Whatcha Say: Lady Gaga, One Direction And The Year 1994 Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! Did you have a good week? Same. As always, a whole bunch of pop happenings went down in the past few days — including the release of One Direction‘s highly anticipated fourth studio album, FOUR! (And yes, it’s already on track to having the second highest-selling opening week sales of 2014…just below Taylor Swift, of course.)

Plus, Sia announced her new “Iko Iko” cover for her husband’s Kickstarter project, Pentatonix gave us their “Mary, Did You Know?” visual and we celebrated the 5th anniversary of Lady Gaga‘s Fame Monster EP. (Time flies when you’re cheek to cheek!) And, in case you haven’t seen it yet, we took a time machine back to the grand year in music that was 1994 and counted down the Top 50 best songs, with interviews from acts like Ace Of Base, Haddaway and Lisa Loeb. Check it out!

As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out some of the week’s best and worst comments after the jump. More »

Beyonce’s “7/11″ Video Is A Homemade Masterpiece Complete With Killer Choreography & Bathroom Twerking: Watch

Bow Down To The Queen!
Beyonce Is The Richest Woman In Music
Beyonce Is The Richest Woman In Music
Beyonce was named the top earning woman in music by 'Forbes' magazine. Bow down!

When it comes to breaking the internet, Beyonce is in a league of her own. After changing the way music is promoted and released forever with her pioneering visual album, the 33-year-old just made a mockery of your fave’s big budget videos by dropping a hilarious, do-it-yourself visual for “7/11″. Seriously, this looks like it was filmed on Queen Bey’s iPhone but it’s still hands down the best thing you will see today (November 21) or, quite possibly, ever.

The lead single from the diva’s Beyonce reissue is a divinely ratchet club-banger that left some dazed and confused by its furious production and crazy lyrics. (It’s too next level for basics). You’d expect the video to be an elaborate, choreography-heavy extravaganza, right? Nah. Bey made the video in a hotel room. She busts out some insane dance moves on the balcony — wearing no make-up, panties and baggy sweater — before indulging in some sexy bathroom twerking. She then gets wild with her girls in the hallway. It’s absolutely everything and you need to watch it now. More »

Made In Heights Follow Up “Ghosts” With Another Gorgeous Pop Anthem: Fall In Love With “Panther”

Must Hear: Made In Heights' "Ghosts"
Must Hear: Made In Heights' "Ghosts"
Rising LA duo Made In Heights get it just right on infectious synth-pop anthem "Ghosts".

A couple of months ago, Made In Heights quietly dropped one of the best synth-pop anthems of 2014 with the gorgeous, multi-layered “Ghosts”. The L.A.-based duo switch gears on new single “Panther” — a lilting electro-lullaby that slowly unfolds after multiple listens — but it’s every bit as intoxicating as their last offering. At this rate, the pair’s sophomore set is going to be one of the must-hear albums of early 2015.

What makes “Panther” so special? It has a lot to do with the dreamy soundscape that producer Sabzi creates for Kelsey Bulkin‘s soft, breathy vocals. It’s a warm stream of synths, clicks and strings that lifts the track above your standard electronic fare. My only qualm is the title. Made In Heights make no reference to giant cats in the lyrics, which (let’s be real) would have made the song even better. Listen to the gem after the jump. More »

Cody Simpson Drops An Awesome Cover Of Mr. Probz Waves: Listen To His Acoustic Remake

Cody Simpson And Justin Bieber's "Home To Mama"
Cody Simpson And Justin Bieber's "Home To Mama"
Cody Simpson teams up with Justin Bieber for mellow acoustic duet "Home To Mama".

Cody Simpson is full of surprises. The Aussie star recently joined forces with Justin Bieber for mellow acoustic-pop anthem “Back To Mama” — the first taste of their upcoming duets LP — and now drops a surprise cover of Mr. Probz‘s breakthrough hit “Waves”. (The Dutchman’s worldwide smash finally broke into the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week). And it’s really, really good.

The 17-year-old strips the song right back for his acoustic remake, which is reminiscent of the original version of “Waves” before it got remixed by Robin Schulz. Cody shows off his ever-improving voice and the arrangement is very much on-point. It’s exciting to see the “Pretty Brown Eyes” hitmaker taking his career in a more organic, natural direction. One listen to The Acoustic Sessions is all you need to know that this is the right sound for him. Listen after the jump. More »

Madonna’s Playful, Sassy & Sometimes Bizarre Selfies: 17 Photos Of The Queen Running Amok On Instagram

Yes, Madonna is now in the 47th month of recording her 13th album, which currently has a projected release date of Marchtober 2019, but the great news is that, while we all feverishly count down the days for that treasure to arrive, The Queen is constantly keeping us distracted from our own impatience via her entertaining Instagram pics. Sometimes the Material Minx posts photos of the shenanigans she’s been getting up to in the studio, while other times she’s trotting out snaps of her son, Rocco, or charming pearls of wisdom like “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’, but there’s a ‘A’ in ‘cunt’.”

What we all truly live for, however, is the wide away of selfies Madge gifts her followers with. We carefully spent three minutes sifting through the very best our favorite #UnapologeticBitch had to offer on her favorite social platform. Have at it in the gallery above! More »

One Direction Discuss Wearing Disguises & Taylor Swift On ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’: Watch

We Love These Lads!
One Direction's "Night Changes" Video
One Direction's "Night Changes" Video
Watch Everything Go Terribly Wrong For Liam, Zayn, Niall, Harry & Louis

One Direction are making their major promotional rounds for their new album, FOUR — and the lads’ latest stop was on the Ellen Degeneres Show today (November 21)! The host asks the UK pop/rock band about wearing disguises in public, as well as the rumor about Harry Styles allegedly gifting ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift 1,989 roses for her 1989 LP. Their unbothered answers to the odd questions are pretty hilarious!

FOUR (released on November 17) features tracks like “18,” “Ready To Run,” “Night Changes” and “Steal My Girl.” The band will perform at the 2014 American Music Awards this Sunday (November 24) at 8 p.m. EST on ABC! The band also plan to embark on a North American and European stadium tour in 2015, beginning on June 10 in Vienna, Austria. More »

Beyonce’s “Standing On The Sun (Mr. Vegas Remix)” Is Here: Listen To The Finished Studio Version

Beyonce Drops "7/11" And "Ring Off"
Beyonce Drops "7/11" And "Ring Off"
Beyonce is serving up two new tracks on the Platinum edition of her visual album. Take a listen to the gems.

While most of the Hive is furiously pussy popping to new club bangers “7/11″ and “Ring Off”, the third new (but not really, at all) cut on the Platinum edition of Beyonce‘s pioneering visual album also surfaced online. If you can believe it or not, we finally have a finished studio version of “Standing On The Sun”. Unfortunately, it’s the Mr. Vegas remix that leaked more than a year ago — Bey can be so petty — but it’s been cleaned up a bit since then.

As much as I love the reggae-flavored overhaul, it doesn’t come close to the original. The Sia-penned, Greg Kurstin-produced anthem is the number one single/signature song that Beyonce couldn’t be bothered to release. That decision is still hard to fathom but at least the euphoric anthem is now officially part of the diva’s discography. Albeit in a somewhat diluted capacity. Listen to the studio version of “Standing On The Sun (Remix)” after the jump. More »

Katy Perry, Will.i.am, Nicole Scherzinger & More Sing In UNICEF “Imagine” Video: Watch

Imagine All The People
Band Aid 30's "Do They Know It's Christmas"
Band Aid 30's "Do They Know It's Christmas"
Watch The Video, Starring Sam Smith, One Direction, Rita Ora & Others

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF has paired with Yoko Ono and David Guetta to organize a star-studded singalong — titled the #IMAGINE Project. The sleek black + white video shows various musicians, actors, athletes and dignitaries coming together to sing the inspirational tune, first released by John Lennon in 1971.

Katy Perry, MAGIC!, Will.i.am, Nicole Scherzinger, Cody Simpson, Idris Elba, Lance Bass, Adam Lambert and many more make appearances in the music video, along with images of the late Beatles band member. The individual recordings will be compiled by Guetta to be released as a “world version” of “Imagine” on January 1. More »

Ariana Grande Teases “Santa Tell Me”: Listen To The Holiday Snippet

Future Christmas Queen!
Ariana Grande Performing At Victoria's Secret Show
Ariana Grande Performing At Victoria's Secret Show
The singer, along with Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran, will grace the runway!

Ariana Grande is trying her hand at becoming a holiday diva with her forthcoming single, “Santa Tell Me.” The singer announced the news last week, and today (November 21) Republic Records posted a preview of the yuletide tune on Instagram. The bouncy, R&B teaser finds Grande using her velvety vocals to ask Santa if her man truly cares — Big Sean, are you listening?

“Santa Tell Me” will officially be released on Monday, November 24. In the meantime, Grande will take the stage with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj at the 2014 American Music Awards this Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. She will also perform at A Very Grammy Christmas on December 5 on CBS. Take a listen to the Christmas tune after the jump! More »

Bebe Rexha Teams Up With Pitbull On “This Is Not A Drill”: Listen To The ‘Globalization’ Trap-Pop Anthem

Pitbull And Chris Brown Have "Fun"!
Pitbull And Chris Brown Have "Fun"!
Pitbull And Chris Brown channel Miami Sound Machine on 'Globalization' gem "Fun".

Bebe Rexha has the magic touch. When the 25-year-old isn’t working on her own amazing music (“I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” is one of the year’s best pop songs), she’s writing hits for other artists — Eminem and Rihanna‘s “The Monster” and Tinashe‘s “All Hands On Deck”, for starters — and featuring on massive tunes by artists like Cash Cash and David Guetta. Her latest achievement? Adding some feminine flair to Pitbull‘s new album.

The rising diva lends her distinctive pipes to “This Is Not A Drill” — the second really, really good song from Mr. Worldwide’s eighth LP Globalization. (The first is Chris Brown-assisted club banger “Fun”… actually, “Fireball” is pretty good too). A quirky trap-pop concoction, the anthem boasts the iconic lyric “I got that sweet D” and a monster chorus. “I don’t want wanna waste your time, big girls don’t cry wolf when they cry,” Bebe sings. “Someone’s gonna fall in love tonight, yeah we might fall in love tonight.” Listen after the jump. More »