South Park ran its season finale last night (December 11), and the plot centered on the pressure for females to look like celebrities, even though society bases the ideal image on Photoshopped photos. To demonstrate this point, the episode focused on Kim Kardashian, arguing that without digital alteration, she resembles a hobbit. This led to Kanye West going on a mission to prove his fiancee isn’t a hobbit — and in the middle of this quest viewers were treated to a “Bound 2″ spoof and a parody of Britney Spears‘ “Work Bitch.”
If that sounds convoluted, don’t worry, you can still bask in the updated “Work Bitch” refrain of “You wanna look pretty? You want a boyfriend? You want a nice ass? You better work out, slut,” as well as some choice lines from the Ye spoof like “My girl ain’t no hobbit / She might be stumpy, that don’t mean she a hobbit… Yes on occasion she hangs out with her dwarf friends / But she never went on no quest with her dwarf friends.”
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Exactly a year ago, we declared 2012 the Year of the EP, and the trendlet is going strong through another four seasons. Because while big-ticket pop albums left us feeling empty for the past 12 months, 2013 boasted a wealth of small treasures in the form of expertly crafted EPs and mixtapes.
Our 10 favorites from 2013 comprise stunning new singers arriving on the scene fully formed, a pair of unorthodox young rappers marking their territory, the effortless return of Norwegian pop darling Annie and the reemergence of Cassie. A large chunk of the list is made up of debuts, but all 10 entries were statement releases that found the artist establishing or bolstering an identity.
Below, in no particular order, find the 10 best EPs and mixtapes of the year, as chosen by Idolator’s five editors. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Ariana Grande is being sued for copyright infringement. Her breakthrough hit “The Way” allegedly lifts a phrase from The Jimmy Castor Bunch‘s 1972 smash “Troglodyte”. [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: Next Christmas just got a whole lot sexier with R. Kelly announcing a seasonal album in 2014. If his current output is any indication, this could be the raunchiest Xmas LP ever! [Rap-Up]
:: Justin Bieber‘s slip ups get a lot of publicity, so it’s only fair that we celebrate his good deeds — like a recent fundraising trip to areas of The Philippines devastated by the recent typhoon. [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: Take a deep breath, Directioners! Harry Styles has confirmed once and for all that he’s not leaving One Direction to pursue a solo career. At least for the moment. [Gossip Cop]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Lock up your faves! La Toya Jackson is back with a new dance single called “Feels Like Love”, which she plans to debut at a West Hollywood nightclub on Saturday night (December 14). This marks the multi-talented diva’s first EDM foray since scoring a pair of club hits in 2004 with “Just Wanna Dance” and “Free The World”.
While perhaps better known these days for her best-selling books and hit reality TV show, the thinking man’s Jackson has a long and eventful music career under her sequined belt. La Toya has released nine albums since 1980, spawning countless cult classics like “Sexual Feeling” and “You’re Gonna Get Rocked”. See Toy’s club poster after the jump. More »
Beyonce takes trolling to previously unimagined heights by announcing 2014 tour dates and the launch of a new fragrance — without the slightest mention of when she’s going to drop the single (AKA the holy grail of popular music). Given that The Mrs. Carter Show now runs until at least the end of March next year, don’t expect to hear it any time soon.
The 17-time Grammy winner will perform an additional 16 shows in Europe, a stunning achievement when you consider she’s touring an album released in 2011. But wait there’s more! As well as breaking attendance records, Bey intends to conquer perfume counters in 2014 with Rise. See the golden packaging and new concert dates after the jump. More »
Yuna‘s beautifully understated Nocturnal LP was released last month to universal acclaim — a response not exactly foreign to the much-praised Malaysian singer-songwriter. Her delicate vocals and lush, multi-layered sound continue to win new fans around the world.
The 27-year-old dropped by the Idolator studio recently to chat about her sophomore set (as far as the US market is concerned) and opened up about her vision for the album. Yuna also talked about her current influences (Feist, The xx and Lorde) and explained why music she approaches music like any other business. Watch up top. More »