Azealia Banks opened a can of worms when she gave an emotional interview to Hot 97 expressing outrage at cultural appropriation in music. The femcee pointed the finger at Iggy Azalea as one of the main perpetrators, which inspired the Australian diva to tweet a lengthy rebuttal. Their beef went viral when hackers’ collective Anonymous entered the fray and threatened to leak images from the “Fancy” hitmaker’s alleged sextape.
Q-Tip then tried to explain the history of hip-hop in I-G-G-Y’s mentions and T.I. took it upon himself to respond on behalf of his protege. The latest hip-hop heavyweight to come out in support of Britney Spears‘ upcoming collaborator is Will.i.am. The Black Eyed Peas mastermind jumped on Twitter and shared some words of encouragement. “Hiphop Is global now…it doesn’t matter if your white or black…thanks for contributing & spreading our culture positively,” he wrote.
“Iggy Azalea [it] saddens me that people are making a big deal about race in hiphop & not ethics…today’s ethics goes against our foundation,” he continued. “In 1980 a white girl from punk rock group @blondieOFFICIAL helped #hiphop expand beyond the hood with a song called #rapture.” He also posted a video of Blondie‘s classic hit. His final message? “At the end of the day who cares what people think…do what you love…stay #fancy…#congrats.” See the tweets after the jump. More »
Aretha Franklin‘s comeback album might have sank without a trace, but the news isn’t all bad. For starters, the 72-year-old can add club queen to her resume! The enduring diva’s “Rolling In The Deep” cover topped Billboard’s Dance Club Songs countdown this week — making it her first number one on that chart in 16 years (her last was 1998′s “Here We Go Again”) and sixth in total.
The soul legend’s intense interpretation of Adele‘s anthem was first remixed by British DJs Cutmore and Wideboys, before a select bunch of American producers — Ralphi Rosario and dance collective Papercha$er — had a go. They’re all of lot of a fun and perhaps a reminder that it’s never too late to think outside the box. Maybe it’s time for Barbra Streisand to commission some club mixes to promote her mega-selling Partners LP? Listen to the aforementioned Papercha$er overhaul after the jump. More »
Another day, another flawless photo shoot from Jennifer Lopez. The “I Luh Ya Papi” diva recently showed off her killer curves in Self, before serving serious glamor on the cover of Latina magazine. She poses with The Boy Next Door actor Ryan Guzman (they co-star in the sexy thriller) in the stylish spread and reminds everyone that she is still/will forever be the sexiest woman on the planet.
New pics from the shoot have surfaced online and they are just as gorgeous. Jenny rocks a figure-hugging pink dress in one snap, while Ryan shows off his killer abs and tries not to drool. The “Booty” hitmaker wears a sheer dress with blue neck detail in another pic and closes her eyes as her co-star stares at her dreamily. He obviously can’t believe his luck that he not only got to make a movie with J.Lo but also got to serve as a handsome accessory in a fancy magazine. See all the pics up top. More »
Lady Gaga never sleeps. After wrapping up the ARTPOP era, Mother Monster moved straight on to Cheek To Cheek — her chart-topping duets album with jazz legend Tony Bennett. They have a mini-tour in early 2015, but it looks like the pop diva is already working on new music music. The “Applause” hitmaker recently spent some time in the studio with producer Nile Rodgers and songwriter Diane Warren.
“Gaga read and sang the chart perfectly,” the disco pioneer tweeted. “She killed it.” Diane was similarly full of praise: “Lady Gaga doing vocal exercises outsings just about any singer in pop music.” It’s all very exciting, but what exactly are these heavy-hitters working on? It could be new music for Gaga or a track for the upcoming Chic album, which Nile has been promising for a while now. Regardless, it’s a pretty exciting assembly of talent! See their tweets after the jump. More »
This year in music is not over just yet: Bebe Rexha has an early Christmas surprise for you!
We know and love the moody pop singer-songwriter best for her incredible work scribing “The Monster” for Eminem and Rihanna and supplying her powerhouse vocals on Cash Cash‘s “Take Me Home,” as well as her thunderous electronic break-up anthem, “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You.” And while she’s served up some big emotion over huge beats in the past, she’s decided to break it all down on an unexpectedly fragile ballad with her new song, “Gone,” which we’re premiering right here on Idolator this afternoon. More »
Katy Perry just wrapped up the record-breaking Australia/New Zealand leg of her Prismatic world tour and is taking a little break before kicking off a string of European dates in February 2015. If you’re worried about suffering from withdrawals, never fear. The pop icon has just released a mini-documentary, Exposed, about the live extravaganza that takes you behind the scenes of her dazzling show.
The “Dark Horse” hitmaker explains the different segments of Prismatic, before passing the baton to opening act Ferras (the first artist she signed to her label). He takes us on a tour of Katy’s dressing room, where tour mascot/Instagram icon Butters is waiting. From there, the diva introduces us to key staff members like the production manager and head of wardrobe. It’s an exciting glimpse into the superhuman effort involved in putting the whole thing together. Watch up top. More »
Well, this might not break the Intenet quite like that booty-baring Paper Magazine shoot, but who knows? When it’s a Kardashian West event, anything is possible.
Yeezus king Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian are featured in Balmain’s Army Of Lovers Spring/Sumer 2015 menswear campaign.
The announcement came earlier this morning, when Kim tweeted out their campaign photo, along with an enthusiastic “BALMAIN!!!!!!” (Not everyone is quite as excited on social media: Kanye hasn’t tweeted since December 15.) The couple is seen closely embracing, with Kim grabbing Kanye’s head for a kiss.
On a related note, still no news on that upcoming Yeezus follow-up apart from the “Awesome” Kardashians teaser in September and his recent performance at the World AIDS Day (RED) Concert in December, although Rihanna‘s recent charity auction semi-confirmed that the rapper will be touring in 2015. In the meantime…fashion! Check out Kim K’s Instagram of the campaign shot after the jump. More »
There is perhaps no more fascinatingly beautiful, strange and ambitious project in pop music than iamamiwhoami, the multi-dimensional, nature-meets-machine brainchild of Swedish songstress Jonna Lee.
After supplying us with stunning visuals and dreamy synthesized tunes over the course of the year, from the magnificent “Fountain” to “Hunting For Pearls,” the left-of-center leaning diva is bringing the latest chapter in her ongoing saga to a close with “shadowshow,” the final chapter of Blue, her latest LP.
Set at first in a dark forest, the songstress trudges her way through before coming across a river, playing a violin-like string instrument before pulling strangely entrancing shapes in a full mirrored outfit, resembling a human disco ball. Later on, those shadow men — a constant in her videos — make their (final?) appearance in the hypnotizing clip.
Watch “shadowshow” up top, and let us know what you think about the conclusion of the Blue era in the comments below. More »
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’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 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 »