Remember The Veronicas? You know, the incredible Australian duo who broke worldwide with the still-brilliant “Untouched” and then seemingly dropped off the face of the planet? Well, they’re back! Almost. After a botched comeback last year with the underwhelming electro-experiment “Lolita”, the Origliasso twins gallantly returned to the studio and posted a behind-the-scenes video to prove it.
The promising clip, which recently surfaced on the band’s Facebook page, shows Jessica and Lisa working with Wes Jones (one half of production outfit 1984). The Veronicas play pinball, talk about their favorite tea and preview a new song called “Sugar Daddy”. It’s a return to the dark, dirty and slightly unsettling pop that made them a multi-platinum phenomenon in their homeland. Strings, synths and the haunting “Don’t you wanna be in love?” refrain promise very good things for their first album in six years. More »
One the 2013′s best pop songs now has a video. Chvrches has been on our radar for a while now but they really impressed with “Gun”, crafting that rarest of synth-pop oddities – a catchy tune that evolves and becomes richer with each listen. It’s fitting then that the visual is also a bit of a grower. At first, a nod to Amii Stewart‘s psychedelic “Knock On Wood” clip seemed an unlikely approach but it works. Quite beautifully.
In other exciting news, the Scottish band will release their debut album The Bones Of What You Believe on September 24. We don’t have a tracklist yet but it is expected to include “Gun” (available in the UK on pink vinyl – jealous!), the title track from their March EP Recover and 2012 single “The Mother We Share”, which is being re-released as their next official US single on June 18. More »
Cody Simpson made the girls swoon – well, all but one – and danced with pal Justin Bieber when his Paradise tour rolled into Los Angeles on Friday night (June 14). The 16-year-old treated his adoring Angels at Club Nokia to an eclectic but always entertaining set that showcased the Australian’s easy charm and undeniable talent but also the fact that he is still a work in progress. All the ingredients of a great pop star are there but the surf enthusiast hasn’t quite found his sound yet – jumping wildly from acoustic guitar-ballads to slick dance-pop.
One of the least enjoyable aspects of the show was the half-hour wait between the final support act and the first glimpse of Cody. That time was filled with some backstage footage and an awkward appearance from the star’s sister but the crowd grew restless and only perked up again when pics of the heartthrob in a wetsuit plastered the video screens. When Simpson finally arrived, he gave his all. Opening with “Be The One”, the teenager danced up a storm in a snazzy vest that showed off his bulging biceps. Girls screamed. A lot has changed since “iYiYi”. More »
Kacey Musgraves popped up on my radar earlier this year with the release of her major label debut Same Trailer Different Park, one of those funny records that’s so effortlessly smart and sure-footed it makes everything else in its category look totally insubstantial by comparison. (The category is mainstream country, although there’s a rootsy, alternative edge to Musgraves’ music, as well as a pop sensibility that lends it a certain degree of crossover potential.) The production is airy and spare, making space for her lyrics to shine — and those lyrics dazzle as frequently as they devastate, sharply observed, witty, heartbreaking missives on the perils of intimacy and the insularity of small-town life.
Despite well-deserved critical acclaim, Musgraves’ songs have a way of subverting country convention that hasn’t always gone down so easy with conservative listeners and industry types. Consider “Follow Your Arrow,” a laissez-faire anthem built on this hook: “Make lots of noise and kiss lots of boys / Or kiss lots of girls if that’s what you’re into / And if the straight and narrow gets a little too straight / Roll up a joint, or don’t, just follow your arrow wherever it points.” Its genius isn’t in courting controversy in the heartland by espousing drug use or homosexuality, but in the breezy dismissal of either being anyone’s business — and at her set at Bonnaroo this weekend (a just-do-you environment if ever there was one), the song’s lyrics elicited roars of approval from the crowd, and more than a few delighted smiles from people who appeared to be hearing the song for the first time. More »
Some pop divas use Instagram to give fans a glimpse behind-the-scenes, posting pics without make-up or, in Rihanna‘s case, without clothes. Mariah Carey is not about that life! The Lamb whisperer lives an exceedingly fabulous life and she, quite understandably, wants everyone to know it.
MC’s Instagram is an oasis of sparkle and glitter. A magical place full of private planes, bottles of the finest bubbly and impeccable ensembles. As the due date of Mimi’s new album draws near, prepare yourself for the onslaught of glamour by studying her #beautiful life. More »
As promised, M.I.A‘s new single “Bring The Noize” is finally here after the artist previewed the track on her official website. The single, which premiered on DJ Zane Lowe‘s BBC Radio 1 show, borrows the jagged electronic edge from her previous MAYA album, but is much more sonically focused. The stomping drums combined with her nonchalant rap flow and glitchy sound effects are a solid formula for a summer banger.
M.I.A. will be dropping the official video soon, as she gave a taste of the gilded clip on her Vine account. There’s still no word on the release of her fourth studio album, Matangi (after many push backs and delays), but hopefully it’ll drop before the summer ends. Listen to the track after the jump! More »
Beyonce has offered her congratulations to new parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. The star posted a cute photo of KimYe on her official site, along with a brief note. “Congratulations Kim & Kanye,” she wrote, “Enjoy this beautiful moment together.”
Kim gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday morning (June 15), the couple’s first child together. The original due date was reportedly July 11, making this birth five weeks early. Kanye left a Yeezus listening session Friday to be present for the birth early Saturday morning. Head below to see Bey’s note. More »
Since finishing second on the 11th season American Idol, Jessica Sanchez has made the transition to bonafide pop star look easy. The super-talented teen worked with some of music’s hottest producers on debut album Me, You And The Music (read our review) and even joined forces with Ne-Yo on the lead single.
Jessica kindly dropped by the Idolator studio last week to chat about her blossoming career. Watch above as she answers questions about her dream collaboration, ongoing connection to the Idol family and working with Zedd. More importantly, the budding diva sheds some light on her mysterious second single! More »
Despite his bad boy image and countless spats with R&B artists, Chris Brown felt compelled to pen “Don’t Think They Know” — the motivational second single featuring Aaliyah vocals off his upcoming album X (out July 16). And for the black-and-white video, he’s playing the good guy, as a shirtless Breezy strolls the Compton streets and hangs out with kids. It also features an eerie video projection of the late Aaliyah as she “dances” with Brown. Drake is most likely sitting in a dark room somewhere playing the video on loop, wishing he snagged the vocals first.
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Kanye West is such a captivating character because of his ability to represent hypocritical viewpoints simultaneously. This was expertly illustrated on “All Falls Down,” when he rapped, “We all self-conscious, I’m just the first to admit it.” The latest example of West’s cultivated contradiction comes from an unlikely source: the trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf Of Wall Street, which uses Ye’s new song “Black Skinhead.” Much has been made about Kanye’s decision to forgo any radio singles for Yeezus, but here he has landed on the next best option. It’s intriguing because just a few months ago, Yeezy went on a screed against the omnipresent corporate influence in music, and seemed to implicitly criticize acts like Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, who partner up with companies and release new music via commercials. (Jay-Z is the latest to do that, partnering with Samsung to release Magna Carta Holy Grail.)
So Kanye fights the power by refusing to release any singles, then gives the people the idea of a single by going through a different corporate channel. Nobody in pop culture plays both sides the way Kanye does. Hypocrite, opportunist, shameless self-promoter…whatever he is, he knows exactly what he’s doing.
Anyway, if angry Leo is your favorite Leo, and angry Kanye is your favorite Kanye, then you’ll love the trailer up top.