Ed Sheeran Scores Highest Charting Single Of His Career, Meghan Trainor And Sam Smith Go Top 5 On Billboard Hot 100

10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
We asked Idolator readers to vote for their favorite albums from 2014. Here are the results!

It’s truly a joyful time to be Ed Sheeran right now!

Not only has the singer-songwriter just been nominated for a bunch of Grammy Awards in 2015, but he’s just notched his highest charting single of his career (to date) with “Thinking Out Loud,” the latest single off of x. The song has zoomed up to #6 on the Hot 100 this week according to Billboard, officially surpassing his previous x hits “Sing” (#13) and “Don’t” (#9), making this a major winning streak for the talented crooner — and perhaps only the beginning of the song’s Hot 100 Top 10 success.

Plus, his BFF Taylor Swift is enjoying some major success too! The unstoppable 1989 pop princess is enjoying her fifth week at #1 with “Blank Space,” making the song her most successful Hot 100 hit to date. Coupled with her 3 non-consecutive weeks at #1 with “Shake It Off,” the win also signals her ninth week at #1 overall in 2014, which puts her just ahead of Meghan Trainor‘s 8-week reign with “All About That Bass.” But wait, there’s more! More »

Little Mix Cover “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”: Watch

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Turnt For The Holidays!
The 14 Best Pop EPs Released In 2014
The 14 Best Pop EPs Released In 2014
We rounded up the best extended plays from the past 12 months.

Christmas is exactly one week away and in celebration of the holidays, Little Mix has given their fans a treat! The UK pop group uploaded a cover of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on their Youtube channel today (December 18), as a special thank you! The original version was released by Darlene Love in 1963, and was also covered by Mariah Carey for 1994′s Merry Christmas.

Per usual, the four ladies kill it with their flawless and soulful harmonies as they sing the tune in a studio. The performance itself is quite festive, with a Christmas tree, bright lights and snowflake decorations in the background. Jade, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jesy add their own sassy flair with a bit of dancing as they don “ugly” yuletide sweaters and cute headpieces! Look out for Little Mix in 2015, as they’re currently working on their third LP — the follow-up to 2013′s Salute. More »

Lady Gaga Talks Strippers On The ‘Tonight Show’, Performs “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”: Watch

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Cheeky!
The 14 Best Pop EPs Released In 2014
The 14 Best Pop EPs Released In 2014
We rounded up the best extended plays from the past 12 months.

Folks, the year is coming to a close, and we’re all feeling a bit less uptight…including Lady Gaga, who hit up The Tonight Show last night with her Cheek To Cheek pal Tony Bennett and told a charming story about the time a 70-year-old stripper in Atlanta told the pop diva to take off all her clothes and sing. The pole-dancing senior then had Gaga autograph a beer can so she could crush it between her boobs.

Tony sat quietly beside Gaga as the story played out, seeming amused. And how do you follow up a story about ancient strippers with tin-destroying breasts? By performing a cover of Cole Porter‘s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.” Duh.

Watch Gaga and Tony chat above, then catch Mother Monster’s performance below. More »

Jennifer Lopez Premieres ‘Dance Again’ HBO New Year’s Eve Concert Special: Watch

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Dance, Love And Dance Again
14 Best Pop EPs Of 2014
14 Best Pop EPs Of 2014
We compiled a list of the 14 best EP releases from our favorite pop stars in 2014.

Earlier this week, we wrote about A.K.A. goddess Jennifer Lopez‘s upcoming New Year’s Eve HBO special Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again, a look back at J.Lo’s incredibly successful Dance Again Tour, complete with documentary footage about the making of the tour, as well as J.Lo’s personal life. And now, there’s a sneak peek at what’s to come.

In a new trailer for the forthcoming special, the “Booty” diva makes her intentions clear: “This is my first world tour ever…I wanna sing live, I wanna dance as I’ve never done before,” she says, as we’re treated to clips of the diva’s highly energetic performances from the tour. Later on, the documentary proves to be more revelatory than just a concert special, as we see the diva breaking down into tears in her hotel room and opening up. “I remember being in my dressing room and not feeling like I could get up in the morning,” she reveals.

Coupled with behind-the-scenes footage of J.Lo and her dancers putting together the tour, as well as glimpses into the singer’s life on the road, this looks to be a pretty compelling special. Will you be tuning in? More »

Ariana Grande & Michael Bublé Duet On “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”: Watch

Ariana Grande “Santa Tell Me” Video: Watch
Ariana Grande “Santa Tell Me” Video: Watch
The singer throws a holiday-themed party in this cute video.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when our favorite artists get together and sing Christmas songs! Last night, Ariana Grande joined Michael Bublé  to perform the classic, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” The showcase was part of Canadian crooner’s holiday special, appropriately titled Michael Buble’s Christmas In New York. The two entertained the audience with their smooth, jazzy vocals with a live band accompanying them.

Grande apparently had a great time on stage, as she tweeted after the show: “thank u @michaelbuble for having me on your christmas special & for the kind words! u & your band are the greatest! thank u for including me.” Michael Buble’s Christmas In New York aired on NBC yesterday (December 17) at Radio City Music Hall, and featured special guests like Grande, Miss Piggy, the Rockettes and Barbra Streisand. Watch the performance after the jump! More »

The 14 Best Pop EPs Released In 2014

10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
We asked Idolator readers to vote for their favorite albums from 2014.

Album sales have dropped precipitously in the last few years, but the format isn’t dead yet, at least when our biggest stars like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Justin Timberlake are concerned. But what about a stretch when most of those stars don’t release an album? In a year when Billboard replaced the album with “album equivalent units,” the biggest storyline in pop music was the absence of albums from the likes of Rihanna, Adele, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne. Think back to the buzziest pop moments of the year, and most of them were entirely separate from the album cycle: the “7/11″ video, the Shmoney Dance. Hell, Drake dominated his genre by releasing a few loosies and features.

With this changing role of the LP, the EP has seen a boost in relevance. Once the realm of half-formed ideas, album session scraps, and stopgap material for diehards, the EP is more important than ever as a statement of artistic purpose. For acts fighting to reach that top tier, the EP can help refine an aesthetic or identity, while labels can invest in a viral star and test the waters with an EP instead of rushing to production on a full-length flop for a Kreayshawn scenario.

So big-picture, it may have been a down year for pop, but at the increasingly vibrant EP level, some stellar things happened. Here’s our list of our 14 favorite EPs from 2014. More »

Miley Cyrus Is The Undisputed Queen Of Nudes: See The 18 Sexiest Pics She Posed For In 2014

Miley Cyrus Strips For Terry Richardson
Miley Cyrus Strips For Terry Richardson
Miley's iconic Terry Richardson photo shoot is still shocking. See 16 of the diva's sexiest NSFW pics.

“I’m a female rebel, can’t you tell?” sang Miley Cyrus on Bangerz highlight “4×4,” and we all know she wasn’t lying. The 22-year-old has been flying through a fucks-free zone since dropping the aforementioned LP. The diva records what she likes (from ’70s folk covers to quirky collaborations with alt-rockers The Flaming Lips), shops at the same place as Courtney Stodden and gets naked as often as possible. All of which makes her utterly iconic.

Even by Miley’s lofty standards, 2014 was a banner year for nudity. While she will never beat Terry Richardson‘s soft-porn shoot for sheer shock value, the pop star makes up for it with consistency. The “Adore You” hitmaker flashed a nipple for W magazine, shared nude Bangerz tour booklet outtakes and stripped off completely for V magazine. She also flooded Instagram with an avalanche of raunchy edits that made life worth living. See the social media pioneer’s sexiest snaps up top. More »

Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel Are Really Having A Baby! (According To Joey Fatone): Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: There has been speculation that Jessica Biel is expecting a baby with Justin Timberlake, but Joey Fatone just spilled the beans! In an interview with InTouch Weekly, he told the magazine “[Justin] told me a while ago, and I kept my mouth shut. But now I can talk about it!” Well, there’s that! Congratulations to the couple! [Billboard]

:: James Franco is clearing up a rumor that he had sex with Lana Del Rey. Instead, the actor wants to have a coital experience to the singer’s music. The two are actually good friends: “There’s a weird thing with creative types. Sometimes I love a person’s work and, like, I’m just so enamored with that and their persona in their work. But outside of that, it’s like, our dynamic is we’re just kind of friends, we get along so well. But all this sexual attraction is for the person and the work,” Franco said. Thanks for the clarification! [E! News]

:: In today’s hilarious news, NME magazine announced Taylor Swift and Harry Styles are up for Villian Of The Year in their annual music awards! What makes it even better is that the artists used to date. Other people in the category are Russell Brand, Bono and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Oh, One Direction is also up for Worst Band Of The Year. Ouch! [NME]

:: All parents who had to suffer through Frozen with your kids, you can now breathe a sigh of relief! The animated film’s director Jennifer Lee is now apologizing for the inescapable anthem, “Let It Go.” She said, “A year ago, I’d meet people who, when they found out who I was, they’d say, ‘Oh, we love the songs! We sing them all the time.’ Now they’re like, ‘Yep, we’re still listening to those songs.’ I’ve gone from, ‘Thank you,’ to, ‘Sorry!’” [THR]

Find out what music you can catch on TV today below. More »

Vance Joy Performs Breakthrough Hit “Riptide” On ‘Conan’

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Your Left Hand Man
Vance Joy Interview
Vance Joy Interview
We spoke to Vance Joy about his smash hit "Riptide" and killer debut LP 'Dream Your Life Away.'

Vance Joy is one of 2014′s unlikelier success stories. While the rest of the game seems to be doing more, the Australian singer/songwriter did less. All he needed was a ukelele and a demo that had been sitting on his computer for several years to land a global hit. “Riptide” reached number one in James’ (his real name) homeland and eventually sold quadruple platinum. It wasn’t long before the song was a smash across Europe.

That leaves American chart domination and Vance is working on it. “Riptide” is hovering just outside the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100, while his debut LP Dream Your Life Away reached the top 20. His campaign should get a substantial boost when he hits the road as the opening act for Taylor Swift‘s 1989 world tour. To get some idea of what the Aussie sounds like live, check out his typically brilliant performance on Conan up top. More »

Carly Rae Jepsen’s New Single Is Called “I Really Like You” According To Interscope’s Promotional Website

Carly Rae Covers "Part Of Your World"
Carly Rae Covers "Part Of Your World"
Carly Rae Jepsen covers "Part Of Your World" from 'The little Mermaid'. Have a listen.

Say what you like about Carly Rae Jepsen (one-hit wonder, 2012′s Meghan Trainor etc.), the Canadian songbird’s Kiss LP is still a near-perfect pop record. Which other diva could chirp convincingly about holding hands and making wedding rings of string while staring 30 in the face? Anyway, the “Call Me Maybe” diva could be on the brink of 2014′s most relevant comeback. According to Interscope’s promo website, she has a new single on the way called “I Really Like You.”

So when does this gem drop? Early 2015 is as specific as the listing gets. That’s still pretty exciting news. For a while there, I wondered if we would ever get new music. It will be interesting to see which direction Carly takes. In June 2013, the 29-year-old said she was hoping to mix folk music with electronica. “I have a folky side in my blood from what I used to listen to with my parents,” the pop princess said. “And it’ll be fun to incorporate that more in the verses of the pop songs.” Can’t wait. More »