This morning, Lady Gaga surprised fans by releasing her new song Venus via Twitter and, if we're being honest, it's a little on the bonkers side. We're used to the singer's bizarre antics but it looks as though she's taking things to a whole new level of crazy with this latest album cycle. With lyrics like "aphrodite lady seashell bikini, garden panty" nestled alongside gems like "have an oyster, baby, it's Aphrod-isy, act sleazy" and "don't you know my a** is famous?" - the latter of which is delivered in a manic snarl - the track is, as far as we can tell, about a relationship. With all of the dense and perhaps slightly ham-fisted space imagery and references to Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, however, it's difficult to tell. Productionwise it's solid but nothing groundbreaking, featuring agressive synths that hammer along underneath thick layers of Gaga's celestial vocals and pounding beats. Genius or just downright crazy? We're not sure. Have a listen below and decide for yourself.
The first ever YouTube Awards are fast approaching, and the nominees for the awards show have been revealed today (October 22) via Billboard. Among the nominees are Lady Gaga, controversial pop-star Miley Cyrus, and One Direction, and many others. In addition to the nominees being announced, more performers have been revealed, as MIA, Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt will join Eminem, Arcade Fire, and Lady Gaga amongst the performers for the inaugural gig. The live awards show will be held on November 3rd at NYC's Pier 39, and will set the stage for a new frontier of awards shows. The full list of nominees can be seen below.
With the first single “Roar”, roaring onto the charts and airwaves with it’s empowering message, Prism became an early anticapited fall release. Not one to disappoint, the album boasts other standout singles, such as the previously previewed “Dark Horse” and “Unconditionally,” but those aren’t the only tracks capturing attention and solidifying Perry as a true pop star.
Her debut album, “The End of My Beginnings,” topped the charts earlier this year as #1 in Internet Radio Spins for “Top 50 Indie Artists," her YouTube channel has had over 1,225,000 views, and she has ranked #1 in New York and #4 in the nation as an “Indie Artist” on REVERBNATION- and she did it all without a record label. With such huge success, the sky is the limit for Darnaa. Her hit "Runaway" is both inspiring and a showcase of her talent.
Check it out! Pint-sized powerhouse Ayah Marar has released the music video for her hit single, “Beg, Borrow, Steal,” and it’s hot. Ayah's anthem of independence is off of her album, The Real (via Radikal Records), which is currently climbing the dance music charts. The video follows multiple story lines, including one of an angsty runaway, another of dysfunctional parents, and then finally one of a controlling boyfriend. Ayah’s sterling voice is sweetly emboldened with the help of minor instrumental accompaniment throughout parts of the video, while she effortlessly belts-out the chorus of, “I'm not ready for love / I'm not ready to feel / If I could give it all / I'd beg, borrow, and steal,” sending a message to her listeners that it's perfectly alright to follow your dreams on your own. Check out this beautiful artistry below, and download the just-released single here!
In an interview with London's Capital FM, pop icon Britney Spears announced the title and release date of her new album. Titled 'Britney Jean,' Spears plans on releasing the project on December 3rd. The first single from the album, "Work Bitch," has been heating up radios around the world, and fans are rejoicing that they will get a new album from the pop legend by years end. Stay tuned here for more information regarding the upcoming album.
Page Six is reporting that Hip-hop superstar, Drake, has kicked rapper Future off of his tour. The alleged feud stems from comments Future allegedly made in regards to Drake’s new album, Nothing Was The Same, in which Future reportedly said that the album doesn’t “grab you” the way his forthcoming album, Honest, would. Future has refuted this claim, saying he was misquoted during his interview with Billboard, but the damage has seemingly been done. No official announcement has been made from either camp, but Ticketmaster has removed Future’s name from the bill, and there are rumblings on social media that singer Jhene Aiko, who was featured on Drake’s album, will be the replacement.
EDM prodigy, Zedd, has linked up with Lady Gaga on her new single 'Aura,' which is the second release from her upcoming album, ARTPOP, due out November 11th. The newly released lyric video features scenes from the film, Machete Kills, and is quite interesting watch, as it splices sounds from the film with the song itself. It's a unique take for a lyric video, which has the feel of a commercial while maintaining its lyric video integrity. Check out the Zedd and Gaga collaboration below, and let us know what you think!
Sophomore effort from Seattle’s indie folk rock band, The Head and the Heart proves them to be more than just the love child of Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. The colorful, 6 piece band experiment approach on their new album, Let’s Be Still, while remaining true to their sound. The band integrates their classic folk sound with rock, synth-pop and danceable beats, all while staying in the vein from their self-titled debut and comfortable sound.
With full, pop melodies devouring the choruses, lyric compact verses, and simple acoustic strummed bridges, The Head and the Heart evolve into the a well-rounded, diverse group that listeners have never heard before.
Jay Stolar kicked off the celebration of his first album, More Than We Think, at Hotel Chantelle on October 7th with an intimate acoustic performance. The open bar event started at 8 pm with the audience mingling before the man of the hour made his way to the stage. The joyous audience sang along with Stolar as he gave his all into his music. Stolar even came down off stage and made his way in the middle of the crowd, connecting and singing to the audience. The performance was nothing short of uplifting and genuine. More Than We Think officially hits stores today.