Katy Perry has never been outside in daylight hours if her exquisite, porcelain-white skin on the cover of July Vogue is any indication. The Popchip-munching pop diva brings China doll perfection to the fashion bible, looking like she just stepped out of a Renoir painting in a flowing, red floral dress.
The full cover story and mouth-watering Annie Leibovitz shoot hits the net on June 18. Until then, we can only speculate what she has to say. Is this the first, tentative step of a new era or is Katy just reminding the world how gorgeous she is? I hope it’s the former. Radio needs a new “Teenage Dream” or “Part Of Me” – sooner rather than later. More »
Kanye West‘s Yeezus has just leaked today (June 14), and a new audio from the album is now making waves across the Internet. “Send It Up” features fellow Chicagoan King Louie and embodies the sonic minimalism that Rick Rubin helped to master on the album.
It also includes a sample from Dancehall artist Beenie Man interlaced with alarmingly raw synths and a steady bass. Head on over to 2 Dope Boyz to listen to the track.
Earlier today (June 14), Kanye West‘s Yeezus leaked, but there’s still lots to unpack. The only obvious takeaway after one listen is that Yeezy has undergone yet another creative transformation. The music itself sounds angrier than ever, but not all of the lyrics match with the defiance demonstrated on “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead.” To get a better picture of how this exciting, vexing album came about, the Wall Street Journal sat down with the album’s executive producer, Rick Rubin.
And it turns out Rubin had a very crucial, very sizable role. He essentially turned the rough outline and demos of Yeezus into a finished product. But in addition to giving insight into his contributions, Rubin revealed that Kanye really did take it down to the wire, and churned out an impressive amount of material hours before the album was set to be delivered. Head below for interview highlights. More »
Last time around for Robin Thicke, his album Love After War failed to crack the Billboard 200′s Top 20 in 2011. That’s not surprising, given that the two singles — the LP’s title track and the Lil Wayne-assisted “Pretty Lil’ Heart” — stiffed at radio. But 2013 is a different story.
Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” capped the Hot 100 this week, marking the crooner’s first trip to the top of the main singles chart. Last night the song got an even bigger boost when Jimmy Kimmel aired a clip of Robin and Pharrell being joined while performing it at a MySpace party by a happy-go-lucky, gum-cracking Miley Cyrus.
All this bodes well for Thicke’s Blurred Lines album, which now has a release date (July 30), cover art (see above) and a tracklist (see below) — which, in addition to Pharrell and T.I., features Kendrick Lamar, on the song “Give It 2 U.” More »
Against all odds, Kanye West‘s Yeezus has leaked. OK so it was probably bound to happen, but everything had been so secure and we were so close to the June 18 release that we honestly thought we’d have to wait until Tuesday. And ya know what? We’re kind of disappointed that some (hero?) leaked it. If Yeezus Christ can’t beat the leak economy, then nobody can.
The good thing, of course, is that everyone can finally hear the studio versions of “New Slaves,” “Black Skinhead” and all the others, and rush to judgment on this incredibly dynamic, direct, abrasive and sometimes perplexing album. Get to it!
The season finale of The Voice is only a few days away, so Usher is making sure to grab every vote for his lone remaining team member/Season 4 finalist Michelle Chaumel! The R&B star stopped by Conan last night (June 13) to talk about the show, where he explained how he pulls off his dance moves (like that split he did on this week’s episode of The Voice). “There’s like a quadruple stitching situation we always have with all of my pants so I don’t end up balls out!”, he said. More »
Pusha T rounds up the G.O.O.D Music crew for his new single “Who I Am.” Produced by Kanye West, who also worked on “Numbers On The Board.” the song features Big Sean and 2 Chainz (“Mercy” deja vu anyone?) and is completely grimy. The jagged beat and chainsaw sound effects are best suited for an underground dungeon, but one would expect no less from these menacing rappers.
Pusha T’s album My Name Is My Name will drop on July 16. Listen to the track after the jump! More »
Bruno Mars takes it back to the disco-funk-fueled days of Earth Wind & Fire, Chic and Off The Wall-era Michael Jackson with “Treasure,” the Smeezingtons-produced cut off Unorthodox Jukebox that’s serving as the album’s third single. One listen to the smooth and sexy jam and you realize it’s a perfect choice for a breezy summer single — and it could just wind up being Bruno’s third consecutive #1 on the Hot 100.
As for the video, we’ve seen this song and dance before, on the Billboard Music Awards in May. Though Mars and his band seem to have recreated that very same performance for this clip, it’s still a fun three minutes to sit through, particularly since Bruno mimics MJ’s “Rock With You” moves so deftly. More »
With a career that spans 20 years and the youngest member only turning 28 this year, Hanson literally grew up in the music business. But despite having eight (!) studio albums (including a Christmas LP) under their belts, Isaac, Taylor and Zac ran into a bit of an issue when it came to writing their upcoming album Anthem (out June 18).
“We started it but really hit a snag for the first time in 20 years,” keyboardist and singer Taylor Hanson told Idolator. “The stress level among the three of us with touring and the non-stop work and everything – we kind of hit a wall. And we took a lot of the summer last year away from writing, not working on it, and just said, ‘Hey, take a deep breath,’ and asked ourselves what we wanted this record to be.” He continued, “So when we came back together to specifically focus on writing, that energy, that more guitar-driven epic attitude and intensity and the force of this album was apparent. A theme on a record is something you can only partly instigate. You can’t predict what the inspiration is going to be, and that attitude is what helped with Anthem and evaluating and re-evaluating what our band is and what we need to say on this record.”
Despite the obstacles the guys had to face with this album, it’s “an upbeat record but one with a lot of punch to it.” So much punch that one track has become an Oklahoma City Thunder anthem. Idolator had a chance to chat with Taylor about all of that, as well as his love for Instagram and advice he’d give his younger self. Head below for the Q&A. More »
Carly Rae Jepsen graced the summer stage on Good Morning America this morning (June 14), where she performed the super-danceable single “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” off her album Kiss. Nicki Minaj didn’t make an appearance, but Jepsen still held her own and rocked the crowd despite the gloomy weather.
Check out the performance up top, and catch her “dancey” spin on her modern day classic “Call Me Maybe” below! More »