Happy Friday, Idolator readers! It’s been another lovely week in the world of pop. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
The pop starlets were out and about this week, as Hilary Duff finally set a release date for her comeback single “Chasing The Sun” — and even turned up in NYC to premiere a remix last night. Britney Spears announced a brand new line of sexy lingerie, and La Roux — officially a solo project by the ever-lovely Elly Jackson — released her fantastic new sophomore attempt, Trouble In Paradise. What’s more, Justin Bieber proved that he’s not all scandal and previewed 11 song snippets for what might be his upcoming album, while Beyonce gave her 2003 hit “Crazy In Love” a sexy new facelift for the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey.
Here on Idolator, we brought in Canadian foursome MAGIC! to do an exclusive acoustic performance of album track “No Evil,” and also hung out with X Factor alums Fifth Harmony, who graced us with fabulous new jam “We Know.” And, as if that weren’t enough, we saw Hideaway” songstress Kiesza give her first ever US performance at Santos Party House in New York, and, it was ’90′s House-laden fun all around.
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Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States and poster girl for The Hive, took her daughters to see Beyonce and Jay Z‘s brilliant On The Run tour in Chicago last night (July 24). The 50-year-old is a loud and proud Bey fan, having attended the “Drunk In Love” diva’s last two concert tours. They have also worked together on an anti-obesity campaign.
There’s no word if Mrs. Obama shut her eyes when Queen Bey dropped it low to “Partition” but a fellow concert-goer managed to take a snap of the First Lady and her girls having a great time in the VIP. The world’s most famous Beyonce groupie is beaming, while Sasha and Malia appear to be singing along merrily. A family that stans together, stays together! See the cute family pic after the jump. More »
Want to dress like Lana Del Rey? Well, here’s your chance. The Ultraviolence diva has donated a vintage frock she wore on her recent North American tour to Annos Africa — a children’s charity that runs educational art projects in Nairobi. She even signed the collar of the white floral dress (see pic after the jump), which will be listed on eBey in early September.
To find out more about the auction and the other celebrity items on offer, simply follow Annos Africa on Twitter. In other Lana news, she put rumors of a beef with Lady Gaga to bed once and for all in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. (Her unreleased track “So Legit” was considered to be a thinly veiled diss). “We played a couple of shows together but never met,” was all she had to say on the matter. More »
Lenny Kravitz‘s “Sex” cover isn’t quite as eye-watering as Nicki Minaj‘s internet-breaking “Anaconda” artwork but it certainly leaves a lasting impression. The lead single from the rock veteran’s upcoming Strut LP is blessed with a close-up picture of his leather-clad crotch. It’s reminiscent of the Rolling Stones‘ Sticky Fingers cover — only without the distracting peen.
The 50-year-old (wait… why does he still look 32?) premiered the cover on Twitter this afternoon (July 25) with the simple message “soon”. Needless to say, the interest in Lenny’s new music immediately shot through the roof. This isn’t the first time the “Are You Gonna Go My Way” singer has embraced his sexy side. Who could ever forget the shower nude he tweeted in 2009? Revisit that magic moment after the jump. More »
Christina Grimmie finished third on season six of The Voice but she was arguably the breakout star with high-profile support from industry heavyweights Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne. The talented 20-year-old was soon signed to Islands Records and wasted no time recording “Must Be Love” — the lead single from her as-yet-untitled sophomore set.
The celebrate the July 31 release of “Must Be Love”, the former YouTube sensation has put together a special Spotify playlist to put you in the mood for romance. Beyonce‘s “Love On Top” and James Blake‘s beautiful cover of Joni Mitchell‘s “A Case Of You” are great picks, while Christina Aguilera appears twice (“Beautiful” and “Impossible”). Which is no surprise because Ms. Grimmie is a loud and proud Xtina fan. Listen to rising star’s playlist and check out a couple of snippets from her own single after the jump. More »
A couple of days after Questlove called Iggy Azalea‘s summer smash “Fancy” a game-changer for hip-hop, Charli XCX has defended her collaborator’s right to rap with an American accent. “People give Iggy a hard time because she’s Australian and white and female and apparently that’s a weird thing, which I don’t get,” the “Boom Clap” hitmaker said.
“People also view me as an underdog so I think it’s cool that we came together and had this girl power moment and were No. 1 in the states for seven weeks,” she continued. “We really proved everyone wrong, which I think was really cool.” Who would she like to work with next? Charli has her eye on a Coldplay collab. “I think Chris Martin is one of the best, top line writers around at the moment. I’ve always thought his melodies are incredible.” More »