Happy Friday, Idolator readers, and cheers to another glorious and, at times, scandalous week in pop.
It was the week of the comeback as Azealia Banks released her latest self-proclaimed “ass-clapper” “Heavy Metal And Reflective,” and Hilary Duff finally premiered her much-anticipated tune “Chasing The Sun,” as well as the song’s video. In addition, our favorite brooding “Brooklyn Baby” Lana Del Rey released the video for her album title track “Ultraviolence,” Kansas soulstress Janelle Monae threw a major sorority bash in her new “Electric Lady” clip, and Nick Jonas got all chained up in his new dark visual for latest single “Chains.”
What’s more, here on Idolator, we chatted with hip-pop outfit Kalin And Myles about their recent EP Chase Dreams, as well as premiering Austrailian troupe The Janoskian’s video for “This Freakin Song.”
As per usual, you guys had plenty to say. Read the round of some of this week’s best comments below. More »
Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! Selena Gomez is apparently dropping a greatest hits album in December — at least according to producer Edgar Cortazar, who worked with the 22-year-old on a Spanish language version of “A Year Without Rain”. This comes after months of speculation that Sel is releasing the compilation as a contractual obligation.
While nothing has been officially confirmed, the prospect of a ‘best of’ collection is actually pretty appealing as long as Selena throws in a couple of new songs. After all, she has already notched up eight platinum singles in her relatively short recording career. The most elegant princess in the world further fueled the rumors by uploading an Instagram video performing 2011 hit “Who Says”. Watch it after the jump. More »
Has Christina Aguilera ever looked more beautiful? The glowing mom-to-be recently posed nude for V magazine (belated Stripped promo?) — showing off her prodigious baby bump and even her fiance’s ass. But more about that later. It turns out, Xtina decided to undress as a way of empowering other women to feel confident about their bodies. Only a #legend.
“I’m proud to embrace my body through all stages of life, staying fearless and confident in surrendering to the unknowns the future has in store,” she said in a statement that could be mistaken for lyrics from “Lotus Intro”. The 33-year-old certainly shows no fear. She poses naked in one snap with only a well-placed hand for coverage and displays her breasts through a transparent dress in another. Oh, and her man Matt Rutler makes an unexpected cameo and flashes his butt. See their eye-popping family photos after the jump. More »
Sinead O’Connor grabbed headlines last year for writing Miley Cyrus a series of very long and complicated open letters. Hopefully, the veteran singer/songwriter will be making a whole more in 2014 — this time, thanks to brilliant comeback single “Take Me To Church” and promising new LP I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (due August 12 on Nettwerk Records).
Produced by ex-husband and The Lion And The Cobra collaborator John Reynolds, “Take Me To Church” finds Sinead coming to terms with her past and embracing the here and now. (It’s also her catchiest pop single in many, many years). The video is an unexpectedly joyous walk down memory lane with the 47-year-old performing under a projection of her iconic “Nothing Compares 2 U” visual before rocking out with her band. Also, the scene where she rips off her wig is the best thing I’ve seen today. Watch up top. More »
Becky G has already conquered pop radio and iTunes with breakthrough hit “Shower”, which climbed to a new peak of number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Next stop on the 17-year-old’s agenda is clubland. Her irresistible anthem has been overhauled by the ever-reliable Jump Smokers and is now the perfect addition to your workout playlist.
“Shower” is one of those songs that could probably be covered by a death metal band and still sound adorable. As such, there’s no risk of the Chicago DJs diminishing the unstoppable earworm’s appeal by upping the BPM and adding a drop. From the bathroom to the club, there’s simply more opportunity to enjoy Becky G’s summer smash. Listen to the finely-calibrated remix after the jump. More »
Keyshia Cole made the usually career-ending mistake of dragging Beyonce last year (see Keri Hilson) but has bounced back with a lesbian affair-themed R&B anthem called “She”. The 32-year-old delivers a suitably sexy visual to accompany to DJ Mustard-produced banger — spending most of the video posing in white lingerie for a suit-clad love interest, who turns out to be the diva in man-drag.
That certainly fits in with Keyshia’s explanation of the song. “It’s about self love to me, and going through my divorce, you have to give yourself a little self love because you’re used to somebody being there every night and they’re not,” she revealed in a radio interview. “She” is the third cut from the singer’s sixth studio album Point Of No Return due later this year. Watch up top. More »