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Archive for the ‘Celebrity News’ Category

John Mayer Turns Beyonce’s “XO” Into A Stripped-Back Folk Song: Watch His Live Cover

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It’s time to welcome John Mayer to the ever-expanding Bey Hive. “The best thing about Beyonce? The break in her voice on the first ‘baby, love me lights out’ in XO. Real and raw,” the singer-songwriter raved in a tweet on Saturday (April 12), before unveiling his live cover of the Ryan Tedder-penned hit at a gig in Adelaide, Australia last night.

Katy Perry‘s ex stripped “XO” back to its raw, emotional core — performing the song with only his guitar and harmonica for accompaniment. And it survives the genre switch exceedingly well. Regardless of how you feel about John’s uber-sincere schtick, his folk ballad interpretation reminds you that Bey’s love song has an unusually melancholy underbelly. Watch up top.

Do you like John Mayer’s cover? Let us know in the comments below.

[Via Rap-Up].

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Ariana Grande’s New Single Is Called “Problem” And *Could* Feature Iggy Azalea

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Ariana Grande has some bad news for Chris Brown. It looks like their postponed duet “Don’t Be Gone Too Long”, which Breezy’s camp previewed earlier today (April 15), won’t be the rising diva’s new single after all. Ari jumped on Twitter this afternoon to let fans know that she’s going with a song called “Problem” or “#Problem” instead. She also hinted that it will be released “very soon”.

The change of plan makes a mysterious Twitter exchange between Ariana and Iggy Azalea extremely interesting. Last night, the Australian femcee tweeted the motorbike babe: “*nudge nudge*”, to which she replied “*cough cough*”. Could the ladies be hinting at a collaboration? It would certainly be an explosive mix. There are huge expectations for Ari’s sophomore set and the rap queen’s latest single “Fancy” is shaping up to a massive hit. See Ari’s trail of Twitter hints after the jump.

Are you here for an Iggy/Ariana collab? Let us know in the comments below.

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Guy Sebastian Performs A Spine-Tingling Acoustic Version Of Breakthrough Hit “Battle Scars”: Watch

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Guy Sebastian dropped by the Idolator studio earlier this year to chat about his new EDM-infused single “Like A Drum”, which continues to gain momentum at radio. The Australian superstar — he has racked up six number one hits at home — also invited us to an exclusive set at Nightbird Studios in Los Angeles where he performed acoustic versions of his new track and breakthrough Lupe Fiasco collaboration “Battle Scars”.

The 32-year-old belted out the latter R&B ballad at the piano, showcasing his powerful pipes and innate musicality. “Battle Scars” became Guy’s first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2012 and eventually sold more than one million copies. In our interview, he revealed that he is considering putting a reworked version of the smash on his US debut LP. After hearing this, you can’t help but think it would be an extraordinarily good idea. Watch up top.

Do you love this version of “Battle Scars”? Let us know in the comments below.

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Stream Elliphant’s Star-Studded ‘Look Like You Love It’ EP

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Sorta-Swedish pop firebrand Elliphant dropped her Look Like You Love It EP on Mad Decent today (April 15), and the star-studded affair is available to stream in full. Enlisting an A-list roster of producers, including Dr. Luke, Diplo, Skrillex and Dave Sitek, the pan-global enigma has put together a hybrid of EDM, dancehall, rap and Swedish pop, resulting in something that’s uncategorizable and instantly captivating.

We’ve already heard the bombastic “Revolusion,” and her tracks with Diplo and Skril are equally propulsive. But even when she quiets things down, like on “Everything 4 U,” there’s still a nervy energy behind her raspy refrains.

Stream the full EP below.

[via Pigeons & Planes]

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Ashanti Looks Back On The Massive Success Of Debut Single “Foolish”: Idolator Exclusive

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Ashanti recently dropped by the Idolator studio to chat about Braveheart, the diva’s first LP in six years, as well as her journey as an independent artist but also reminisced about the massive success of 2002 debut solo single “Foolish”. The timeless R&B anthem spent what felt like an eternity at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned the then 22-year-old a well-deserved Grammy nomination.

“Looking back, even now, it’s like oh my gosh. I literally was in two or three different states in one day,” Ashanti remembers. “The fact that we broke history in Def Jam records and on Billboard, I think it was like 11 weeks consecutive. It was an amazing experience.” And the song’s legacy still lives on. “The DJ puts ‘Foolish’ on and it causes mayhem 12 years later, [which] is phenomenal.”

Do you have any memories connected to “Foolish”? Let us know in the comments below.

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The Presets Deconstruct Kylie Minogue’s “I Was Gonna Cancel”: Listen To Their Brilliant Remix

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Kylie Minogue surprised a lot of people by picking “I Was Gonna Cancel” as the second single from Kiss Me Once. The Pharrell connection (he produced it) is an obvious selling point but the subtle mid-tempo jam is the most obvious choice. Happily, a dark and dangerous electro-house remix by The Presets makes the diva’s decision a lot easier to swallow.

The Australian duo completely deconstruct Pharrell’s retro-R&B flavored pop anthem, transforming it into a sprawling floorfiller that throbs with sinister synths and new vocal hooks (for example: “go, go, go girl!”). It’s a radical improvement on the original and a reminder of how good Kylie sounds when she opts for a harder dance sound. Let’s hope this remix gets a radio edit. Listen after the jump.

Check out “I Was Gonna Cancel (The Presets remix)” over at DiscoBelle and let us know how you feel about the EDM overhaul in the comments below.

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Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne & Tyga Get Weird In “Senile” Video: Watch

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Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Tyga‘s ominous “Senile” has gotten a colorful, slightly creepy video directed by Colin Tilley. The behind-the-scenes photos gave us an indication that the video for the Rise Of An Empire cut would be odd, but I’m not sure we were prepared for Shake Weights and the wackest version of The Worm ever put on tape.

Each rapper gets their own little setting in the video: for Tyga, it’s a blacklit room with masked dancers and a hookah, while Nicki is on a playground and Weezy spends his time with some backwards Swedish-looking family. The visual premiered on BET’s 106 & Park and isn’t online yet, so for now watch the TV rip up top.

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2 Chainz Announces ‘Freebase’ EP: Watch The Trailer

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OK so 2 Chainz is basically the male version of Rihanna when it comes to insane levels of output. Dude’s already working on B.O.A.T.S. III, and in the meantime, he has decided to release a new EP called Freebase (interesting title considering his recent drug charges.) The EP is due out May 5, and it’s being touted as a fan-oriented project that finds Tity Boi returning to “hardcore, streetflavored rap.”

“It has been a minute since the release of my album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time and I wanted to give something special to my fans while I record my follow-up album,” the rapper said in a statement. “This is a taste of what is to come.” The fan thing isn’t just hollow marketing jargon either — the cover (which you can see up top) was chosen from thousands of fan submissions on Instagram. The winning design features a photo of the legendary Richard Pryor wearing two chain necklaces.

Check out the trailer below, which features part of a new song.

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Win A Signed Copy Of Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty’!

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You pretty much really do have to be living under a rock to have not yet heard Jason Derulo‘s infectious banga “Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz)”: Whether you’ve witnessed him cutting a rug on Dancing With The Stars or you’ve seen his host of famous friends — from One Direction to Austin Mahone — lip-syncing to the jam, there’s simply no escaping that horn-heavy breakdown.

It comes as no surprise then that Jason’s named his latest studio album after the international smash, which just dropped today, April 15. The album also includes his wedding bell-ready “Marry Me” and “The Other Side,” as well as his duet with GF Jordin Sparks, “Vertigo.”

To celebrate this special day, we’re giving away five SIGNED copies of Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty. You want to win? Why, of course you do! Find out how on the other side.

THE PRIZE

A signed copy of Talk Dirty

HOW TO WIN

1.) Follow us on Twitter at @Idolator (if you’re not already).
2.) Tweet us with the following phrase:

“I want to talk dirty with @JasonDerulo and @Idolator! http://idola.to/jasontalkdirty”

That’s it!

We’ll be DMing the five lucky winners on Tuesday, April 22. Good luck!

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Brandy Norwood & Fiance Ryan Press Call Off Engagement

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