Happy Friday, Idolator readers! As the weather becomes progressively warmer, and we begin to make the full plunge into Summer ‘14, things are seemingly also beginning to heat up in the world of pop.
This week kicked off on a bit of #scandalous note for our friends across the pond, as One Direction heartthrobs Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik were allegedly caught smoking pot. What’s more, Sheezus singer Lily Allen filmed herself dancing topless in granny panties to Drake’s “Started From The Bottom,” and new pop prodigy Sam Smith revealed that his highly anticipated debut album, In The Lonely Hour, is about his unrequited love for another man.
And it wouldn’t be a week in pop without a slew of new releases: R&B starlet Jhene Aiko reintroduced a new, solo version of “Stay Ready (What A Life) ” as well as went on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and gave a super sultry performance of hit single “The Worst.” Former Pussycat Dolls ringleader Nicole Scherzinger released a new house-influenced single “You Love,” while British synth-pop songstress La Roux also dropped her official single, “Uptight Downtown” from her upcoming sophomore attempt, Trouble In Paradise.
Here on Idolator, we premiered an exclusive new track, “Thanks For Nothing,” by pop newcomer Brandyn Burnette, and, most importantly, we enjoyed the soothing sounds of Queen of Pop Mariah Carey’s Top 5 High Notes in just one minute.
As always, you guys had plenty to say. Read the week’s best comments below!
:: davidsask was a little disappointed with Mariah Carey’s latest album on Mariah Carey’s ‘Elusive Chanteuse’ Is Unlikely To Debut At Number One Due To Weak Sales: “Every song she sings bars over her own vocals its frustrating and hideous! Many of the songs are good but be realistic why does she self sabotage almost all of them with the rappers and urban collaborators? I have not heard one person not agree wit this assessment! I found also many of the songs the background singers overtook the song and didn’t need to be there at all as well. Don’t get me started on the song with her kids wailing wtf? Mariah do an fn’ album with just you singing, no one else, no stupid intros either and fans will come back! To save this era you need to do a network special just yourself and instrument players no guests and do acoustic from this album era!!! (I saved the stuff leaked prior, Cry, Faded, Thirsty, and Make It Look Good (barely mercy save) all else was garbage for reasons above.”
:: Enni, on the other hand, backed Mimi’s latest record with full force on Mariah Carey’s ‘Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse’: Review Revue: “Staying safe? TF. Mariah gave y’all Memoirs in 2009 and y’all trashed her for it and now you want to claim she’s staying safe? She is staying to what’s true to her. She already told y’all time and time again that she was not going to feed into EDM. Her music has meaning behind it and it resonates with the melody, sound, lyrics.”
:: And Jay agreed too (despite what the projected album sales suggest) on Mariah Carey’s ‘Elusive Chanteuse’ Is Unlikely To Debut At Number One Due To Weak Sales: “This album is incredible. Probably too sophisticated for todays market; that’s the only explanation I can come up with to explain the alleged sales. I am so surprised because I feel it’s near flawless. “Camouflage” is truly heartbreaking to listen to. And “Money”, “Meteorite” and “You Don’t Know What To Do” provide an embarrassment of riches to choose from when deciding on a single. In today’s music scene, this is a true RnB diamond.”
:: jess was in love with Justin Thorne’s recent single, “The HeartBroken,” on Justin Thorne’s “The Heartbroken”: Go Behind The Scenes Of The Former NLT Member’s New Music: “Amazeballs!! Can’t wait for the music video!”
:: Justin T. Morgan was super excited for Brandyn Burnette’s new track, on Brandyn Burnette’s ‘Thanks For Nothing’: Idolator Premiere : “Whoa, this is going to be a crazy hit! I can feel it.”
:: Louise thinks that Lana Del Rey’s new song “Brooklyn Baby” might be a reference to the late Lou Reed on Lana Del Rey Teases “Brooklyn Baby”: Listen To A Snippet Of The ‘Ultraviolence’ Gem: “Good catch, Mike Wass! NOW I’m excited, thinking this Brooklyn Baby might be a nod to the late Lou Reed! Lana was quoted as saying she would like to work with Lou Reed, and I was looking forward to it, until he unexpectedly passed.”
:: Dan Waun came in with a killer zinger on Facebook on 50 Cent Is Pitch-Imperfect: Watch His Terrible Throw At The Mets Vs. Pirates Game: “The pitch is representative of where his career current stands.”
:: loulou let his thoughts read loud and clear on Zayn Malik And Louis Tomlinson Of One Direction Allegedly Caught Smoking Pot On Video : “Legends!”
:: Christian was a little harsh on Iggy Azalea on Iggy Azalea Reaches Number One With “Fancy”, Equals A Beatles Record & Celebrates On Twitter: “She should enjoy the success of this single while it lasts because nothing else on “The New Classic” reaches the heights of “Fancy,” nor is anything else quite so radio friendly, for mainstream radio anyway.”
:: Pablo sees a bright future for La Roux on La Roux’s “Uptight Downtown”: Listen To The ‘Trouble In Paradise’ Single: “I have faith this album is going to be the best pop album in the past 3 years. Pop music needed this!”
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