Olly Murs And Demi Lovato Deliver A Beautiful Acoustic Version Of Their UK Single “Up”: Watch Them In Action

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Olly Murs And Demi Lovato's "Up" Video
Olly Murs And Demi Lovato's "Up" Video
Olly Murs and Demi Lovato break down their walls in their moody "Up" video. Check it out.

It’s safe to say that Olly Murs and Demi Lovato will have a massive UK hit on their hands when “Up” drops January 4, 2015. The emotional duet has slick pop/rock production and a massive chorus that aptly showcases the duo’s powerful pipes. It sounds just as good, if not better, stripped back to basics. The unlikely pair unveiled an acoustic version of the track today (December 19), which features on the Brit’s upcoming Up EP.

Olly and Demi also treated fans to a simple black-and-white video of their performance. It finds the heartthrob, who recently stripped off for Attitude magazine, and the grande dame of Disney doing their thing in the studio. The focus is on their impressive, underrated vocals, which helps you appreciate “Up” on a whole new level. The track is the second single from the 28-year-old X Factor star’s cockily-titled fourth LP Never Been Better. Watch up top. More »

Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Perform “Spark The Fire” At 2014 People Magazine Awards: Watch

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10 BEST OF 2014, AS CHOSEN BY YOU
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Gwen Stefani and Pharrell lit up the stage once again at the inaugural People Magazine Awards last night (December 19), as they performed the singer’s current single — “Spark The Fire.” The musical duo and fellow The Voice judges brought the fiery (no pun intended) energy to the ceremony like they always do, as colorful lights and backup dancers flashed across the stage behind them.

“Spark The Fire” follows “Baby Don’t Lie” as the second track off the singer’s forthcoming, as-yet-untitled third LP. No word on a exact release date, but expect the album to drop sometime this month — as least, that is what Stefani says! More »

Corbu Gives Jessie Ware’s “You & I (Forever)” A Dreamy Remix: Listen

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Idolator Editors Pick Their 10 of 2014
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Check out our Top 10 records of 2014!

Jessie Ware is such a giving Queen this holiday season!

Just a few weeks ago, the soulful UK songbird supplied us with a whole bunch of “Keep On Lying” remixes recorded all over the world in collaboration with Red Bull Studios, off of her phenomenal studio album, Tough Love. (Did you know? It’s one of our favorites of the year!)

And that’s not all: To celebrate the year in music, Red Bull is releasing 20 days worth of exclusive tracks — and they’re kicking it all off with a remix of Jessie’s lush new single, “You & I (Forever),” courtesy of Brooklyn’s Corbu. Listen to the (free!) remix after the jump. More »

Zedd Debuts ‘Moment Of Clarity’ Documentary: Watch

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The Man Behind The Music
10 BEST OF 2014, AS CHOSEN BY YOU
10 BEST OF 2014, AS CHOSEN BY YOU
Idolator readers vote for their favorite pop albums from 2014. The results are in!

Ever since his debut in the music industry back in 2011, Zedd has become one of pop and EDM’s go-to producer! We’re all familiar with his multi-Platinum selling skills and his Grammy wins, but we’re still unfamiliar with the man behind all of these great beats. Well, now that will all change. The Russian-German DJ/producer has released his first documentary, titled Moment Of Clarity.

In the Justin Nizer-directed project (which clocks in at just under 30 minutes), Zedd — whose real name is Anton Zaslavski — follows his creative process both in the studio and on tour. The documentary was filmed over the course of a year, and features cameos from fellow electronic producers like Skrillex, Deadmau5, Hayley Williams and Dillon Francis.  More »

Nicki Minaj Freestyles With Shaquille O’Neal On ‘Inside The NBA’: Watch

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The 14 Best Pop EPs Released In 2014
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Nicki Minaj is obviously a dope rapper, but can she go head to head with some NBA greats? Yesterday (December 18), she stopped by TNT’s Inside the NBA as part of her promotional tour for her latest album — The Pinkprint. The show’s hosts Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, and Grant Hill showed off their hilarious rap skills in a cypher with the diva. The end result is pretty entertaining!

The rapper’s third LP The Pinkprint includes tracks like the Meek Mill-assisted “Big Daddy,” her “Feelin’ Myself” collaboration with Beyonce“The Crying Game” featuring Jessie WareAll Things Go,” “Only” and more. Watch the cypher after the jump! More »

Jennifer Lopez Sizzles In February 2015 Issue Of ‘Latina Magazine’

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J. Lo's 'Dance Again' HBO Special: Preview
Watch a teaser for Jennifer Lopez's forthcoming HBO special, 'Dance Again.'

Ay, mami! The ever-flawless Jennifer Lopez has been on the cover of Latina Magazine 9 times since 2006, including their first-ever issue — and now she’s reigning supreme on the cover yet again.

The A.K.A. goddess, who also graces the cover of Self next month, was photographed alongside her The Boy Next Door co-star Ryan Guzman for the February 2015 Sex & Love issue of Latina, in which the two discuss their upcoming film…including a particularly steamy sex scene together. “We had to choreograph every piece. I know it looks like we’re in the moment and feeling each other out, but actually — and this is kind of embarrassing— [director] Rob Cohen was like, ‘Move your hand to the left,’ and ‘Can you arch your back a little bit?’ It was the most unsexy-really-sexy scene that you’ll see on screen,” Guzman revealed to the magazine.

Clearly, that sexy chemistry comes through in front of the camera, as demonstrated in this hot spread for the magazine. “Me & the boy next door #RyanGuzman inside @latina magazine. #TheBoyNextDoor #January23 #JLoRyan read the full article here: http://jlo.lk/jloryan,” the diva wrote on her Instagram.

Check out the cover, as well as two additional photos from inside the shoot, after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea Continues Her Never-Ending Feud With Azealia Banks: See The Aussie’s Tweets

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10 BEST OF 2014, AS CHOSEN BY YOU
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Will these two rapstresses ever get along?! Aside from music and their oddly similar stage names, the only other thing Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks have in common is their distaste for each other — well, more so on Banks’ end! Yesterday, she stopped by NYC’s Hot 97 radio station to speak with DJ Ebro about appropriation of black culture, and Azalea’s name popped up. I-G-G-Y caught wind of the interview and jumped on Twitter (are you surprised?) to write a short story’s worth of tweets regarding the situation.

There is no doubt that’s she is fed up, stating “Being petty and spiteful is such a waste of energy, it’s a recipe for failure and I wouldn’t wish that attitude on anyone..” Banks fired back with her own Twitter response: “Dear LordT, I Pray for this Clueless White Girl. None of this will make sense to her until she herself has children with a black man and has to deal with having black children in America.” This feud between the two has been brewing for years (even prior to Azalea signing with T.I.), so time will only tell if it will ever actually end.

View the Twitter madness after the jump! More »

Bonnie McKee Gets Into The Christmas Spirit With “California Winter”: Listen To The Festive Jam

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Bonnie McKee Performs "Hallelujah": Watch
The "American Girl" songstress is so renowned for her skills as a pop scribe that it's easy to forget that she actually has a killer set of pipes, too.

Dreaming of palm trees tonight? You’re not alone.

Singer-songwriter-pop star extraordinaire Bonnie McKee is getting us in the sunny, sparkly Christmas spirit with her new holiday song “California Winter,” which was just added to her Soundcloud this week.

The talented “American Girl” pop penner, who looks like a gorgeous Christmas pin-up dream on the song’s cover artwork, provides cheerful horns and wintry jingling bells on her cheery new tune — oh, and those massive pop hooks she’s known for crafting for fellow pop superstars like Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Kesha. “When I’m in your arms, it’s like a California winter/Yeah, your love can keep me warm,” she belts across the chorus of the lovey-dovey wintry ode. Who needs all that snow, anyway? Someone book us a flight to LA immediately!

Listen to Bonnie’s festive offering for the season, and let us know what you think of the cheerful holiday tune in the comments below. More »

Leona Lewis Teases New Music For 2015: Watch A Preview

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10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
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Huzzah! The return of Leona Lewis is nearly upon us.

It’s been a minute or two since we last heard from the incredibly talented X Factor UK alum. In fact, the last time we did hear from the “Bleeding Love” songbird, she was penning an emotional letter to fans regarding her departure from her record label, Syco, back in September. (Don’t worry: She inked a new deal with Island Records back in June.) And luckily, things seem to be back on track in a big way.

In a new teaser video posted on her social channels earlier today, Leona is seen belting out and playing a piano next to a drummer in what sounds like a powerful, stirring new tune. “I got fire under my feet and I feel it in my heartbeat,” she sings on the uptempo track, resembling a storming offering from Adele‘s 21. “Getting ready for 2015…” she simply wrote alongside the tease of new music. In addition to the tease, Leona also tweeted about working on a “natural and organic” new LP back in October, and this preview certainly seems to be proof of that.

Watch Leona’s 2015 teaser after the jump, and let us know what you think about her current direction after the jump. More »

Amy Adams Tries To Woo One Direction In ‘Saturday Night Live’ Promo Clip: Watch

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The 14 Best Pop EPs Released In 2014
The Idolator editors select their 14 favorite EPs of 2014.

In the new promo clip for Saturday Night LiveAmy Adams seems to have quite a thing for One Direction! The Big Eyes actress tries to seduce the British/Irish lads, but hilariously doesn’t succeed! Adams has many attempts — jumping into the guys’ arms, blackmailing them into kissing her underneath mistletoe. But, the boy band is not having any of it!

Catch One Direction’s appearance on SNL tomorrow (December 20) at 11:30 p.m. EST! Their latest LP FOUR (released on November 17) features tracks like “18,” “Ready To Run,” “Night Changes” and “Steal My Girl.” The band also plan to embark on a North American and European stadium tour in 2015, beginning on June 10 in Vienna, Austria.  More »