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Posts Tagged ‘News’

Austin City Limits 2014: Eminem, Outkast, Skrillex, Pearl Jam To Headline

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Following Eminem‘s Texas-themed Instagram post hinting he’d be headlining Austin City Limits this year, the official 2014 lineup has been announced, and Marshall Mathers is indeed at the top of the bill. Em will headline the fall festival along with Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck and Skrillex, the latter serving as the lone youngster on the top line. But millennials will find plenty to like on the lineup’s second row, with Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Lorde and Foster The People rounding out the second level of acts.

Idolator faves like Zedd, Major Lazer, Chromeo, Chvrches, Phantogram, Iggy Azalea, Icona Pop, Capital Cities, Sam Smith, Kodaline and Bleachers also made the cut, along with a bevy of under-the-radar artists. They’ll perform across eight stages at Austin’s Zilker Park over two weekends, October 3-5 and 10-12. Passes for both weekends go on sale today (April 22) at 11 a.m. ET at the ACL site.

Check out the full lineup here.

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



 

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‘The Voice’ Recap: Live Playoffs Begin With Killer Covers Of Adele & Katy Perry

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“Tonight the stakes are at an all time high,” Carson Daly said with no further explanation as he introduced the premiere of The Voice Live Playoffs. Twelve finalists finally got their chance to compete for a voting public, with the voting duties of Usher, Shakira, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton officially relieved.

With the launch of the live show brought some of the typical NBC Voice-isms. Part of the TODAY cast made an appearance (no Al Roker = no one cares). The awkwardness of the social media box was back in full force. Carson tried desperately to keep the verbose coaches on a timetable. Equipment went down. The best part of the show has returned in all of its glory, and the audience is no longer just along for the ride, but calling the shots.

Here are the 12 singers who competed for the 10 remaining spots.

Team Usher – Bria Kelly
Time to tread on sacred ground, or at least to hear the coaches talk about said ground, because Bria Kelly kicks off the Live Playoffs with Adele! Bria, who had a breakout performance with “Wild Horses” last week, moves into this decade with “Rolling In The Deep.” In an effort to avoid a “karaoke” version, Bria gives it more of a rock edge, and even uses her guitar.

Let’s clarify that: she wears her guitar. Again. In front of a flame background imported straight from an ’80s music video, Bria belts out the song and it in no way sounds karaoke. The fact that both of her hands are on her guitar for only about 10 seconds toward the end, however, proves to be a weird distraction. Reminder, Voice contestants: instruments aren’t accessories.

“Taking an Adele song is really a challenge, because her voice is so unique, but if anyone could do it, it was you,” says Shakira. “I love it when you get all fierce like that.”

“The key is hard because it’s a lower key. I selfishly want to hear it in a higher key,” says Adam, who adds, “It was angsty and it was young and it was different.”

“It is courageous to step in the shadows of incredible artists, but that becomes a motivation for incredible artists,” says Usher. “I felt fire in your voice. I felt like you killed it.”

Team Adam – Delvin Choice
Delvin Choice, the Starbucks barista who turned all four chairs, continues his stint on Adam’s team with the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody.” “You need to sing this like you’re dying,” says Adam, before demonstrating what that sounds like to Delvin. Instead of giving it such a romantic desperation, however, Devlin chooses to add joy to the song and dedicates it to his parents for their 25th anniversary.

It is underwhelming, and has a cruise ship vibe… until Delvin nails the final high notes. Not even the cruise ships with functioning plumbing have singers that can hit these notes.

“This week, [your hair] is back in the calzone, and you still sang the crap out of it,” says Blake.

“This is, in fact, one of the most nostalgic songs of all time and you did not disappoint,” says Shakira. “Your command of falsettos and trills and runs is just superb.”

Coach Adam praises Delvin’s efforts. “This song is basically building up to a cathartic moment over there with some lucky young lady, and I’m so happy that that all came to fruition,” he says.

Team Shakira – Dani Moz
Dani Moz is carving a niche for herself covering poppy rock ballads. Last week, the coaches raved about her Lady Gaga cover, and this week she attempts the challenging  “Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink.

Her performance doesn’t embellish too much on the original, but earns a standing ovation from her coach, and a near lip-kiss from Carson Daly (a prize in and of itself). The coaches also have rave reviews.

“It was so powerful, but I wanted there to be more dynamics,” says Adam. Shakira practically leaps out of her chair to strangle him she disagrees so strongly.

“I didn’t know if you were going to take one of those Dani moments that we’re use to you making,” says Blake. “It changed everything when you did that.”

“You did unbelievably well. You were so fantastic. Your dynamics were perfect. You were so heartfelt,” says her coach.

Team Blake – Audra McLaughlin
Blake’s female country artist, Audra McLaughlin, goes even more classic than Martina McBride when she sings “Angel Of The Morning” by Juice Newton. It’s a little breathy to begin, but builds to a powerful performance that earns a standing ovation from her coach.

“You have such an incredible, powerful yet very personal voice,” says Usher. “Maybe it’s just a girl thing for you to hold notes that long. Because I have to pee if I hold notes that long,” he adds, inexplicably.

“I know you’ve been going to school to be a medical assistant, and I just don’t think that’s what you’re going to be doing with your life,” says Blake “You are, I swear, one of my favorite country singers.”

Team Usher – T.J. Wilkins
Team Usher’s T.J. Wilkins chooses John Mayer’s “Waiting On The World To Change” as a contemporary pick to deviate from his typically classic choices. Before his performance, T.J. solicits some tips from Usher, who shows him how to incorporate onstage theatrics. The result is a lot of pointing and arm gesturing during the big performance, but T.J. still brings it vocally.

“I’m always rooting for you T.J., because you are extraordinary,” says Shakira.

“It is hard to not pull for this guy, even as an opposing coach,” says Blake.  “You have something that’s infectious about you (in a good way).”

“This was the first time I got to see a different side of you,” says Usher. “You’re a leader. And that, right there, is what being a performer is.”

Team Adam – Christina Grimmie
It will be hard to top her reviews from last week, especially Usher’s comment that she is a “Baby Celine Dion,” but Christina Grimmie gives it a go with another pop hit. The former YouTuber chooses Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” and sounds effortless in her delivery.

“You are 100% proof that dynamite comes in small packages,” says Blake “For me, as an opposing coach, you’re the artist to beat on Adam’s team.”

“Your range is just so impressive. You nailed it girl,” says Shakira.

“I continue to be just more and more impressed and surprised at what you’re capable of,” says Adam. “I might as well have been watching the VMA’s.”

Team Blake – Sisaundra Lewis
Blake’s powerhouse vocalist Sisaundra Lewis takes on the Elton John hit “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.” As always, she delivers a very consistent performance, and one that blows the coaches away vocally.

“Does it get any better than this? Every time you come out here you blow everybody’s socks off,” says Usher, who compares Sisaundra to Patti LaBelle.

“The restraint that you showed was the most beautiful part of your performance,” adds Adam.

“I hope that you are taking all this in,” Blake says of Sisaundra’s consistent rave reviews. “You left the music industry for 10 years, and you’ve always been in the shadows. I hope you are enjoying what’s happening.”

Sisaundra is certainly a powerful force, though so much of voting at this point relies on how many people will download the contestants’ performances on iTunes. It remains to be seen whether or not this young audience will rush to download an Elton John single that’s so old that the version with George Michael was the updated take.

Team Shakira – Kristen Merlin
Country singer Kristen Merlin is in for an onstage surprise when she performs Sugarland’s “Stay.” The number, picked by Shakira and Kristen to showcase Kristen’s vulnerability, is a strong choice for the only country artist left that is not on Team Blake. Her performance is simultaneously sweet and powerful… until her microphone goes out. Seemingly unfazed by the technical difficulty, Kristen keeps singing, until a new mic is handed to her for the very last note.

In spite of audio issues (or perhaps because of them), the audience loves Kristen, and the coaches are stunned by her professionalism.

“You handled it so gracefully; it was as if nothing had happened,” says Adam. “I would have been in a puddle of my own nerves.”

“You keep getting better and better every time you step out here,” says Blake. “For you to take that chance and sound that incredible, I’m kicking myself,” he adds, lamenting not turning for Kristen back in the Blind Auditions.

“Your performance was so heartfelt and so moving,” says Shakira. “We were just mesmerized by what you were delivering.”

Team Adam – Kat Perkins
Up next is Team Adam’s singing nanny, Kat Perkins. The rocker stays in her wheelhouse with Heart’s “Magic Man.” She delivers everything she sets out to deliver, and proves herself to be a rocker with an impressive range. Her coach is downright giddy after the performance.

“Am I correct: were you a nanny?” Blake asks. “You’re a rock star.”

“That was really amazing. Your voice is dope,” says Usher. “You really have what it takes to be on the radio right now.”

“It’s impossible to sing these songs,” says Adam. You do it with the same power, charisma, proficiency and soul that all these guys did it with. It’s mind-blowing.”

But will it get downloads?


Team Blake – Jake Worthington

The ultimate country crooner in the competition, Jake Worthington, stays the course with his performance of Travis Tritt’s “Anymore.” Blake, in turn, stays the course with evangelizing a young audience to become ’90s country fans. Whether it’s the nerves, or the weight of his huge hat, the performance is one of his weakest.

“You may be the most endearing contestant on this show,” says Shakira. “You’re showing us and everyone out there who’s trying to make a career out of music that honesty goes a long way.”

“The pitch was perfect, but that’s what happens with a cowboy like you,” says Blake. “You nailed it, dude.”

Before leaving the stage, Jake yells a shout out to his girlfriend.

Team Shakira – Tess Boyer
Team-hopping Tess Boyer was with Blake and Usher before landing with her current coach, Shakira. Both guys must be kicking themselves, because she’s starting to stand out in the pack of finalists. Tess sings Bon Jovi’s “I’ll Be There For You,” and wants to make it sound more modern. While it’s hard to see said modernization, it’s a fun ’90s throwback, and an on-pitch delivery of some challenging notes.

“I think you are the artist on Team Shakira to beat,” says Blake, his second such prediction of the evening.

“It has never been a question whether you would go this far,” says Usher. “We as a collective celebrate you.”

“No one can deny your prowess as a technical singer,” says Shakira. “You are so admirable. She’s so damn smart.”

Team Usher – Josh Kaufman
Closing out the night is Josh Kaufman, who landed this coveted position by performing Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.”

Or was it the Ushersizes? Usher, in an effort to get Josh to open up on stage, has him do a few awkward laps around the stage during rehearsals. It must be the needed steps for success, because Josh overcomes the awkward audience clapping to bring down the house.

“I’m such a fan of yours. You are so clever to start the song so understated and contained, to later on just knock us out with the sickness of your voice,” says Shakira.

Lamenting letting Josh go, Adam says, “I am so stupid.” He goes on to praise Josh’s performance, and adds, “I have almost a borderline anxiety attack when the audience starts clapping out of time.”

“You are the guy to beat on Team Usher,” says Blake in his third and final prediction of the evening.

“I have to give it to Adam, because he got you prepared, and then you came over here and just took it away,” says Usher. “You told all of us a story, and completely commanded this entire room.”

And so they’re off, with only a voting audience and a live save in between the contestants and their eliminations. Two will go home tonight… but not before Shakira performs “Empire,” live on the show. Get ready for the hotness!



 

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Kelis’ ‘Food’: Album Review

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Kelis is not the first to reinvent herself, and she surely won’t be the last. We can credit Madonna as perhaps the purveyor of sharp turns when it comes to style and sound. Kelis, though, is different. Her following isn’t based on the idea of her; rather it’s deeply rooted in her full-bodied vocals and varied beat selections that have inadvertently led her to develop one of music’s least likely cult followings. Why? Because she doesn’t embody epic; she merely embodies honest. As she brings her sixth solo album Food (out today, ) to the forefront, reinvention is the obvious theme, and it’s (for the most part) for the better.

The story behind Food is that the tracks were made in an intimate little studio with Kelis and her team. And she’d cook. A lot. The Le Cordon Bleu graduate has been dabbling in the culinary arts for a while — most prominently during the time her marriage to Nas ran its course. But now she has a cookbook coming, a cooking show — you name it. Surely the foodisms would trickle into the crafting of her music. Rumor has it the songs were tagged with the names of the dishes she cooked while they were recording that specific song (i.e. “Jerk Ribs,” “Cobbler,” “Biscuits n’ Gravy,” etc.). The naming convention just stuck, and here we are. The tracks aren’t some testament to eating, but taking it philosophically, you can tie in the types of meals to the style of the song. Take the sassy lead single “Jerk Ribs,” where stripped down horn-fueled production hugs Kelis’ warm vocals or the bright and sunny cut that opens the album, aptly titled “Breakfast.”

It goes without saying that Food is a stark contrast to 2010′s Flesh Tone, where Kelis submerged her colorfully dyed head into the Dance Music movement. Once it came prepackaged as the microwaveable meal “EDM,” Ms. Rogers left it on the doorstep of an orphanage for every flash-in-the-pan act to devour.

Food is more of an amalgam of her first four projects (with hints of electro-pop), wrapped in a tight little package. The album sours, though, in the moments where the production takes a manufactured turn, like “Friday Fish Fry,” as Kelis’ husky voice over a purposely “naughty” beat sounds pretty lame. Still, those moments are rare, and for the most part Food is a balanced work.

This may not be the ultimate project after a four-year break, but Food is perhaps Kelis’ way of just getting warmed up. If we don’t lose her to the culinary world for good, then her seventh album may very well be that long-awaited one that we’ve all been yearning to hear.

Best Song That Wasn’t the Single: Kelis’ cover of Labi Siffre’s “Bless The Telephone.” The acoustic track fits perfectly with her rich vocals in a way that would make even a synthesizer weep.

Best Listened To: While sitting around a campfire making s’mores…or at Cosí over their s’mores platter that’s basically just a candle and a hunk of chocolate. First world problems.

Idolator Score: 3/5

Kathy Iandoli

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Iggy Azalea’s ‘The New Classic’: Album Review

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Trials, tribulations, the desire to succeed — a rapper’s motivation is vital to their work, yet there’s seemingly little driving Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy.” A breezy single featuring Charli XCX which charted as Azalea’s biggest hit yet, “Fancy” drops only a solitary hint in its Clueless-inspired video that the Aussie rapper gives a damn about street cred – a whiteboard listing candidates for GOAT emcee (Eminem, Andre 3000, Jay Z). And that’s fine. After the past few years of lackluster, unhelpful guest verses from male rappers (Rick Ross, Big Sean and, actually, Jay Z), Azalea’s “Fancy” reminds instead that, yes, rap can get along with BFF pop.

Unfortunately, the rest of Azalea’s major label debut The New Classic (out today, ) doesn’t have that spark.

Debut single “Work” comes closest to how Azalea described The New Classic‘s sound: “fairly electronic, like moombahton mixed with hip-hop.” This trendy sonic palette picks up where 2012 mixtape TrapGold (executive-produced by Diplo and FKi‘s 1stDown) left off, and even allows for a well-intentioned dancehall tribute (“Lady Patra”), but most of the album simply sounds stale.

“Work” stands out because it offers still-rare autobiographical details for curious critics: three jobs, years of saving, “No money, no family / 16 in the middle of Miami.” It’s an effective riposte to questions about her credibility sparked by her XXL Freshmen nod (Azalea was the first woman to be included), far more than the canned lyrical responses that crowd the rest of The New Classic: the Wyclef Jean-inspired “100,” the career-as-wedding-ceremony (“Walk the Line”), the rap game “busy” trap (“Don’t Need Y’all”). The tepid “Impossible Is Nothing” hints at “storms” and “goals” like posters in a school guidance counselor’s office.

Many Hot 100 rappers get away with just as little effort, though The New Classic disappoints because it has none of the personality seen in Azalea’s interview responses.

In those chats, critics usually point to the disconnect between real-world Iggy and her music, and how her Aussie accent and candor clash with her in-studio flow and braggadocio (cultivated by mentor T.I.). The New Classic shows that the trouble with Azalea’s adopted accent isn’t the thing itself, but that it leaves no room for variety. Whether she’s being encouraging (“Impossible”) or catty (“New Bitch”), detailing her breakup with A$AP Rocky (bonus track “Rolex”) or straight-up bragging (“Change Your Life”), Azalea has her perma-scowl on autopilot.

Azelea’s raps used to point out that she was white, beating detractors to the punch. She doesn’t go there on The New Classic, as if the album were a crowning achievement – proof of how she beat the odds as a seemingly unlikely Tupac fan who moved to the country where hip hop was born, and became a rapper desired by the biggest magazines in the worlds of rap and fashion. As off-the-wall as that sounds, The New Classic makes Azalea’s Cinderella story seem rather ordinary.

Idolator Score: 2.5/5

Christina Lee

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Did You Hear?

:: The White House has finally responded to a petition to deport Justin Bieber which attracted 273,968 signatures. In short, they refused to comment to the pop star’s case but waxed lyrical about the need for immigration reform. [E! Online]

:: Robin Thicke has a lot to celebrate. He’s rich, handsome and now has the highest selling download in UK history with iTunes-conquering “Blurred Lines”. It has sold 1.54 million copies to date. [ABC]

:: It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from “Somebody That I Used To Know” songstress Kimbra. Her soon-to-be-released second album features Muse frontman Matt Bellamy on guitar as well as cameos from John Legend and Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns. [NME]

:: Chance The Rapper cancelled his appearance at Coachella on Sunday (April 20) due to a mystery illness. However, his team assures us that he is expected to make a full recovery. Get well soon. [Rap-Up]

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

:: The Ellen Degeneres Show (syndicated) — Phillip Phillips
:: Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) — Kelis
:: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) — Rita Ora
:: Chelsea Lately (E!) — Wiz Khalifa
:: The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) — RZA
:: Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) — Beck
:: The Arsenio Hall Show (syndicated) — Joe Satriani



 

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Demi Lovato’s Live Cover Of “Give Me Love” Was Mashed With Ed Sheeran’s Studio Version: Listen

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Demi Lovato wowed fans with an impressive cover of Ed Sheeran‘s bleak ballad “Give Me Love” at her iHeartRadio Live gig in Los Angeles on Monday, April 14. It was only a matter of time before a tech-savvy fan mashed the Disney diva’s pretty version with the Brit’s original but the finished product is even better than expected.

These two need to collaborate as soon as possible. (Surely it’s not too late to add a track to X?) Demi and Ed’s voiced blend beautifully with each other and the hobby DJ that pulled this together does a great job at making the imaginary duet believable. Listen to the “Neon Lights” diva — kind of — join forces with pop’s favorite redhead after the jump.

Should Demi release a studio version of her cover? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ricky Martin Teases World Cup Anthem “Vida”: Watch A Preview Of The Summery Video

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The FIFA World Cup has been a happy hunting ground for Ricky Martin. His 1998 theme song “The Cup Of Life” introduced him to new fans around the globe and a subsequent performance of the song at the Grammys is credited with breaking him in America. No doubt, the Latin heartthrob is hoping to repeat that success with new single “Vida”.

Produced by Salaam Remi, the bilingual anthem is a percussion-heavy, celebration of the important things in life (romance, having fun, partying etc). It’s only fitting that then that the feel-good song get an equally uplifting video. From the thirty-second preview, we get a glimpse of beautiful people dancing on the beach and Ricky looking typically handsome in a tank top. Watch above.

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Mariah Carey‘s Lambs are usually one of the most placid and peaceful fan armies to roam the internet, which makes last night’s (April 20) mini-war with Mimi’s long-time collaborator Jermaine Dupri all the more remarkable. Reports that the diva’s much-anticipated but oft-delayed The Art Of Letting Go LP has been pulled from Island Records release schedule sparked the Twitter revolt.

Things started in a civilized fashion with fans asking for information about the release date, which is actually fair enough. Three years have passed since Mariah’s last album hit shelves and even the most faithful fan is starting to lose patience with the project. They are also concerned that the title track and “You’re Mine (Eternal)” flopped in comparison to excellent comeback track “#Beautiful”.

After ignoring the avalanche of tweets, Dupri finally snapped and called a Lamb “a dumb ass”. That triggered jibes comparing the state of Mimi’s career to Janet Jackson‘s (who the producer dated for almost a decade) and an onslaught of increasingly harsh barbs. The heated Twitter exchange was ugly but the Lambily raised a valid point. You can’t keep postponing a project with no communication and still expect fans to shell out their hard-earned cash when it drops. See the tweets after the jump.

Is it time for Mariah and her management to come clean about the state of The Art Of Letting Go? Have your say in the comments below.

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Another day, another great Kylie Minogue anthem that was omitted from Kiss Me Once. “Golden Boy” was released on limited edition 7″ vinyl yesterday (April 20) to celebrate Record Store Day and today the pop icon teased a brief snippet of “Crystallize”, which she is releasing in May to raise money for her One Note Against Cancer campaign.

The concept is fascinating. Fans can bid on one of the 4408 notes contained in “Crystallize” via eBay and the winners will get their names included in the song’s video credits as well as a certificate of ownership and the satisfaction of knowing they helped a great cause. As for the song? It sounds like an absolute winner.

Co-written by Dev Hynes and Scissor Sisters‘ sex symbol Babydaddy, the charity single sounds like a light and airy club anthem that wouldn’t sound out of place on the diva’s iconic Fever album. Her breathy vocal (“you only have to turn my way”) is cradled by sexy synths that beckon you to the dance floor. It’s a mystery why two of the best songs from the Kiss Me Once era got the chop but you will soon be able to make one hell of an iTunes playlist. Listen to a snippet after the jump.

Did “Crystallize” deserve to be cut from the album? Have your say in the comments below.

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Lady Gaga is standing by ARTPOP and her current single despite the fact that radio and iTunes haven’t exactly been kind to her of late. Mother Monster’s latest endeavor is releasing a “G.U.Y.” remix package, which should be gratefully lapped up by fans starved of new material. And the new mixes are definitely worth a listen, particularly Rami Samir Afuni‘s.

That name might sound familiar to some of you. The New York City-based producer was responsible for Kiesza‘s breakthrough hit “Hideaway”, which topped the UK singles chart this week. He brings a similar ’90s house sound to “G.U.Y.”, letting those magical keys run riot over Gaga’s sassy club anthem. Listen to the retro-tastic remix after the jump.

Is “G.U.Y.” destined to be a cult classic? Have your say in the comments below.

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