Ariana Grande has debuted her “Love Me Harder” lyric video – essentially, an extended behind-the-scenes peek into the actual video to come.
Like her teasers so far, the hazy footage shows the My Everything star dressed in a lace bralet top and skirt, casting knowing glances at the camera from an antique bed and seat. Aside from when she meets featured vocalist The Weeknd in a stairwell, the “Love Me Harder” lyric video bears a striking resemblance to a standard Victoria’s Secret commercial. More »
Ariana Grande has already landed two huge hits from sophomore set My Everything in the form of summer smash “Problem” and Zedd-assisted EDM excursion “Break Free”. It’s a pretty safe bet that she will make it three from three with mid-tempo synth anthem “Love Me Harder”. A duet with The Weeknd, the earworm has been singled out by most critics as the best song on her LP.
While it’s definitely more palatable than the album’s first two cuts, “Love Me Harder” still feels stuck in second gear to me. A new remix by the ever-reliable Country Club Martini Crew remedies that by transforming the cute bop into a raging club-banger without destroying the original’s sweet appeal. Listen to Brazilian DJ’s latest dance overhaul after the jump. 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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Children, today we’re going to let The Weeknd
show you all about the birds and the bees. You see that video above? Well, when you watch it you’ll notice that sometimes the Daddy likes to go to book a hotel room and get high as fuck, because he thinks that’s what people want to watch for four minutes in lieu of a video that might actually be entertaining on some level. And then, the Daddy likes to rent a bunch of Mommys to come over to his room so he can get on top of them for 42 seconds before vomiting on the lamp and passing out.
Then all the Hooker Mommys put their fingers in the Daddy’s wallet while he’s sleeping to try to steal the cash he’s always bragging about having, but surprise — it’s flopsville! More »
is shaping up to be exactly that, isn’t it Arianators?
“Break Free” pop princess Ariana Grande is in a giving mood apparently, because she’s decided to stream 4 full songs from her upcoming sophomore LP, which is due out in less than a week.
Already, there’s a lot to love here, from her piano-led power ballad “A Little Bit Of Your Heart” to the marching Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder-crafted anthem “Why Try,” to the slick throwback R&B stylings of the Cashmere Cat-assisted “Be My Baby.” Best, though, might be “Love Me Harder,” the Max Martin and Savan Kotecha-crafted “Love Me Harder,” featuring The Weeknd, an irresistibly smooth synth-pop production.
Listen to the songs after the jump. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. More »
, you wicked little tease! Pop’s naughtiest chanteuselet posted a snippet of her upcoming My Everything
track “Love Me Harder” on Instagram last night. And as if she wasn’t already dominating the airwaves and charts of the world with the slickly-produced trifecta that is “Problem,” “Break Free”
and “Bang Bang,”
she’s now infected our ears with what sounds like yet another super-catchy late-summer jam.
You’ll recall from Grande’s upcoming album’s feature-heavy tracklist that this is the one with The Weeknd on it (though you can’t hear his bit in this snippet). “Love Me Harder” was co-produced by Max Martin, who has his hand in a fair amount of My Everything‘s tunes, and Savan Kotecha. Get a preview of the song below. More »
Currently on his King Of The Fall Tour
with fellow soulster Jhene Aiko
and rapper Schoolboy Q
, The Weeknd
’s Abel Testfaye
is back with a new tour-titled track, and it’s business as usual, folks. It’s a song about — you guessed it — the ladies, but it’s not just about any girl in particular anymore. This time around, he wants the lot.
Packed with his signature baby-making melody and angelic mewl, “King of the Fall” seems almost formulaic for the Canadian crooner now, but, hey, if it keeps the ladies flocking, am I right? Singing “Your girl’s so bad, let me get her. She gon’ give it up ’cause she know I might like it,”
The Weeknd mysteriously also uses a picture of indie darling Sky Ferriera as the track’s cover art, which poses the question: Is this on purpose, or just a coincidence? Listen to the song below, and decide for yourself.
is heading out on the road once again — and this time, he’s got company.
After last year’s The Fall Tour in support of his latest record Kiss Land, the brooding alt-R&B maestro will be joined by Schoolboy Q and Jhene Aiko for an exclusive four show series called King Of The Fall, which promises to be “his most immersive and inventive production yet.” (EXCITING.)
It seems likely that the tour will be full of new material, too: Just yesterday, The Weeknd dropped his sexy new track “Often,” while Jhene premiered her Souled Out lead single, “To Love & Die.”
The upcoming mini-tour, which will begin on September 19 in Brooklyn, will carry the entertainers to Toronto and Los Angeles before making a final stop at San Francisco. Check out the tour dates below the jump. More »
Guess what The Weeknd
has on the mind? That’s right, music lovers: PUSSY! Following up with last fall’s highly-rated Kiss Land
, the 24-year-old Canadian has offered up new song “Often” on SoundCloud. It’s an altogether sexy and haunting baby-makin’ jam that finds Abel Tesfaye boasting over a murky track, “Bitches down to do it either way often, baby I can make that pussy rain often.”
Those are pretty confident words. If you fancy taking Weeknd up on his braggy claims, give “Often” a listen below and — bonus! — download the song for free. More »
After headlining his own tour
in the US and opening for Drake
over in Europe, The Weeknd
is back on that promo grind with a lyric video for Kiss Land
standout “Wanderlust.” Fitting in with his whole “seedy neon nights” aesthetic for this album cycle, the lyrics appear in glowing fonts in dark alleyways and on dilapidated building facades.
To me, this was the most intriguing song of the LP, simply because it abandoned all of Abel Tesfaye‘s usual tricks (ya know, the stuff that came to define “PBR&B”), resulting in something more dance-oriented than any of his previous material. But despite the song’s flickering churn, the lyrics here emphasize that it’s a song that takes as nihilistic a view of love as any of his prior cuts.
Check out the video below. More »