I got lucky enough to hear Daft Punk‘s fourth studio album Random Access Memories (out May 21) recently in its entirety, on speakers that offered as impeccable a listening experience as you could ever hope for. And, really, that’s the way you want to absorb this record, especially as sprawling epics like “Giorgio By Moroder,” “Doin’ It Right” and “Contact” come spilling out.
A stream of Random Access Memories is now available via the iTunes store. (Click here to listen.) Hardly the most ideal way to hear it — especially for the first time — but so be it. (You might, of course, find out that Daft Punk’s album has popped up online by more nefarious methods, but let’s not go there.) More »
Aspiring superstars, get ready to polish those vocals! The X Factor is gearing up for its third season, and is looking for the next big name in music. With a little luck and the right pipes, you might just find yourself showing off your skills in front of judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato, the latter of which has been the only one confirmed to return for the upcoming season, aside from creator Cowell. (But sadly, Britney Spears won’t get to offer any critique of your capabilities — she’ll be too busy prepping for her new Vegas gig and album.) More »
On the eve of the release of Demi Lovato‘s new album Demi, the starlet appeared on Ellen to perform “Heart Attack.” Rocking a white dress and black leather jacket, Lovato blasted out a particularly feisty performance of her album’s lead single (watch Ellen gush about her voice after the performance up top).
Lovato also chatted about a range of topics with the host, including fighting through her issues to become a role model, as well as appearing in both People‘s Most Beautiful issue and Maxim‘s Hot 100. Additionally, Lovato opened up about her decision to return to The X Factor. When it comes to Britney Spears‘ replacement, she wouldn’t say which names have been tossed around behind the scenes, but she did mention she’d love to see Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Cher or Madonna on the panel. Head below for the interview. More »
We’re now in the home stretch before Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories drops on May 21, and the Robots are engineering one last data dump to work everyone into a frenzy. Earlier we saw their dual Dazed & Confused covers, and for their latest space transmission, the French duo has unveiled a teaser video featuring part of album opener “Give Life Back to Music.”
Watch up top as Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo unwrap a copy of the vinyl edition inside their retro-futuristic lair and drop the needle on the sparkling opening track.
The Robots are doing the glossy magazine rounds. Ahead of the release of Random Access Memories (out May 21), Daft Punk not only grace the pages of GQ‘s upcoming issue, but also two different covers of Dazed & Confused. The June issue of the publication features slick black and white photographs — courtesy of Hedi Slimane — of DP members Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, along with their longtime inspiration/current musical partner, producer Giorgio Moroder. (And let’s, of course, not forget Slimane’s current pics of Sky Ferreira, Bangalter and Homem-Christo for Daft Punk’s interview with Ferreira in CR Fashion Book — just one big, happy family, it seems.)
The upcoming issue of Dazed & Confused hits newsstands on May 15. Head below to catch Daft Punk posing with electronic music godfather Giorgio Moroder. More »
Backstreet Boys set off on a 20th Anniversary cruise last fall, and the celebration is still going strong, as the quintet just announced plans for an anniversary tour. The Boys stopped by On Air with Ryan Seacrest and told the host their In A World Like This tour kicks off August 2 in Chicago. It’s the first time they’re hitting the road with the original lineup in almost a decade, and it comes ahead of a new album (which is maybe called In A World Like This?).
Joining BSB in the opening slots on the 24-show trek will be Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D (still a thing!). Head below to see the tour dates, and go to LiveNation for ticket information. More »
You’re about to get a big dose of Taylor Swift on your TV screen. On Tuesday (May 14), the singer will test out her comedy chops once again during a New Girl guest spot. Then on Sunday the Red singer will perform on the Billboard Music Awards, where she also leads the pack of nominees. A few weeks after that, Tay will be back on the small screen for a performance at the 2013 CMT Awards. Got all that?
Swift will take the stage in her home base of Nashville for the CMT ceremony, along with Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and the Pistol Annies. Swift is nominated for two awards, including Video of the Year (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”). Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan got top honors with four nominations each. More »
Kylie Minogue as a warrior princess? She pretty much is one in our eyes. And we already bought her as goddess Aphrodite with her last studio album. So finding out that the Australian songstress is the latest pop diva to star in a Funny Or Die video — one where she plays ’80s heroine She-Ra, the female counterpart to Masters Of The Universe stud He-Man, no less — is no big stretch of the imagination.
The jokes here are mainly at network NBC’s expense, and involve the endless teasing and ridiculous promo done for series these days. (Something we know a thing or two about, mind you, from our weekly recaps of The Voice.)
But, really — who knew She-Ra’s last name was Weintraub? Watch recent Met Gala attendee Kylie don a skimpy skirt and kick Skeletor’s ass in the parody clip above.
If you saw The Great Gatsby this weekend, then you likely caught a trailer for upcoming animated flick Epic. And among the colorful all-star cast of both actors (Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz) and musicians (Pitbull, Steven Tyler) is a woman who fits both bills on occasion: Beyonce Knowles.
In addition to lending her voice to the character of Queen (duh) Tara in the feature, Bey also co-wrote the song “Rise Up” with go-to Aussie hit-maker Sia for the soundtrack. Naturally some King B fan recorded a short snippet of the number while in a movie theater and uploaded it to YouTube for the whole Hive to enjoy.
So if your idea of fun is getting worked up over yet another incomplete Beyonce song, then have at it below, stans! More »
Iconic vocal powerhouse Celine Dion has been offering up teases of her forthcoming album, and over the weekend the Canadian singer got an unexpected boost in the comeback department by everyone’s favorite Brit boy band, One Direction. While on stage in Berlin on Saturday, the lads took a few requests — one of them being Celine’s classic 1997 weeper “My Heart Will Go On,” from Titanic.
Now, let’s just overlook the fact that, when it came to being up on the exact lyrics to the song, 1D hit an iceberg. At least they harmonized and mumbled through the parts they didn’t know, right?
Watch them tackle a portion of “My Heart Will Go On” at the O2 World Berlin on Saturday (May 11) above. More »