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Posts Tagged ‘News’

Katy Perry’s “Birthday” Video: Watch Her Pull Several ‘Bad Grandpa’-esque Pranks

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From Katy Perry to Justin Timberlake (see: “Not A Bad Thing”), pop stars are demonstrating that the new trend in music videos in 2014 is to make one that’s essentially a non-music video. So here we have Perry’s eight-minute visual for Prism single “Birthday,” wherein we meet the five alter egos presented in the clip’s recent teaser and promo posters — that would be Goldie The Dancer, Ace The Animal Trainer, face-painting Mandee, Yosef Shulem and Kriss The Clown.

The video’s intro informs us that Katy “attended five birthday parties” last month, only “no one knew it was her.” What proceeds to happen, in outrageous documentary-style, is… oh, screw it — you all saw Bad Grandpa, right? No? Well, just watch above and then you’ll be all set.

Note: as mentioned above, the video is eight minutes. But, like with Lady Gaga‘s recent “G.U.Y.” spectacle, the latter portion of “Birthday” is spent on “film credits.” Chalk that up as another trend.

Get an eyeful of even more pop music coverage, from artist interviews to exclusive performances, on Idolator’s YouTube channel.



 

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Say Lou Lou’s Golden “Everything We Touch” Video: Watch

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Twin-sister act Say Lou Lou offer up a simple but effective visual for their latest single “Everything We Touch” (due out June 2nd). In the video, V magazine cover girls Miranda and Elektra Kilbey sing in front of a stark black background before appearing in the buff, fully covered in gold paint — because obviously everything they touch turns to…

The gorgeous track is yet another piece of thinking-person’s pop from the pair, whose debut album will hopefully be out before the close of 2014. Let’s put positive vibes out there for “Everything We Touch”being met with the mainstream success it absolutely deserves. Radio needs these girls right now.

Watch Say Lou Lou’s elegant “Everything We Touch” video above.

Get an eyeful of even more pop music coverage, from artist interviews to exclusive performances, on Idolator’s YouTube channel.



 

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Future & Pusha T “Move That Dope” With Help From The Roots On ‘Fallon’: Watch

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Future stopped by The Tonight Show Wednesday (April 23) to celebrate the release of Honest by performing its agile coke anthem “Move That Dope” (or, as it’s hilariously known when censored for radio and network TV, “Move That Doh”).

For the first time in months, Pharrell didn’t show up for a TV appearance, but Pusha T was in attendance, and The Roots filled in as the backing band. Watch the two ice cool MCs strut around the Fallon set up top.

Get an eyeful of even more pop music coverage, from artist interviews to exclusive performances, on Idolator’s YouTube channel.



 

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Solange Eyes Fall Release For New Album

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Solange is readying her return after wowing the Coachella crowd earlier this month (with some help from her sister Beyonce). The alt-R&B singer and Saint Records founder did a Twitter Q&A with fans yesterday (April 24), during which she revealed she has a True follow-up on the horizon.

When asked when fans can expect to hear new material, she replied, “Early fall, have written 25 joints…recording and narrowing, very happy!” As for what it will sound like, Solange was vague but mentioned, “It’s the album I may have been afraid to make, but had no choice but to make.”

Check out her two tweets with the news below.

 

[via Pop Justice]



 

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Kiesza’s “Hideaway” Remixed By Sigma: Listen

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A mere week ago, London drum and bass duo Sigma were sitting on top of the UK chart with “Nobody To Love,” their retro-sounding re-working of Kanye West‘s “Bound 2.″ They were replaced at #1 this past Sunday by Kiesza‘s own ’90s house send-up “Hideaway.” But to show that there are no hard feelings, Sigma have now remixed “Hideaway” and turned it into a slow-burning, atmospheric piece that eventually erupts into a drum-and-bass-fueled frenzy. (Added bonus: there are also slight flourishes of Massive Attack‘s classic “Unfinished Sympathy” throughout.)

Feast your ears on what happens when a trio of 2014′s brightest movers and shakers get together on the dancefloor.

[Via MTV UK]

Get an eyeful of even more pop music coverage, from artist interviews to exclusive performances, on Idolator’s YouTube channel.



 

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Nicki Minaj Previews New Song By Twerking To It: Watch

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Nicki Minaj previewed what appears to be a new song via Instagram late Wednesday night (April 23), posting two short videos of her twerking in pink pants to a slow jam featuring her chanting vocals. And while Minaj recently said “hell no” to the prospect of her forthcoming album The Pink Print containing a shameless pop cut like “Super Bass,” this new track sounds awfully Top 40-friendly.

(Also, it looks like she takes a daily vitamin! Gotta stay in peak condition when you’re posting all those sexy selfies.)

Meanwhile, Minaj continues to have her cake and eat it, too, which she’s better at than just about any star out there trying to play both sides (Miley included). She just told MTV that she is tired of being called a “female rapper.” “I do not see myself as a female rapper anymore, I’m sorry. I see myself as a rapper.” Preach.

Watch the prodigious twerk session with the new song below.

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Avril Lavigne’s “Hello Kitty” Video: The Singer Tweets In Response To The Scandal

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Two days ago, Avril Lavigne‘s “Hello Kitty” video premiered on the singer’s website and, eventually, made its way to YouTube. Upon watching, we here at Idolator declared it to be the worst thing you’d watch all week. Hours later, other outlets such as Billboard, GQ, USA Today and E! Online followed suit, all equally appalled at the disastrous clip.

But while many online entities have been citing the seemingly racist overtones of the clip — the song and video reference Japanese pop and kawaii culture, while the visual also employs Japanese dancers, hence Avril receiving a similar backlash to the one Sky Ferreira faced last week over her “I Blame Myself” clipwe were offended because the song just flat-out sucks and the video comes off, to us, as age-inappropriate.

Regardless, head below to see Avril’s response to the “Hello Kitty” furor, via the marvelous medium of Twitter.

Interestingly, other sites also made much of the fact that “Hello Kitty” was supposedly pulled from YouTube, when in fact the video had an early premiere on Lavigne’s website, and the only pulling was done with the illegally uploaded clips that followed. It’s now officially available to watch via Avril’s YouTube channel. Or, again, you can simply watch it here and make your own mind up on the matter.

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Ariana Grande & Iggy Azalea’s “Problem”: Hear 2 More Snippets

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Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea are teaming up on “Problem,” which is shaping up to be a massive kiss-off anthem. Grande already posted a preview in which she belts out some relationship bitterness, and now she has posted a few seconds of Iggy’s sneering verse, with the Aussie MC rapping, “In no time, I’ll be forgettin’ all about you.”

And just for good measure, Republic Records’ Charlie Walk also posted a clip of the song, with an enthused listener in the studio holding up a sign “This is a hit.”

The future hit drops April 27. Hear both new snippets below via Instavid.

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Jason Derulo Talks Dirty About His New LP, Breakthrough Hit & Snoop Collab: Idolator Interview

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Jason Derulo is currently enjoying one of the biggest hits of his career with Wallpaper-produced bedroom anthem “Talk Dirty”. The explicit earworm boasts the catchiest hook of 2014, a small army of celebrity fans and major staying power on the charts. It’s still lodged at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and could grind its way even higher up the countdown.

The 24-year-old recently dropped by the Idolator studio to chat about his temperature-raising hit and similarly titled new album. Jason explained his new sexually-charged image and opened up about his next single — an equally catchy collaboration with Snoop Dogg called “Wiggle”. He also hints at an upcoming US tour, which is great news for thirsty fans. Watch up top.

Are you a fan of Jason’s sexy new sound? Let us know in the comments below.

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Popping Up: Little Daylight

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Little Daylight charmed us at the end of last year with their song “Overdose,” a bright and tumbling gem of post-Passion Pit synth-pop. Before that, the Brooklyn trio spent 2013 opening for Charli XCX and churning out solid remixes of St. Lucia, The Neighbourhood and more, which resulted in a slow build of buzz — and now the band is at the point where they’re the ones being remixed.

Currently touring and putting the finishing touches on their debut album Hello Memory, Little Daylight took a break to step out from behind the boards and get in front of the cameras at our NYC studio, where we got to talking about their journey from scrappy indie remixers to major label act. Up top, watch Nikki Taylor, Eric Zeiler and Matt Lewkowicz discuss the importance of self-production, hair flips and stans (yes, even new bands have them), and head below for everything else you need to know about Little Daylight.

HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, NY

INFLUENCES: In addition to landmark ’80s synth-pop albums like The Hurting, their influences run the gamut. Robyn, Paul Simon‘s Graceland, Steve Reich, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, and Bloodshy & Avant were all mentioned as influences and inspirations during our chat.

DARLING NIKKI: “I’ve never really like tried to sing like anyone else, except for I remember being a little kid trying to sing like Gwen Stefani,” Nikki explained. “That was like the first person I really wanted to sound like. Actually someone once compared my voice to Gwen Stefani meets Stevie Nicks so who knows, maybe some of that is left over?”

CONCEPT ALBUMS: While the guys were hesitant to call Hello Memory a concept album, it definitely has a throughline involving a story told from the point-of-view of several different characters. “We went into this wanting to make an ‘Album’ album that has this sort of ride and sort of continuous idea that takes you through different moods… It’s not something you have to get, hopefully, to enjoy the album. It’s there if you want to go deeper and if you want to think more about how all these songs relate to each other.”

LOGO: Thus far, the simple LD logo has been prominent in all the releases and bits of media the band has presented. (You might even notice Eric’s LD pendant in the interview.)  That’s no accident. “We designed the logo. For the whole beginning of the band and up through even now, we are very involved in the graphic elements,” Eric told us. “So the logo is something we were kind of working on and sketching out for a while and ended up with this and really liked it. We have a few pages of LD written many, many, many different ways, which was pretty fun.” Not surprisingly, this collaborative process is also how most of their songs come together.

WHAT’S NEXT: The band is focusing on touring and remixing as much as possible ahead of this summer’s LP release. This includes a gig at Central Park’s SummerStage on May 20, a dream come true for the three New Yorkers. Outside the album cycle, they may try their hand at producing other artists. “If we have time,” they’re quick to add.

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