Lady Gaga capped off a colossal campaign for ‘A Star Is Born’ with a wins at the Golden Globes, Grammys, and Oscars.
Now, it looks like the ‘Shallow’ hitmaker is gearing up for the next phase of her musical journey.
It’s been over three years since ‘American Idol’ alum Jordin Sparks blessed fans with official new music, but that all changed over the weekend thanks to the announcement of ‘Real Love’ – her sizzling duet with singer/songwriter Elijah Blake.
Fans of both singers know they are far from strangers. Beyond contributing his penmanship to the likes of ‘Unhappy’ and ’11:11′ on her last LP, she lent her vocals to the official remix to “Rendezvous” from his latest album, ‘Audiology.’
Now, the two are joining forces again. Look inside to see what they cooked up:
From The Vault returns this week with yet Pop bop from the beginning of the century. Today’s pick is 2001’s ‘Gone’ by *N’SYNC.
Issued as the second single from the group’s ultimate effort ‘Celebrity’ – which sold 1.8 million copies in its first charting week – ‘Gone’ was written by the band’s breakout star Justin Timberlake.
The guitar-led tune was a sizeable success for the boys, peaking at #11 in the US, topping previous single ‘Pop.’ It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
The late Herb Ritts lensed the track’s visual. Monochrome, the clip follows the band as its lead man reminisces on better days of a failed relationship. Beginning and ending like a silent movie, the group – especially JT – are seen giving their best Charlie Chaplin impersonations.
As with most *N’SYNC releases, ‘Gone’ proved an instant smash on MTV TRL. It even garnered a few spins on BET’s 106 & Park, rendering the ensemble the only Caucasian clique to be played on the show.
Regardless of whose name appeared on the cover, we’ve long seen this as Justin Timberlake’s debut solo single. Albeit covertly.
For his media profile was at an all-time high due to his relationship with Pop princess Britney Spears, hence it seemed fairly deliberate to further intensify the spotlight on him within the context of the group. Thus showing the world all the talent that he possessed, all the while serving something completely different to what rival band the Backstreet Boys were delivering (see: cookie cutter Pop). A smart move, both for *N’SYNC as group and JT solo.
On a sidenote: we’re still not over the fact that JC Chasez never properly “happened” after the end of *N’SYNC. It continues to grate that back then bands almost weren’t allowed to have multiple break-out stars. Ironic given that groups such as this clearly contained top-tier talent whose individual success would have easily been a testimony to the potency of the…the group. Thankfully newer ensembles a la Fifth Harmony and One Direction are doing away with this archaic model and launching multiple stars into the stratosphere.
Sam Smith may have recently two-stepped his way to his latest top 20 single, ‘Dancing With a Stranger,’ thanks to help from burgeoning Urban Pop star Normani, but now the Brit-born singer/songwriter says he’s done dancing around the topic of his gender identity.
Taking to the new Instagram interview series, ‘I Weigh’ (led by ‘The Good Place’ actress Jameela Jamil), the Grammy winner revealed that he does not identify with any one gender – a trait common among people who consider themselves “genderqueer and non-binary.”
“When I saw the nonbinary, genderqueer, and I read into it and I heard these people speaking, I was like, ‘F—, that is me,’” he said. “I’ve always had a bit of a wall between my mind and my body.” – Sam Smith
And, despite wishing to continue being referred to by the pronouns “he” and “him,” the 26-year-old has considered a sex change:
“I do think like a woman sometimes in my head. I even sit there and question, ‘Do I want a sex change?’ And it’s something I still think about.”
Nearly five years after coming out of the closet, Smith is heating up new discussion around his sexuality and identity with his latest revelation. Hear it from his lips inside:
Gliding into the Fall with a romantic new tune is Lyrica Garett with…’December Love.’
Perhaps best known for her role in the ‘Love & Hip-Hop’ family, the seasoned singing sensation has been crafting a new album named ‘Ready’ and launched ‘December’ to support it.
A tale of love, friendship and chance encounters below…
Demi Lovato is on the mend after a very close brush with death caused by a drug overdose last July.
Shortly before the incident, the singer opened up about relapsing on the haunting song ‘Sober.’
After battling the demon of addition in rehab, Lovato is not shying away from her struggle. She’s speaking up and out about her experience.
Her words below…
Teyana Taylor is keeping the same energy with the push for new album ‘K.T.S.E.’
For, what the project lacked in a smooth roll-out, the singer is making up for with its visuals.
The latest is for ‘Issues/Hold On,’ which she directed herself.
Boasting a number of notable appearances from the likes of A$AP Rocky (who plays her love interest), Lori Harvey, and Tyler The Creator, the clip skews throwback and sees Taylor reminiscing on the highs and lows of a relationship.
After 2018 saw Mario thrill fans with ‘Drowning’ and ‘Dancing Shadows,’ the lead singles from his October-released fifth studio album, ‘Dancing Shadows,’ the Grammy-nominee gives 2019 music lovers a listen to another of the project’s gems – ‘Care For You.’
A heart-tugging tune and accompanying clip that shows the singer highlighting the inseparable bond young Black men have with their mothers, that very bond – the 32-year-old has revealed – wasn’t always accessible to him due to his late mother’s long-term addiction to drugs.
See the cinematic story unfold inside:
Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Nicki WRLD Tour’ certainly wasn’t extended the “luck of the Irish” when it touched down in Dublin for the latest stop of its European leg.
Already plagued with criticism for the unexpected cancellation of two shows due to “electrical issues” (click here to read more), the scheduled March 15th stop in the “Fair City” came as the third show to be axed due to unforeseen issues.
Look inside to see the tweet from the show’s promoters that sent fans into such a fury they – much like #Barbz in Bordeaux – chanted “Cardi B” in the streets: