Diplo is not impressed. The DJ-producer laid into Daft Punk‘s new album last night (May 14), firing off a series of tweets making fun of Random Access Memories. The DJ-producer started off pretty innocuously, saying that the album “would probably be really good to take drugs and listen to on a rainy bridge.” Soon, though, he was throwing out some cold disses like, “The song with todd edwards makes me feel like I’m alone at waffle house and the jukebox is broken and only micheal mcdonald plays out of it.” Pretty harsh, but even the most diehard Daft Punkers had to find that a tad funny.
Diplo certainly had reason to broadcast his thoughts on the album: he’s one of the leaders of the very EDM world which the French duo has politely trashed in recent interviews. Head below to see all of Diplo’s tweets regarding RAM. More »
Eurovision is in full swing, and last year’s champion, the witchy-genius chanteuse Loreen — whose debut album Heal made such an impression on me that I included it on my best albums of 2012 list, so hey! — has seized the moment to release a new single of her own as she passes the torch onto a new champion. That new track, “We Got the Power,” pounds in the way that her world-class single “Euphoria” did, more pummeling triumph than the gorgeously ambient moroseness that characterized much of her LP.
The lyrics just sound Swedish (“Every breath that you’re breathing is a beautiful song”) and the chorus is somewhere between the rollicking glory of Icona Pop‘s “I Love It” and a lost Heart track. Typically and unsurprisingly amazing. Listen below. More »
Kelly Rowland shocked the world — not just some ex-boyfriends — with “Dirty Laundry”, the latest single from her upcoming album Talk A Good Game. The revealing ballad (penned by The-Dream) finds the singer airing out her past secrets of an abusive relationship and how it affected her rocky friendship with Beyonce (peep the tell-all lyrics here). It’s one of those rare songs where the lyrics, and not the music, make the first impression.
The media has been abuzz after the song’s release, applauding Rowland’s raw honesty. Read on to see what the critics had to say about the tell-all track. More »
It’s another week and another round of Pop Goes the World, where I bring you the coolest pop emerging from around the world — the stuff that hasn’t made it to American shores yet (but hopefully will pretty soon).
This week, there’s a super-schlager Swedish track from an ex-girl group superstar, a likably twee Norwegian Idol, a British neo-soul crooner who’s tipped to break out big, a German synthpop act with hooks to spare and Australia’s answer to HAIM. More »
Ahead of the release of her debut album Don’t Look Down on July 9, Skylar Grey has teamed up with Gap’s Styld.by to model some of the retailer’s stylish new summer fashions, such as the above pictured laced-up boots, white top and and green-and-navy-blue-striped skirt. (Pick up the skirt here.)
To give fans a taste of what’s in store with Don’t Look Down, Skylar unveiled her “Final Warning” video this week (brush up on the lyrics to the song here), which tells the tale of a mistress whose lover attempts to put her to rest for good, so he can live happily ever after with his pretty blond wife. However, Grey, who plays the other woman, resurfaces, and confronts her would-be murderer at home, in front of his family during his birthday party. Awkward?
Watch both Skylar’s “Final Warning” video and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the clip below. More »
Backstreet Boys sat down for a Q&A with Rolling Stone to detail their just-announced 20th anniversary tour, which they revealed will be a trip down memory lane, as they’ve been practicing old choreography from their biggest hits. The Boys also discussed their motive to appeal to “closet fans” with their new record, In a World Like This, and forthcoming documentary.
Head below for highlights from the interview, including BSB’s thoughts on their songs’ new subjects and which new track reminds them of U2. More »
If you were getting sick of playing The Weeknd‘s 20-second “John Carpenter” teaser on a loop over the past 24 hours, we’ve got some new material from the shadowy singer for ya! Well, “Gifted” is new French Montana, technically. But it may as well be a track from The Weeknd, because Abel Tesfaye does the heavy lifting with his guest spot.
As with his appearances on songs from Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J, Tesfaye is at the forefront here, singing uninterrupted for a hefty opening chunk and then returning for the hook. In between, Montana raps about balling over the static-y beat. Hear it below. More »
If you’re anything like us, then you’ve got Giorgio Moroder on the brain these days. And it makes total sense — after all, the Italian producer soundtracked many of our childhoods with the scores and hits he crafted for such films as Scarface, Flashdance, The NeverEnding Story and Top Gun, and now he’s back in action by featuring on Daft Punk‘s aptly-titled Random Access Memories track “Giorgio By Moroder,”
We even heard hints of Moroder in Little Boots‘ Nocturnes song “Strangers,” which we brought up to Victoria Hesketh (LB’s real name) while chatting with her in New York recently. She explained that the song was actually influenced more by ABBA, though Giorgio Moroder’s music has also had quite an effect on her over the years. More »
We know what you’re thinking: Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky” is just too polished, too groovy. What it needs is a club-rap toad croaking over Nile Rodgers‘ opening riffs. Well you’re in luck! A remix featuring Pitbull (or a really skilled impersonator) has hit the Web. As you might expect, Pitbull pounces onto the track like, well, a rabid pitbull onto a helpless toddler, with only one goal in mind: mindlessly rip the life out of this thing as quickly as possible. Pit’s verse is oh so successful in that goal, offering up hallmarks of douchery like yachts, slot machines and Michael Jordan‘s wedding.
By the grace of some higher power, Mr. Worldwide only decided to offer up an opening verse, thus the warm disco flicker of the remainder of the song serves as an essential Men in Black memory wipe. Click through if you really want to put yourself through such trauma. More »
Justin Timberlake will be trading his “Suit & Tie” for a pair of bell-bottoms in his upcoming film Spinning Gold. Though he’s in the midst of his music comeback, JT still has the acting bug and is making a return to the big screen as the legendary Neil Bogart, a record executive who was a driving force behind the rise of disco.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, production company Foresight Unlimited has finalized a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures who will help distribute the film. Timberlake, who loves to take on many roles, will also help produce the biopic about the Casablanca Records founder, who signed major disco acts like Donna Summer, Gladys Knight, Cher and the Village People. JT is promoting the project at the Cannes Film Festival, which starts today (May 15). More »