Tom Odell breaks hearts and induces all the #crys with his sensitive piano pop.
It's not often you find a young pop pianist who doesn't get, say, thrown into the adult contemporary bin along with Josh Groban, Norah Jones, and Michael Buble. (Nothing wrong with those guys, of course, but they don't exactly fall into our, erm, demographic.)
And then there's 22-year-old U.K. singer, songwriter, and pianist Tom Odell, a long-haired blond dreamboat who idolizes Elton John and manages to create heartbreaking piano pop that you could easily enjoy with your mom, grandma, and anyone else who puts his record on. Yep, Tom's what you might call "cross-generational."
Read more about Tom Odell after the jump.
"There's a glass ceiling to break," but Lily will happily settle with annihilating it.
After taking a few years off from the mainstream, Lily Allen is officially back in the public eye -- our public eyes are WEEPING buckets of salty liquid joy, obviously. With the video for "Hard Out Here," Allen's brand of dry brutal honesty delivered in an ethereal lilt is back in full force, and this time she's unleashed it on the music industry at-large. Dust off your kneeling mats, 'cause you're about to #BowDown.
Watch Lily Allen's NSFW "Hard Out Here" video after the jump.
Get a sneak peek, er, listen to Miley's upcoming album before its official release.
Oh, glorious Monday, for today, the sun shone bright upon the Smilers! In other words, Miley Cyrus allowed her fans to stream mini previews of every single song on the deluxe edition of Bangerz (out Oct. 8) via All Music -- though it looks like it's all over now. We have a lot of #feelings (WHAT A SURPRISE) about each and every track on the album. But, since we only got to listen to 30-second snippets of each tune, we're gonna give our official first take in exactly 30 words each. See? It's clever! IT'S VERY CLEVER.
1.) "Adore You": Fiona Apple called -- she wants her sullen swagger back. She also wants to know if y'all wanna watch "Miley: The Movement" at her house Wednesday night. We'll bring the fluffernutters.
2.) "We Can't Stop": Wait... you're not serious, are you? This was only, like, one of the songs of the summer. Remember? The twerking?! Why hast thou forsaken the twerrrrrkiiiiiiing? (We're in a fight.)
3.) "SMS (Bangerz)": These lyrics should give you a sense of the Britney Spears collab: "They ask me how I keep a man/ I keep a battery pack." Very, how you say, "Mannequin."
4.) "4X4": Did you forget that Miley's Billy Ray Cyrus' daughter? "4x4" will help remind you. Also, Nelly's taking a pretty hard turn down Ole Country Road lately. First "Cruise," now this!
5.) "My Darlin'": Featuring Future's haunting vocals, this track interpolates the iconic chorus from Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." In other news, today was "interpolate" on my word-of-the-day calendar.
Listen to the 30-second previews of every track on Miley Cyrus' Bangerz after the jump.
Pink reveals a softer side in her "True Love" video.
After more than a decade of watching her sing emotionally guarded, tough girl songs -- "There You Go," "Just Like A Pill," "Try," "Sober" -- we're not entirely used to seeing Pink look so, well, HAPPY. Even she seems moderately shocked by this shift in attitude in her "True Love" video, where instead of sneering bitterly into the camera, Pink's over the moon about her adorable husband and daughter, both of whom show up for equally adorable cameos. If this is what true love looks like, we want IN.
Watch Pink's "True Love" video featuring Lily Allen after the jump.
Ready or not, Bridgit Mendler is primed to dominate the pop charts.
Bridgit Mendler is getting ready to take over -- and don't say we didn't warn you. Star of the Disney Channel's "Good Luck Charlie" and feature film "Lemonade Mouth," the golden-haired singer-songwriter is also riding high on two pop-studded, hook-laden singles -- "Forgot To Laugh" and "Ready Or Not" -- and will soon release her upcoming debut, Hello My Name Is, via Hollywood Records. And girl is only 19! How's that for a résumé? Now add dancing to the mix and you've got yourself an old-fashioned triple threat.
Listen to Bridgit Mendler after the jump.
Pink is an interpretive dancer in "Try."
It's no secret Pink has been majorly on her grind these past few weeks. Her new disc, The Truth About Love, is her first No. 1 album, beating out other chart-topping heavy hitters like Kanye West and The Killers. In the midst of all that, she's managed to release a video for "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," plus the Eminem-assisted "Here Comes The Weekend," her no BS-jam "Slut Like You," and cheeky Lily Allen collabo "True Love." AND she's found the time to duet onstage with Gwen Stefani. NOW after all that, Pink's unleashed her latest video for "Try." Did we mention she was still A MOM while all of this happened? Ridiculous, we know.
Watch Pink's "Try" video after the jump.
Get bratty with "X Factor" superstar Cher Lloyd.
Meet pop music's favorite new brat. Cher Lloyd first turned heads on the U.K. version of "The X Factor," where notorious grumpster Simon Cowell called her performance of Shakespeare's Sister's "Stay" "the performance of the entire season" -- and it was the first song she didn't rap on. (Because did we mention she can rap? Because she can.)
Cher blends electro, hip-hop, and pop influences into a genre-bending mix, all delivered with a wink. Think Lily Allen meets Nicki Minaj. "You're a hater, just let it go," she sings on inspirational kiss-off "Swagger Jagger," while "Want U Back" firehoses an ex-boyfriend ("You never had much game") and his new girlfriend, before admitting she might be jealous.
The pop misfit just made Billboard's "21 Under 21" list, performed on the "Today" show, and already dropped her first perfume, "Pink Diamond" -- not bad for a 19-year-old. Cher's debut album, Sticks + Stones, drops in the U.S. on Oct. 2, yet she's already locked in die-hard fans, who call themselves "The Brats."
"I've never met such passionate people in my life," Lloyd says. "Whenever I go into an event, I know they've got my back. It's all about having the girl power." And all about dropping her "Want U Back" signature grunt, though Lloyd says getting growly isn't easy. "I did it in the studio, and I was actually angry at that point. But I don't do it when I'm on stage," she says. "I don't want someone to take a snapshot of that." Get your Rick Ross on, li'l mama. UGH! (Do I sound like a helicopter?)
+ Download Cher Lloyd's "Dub On The Track," watch her perform "Want U Back" below, and check out more videos and interviews with her after the jump.
Even when making a yelling face, Pink is still stunning.
OK sure, so maybe Pink isn't truly "yelling" in this photo (she's clearly singing to throngs of obsessed fans), but she's definitely making the type of face that prevents 99.9 percent of the population from looking attractive! Clearly, Pink is in the 0.1 percent here, because even while borderline screaming the crap out of her song during her performance on NBC's "Today" show, Pink still managed to look INCREDIBLY PRETTY! #Skillz.
On the heels of her North American tour announcement, the "Slut Like You" singer dropped by "Today" to play songs off of her new album, The Truth About Love. And did we mention that there's a ton to choose from? We've already fallen hard for Pink's no-BS "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" video, her stunning performance at the 2012 MTV VMAs, her ridiculously catchy collabo with Eminem on "Here Comes The Weekend," and finally, her cheeky collaboration with Lily Allen called "True Love." And now the "Pretty, yet I'm screaming" face!? Girl is seriously having the best few weeks ever, wouldn't you say?
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Pink and Lily Allen are tortured by love on their new collaboration, "True Love."
Pink is totally nailing the collaboration game right now! In fact, she's just nailing the Game Of Life in general. First, she puts on a killer performance of "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" at the 2012 MTV VMAs, has a serious hair moment with Miley Cyrus, drops the preview for her soon-to-be-smash "Slut Like You," and then debuts her totally en fuego collabo with Eminem, "Here Comes The Weekend." And while that should totally be enough... it's not! Just yesterday, Pink unleashed the the lyric video for "True Love," her new collaboration with Lily Allen. That's what we call staying on your GRIND.
Watch Pink's "True Love" lyric video featuring Lily Allen after the jump.
Justin Bieber and Big Sean perform at last night's "America's Got Talent" finale.
+ Watch Justin Bieber and Big Sean performing "As Long As You Love Me" at last night's "America's Got Talent" finale. (Neon Limelight)
+ Pink's The Truth About Love drops on Tuesday, Sept. 18, but in the meantime, she's released the lyric video for her "True Love" track. The song features Lily Rose Cooper (formerly known as Lily Allen). (MTV News)
+ Grab Waka Flocka Flame's Salute Me or Shoot Me 4: Banned From America mixtape, which he released yesterday. Guests include Gucci Mane, Chief Keef, Wale, and more. (MTV Hive)
+ See Ke$ha riding a Tokyo subway while she nonchalantly previews the melody to her forthcoming song, "Die Young," by whistling it. NBD. (Idolator)
+ Listen to a full album stream of Go Radio's Close The Distance. The album officially drops on Tuesday. (Billboard)
+ Check out part one of a seven-episode documentary on Meek Mill. The doc chronicles the rapper as he tracks his Dreamchasers 2 mixtape and his forthcoming studio album, Dreams and Nightmares, due out Oct. 30. (Pitchfork)
+ And now, please enjoy Girl Talk's cat meow-singing 'Shine" by Collective Soul. That is all. (Pitchfork)
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