T.I. Defends Iggy Azalea In Regard To Azealia Banks’ Criticism In Twitter Statement: Read The Tweets

15 Pop Music Shade-Fests Of 2014
15 Pop Music Shade-Fests Of 2014
Oh boy, did the shade ran rampant this year in music! These are the biggest beefs of 2014.

This ongoing fued between Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks is not dying down any time soon. In fact, it’s only growing larger by the day.

Following Banks’ emotional interview with Hot 97, in which she expressed a frustration and anger regarding cultural appropriation and the recognition of white artists over black artists in reference to Iggy Azalea‘s recent Grammy nominations (“The Grammys are supposed to be accolades of artistic excellence. Iggy Azalea is not excellent,” she explained), the Australian rapper decided to fire back on Twitter, calling Banks “petty and spiteful.”

In response, Q-Tip sent a long, thorough explanation of the history of hip-top to Iggy Azalea via Twitter. And now, T.I. is jumping into the ring as well.

In a stream of tweets last night, the “No Mediocre” rapper shared his own thoughts on the matter, responding to Q-Tip’s history lesson sent to Iggy, as well as Banks’ criticism: “…ok…,” he began, “Yes @IGGYAZALEA @QtipTheAbstract all these facts are true. This is useful info to absorb as U find yourself in da midst of several people who U may not share many things in common with besides #HipHop. Understanding the plight assists U in knowing how to accept,respect & live in harmony even without a boatload of similarities.” Read the rest of his tweets after the jump. More »

Sky Ferreira Premieres “Omanko” Video: Watch The Personal Clip

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Seasons Greetings From Sky
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14 Synth-Pop Acts We Loved In 2014
We've rounded up some of the best under-the-radar synth acts of the year.

Sky Ferreira might have nicely tied together the remaining strings of her Night Time, My Time era with a set of tour dates on the West Coast back in November (along with premiering a new song called “Guardian” live!”), but she’s decided to give her fans just a little more from her debut album campaign.

Over the weekend, the “You’re Not The One” singer-songwriter unveiled the grainy-looking home video for album track “Omanko,” shot by her boyfriend, DIIV‘s Zachary Cole Smith, and it’s probably the closest thing to festive that we’re getting from the brooding songstress this holiday season. “Happy Holidays from Cole and Sky,” the video’s caption reads.

The intimate clip follows Sky both on tour and behind-the-scenes with her boyfriend, smiling and kissing in a mirror, jokingly fanning herself with money — even ice skating at one point. Considering the dark and moody visuals of the campaign, it’s nice to see her looking so happy in this very personal glimpse behind-the-scenes. More »

The 15 Best Pop Music Shade-Fests Of 2014

The Claws Are Out!
2014'S BEST POP SINGLES
2014'S BEST POP SINGLES
Idolator editors pick their 20 favorites from the past 12 months.

Oh boy, did the shade ran rampant this year in music! Blame social media or blame the artistic ego, but whatever the reason, we got our fair share of beef happening in the streets. Sometimes it’s fun to witness — especially when it comes down to picking sides. But what happens when two of your favorites are going to toe-to-toe with the insults? Whatever do you do? Events like the recent Diddy/Drake drama (who are apparently fighting over the reportedly stolen “0 To 100″ track) got us thinking about all the other beefs that ran through this year!

The more famous feuds involved the dueling of prominent pop stars, so chances are you felt torn at least once this year when it came down to the now infamous brawls. Regardless of the side you were on, you were at the very least entertained. So we at Idolator have compiled a list of 15 Shade-Fests-slash-Beefs from 2014. From sassy pop divas to hip-hop legends, there was a ton of erratic behavior going on. You know you loved it all, though (and so did we). Check out our shadiest picks below! More »

Madonna Talks ‘Rebel Heart’ Lead Single “Living For Love” And A “Possible” Grammy Awards Performance

Madonna Releases 'Rebel Heart'
Madonna Releases 'Rebel Heart'
Surprise: A new Madonna album arrived on iTunes — and 6 songs are available now!

Everyone’s favorite #UnapologeticBitch Madonna is also quite the #UnapologeticBusyBitch as of late, having taken a break from taking those Instagram selfies to push out 6 freshly mastered songs from her upcoming thirteen studio album Rebel Heart, all in an emergency response to an out-of-control stream of leaked demos over the past weeks…which, sadly, only seem to keep coming.

But! There’s nothing else to do but forge ahead with the campaign anyway, including the three Q&A pieces released yesterday with The Guardian, Rolling Stone and Billboard in which the Material Girl talks about those unexpected demo leaks, the meaning behind Rebel Heart (equal parts rebellious and romantic!), and new songs including lead single “Living For Love,” a glorious nod to those halcyon ’90′s House days backed by Diplo and company.

In her interview with Billboard, the Queen Of Pop gave us some new insight into the euphoric break-up anthem — as well who is and isn’t on the track…yet. More »

Beyonce And Jay Z Outbid By Minecraft Creator For $70 Million Mansion: Morning Mix

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:: Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft, outbid Beyonce and Jay Z on a Beverly Hills mansion featuring a 16-car garage, home gym, candy room and a replica of actor James Dean‘s motorcycle. The hip-hop royal couple had visited the house six times, but then Persson closed a deal for $70 million in just six days. [Curbed LA]

:: will.i.am reveals that the Black Eyed Peas have reunited to create new music, though as he stresses, not an album. “I don’t know anyone who was like — unless I was cleaning the house or going on a long drive — not even when they’re working out, do they listen to albums. They listen to a whole bunch of songs at once,” he says. So, there’s that! [Ryan Seacrest]

:: Elton John married his longtime partner David Furnish in England on December 21. The couple has two sons, Zachary and Elijah. [Billboard]

:: Nicki Minaj accused ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels on Twitter for “selling vids” and taking advantage of her overall. Samuels fired back to dispute her claims and condemn her for airing them out online: “i jus got off the phone with your mother and come off to this..pls stop.” [Just Jared]

:: Laverne Cox, star of Orange Is the New Black and transgender activist, “literally fell to the floor” when she received a holiday card signed “Love, Beyonce.” Remember, Cox is also an active and vocal member of the Beyhive. [MTV]

:: Have you ever wanted to see One Direction‘s Harry Styles and actress Kristen Wiig lead a sing-along to “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life”? Of course you have. [Instagram]

“I’m really proud of how he’s coming out of that stage and the music he’s working on is really, really fresh right now,” Will teased. “Bieber is awesome!” – See more at: http://www.ryanseacrest.com/2014/12/18/will-i-am-talks-i-ampuls-smartwatch-taylor-swift-and-new-justin-bieber-music/#sthash.Ya9I64kU.dpuf
“I’m really proud of how he’s coming out of that stage and the music he’s working on is really, really fresh right now,” Will teased. “Bieber is awesome!” – See more at: http://www.ryanseacrest.com/2014/12/18/will-i-am-talks-i-ampuls-smartwatch-taylor-swift-and-new-justin-bieber-music/#sthash.Ya9I64kU.dpuf

Find out what music you can catch on TV below. More »

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

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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

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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

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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 »