The Voice Season 10 kicks off this month, and reigning champ Jordan Smith is gearing up to eventually release some original music… but it’s the career of Season 8 Voice winner Sawyer Fredericks that’s really getting started. After surprise-releasing his self-titled Republic Records EP last November and performing its first single, “Take It All,” on a live Voice results show, the 16-year-old folk-rock prodigy is finally premiering the official video for that song, right here today on Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks. “I had a really good time working with the cast and crew on this video, and I think [director] Chris Acosta created a very beautiful story,” says Sawyer of the clip, which was shot in Southern California’s Simi Valley.
In a radio interview with Zach Sang and the Gang, Zayn finally addresses the status of his relationship with model Gigi Hadid, and confronts the speculation that his debut solo album Mind of Mine will drop on the same date he left One Direction.
Yahoo Music is excited to premiere the video for their lead single, “Into Dust,” for fans to get a taste of the new sounds. “The song "Into Dust” showcases some of the urgency, anger, disillusionment, energy, and drive from the forthcoming new album,” says the group’s frontman Ally Dickaty.
Usher places himself in the shoes of these victims of police brutality. The post Usher Speaks Up for the Victims of Police Brutality in “Chains” Video ft. Nas & Bibi Bourelly appeared first on Pigeons & Planes.
After sharing her new single on the BBC last week, English chanteuse PJ Harvey has released the video for "The Wheel," off of her forthcoming album The Hope Six Demolition Project (due April 15 via Island Records). Premiered on Noisey, the clip takes place in Kosovo, where Harvey and photojournalist Seamus Murphy visited — along with Afghanistan and…
Leon Bridges has released the video for the closing track from his debut album Coming Home, “River.” Taking the powerful subjects of the song and giving it some equally as powerful imagery to accompany it, the somber video for “River” perfectly suits its soundtrack. Posting the video on his Instagram, explained the video further, saying, “A river has historically been used in gospel music as symbolism for change and redemption.”
With a sold out Madison Square Garden stint on tap for August, a feature on Justin Bieber’s game changing chart-topper Purpose, and an album at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2015, Halsey has had a landmark year. The blue-haired vixen seems indestructible as her music career soars. However, the “Hold Me Down” songstress suffers from a chronic illness. Like any other human, health comes into full focus when it’s hurting.
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood couple Ray J and Princess have had their share of good times and bad times on the popular reality television drama. The video opens with Ray J dressed in a tuxedo, walking towards the entrance of a church. The story advances to Ray J looking at wedding rings and getting dressed for the wedding.
Despite a flood of breakup rumors, One Direction are still very much together. Before they head into their hiatus this March, the band arrives with their latest video for “History” off their album Made In The A.M. The clip is a clear “thank you” message to fans as monochromatic clips of the band’s full history from their inception on The X Factor to their meteoric rise to stardom play throughout the course of the video. It’s bursting with nostalgia that perfectly aligns with the song’s sentimental message that was appropriately written by band members Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson. ...
Having recently celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and in keeping with the theme of progress and inclusion, ABKCO Records has prepared a lyric video for Sam Cooke’s iconic 1964 song “A Change Is Gonna Come.“
If you’ve turned on the radio lately, chances are you’ve heard Dawin’s massive hit “Dessert.” The catchy single has captured an audience all its own, with more than 95 million video views plus 100 million views from fan-created videos. Yahoo Music is excited to introduce a new iteration of the hit, namely a cool, stripped-down acoustic version that gives the song an entirely different feel. Of the new version, Dawin says, “I wanted to strip down ‘Dessert’ to an acoustic version to showcase a more intimate and musical side of myself as an artist.
The Academy Award nominations for this year’s Best Original Song have just been announced, and they include recent Golden Globe winner “Writing’s On the Wall” (performed by noted Radiohead fan Sam Smith and written by Smith and Jimmy Napes), Diane Warren and Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens To You” (from The Hunting Ground), the Weeknd-sung “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” (from Fifty Shades of Grey), “Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction (written & performed by J. Ralph and Antony), and David Lang’s “Simple Song #3″ from Youth. Stream all those below.
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. Bowie’s artistic breakthrough came with 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, an album that fostered the notion of rock star as space alien. Fusing British mod with Japanese kabuki styles and rock with theater, Bowie created the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
David Bowie marked his 69th birthday on Friday with the release of a new album, "Blackstar", with critics giving the thumbs up to the latest work in a long and innovative career. "Blackstar", co-produced by Bowie's long-time collaborator Tony Visconti, features only seven songs, but critics praised the latest work, with Britain's Guardian newspaper calling it "a spellbinding break with (Bowie's) past". Ahead of Friday's release, Rolling Stone magazine last month wrote that the "arty, unsettling 'Blackstar' is Bowie's best anti-pop masterpiece since the Seventies".
L.A. Reid recalls meeting Rihanna in his memoir Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next. (photo: WireImage)
In an appearance at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills tonight, Lady Gaga performed the song “Til It Happens to You,” which she co-wrote for the feature documentary The Hunting Ground, Kirby Dick’s film about sexual assaults on American college campuses.
The rockers teamed up with Demi Lovato for a remixed version of their current American Beauty/American Psycho single, pulling out all the stops for an epic “event video,” as bassist Pete Wentz calls them. The “Irresistible” video cleverly spoofs *NSYNC’s iconic video for “It’s Gonna Be Me,” which featured Justin Timberlake and the gang all dolled up as marionettes. Fall Out Boy even was able to enlist some help from former *NSYNC members Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, who playfully poke fun at their boyband past, as well as the original “It’s Gonna Be Me” director, Wayne Isham, who returns to helm FOB’s version.
If Moby is known for something other than being a pioneering electronic musician, it’s being a friend to animals. Now he’s putting his money (but not meat or dairy) where his mouth is, and promising that all the profits from the vegan restaurant he owns will go to animal welfare groups.
Are we out of the woods yet? Not sure, but we are certainly out of 2015: Taylor Swift brought in the new year an hour early with her fantastically cinematic video for 1989 cut “Out of the Woods,” which she debuted on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on Thursday night. And she did indeed exit the forest, leaping off of a cliff into the ocean while pursued by wolves. Watch the clip — shot in ever-scenic New Zealand — here.
Beyoncé’s debut solo album Dangerously in Love has now sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.
The gifts keep on coming for Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The 1994 carol reaches another new peak position on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Jan. 9, 2016), surging from No. 18 to No. 11, its best rank ever on the chart. (When the song rose 22-18 in the previous week, it passed its prior No. 21 peak on the Hot 100, set in 2013.)
While many music videos are merely slick, soulless promos for potential hit singles, occasionally a video comes out that transcends crass commercialism and actually stands alone as a work of visual art. Happily, quite a few such artworks hit TV screens and computer monitors for three or so minutes at a time this year, and when we here at Yahoo Music added up all those minutes together… well, we realized we spent much of 2015 enjoying some truly awesome music videos.
Why should we celebrate with stale-as-fruitcake holiday Muzak, when we can rock the halls with festive modern fare that’ll jumpstart our positive vibrations faster than Frosty learned to speak English? Many rock, pop, and R&B stars have recorded holiday music videos that make for even more awesome Chrismukkah viewing than A Very Brady Christmas on a constant loop. We’ve compiled our favorites here. Watch ‘em all and have a not-so-silent night.