Daft Punk‘s latest album Random Access Memories is filled with smooth uptempos, but the French electro-house duo toys with a different sound on “Horizon.” The bonus instrumental, which is featured on the Japanese version of the album, is completely hypnotic and begins with an acoustic guitar and atmospheric sheen. The song gradually picks up speed when the other instruments kick in, building to a space-rock odyssey reminiscent of Pink Floyd.
The mellow, trance-like song is a surprising change from the already surprising RAM material. Listen to “Horizon” below. More »
Quadron‘s “Hey Love” is an early contender for song of the summer: The humming, infectious soul-inflected number is light, blithe and totally irresistible. (The video, too, is just absurdly likable.)
But the Danish duo — comprised of vocalist Coco O. (born Coco Maja Hastrup Karshøj) and producer Robin Hannibal, who is also in the band Rhye — are a more complex act than that song’s featherweight charms would suggest, as we learned when Coco dropped by Idolator headquarters to chat about the band’s upcoming album, Avalanche. More »
Rihanna posted the above photo teasing her forthcoming video for “Pour It Up,” along with the message, “ALL I SEE IZ $IGN$ #pouritupvideoshoot #stripclubsanddollabillz.” Coincidentally, that’s the email signature on her corporate Outlook account. Anyway, if you look closely, you can see that Rihanna had her own currency printed for the video, and we think she should totally start selling the funny money at her merch tables. More »
After cruising the Miami streets with Lil Wayne in his clip for “Wit Me”, T.I. shows off a softer side in the Marc Klasfeld-directed video for “Hello.” Featuring Cee Lo Green, the video finds the rapper in the Wild Wild West as he embarks on a journey in search of happiness.
T.I. keeps it all in the family as his children, the OMG Girlz and his wife Tiny make appearances, helping the rapper resist temptation and face various challenges. In the end, they all end up in a saloon where T.I. knocks out after one too many drinks. But after traveling in the dry desert all day, it’s tough to blame him. More »
When Miguel misjudged his stage jump at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 19) and ended up leg-slamming one girl in the head and kicking another one in the dome, our first reaction was unstoppable laughter, obviously. But once we replayed it a couple times, and in slo-mo, we realized, whoa, he really clobbered these gals and they may actually be injured. But the singer was quick to tweet that one of the innocent bystanders, Khyati, was OK. And he was very apologetic with her in a backstage interview after the incident, which you can watch up top. Khyati had an icebag on her arm during the debrief, but she was well enough to savvily pull off a power play, emphasizing that the singer will “hopefully make up for” the too-close encounter.
This is great. But you guys, it’s always Khyati, Khyati, Khyati! What about the other victim?? More »
If you thought you knew it all about One Direction, guess again: The band are telling all in their new book, One Direction: Where We Are: Our Band, Our Story, ghostwritten by the ghost of Norman Mailer and including a foreword by Joan Didion. (No, not really.)
The boys of 1D spilled the details of their book to MTV, where they’ll discuss their rise to international superstardom, and also metaphysics. (Okay, that part isn’t true, either.) More »