Monday, March 23, 2015

Florence And The Machine premiere St Jude video

Florence And The Machine are premiering a video for “St Jude” from their forthcoming third album, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.”

Directed by Vincent Haycock with choreography by Ryan Heffington, “St Jude” follows the project’s lead track, “What Kind Of Man.”

Due June 2 in North America, the follow-up to 2011’s “Ceremonials” was recorded throughout 2014 and produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) with contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill.

“Markus has done a few Arcade Fire albums,” says Florence, “and he’s done Björk’s Homogenic, which is a huge record for me. And I felt he had that balance of organic and electronic capabilities, managing those two worlds.

“And, you know, he’s good with big sounds. And I like big sounds. And he’s good with trumpets, and I knew I wanted a brass section on this record.”

“And with Markus,” she continues, “I wanted to make something that was big but that had a gentleness to it. That had a warmth, that was rooted. I think that’s why we went back more to the live instruments. Something that was band-led almost.”

Florence And The Machine will perform at Coachella on April 12 and 19, followed by a series of festival appearances in June, including New York’s The Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Bestival Toronto.

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Charli XCX releases Famous video

Charli XCX has released a video for “Famous”, the latest single from her 2014 album, “Sucker.”

Directed by Eric Wareheim, the clip was created as part of the YouTube Music Awards.

“I love Eric Wareheim,” says the singer. “I was so excited when he wanted to work with me on this. I don't need to explain the video - just watch it. It's gross.”

“Famous” is the fourth single from “Sucker”, following “Boom Clap”, “Break The Rules” and "Doing It."

"Sucker" debuted at No. 28 on the U.S. Billboard 200 upon its release in December with opening week sales of 28,907 copies.

Charli XCX just wrapped up a series of European dates opening for Katy Perry; she’ll launch a UK tour on Tuesday before heading to Japan, the Far East and Australia next month.

VIDEO: Ariana Grande guests on The Tonight Show

Ariana Grande was a guest on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday.

The pop star was on hand to appear in an “Ew” skit with the host before joining him for what the singer revealed is her first sit-down interview on a talk show.

“I’m so nervous,” said Grande. “I don’t speak; this is my first time speaking in front of people. I’ve never talked on a talk show. I feel vulnerable, I feel so weird.”

Fallon calmed the pop star down with his easy going manner, even managing to convince Grande to perform her impression of Celine Dion.

Grande’s second album, “My Everything”, continues to dominate the charts with four singles issued to date; the record currently sits at No. 20 in the US Billboard 200 album chart.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Jennifer Lopez releases Feel The Light video

Jennifer Lopez has released a video for “Feel The Light”, a track from the original motion picture soundtrack for the DreamWorks animated film Home.

The clip mixes footage of Lopez with scenes from the movie, which opens March 27.

Directed by Tim Johnson, Home is based on Adam Rex's 2007 children's book, “The True Meaning of Smekday”, and stars Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin.

Lopez performed the song live on last week’s edition of American Idol, where she is a judge for the season 14 edition of the reality singing competition series.

The Home soundtrack also features performances by Rihanna, Charli XCX, Kiesza, Jacob Plant and Clarence Coffee Jr.

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