Rihanna Meets With Fans For Mystery “#R8 Experience” In Paris: Morning Mix

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:: Rihanna surprised her French navy yesterday (December 17), when she DM’ed her most loyal fans in Paris to meet up with her in the city’s Trocadero area! The singer called it the “#R8 Experience,” but didn’t disclose what the actual meet-up was for. There were photographers, paparazzi and video cameras on hand, so we hope that the footage will be promo for her upcoming album! [Rihanna Daily]

:: More details of Bobby Shmurda‘s case are here. During yesterday’s press conference in NYC, the Brooklyn rapper pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $2 million bail. [ABC]

:: Congratulations to Ashlee Simpson, who is expecting a baby with new husband Evan Ross! This marks the second child for the former singer, who has a son from a previous relationship with Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz. [Just Jared]

:: During events surrounding next year’s Grammys, George Harrison and The Beegees will receive Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, among other musicians. The private ceremony will take place on February 7, just one day before music’s big night! [Rolling Stone]

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The 10 Songs That Topped The Hot 100 Chart In 2014, From Eminem’s “The Monster” To Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”

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.

This year started off with the last #1 song of 2013 on the Billboard Hot 100 — Eminem and Rihanna‘s “The Monster” — carrying over as the first #1 song of 2014. Other past chart-topping artists racked up more #1s this year, including Kesha, Pitbull, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, while new acts like MAGIC! and Meghan Trainor shot straight to the top with their debut singles.

And then there was “Fancy,” which brought an Aussie rapstress together with a British hit-maker for an inescapable pop jam that ruled the airwaves all spring- and summer-long and wound up with several big Grammy nominations by year’s end. More »

Nicki Minaj Talks Male Body Parts On ‘Watch What Happens Live’ (& Twerks On A Couch For Hot 97): Watch

Ratchet Barbz!
The 14 Best Pop EPs Released In 2014
The 14 Best Pop EPs Released In 2014
We rounded up the best extended plays from the past 12 months!

As part of the promotional run for her new LP The PinkprintNicki Minaj stopped by Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live to chat with host Andy Cohen! The rapper was full of energy on the late night show, where she opted to plead the fifth when Cohen asked, “Who has the biggest dick in the music industry?” She also discussed her experience working with Beyonce on the new record and even took a shot with Real Housewives Of Atlanta‘s Phaedra Parks!

Along with her appearance on Bravo, Minaj also guested at NYC’s Hot 97 radio station where they hosted a special VIP lounge event. The night was supposed to be a sit-down interview with DJ Ebro, but the rapper took it upon herself to hop on the couch and give the audience some eye-opening twerk action — “Anaconda”-style. It’s quite mesmerizing!

Watch the interviews and Minaj’s ***Flawless twerking after the jump! More »

Justin Bieber Is Shirtless Again In New Selfie: See The Stunning Shot

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

BREAKING: Justin Bieber, singer of songs, has taken off his shirt. Stars…they’re just like us!

The “Home To Mama” singer, who is often known to misplace his clothing, has just removed his shirt again, this time for a selfie, which was just posted today on his photo sharing service, Shots.

2014′s Most Popular Act On Twitter is up to big things at the moment, having recently bleached his hair. At the same time, the Biebs is also putting in work at the recording studio for a joint album with Cody Simpson. But most of all, he is shirtless, documenting the experience of shirtlessness for the world to see. More »

Iggy Azalea Is Headlining Billboard’s First-Ever Winterfest

Iggy Azalea's 'The Great Escape' Tour Dates
Iggy Azalea's 'The Great Escape' Tour Dates
Iggy Azalea is hitting the road with Nick Jonas and Tinashe. See all of her 'Great Escape' tour dates.

Iggy Azalea joins DJ/producer Skrillex as one of the headline acts at Billboard’s inaugural Winterfest. The live extravaganza will be held at Park City, Utah’s leading music venue, Park City Live, during the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Running from January 22 to January 31, the event already boasts the attendance of violinist Lindsey Stirling, rockers Portugal. The Man, Aussie dance duo Knife Party and Swedish DJ Alesso. Expect more acts will be added shortly.

In addition to headlining Winterfest, the rap diva also recently announced her first arena tour (Iggy’s sharing the stage with fellow rising stars Nick Jonas and Tinshe), revealed that she has already started work on album number two and confirmed her feature on Britney Spearsnew single. When you throw in those Grammy nominations and rumored Selena Gomez collab, the “Beg For It” hitmaker already has early 2015 on lock. More »

Nicki Minaj Announces Beyonce Collaboration “Feelin’ Myself” As The Next Single From ‘The Pinkprint’

Nicki Minaj And Beyonce's "Feelin' Myself"
Nicki Minaj And Beyonce's "Feelin' Myself"
Nicki Minaj joins forces with "***Flawless" diva Beyonce on new hit single "Feelin' Myself."

In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Nicki Minaj has selected Beyonce-featuring jam “Feelin’ Myself” as the next single from The Pinkprint. “Radio has really gravitated to their own songs, like I’m guessing ‘Feelin’ Myself’ is the next urban song,” the rap diva told Hot 97. “They picked it on their own.” It’s an absolute no-brainer given the success of their previous collaboration, “***Flawless,” on urban radio and the song’s popularity on iTunes.

In fact, “Feelin’ Myself” is currently best-selling track from The Pinkprint — even ahead of the femcee’s official new single “Only.” (You know, the one with the racist Nazi lyric video?) Speaking of that banger, Nicki was asked which of those collaborators — Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown — she would like to fuck, marry and kill. Onika played it cute and let the listeners decide, but wasn’t particularly vocal when the crowd voted for Breezy’s death! Listen to the interview after the jump. More »

Lana Del Rey Serves Casual Chic In French ‘Grazia’ Magazine: See All 7 Of The Stylish Pics

Lana Del Rey Covers 'Galore' Magazine
Lana Del Rey Covers 'Galore' Magazine
Lana Del Rey oozes Old Hollywood glamour in the latest edition of 'Galore' magazine.

It’s been an interesting year for Lana Del Rey. She delivered a triumphant sophomore set (Ultraviolence was my favorite album of 2014), but its campaign was overshadowed by, you know, those quotes about wanting to be dead. The album was also snubbed by the Grammys and failed to produce any radio hits, which was to be expected given its the comparatively gritty content. On the bright side, she did get a nomination for her Big Eyes soundtrack song.

While 2014 was something of a roller coaster ride commercially, Lana remained the muse of fashion photographers and delivered a string of memorable photo shoots and magazine covers. The latest addition to her ever-expanding modeling portfolio is a chic spread in French Grazia magazine. She looks extremely stylish and modern, coming across like a gorgeous mix of Angelina Jolie and Brigitte Bardot. Peruse the pics up top. More »

Kylie Minogue’s New Video Is For Her Upcoming Collaboration With Giorgio Moroder, According To (Another) Tweet

Kylie Minogue's Mysterious New Video
Kylie Minogue's Mysterious New Video
One of Kylie Minogue's dancers let slip that she's filming a new video clip. But for what?

Kylie Minogue got the internet buzzing yesterday (December 17) when one of her dancers let slip that she was recording a new video. Fans speculated that it was probably for a belated Kiss Me Once single (a deluxe version of the LP is on the way) or another visual for that surprise Kylie + Garibay EP. As it turns out, the pop icon filmed a clip for her upcoming Giorgio Moroder collaboration. I guess that makes it a firm candidate for the lead single?

“Started the day shooting for BCBG followed by a video shoot for @kylieminogue & @giorgiomoroder,” tweeted DJ TJ. He then added the hashtag: “#TodayWasAGoodDay.” So there you have it. This is a pretty exciting development for the Aussie songbird. Giorgio’s new LP, the iconically-titled 74 Is The New 24, is a high-profile project featuring pop-dance luminaries like Britney Spears and Sia. Being singled out in that company is pretty special. See the DJ’s tweet after the jump. More »

Sam Smith Is The Only Artist To Sell 1 Million Albums In The US And The UK In 2014

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

Well, it’s official: Sam Smith can truly say he’s lonely no more.

The UK soul crooner is now the only artist to sell one million copies both here in the US and the UK, according to the Official Charts Company.

Smith’s debut LP, In The Lonely Hour, officially passed the million mark overnight, one of only two UK records to do so overseas — the other being Ed Sheeran‘s x. At the same time, the album was confirmed to be a million-seller in the US, alongside only Taylor Swift‘s 1989 and Disney’s Frozen soundtrack, by Nielsen Music yesterday.

“OFFICIALLY sold 1 MILLION copies of In The Lonely Hour! To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album,” said Smith of the achievement.

The talented singer stays winning, too: He just notched his second Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 hit in the US this week with “I’m Not The Only One.” That Sam Smith reign just won’t let up! More »

Nicki Minaj Stars In Roberto Cavalli’s Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign: See All 10 Photos

We rounded up the best extended plays from the past 12 months.

Nicki Minaj has many personas: Boss Ass Bitch, Roman, Nicki Lewinsky, Ratchet Barb — the list goes on and on! But now, the rapper is trying her hand at modeling, and the results are utterly ***flawless. Minaj is the star of Roberto Cavalli’s Spring/Summer 2015 ad campaign, shot by famed photographer (and Lana Del Rey‘s boyfriendFrancesco Carrozzini.

The “Only” diva flaunts her best poses for the shoot, as she dons flowing summer dresses, bright bodycons and some serious shades. The ad campaign highlights just how pretty Minaj is, and also displays her more woman-like side. The editorial photos come straight after the release of her third LP The Pinkprint, which dropped on December 15. More »