A trailer for Demi Lovato’s fourth studio album, DEMI, was released on Monday, along with some exciting news! DEMI is slated to hit stores on May 14th but fans will be able to pre-order the album on April 2nd (Canada and the USA only) and April 9th (worldwide).
The newly released cover art shows the “Give Your Heart A Break” singer looking fierce in silver body paint. DEMI is Lovato’s fourth studio album. Lovato is also set to return as a judge on the upcoming season of The X-Factor.
The Real Slim Shady is coming back. Eminem has just announced that he will be releasing his eighth studio album.
“We fully expect to be releasing a new Eminem album in 2013,” Shady Records President Paul Rosenberg told BillBoard.“He’s been working on it for some time. It’s safe to say that it will be post-Memorial Day at some point, but we’re not exactly sure when. We’ve got some dates locked in for him to perform live in Europe in August, so we’re trying to see what else lines up.”
Rumours surrounding the rapper’s next album started in October when Eminem’s merch store starting selling a snapback hat listing the years of his solo albums, which included 2013.
This is obviously exciting news. So much so, that the Grade 6 version of me (who was always moody btw) would be all over this album.
So in celebration, here’s my favourite Eminem song!!!
Before Classified was a successful Canadian rapper, he used to work in telemarketing for a carpet cleaning company. “I did it for like six months and no one did it for more than six months. By the end of six months I was a supervisor,” he said. In a new episode of Small Talk, host Simon Mohos got the Nova Scotian to prank call a fan, pretending he was selling those same carpets he sold years ago. It wasn’t until the fan hung up that he realized who he was talking to.
The rapper, whose self-titled album came out last January, also talked about getting an Instagram and smoking while working. His advice for stoners: “Get the work done first,” he says. “I do all that stuff in the morning. I don’t smoke before email and business and even writing. I don’t smoke and write lyrics. I smoke and make beats. For me I get up early, do all my shit that I gotta do and know needs be done that day. And then that’s usually done by noon, then I smoke make some beats and work with somebody or whatever.”
Classified’s new self-titled album is dropping on Tuesday, Jan 22 and we couldn’t be more excited. In a new exclusive video, the Canadian rapper talks about one of his tracks called “Growing Pains,” which he says is lyrically one of the strongest and most personal songs on the album.
The track, which is dedicated to his two young daughters, goes through advice he wishes he had when he was younger.
“I wish sh*t I know now, I knew growing up because I would have done a lot of things different,” the rapper said. “You’re gonna go through heartbreak, you’re gonna go through people being mean, you’re gonna go through being cheated on. There’s just so many things in life that sucks. There are so many points in life that you’re like ‘ah I don’t want my kid to go through this.’”
He continued: “Really I just tried to be honest with her and tell her things I think she’s going to go through and try to prepare her for it.”
The song is one of the most honest tracks on his forthcoming album and thus, one of the most difficult to pen. We love that he really went there and sang on it!
Watch it here
Beyonce reminded us how dayam fine she is on the new cover of GQ, flaunting leopard red panties with zipper pockets and an athletic blue cut-off T-shirt. It’s been a pretty good couples day for Beyonce — not that she ever really has any BAD days in our eyes. Along with covering the Feb. 2013 issue she announced that she’ll be releasing a new song with her old R&B group Destiny’s Child, who haven’t recorded together in EIGHT YEARS!!
On top of that, the 31-year-old is releasing a new album with over 50 songs in the pipeline, collaborating with people like Pharell, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake.
You can read more about Bey in the new issue of GQ, and check out more photos below!! How excited are you for her new album??
Looks like Justin Timberlake is ready to return to music again, which means my inner teen girl self is fangliring-the-hell-out of my office, flying to the clouds and chanting my fave JT lyrics over and over.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?!
Okay, now that that’s done let’s hypothesize. Justin sent out an elusive tweet this morning (Jan. 10) proclaiming his readiness for… something. #JT2013 quickly started trending on Twitter.
He attached a link to an elusive YouTube video on his Tumblr page, featuring shots of him walking to a recording studio, talking about why the time to make music is now. He says in the video:
Someone asked me the other day ‘So are you just done with music?’ It means more to me than anybody else in the world. Look, I’ve only done two albums in 10 years, that’s the way I really look at it. What does the next decade mean for me? I’m the one who sits and is obsessive about it before you even get to hear it. As close as I get to it, I don’t know if I could physically torture myself that much year in and year out and expect it to fulfill me the way that it does and the way that it is right now. I don’t want to put anything out that I feel is something I don’t love. You just don’t get that everyday, you have to wait for it.
After his monologue, the spotlight comes on for the zinger: “I’M READY.”
We’re totally ready too JT! It’s been over six years since the release of his iconic album FutureSex/LoveSounds — far too long. There’s also a countdown on his official website, which ends Sunday at midnight. Perhaps we’ll get a single? Considering he recently got married to actress Jessica Biel, I’m hoping for some mega-romance and lovey dovey tracks.
Whatever it is, we’re sure it will be epic. Even Justin Bieber tweeted about it: “@jtimberlake @Timbaland i have heard some stuff. u got a good reason to be ready. #greatmusic”
What do you hope to hear?
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Starting your music career while you’re still in high school can be complicated. Between school, touring and making new music, Austin Mahone is a busy guy.
We asked him how he maintains his seemingly “perfect life.” It’s a demanding schedule that can be pretty repetitive — hotel room, venue, sleep. “Honestly, the music business is insane,” he said. “It’s super crazy — I never expected it to be this intense.”
Oh, and we also got some news about his upcoming album! “My album’s gonna come out around the time I’m going on tour with Taylor Swift, which is around March. And so I would say expect a lot of collaborations with huge artists,” he said. “You know, just upbeat pop songs.” Get excited.
Watch it here
In Glee’s upcoming Christmas special “Glee Actually,” Sam and Brittany live their lives to the fullest before the much-heralded Mayan Apocalypse. Meanwhile Jake and Puck spend some quality sibling time together for Hanukkah.
As if this doesn’t make me excited enough, I just got a little taste of the music with their version of “Silent Night.” The slowed down track is sung by the now-graduated Santana, whose incredibly soulful voice makes the song even more moving. The track will be featured in the upcoming album Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Volume 3.
What do you want the Glee kids to get for Christmas this year? I personally hope Rachel gets a Broadway show, Blaine gets Kurt back and Britney gets a brain. I’ve heard rumours of Finn taking a special winter walk with Marley. How would you react?
Listen to it here
If you can hardly wait for One Direction’s next single ‘Little Things”, perhaps this might satisfy you for the time being.
Providing a sneak preview for what the song will sound like, Ed Sheeran, who wrote the song, revealed some of the details on the “acoustic led” ballad.
“It’s got one of my favorite lines that I’ve ever written in a song,” Sheeran told Capital FM. “Harry says, ‘I know you never like the sound of your voice on tape / And you never like to know how much you weigh / And you still have to squeeze into your jeans / But you’re perfect to me.’”
About an ex-girlfriend, the song was written alongside singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan when Sheeran was 17. Having lost and found the song again, the boys in One Direction loved the song and wanted it to be on their next album.
“It was one of five songs that I gave to them which made the album,” Sheeran continued. “I think they just wanted to try something different. I think they did the same formula with the last single — it sounded like a One Direction song — and now I think they want to switch it up a bit.”
With that in mind, I SERIOUSLY CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS. I know the single is premiering in two days, but the suspense is KILLING me.
To celebrate the release of No Doubt’s new album Push and Shove, ANDPOP is teaming up with Universal to give away two prize packs to lucky winners. The prize includes a deluxe edition of Push and Shove and an exclusive No Doubt Totebag.
Here what you have to do:
It’s easy! Just make sure to like our Facebook page and share our “No Doubt contest” post.
Also, make sure to check out No Doubt’s new single “Push and Shove” from their sixth studio album!
Ed Sheeran used Instagram as a weapon yesterday when he tweeted this adorable photo oh him with Taylor Swift all like: “Hey, look at us hanging out. SORRY you can’t hear our collaboration until Oct. 22!”
The two have been working on a duet for her forthcoming album Red. He tweeted the photo with the comment: ”Duet coming soon….” Their tortuous tweet comes just after sharing a video of them singing his song “Lego House.”
We’re pretty much dying. @edsheeran
It’s been four years since New York rapper Nas released a solo album, so his new record Life Is Good serves as a re-introduction to his fans. In a phone interview with ANDPOP’s Azra Kassam, Nas talked about collaborating with Amy Winehouse and his best prank ever (it involves a blow up doll).
Life is Good was his daily mantra before becoming his album title: These last few years have been difficult for Nas, particularly because of a high profile divorce from singer Kelis. But he rose above it all and bared his soul for his eleventh studio album Life Is Good. “Instead of looking at all the losses, I started looking at them as blessings,” he said. “I started saying ‘Life is Good’ and it became a daily mantra… It was the obvious thing to do when it was time to title my album.”
So there you have it kids, the next time you’re feeling blue, try creating a positive, daily mantra for yourself. You can thank Nas later.
He and Amy Winehouse share the same birthday: Nas recently released “Cherry Wine,” a collaboration with Amy Winehouse, which appears on Life is Good. He said it was amazing to collaborate with Winehouse before her tragic death. “She was an incredible artist, she was a pure artist, and she was someone who loved music more than most people I meet,” he said. “She had a spirit that was about being honest and being raw and not caring about what anybody thinks.” In fact, Nas said when he was putting “Cherry Wine” together, he felt Winehouse’s presence as an angel.
Coincidentally, both Nas and Winehouse shared the same birthday, Sept. 14, though he was born ten years earlier.
Listen to it here:
His best prank involved a blow up doll: Read more…
We basically had a slumber party convo with Princess Taylor Swift last night when she hosted a live web chat with the world on YouTube. She told us about a week ago that she had MAJOR news and she didn’t disappoint. Swift revealed that she has a new album coming out on Oct. 22 called Red and a new single called “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” She also unveiled her new album cover (above).
Although Swift is so young, she’s also like an oh-so-wise Yoda when it comes to relationships. She said about the songs on the album: “They’re all pretty much about the kind of tumultuous crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships that I’ve experienced in the last two years. And all those emotions, spanning from intense love, intense frustration, jealousy, confusion, all of that, in my mind all of those emotions are red. There’s nothing in between — there’s nothing beige about those feelings.
She hosted the live chat from Nashville in front of fans from across the world. The album will have 16 songs, including the title track. It also features collabs with several artists and songwriters, including Ed Sheeran. Apparently Swift and Sheeran wrote the song while sitting on a trampoline.
She played “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” during the chat and joked “it’s a really romantic song that’s to my lovely ex-boyfriend.”
Who do you think it’s about?
We’ve heard tons of awesome One Direction covers lately but we’ve got room for another one if it’s Rita Ora. The stylish singer visited BBC Radio 1 “Live Lounge” and covered “What Makes You Beautiful.” The song is just as chirpy as the original but changes the instrumentation with some maracas and a tropical sounding guitar and drum solo in the middle.
Ora also performed an acoustic version of her single “How We Do (Party).” We only have a couple weeks to go until her debut album ORA drops, but these performances will satiate us in the meantime.
“What Makes You Beautiful”
“How We Do (Party)” Read more…
Megan and Liz slowed Cher Lloyd’s song “Want U Back” in their newest cover. The 19-year-old twins say on YouTube they’re OBSESSED with the British singer and rapper: “She is so talented and has an incredible sense of fashion… new style icon anyone!? We hope you guys like our version of this song. It’s a tad different, but the song is so great. We had fun with this one.”
We love their stripped down version of the song and can’t wait to hear their upcoming album, which is due out in September 2012. We’re still not over their cover of Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” either.
It’s my birthday today (actually) but it’s pretty much all of your birthdays too because Cody Simpson dropped his highly anticipated Preview to Paradise EP.
As if we weren’t already dying for that, he also released a behind-the-scenes look at the EP photo shoot, over the new single “Wish U Were Here,” ft. Becky G.
Cody looks dapper in a series of dressed up, pared down looks — my fave being the yellow pants and blazer. He also apparently chills on the beach with his guitar, sometimes while wading in salty water. The visuals are pretty much perfect for a dating profile: “Cody likes long walks on sandy beaches, strumming love songs on the guitar and eating at a mahogany dinner table with a glass of
wine grape juice (come on, he’s underage). Needless to say, we LOVE.
The full debut album Paradise will then be released on Oct. 2.
It’s clear Justin Bieber had one intention with his forthcoming album Believe: to whisper sweet nothings into your ears about how he’s the swaggiest suitor ever and no question, would love to die in your arms. It’s basically an audio manual named: Here Are All The Reasons I Should Be Your Boyfriend Even Though My Smile Is Reason Enough.
“As Long As You Love Me,” featuring Big Sean, is on the same wavelength, as he insists he can survive poverty, homelessness and starvation if you love him. Well, we’re feeling the same way JB. We can totally survive that massive exam, meeting — whatever — if you proclaim your undying love for us.
The track is now available on iTunes, but in the meantime you can listen to a snippet in his album sampler, below.
Listen to the sampler here (it’s the third song):
Adam Lambert lives in some high-security, 1984-esque society in the music video for “Never Close Our Eyes.” He wakes up in cement cell, which is under 24-hour surveillance, and promptly marches in an orderly fashion to the cafeteria where everyone is distributed a nutritious breakfast of blue and white pills.
The entire society is brainwashed to submission, sweating over menial jobs like scrubbing the cement floors with soap and water. But Lambert breaks up the hypnotized party by with some sort of Mockingjay-inspired speech, inspiring everyone to rebel against the uniformed-guards.
Despite having virtually no freedoms, the guy manages to look stylish (as always) especially at the end when his grey-toned outfits transform into bright and colourful suits. The track is from his album Trespassing, which topped the Billboard 200 chart.
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Madonna’s new track ‘I F**ked Up’ has been released.
Featured in her upcoming album called MDNA, the song begins with everyone’s sorriest excuse and has her singing more self-pitying words.
Set to be released on March 26, MDNA is set to be the 53-year-old pop icon’s return to music made for the dance floor.
Personally, I don’t think I’m a fan of the song.
But I have to admit that it’s very revealing. That itself deserves many respect points from me to the pop superstar.
What do you think?
It’s been so long since we’ve heard a good Regina Spektor song — 2009 to be exact — but she’s finally back with “All the Rowboats” from her forthcoming album “What We Saw From The Cheap Seats.”
The song gives life to rowboats that are trapped in masterpiece oil paintings, trying to escape : “Masterpieces serving maximum sentences, It’s their own fault for being timeless.” Spektor wrote the song herself and the piano score gives me something else to look forward to. I was so obsessed with Regina Spektor’s songs in university I bought the piano sheet music so I could indulge in it myself. The song is slightly dark but thoughtful, nothing less than I’d expect from her.
In the meantime, you can buy the song online today and start a countdown for the album’s release date, May 12.