Surprise: It’s Madonna.
When over half a dozen demos from the Queen Of Pop’s forthcoming 13th studio album surfaced earlier this week, fans were concerned: How would Madonna react? (She wasn’t happy.) And what was the status of the upcoming, as-of-yet untitled LP? As it turns out, it only caused her to work even harder to get it all finished…and turn some of it in tonight.
As the clock struck midnight, Madge’s upcoming album, now officially titled Rebel Heart, arrived on iTunes as a surprise pre-order, complete with some incredible BDSM-lite cover artwork and 6 instant grat songs available immediately upon pre-ordering the record, including “Living For Love,” “Illuminati,” “Ghosttown,” “Devil Pray,” “Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj)” and “Unapologetic Bitch.”
“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living For Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring,” Madonna explained in a press release posted on her official website a few hours later. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.” Along with the 6 new songs, Madonna will also be releasing additional music on February 9, just before the album’s release in March 2015. More »
Welp, we’re almost there Idolator readers: It’s nearly the end of 2014! But of course, our favorite pop acts aren’t giving us even a moment to rest.
This week saw the debut of both Charli XCX‘s Sucker and Nicki Minaj‘s The Pinkprint, two of the year’s most anticipated pop releases. But there weren’t just anticipated pop releases! Unfortunately, a whole album’s worth of demos from Madonna‘s forthcoming record spilled out onto the Internet. Eep!
And, of course, we’re winding down the year by taking a look back through the best releases of 2014 here at Idolator, including our 20 Best Singles of ’14, the Best EPs of ’14 and the results of our Readers’ Poll for the Top 10 Albums of 2014. Did your faves get selected?
As always, you guys had plenty say. Check out some of the week’s best and worst comments after the jump. Have a good weekend! More »
Demi Lovato shut down a hater on Twitter this morning (December 19) faster than you can say “delete it fat.” The 22-year-old seemd out of sorts and cryptically tweeted: “Really sucks how expectant people can be these days.. Not need to cause a scene or be pushy.” It was unclear if she was talking about the media or overenthusiastic fans, but she sensed her comments would spark a reaction and added: “Cue the hate but idgaf.”
“Bitches be fickle as fuck,” she continued as the usual internet scum piped up, making offensive comments about her weight. (They obviously haven’t noticed how ridiculously hot she looks at the moment… but that really isn’t the point). “Shut up fatty dont choke on ur mcdonalds!” one hater waged before being scalped in one of the best Twitter comebacks in recent memory. See Demi’s iconic tweets after the jump. More »
That Taylor Swift juggernaut shows no sign of slowing down. According to chart predictions, 1989 should return to number one on the Billboard 200 next week — increasing its run to six non-consecutive weeks. (J.Cole‘s 2014 Forest Hills Drive briefly knocked it from the top spot with a massive opening bow). Pentatonix‘s mega-selling That’s Christmas To Me EP is predicted to fill the runner’s up slot. That means Nicki Minaj‘s much-hyped The Pinkprint will have to settle for a top five debut.
The femcee’s third album is expected to sell 160,000 copies in its first week of sale. (That doesn’t include streaming and individual downloads, which now count towards the chart). It’s healthy total, but easily the lowest of Nicki’s career. Pink Friday debuted with a whopping 375,000 copies in 2010, while Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded shifted 253,000 copies in 2012. Given the rap diva’s non-stop promotion and high-profile collaborators, you can’t help but think she will be disappointed by The Pinkprint‘s numbers. More »
The long-overdue return of The Veronicas was one of the more exciting pop developments of 2014. After years of label limbo, the Australian twins finally inked a new deal and didn’t waste any time dropping their third LP. The self-titled set has already produced one smash hit — “You Ruin Me” topped the charts in the duo’s homeland and became their first UK top 10 hit — and they look set to repeat the feat with “If You Love Someone.”
Another stellar DNA production, The Veronica’s new single is considerably more upbeat than soul-destroying ballad “You Ruin Me.” It’s not quite the furious pop/rock of “4Ever” and lacks the synths that made “Untouched” so memorable, but “If You Love Someone” is a radio-ready earworm with an instantly catchy chorus. The Tapehead-directed video finds Lisa and Jess starting a love revolution inside a warehouse. Watch up top. More »
When Gwen Stefani‘s “Baby Don’t Lie” dropped in October, I felt a little underwhelmed. It was cute and undeniably catchy, but hardly the stone-cold smash needed to kick off her comeback. Cut to December and the Benny Blanco/Ryan Tedder-produced pop anthem feels like a masterpiece in comparison to the frankly-embarrassing follow-up, “Spark The Fire.” As it happens, the song turned out to be something of a grower and might have taken off with even a slight promotional push.
At least, “Baby Don’t Lie” is getting some traction in clubs thanks a pair of belated, but very good remixes. EDM veteran Kaskade teams up with KillaGraham (one half of dance duo Milo & Otis) for a trap-infused overhaul, while Los Angeles-based DJ Davie Matthias transforms the perky pop song into a house monster. Maybe a skilled producer can make “Spark The Fire” slightly more bearable? Until then, check out Gwen’s latest remixes after the jump. More »
We’re aware that Lana Del Rey has been continuously working on new music even after the release of Ultraviolence, but we didn’t expect it to come so soon! This time around though, the project is for Emile Haynie‘s rumored upcoming album. A teaser of a new track (either titled “Wait For Life” or “Falling Apart”) from the Grammy-winning producer’s project has surfaced. He posted a video on Instagram, which plays a brief snippet that sounds like a soaring ballad with intense vocal wailing.
The two have worked together many times before, mainly on her Born To Die and Paradise projects, and the results are always stunning. No word yet on when Haynie’s album is coming, but hopefully it’ll drop early next year. Del Rey’s sophomore LP was released back in June, and features tracks like “West Coast,” “Shades Of Cool” and the title track. Take a listen to the Instagram snippet after the jump! More »
Charli XCX joins the ever-expanding list of pop divas (Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey and um… Paris Hilton) to pose for Terry Richardson. Unlike those ladies, however, the 22-year-old manages to keep her clothes on. The concept of her shoot appears to be rebellion instead of seduction. She rocks a tatty t-shirt and cheerleader’s uniform, making hand quirky hand gestures and pulling her hair.
The pics, which were part of a shoot the rising star did for Rolling Stone, do a good job of capturing Charli’s fiery attitude. She keeps putting that good use on songs like “Break The Rules,” which finally broke into the Billboard Hot 100 this week at number 100, and attitude-filled live performances. Everything seems to be going to plan for the Brit. She scored her first solo top 10 hit with “Boom Clap,” released sophomore LP Sucker to rave reviews and nabbed two Grammy nominations for Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy.” See all the pics up top. More »
Jasmine Villegas is all grown up. If that wasn’t clear to you on fierce Kendrick Lamar-assisted anthem “That’s Me Right There,” it will be when you watch her steamy (literally) “I Love Your Crazy” video. The second single from the former teen queen’s debut EP showcases her new R&B direction. It’s a slick, slinky jam that sounds like the perfect soundtrack to bedroom activity. The 21-year-old has certainly come a long way since starring in Justin Bieber‘s “Baby” video!
Given the song’s sultry content, the striking video makes perfect sense. Ms. V simply looks gorgeous and takes a bath. That’s about it. Only, the visual is filmed in such a stylish, classy way that it feels intimate rather than voyeuristic. With “I Love Your Crazy,” Jasmine delivers musically and visually. She’s clearly found a sound and image that sets her apart from other young divas. Hopefully, it will start clicking commercially. Watch her sizzling video up top. More »
It’s safe to say that Olly Murs and Demi Lovato will have a massive UK hit on their hands when “Up” drops January 4, 2015. The emotional duet has slick pop/rock production and a massive chorus that aptly showcases the duo’s powerful pipes. It sounds just as good, if not better, stripped back to basics. The unlikely pair unveiled an acoustic version of the track today (December 19), which features on the Brit’s upcoming Up EP.
Olly and Demi also treated fans to a simple black-and-white video of their performance. It finds the heartthrob, who recently stripped off for Attitude magazine, and the grande dame of Disney doing their thing in the studio. The focus is on their impressive, underrated vocals, which helps you appreciate “Up” on a whole new level. The track is the second single from the 28-year-old X Factor star’s cockily-titled fourth LP Never Been Better. Watch up top. More »