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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 15:59

Miley Cyrus has postponed the remaining U.S. dates of her Bangerz tour, following the “extreme allergic reaction” she suffered on April 17. Tickets will be honored on the new dates, including for previously canceled and postponed shows, while two dates for Pittsburgh and Chicago were added.

The “Adore You” star was to perform in Philadelphia, Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut and in Long Island, N.Y., next week; for now, the latter two have yet to be rescheduled. Meanwhile, her official site says that the European leg of her tour will go on as scheduled, so starting May 2 in Amsterdam. Shows in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kansas City and St. Louis were canceled after Cyrus was hospitalized for her allergic reaction to antibiotic Cephalexin, which can last from five to 27 days according to a rep.

See the rescheduled dates (so far) after the jump.

Rescheduled Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Dates:
August 1 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
August 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
August 4 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Venue TBD
August 6 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
August 7 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
August 9 – Louisville, KY @ KFC YUM! Center
August 10 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
August 12 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
August 14 – Chicago, IL @ United Center

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Author: "Christina Lee" Tags: "Headlines, Miley Cyrus"
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 15:16

Gwen Stefani may be replacing Christina Aguilera on The Voice. Her “contract is now done” for the show’s seventh season, an NBC rep said to Us Weekly.

Reports say that NBC began searching for a coach to replace Aguilera after the Lotus siren announced her second pregnancy in February. While the network had hoped that she would stay during her pregnancy, Aguilera instead opted out. Stefani would be joining returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, plus newcomer Pharrell (who is replacing Cee Lo Green).

Funny enough, Pharrell hinted of a comeback from Stefani at Coachella, after she performed “Hollaback Girl” to the crowd’s surprise. “Before she leaves, I have not seen her in nine months,” Pharrell said, of the recent birth of Stefani’s third son Apollo. “Look how amazing the queen looks as she is making her arrival back to the music industry.”

Would Stefani make for a good Voice coach? Weigh in at the comments below.

[via Us Weekly]

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Author: "Christina Lee" Tags: "Headlines, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stef..."
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 00:46

Lana Del Rey‘s breezy new single “West Coast” is headed for a strong debut on Billboard’s Hot 100 next week. The atmospheric Dan Auerbach-produced anthem should land in the top 50 (it could go higher) on the back of 110,000 to 120,000 first-week download sales. It will become the Ultraviolence diva’s fourth entry on the countdown.

This is a promising debut for several reasons. Lana’s hasn’t promoted the song outside of her rambling Coachella set, radio airplay is currently minimal and there’s no video to prop up streaming numbers. When/if those factors change, the 27-year-old could have another “Summertime Sadness”-sized hit on her hands. If nothing else, it proves that the faithful is hungry for new material.

Will “West Coast” become one of Lana Del Rey’s biggest hit? Leave your chart prediction in the comments below.

[Via Billboard].

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Lana Del Rey"
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 00:30

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! This week’s been full of scandal, shade and celebration: From Lana Del Rey‘s “West Coast” premiere, to Sky Ferreira‘s “I Blame Myself” video (which resulted in some backlash), to the announcement of Ariana Grande‘s new single “Problem” with femcee Iggy Azalea, to Iggy’s own “Black Widow” with Rita Ora (which had some people hearing Katy Perry‘s “Dark Horse”) to Miley‘s sudden hospitalization. Get well soon, Mileybird!

Back at Idolator HQ, we got to thinking about Lana’s best lead singles in this week’s Ibrawlator. (Have you voted yet?) Plus, we’re giving away signed copies of Jason Derulo‘s new album, Talk Dirty. There’s still time to enter to win! We also premiered a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Coldplay‘s “Magic” music video and spoke with some exciting pop imports, including Route 94 and Kodaline. As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out some of the week’s best comments below!

:: Lizzie was a bit perplexed about Ariana’s strategy on Ariana Grande’s New Single “Problem” Officially Features Iggy Azalea: See The Sexy Artwork: “She’s debuting a song with Iggy Azalea which has a single cover like this at the Radio Disney Awards? Something about that just seems wrong. Iggy at that awards show? A rapper who is known for a song like “Pu$$y?””

:: mdb enjoyed the Katy-penned Iggy-Rita collabo, but offered an even better idea on Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora’s “Black Widow” Sounds An Awful Lot Like Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”: Listen: “Like this, though not really into rap/ hip hop exclusively. Would be cool to see all three ladies involved with this song perform it together live.”

:: Pablo found the outrage around Sky’s new video to be a quantifiable situation on Sky Ferreira Just Destroyed Everyone Who Said Her “I Blame Myself” Video Is Racist: “If she uses 0 dancers that happen to be black: “How is it that in a place that has a good amount of black people, not one of them is black?” If she uses 1 Dancer that happens to be black: “Why is their only one? They just put one so that she didn’t look racist.” If she uses mostly dancers, that are black.: “RACIST!””

:: While Sunny provided an in-depth analysis of what could be perceived as problematic: “Of course, it’s easy to sit on the internet behind the veil of a computer screen and look at her video and call her a racist without knowing her (or this author’s) upbringing. That is exactly why I don’t think she is a racist. But, I DO think she’s perpetuating stereotypes. When you have a video set in Compton, and it romanticizes gang culture, and your gang is played only by black men–a stereotype is being perpetuated. I have to say, I find it hard to believe that she couldn’t find AT LEAST one or two dancers of any other skin color that had the talent for which she was looking to fit the video.”

:: Daw J, however, saw Sky’s response as straight-up racist: “‘Don’t demean the actors & dancers in the video. They are more well spoken & aware than you and I will ever be.’ = racist. Why wouldn’t black people be well-spoken? I love Sky’s music, but she’s guilty of making the same assumptions about black people “from the ghetto” as her critics are.”

:: Matt M. was head over heels in Lana love on Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast”: Review Revue: “She is honestly one of the most talented artists of her generation and doesn’t sound like anyone else out there right now. Nice to see her getting some long overdue praise.”

:: As was Matt D., who was more than ready to ride down the coast: “A really beautiful song that see’s Lana evolving as an artist into a new (and very retro) style. This just makes her cooler than she already was, which was pretty cool anyway. I can definitely imagine myself driving along the Californian coastline blasting this tune, and I can’t wait to hear what else this chick has in store for us!”

:: Lizzie came prepared to school the casual fans on Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast”: Listen: “I feel like people who only know Lana through the Cedric Gervais remix of “Summertime Sadness” or even “Young and Beautiful,” don’t really understand Lana and her the music she’s trying to create. She’s not trying to make music for the masses. She’s not mainstream radio. That’s not her goal. She’s not going to be played alongside “#selfie” or “happy” or “pompeii” or whatever crap currently occupying the Top 10 songs in America.”

:: James was simply not feeling it on Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence’: 8 Things We Know So Far: ““West Coast” is dire. It sounds like the Black Keys gave her a reject and decided to write a tuneless Chris Isaak song over it. This girl honestly has no identity.”

:: And finally, Sonja disagreed — with receipts to boot: “West Coast is consummately LDR: an atmospheric, swaying appropriation of Americana tropes; smoldering and hypnotic. 1,000,000 views on YouTube in less than a day and already the number 3 single on iTunes.”

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Author: "Bradley Stern" Tags: "Highlights"
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 00:14

At first I thought this was a belated April Fools’ joke but it turned out to be legit. There’s a 10-year-old DJ cooking up club bangers in New York City and his name is Aiden Jude. The tween has just released his debut single and it’s a surprisingly accomplished floorfiller called “Tonight”.

The dance anthem probably would have sounded better as an instrumental. “There’s a power in you I can not explain, taste it in our kiss,” sings the unknown diva over Aiden’s bouncy house beats before the track goes mental with a huge drop straight out of Martin Garrix‘s handbook. (“Tonight” does sound a lot like “Animals”). It kind of goes without saying that this is pretty incredible for a little kid. See the DJ’s first video (complete with cool skateboarding scenes) after the jump.

Is Aiden too young to be a DJ or do his beats do the talking? Have your say in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Aiden Jude"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 23:34

Martin Garrix is arguably the break-out EDM star of 2014. The 17-year-old producer reached a new peak of number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with bone-rattling club anthem “Animals”, which is a huge achievement under any circumstances but positively unheard of for an instrumental electro-house track.

I caught up with the Dutch DJ at Coachella, where he performed for the first time in the Sahara tent. Martin opened up about the unprecedented success of “Animals” (fun fact: it almost had a rap vocal), discussed his upcoming collaboration with Ed Sheeran and talked about his must-see acts at the Californian music festival. Read the interview after the jump.

How was your first set at Coachella?

It was insane. I was nervous for it because I played a lot of new stuff but the tent was packed and the crowd reactions were so good. Half way through my set I looked behind me and I saw Paul McCartney standing there, giving me a thumbs up and for me that was the highlight of the day.

Which song got the biggest reaction?

“Animals”. I have this specific orchestra intro edit of it and I played “Tremor”, which is my new track with Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, and that also a crazy reaction.

What do you put the success of “Animals” down to?

Maybe because it has two lines that you can easily get on to — you hear it one time and it sticks in your head. I don’t know what else. I think it’s also luck, having a great team working the track. I made the track with the intention to play it in my own sets and to play it in the clubs and get it played in the festivals like Coachella but never really with the intention to get it played on the radio or hit the mainstream charts. When that happened, I looked at my computer and said “holy shit, it’s happening!” It’s really exciting and insane to see how much one track can do for somebody’s career.

Was there ever going to be a vocal?

We were thinking about adding a vocal on it but then we hit number one in the UK charts without a vocal and then we were like “fuck it!” I only want vocals on an instrumental track if the vocal takes the track up to the next level. I don’t want a vocal on a track if the thought behind it is ‘we need a vocal so then it can cross over on radio’. For me it’s just important that the vocal adds something to the track. For “Animals” we got some toplines but I didn’t get the feeling it brought the track to a new level.

Who did the vocal you didn’t use?

We had some rappers on it because the drop is inspired by a hip-hop track. It has some hip-hop sounds in it.

What can you tell us about your Ed Sheeran collaboration?

That track is one of my first vocal tracks. I’m beyond excited for that one, I’m going to finish it with Ed in LA. I made the chord progress, I sent it his way then he wrote a topline and sent it to me. The first time I listened to it, I was like ‘holy shit!’ Ed is such a talented guy. He can do anything he wants. He can make hits in his sound and he can write toplines for electronic music and that’s the coolest thing. For me it was really a pleasure to work with him.

Do you look for unusual collaborations?

I like weird combinations. Out of weird combinations like that you get the most interesting tracks.

Are you working on an album?

I definitely want to do an album in the future. Right now I’ve got some projects which I can’t release as singles because they are too weird or too strange. I just put them on the side and when I decide it’s the right time to do an album, I can reopen those projects again.

Who were you excited to see at Coachella?

Pharrell, Ellie Goulding, I’m super excited for Skrillex. I wish I could see flume but I’m on at the same time. Of course, Zedd as well. Zedd is insane. I’ve seen him a couple of times live but every time he just crushes it. It’s like one big group of friends and you get to see everybody at all these places around the world.

How do you keep level headed?

It is super weird. I still don’t think I realize what’s happenning right now. For me it’s really important that I keep my friends close around me, my family. I fly my mom, dad and sister in next weekend for Coachella. As long as they are really involved in it, I can still live in the normal world as well. I’m just really thanksful and happy that I can do what I love to do and share my passion and love for music with other people.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Ed Sheeran, Martin Garrix"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 22:36

Talk about burying the lede. The New York Times revealed that Sia‘s long-awaited sixth LP is called 1000 Forms Of Fear in the final paragraph of an article published today (April 18). The album “reflects an older vintage of Sia, with sadder, brutal lyrics that are far too violent and introspective for Top 40 radio” according to the article’s author Steve Knopper.

However, he adds that “it also displays elements of Furler the pop-anthem writer”, which I guess is where (relatively) radio-friendly lead single “Chandelier” fits in. Four years have passed since the Australian singer’s last album (2010′s excellent We Are Born) and semi-retirement from the spotlight. Since then Sia has arguably become the hottest songwriter-for-hire in the business — having penned hits for Rihanna, David Guetta and Flo Rida among many others.

Are you excited for Sia’s new LP? Let us know in the comments below.

[Via The New York Times].

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Sia"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 22:05

Austin Mahone unveiled the cover and tracklist of his debut mini-LP The Secret today (April 18) and there are some surprises. For starters, breakthrough single “What About Love” missed the cut as did hip-hop adventure “Banga Banga” and sweet ballad “U”. It does, however, include Pitbull-assisted club banger “Mmm Yeah” and new promo single “Til I Found You”.

The 18-year-old’s latest jam is actually pretty irresistible. Produced by RedOne, “Til I Found You” references the sound of ’90s hitmakers like The Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. There are slick, retro beats and a power pop chorus that makes you want to play “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” on repeat. See Austin’s The Secret tracklist and listen to his new song after the jump.

The Promise tracklist:
Till I Found You
Next to You
Mmm Yeah (feat. Pitbull)
Secret
Can’t Fight This Love
All I Ever Need
The One I’ve Waited For (Bonus Track)
Shadow (Acoustic) [Bonus Track]

Are you excited to get your hands on Austin’s debut mini-LP? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Austin Mahone"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 19:49

Things are looking up for Ariana Grande. Buzz is already at fever pitch for new Iggy Azalea-assisted single “Problem” and she has been honored in Elle magazine’s ‘Women In Music’ issue along side Lily Allen, Foxes, Cher, Neneh Cherry, Angel Haze, Jetta, Warpaint and Banks. Not bad company!

The 20-year-old is typically doe-eyed in the black-and-white photo shoot. Ari rocks hair extensions and her trademark good girl grimace. As for the interview? Well, she talks about constantly looking forward. “If something great happens, I celebrate it for about — I’m not even kidding — a minute and a half. Then I start thinking about the next step.” See the full pic after the jump.

Do you love Ariana’s latest look? Have you say in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Ariana Grande"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 19:27

Here’s a match made in pop heaven. Katy Perry‘s bubbly “Birthday” has been remixed by New Jersey dance outfit Cash Cash, who recently scored a breakthrough hit with Bebe Rexha-voiced club anthem “Take Me Home”. And the guys are smart enough to leave the euphoric Prism highlight largely alone.

They simply pad out the Dr. Luke and Max Martin-produced banger with chunky synths, tinker with the BPM and accentuate the track’s already irresistible ’80s dance influences. I particularly love the little instrumental breakdowns and Katy’s howls of “celebrate now!” Play this at your next party and just wait for the big balloons to come out. Listen after the jump.

Do you love this remix? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Cash Cash, Katy Perry"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 18:59

For someone with an increasingly battered reputation, Justin Bieber usually keeps it cute on social media. Which makes last night’s (April 17) outburst against Drake Bell all the more memorable. Sick of constant Twitter jabs from the former Drake & Josh actor, the “Confident” singer crashed his nemesis’ album release party and then documented it on Instagram.

As far as beefs go, this one is actually pretty funny. Justin pulled up outside Mixology at The Grove in Los Angeles — the venue where Drake was holding his party — and basically stole his thunder. (Not to mention the attention of his overwhelmed fans). To rub it in, Selena Gomez‘ on-again/off-again boyfriend then posted a pic of the 27-year-old peering over the balcony to find out what was going on with the caption: “Why is @justinbieber sprinter van getting more attention than my album release party.”

Justin quickly deleted the post but uploaded a video of the frankly hilarious incident with the smug comment: “So nice seeing my fans at the grove tonight.” It might sound like overkill but Drake has been baiting the troubled star for a while now with tweets about his (allegedly) fake followers and lack of talent. See Biebs’ deleted Instagram post, subsequent video and his enemy’s response.

Did Justin go too far? Have your say in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Drake Bell, Justin Bieber"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 17:25
dr dre q tip

G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Q-Tip took to Instagram to post a photo of himself with Dr. Dre in the studio. Of course, rumors of Dre working on his 2001 follow-up Detox have been swirling for over a decade now, so the fact that Tip accompanied the photo with the hashtag “#detox” could get the buzz going again before it inevitably dies off with nary a scrap of new music from Dre. (The only other info Q offered up was “#lastzulu #hideyodrummachines #beatsnrhymes.”)

So while it’s unclear what they’re working on, we do know both have been busy behind the boards recently — Q-Tip for Kanye West‘s Yeezus follow-up (if Tip himself is to be believed), and Dre for new Kendrick Lamar material (if a Beats ad is to be believed).

Check out the Instagram post below.

[via VIBE]

Author: "Carl Williott" Tags: "Headlines, Dr. Dre, Q-Tip"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 17:01
jersey boys four seasons movie trailer

Long before One Direction, The Wanted, Backstreet Boys, Take That and New Kids On The Block were infusing their R&B influences into golden pop harmonies, there was one vocal group blazing a trail for all handsome boy bands to follow: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Jukebox musical Jersey Boys has been a Broadway staple since it premiered in 2005. Now the Warner Bros. film version, directed by Clint Eastwood, is scheduled to hit theaters on June 20.

Above is the first trailer for the musical biopic, which shows how lead Four Seasons vocalist Valli (played by John Lloyd Young, who originated the role in the stage version), songwriter Bob Gaudio and their streetwise pals rose up the ranks of the musical elite during the 1960s, and hit more than a few bumps along the way.

One thought upon watching this: kudos to casting Christopher Walken as real-life mobster Gyp DeCarlo, but the real stroke of genius would have been luring Joe Pesci — a key figure in the Four Seasons’ early history — out of retirement from acting for the role.

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Author: "Robbie Daw" Tags: "Music News, Four Seasons, Frankie Valli"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 16:25
beyonce jay z video shoot

Beyonce and Jay Z are up to something, indeed. Earlier this week, it was reported that the married couple are heading on a joint summer tour. And now they’ve been spotted outside L.A. shooting a video of some sort, with Bey in a short wedding dress riding on the back of a motorcycle being driven by a leather-clad Jay. Like “Bound 2″ but less porny.

This isn’t the first time Mr. and Mrs. Carter have traveled in tandem on a crotch rocket: this past New Year’s Eve, they darted through Miami on a bike. The most likely scenarios for this latest ride are that this is part of a forthcoming music video for their Magna Carta Holy Grail collab ”Part II (On The Run)” or it’s a visual element of the rumored tour.

Check out another photo from the shoot below.

beyonce jay z motorcycle

Any guesses as to what’s going on here? Let us know in the comments. And for more on those tour rumors, click play below:

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Author: "Carl Williott" Tags: "Headlines, Beyonce, Jay-Z"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 16:19
lady gaga wisdom teeth 2014

As if it wasn’t painful enough having to deal with Courtney Love‘s crazy ass, Lady Gaga went and had her wisdom teeth removed. The “G.U.Y.” songstress had the reverse-Warholian dental deed done upon her mouth ahead of her upcoming ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour, which is scheduled to get underway on May 4 at Ft. Lauderdale’s BB&T Center.

“I can’t eat. I’m gonna put some meatballs in a blender,” Gaga tweeted last night, along with the above photo that shows her in bed, clutching a stuffed monkey. Or is it a teddy bear? A stuffed Courtney?

Oh, just check out her chipmunk-cheek tweets below.

 

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Author: "Robbie Daw" Tags: "Photo, Lady Gaga"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 15:31
one direction you i video

After teasing the clip all week, One Direction have premiered the video for “You & I.” It begins with Niall Horan taking a stroll out on a pier — a perfectly suitable image for the ballad — but then he morphs into Liam Payne, whose face then morphs into Harry Styles‘ and so on. We can just see a squealing Directioner having trouble deciding which member of 1D is her favorite and having that a-ha moment, “Wait, what if they were all combined into one guy!” and that’s probably exactly how the video was pitched to the suits.

It’s a cool idea, giving the illusion that it’s a single-take visual, while obviously bringing to mind the iconic closing scene in Michael Jackson‘s “Black Or White.” Be sure to stick around after the morphs to see the guys engage in the usual horseplay and throw in some totally uninspired parkour on the pier.

Watch up top. 

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Author: "Carl Williott" Tags: "Video, One Direction"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 15:12
Route 94 My Love Rowan Jones 2014

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

Clearly, the sound of ’90s house music is having a huge moment once again, and Route 94‘s mesmerizing dance cut “My Love” has been one of the breakout hits of the renaissance. The track is a strobe-ready slowburner that features British vocalist Jess Glynne, who previously appeared on Clean Bandit‘s UK chart topper “Rather Be.” Shortly after the latter’s success earlier this year, “My Love” was released and shot straight to #1 in Route 94′s home country as well.

With the song now starting to cross over in the States (it was officially made available on US iTunes last week), we took the opportunity to ring up the man behind the beats to find out more about what’s in store for Route 94.

REAL NAME: Rowan Jones.

WHERE HE’S FROM: London.

HOW YOU KNOW HIM: Prior to releasing his UK chart-topping single “My Love,” Jones recorded under the name Dream. Last year he remixed Storm Queen‘s “Look Right Through” and Katy B‘s “5 AM.” He also produced Katy’s Little Red track “Everything.”

HOW HE GOT THE RECORDING BUG AS A KID: “My mom always had music on in my house when I was really young — just everything; reggae, old house, dub, loads of chilled-out, mellow, relaxing music. I just ended up really wanting to make it. Then I downloaded the demo FMStudio and never looked back.”

WHY “ROUTE 94″?: “I think I was looking at a map of America and I saw that 94 connected Chicago to Detroit, which is obviously where the origins of house and techno come from.”

THE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS OF “MY LOVE”: Jones admits, “I made it in my bedroom, and then got it vocaled — it wasn’t Jess [Glynne] at first. So we got it vocaled but we just didn’t feel like it was good enough. Like, it wasn’t very powerful. So we got Jess in the studio to re-sing it. And, yeah — she smashed it. But I had no idea that the track was gonna have this much of an impact as it has.”

THOUGHTS ABOUT THE INNOVATIVE & LUSTY “MY LOVE” VIDEO: “It was shot in New York, so I couldn’t be there. I gave them a brief saying I wanted it to be sexy and clubby and influenced by that sort of thing. But then they came back with that, and at first I didn’t really know whether it was the right thing. But after awhile we thought it would be okay. And it was — it turned out really good. I wasn’t expecting it to be like that, though.”

ON JESS GLYNNE’S OTHER UK #1 HIT, CLEAN BANDIT’S “RATHER BE,” COMING OUT JUST AHEAD OF “MY LOVE”: “We didn’t even know she’d done that with them. So for her, it was just good luck.”

THOUGHTS ON A FULL ROUTE 94 ALBUM: “I wanna do one, so it’ll be like later this year or early next year. I’ve got so much music sitting around. I’m just still deciding where to take it and what to do. I don’t want to rush into anything.”

SO, HAS HE DONE ANY MORE MUSIC WITH JESS GLYNNE?: “I can’t say. Maybe, though. [Laughs]”

ON GETTING OFFERS TO REMIX AND PRODUCE FOR OTHER ARTISTS: “I’m trying to be really careful with what we accept. So it’s just like picking the special ones. I think a lot of people just rush into stuff and go too mad and sort of spoil it for themselves.”

WHAT’S NEXT: “My schedule is so, so busy. Just playing shows right now everywhere. I think, maybe, towards the end of the year [I'll be in America]. I’m not really sure yet, just because I’m so busy over here. I’m booked near enough every weekend until August or some shit.”

Route 94′s “My Love” is available now for purchase on iTunes.

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Author: "Robbie Daw" Tags: "In Conversation, Popping Up, Route 94"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 14:39
little daylight

Emerging Brooklyn indie-pop trio Little Daylight burst onto our radars late last year with the jubilant “Overdose,” and now the track gets a remix care of the fast-rising, simultaneously bizarre and approachable synth band Future Islands.

Samuel T. Herring’s neatly chaotic vocal theatrics are the initial draw for Future Islands, but without his schizoid singing here they show themselves to be masters of warm synth atmospherics. Channeling ’80s hallmarks like Toto‘s “Africa” and Men At Work‘s “Down Under,” they’ve paired Nikki Taylor’s original floating vocals with some elegant nu-wave cheez.

Check it out below.

[via Stereogum]

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Author: "Carl Williott" Tags: "Music News, Little Daylight"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 13:48
prince promo 2014

Prince has been playing gigs with new material and releasing a steady trickle of new songs over the past year — including a duet with Zooey Deschanel stemming from his cameo on New Girl — but he’d been dodgy about what exactly he and his band, 3rdEyeGirl, are up to. But the mystery is over, as Prince today (April 18) confirmed he has a new album in the works.

The news came in a press release announcing the Purple One’s new deal with Warner Bros. Records that will “see the release of long-awaited, previously unheard music” and give him ownership of all his master recordings. “A brand-new studio album is on the way,” he said in a statement. “Both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship.”

This all comes ahead of this summer’s 30th anniversary of Prince’s seminal album Purple Rain and its accompanying film. That landmark will get its own showcase, via a digitally re-mastered deluxe reissue of the LP which will include previously unheard material.

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Author: "Carl Williott" Tags: "Headlines, Prince"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 12:56

Coachella 2014′s first weekend set the bar pretty high, as far as our expectations for round two go. Just a few highlights from the fest’s first outing: Beyonce stepping on stage with sister Solange, Pharrell bringing Gwen Stefani out and Jay Z stepping up to the mic with Nas.

This weekend, Coachella is back in action with a staggering lineup of favorites (Lorde, Lana Del Rey and Disclosure, to name a few). However, the desert can be a cruel mistress, with sunburns, dehydration and tripping over celebrities living out their Woodstock fantasies all a very real risk. Fortunately, we have enlisted the help of Capital Cities to give some sage advice on how to get equipped for weekend two of Coachella. Grab the duo’s Coachella festival guide here!

Author: "Idolator Staff" Tags: "Lists, Capital Cities, Coachella"
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