One Direction Are Swoon-Worthy Cheerleaders On ‘Saturday Night Live’: Watch

1D's Got Moves
One Direction Performs on 'Saturday Night Live'
One Direction Performs on 'Saturday Night Live'
Watch the winning boy band sing ''Night Changes'' and ''Ready to Run.''

Before One Direction took the stage on Saturday Night Live as its musical guests last night (December 20), the winning boy band posed as a swoon-worthy high school dance squad in its “Girlfriends” skit.

Here’s the premise: During a talk show called Girlfriends, Morgan (Aidy Bryant) claims that she’s on the squad, without knowing that her co-host Kyra (Cecily Strong) has invited the team captain (Amy Adams) — or the guy dancers, played by 1D – to the show. Of course, One Direction are convincing as high school heartthrobs — matching track suits, robotic dance moves, “‘Sup Morgan?”‘s and all.

“How’s your guinea pig?” Zayn Malik asks, as Morgan stutters. The best part, of course, is when Niall Horan and Harry Styles try desperately to stifle their laughter.

One Direction, the biggest-selling touring act of 2014 (so far), will embark its UK and Ireland On the Road Again tour in 2015, starting June 6 in Cardiff. Until then, watch the SNL skit up top.

One Direction Performs “Night Changes” And “Ready To Run” On ‘Saturday Night Live’: Watch

1D Returns To 'SNL'
2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator editors pick their 20 favorites from the past 12 months.

One Direction performed for the third time on Saturday Night Live for its December 20 holiday episode. As the preview showed, there are still jokes to be made of the winning boy band’s appeal — guest host Amy Adams planting mistletoe on set, for instance. And to be fair, each member’s starry-eyed gazes toward the (at times squealing) crowd aren’t likely to help, either.

Yet as the English-Irish ensemble sang “Night Changes” and “Ready to Run,” off its new album FOUR, One Direction also sounded convincing as adults — grown men, even. Music by boy bands has long featured expertly arranged harmonies, though as noted a few times before, One Direction recalls the Beach Boys, as opposed to Backstreet Boys, with its new and more mature sound.

Watch One Direction perform “Night Changes” on SNL up top, then see its live rendition of “Ready to Run” below. More »

Iggy Azalea Targeted By Hacking Collective Anonymous, In Response To Beef With Azealia Banks

The 20 Best Pop Singles Of 2014: 20 Favorites
The 20 Best Pop Singles Of 2014: 20 Favorites
Idolator's editors select 20 great singles from the past 12 months.

Iggy Azalea‘s ongoing beef with Azealia Banks took a strange turn this weekend when hacking collective Anonymous took sides — and attempted to make a statement of it.

On December 19, the faceless collective announced that, if Azalea doesn’t apologize within 48 hours to Banks and #blacklivesmatter protesters, it will release photographic proof of a sex tape. Two days later, though, Anonymous called off the stunt, accusing MTV in particular for misreporting their actions.

Fuck it,” Anonymous said on Twitter. “We try to actually send a message to the masses about the importance of the individual consciousness … then @MTV flips it as a misogynist threat, something about us actually releasing a sex tape. This is not true. And since the actual message has been distorted by both rumors and faux entertainment conglomerates like @MTV on an alleged leak happening … we’ve taken the collective decision of scrapping the entire countdown. Expect us soon.” More »

Christina Aguilera To Executive Produce ABC Family Dramedy

Christina Aguilera's Debut Album: Backtracking
Christina Aguilera's Debut Album: Backtracking
Revisit "Genie in a Bottle" and other songs as the album turns 15.

When Christina Aguilera was expecting her daughter, Summer Rain Rutler, she promised that she would return to the spotlight soon after she gave birth. First, she announced a new album — a follow-up to #JusticeforBionic, which may feature Pharrell. Then she revealed that she was returning to The Voice for its eighth season, along with fellow founding coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, before she made a guest appearance during its current season.

What she didn’t tell fans, though, is that she has another TV gig in the works.

Deadline reports that Aguilera is one of five executive producers of a forthcoming ABC Family dramedy, tentatively titled Hearts and Clubs. The show follows a group of Las Vegas entertainers as they “fall in and out of love,” as somehow influenced by romantic comedy Love Actually. Let’s hope that 2010′s Burlesque is another source of inspiration, as Aguilera’s fiance Matt Rutler, who she met on set, is also overseeing the show’s development. More »

Meghan Trainor Talks Forthcoming Jason Derulo Collaboration: Watch

Lips Are Movin'
2014's Best Pop Singles: 20 Favorites
2014's Best Pop Singles: 20 Favorites
Idolator's editors select 20 great singles from the past 12 months.

Last week, Meghan Trainor stopped by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to answer patients’ questions. One child asked why she wears pink in the video for her breakout hit, “All About That Bass.” (Turns out, she wasn’t all that sure herself. Go figure.) Another ended up singing that same song with Trainor, as if it was a duet, after he slyly asked, “If you could do a duet with any kid, who would it be?” But then another got the latest scoop on how she plans to follow up her Title EP: “What new music are you making right now?”

“Ooh, good question,” Trainor said. “I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but I’m going to: I just cut a song with Jason Derulo. It’s a duet, and it’s like a dance song, and it’s going to be real cool. I don’t know when it’ll come out – I haven’t even heard it – but I did that last week.” Watch the adorable Q&A-turned-press conference below. More »

Nicki Minaj Debuts ‘The Pinkprint Movie’: Watch

'The Pinkprint' Unfolds
Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' Available For Pre-Order
Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' Available For Pre-Order
Hear six new songs, including "Bitch I'm Madonna" featuring Nicki Minaj.

Slowly but surely, Nicki Minaj has opened up on her now-ex boyfriend Safaree Samuels. She joked with Rap Radar founder Elliott Wilson in his Inside the Actors Studio-style interview series, CRWN, about how they moved from Queens, N.Y., to Atlanta together so that she can pursue a rap career: “I was so madly in love with him.” Pause. “As a friend.” Yet as she showed to Power 105 host Angie Martinez, Minaj is still trying to heal from their recent break-up. After all, they dated for over a decade. “I tell my girlfriends, my best friends, sometimes I still want to tell him stuff and get his opinion, because –” the rapper said, before she had to fight back tears.

Now, though, Minaj is actually seen crying in her new short film The Pinkprint Movie. To the most emotional songs from her just-released third album (“All Things Go,” “The Crying Game” featuring Jessie Ware, “I Lied” and “Grand Piano”), the 16-minute clip shows Minaj torn between leaving and staying with a flame, played by model Willy Monfret, and being rescued from a car crash by another man, played by Boris Kodjoe. It’s beautifully shot but also tough to watch, because Minaj has never been this vulnerable before. Watch The Pinkprint Movie up top, then see her recent, lengthy interviews with Wilson and Martinez below. More »

Madonna Releases ‘Rebel Heart’ Album For Pre-Order On iTunes, 6 Songs Available Now

Madonna Leaks Ahead Of Schedule
Madonna Leaks Ahead Of Schedule
Oof. Several demos from Madonna's upcoming record have sprung a leak today.

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 great 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.

What do you think of Madonna’s new songs, as well as the surprise drop? Take a listen to the Rebel Heart tracks and sound off in the comments below. More »

Whatcha Say: Madonna, Nicki Minaj And Janet Jackson Got Our Readers Talking

14 Best Pop EPs Of 2014
14 Best Pop EPs Of 2014
Idolator's editors select the best pop EPs of 2014.

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 Shuts Down A Hater With McDonald’s-Referencing Comeback: See Her Iconic Tweet

Demi Lovato Covers 'Fault' Magazine
Demi Lovato Covers 'Fault' Magazine
Demi Lovato rocks bangs in her edgy 'Fault' magazine photo shoot. See all the pics.

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 »

Taylor Swift’s ’1989′ Set To Block Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ From Number One On The Billboard 200

Taylor Swift's '1989' Album Review
Taylor Swift's '1989' Album Review
We reviewed Taylor Swift's new LP, which finds the country queen getting exploring pop music.

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 »