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Video : Calvin Harris : Blame ft. John Newman

Video : Calvin Harris : Blame ft. John Newman

Following the success of his latest number 1 hit single ‘Summer‘, Scottish record producer, singer, remixer and deejay Calvin Harris is ready to fight back with his upcoming new single.

The song is called “Blame” and it has the guest vocals of English singer and musician John Newman. The track is scheduled to be released on iTunes in September 7th, including the B-Side “C.U.B.A.“.

The official music video directed by Emil Nava, and was premiered on VEVO on Friday September 12th. Harris is currently working on his highly-anticipated fourth studio album, scheduled to be released later this year via Columbia Records.


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Interview : Girls Generation - TTS : Breaking Into Pop

Interview : Girls Generation - TTS : Breaking Into Pop

In early 2012, Girls' Generation-TTS made Billboard chart history when their Twinkle EP became the highest-charting K-pop album ever. The splinter trio of K-pop phenoms Girls' Generation held that record for nearly two years and today returns with their new EP Holler.

Holding their first interview about the project with Billboard, the girls say the stakes for this album are higher not only from their successful chart run, but because, this time, it's personal. In a hotel cafe in New York's meatpacking district the day after hitting the Polo Ralph Lauren show for Fashion Week, Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun speak excitedly, and candidly, about their new effort focusing on how they made a "vocally entertaining" record that showcases "a much more raw side of our music."

One listen to the EP's title track certainly encompasses the former aspect, a brassy, sassy track centered around a chorus of high notes that most mortals can't hit. "It's a more mature version of [2012 single] "Twinkle," says Los Angeles-native Tiffany, who also translated for her bandmates. But as the EP moves on, it's clear the entire record is the result of a group maturation, most notably in the sensual, synthy R&B jam "Whisper," Taeyeon's favorite track (but more on that later).

BILLBOARD: How does Holler differ from your past albums?

TIFFANY: This album was really fun to put together because the songs were handpicked by all the members. So, we have the A&R sit down, give us a bunch songs and we go, 'No...no...we want this one! We want this!' From the video to the styling to the tracks, this album was really personal for us and it was fun for us to put out a much more raw side of our music. Rather than saying something, everything sounds cooler in a song, so it's finally time to say, "Hey, we've done that. We've been there." We hope that we can kind of express that.

All the other Girls' Generation songs were more, I think, cutesy and more energetic....Whereas the music we put together has so much more layers, so much more depth to it in terms of sound, choruses or harmonizing together.

Can you tell us more about some of the tracks? Which are your favorites?

SEOHYUN: ["Only U"] is a ballad piece with a lot of piano [that I wrote]. The lyrics are about the sincerity of love, about a true love. That you fall in love many times, but there's always going to be that special someone you won't forget. And that I want to find that special someone, out of all those people you have to meet through, and keep them in my life forever.

TIFFANY: Personally, I found "Only U" to be very romantic, very hopeful and very inspirational song. The cool part about the lyrics is about that she went on a trip to the Swiss Alps and was writing on the Alps. She told me, "It was so inspiring and the scenery was so beautiful and I was so relaxed." It's weird that she gets to go on trips alone.

SEOHYUN: I was listening to the music as I was going up on the lift and I thought, "I know what I'm going to write."

TAEYEON: My favorite song is 'Whisper' because it's a type of song we've never done before. It's really laid-back, but it still has that strong beat. It's a lot more sensual than our original music. That is the new side of Girls' Generation/TTS. It can actually be a trademark track to the TTS album. It's a lot more mature, it's very sexy. The first time we heard it, we were like, "Ooh, this one's going on!"

TIFFANY: I get a lot of Rihanna, Ciara-type of vibes from the song. We were careful [in song selection]. Literally, we said, "If it sounds too cutesy, we don't want it."

What can you tell us about your music videos? Is more than one planned?

TIFFANY: One for now, hopefully we'll get the chance to put new song material together too. We've been prepping this song together, especially "Holler," since late March/early April. We had so many different inspirations and seasonal looks to this song -- we have the spring version, the summer version -- and then it finally got decided for the fall season. So, we went for the S/W colors. There were a lot of ups and downs throughout the project, but we got it perfectly done. We're very satisfied.

The video has 10 different outfits -- we wanted to beat "Twinkle," that was two-and-a-half years ago, so we wanted it to be a lot more sophisticated. It was very J.Lo-inspired.

And I finally have my name on an album: I was visual director. I'm proud to say that it wasn't about me, or any specific member, being happy with the looks. It was like, 'So, do you like it?' and they'd go, "Eh..." or "Yeah!" So it was really exciting. And the girls got to choose what kind of patterns and what kind of cutouts they wanted to use in their outfits. I threw out the theme, but it was pretty much all them too.

Twinkle held the Billboard 200 record for nearly two years. Do you feel pressure to follow up with something bigger?

SEOHYUN: I just got goose bumps...of course there's a kind of worry. All those high expectations are kind of what motivated me and grounded me to making better music. Instead of being perfectly dolled up, I was happy I could choose the music wisely. I'll be thankful for people wanting to listen instead of just watching.

What's the ultimate takeaway you'd like fans and listeners to leave with?

TIFFANY: I think Girls' Generation was so much more visually entertaining. It had a lot of theatrical themes to it, we had a lot of conceptual outfits and the songs were very seasonal. This will be for all the seasons, for all the looks. Our main goal was to not be visually entertaining, but be vocally entertaining. You can listen to it and still be so entertained, so energized and so inspired. With Girls' Generation, you need to see the costumes, the shoes, everything put together. Whereas you can just listen to the [Holler] material and go 'Wow, this is so fun.' So, a vocally-entertaining, vocally-empowering album.

Compared to Girls' Generation, is there a different mindset between the three of you?

TIFFANY: We're the perfectionists towards music and practicing, I'd have to say....we want to get it down perfectly. With putting the album together, planning out the promotions like what magazines, what interviews, what performances we want to stage together, I'd have to say the focus level is way higher. Girls' Generation together, there's the whole teamwork and energy going on.

TAEYEON: Throughout the seven to eight years, we've been doing Girls' Generation and that type of performance visual and sound. It's finally time for us to the let the fans to trust us with what we've decided to put out in terms of music or looks. It doesn't have to be super-staged, I'm happy that it can be very raw. We can finally say, "Hey, this is what we want to show you. We know you'll like it, so trust us, have a listen and look at what we've brought for you."

And are you having fun filming your reality show, The TaeTiSeo?

SEOHYUN: Throughout the years, everybody's only seen the perfectly staged Girls' Generation performances. This time we get to show you step-by-step how we put a recording, choreography, album art or music video together. We get to show our professorial side, but we get to show our silly, normal side; the normal Taeyeon, what she would do at a candy store. When she gets tired, she can say that. The fact that we can be so free in terms of expressing ourselves is what I'm looking forward to our fans seeing most.

TIFFANY: We're actually putting together a behind-the-scenes video for this comeback. We were luckily partnered up with [Korean beauty and lifestyle] channel OnStyle [for the show] and I wanted it to kind of make this into an MTV Diary throwback and that's exactly what this is going to be: the MTV Diary throwback, plus the Korean fashion and beauty introduction and everyday life.

Any last words about this album or to your fans?

TAEYEON: Even though fans are around the world and we don't necessarily see or hear them because they come from different languages or cultures, I want to be able to reach you with music. I want you to share the feeling we get from making the music and share that experience.

SEOHYUN: It's been over two and a half years since the last album, we've experienced not only a lot of growth musically, but personally. We want to convey that maturation and experience to fans and give them that story.

TIFFANY: This album is just the mind, body and soul of all three of us. Not that I haven't been proud of past albums, but this album is something we are so proud of and so satisfied with. It's so right now. The fashion is very now, the music is very now. But it also captured [our ages] 25 and 23. I'm excited to be able to leave this down as kind of like a memoir or yearbook. I just hope the fans will be just as excited and open towards us growing up.

Here's the Holler final video:




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Gadgets : Motorola Moto Hint Bluetooth Buds

Gadgets : Motorola Moto Hint Bluetooth Buds

The Walnut Moto Hint earbud looks like my mama's dining room table. And the Bamboo one like the living room floor. Black Leather desk chair. Dark Fabric foot stool. Thanks to Motorola, I'll soon be walking and talking to thin air with a discreet Bluetooth headset as classy as my home decor.

Bluetooth connects Moto Hint earbuds to any enabled device with the motto, "Pair it, wear it and go." Each bud (sold individually - thanks to the dude who clarified that) automatically turns on when plugged into an ear canal and turns off when taken out. Moto Hints take voice commands and provide hands-free access to calls and other information if synced with a Motorola Moto X Android phone. Earbud wearers can even pose questions such as, "What's today's forecast?" or "How do I get home?" or "What are Kate Upton's current precise GPS coordinates?" and Moto Hint will answer directly in their ears. It will also pass along notifications, make calls, and send messages without the wearer having to touch or look at a phone.

Moto Hint has a 150' roam range, up to 100 hours of standby time, and up to 10 hours of talk time. Each pair of earbuds also includes its own storage/charging case, which carries 2 extra charges. Available textile- and wood-inspired colors include Dark Fabric, Walnut, Bamboo, Light Fabric, Black Leather, and Brown Leather.


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News : Ariana Sets Diva Rumors Straight

News : Ariana Sets Diva Rumors Straight

Ariana Grande, the 21-year-old who went from Nickelodeon actress to pop music’s darling, is being accused of making outrageous, diva-like demands. “It’s like the president is in town,” a source who recently worked with the “Bang Bang” singer told Page Six. “Everyone is kind of stressed and at the same time, they’re making fun of her because it’s much ado about nothing, really.”

The insider recently worked with Grande and saw her entitled behavior firsthand on the set of a television project. “She kind of speaks down to everyone around her,” the source added, noting that the atmosphere at a recent event was “very intense.”

This isn’t the first time Grande has been accused of being difficult to work with. On Sept. 9, E! host Giuliana Rancic shared her tale of a run-in with Grande at the American Music Awards last November.

“I feel like where there is smoke, there is fire,” Rancic said of her red carpet interview, alleging that Grande’s team bullied and elbowed her to change positions, so that Grande could be filmed on her left side. “It was like you either get on the other side or we don’t do an interview.”

Rancic, 40, continued, “It’s one thing if it’s Mariah [Carey]. I’ll get on any side. I’ll bend down. I’ll climb a ladder … I’ll do whatever it takes. But when you’re new on the block, trying to earn your stripes … You gotta do what you gotta do. Try to earn a great reputation, try to go overboard to please people.”

While many stars have a “preferred side,” it’s Grande and her team’s approach that’s irked television hosts and crew members.

“Having a preferred side is nothing new. Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey and even Tina Fey have them. The difference is that normally a publicist will come up and politely ask that you shoot X from X side,” Page Six’s insider explained. “With Ariana’s team, it is a demand from the beginning, three people come to make sure before Ariana enters the room. Instead of coming off like an assertive woman who knows what she wants, it makes Ariana seem like a toddler throwing a tantrum and her parents handling the dirty work for her. “

When asked if specific demands — like being photographed or filmed from one side — make work difficult, the insider added, “It doesn’t necessarily complicate the shoot, it just creates tension for everyone in the room when someone comes in with a list of demands, which is very rare. It also creates a weird shot because she basically sits with her profile towards the camera the entire time.”

On Tuesday, behind-the-scenes video footage of Grande’s cover shoot for the October issue of Marie Claire surfaced. The 90-second clip shows the singer — who is currently dating Naya Rivera’s ex-fiancé Big Sean — being interviewed, walking around on set and reviewing pictures, during which she is shot mostly on her left side.

More allegations of Grande’s unprofessional behavior emerged during a recent press day in Australia. Media was reportedly given a list of off-limits topics including Mariah Carey, her grandfather’s death and dating/relationships, among other things, reports News.com.au.

She also allegedly stormed off the set of a photo shoot with photographer Chris Pavlich after complaining about the way her top looked in photos.

The singer denied reports on the Australian radio show “Mike E & Emma.”

“It was just a photographer or something who got mad at me because I left to change my outfit mid-photo shoot because I didn’t like my top,” she said, adding that the photographer is now spreading “ridiculous” and “untrue” stories about her.

The footage of that interview is also shot on Grande’s left side.



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Video : Jennifer Lopez : Booty ft. Iggy Azalea

Video : Jennifer Lopez : Booty ft. Iggy Azalea

Jennifer Lopez released the video for "Booty" featuring Iggy Azalea and man listen, this is a cause for celebration.

After weeks of teasing fans with 15 second Instagram videos, the official music video shows off Jennifer's glorious bum as well as Iggy's as the pair prances around in some sticky substance that makes their rears look even more asstastic. In a sit-down interview on set of the "Booty" video, J.Lo and Iggy maintained that while they wanted the video to reflect the name of the song, they were going for more of an "editorial" feel. Classy, yet sexy.

Well, after J.Lo's electrifying Fashion Rock's performance and the fact that she's the mother of twins and looks better than most 21 year olds, I will now commit squats to my daily routine.

Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy these beautiful, magnificent, AMAZING four minutes of booty!


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Singles : Big K.R.I.T. : Drinkers Club [f. Juicy J, Rittz And A$AP Ferg]

Singles : Big K.R.I.T. : Drinkers Club [f. Juicy J, Rittz And A$AP Ferg]

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A job of any kind within the music business is highly stressful. (Unless, you are a certain Doctor who stays cashing checks from Apple.) In order to keep the creative juices flowing, artists must find a release of some kind to unburden them from the tense moments that their day-to-day dealings create. Healthy options like eating right and working out are the best long term solutions, but for plenty of emcees it’s all about the bottle. On a promo single off his upcoming mixtape, Big K.R.I.T. joins forces with a few friends, in this case Juicy J, Rittz and A$AP Ferg, who together welcome listeners to their Drinkers Club. Off See Me On Top Vol. 4, the free tape this track is set to appear on... oh, wait, it's free NOW? What are you waiting for?!


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