Call it the millionth reason Loreen is the Swedish chanteuse to beat: Her new single “We Got the Power” is blisteringly great, penned by Ester Dean (all of your favorite Rihanna songs) and produced by Patrik Berger (Robyn‘s “Dancing On My Own,” Icona Pop‘s “I Love It” and Charli XCX‘s “You’re the One,” among others).
But a song that sounds like a lost Pat Benatar classic blasted into space isn’t good enough for Loreen — she had to go and direct the video herself. She directed it herself! And it’s great: Elegant in its simplicity and lovingly rendered, trading a real narrative for a lot of nicely evocative shots. More »
The stars might be blind, but Birdman isn’t — to Paris Hilton‘s raw talent! (It took me an hour to come up with that opening line.)
The rapper-turned-Cash Money Records co-founder opened up to The Los Angeles Times about signing the vocally gifted chanteuse: “Controversy and all of that, it works for your benefit,” he said. “[Her Cash Money deal] being so talked about shows the strength of her popularity. I’m very excited. I’m very appreciative that she’s part of the team. She’s very talented, and a beautiful young woman.” More »
Blue Ivy Carter is a grown woman! Yes, the adorable tot is assuming directorial duties, if the new picture Beyonce posted to her Tumblr last night is anything to go by. Who run the world? Blue Ivy, and literally nobody else, because Blue Ivy is more powerful than her mind can even comprehend.
Showing the 45-year-old toddler seated in a white chair monogrammed with “BIC,” sporting a pink tee (hopefully House of Dereon, hand-woven by LaTavia Roberson) and a white tutu, the photo doesn’t give us much new information about what Blue Ivy is up to. Is she working on a new album? Directing her latest music video? Launching a fragrance line? Sabotaging Kelly Rowland‘s career? Rendering your faves irrelevant? Probably all of the above, honestly. More »
The Saturdays‘ weird-amazing new single “Gentleman” isn’t necessarily my very favorite effort from the British girl group — although it is one of their most interesting tracks to date — but the just-premiered video is a nice complement to the song, as much as it looks like a Desperate Housewives promo from a few years back. (There was one that used Jennifer Lopez‘s “Mile In My Shoes” that this echoes for me. Hopefully I’m not the only person in the world who remembers that. Right, guys? Right.)
Following the girls in sexy ensembles as they garden, hang up laundry, and generally get domestic, the concept fits the song effectively. A gentleman needs a lady, okay? More »
Hey, it’s the Teen Choice Awards — you know, the annual ceremony where extraordinary achievements in politics, science and literature are recognized! Ha, no it’s not. It’s an awards show with a category called “Choice Smile.” Sorry, haters.
Anyway, the nominations are out, and it’s pretty much the usual suspects — in the music categories, Taylor Swift takes the lead with three nods (for Choice Female Artist, Choice Female Country Artist and Choice Smile), while Justin Bieber has two (Choice Male Artist and Choice Male Hottie, obvi).
Wyclef Jean has now been a solo act for far longer than he was a Fugee. But Clef has never truly been “solo” – his album The Carnival was a veritable carnival of guest spots, and his April Showers mixtape is equally feature-heavy. As Wyclef told us in last week’s on-camera chat, he’s at his best when he’s bringing in other big names to toss ideas back and forth, or bringing in new names to cultivate their talent. Needless to say, dude has worked with just about everyone in the business.
And that makes him an especially apt subject for Pop Associated, so we got him to spit out the first things that came to mind when we mentioned some of his biggest collaborators, including Shakira, Lil Wayne, Snoop Lion, and Diplo. Head up top to see whom he calls a modern day rocker, who’s the revolutionary and whose hips don’t lie. OK so you can probably guess that last one.