Nashville-based trio Telegraph may live in the country music capital of the world, but its breakthrough song, “Rhinestone Chapel,” is just as much pop rock as it is country. The jangly, irresistible track, rooted in bouncy guitars, celebrates heading to the altar, even if the bride’s daddy is none too thrilled. But we bet even he can't resist tapping his toes to the catchy tune.
The Chainsmokers are best known as the duo behind viral sensation “#Selfie,” but with their remix of Guy Sebastian’s infectious “Like A Drum,” Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall show off their considerable remixing prowess. HitFix is excited to exclusively debut the remix below.
Mr. and Mrs. Carter, better known as Jay Z and Beyonce, will kick off their On The Run stadium tour June 25 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. Though both are bonafide superstars on their own, here are five reasons why two are better than one.
1. Beyonce only finished her Mrs. Carter World Tour last month, and while it's been a minute since she finished the U.S. portion, it's a bit soon for her to come back again to the U.S. as a solo act, unless she completely revamped the show.
2. Jay Z might be able to sell out stadiums by himself, but he's proven that he likes having a touring partner when it's time to hit the biggest of stages, whether it's his wife this summer or Justin Timberlake for last year's Legends of the Summer tour. In 2012, he and Kayne West tackled arenas together on their very successful Watch The Throne tour.
3. It's looking like a pretty strong summer touring season, especially for stadiums, between Beyonce/Jay Z, Eminem/Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Jason Aldean, One Direction, Luke Bryan and George Strait, not to mention the ever proliferating number of festivals that drain that allow fans a huge bang for their buck, so it only makes sense to provide as much ammo for fans to come to a show as possible by providing two superstars at a ticket price that will probably be less than it would be to see each one separately.
4. By now, Beyonce and Jay Z have enough songs they've performed together that they could do their own solo portions and then an entire segment together, including "03 Bonnie and Clyde," "Drunk in Love," "Crazy in Love" and the tour's namesake, "Part ll (On The Run)." Instead of two artists who just happen to be touring together, they have a history of songs that they can now recreate live together.
5. And, of course, the most obvious: They can have a nice summer vacation with Blue Ivy as they criss cross the country together in style.
Look for “Frozen” to sell up to 110,000 copies next week, twice that of Iggy Azalea’s “The New Classic,” which will bow at No. 2 (55,000).
Also bowing in the Top 10 next week will be Future’s “Honest” at No. 3 (50,000) and Neon Trees’ “Pop Psychology” at No. 7 (20,000).
Otherwise, the rest of the Top 10 consists primarily of holdovers from this week. Hip hop artist August Alsina’s “Testimony” falls 2-4 (22,000), Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L” rebounds 7-5 (21,000), Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” holds at No. 6, Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” remains at No. 8 (18,000), Shakira’s self-titled set slides back into the Top 10, rising 11-9 (18,000) and 5 Seconds of Summer’s “She Looks So Perfect” EP drops 9-10 (16,000), according to Hits Daily Double.
“There were a lot of people under 40 going. ‘Who the hell’s that spiky-haired little guy up there accepting that award’,” joked legendary songwriter Paul Williams about his winning this January’s Grammy for album of the year for his work on Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories.” That’s someone who got nominated for his first Grammy in 1972, that’s who.
Superstar DJ Tiesto returns with his fifth album, “A Town Called Paradise,” on June 16 and he’s bringing some friends with him.
We’ll give him this much: Mariah Carey’s co-manager and producer Jermaine Dupri has a good poker face. When we interviewed Dupri on Wednesday at the ASCAP Awards, he said Carey’s album was still coming out in May (any maybe it is, given the timing of today's Billboard cover story on Carey) and he got a little feisty with us about the singles released so far not doing particularly well. Apparently, he just wanted to save his cannon fire for the Billboard story, which comes out in full on Monday. He did tell us that she will tour behind the new album, so there's that...
Today, billboard.com teased several items from Monday’s story. Here are five things we learned:
*The album's release will be a surprise. There’s a reason we haven’t heard anything more about the previously announced May 6 release date or an album title: that’s because Carey now plans to drop the album, the track listing, cover art, and title all at once to a digital provider…kind of like what Beyonce did with “Beyonce” or what Skrillex did. Except that in some ways it’s not like that at all since Carey’s now revealed that’s what she plans to do. So the only surprise is what date the album will drop, as opposed to being shocked that there’s new material at all. The album will come out on CD a week following the digital release.
*The album title has a very personal meaning: The album title, whatever it may be under God’s green earth, is named for “a personal possession of mine that’s part of an entity that I’ve had almost all my life,” Carey told Billboard. Hmmm. I’m guessing it’s called “Dancer” or something like that from a musical jewelry box Carey had with a little twirling ballerina in it. Plug in your suggestion in the comments below.
*She’s cut how many songs? In the Billboard piece, she says that a friend made her a playlist with “1,000 of my songs on it.” What? Come again? Carey has put out 13 studio album, so that’s around 130 tracks. Add in her guest appearances on other people’s songs, all the remixes, and assorted other things and we still can’t figure out how she got to 1000. Can you?
*It takes a village to make a Mariah album: In addition to Dupri and her long-time collaborator Rodney Jerkins, the album which shall not be named also includes contributions from Hit-Boy and Mike Will Made It, and feature such guests as Wale, Nas, and Trey Songz. Plus, she teases that there’s another special guest “I’m not allowed to reveal.” It’s her record… she may not WANT to reveal it, but it’s not that she’s not “allowed to.” Regardless, we don’t reckon it’s Nicki Minaj, although that would be awesome!
*Going back to the well: Unbelievably, given how much she hated her time on “American Idol” with her arch nemesis Minaj, Carey says she won’t rule out returning to reality TV, but this time she’s be in control. She told Billboard she has TV talent competition up her sleeve and she will serve as executive producer. “I’m so very excited that’s finally coming to fruition.”
Mary Lambert’s new video for her poignant, powerful “Body Love” truly celebrates all shapes and sizes.
“Gay rights and body acceptance are two things I feel very passionately about,” the “Same Love” singer told us on the red carpet at the ASCAP Awards, April 23. She felt so strongly about making sure the message was correct that she co-directed the “Body Love” clip herself with Jon Jon Augustavo (who helmed the “Same Love” music video). “There was an element that I absolutely needed to have and that was the mother/daughter aspect. That a lot of what we encounter and how we view our bodies is generational. A lot of times you watch your mother self-deprecate in front of you and you internalize that.”
Lambert is now bitten with the director bug, but “songwriting and music is my core right now and what I want to focus on, but I have a lot of aspirations.”
She still gets a smile out of the fact that the camera caught Keith Urban shedding a tear during the emotional same sex and opposite sex mass wedding that took place at this year's Grammys, as she and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed “Same Love.” The song continues to touch people and Lambert continues to hear stories about how the song has affected them. Here she recounts a touching story about someone’s coming out journey.
Lambert also talks about her new album, coming out this summer. She wants to increase her commercial appeal. “I want to hear these songs on the radio. I want people to sing them, but still put a positive energy out in the world.”
Lambert released an EP, “Welcome to the Age of My Body” in December.
Mariah Carey’s closest collaborator, producer and now co-manager Jermaine Dupri, understandably thinks that Mimi is the last of the great singers still regularly releasing albums.
We chatted with Dupri at the ASCAP Pop Awards Wednesday night. The video opens as we’re asking why she may be having a bit of a tough time taking off at radio, but he deflected us and explained that “The Art of Letting Go” was never an official single— it was meant to remind the fans what a great voice she has—when we were actually asking about “You’re Mine (Eternal),” which was released as an official single around Valentine’s Day. However, we both agree that Carey is one of the most successful artists ever.
“When I came in to help on the management side, I heard a lot of people saying they weren’t getting the Mariah Carey records they were used to. they weren’t getting the ballads. To this day, Celine Dion isn’t dropping records the way she used to and we lost Whitney Houston. There’s not really a person or people out there that’s putting this type of music out there. I feel like Mariah is that person.”
He reveals that Carey will be touring behind this album, which isn’t always a given with her. He says “yes” when I asked if she was going on a full tour. Carey’s oft-delayed new album comes out May 6, although we don't see it listed as a pre-order on Amazon, so we're checking with the label and will keep you posted.
In the very amusing clip, Perry plays several different characters, ranging from a geriatric stripper (nicknamed Goldie because of her “golden nuggets”) to an alcoholic clown, an unartistic face painter with a horrible case of vocal fry, a very hungry beat-boxing Bat Mitzvah MC straight out of the Borscht Belt, and an animal trainer who may want to rethink his career choice.
In each scenario, let’s just say things do not go as planned for the birthday celebrants, and the video is appropriated dubbed “The World’s Worst Birthday Party Entertainers” for a reason. However, all's well that ends well, especially for a group of little girls, who get the surprise of their young lives.
Perry is such a natural in front of the camera, a great mimic, and totally fearless, which all makes for a very fun video that reveals something different on each viewing.