Nicki Minaj is not only rumored to be dating her hypeman Sarafree Samuels; they’ve reportedly been an item for 10 (!!!) years. And if we’re to believe that, then the notion that she’s been in Mexico this week — Cabo San Lucas, to be exact — to celebrate her 10-year anniversary is also plausible. One thing we do know for sure: During her vacation, the “Starships” rapstress has been posting pics of her friends (including video director Grizz Lee) and her bikini-clad bod for the past few days on Instagram.
In one particular caption, Minaj noted, “A bird swooped down, took Grizz’s chicken and fork, ate his chicken, flung the fork at us, then looked at Grizz and said “fuck u nigga”! I cried.” Ay dios mio, girl.
Flip through the above pics of Nicki enjoying some sun in Cabo (getting nearly every possible inch of herself tanned in the process). More »
While Justin Bieber is dirty dancing with on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez, a judge set a date for his DUI trial in Miami. The proceedings are set to begin May 5, stemming from the star’s arrest by Miami cops on January 23 for DUI, where he was also charged with resisting arrest without violence and driving on an expired license.
The arresting officers claimed Bieber admitted to smoking marijuana and taking prescription medication, both of which were found in his system following a urine test. However, a breath test indicated he was not legally drunk. Bieber has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and no plea deal has been offered at this time. More »
UK girl grouplet Little Mix brought their dance moves and golden pipes to American television for a performance on the Late Show With David Letterman last night, in support of the recent US release of sophomore LP Salute. Flanked by a troupe of male backup dancers, the ladies tore through their number “Move,” looking amazing and sounding flawless all the while. Even Dave, who, let’s face it, has seen it all at this point, seemed thoroughly amused by Perry, Jesy, Leigh-Anne and Jade’s antics. More »
Chvrches stopped by BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge and performed a cover of Lorde‘s “Team.” Considering the trio’s prolific cover output, and the minimalist electronics of both acts, we’re surprised they haven’t taken on the New Zealand teen sooner. But it was worth the wait, as Lauren Mayberry and co. reworked the stomping anthem into a peppy little dose of synth-pop.
Thanks to Mayberry’s cheery delivery and some plinking “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” percussion, there’s less of a sense of melancholy, and, as with most of their stuff, it sounds like it comes straight from 1987. Check it out up top (the performance begins at 3:45). More »
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Heading down to Austin this week? Then you might need a handy dandy road map for all the eye-popping goings-on in Texas’ music capital…and that’s where we come in! Whether it’s Lady Gaga‘s keynote speech, thrilling newcomer Betty Who‘s various upcoming gigs, Andre 3000‘s turn as Jimi Hendrix in biopic All Is By My Side or 50 Cent‘s big stage spectacle that you want to see, the above video clip gives you all the lowdown on what to expect at one of the year’s biggest music festivals.
The road ahead may be full of diversions this week (we’re looking at you, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew), but if it’s must-see music events you’re looking to take in, then Idolator has you covered. Hit play above to fill your calendar through the weekend. More »
Australia’s Sia Furler has become one of pop’s most effective weapons in recent years, and she’s set to return with her own music next week. Sia posted the above street art displaying a March 17 date across her social media accounts, along with the caption “COMING SOON.” Late last year, she said she was working with longtime collaborator Greg Kurstin to finish up an album, so whether that’s the release date for a single or the full album remains to be seen. (Our own Bradley Stern recently interviewed Sia producer and Kurstin associate Jesse Shatkin, who revealed that the LP’s lead single is called “Chandelier,” so our hunch is that March 17 is the premiere date for that song.)
Sia’s last solo album, We Are Born, came out in 2010. Since then, she has been a highly sought after songwriter, penning hits for everyone from Rihanna to Beyonce to Britney. See her tweet below. More »