If you were up as the sun rose and watching either TV or your Twitter feed, then you no doubt saw nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards flying by. Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years A Slave and David O. Russell‘s American Hustle lead the pack with seven nods apiece.
As for the music categories, Coldplay earned a Best Original Song nomination for “Atlas,” from the soundtrack to current box office champ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, while others recognized in the category include U2 for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom‘s “Ordinary Love”, Taylor Swift for One Chance‘s “Sweeter Than Fiction” (co-written by fun.‘s Jack Antonoff) and Justin Timberlake, among other co-writers and co-performers, for Inside Llewyn Davis‘ “Please Mr. Kennedy.”
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to host the 2014 Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, on January 12. Head below to catch the full roundup of Best Original Song and Best Original Score nominees. More »
Say what you want about Miley Cyrus, but “Wrecking Ball” is unfuckwittable. (Real world example: I was just at a holiday party in Brooklyn’s hipster hotbed of Williamsburg, and even there the only song that stopped every conversation in its tracks and made everyone sing was “Wrecking Ball.”) The latest act to cover the smash is London Grammar, the buzzy British band fronted by powerhouse Florence-in-training Hannah Reid.
The trio stopped by BBC’s Live Lounge for the cover, where they took the “power” out of “power ballad” by amplifying the original’s already engulfing emptiness and adding some spare guitar plucks reminiscent of The xx. Check out the minimalist take up top. More »
Justin Bieber‘s forthcoming Journals compilation consists of his 10 impressive #MusicMondays tracks, as well as five new songs. Those previously released songs all got their own purple minimalist single artwork, and Biebs has unveiled five more covers for the remaining cuts which continue the theme. They’re also all represented in the bundle’s Complete My Journals cover, which will serve as part of an interactive purchasing component based on iTunes’ “complete my album” function.
Head below to see his Instagram post and the track artwork for the five unreleased songs. More »
South Park ran its season finale last night (December 11), and the plot centered on the pressure for females to look like celebrities, even though society’s ideal body image is based on Photoshopped photos. To demonstrate this point, the episode focused on Kim Kardashian, arguing that without digital alteration, she resembles a hobbit. This led to Kanye West going on a mission to prove his fiancee isn’t a hobbit — and in the middle of this quest viewers were treated to a “Bound 2″ spoof and a parody of Britney Spears‘ “Work Bitch.”
If that sounds convoluted, don’t worry, you can still bask in the updated “Work Bitch” refrain of “You wanna look pretty? You want a boyfriend? You want a nice ass? You better work out, slut,” as well as some choice lines from the Ye spoof like “My girl ain’t no hobbit / She might be stumpy, that don’t mean she a hobbit… Yes on occasion she hangs out with her dwarf friends / But she never went on no quest with her dwarf friends.”
Check them both out below. More »
Exactly a year ago, we declared 2012 the Year of the EP, and the trendlet is going strong through another four seasons. Because while big-ticket pop albums left us feeling empty for the past 12 months, 2013 boasted a wealth of small treasures in the form of expertly crafted EPs and mixtapes.
Our 10 favorites from 2013 comprise stunning new singers arriving on the scene fully formed, a pair of unorthodox young rappers marking their territory, the effortless return of Norwegian pop darling Annie and the reemergence of Cassie. A large chunk of the list is made up of debuts, but all 10 entries were statement releases that found the artist establishing or bolstering an identity.
Below, in no particular order, find the 10 best EPs and mixtapes of the year, as chosen by Idolator’s five editors. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Ariana Grande is being sued for copyright infringement. Her breakthrough hit “The Way” allegedly lifts a phrase from The Jimmy Castor Bunch‘s 1972 smash “Troglodyte”. [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: Next Christmas just got a whole lot sexier with R. Kelly announcing a seasonal album in 2014. If his current output is any indication, this could be the raunchiest Xmas LP ever! [Rap-Up]
:: Justin Bieber‘s slip ups get a lot of publicity, so it’s only fair that we celebrate his good deeds — like a recent fundraising trip to areas of The Philippines devastated by the recent typhoon. [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: Take a deep breath, Directioners! Harry Styles has confirmed once and for all that he’s not leaving One Direction to pursue a solo career. At least for the moment. [Gossip Cop]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »