On one of her earliest hits, Mariah Carey famously informed us that she “Can’t Let Go.” That, of course, was 1991, and Mimi has gone through some life-affirming moments since then (marriage, divorce, giving birth and wig-yanking Nicki Minaj, to name but a few). And in 2013, it seems, Carey is finally ready to ease her grip on certain things — at least according to Walmart.
The retailer currently has the yet-to-be-officially-revealed album title The Art Of Letting Go attributed to Mariah’s upcoming July 23 release. Carey first announced her 11th studio album’s street date earlier this month, but it looks like Walmart may have made a boo boo when inputting the preorder info onto its official site. More »
Britney Spears called into On Air with Ryan Seacrest earlier today (June 17) to chat about her forthcoming album, that rumored Vegas residency and her bubbly, bombastic new Smurfs 2 song “Ooh La La.” Brit’s been cagey about the new album (although executive producer will.i.am has been eager to talk about all those work lunches), so what new details did she reveal here that she didn’t talk about before? Well, the superstar emphasized that the new record will be different from anything else she has released.
“[Will.i.am.] has a lot of really interesting different tracks that I’ve listened to that are really cool that I haven’t actually written on yet. But there’s a lot of guitar and I think people will be surprised with this album. It’s going to be really different.” Spears said it’ll be out by the end of the year.
As for Vegas? That residency is still not official. “It’s quite possible , yes. Nothing’s confirmed yet,” she said. Head below to hear the full interview. More »
We’ve already begun counting down the contenders for 2013′s Song Of The Summer…but do we have a late entry in our midst? Victoria Justice, who isn’t content to let fellow Victorious star Ariana Grande steal her musical thunder this year, has just premiered her new single “Gold.” The track is the first taste of Justice’s forthcoming debut album. She described the tune as “a really fun, sassy, upbeat song” during its debut on Ryan Seacrest‘s On Air program, and we tend to agree!
In fact, “Gold” ticks all the right boxes in that it’s got an instantly memorable chorus and the song plays like a perfectly non-offensive love jam that is primed to soundtrack many a summer fling. What more do you really need while sitting poolside for the next few months, we ask?
Hear Justice’s “Gold” below! More »
“Started From The Bottom” and now he’s here, and there, and in 41 cities across the continent. Drake is heading on a massive North American tour later this year to celebrate the release of his forthcoming album Nothing Was The Same. The 41-city “Would You Like A Tour?” arena trek will include Miguel in the opening spot on all dates, and Future will also join for select stops.
Miguel was on tour with Alicia Keys this spring, and as for Future, he’s also touring this summer with Lil Wayne and T.I., so both acts should be nice and warmed up by the time this tour kicks off on September 25 in Portland. Head below for the full list of dates. More »
J. Cole‘s Born Sinner drops Tuesday (June 18), so we’ve got one last thing to hold you over. Last week we chatted with the rapper about the album, and today we’re giving you the rest of that conversation: a friendly game of Pop Associated.
As Cole has worked his way up the hip-hop ladder, he’s come across some big names willing to help him make the climb, including Jay-Z and Beyonce. So watch up top to get his take on those superstars, as well as other artists like his old pal Miguel.
During Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ set at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Sunday afternoon, it wasn’t clear whether the former star was living that rock-star-viral-novelty-hit life or just completely insane when he spotted a bobcat fur coat in the crowd and rocked it himself on stage in the 90-degree heat. No matter: It was pretty swag.
Performing their best-known songs — “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us” and “Same Love,” which came paired with a speech about marriage equality that went over well with the crowd — they managed to get a sweaty, Bonnaroo’d-out throng impressively amped up. More »
Yes, yes — I know that Britney Spears‘ Smurfs 2 soundtrack offering “Ooh La La” first leaked in May. But chances are, it’s since been yanked from wherever you first heard the song, or you ripped it then forgot about it. So here’s a nice, official reminder of this four-minute masterclass in pop.
“Ooh La La” is now available on iTunes tomorrow, bundled by the label with another Smurfs 2 song, “Vacation” by a girl group called, appropriately enough, G.R.L. This one was co-written by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee and Henry Walter, and produced by Luke, Martin and Cirkut, with whom, touts a press release, G.R.L. are recording their debut album for Luke’s Kemosabe label.
The full soundtrack — which also features the likes of Nelly Furtado, Owl City, Becky G and Right Said Fred (doing, um, “I’m Too Smurfy”) — now has a release date of July 31.
Head below for a refresher on “Ooh La La,” and to also hear “Vacation” and see the full Smurfs 2 tracklist. More »
There was a solid crowd at Kacey Musgraves‘ set at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Sunday afternoon, but that’s no surprise considering the commercial success and critical acclaim the country singer-songwriter has seen over the last year: Her songs are so impeccably crafted, taking all the old cliches of country music and rendering them fresh again.
Her hourlong set was peppered with colorful commentary — she noted that it was her first time playing Bonnaroo, but her second time at the festival, since she “snuck in once before for a Nine Inch Nails concert — but I don’t remember much of it.” (No surprise there.) Before launching into her be-yourself anthem “Follow Your Arrow,” she said: “If you’re here at Bonnaroo, you probably like it when people of all kinds come together and just do whatever the hell they want.” The crowd liked that. More »
Canada brought out some major pop acts at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards on Sunday (June 16). Demi Lovato channeled her inner rock star with her performance of “Heart Attack,” the song that also won International Video Of The Year. The singer was a bit shaky, but she redeemed herself during “Give Your Heart A Break.”
Ed Sheeran gave a beautiful version of “Lego House,” and Avril Lavigne rocked the crowd with “Here’s To Never Growing Up.” American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips added a bit of southern charm with his hit “Home.” Psy (who also served as the show’s host) closed out the night with his last performance of “Gentleman“… EVER! Catch the performances below. More »
Well, what a coincidence, pop fans — Taylor Swift‘s Red Tour just happened to be rolling through Canada the same weekend Toronto’s MuchMusic Video Awards took place! And the “22″ singer picked up the Your Fave International Artist/Group statue, to boot! PSY acted as one of the hosts throughout the night, and, as an added treat for all involved, performed his not-quite-as-popular-as-“Gangnam-Style” single “Gentleman.”
Other big winners included no-show Justin Bieber (Your Fave Artist/Group), 2013 breakout duo Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis (International Video Of The Year – Group), Avril Lavigne (International Video Of The Year By A Canadian) and Demi Lovato (International Video Of The Year – Artist).
Catch the full list of who all won what at Toronto’s big music shindig below. More »