The Wanted, for that matter) since his 2013 “Almost Is Never Enough” duet with former girlfriend Ariana Grande. While the mini pop diva has moved on to another man and new music, the former boy band member is planning some tunes of his own! The soulful crooner has partnered up with songwriting legends like Diane Warren, Babyface and Harmony Samuels for his debut solo album.
Sykes spoke to Hunger TV about his new collaborations: “Working with Diane Warren and Babyface were two of the most surreal days of my life. There is never a dull moment with Diane and she is one of my favorite people on the planet and the session with Babyface produced probably the most honest and emotional song I’ve ever written.”
The singer also touched on his plans for the album, including its sound: “While I’ve kept this as a pop album, I have tried to make something for everyone and have elements of soul, funk, Motown, dance, straight down the line commercial pop, some more stripped back acoustic tracks and there are a couple of piano ballads on there as well,” he said. “I just wanted to make an album that people can really enjoy and that will also translate really well into a live show as I feel that having a great live show is just as important as having a great album.” More »
With the grand finale of the series getting closer every week, the writing on Glee has gone from whimsical to downright wacky in tone. For those of you wondering what the show has been desperately in need of, it’s more Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). And this week, the musical series definitely delivers. Sue’s crowning moment is a solo that has her head popping out of lockers and file drawers. And I say that after also having seen robot drones with high definition cameras float through the halls of McKinley High on this show. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Adele has reportedly finished her third album, with hopes of pulling off a Beyonce-style surprise release. “Theoretically it could be released tomorrow if she wanted,” a source said. [Daily Star]
:: Jessie J performed her part in DJ Cassidy‘s “Calling All Hearts,” which also features Robin Thicke, at this year’s Capital Summertime Ball. Instead of the Paula crooner, though, The Wanted‘s Nathan Sykes joined her on stage to help sing the song. [Popdust]
:: Kelly Clarkson has shared the first photo of her newborn girl, River Rose. “6lbs 6oz, 18 inches, and the greatest thing on the planet :)” she says. (River Rose is adorable.) [Instagram]
:: A homeless man who stalked Selena Gomez was ordered to undergo psychological treatment. He went to the Stars Dance star’s house twice, then was arrested for breaking into her guest house. Yikes. [AP]
:: As the world waits for Hillary Clinton to decide whether she will run for president in 2016, Katy Perry has already volunteered to write her a campaign song. Wouldn’t “Firework” suffice? [Instagram]
:: Lorde responded to Iggy Azalea‘s recent comments about her participation in an all-girl tribute to Nirvana, which was part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. “I had a good time. That’s all that mattered,” Lorde said. Meanwhile, Azalea re-focused her energies on criticizing the media. [Pitchfork]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
After getting together in 2009, The Wanted
are taking a break. The British boy band announced today (January 22) that they’ll be going on hiatus after their Word Of Mouth
tour concludes. The news came tacked onto a post about the release of their “Glow In The Dark” video, and the silver lining for fans is that it’s being framed only as a break, not a breakup
“This tour will be their last for a while as Tom, Max, Jay, Siva and Nathan have collectively decided to take time to pursue personal endeavours following the tour’s conclusion,” the statement read. “The band wants to stress to their fans that they will continue on as The Wanted and look forward to many successful projects together in the future.”
It’s only temporary, but it would appear Directioners chose the winning side in the Great British Boy Band Battle Of The 2010s. We just ask that 1D fans show some respect to the mourners during this time of grief.
See The Wanted’s full announcement below, or head to their official site. More »
Well, the NME Awards
nominations are out, and it’s bad news for fans of One Direction
and The Wanted
. The dueling British boy bands weren’t just snubbed
by the British rock magazine’s annual awards — they were actually nominated for Worst Band this year, alongside Muse, 30 Seconds To Mars, The 1975
and Imagine Dragons,
which feels a little harsh. All four of those are way worse than One Direction or The Wanted. C’mon, guys.
In slightly happier news, some actually-good pop acts were also nominated for awards: HAIM received a Best International Band nom, while Lorde and Lily Allen are both up for Best Solo Artist. CHVRCHES received a Best New Band nod, and Lily Allen’s exceptional “Hard Out Here” was nominated for Best Track and Best Music Video; Pharrell received a nomination for “Happy” in that latter category. More »
We’ve spent the past month celebrating the best things about pop music in 2013
, but now it’s time to call out a few worsts — sorry, Santa, but we can’t be nice all the time. Our list of the worst album covers is one of my favorite year-end features. Why do I love it so? For one thing, it’s hard to agree on what makes bad music, but it’s very easy to unite in agreement over what makes a bad photo or ugly artwork. As the 10 terrible covers below will prove.
Secondly, I love pondering how these things happen. How do such visual abominations get through so, so many layers of approval before getting slapped onto a CD cover? Who cares! We’re here to chide them, not deconstruct them! Let’s get to it. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Demi Lovato has opened up about the extent of her pre-rehab drug habit, admitting that she couldn’t go 30 minutes without cocaine and would even smuggle it on airplanes. [Just Jared]
:: Looking for new threads? Drake is opening pop-up stores in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Miami and New Orleans. Now you have no excuse to be unfashionable! [Vibe]
:: Britney Spears gets lip injections. That is one of the many completely non-shocking revelations in her interview with InStyle magazine. Oh, she also enjoys face masks! [Billboard]
:: Congratulations go to The Wanted‘s Siva Kaneswaran, proposed to his shoe designer girlfriend Nareesha McCafferey. Sorry, ladies. She said yes! [People]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Well, The Wanted
have finally released their American debut Word Of Mouth
and while it hasn’t earned them a particularly positive critical reception
(aw, shucks), that hasn’t deterred them from trekking out hard on their stateside promotional tour, which reached dizzying new heights today with an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show
Williams grilled them about their personal lives (of course) and then they answered a round of fan questions, which is nice, certainly; the age-old question of, “Which member of The Wanted has the most groupies?” finally gets addressed (spoiler: it’s Jay), and Max George reveals that he bought a teacup chihuahua with his first big label paycheck. Everything you ever wanted to know, folks. It’s all right here. More »
For American fans of The Wanted
, it’s been an eternal wait for the British-Irish boy band’s debut album, Word Of Mouth
(out today, November 5). The lads first hit the upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 waaaaaayyyy
back in early 2011 with “Glad You Came.” Since then, various singles (“Chasing The Sun,” “I Found You,” “Walks Like Rihanna”
) have failed to capture that same exciting lightning in a bottle on the US charts.
So how will Word Of Mouth fare, now that it’s finally out? The band and their label are likely hoping the album lives up to its title. Reviewers, however, have other ideas for where this whole thing is heading. Jump below to catch our roundup of the web’s critical opinion of The Wanted’s first stateside LP. More »
The boys of The Wanted
are out on the streets of New York promoting their new album Word Of Mouth
(watch out, world!), and this morning, they trotted their act onto Good Morning America
to perform recent single “We Own The Night”
and their bigger (and more successful) hit “I Found You.”
The former song’s singalong chorus is pleasantly anthemic live, but they’re still at their best with the chilly EDM frenzy of “I Found You” — and that falsetto chorus is gold.
Still, they have yet to replicate the success of “Glad You Came” — and these songs don’t seem particularly likely to do it, unfortunately, even with all that good word of mouth. More »