Lady Gaga stopped by Alan Carr: Chatty Man to explain ARTPOP in a way that she hadn’t before. Her task: paint a portrait of host Alan Carr, who wore nude briefs and a bowl of fruit affixed around his waist, as if it was a fanny pack. “Do what you want, do what you want with my body,” he roared, as Gaga repositioned his leg and placed a pirate’s hat on his head.
Soon though, Gaga realized that she was taking the wrong approach. “This is not really what ARTPOP is about, though,” she says. “ARTPOP is really about, that I am the canvas. Which means that you have to be the canvas.” So she walks up to him, palette on hand, and proceeds to dab, streak and smear paint all over his chest and torso. On his back, she writes “DRUNK.”
Watch the ARTPOP diva paint a portrait up top, then see her chat and perform “Dope” and, yes, “Do What U Want” after the jump. More »
For the majority of her performance, Lorde stared as if singing to the same camera that filmed her “Royals” video. She wasn’t — she was singing at the Grammy nominations concert, performing a song up for Record of the Year but acting as if such acknowledgment barely mattered, not when she already insists on being called Queen B. When the song started to end though, her eyes bugged out slightly. When it did end, she immediately turned to her left and walked off the stage, her arms crossed. It’s as if she finally realized why she was there, particularly as the crowd stood up to applaud her, shocked.
No-brainer nominees performed as last night’s concert, too. Katy Perry sang “Roar.” Taylor Swift performed “I Knew You Were Trouble” via broadcast from her Sydney concert. But it was particularly exciting to see first-time nominees like Lorde perform, no matter how ubiquitous their songs have become. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis stormed in from the lobby and tossed “Thrift Shop” finds out into the crowd. Robin Thicke belted “Blurred Lines” with a huge smile across his face, as T.I. popped up to shuffle as he does in the video — that is, as he should for the rest of his life. (You can call him Rap Game Fred Astaire.)
See Lorde perform up top, then check out the rest after the jump. (This also includes a terrific duet by Keith Urban and Miguel, covering Bill Withers‘ “Ain’t No Sunshine.”) More »
Even without Drake, the show must go on! And so tonight (December 6) we learned who is up for music’s biggest awards at The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! (that is not an indicator of our actual excitement level, it’s the honest-to-god name of the thing). In between performances from the likes of Taylor Swift and Lorde, and boilerplate Grammy hype from anthropomorphic Kangol hat LL Cool J, we actually got the nominees for next year’s ceremony. And they were kind of unpredictable!
Sure, you had the requisite honors for “Get Lucky,” “Blurred Lines,” Pink, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and all things Macklemore, but Lorde also joined the big leagues with Song and Record of the year nominations, while Sara Bareilles improbably scored an Album of the Year nomination.
Head below to see the list of nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. EST on January 26. That gives you plenty of time to argue about the biggest snubs (Justin Timberlake??) and surprises (Kendrick Lamar for Album Of The Year!). More »
Did you feel that festive feeling this week? The Christmas season is truly upon us — and now that Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson and Leona Lewis serenaded us at the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, it’s really official.
But the pop releases haven’t stopped just yet! Our beloved ringleader Britney Spears released her eighth studio album Britney Jean, her Most Personal Album Ever, while we saw new releases from the likes of Justin Bieber. Lana Del Rey dropped her long-awaited, gorgeously shot mini-film Tropico. And, we at Idolator started taking a look back at 2013 with our favorite albums list. Did your favorites make the cut too? If not — don’t worry, we’ve got a readers poll going too! And, we even got some of our faves to weigh in on their faves, starting with Tegan & Sara.
And finally, Idol alum Carrie Underwood pulled off the (near) impossible with a live staging of The Sound Of Music on NBC. It was a ratings smash — but did you like it? As always, you guys had plenty to say about this week’s pop happenings. More »
Avicii is gaining something a reputation for churning out epic videos, so the stakes are high for worldwide smash “Hey Brother”. Happily, it looks like Swede has struck gold again. At least if the patriotic military-themed preview is any indication.
The thirty second teaser is a nostalgic affair. There is war footage intercut with what appear to be wholesome home movies. We’re treated to glimpses of a military funeral, fireworks and soldiers. The blockbuster video promises to pull hard on our heartstrings. Watch up top. More »
Lady Gaga‘s much-anticipated “Do What U Want” video is almost ready! Director Terry Richardson shared a pic from the set today (December 6) and, if it’s any indication, we’re in for an eye-popping extravaganza with minimal clothing and a surprising lack of wigs.
The black and white photo shows Mother Monster riding R. Kelly in black lingerie. Her hair looks remarkably natural and she’s giving her duet partner a rather disgruntled look. Or perhaps that’s her come hither stare? Whatever the case, expect sexual tension and controversy from the finished product. More »