Making headlines in pop this week…
Kelly Rowland confirms her long-awaited album will drop next month for the international market. According to Auspop, the as-yet-untitled LP will drop in Australia 26 November and 29 November in the UK. Queen is positively freaking out now. The new Guetta-crafted single ‘Forever And A Day’ has been added to Aussie radio but I’m still somewhat bitter about ‘Commander’ getting slept on here. Ms Kelly hinted that the international market will get a more “dance”-inclined tracklisting and US, an urban flavoured one early next year.
Right. Let’s hear your thoughts on Ms Kelly‘s freshly shorn crop because that thing is seriously giving me all types of Real Housewives of Atlanta fever.
Ke$ha is fittingly re-releasing her Animal album as Cannibal next month. The pop rookie’s been quite the success story in the last year with four hit singles but she’s almost doing a Fame Monster-esque repackage with anywhere between five to eight new tracks. The Prophet reports that the feisty glitter monger has locked in tracks with Dr Luke, Benny Blanco and DJ Ammo (see: producers behind this album’s hits), and also with a new collaborators: Bangladesh (see: Beyonce‘s ‘Diva’). Please let this be a revelation because I’m beyond bored of her brand of crunk pop.
Check out an alternate version of Ke$ha‘s ‘Take It Off’ video co-starring Jeffree Star and a camp-as-fuck entourage. Neons, face paint and Tron-inspired superpowers – who needs the original version now?
Usher has announced that he’s recording with Lady Gaga. At this stage, nobody knows if it’s going on Gaga or Urshurrr’s album. The man has been arse-flapping about how working with Mother Monster “would be like making art”. I mean, please. Do you think Usher can handle Gaga mega art? Watch as she discreetly slips him one of her old R&B demos she did with Rob Fusari.
The Script said they missed the deadline for Leona Lewis’s last album. The Irish rockers said they submitted a track for Leona to record but she had already wrapped up the Echo project. Having said that, Script bass player Mark Sheehan said Leona’s label loved it but deemed the track a little “too dark for her”. But moving onto her next album, the pristine chanteuse has confirmed that she has once again teamed with Ryan Tedder (who wrote her mega hits ‘Happy’ and ‘Bleeding Love’), and a new single will be out early next year. A DVD of Leona‘s grand first concert – The Labyrinth Tour – is expected to drop next month in the UK.
Designers, are you ready for this week’s challenge? Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine, obviously) is looking for fashion designers to design a stage outfit for her performance in New York next month. The quirky singer has teamed up with Luckymag.com and Talenthouse.com for this special design challenge. Check here for entry details.
Kate Ceberano is letting out a Christmas album next month. Now before you cynics sink your claws in, Kate is not spending your Christmas dollar. Every cent of the proceeds from her imaginatively titled Merry Christmas LP goes to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Ms Ceberano certainly isn’t relying on this to make up the rent money. She makes her bed with all the cash she rakes in from end-of-year work Christmas party appearances (true story: she played at ours last year). Merry Christmas features sparkly-tinselled duets with Ronan Keating, David Campbell and Mark Vincent, and is produced by Chong Lim (local Dancing with The Stars music director).
Toni Braxton needs to fire her financial planner. No, wait. She can’t even afford one now because bitch is broke bankrupt again for the second time in twelve years. TMZ reported that Ms Toni has accrued a Roc-A-Fella shattering $10-$50 million debt and because sales for her Pulse album were so stratospheric, you know she’s going to be just fine. I genuinely feel for Toni because we know she’s got a heart condition and a child with special needs, which might explain the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre debt listed, but who forced her to splurge on Tiffany’s and the Four Seasons Hotels?
Miley Cyrus has released the video for her second international single: dance ballad ‘Who Owns My Heart’. Is it wrong that I like this song? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in love with it – just embarrassingly in ‘like’ with it.
Meanwhile, the Americans will get her cover of Poison’s 80s power ballad ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’, which was a hit years before she was even conceived.
This is not news for you guys any more but how fucking awesome is Pink’s cover art for her Greatest Hits… So Far!!! and single ‘Raise Your Glass’? I was never sold on the Funhouse circus theme or I’m Not Dead’s Americana rock motif. Designers, thank you for bringing the electrifying slick and shine on.
Fancy a cool hip hop/dubstep mash up? Check out Ultra Magnus (aka Greg Stoner)’s wicked mix here – featuring an eclectic blend of Notorious B.I.G., Beastie Boys, M.I.A., Daft Punk, CSS, Prince and more.
It’s Going To Been KILLA! by Ultra Magnus