Several pop stars are sharing their thoughts about news pop icon George Michael has died on Christmas Day of heart failure at his home in Oxfordshire, England. Michael was 53.
In a statement, Michael’s publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Among the tweets about the sad news:
Theo Hutchcraft (@theohurts): One of the true greats and a huge inspiration. Goodbye George.
Laura Jansen (@LauraJansen): Coffee and George Michael videos. #loopandrepeat
Jared Evan (@JaredEvan): RIP George Michael he was one of the illest. “Revive Me” was kind of inspired by this joint
Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes): He smiled at me, like Jesus to a child. My heart hurts. I loved you George.
Debbie Gibson (@DebbieGibson): #Heartbroken Here’s how George Michael impacted my life… http://debbiegibsonofficial.com/blog-rip-george-michael/
KT Tunstall (@KTTunstall): Fu**. George Michael. So sad, what a genius legend. I grew up with him and loved his music so much.
Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira): RIP GEORGE MICHAEL
Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas): R.I.P George Michael. Mari and I and our family are gutted. He was a true gentleman, one of the most talented people on earth and the soundtrack to our youth. An absolute legend. we were proud to be able to call him a friend and will miss that beautiful smile terribly. Sending love to all of his family on this sad Christmas. #ripgeorgemichael
Swedish duo Icona Pop are out with a new music video for their single ‘Brightside’, out now via Record Company TEN/Big Beat Records. The video is set during a dance-party nightcap in an empty Los Angeles restaurant in Chinatown. The video will be followed by the official ‘Brightside’ remix package on December 9th, featuring dynamic reworks from Fawks, Borgeous, I M Alex and Just Kiddin. Watch ‘Brightside’ via YouTube below.
Zara Larsson revealed how she’s grown as an artist and person, how she feels performing on stage, and more in VEVO Lift’s Being Zara Larsson.
“Growing as an artist and as a person is kind of the same thing,” Zara explained. “Mom told me that the brain is fully developed at the age of 25, so I’ve got seven more years, but hopefully my art and my songs and what I do will develop always.”
Zara added, “I feel very powerful being on stage, but also the stage is a very vulnerable place, because everybody is watching you. It’s close to happiness. It’s close to being emotional. It especially depends on the songs you sing. It could be a really sad song about my boyfriend leaving me for another girl, or it could be happy song about how I’m sassy, I don’t need you.”
Watch it via YouTube below.
Zara Larsson is out with behind the scenes footage of her ‘Ain’t My Fault’ music video shoot, where she, along with director Emil Nava and choreographer Jaquel Knight offer commentary about the treatment.
“The song is about me seeing this guy that I think is super cute, and I really want to do fun stuff with him,” Zara teased. “I’m basically saying whatever happens tonight, it’s not my fault. So it’s very flirty, it’s very fun. I think the video is just very sassy, because the song is so sassy. It’s pretty aggressive. I love that I got all these beautiful women surrounding me, like six dancers. It’s almost a girl power song.”
Watch it via YouTube below.
Louisa Johnson is out with the music video to her first single ‘So Good’, off the English singer and ‘The X Factor’ 2015 winner’s upcoming debut album on Syco. Watch the Emil Nava directed video via YouTube below.
Little Mix are out with behind the scenes footage from their ‘Shout Out to My Ex’ music video, shot in Spain for their latest album ‘Glory Days’.
“This is the fourth album, which is absolutely mental,” Leigh-Anne Pinnock explained. “‘Shout Out to My Ex’ is all about getting over your ex. Us girls, together, just on this really cool road trip, and we’re going to these different places and just causing havoc and having fun and being the best friends that we are.”
Perrie Edwards added, “It’s like an anthem for everyone who has an ex girlfriend or an ex boyfriend. It’s not a sad breakup song, it’s like a happy one, which is amazing. I think it’s a song that everyone in the world can relate to and that’s why we love it so much.”
Watch it via YouTube below.
Nathan Sykes is out with the music video to his new single ‘Famous’, off the English singer songwriter’s debut studio album ‘Unfinished Business’, out November 11th on Global Entertainment. Watch the Ivanna Borin directed video via YouTube below.
Little Mix are out with the music video to their new single ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, off the British girl group’s fourth studio album ‘Glory Days’, out November 18th on Syco Music. The treatment was shot in the Tabernas Desert in Almería, Spain. Watch it via YouTube below.
Olly Murs is out with the music video to his new single ‘Grow Up’, off the English pop singer’s fifth studio album ’24 Hrs’, out November 11th on Epic Records. Watch the Jim Canty directed video via YouTube below.
Zara Larsson is out with the music video to her new single ‘Ain’t My Fault’, off the Swedish pop singer’s upcoming second album on Epic Records. Zara explained that she changed the song she wrote with MNEK about how “it’s not my fault that” she stole another girl’s boyfriend because “I’m better you” by changing the lyrics to reflect her values. “I would never be proud of stealing a girl’s man and sing about it, it would be very not me,” Zara said. Watch the video via YouTube below.