Ibrawlator: Which Katy Perry Album Is The Best?

Katy Perry's Pop Report Card
Katy Perry's Pop Report Card
We grade her 3 albums, ahead of her Super Bowl halftime show performance.

KatyCat fever is in full force at the moment.

With Katy Perry‘s highly anticipated Super Bowl halftime show performance mere days away at this point, all eyes are now on the “Teenage Dream” princess to provide what will surely be a non-stop medley of some of the singer’s biggest pop hits. (And, of course, surely some surprises along the way too. And Lenny Kravitz!)

But before all that goes down, we’re taking a look back at the milestones of Miss Perry, including her three studio albums: 2008′s One Of The Boys, 2010′s Teenage Dream and 2013′s Prism. Earlier, we reviewed each album as part of our Pop Report Card series. But now, we want you to decide: Which album is her very best of all?

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Ne-Yo & Juicy J Perform “She Knows” On ‘Good Morning America’: Watch

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Sing It!
John Legend And Chrissy Teigen Get Sexy
John Legend And Chrissy Teigen Get Sexy
The stunning couple pose for this 'GQ' photo shoot!

Ne-Yo‘s new album drops tomorrow (January 27), and the R&B singer has begun celebrating early! He stopped by Good Morning America today to perform his latest single “She Knows” alongside Juicy J. The duo managed to bring the heat during the frigid New York weather with their booty-shaking backup dancers and the tune’s club-appropriate production (the rapper’s huge fur coat was also a big help).

The singer’s sixth studio album Non-Fiction is out on January 27, and features tunes like “Who’s Taking You Home,”duet with Pitbull on “Time Of Our Lives,” “Money Can’t Buy” with Jeezy and “Make It Easy.” More »

The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes Working On Solo Album With Babyface & Diane Warren

Readying A Comeback
Olly Murs Releases His "Look At The Sky" Video
Olly Murs Releases His "Look At The Sky" Video
Watch the UK's singer newest visual!

We haven’t heard news about Nathan Sykes (or The Wanted, for that matter) since his 2013 “Almost Is Never Enough” duet with former girlfriend Ariana Grande. While the mini pop diva has moved on to another man and new music, the former boy band member is planning some tunes of his own! The soulful crooner has partnered up with songwriting legends like Diane WarrenBabyface and Harmony Samuels for his debut solo album.

Sykes spoke to Hunger TV about his new collaborations: “Working with Diane Warren and Babyface were two of the most surreal days of my life. There is never a dull moment with Diane and she is one of my favorite people on the planet and the session with Babyface produced probably the most honest and emotional song I’ve ever written.”

The singer also touched on his plans for the album, including its sound: “While I’ve kept this as a pop album, I have tried to make something for everyone and have elements of soul, funk, Motown, dance, straight down the line commercial pop, some more stripped back acoustic tracks and there are a couple of piano ballads on there as well,” he said. “I just wanted to make an album that people can really enjoy and that will also translate really well into a live show as I feel that having a great live show is just as important as having a great album.” More »

COIN’s New Single “Run”: Idolator Premiere

COIN's Cover Of "Cecilia"
COIN's Cover Of "Cecilia"
Up-and-comers COIN cover a Simon & Garfunkel classic.

Back in November 2013, Idolator premiered COIN’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1970 hit “Cecilia.” Since then, the synth-y pop-rock quartet have steadily been working on their self-titled debut LP with producer Jay Joyce, a current Grammy nominee, and it’s due out in June via StarTime International.

Ahead of their LP’s release, COIN are heading out on the road for a string of six tour dates beginning this week. Today Idolator is premiering the quartet’s brand new single “Run” to coincide with their live jaunt. Give it a listen below! More »

John Legend And Chrissy Teigen Pose For Sexy ‘GQ’ Photo Shoot: See The Pics

John Legend Covers Nina Simone At Sundance: Watch
John Legend Covers Nina Simone At Sundance: Watch
John Legend helped kick off this year's festival by performing three songs made famous by Nina Simone.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are already having a killer 2015 — he with his Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated Selma song with Common, “Glory,” and she with an accidentally hilarious facial expression that went super-viral as a meme. But the talented crooner and model/chef/supremely hilarious Twitter diva aren’t done giving us the good just yet this month — they’re also pictured together in a sexy spread in the January 2015 issue of GQ.

The couple shows off some chic new spring fashion looks and a whole lot of palpable passion in the Anders Overgaard-snapped shoot for the publication, turning up the heat during what is otherwise a supremely chilly, blizzard-filled day in NYC. Check out the story over at GQ, as well as another hot photo from the spread after the jump. More »

Tom Petty & Jeff Lynne Given Credit, Royalties For Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” Due To “Won’t Back Down” Similarity

Credit Where Credit's Due
Sam Announces Break-Up With Boyfriend
Sam Announces Break-Up With Boyfriend
Sam is in the lonely hour once more after splitting with his model boyfriend.

You may recall that when the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ 2006 hit “Dani California” arrived and sounded not unlike Tom Petty‘s “Last Dance With Mary Jane,” Petty was pretty laid back about the whole thing. “If someone took my song note for note and stole it maliciously, then maybe [I'd sue],” the rocker stated at the time. “But I don’t believe in lawsuits much. I think there are enough frivolous law suits in this country without people fighting over pop songs.”

Nor will there be much of a fuss over Sam Smith’s 2014 smash “Stay With Me,” which appears to have been influenced, melodically, by Petty’s 1989 single “I Won’t Back Down.” The latter song was co-written (and co-produced) by Petty and Jeff Lynne, and both have reportedly been been given a 12.5% writing credit for “Stay With Me.” More »

Big Sean New Album, ‘Dark Sky Paradise,’ Will Feature Drake, Kanye West, Jhene Aiko & More

Eminem's "Detroit vs. Everybody" Video: Watch
Eminem's "Detroit vs. Everybody" Video: Watch
Eminem & his crew pay homage to their rugged city in the crisp, black + white video.

After releasing a few buzz tracks back in September, the news of Big Sean‘s forthcoming album is now set in stone! The rapper chose a stealth way to reveal the announcement, as the project’s collaborators and himself all posted the same cloudy image to their social media accounts. They included Drake, Jhene Aiko, Travi$ Scott, PARTYNEXTDOOR, DJ Khaled, DJ Mustard and more. During an interview with The Breakfast Club last year, the 26-year-old stated Kanye West and Lil Wayne will also make cameos on the record.

In addition to that, Big Sean previewed some snippets for lucky fans on Snapchat! Times are a-changin’, folks. No word on when the album will be released — but if tunes like “Paradise” and “I Don’t Fuck With You” are any indication, then this is definitely a project to keep your eyes peeled for! Listen to the teasers after the jump. More »

Lady Gaga Gets Wasted, Strips Down And Goes Wild During Naughty NYC Bachelorette Weekend: 12 Pics

“GIRLS NIGHT GET THE WINE!!! BACHELORETTE WEEKEND MY BESTIES GETTIN HITCHED,” Lady Gaga declared on Friday night on Instagram along with a glam selfie, kicking off what would soon be a booze-fueled weekend of pole dancing, male strippers and hangovers galore. Gaga, ooh-la-la!

Gaga took us along for the ride every step of the way on social media for her best friend’s festivities, kicking off her Saturday morning with some fierce stripper class sessions. “Ari’s Bachelorette Weekend! We love our girl so much we will be getting her drunk for the next 48 hrs. #catholicschoolgirlsdoitbest,” she wrote in a group shot. And damn, does Gaga know how to work a pole! Video footage — set to Khia‘s “My Neck, My Back” obviously — proved that the sexy “G.U.Y.” siren knows exactly how to do it, do it.

But that was only the beginning! “I’m pretty sure I’m completely wasted in this photo,” she wrote at one point. Cut to a guilty shot eating pizza late at night, some male stripper action, a morning after snap with a blow-up sex doll and so, so many penis-shaped cakes and decorations. And that is what you get when Gaga’s your bridesmaid! Would you expect anything less?

Check out Gaga getting #WhiteGirlWastedNYC in the gallery up top, and watch her strip class moves after the jump. More »

Olly Murs Releases His “Look At The Sky” Video: Watch

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Olly Murs And Demi Lovato's "Up" Duet
Olly Murs And Demi Lovato's "Up" Duet
The two artists deliver a beautiful acoustic version of their UK single.

The US release of Olly Mursupcoming album isn’t until March, but he has already dropped a new video for the project’s Japanese release! The brooding, introspective visual is for “Look At The Sky,” an emotional piano-based ballad (written by Hachidai Nakamurathat is found on the Japanese version of the singer’s new LP.

The Yuichiro Sato-directed clip follows The Japanese version of Never Been Better will include four bonus tracks, including “Look at the Sky,” “Alone Tonight” and two remixes of lead single “Wrapped Up.” Look out for the official US release of Murs’ album, featuring the Demi Lovato “Up” duet, on March 10 via Columbia Records! More »

Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds (feat. Kanye West & Paul McCartney)”: Review Revue

Rihanna Drops "FourFiveSeconds": Listen
Rihanna Drops "FourFiveSeconds": Listen
Rihanna has offered a taste of what her new album will sound like, alongside Kanye and Paul McCartney.

The Navy has been eagerly anticipating Rihanna‘s R8, her follow-up to Unapologetic, for over two years now. (That’s an eternity in RiRi time.) But did anyone see it coming that her first single would drop on a Saturday evening — or that it would be a folky acoustic jam session with Kanye West and Paul McCartney?!

Indeed, Rih’s seriously thrown us all for a loop with her unexpected new song, “FourFiveSeconds,” a sparse, guitar-led production that puts her raw vocals at the forefront alongside Yeezus and the Beatles legend himself. Almost 48 hours later, The Internet has had some time to properly react to Rihanna’s new music. Are critics here for Rihanna’s drastically different new sound, or are they coming up short with phucks to give?

Find out what the world’s been saying about Rih’s new song after the jump. More »