Beyonce wasn’t the only pop queen to unexpectedly drop new music on iTunes today (December 13)! Lorde released one-off track “No Better,” apparently a leftover from her Pure Heroine sessions. It’s got one of her trademark woozy bass lines, quick-cadence verses and a line about teeth. In other words, yup, it fits right in with her debut album material. Still, like all her songs, there are a couple unexpected twists — for this one, it’s the trappy percussion, and how it all fades out at the end of the refrain.
Maybe she’ll explain why “No Better” was left off the album at some point, but for now, stream it below. More »
Okay, yes, you’re all a-Twitter about Beyonce‘s new album and all of the songs and all of the videos and OMG can you believe the bitch dropped this ish at midnight and she’s revolutionizing the history of mankind for the 14th time. But have you looked at the digital booklet? All the photos? Or, really, just one photo in particular. Dat. Ass.
Lady Gaga thought she was being all scandalous by backing her junk up to the camera for her “Do What U Want” single cover. But, girl, Bey is the woman who put the booty in “Bootylicious.” Sit that thing down. More »
We interrupt this Beyonce-cast with a bit of other news. But it still involves Beyonce, so, stick with it for a second. Billboard has begun rolling out its year-end coverage, and that means the list of 2013′s 25 highest grossing tours is out. Since the numbers are tallied from November 14, 2012 to November 12, 2013, it makes sense that Lady Gaga isn’t in the top spot, nor is Justin Timberlake — their tours started later this year. But then you have acts like Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, who’ve all been touring for seemingly that entire time, and yet they failed to reach the top spot. What’s more, they were beat out by a past-their-prime band at #1 (Bon Jovi) and a dead guy at #2 (Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal tour). Pink slides in at #3 as the first active pop star on the list, pulling in $147.9 million.
Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones and Swift also made the top 10. Last year’s top earner, Madonna, came in at #14. See the full list below, head to Billboard for a more in-depth look at the entries. More »
Erik Hassle came back swinging this year with a fresh US deal with RCA Records and a brilliant new single, “Talk About It” — but while the Swedish crooner’s downtempo electro sound is distinctly Nordic, his influences turn out to be much more varied than his music might suggest.
His pick for best of the year? Kanye West‘s Yeezus, which also featured prominently on our own editors’ Best Of 2013 list. Looks like our tastes are aligned, Erik! More »
Last week we posted our editors’ picks for the Best Albums Of 2013, but the year-end roundups don’t end there! Between November and December, we posted two polls — one asking you to vote for the best LPs released between January and June of this year, and one with a poll for albums released between July and December. We’ve now compiled all the data, read all your comments and put together the 2013 edition of Idolator’s reader picks for the Best Albums Of The Year.
As with many things in life, it’s good to get a second opinion. Interestingly, three of the below albums — Tegan And Sara‘s Heartthrob, Pet Shop Boys‘ Electric and Selena Gomez‘s Stars Dance — where on the Idolator roundup we previously posted. Head below to see all the other albums you chose as your faves from ’13! More »
Did You Hear?
:: One Direction have really taken over. The boy band’s merchandise is more popular than Xbox among children in the UK this Christmas. At least it makes gift giving easy. [NME]
:: It seems Kanye West isn’t the only act annoyed about a lack of Grammy nominations. Love & Hip-Hop star K. Michelle is also fuming that her debut LP went unrecognized. Better luck next time! [Rap-Up]
:: Lorde became the least popular girl on Twitter when she was accused of shading Taylor Swift in a blog post but the unlikely pair have since made up and were recently spotted getting dinner together. [Hollywood Life]
:: The Nobel Peace Prize concert was treated to a three song-set by ever-miserable Englishman Morrissey. He even covered Lou Reed‘s “Satellite Of Love”. [NME]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »