With a sophomore album on the way (that's yet to be titled,) Kendrick Lamar sent out the record's first single, "i," to positive reviews across the board. Well, maybe a couple listeners were taken aback: the song samples The Isley Brothers' funky guitar in "That Lady," which gives the track a surprisingly uplifting mood. Debuted on Soundcloud on September 23rd, "i" is just a taste of what's to come from Lamar's second record.
Coming November 11th, Nick Jonas has dropped the "Administration" part of his old solo handle and is simply going as his own name on his new LP Nick Jonas. Going for more of an R&B flavor this time around, as opposed to his signature pop-rock stylings, the Jonas Brother's second single "Jealous" is making waves because of the sexy music video: it stars his real-life girlfriend, Olivia Culpo.
Due out November 17th, One Direction's literally-titled fourth record Four will be dropping on shelves across the world. The 1D boys have already released the hot new track, "Fireproof," and it's already been downloaded approximately 1.1 million times by their Directioners. However, the official first single off the album isn't "Fireproof" — it's the hilariously-titled "Steal My Girl."
This week in totally bizarre news: "Blurred Lines" hit-maker Robin Thicke was riding high off the success of his single just over a year ago, but for more controversial reasons. The lyrics to the track were regarded to be about nonconsensual sex, and on top of that, Marvin Gaye's family has sued Thicke over how the track sounds mighty similar to the legendary performer's "Got To Give It Up." Now that the suit is going to court, new details about the song have emerged, including the claim that Robin did not write "Blurred Lines."
Even though UK pop songstress Rita Ora has been signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation label ever since 2009, she still hasn't broken it big in the North American music market. Overseas, she's had hits with the singles "How We Do (Party)" and "R.I.P.," but the US is still warming up to the R&B singer. So, even though Rita's prepping her second studio album, set for a January 2015 release, it will feel like her first for the Western audience of the world.
With the release of their appropriately-titled fifth album V last week, Maroon 5 are currently flying high atop the Billboard charts with the success of the record. Not only is the fivesome at no.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, they're also topping the Artist 100 page, which means that the band is the biggest musical act in the US right now. Not bad!
The claws are out! Pop divas Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are apparently in a feud thanks to the cover story interview for Rolling Stone that T. Swift gave a few days ago. TayTay didn't name any names, as is her innocent nature, but the Internet is abuzz with the so-called facts that point to Swift dragging Perry through the mud in a quote about one of her new songs off her upcoming album 1989.
Neon Trees are unique in that they make songs that sound upbeat and happy but upon closer inspection have lyrics that tell stories of personal hardship and pain. That's because lead singer Tyler Glenn often channels his own personal struggles into his songwriting, which is especially true of "Teenager In Love," a song off the band's latest album Pop Psychology. In the clip, Tyler talks about what inspired the song and it turns out it involved him falling in love with someone who didn't love him back — a feeling nearly all of us can surely relate to. Watch the video below the full story.
Keep Tuesday, September 9th marked on your calendars with big red letters: Jennifer Lopez's "Booty" remix featuring Iggy Azalea is getting the music video treatment, and it drops on said day. Can't wait to see the final product? Well, the AKA diva and The New Classic rapstress have sent out a 30 second teaser clip of the video, and if you love booty, than we guarantee you're gonna love it.
No need to shake off the haters, Taylor Swift: your new single "Shake It Off" has landed you the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 countdown! It's only been on the chart for a week, but it entered right at no.1, which to be honest we totally saw coming from the country-gone-pop songstress. Dropping her next album 1989 at the tail end of October, we bet there will be plenty of number one singles from miss Tay-Tay.