Pharrell Reunites With N.E.R.D. For “Squeeze Me”: Listen

Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Do "Spark The Fire"
Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Do "Spark The Fire"
Watch their latest performance at the 2014 People Magazine Awards!

N.E.R.D., the memorable side-project by Neptunes‘ producers Pharrell and Chad Hugo, have reunited for “Squeeze Me,” off the forthcoming soundtrack for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water. And the song ends up being more whimsical and fun than Slash appearing in the film’s debut trailer, before it segued to Guns N’ Roses‘ hard rock classic “Welcome To The Jungle.”

To a bouncy bongo rhythm and playground chants, Pharrell sings slyly from the perspective of, yes, SpongeBob SquarePants: “The best part is the middle of me-eee / I’m your sponge, baby, go on and squeeze.”

“We’re trying not to think too much in a cartoon sense, but more just like a psychedelic, otherworldy type of thing,” producer Chad Hugo recently said to Variety. “If you want to draw a parallel, maybe think of what The Beatles did with ‘Yellow Submarine.’”

Hear “Squeeze Me” below. More »

Pitbull And Ne-Yo Party Like It’s 1999 In “Time Of Our Lives” Video: Watch

Time Of Their Lives
Pitbull Remixes Taylor Swift's "Blank Space": Listen
Pitbull Remixes Taylor Swift's "Blank Space": Listen
Like the rest of us, Pitbull‘s favorite record right now is this '1989' gem -- so he actually gets introspective.

Pitbull and Ne-Yo party like it’s 1999 in their new “Time of Our Lives” video. Okay, technically it’s New Year’s Eve 1999. Still, to see Pitbull dressed in a Miami Hurricanes Starter jacket, receiving a text on an imitation Sidekick, makes for a delightfully strange throwback.

Dressed as he was before he became Mr. Worldwide, blending his Latin music influences with Southern crunk alongside Lil Jon, Pitbull crashes a house party and makes a spectacle of himself while pocketing cash from a donation jar, singing Ne-Yo’s parts at the top of his lungs and getting up close and personal with, erm, a woman’s ass. The video also shows that, at least in Pitbull’s world, some things just don’t change. Other party-goers get just as crazy as he does, as they shake what they’ve got at his command. Sound familiar?

“Time of Our Lives” appears on Pitbull’s seventh solo album Globalization and made its Hot 100 debut two weeks ago. See the song’s video up top, then catch his recent iHeartRadio Theater LA performances of that track, “Celebrate” and “Fireball” below. More »

Beyonce’s “7/11″ Remixed By French Montana And Detail: Listen

Fresher Than You?
2014 — The Year Pop Star Booty Went Mainstream
2014 — The Year Pop Star Booty Went Mainstream
See 18 sexy pics, from Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" video to Nick Jonas' 'Flaunt' shoot.

Beyonce released the official remix package to her new single “7/11″ earlier in December. By doing so, though, she has inspired even more producers and DJs to reinterpret the woozy club banger.

The latest remix comes from none other than Detail, who produced the original “7/11″ himself. And this, what he has dubbed the “Detail Christmas Addition,” feels almost like a daydream in comparison. It’s actually airy, with acoustic guitar licks and rapper French Montana warbling from a distance, to back Third Ward Trill’s assertions to “smack it, smack it in the air.” And it feels less like another option for the club — see Swedish DJ RedTop‘s remix for that — than proof that Detail’s got versatility.

This “Detail Christmas Addition” won’t be the last remix of Beyonce’s “7/11″ this year. Instead, that may be Jack U‘s just-announced version — Jack U, of course, being producer-DJs Diplo and Skrillex — due out later today. For now, hear Detail and French Montana’s new take on “7/11″ below. More »

Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett Perform “Winter Wonderland” On ‘Good Morning America’: Watch

Walking In A Winter Wonderland
Lady Gaga Is Working On 'ARTPOP' Follow-Up
Lady Gaga Is Working On 'ARTPOP' Follow-Up
She reveals that she's working on new music, but then she says, "I want it to be a surprise."

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett performed holiday classic “Winter Wonderland” on Christmas Day on Good Morning America — having surprised fans with their rendition earlier in December.

Like with their jazz standards album Cheek to Cheek and the ensuing live performances, Lady Gaga has tried her best to sell the transformation she underwent this year. With a floor-length fur stole draped over one shoulder, she belted every note, flaunting her chops to an audience that was likely grossed out by her meat dress at one time. Meanwhile, Bennett sang with an ease that could only come from performing this way for more than 50 years. More »

Demi Lovato Thanks Her Fans With “Nightingale” Video: Watch

Demi Sings To Us
The 15 Best Pop Music Shade-Fests Of 2014
The 15 Best Pop Music Shade-Fests Of 2014
Oh boy, did the shade run rampant this year in music! We break down the best beefs.

Demi Lovato thanked her fans for their support in 2014 by dropping a belated video for “Nightingale” on Christmas Eve.

The black-and-white clip shows Lovato performing the song live during this year’s Demi World Tour, plus moments in between live sets: the traveling, the workout sessions and, of course, the encounters with devoted Lovatics along the way. (This includes a long kiss with actor boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama). These scenes, set to the triumphant Demi ballad, make all of her hard work seem worthwhile. More »

2014 In Review — The Year Pop Star Booty Went Mainstream: 18 Sexy Pics

Pop Divas Bared Their Boobs (A Lot) In 2014
Pop Divas Bared Their Boobs (A Lot) In 2014
In many ways, 2014 was the year of the celebrity nude. Here are some of the sexiest pop star snaps.

One hundred years from now, when pop culture historians look back on 2014, they will be astounded (or perhaps just slightly amused) by our fascination with ass. You couldn’t click on YouTube without seeing a bottom-heavy diva shake her butt, or flick through Instagram without being greeted by a boy band’s buns. The obsession even crossed over into the music itself with Nicki Minaj landing a massive hit with “Anaconda” and Jennifer Lopez racking up those video streams with Iggy Azalea-assisted club-banger, “Booty.”

What does it all mean? You could argue that we, as a society, are becoming less tolerant of slut shaming, more accepting of our bodies or simply harder to shock. Hence the more-is-more approach to self-promotion. Whatever the case may be, the class of 2014 certainly left their mark. Rihanna‘s Lui magazine spread is legendary and Kim Kardashian almost broke the internet with her Paper magazine shoot. Meanwhile, Nick Jonas kickstarted his solo career by dropping his pants. See the year in ass up top. More »

Dr. Luke Reportedly Claims Kesha Lied After Sandy Hook About Being Forced To Sing “Die Young”: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: A report has it that Dr. Luke is claiming Kesha lied about him forcing her to sing the lyrics to her hit “Die Young.” Following the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook elementary school in December 2012, Kesha denounced the ill-titled song, which was coincidentally a Top 10 single at the time. [TMZ]

:: Wrestler/actor/sometimes crooner The Rock kept his vocal muscles flexed by singing a yuletide favorite on national TV. [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Something got lost in translation when Lil Wayne added a couple new face tattoos. [Stereogum]

:: A new revelation from the hack of leaked Sony emails: The entertainment company is considering selling its music publishing division, which includes such prized assets as the Beatles and Motown catalogs. [Hollywood Reporter] More »

Beyonce, Madonna, Miley, Britney & More Wish Fans A Merry Christmas On Social Media: 20 Festive Pop Star Pics

Are you having a Merry Christmas, pop fans? Your faves like Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Nick Jonas, Mariah Carey, Disclosure and Rihanna sure hope you are! In fact, Nicki even dressed up like a Santa minx and RiRi slapped on a bikini to take very special holiday snaps just for you, and then posted them to the joyous social media platform known as Instagram! Plus, one of those Disclosure blokes dangled balls from his ears! Hell, even Madonna whipped out some of her finest Photoshop work to date!

So down one more cup of nasty eggnog and flip through our festive gallery of pop stars getting their merry, merry on above! More »

Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ Cover Art Meme: 19 Photos, Featuring Everyone From Britney To The Grinch To Marlon Brando

Since she debuted her Rebel Heart album cover on December 20, 2014, Madonna‘s latest LP has caused quite a craze on Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter, with fans and Photoshop aficionados alike slapping black string across the faces of Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Homer Simpson, Jim Carrey, Marlon Brando and even The Grinch, just to name a few. And so we scoured said social media platforms and felt compelled to share some of the best (and, in some cases, creepiest) images in the above gallery. Consider it Idolator’s Christmas present to you!

Have a look, and then let us know your thoughts below on these tributes to pop queen Madge’s upcoming album — or, heck, post a pic of your own! More »

Beyonce And Jay Z Share Chilly Vacation Pics From Iceland To Warm Your Holidays: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Pop music’s royal couple, Jay Z and Beyonce, traveled to Iceland for a chilly getaway in honor of Hova’s recent 45th birthday. Not ones to sit around and let their passports go to waste, the pair are currently in Thailand for the holidays. [Rap-Up]

:: If Kanye West wasn’t mad at Lily Allen for co-opting his Yeezus album title for her LP Sheezus, how irked can he be over Local Business Comedy turning his tracks into holiday songs for Kreezus? [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: It seems several new Gwen Stefani songs have been registered with BMI, so perhaps we’ll get a third album from her after all, despite the not-so-great performances of “Baby Don’t Lie” and “Spark The Fire”? Co-writers on the tracks are said to include Benny Blanco, Ryn Weaver and Charli XCX. [PopJustice]

:: Surprise — Eminem is gay! Or, at least his character in beleaguered Sony film The Interview is. Watch Em’s big revelatory scene here: [Stereogum]

:: Sam Smith and his two sisters got matching “III” tattoos for Christmas. Who knew they were such big Take That fans? [Instagram] More »