They asked you to love them harder…and so, you did.
Following the premiere of their sultry music video, My Everything mini-diva Ariana Grande and The Weeknd have jumped into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 to the #7 spot, up from #24 as of last week. This is a huge record for Ari, according to Billboard: As her 4th Top 10 hit of 2014, “Love Me Harder” makes Ariana Grande the first act to score four Top 10 hits. Damn, girl!
There aren’t too many other surprises on this week’s Top 10, although 1989 songstress Taylor Swift, who is currently shaking off haters (and everyone else) at #1 with “Shake It Off,” is creeping up fast with her brand new single “Blank Space,” which rose to #13 this week. (And after that video premiere, there’s no doubt she’ll be bursting into the Top 10 this time next week.)
Check out the full Top 10 after the jump. More »
Compared to the ’60s dance party that was “Problem” and the campy sci-fi nature of “Break Free,” nothing much happens in Ariana Grande‘s music video for “Love Me Harder,” her third, The Weeknd-featuring single off My Everything. That’s quite alright, though, as the dreamy mid-tempo number is arguably the best song off Grande’s second album, and a bit of visual understatement for this one is just what’s in order. More »
It feels like Ariana Grande has been teasing her “Love Me Harder” music video for forever now, and the mini-diva is taunting fans once again with a behind-the-scenes look at the forthcoming visual. The brief clip shows Grande performing with The Weeknd in a dark stairway, being surrounded by a pool of water, floating on a cloud and even a cameo from choreographer Casper Grant (a.k.a. J. Lo‘s ex-boo).
“Love Me Harder” is the third single off Ariana Grande’s sophomore LP My Everything, released on August 25. It follows radio favorites “Break Free” and the Iggy Azalea-assisted “Problem.” More »
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]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
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.