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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 00:41

Nicki Minaj has made a point of toning down her image in the lead up to The Print Print — at least as far has her hair and make-up is concerned. The clown paint and crazy wigs have been binned but the femcee hasn’t exactly become a shrinking violet. In fact, her new favorite hobby appears to be showcasing her killer rack on Instagram.

The “Lookin’ Ass” diva has really embraced busty selfies. She went on a posting spree a couple of days ago and picked up where she left off last night (April 23) by sharing eye-popping pics in a clingy white top. We’ve seen a lot more of Nicki’s two biggest hits in the past, so I guess this is kind of demure by her standards. No doubt she will up the ante closer to the album release date.

Do you like Nicki’s natural new look? Cast your vote in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Gallery, Nicki Minaj"
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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 00:17

Way back in August last year, Flume tweeted Lorde about writing music together. She readily agreed but nothing ever came of it — until now. Today (April 23), the Australian electro-pioneer debuted a new remix of the 17-year-old’s second single (at least, internationally) “Tennis Court”. And it’s a mind-bending triumph.

If you’re familiar with Flume’s work, you’re well aware that he’s something of a musical alchemist — blending sounds and genres to create beautiful oddities. In his hands, “Tennis Court” is a valium-laced electro-ballad that occasionally explodes with morphed synths and distorted samples. It’s an impressive overhaul that still stays true to Lorde’s original vision. Listen after the jump.

Do you love Flume’s remix? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Flume, Lorde"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 23:18

Lady Gaga is really feeling the ’90s right now. Mother Monster tapped rising producer Rami Samir Afuni (the man behind Kiesza‘s breakthrough hit “Hideaway”) to give “G.U.Y.” a retro-house remix from a thoroughly modern perspective and now continues with the nostalgic vibe with a Wayne G remix.

The popular English DJ has been remixing records and playing circuit parties since the mid-’90s, so he knows all about the happy house keys that Lady Gaga is currently obsessed with. Wayne G’s overhaul will appeal to the diva’s mature fans who learned to appreciate a good hand-bag remix the first time around. Listen to the throwback floorfiller after the jump.

Are you loving Gaga’s retro “G.U.Y.” remixes? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Lady Gaga, Wayne G"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 22:40

Katy Perry goes all out when it comes to music videos. The reigning queen of the visual medium (sorry, Lady Gaga) has ventured into outer space, danced with pharaohs in Ancient Egypt and even stopped time. She’s hoping to raise the bar even higher with her much-anticipated “Birthday” video by introducing fans to a cast of quirky characters — a trick she very skillfully pulled with Kathy Beth Terry for “Last Friday Night (TGIF)”.

Yosef, Kriss, Ace, Mandee and Goldie (my personal fave) made their first appearance in Katy’s wacky “Birthday” trailer and promise to wreak even havoc in the finished video, which drops tomorrow (April 24). The Prism diva has been tweeting out individualized posters of her new alter-egos/worst birthday party performers of all time and they’re pretty hilarious. See all five after the jump.

Are you excited for this video? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Katy Perry"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 22:03

It looks like Beyonce is going with “Pretty Hurts” as the next single from her pioneering visual album. The Sia-penned power ballad, which was originally offered to Rihanna and Katy Perry before landing in Queen Bey’s royal hands, was just added to MTV’s video playlist and is being sent to pop radio in May.

After switching things up with super-explicit club banger “Partition”, the soaring self-help anthem is a much safer choice. It’s easily the most radio-friendly song on Beyonce and the beauty pageant-themed video has universal appeal. Hopefully, Bey will promote “Pretty Hurts” with a TV performance or interview. At this point, even a random tweet would make headlines!

Is this a good choice? Have your say in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Beyonce"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 19:14

Jhene Aiko is on one hell of roll. After years of feature spots and false starts, the R&B diva’s debut EP Sail Out landed at number eight on the Billboard 200. Breakthrough single “The Worst” is also one of the biggest urban radio hits of 2014 — thanks, in part, to ongoing support from Drake. He even made his Coachella debut during one of her sets.

The 26-year-old bombshell is hoping to raise her profile even further in the lead up to debut LP Souled Out and an eye-popping pictorial in the latest issue of GQ magazine can only help. Jhene posed in black panties and a camouflage-print jacket. She seems to have lost her top but shit happens on photo shoots! See the sexy pic after the jump.

Is Jhene the new queen of alt-R&B? Have your say in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Jhene Aiko"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 18:08
coldplay ghost stories special

Aaaand now we know how that Chris Martin stint on The Voice came about. In a move reminiscent of Justin Timberlake‘s primetime special for The 20/20 ExperienceColdplay just announced they’ll be presenting Ghost Stories in a 60-minute special on NBC the night before the album’s release. Coldplay: Ghost Stories will feature 360-degree footage from the band’s intimate March performance in L.A., which will be interspersed with a cinematic filmed narrative (wouldn’t it be great if that part involved them literally telling ghost stories?).

In addition to new songs like “Magic” and “Midnight,” the special will include live renditions of past hits like “Viva La Vida,” “Paradise” and “Clocks.” The special airs May 18 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Watch the trailer below.

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Author: "Carl Williott" Tags: "Headlines, Coldplay"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 17:01
Rita Ora Tonight Show I Will Never Let You Down

For her first American performance of new single “I Will Never Let You Down,” UK songstress Rita Ora was decked out in a white frilly dress, which she strutted and stomped around in on the Tonight Show stage last night. Ora was flanked by two backup dancers and a full band that proceeded to transform Calvin Harris‘ production into a more organic sound for Jimmy Fallon‘s audience. But just to add a bit of, um, color to the whole spectacle, Ora pristine white dress ended up splattered with paint before all was said and done.

“I Will Never Let You Down” was released on US iTunes this week. Watch Rita’s performance above, and see if it has you rushing to download.

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Author: "Robbie Daw" Tags: "On The Tube, Rita Ora"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 16:25
Frozen Disney soundtrack

At the domestic box office, Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen is currently about $93,000 shy of hitting the $400 million mark. And on the Billboard 200, the movie’s soundtrack has now racked up an 11th week at the top, thus surpassing the 10-week run of The Lion King in 1994 to become the longest-reigning #1 soundtrack from an animated feature in the chart’s history. And, thanks to Easter holiday shopping, Frozen sold another 259,000 copies — the album’s best sales week since its November 2013 release.

This leaves the Top 10′s new entries to debut in the #2 through #5 positions, including Jason Derulo‘s third LP Talk Dirty at #4 (his first Top 10 album, with 44,000 sold) and Ingrid Michaelson at #5 with Lights Out (37,000).

Anyone think Iggy Azalea‘s The New Classic is posing any kind of threat to a 12th week the top for Frozen? Nah, probably not.

The Top 10 Of The Billboard 200 Chart

1. Soundtrack, Frozen *11 weeks*
2. August Alsina, Testimony *new*
3. NEEDTOBREATHE, Rivers In The Wasteland *new*
4. Jason Derulo, Talk Dirty *new*
5. Ingrid Michaelson, Lights Out *new*
6. Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
7. Pharrell, G I R L
8. Lorde, Pure Heroine
9. 5 Seconds Of Summer, She Looks So Perfect
10. Various, NOW 49

Watch Jason Derulo talk dirty about his new album:

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Author: "Robbie Daw" Tags: "Charts, Frozen, Ingrid Michaelson, Jason..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 15:52
pharrell marilyn monroe video

Pharrell has dropped a video for G I R L opening track “Marilyn Monroe.” He sings, “I just want a different girl,” and in the video, he certainly gets his wish. It starts with Pharrell going in to embrace some beautiful goddess, only to see her vanish just before he wakes up from a dream — but then the remainder of the reality-based visual is more like a fantasy, as he’s surrounded by dozens of women dancing to the orchestral funk number in what basically amounts to an ode to the manic pixie dream girl.

There’s also an appearance from the purple-coiffed Kelly Osbourne, who is featured briefly on the track and has struck Pharrell with cupid’s arrow in the visual. Check it out up top.

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Author: "Carl Williott" Tags: "Video, Pharrell"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 15:39

Kelis is one of the industry’s most versatile entertainers: She’s tackled funky, Top 40-friendly R&B (“Milkshake”), hip-hop (“Bossy”), dance floor-ready electronica (“Acapella”) and now, she’s moved into the throwback soul arena, tossing blaring horns, gentle guitars and rich vocals into the appropriately titled Food, a filling homemade concoction released yesterday (April 22) via Ninja Tune. (Have you checked out the review yet?)

Featuring foodie-friendly titled cuts like “Jerk Ribs,” and “Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy,” as well as “Rumble,” the album takes us out of the dance floor and into the dining room for some tasty sonic grub.

Since we believe all good music should be served at high volume, we’re giving away a 3-room Sonos Wireless HiFi system to blast this Food out loud. Want to win? Head below to find out how.

THE PRIZE

1 3-room Sonos Wireless HiFi system
1 copy of Food on vinyl

HOW TO WIN

1.) Like us on Facebook, if you haven’t already.
2.) Fill out the form below.

That’s it! One lucky winner will be randomly selected and notified on Wednesday, April 30. Good luck!

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Author: "Bradley Stern" Tags: "Contests, Kelis"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 15:14
Kiesza Hideaway promo photo

Kiesza, her love affair with ’90s dance music and the success she’s having in the UK at the moment have all come full circle. Following the Canadian singer’s ascent to the top of the British chart this week with debut single “Hidewaway,” she’s unveiled a video for her haunting piano-and-synth cover of Haddaway‘s Eurodance staple “What Is Love,” which NME premiered this week.

Originally released in 1993, “What Is Love” danced its way to the upper reaches of charts around the globe (and, of course, even gained a second life later in the decade thanks to this Saturday Night Live skit). Here, Kiesza and several extras symbolically go naked in the visual and delivers a stunningly stripped-down version of the tune.

If you’re at all squeamish about NSFW material, be warned: there are (the top halves of) butts. Otherwise, head below to watch Kiesza’s take on the song, plus the original Haddaway video.

Kiesza — ”What Is Love” (2014)

Haddaway — ”What Is Love” (1993)

[Via NME]

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Author: "Robbie Daw" Tags: "Music News, Haddaway, Kiesza"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 14:21
coldplay chris martin

After debuting a couple Ghost Stories tracks during their concert at SXSW, Coldplay have unveiled another album cut in a live setting, today (April 23) performing “Oceans” for BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge.

While the restrained, generally hushed tone of the band’s new material has invited comparisons to their debut album, “Oceans” is the first track that truly feels like it could’ve come from a Parachutes session. There’s hardly a hook to be found, but it’s a lovely, slightly forlorn sway of a song, with an acoustic guitar anchoring Chris Martin‘s meandering falsetto amidst some swirling atmospherics. Perhaps the studio version has a heftier arrangement, but for now, it sounds like the unassuming, pre-”Clocks” iteration of the band.

Update: Now with video! Watch them perform “Oceans” and “Magic” below.

Ghost Stories is out May 19.

For a behind-the-scenes look at Coldplay’s quirky “Magic” video, click play below:

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Author: "Carl Williott" Tags: "Music News, Coldplay"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 14:03
wiz khalifa chelsea lately

Wiz Khalifa has scored himself a nice little hit with his trappy Auto-Tuned party anthem “We Dem Boyz.” And just as he knows how to make a hit out of the simplest of hooks (“Black and Yellow,” anyone?), he also knows how to charm a TV audience with some simple “stoner zonked out on the couch” behavior. Earlier this month, he cooked up some weed snacks on Arsenio, and Monday (April 22) Wiz appeared on Chelsea Lately to get that Blacc Hollywood promo with guest host T.J. Miller.

The main takeaway from the appearance is that Wiz has a strain of weed named after him (Khalifa Kush), which he gets for free from the marijuana company that sponsors him. Watch him talk about the incredible business deal up top.

[via Rap Radar]

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Author: "Carl Williott" Tags: "On The Tube, Wiz Khalifa"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 13:05

Glee’s fifth season has all been leading up to this: Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) opening night on Broadway. In fact, she’s been dreaming of this night since we first met her on the show so five years ago. With the pressure mounting for her to perform, the big question of the episode will be whether or not she’ll be able to pull it off, or if she’s going to choke on the stage for all the world to see.

We start with Rachel in the midst of a panicked nightmare in which Kurt (Chris Colfer) is the stage manager, ushering Rachel to the empty Funny Girl stage.  The bad dream is full of cameos from McKinley High characters — including Dave Karofsky and Jacob Ben Israel — complete with Rachel’s teeth falling out, and a critical Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). It ends with Rachel performing “Lovefool” by The Cardigans.

The dream devolves into Becky (Lauren Potter) screaming at Rachel, “Get on with it!” She starts to sing out of tune and collapses into a pile of boos and red heart-shaped balloons. After that, she promptly wakes up in a cold sweat. In the kitchen, Rachel joins Kurt for tea and then tries to fall back asleep. Her anxiety over potentially negative reviews prompts Kurt to hide Rachel’s phone from her until opening night.

Back at McKinley High, Sue approaches Will (Matthew Morrison) in an attempt to snag his extra ticket to New York, which is odd because she claims to hate the city. Her story is that she wants to see NYC firsthand to confirm how much she despises the city. But in return, she has to agree to go to Rachel’s show with Will. This conversation prompts them to launch into a snow globe fantasy of the two of them singing a duet of “NYC” from Annie. The climax has them arriving in the Big Apple.

All the glee buddies, Sam (Chord Overstreet), Blaine (Darren Criss), Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), arrive at the loft. Tina starts to gush about Brown. Rachel is silent in her Joan Crawford-style head wrap. Tina gets verbal diarrhea about bloggers talking about how short she is until Mercedes drags Tina away and Rachel politely excuses herself for a nap. Kurt awakens in the middle of the night to see Rachel overdosing on media talking shit about her.

As Rachel lies motionless in her bed, her friends try to cheer her up, to no avail. It’s at this point that Sue arrives and announces she’ll be crashing at the loft. We see Santana (Naya Rivera) arrive in town and then to the loft, saying that she only needs four minutes to get Rachel ready to go. To perk her up, Santana reads Rachel some bad reviews. Rachel is surprised to hear that they were of Barbra Streisand‘s performance back in the day. She follows that with a pep talk. Conveniently, it works almost immediately.

Will catches Sue scalping her ticket to Funny Girl. Out of nowhere, Sue locks eyes with another scalper, played by Chris Parnell. Will meets Rachel in her dressing room to congratulate her. He’s interrupted with the news that his wife has gone into labor.

Rachel takes to the stage and the curtains lift. The first number we see her sing is “I’m the Greatest Star.” In the lobby, Sue and the scalper, Mario, meet and have a romantic moment. He asks her out. In Rachel’s dressing room during intermission, Kurt and Mercedes continue the pep-talking. The big time producer shows up to tell her she’s done a great job so far but tells her that she really needs to nail the ending.

Sue is charmed by Mario at a romantic dinner. As they dine, Rachel gives an emotional rendition of “Who Are You now?” while Sue slow-dances with Mario. Back in her dressing room, Rachel gets big congratulations from all her buddies, as well as the producer. Rachel ditches the cast party and opts to hang with her pals at a gay bar in Greenwich Village instead. They give an impromptu group performance Mindy Gledhill‘s “Whole Wide World.

In the morning, the gang returns to the loft to find that Sue’s slept with Mario and they both emerge into the kitchen dressed in silky kimonos. After that, Rachel reads the McKinley High principle the riot act and throws her out of the apartment for making her life hell in high school. After brewing a morning cup of coffee, they all rush to the newsstand to read the New York Times review. Of course, it’s glowing and we have a happy ending. Just then, Will calls to congratulate Rachel as well as to announce the birth of his son, Daniel Finn Schuester.

At the end of the episode, we find Sue walking hand in hand with Mario while on her way to fly back home to Ohio. He tries to get her to stay, but she cites her responsibilities at McKinley. Back on Sue’s Corner, she admits to having fun on her trip to NYC and loving the city after all. I predict we’ll see more of this romance develop next season, as the show shifts permanently to Manhattan.

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Author: "Lisa Timmons" Tags: "On The Tube, Amber Riley, Chord Overstre..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 12:31
shakira empire the voice

Oh The Voice, how did you manage to make this season’s live eliminations even more contestant-crushing than in previous years? Now, in addition to standing on stage as the results are slowly rolled out throughout the episode, and in addition to the live save component, the bottom three contestants are subjected to 90-second last-ditch performances meant to convince the voting audience to save them.

Yes: right as their confidence is shattered by the news that they are in the bottom three, the contestants have to “sing for their lives,” as Carson Daly so dramatically states it, for the 33% chance of making it to the next round. Evil? Deliciously so. Love it? Definitely.

Before that whole sudden death situation, coaches Adam Levine, Shakira and Blake Shelton perform live! No Usher this week? Nah: there needs to be some things left to the imagination/end of the season.

First up, Adam performs Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” with Christina Grimmie, Delvin Choice and Kat Perkins. Team Adam rocks black-and-white ensembles, perhaps as a nod to Adam’s signature black jeans and white t-shirt look.

Next, Shakira performs “Empire” from her self-titled album in a body suit and black lace pants. If that isn’t hot enough for you, there is fire involved. Needless to say, it is completely fierce, if completely lip-synched. Also needless to say, the audience cannot clap along correctly, even when the stakes are as high as Shakira.

Blake Shelton performs Travis Tritt’s “Put Some Drive In Your Country” alongside his team after that. Audra McLaughlin, Jake Worthington and Sisaundra Lewis all have solid performances, though when Jake performs sans hat, it’s very off-putting. Come on, Jake: that accessory is the key to your earnest country power. Hold on tight to it at this critical point in the season.

At this point, the votes are tallied, and nine out of the ten who will advance can take a break.

Saved by the Votes:
Team Usher: Josh Kaufman, Bria Kelly
Team Adam: Kat Perkins, Delvin Choice, Christina Grimme
Team Blake: Audra McLaughlin, Jake Worthington, Sisaundra Lewis
Team Shakira: Kristen Merlin

Then it gets real. Having found themselves in the bottom three, Team Shakira’s Dani Moz and Tess Boyer, and Team Usher’s T.J. Wilkins now need to convince Twitter users everywhere of their entertainment worth. It’s time for a Blind Auditions redux with three 90-second performances.

T.J.sings Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be,” and ends the song down on his knees. It is miraculously solid considering his precarious position.

“All I have to say is #SaveTJ,” says Usher of the performance. Carson then corrects him that the actual way to #SaveTJ is with #VoiceSaveTJ. (#PayAttentionUsher)

Dani then sings Adele’s “Turning Tables.” Her chopping block performance is also remarkably sound.

“You guys heard her: she’s amazing,” says Shakira. “Give her another chance.”

Finally, Tess sings Kelly Clarkson’s “Dark Side.” It’s pitchy, and there are breath issues one would expect from such a rushed, high pressure performance.

“I have to admit that I’m really surprised to see you standing up there. I thought you nailed it last night,” says Shakira. “You are one of the best singers on this competition.”

She may have had pitch issues, but Twitter doesn’t seem to mind. The Instant Save goes to Tess Boyer! Without a moment to say “Thanxbai,” Team Usher’s T.J. Wilkins and Team Shakira’s Dani Moz are sent packing. Such is life on these tightly-timed live shows.

Did the right contestants make it to the Top 10? And what did you think of these do-or-die performances?

Author: "Caila Ball" Tags: "On The Tube, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton,..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 12:00

Did You Hear?

:: Lorde had to postpone her six-date Australian tour due to a nasty chest infection. She is heading back to New Zealand to recuperate before returning to the road. It was probably the dust at Coachella that made her ill. [The New York Times]

:: There’s something to be said for knowing your limitations. Gisele Bundchen is one of the world’s most beautiful women but she’s not exactly pop star material as her new H&M commercial proves. [BuzzFeed]

:: Willie Nelson‘s daughter was arrested in Texas for marijuana possession on 4.20 — otherwise known as the international day of the pot smoker. She now faces 180 days in jail and a $2000 fine. This is positively un-American! [Rickey]

:: Raise your glass to Ryan Lewis‘ mom. She is celebrating 30 years of surviving the HIV virus, which she contracted from a blood transfusion. The Macklemore producer is helping her launch a new healthcare project. [Billboard]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today.

:: Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) — Boy George
:: Tavis Smiley (PBS) — Nas
:: Late Night With Seth Meyers (NBC) — Paramore
:: Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) — Needtobreathe
:: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) — Future and Pusha T
:: Live With Kelly & Michael (syndicated) — Neon Trees
:: Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) — Foster The People

Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Highlights, Gisele Bundchen, Lorde, Mack..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 06:40

Lily Allen will ruffle some feathers with the title track of her awesomely-titled Sheezus LP. The spoken-word hip-hop/pop song is a rather biting commentary on the industry and her fellow divas. “Now wish me luck, I’m gonna need it,” she admits. “I’ll see you on the other side if I’m still breathing.” What is causing the Brit so much inner-turmoil?

Well, it could have something to do with the next verse of the song. “RiRi isn’t scared of Katy Perry’s roaring, Queen B’s going back to the drawing,” Lily quips before singing a certain Kiwi wunderkind’s praises. “Lorde smells blood, yeah she’s about to slay you.” It’s the next lyric that’s really controversial. “We’re all watching Gaga. LOL. Dying for the art, so really she’s a martyr,” she sings about the state of Mother Monster’s ARTPOP era.

Regardless of how you feel about Lily’s observations, you have to admire her honesty. This is a return to the fearlessness of her 2009 LP It’s Not Me, It’s You — a characteristic that has been sorely missing from Sheezus jams like “Air Balloon”. As for the video? It’s a multi-colored affair to evokes M.I.A.‘s visual approach. Watch up top.

Do you agree with Lily’s observations about the pop world? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Video, Lily Allen"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 00:53

Ricky Martin shared a preview of his latest World Cup anthem “Vida” yesterday (April 21) but the finished product is even more of a blast from the past than expected. With the exception of a couple of grey hairs in the heartthrob’s expertly pruned beard, the Salaam Remi-produced party anthem and video (for that matter) is fairly interchangeable with anything the 42-year-old released at his late ’90s peak.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s something to be said for consistency and Ricky sure knows how to knock out a summery smash with generic Spanglish lyrics that probably sound pretty inspiring after a couple of Coronas. It’s just that the “Adrenalina” singer seems to be revisiting former glories (ie. “The Cup Of Life”) when he could just as easily have a hit with something more current. Maybe next time. Needless to say, he looks great in the video and the Brazilian scenery is pretty awesome. Watch up top.

Are you feeling “Vida” or is it time to retire the FIFA anthems? Have your say in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Video, Ricky Martin"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 00:11

Fresh from two triumphant sets at Coachella, Canadian electro-wizards Chromeo rocked the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (April 21). The duo brought along their flashy keyboards, which rest upon female legs, and performed retro-pop anthem “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” as well as recent single “Come Alive”.

Dave 1 and P-Thugg always bring the party. The band’s slick ’80s synths, tongue-in-cheek showmanship and quirky props turned the Hollywood lot into a rollicking rave. “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” is still the catchiest example of the current early ’80s dance revival and promises great things for Chromeo’s fourth LP White Women, which drops May 12. Watch up top.

Did you enjoy the band’s performance? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Video, Chromeo"
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