There’s no denying that “Irreplaceable” is one of Beyonce’s signature hits. It’s so unforgettable that anything remotely sounding like it, immediately calls the 2006 hit to mind. While listening to this recently-leaked Rita Ora track, I couldn’t help but sing ‘to the left, to the left’ in my head.
There is a bit of confusion if “Solid Ground” was originally intended for Ora’s debut album or to be included on her upcoming sophomore effort. If it’s the former, wise move on her camp to not release it. It’s not wise to record a blatant rip-off of a chart-topper, if you’re an upcoming artist.
If it’s for her new album, I’m sure Rita is regretting allegedly cheating on Calvin Harris. The Scottish DJ who produced most of the tracks, yanked them all after parting ways with the 24-year-old singer. Check out “Solid Ground” below and weigh in afterward.
The second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards took place over the weekend at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event honors the best artists and biggest songs from the past year in several categories.
Taking home the big prize was Taylor Swift. She beat out the likes of Luke Bryan, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande and Sam Smith for “Artist of the Year.” The 25-year-old entertainer also snagged “Song of the Year” and “Best Lyrics” for “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” respectively.
In addition to the expected categories, there were a few interesting out-of-the-box ones as well including “Best Fan Army” and “Renegade” awards. Justin Timberlake was bestowed the iHeartRadio “Innovator Award,” following in Pharrell’s footsteps who was last year’s inaugural winner.
Among those to hit the stage were Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Rihanna and Sam Smith to name a few. Taylor Swift surprised the audience when she joined Madonna for “Ghosttown.” Check out the performances below.
Michelle Williams scored her first gospel chart-topper with “Say Yes.” No doubt in part thanks to special appearances by Kelly Rowland and Beyonce. While all three joined forces to film the accompanying music video, they’ve never performed the uplifting track live. That is until now.
The trio reunited onstage at Saturday’s Stellar Gospel Music Awards held in Las Vegas. Who else finds it ironic the awards were held in Sin City? The reunion marks the first time all three ladies hit the stage together since Beyonce’s epic Super Bowl half-time show back in 2013.
Gospel isn’t a genre I typically listen to but I’ve liked the track since first hearing it. The awards show doesn’t air until April 5 on TV One, but you can get a sneak peek below thanks to some fan-captured footage.
It’s all about girl power once again for Fifth Harmony. The five ladies show the male-dominated Wall Street who’s “Bo$$” in their latest video. ‘Women In Power’ and ‘Feminism Is Sexy’ scroll on the NASDAQ-like screen as Dinah Jane, Normani, Lauren, Camila and Ally drop it like it’s hot.
The Cameron Buddy-directed clip is their best one to date. For once there’s a slight narrative instead of the girls just bopping around on a sparsely decorated set. To boot, they’ve never looked better. All of them look stunning, especially Dinah Jane. Her makeup and moves are flawless. Also worth a mention is Normani. Her slinky poses on her office desk are on fleek (God I hate that saying).
As a fan of the ladies, I hope this charts well. I’m a little surprised “Sledgehammer” didn’t perform better. “Worth It” is a wise choice as the next single. The sax-driven beat and hook are supremely catchy. Give their latest a watch below.
Brandon Flowers is taking another break from fronting The Killers to release another solo album. The Desired Effect comes five years after his debut LP, Flamingo. The lead cut, “Can’t Deny My Love,” has just arrived and it’s surprisingly not bad.
“I want to be on the radio. I’ve never been ashamed to say that. I can’t believe where radio has gone. It seems to be such a weird world now. Where once I seemed to fit in, now I’m seen as a little different. I used to be considered mainstream, but now I’m almost avant-garde or art rock compared to what’s on the radio.” – Flowers tells NME.
If the rest of the album sounds remotely like this Ariel Rechtshaid-produced track, the 33-year-old should avoid the sophomore slump. The atmospheric synths with the percussion beat is perfect for mainstream radio. Mission accomplished. Give it a listen below and weigh in afterwards.
The worlds of many teenage girls as they knew it crumbled earlier this week when Zayn Malik announced his departure from One Direction. Devastated by the news, they took to social media to express their outrage and broken hearts.
Funny or Die decided to capitalize on the situation by enlisting Billy Zane for their latest spoof. For those youngins who don’t know who Billy is, he’s that bad guy from Titanic ;)
The 49-year-old actor mistakenly thinks all the tweets are directed towards him. “I just way to say to my adoring and mysteriously heartbroken fans, you light up my world like nobody else. You don’t know you’re beautiful, and that is what makes you beautiful.” He jokingly adds, “I don’t want to be nitpicky, but just for the sake of record, it’s Z-A-N-E, not Z-A-Y-N.”
Check out the amusing clip below which features Zane also reciting a few “My Heart Will Go On” lyrics.
On March 31, Hilary Duff returns to her sitcom roots when Younger premieres on TV Land. The new series, from the creator of Sex and the City, follows a 40-year-old recently divorced mother (played by Sutton Foster) looking to get a job, which proves difficult for a woman of her age. She undergoes a makeover to pass for her mid-twenties to work in a publishing firm. Duff plays one of her co-workers.
In a new promo for the show, Hilary teases her new single “Sparks.” Based on the minute-long preview, it appears the Duff has embraced her pop-dance sound from years ago. This track has hit potential written all over it with its dance beat and pop sensibility. I can’t wait to hear the entire thing. Give it a listen below.
I’ve been known to sing along with my favorite divas on long road trips. There’s nothing that passes the time on the road than belting out ballads from the likes of Mariah, Whitney and Celine to name a few. This is pretty much my dream come true. That James Corden is one lucky bloke.
Mariah Carey made an appearance on The Late Late Show during Corden’s first week hosting the late night staple. The ‘elusive chanteuse’ sang some of her memorable hits including “Always Be My Baby,” “Fantasy,” “Vision of Love” and “Thirsty” while James commuted to work.
Even though Carey’s voice isn’t at its peak form, it’s still pretty stellar. Check out the fun clip below.