“Bittersweet” can’t even begin to describe how we feel about this bit of news. Chris Brown announced earlier today (May 14) that his next single, “They Don’t Know,” features unreleased vocals from the late, great Aaliyah. Think happy thoughts: new Aaliyah vox!
It’s always slightly questionable when a dead person’s unfinished art is arbitrarily shepherded through to a commercial release via time-traveling collaboration, but, ugh, this sucks. Is it Brown’s attempt to one-up Drake, who was orchestrating a posthumous Aaliyah album? We weren’t even keen on Drizzy’s “collaboration” with Aaliyah, “Enough Said,” and we like Drake! This is too much cognitive dissonance for us to handle on a Tuesday afternoon, guys. More »
Justin Bieber‘s Believe tour already had the makings of some Saturday morning cartoon extravaganza — the pet monkey, the toppled piano, the bizarre outfits — but now it’s downright surreal. While the star was serenading his mom on stage at his Mother’s Day show in Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday (May 12), bandits were making off with all his concert earnings.
In what is being described as an Ocean’s 11-style heist, “involving ropes and chisels to lower themselves into a safe room,” the robbers made off with the night’s cash earnings — about $330,000, according to TMZ. That’s some serious booty. But Bieber doesn’t seem to be very fazed by it, reportedly tweeting to TMZ, “It wasn’t me.” More »
There are plenty of music events devoted to showering our favorite pop stars in awards — from the Grammys to the Billboard Music Awards. The SESAC Pop Awards, on the other hand, are an annual celebration of the talented players behind-the-scenes, including the industry’s finest songwriters, producers and executives.
This year’s ceremony, which was hosted last night at the New York Public Library, saw acts like Danja, Swizz Beatz and Omarion picking up awards for their contribution to pop music over the past year.
We got a chance to chat with Michelle Williams, who was on hand to present Rico Love with the Songwriter of the Year award, about her upcoming album. More »
Ah, the inimitable Kandi! After dropping by Idolator headquarters to teach us a thing or two about her history as a Grammy-award winning songwriter — specifically, her now-iconic smash “No Scrubs” for TLC — she turned her attention to her new show, The Kandi Factory, which sees the multi-hyphenate mentoring aspiring artists by teaching them the tricks of the trade as they record a prime songwriting cut from Kandi’s own arsenal.
With The Kandi Factory in mind, Kandi offered up some very practical advice on how to make it as a singer-songwriter in the business — and some of her insights may come as a surprise. More »
Carrie Underwood pops in purple on the June 2013 cover of Marie Claire. The country superstar and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football siren opened up about her family life in the latest issue. Underwood explained why having much older siblings gave her thick skin, and opened up about her perceived iciness. Head below for interview highlights and click through the sexy spread up top. More »
Kendrick Lamar is becoming quite the sidekick for the emerging crop of ultra-cool R&B singers. The Compton rapper teamed up with Emeli Sande for the US version of “Next to Me,” then dropped a verse on Miguel‘s “How Many Drinks?” remix and now he’s throwing some rhymes onto Solange‘s “Looks Good with Trouble” remix. The slinky cut off her True EP doesn’t get a complete overhaul or anything here, but K-Dot hops onto the track to play the sensitive performer, lamenting how tour fatigue and spotty WiFi are getting in the way of his love life.
Check out the remix below. More »
Like virtually everything about country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves — namely, her bracingly good lead single “Merry Go Round” and her peerless alt-country-pop album Same Trailer Different Park — the video for Musgraves’ new single, “Blowin’ Smoke,” is as good as it gets.
The hazy, smoke-filled clip complements the song’s vibe — that is, bitterly resigned in a nicely self-deprecating way — perfectly, as Musgraves dresses up as the prettiest diner waitress you’ve ever seen, taking cigarette breaks with her co-workers as they plot an escape from their small-town life. Most videos this literal feel unimaginative, but like Musgraves’ songwriting, the clip is so lovingly detailed that it’s irresistible. More »
Not really sure what’s going on with Ke$ha‘s career these days, though the rapid descent of Warrior down the album chart and lack radio play for “Crazy Kids” (I honestly had to look up to see what her latest single is) seem to be grim indicators. The fact that the dollar sign pop diva had to partner up with Pitbull for a tour isn’t very reassuring, either.
But, lo and behold, today Instagram nudist K$ announced her own headlining tour for the month of August, which will follow her jaunt in early summer with Mr. Worldwide. She’ll be hitting up such locales as Vienna (no, not Austria — rather, a city in Virginia, with a population of 15,687) and Springfield, Illinois, where she’ll perform at the Illinois State Fair.
Read into that what you will. But we’re guessing Ke$ha’s My Crazy Beautiful Life docu-series (which we’ve been recapping every detail of) isn’t giving the songstress much bang for her buck.
Warrior Tour dates below. More »
Abel Tesfaye‘s gloomy R&B project The Weeknd is back, though it’s just for a brief flash. After teasing 2013 untitled album back in January, and then a couple months later unveiling the record’s title, Kiss Land, Tesfaye has been quiet save for a few (great) guest spots.
But the drought is over and we’ve got what appears to be the first taste of The Weeknd’s new material, via a grainy, 20-second video called “John Carpenter.” The song finds Tesfaye repeating the phrase, “This ain’t nothin’ to relate to,” and if there’s any connection to the iconic horror director, it’s not apparent in this short teaser. Check it out below. More »
Beyonce has canceled tonight’s (May 14) Mrs. Carter Show concert in Antwerp, Belgium under doctor’s orders. Bey’s reps sent an email to the Associated Press saying “she has been advised by her doctors to rest” after suffering from dehydration and exhaustion. The show will be rescheduled, and no decision has been made for her show in the same arena Wednesday night. More »