Vance Joy Performs Breakthrough Hit “Riptide” On ‘Conan’

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Your Left Hand Man
Vance Joy Interview
Vance Joy Interview
We spoke to Vance Joy about his smash hit "Riptide" and killer debut LP 'Dream Your Life Away.'

Vance Joy is one of 2014′s unlikelier success stories. While the rest of the game seems to be doing more, the Australian singer/songwriter did less. All he needed was a ukelele and a demo that had been sitting on his computer for several years to land a global hit. “Riptide” reached number one in James’ (his real name) homeland and eventually sold quadruple platinum. It wasn’t long before the song was a smash across Europe.

That leaves American chart domination and Vance is working on it. “Riptide” is hovering just outside the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100, while his debut LP Dream Your Life Away reached the top 20. His campaign should get a substantial boost when he hits the road as the opening act for Taylor Swift‘s 1989 world tour. To get some idea of what the Aussie sounds like live, check out his typically brilliant performance on Conan up top. More »

Carly Rae Jepsen’s New Single Is Called “I Really Like You” According To Interscope’s Promotional Website

Carly Rae Covers "Part Of Your World"
Carly Rae Covers "Part Of Your World"
Carly Rae Jepsen covers "Part Of Your World" from 'The little Mermaid'. Have a listen.

Say what you like about Carly Rae Jepsen (one-hit wonder, 2012′s Meghan Trainor etc.), the Canadian songbird’s Kiss LP is still a near-perfect pop record. Which other diva could chirp convincingly about holding hands and making wedding rings of string while staring 30 in the face? Anyway, the “Call Me Maybe” diva could be on the brink of 2014′s most relevant comeback. According to Interscope’s promo website, she has a new single on the way called “I Really Like You.”

So when does this gem drop? Early 2015 is as specific as the listing gets. That’s still pretty exciting news. For a while there, I wondered if we would ever get new music. It will be interesting to see which direction Carly takes. In June 2013, the 29-year-old said she was hoping to mix folk music with electronica. “I have a folky side in my blood from what I used to listen to with my parents,” the pop princess said. “And it’ll be fun to incorporate that more in the verses of the pop songs.” Can’t wait. More »

Janet Jackson Makes A Rare Public Appearance, Visits Children At Unicef Refugee Camp In Syria

Beyonce Dressed Up As Janet For Halloween
Beyonce Dressed Up As Janet For Halloween
Beyonce rocked a Janet Jackson costume for Halloween, while Blue Ivy went as Michael.

Janet Jackson has become something of a recluse since marrying Wissam Al Mana. The pop legend shut down rumors of a comeback and has dedicated her time to charitable causes. The baby-faced 48-year-old (how is this possible?) was recently snapped visiting children at Zaatari refugee camp with her billionaire hubby, and she looks absolutely radiant and at peace with her new lifestyle.

While I’m glad Janet has found contentment, I feel like pop music needs her more than ever. A batch of new artists have started to emerge that channel her trademark sound (hello, Tinashe) but nobody has been able to do it as well as Miss Jackson. In fact, you can’t help but think a comeback would be very well-received at the moment given that her speciality — electro-tinged R&B — is now a radio staple. See more pics of the much-missed diva after the jump. More »

Bebe Rexha Unveils Her “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” Cover Art And Shares Two New Snippets: Listen

Bebe Rexha Shows Us Crazy In New Snippet
Bebe Rexha Shows Us Crazy In New Snippet
Bebe Rexha shared a brief preview of new single "I'm Gonna Show You Crazy," due late Dec.

If seasonal fare makes you gaga, Bebe Rexha‘s new single “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” (due December 23) is the perfect antidote. A fiery fuck-you anthem, the rising diva’s follow-up to “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” is a ferocious dance/rock concoction that could be just the radio hit she needs to make the leap from Next Big Thing to chart-busting pop sensation.

Today (December 17), the 25-year-old unveiled the cover and it finds her looking like she’s about to cut a bitch. Bebe is crouched on the ground next to a no-trespass sign with a mean look on her face. I love it. The newcomer, who also appears on Pitbull and David Guetta‘s new albums, also shared two new snippets of her new single — one of them accompanied by footage of Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted. Watch after the jump. More »

Cher’s Camp Christmas Merchandise Is Absolutely Everything: 10 Gifts That Keep On Giving (Long After December)

Cher Loves Lady Gaga's Jazz Album
Cher Loves Lady Gaga's Jazz Album
Cher and Lady Gaga have obviously kissed and made up. They can't stop raving about each other.

Struggling to find the perfect gift for someone special? Looking for a way to jazz up your apartment? Hoping to come out in style? Well, stop stressing because Cher‘s got you! The legendary diva’s online store has been updated with Christmas merchandise and let’s just say she makes Santa redundant with her glittering, glamorous and cost-effective wares.

Where to start? There’s a variety of fashionable t-shirts (the one with Cher perched on a candy cane is pure gold), a hoodie for the edgier fan and a selection of coffee mugs. Imagine how jealous your colleagues are going to be when they see you sipping from one of these future collector’s items! Personally, I need the Christmas sweater — a bargain at $55 — and one of those striking tree ornaments. Peruse the 68-year-old’s Xmas goodies up top. More »

FKA Twigs Is Fresh-Faced In The January Issue Of ‘Vogue’: See All Four Photos

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors choose their favorite tunes from this year!

FKA Twigs has become known for her artistic and unique image, but for the January 2015 issue of Vogue US the singer strips down to reveal a fresh face! In the fashion editorial, the UK native loses her signature slicked-down baby hairs (yet still has her bushy brows) and flaunts a natural and super-cute girly look.

The new editorial spread (shot by legendary photographer Patrick Demarcheliertops off FKA Twigs’ awesome year in music, as she released her debut album LP1 (which features “Video Girl” and “Two Weeks”), teamed up with Google Glass, is dating Robert Pattinson and even made our list of Pop’s Class of 2014! More »

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Gets An Unofficial (But Very Cute) Acoustic Remix: Listen

Mariah Carey's Christmas Concert Review
Mariah Carey's Christmas Concert Review
Mariah Carey kicked off the first of six Christmas concerts in New York City in flawless style.

Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Still a steady seller 20 years after its initial release (it’s the highest-selling festive anthem on iTunes this year — sorry, Ariana Grande), the Xmas classic is near indestructible. I mean, it even survived that abominable rehash with Justin Bieber. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise then, that song also sounds great stripped right back to basics.

Kudos to the DJ that decided to give “All I Want For Christmas” an acoustic remix. Instead of using a live performance, the mellow interpretation plays around with the original stems. That means the vocal is absolutely on-point and we’re treated to goosebump-inducing vocal runs. Trust me, the big finale will push Lambs to the very edge of sanity. This is a great idea. Maybe Mimi can treat us to an acoustic Xmas album next year? Listen after the jump. More »

Charli XCX Lip Syncs For Her Life On ‘Today’: Watch The Brit Perform New Single “Break The Rules”

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Rules Broken
Charli XCX's 'Sucker': Stream The Full Album
Charli XCX's 'Sucker': Stream The Full Album
Listen to Charli XCX's excellent sophomore LP 'Sucker' in full now.

Charli XCX is a great live performer, but you wouldn’t know that from this morning’s (December 17) appearance on Today. The Brit looked sharp in a black beret and short, leopard-skin print dress and put on a typically energetic display, which is impressive considering her microphone was never switched on. She even moved away from the mic at one point while new single “Break The Rules” was still playing, so, at least, wasn’t trying to hide her mime game.

It’s been a huge week/year for Charli. After multiple delays, her sophomore LP Sucker is finally out and it looks like she has another hit on her hands with “Break The Rules.” The 22-year-old is also nominated for two Grammys — including one for Record Of The Year — for her chart-topping collaboration with Iggy Azalea, “Fancy.” If they get to perform the anthem at the ceremony, hopefully she will show off her live vocals. Watch up top. More »

Backstreet Boys’ ‘Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of’ Documentary: Watch The Trailer

Still Larger Than Life
Backstreet Boys' 'Millennium' Turns 15
Backstreet Boys' 'Millennium' Turns 15
We take a look back at the best album from the boy band!

After Backstreet Boys announced their documentary early this month, the official trailer for the project has arrived today (December 17)! Titled Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, the Stephen Kijak-directed film is set to be an “emotionally open and honest documentation of the biggest selling boy band of all time.”

The trailer first asks a question that sets the tone for the dramatic and revealing project: “What do you do when you’re a full grown man in a boy band?” Viewers will soon get the answer, as they will follow the legendary group over the past two years. It will show them recording and touring for their latest LP, In a World Like This (released in July 2013) and their reflection on their journey to fame

Look out for the documentary in theaters and Video-On-Demand on January 30, but in the meantime you can watch the trailer after the jump! More »

Kylie Minogue Is Shooting A New Video, But For What?

10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
We asked Idolator readers to vote for their favorite albums from 2014.

Here’s some last-minute good news in 2014 for all the lovers out there: Kylie Minogue is shooting a brand new video!

According to Blake McGrath, the Kiss Me Once diva has called upon the dancer/choreographer to work on a new video, which will shoot tomorrow. “Excited to be choreographing a video for one of the biggest pop icons in the world tomorrow. Her name is Kylie Minogue and we’re going in,” he excitedly tweeted today. But the question is…for what? Could it be another one of the songs off of her Fernando Garibay-produced surprise EP tied into the Kiss Me Once Tour? Or perhaps a new single off of her latest LP? Or perhaps is it for her upcoming Giorgio Moroder collaboration? In any case, there’s no doubt it’ll be a glittering affair.

Leave your best guesses after the jump, and check out Kylie’s Sleepwalker mini-film below. More »