Vanessa Hudgens To Save Musical Theatre With Star-Turn In ‘Gigi’: See The Fabulous Promo Video

Breaking Free!
Vanessa Hudgens Dances To Beyonce's "Yonce"
Vanessa Hudgens Dances To Beyonce's "Yonce"
'High School Musical' star Vanessa Hudgens and friends show off her killer dance moves.

It’s time to start engraving Vanessa Hudgens‘ name on a Tony Award! The triple threat is returning to her musical theatre roots by starring in an upcoming production of Gigi at the Kennedy Center. The role was made famous by Audrey Hepburn in a much-loved 1958 film, but the High School Musical sweetheart does a good job of channelling the iconic actress in a camp/fabulous promo video. She twirls and blows kisses like a boss. Watch it up top.

Hopefully, Vanessa’s stint treading the boards will inspire a full-time return to music. Or at least a new album. The 26-year-old has been concentrating on acting (she was robbed of an Oscar for Spring Breakers) of late but the diva still dabbles in (electro-)pop with girl group YLA. She has a hugely underrated discography — Identified is one of the most slept-on Disney albums of all time — and could inject some real attitude into the currently-rather-dreary pop world. More »

Merry Christmas! Miley Cyrus Is A Thong-Rocking Elf, Posts Topless Holiday Video On Instagram

Miley Cyrus Is The Queen Of Nudes
Miley Cyrus Is The Queen Of Nudes
Miley Cyrus loves to strip off. Here are the pop diva's 18 sexiest pics from 2014.

Santa knows that Miley Cyrus has been very naughty this year and, if he’s anything like us, he can’t get enough of her raunchy antics. The 22-year-old’s latest achievement? Making Christmas a much sexier time of year by putting her own unique spin on an elf costume. The Bangerz diva teamed fake ears with a tinsel wig and white thong. Which she proudly showed off while holding a water gun. Oh, and there’s a super dodgy pic where she’s perched on top of a car.

But there’s more! Miley was feeling particularly generous last night (December 21) and filmed a random topless video for fans. She wears pasties to cover her nipples but that’s about it. There’s no reason for the hitmaker’s bizarre home movie, but she doesn’t really need one. It’s been a wild year for the former teen queen, who posed nude as often as possible and spent a lot of time posting Instagram edits. See her latest social media artworks after the jump. More » Defends Iggy Azalea On Twitter: “Thanks For Contributing & Spreading Our Culture Positively”

T.I. Defends Iggy Azalea
T.I. Defends Iggy Azalea
T.I. jumped on Twitter to defend his protogee Iggy Azalea in her going beef with Azealia Banks.

Azealia Banks opened a can of worms when she gave an emotional interview to Hot 97 expressing outrage at cultural appropriation in music. The femcee pointed the finger at Iggy Azalea as one of the main perpetrators, which inspired the Australian diva to tweet a lengthy rebuttal. Their beef went viral when hackers’ collective Anonymous entered the fray and threatened to leak images from the “Fancy” hitmaker’s alleged sextape.

Q-Tip then tried to explain the history of hip-hop in I-G-G-Y’s mentions and T.I. took it upon himself to respond on behalf of his protege. The latest hip-hop heavyweight to come out in support of Britney Spearsupcoming collaborator is The Black Eyed Peas mastermind jumped on Twitter and shared some words of encouragement. “Hiphop Is global now…it doesn’t matter if your white or black…thanks for contributing & spreading our culture positively,” he wrote.

“Iggy Azalea [it] saddens me that people are making a big deal about race in hiphop & not ethics…today’s ethics goes against our foundation,” he continued. “In 1980 a white girl from punk rock group @blondieOFFICIAL helped #hiphop expand beyond the hood with a song called #rapture.” He also posted a video of Blondie‘s classic hit. His final message? “At the end of the day who cares what people think…do what you love…stay #fancy…#congrats.” See the tweets after the jump. More »

Aretha Franklin Becomes The New Queen Of Clubs As “Rolling In The Deep” Tops Billboard’s Dance Chart

Aretha Franklin Gets Remixed
Aretha Franklin Gets Remixed
Aretha Franklin's "Rolling In The Deep" cover gets an EDM overhaul courtesy of UK DJs Wideboys.

Aretha Franklin‘s comeback album might have sank without a trace, but the news isn’t all bad. For starters, the 72-year-old can add club queen to her resume! The enduring diva’s “Rolling In The Deep” cover topped Billboard’s Dance Club Songs countdown this week — making it her first number one on that chart in 16 years (her last was 1998′s “Here We Go Again”) and sixth in total.

The soul legend’s intense interpretation of Adele‘s anthem was first remixed by British DJs Cutmore and Wideboys, before a select bunch of American producers — Ralphi Rosario and dance collective Papercha$er — had a go. They’re all of lot of a fun and perhaps a reminder that it’s never too late to think outside the box. Maybe it’s time for Barbra Streisand to commission some club mixes to promote her mega-selling Partners LP? Listen to the aforementioned Papercha$er overhaul after the jump. More »

New Snaps From Jennifer Lopez’s Sizzling ‘Latina’ Magazine Spread Prove That She Is Utterly Perfect: 6 Pics

Jennifer Lopez Sizzles In 'Latina'
Jennifer Lopez Sizzles In 'Latina'
Jennifer Lopez looks typically flawless in 'Latina' magazine with 'Boy Next Door' co-star Ryan Guzman.

Another day, another flawless photo shoot from Jennifer Lopez. The “I Luh Ya Papi” diva recently showed off her killer curves in Self, before serving serious glamor on the cover of Latina magazine. She poses with The Boy Next Door actor Ryan Guzman (they co-star in the sexy thriller) in the stylish spread and reminds everyone that she is still/will forever be the sexiest woman on the planet.

New pics from the shoot have surfaced online and they are just as gorgeous. Jenny rocks a figure-hugging pink dress in one snap, while Ryan shows off his killer abs and tries not to drool. The “Booty” hitmaker wears a sheer dress with blue neck detail in another pic and closes her eyes as her co-star stares at her dreamily. He obviously can’t believe his luck that he not only got to make a movie with J.Lo but also got to serve as a handsome accessory in a fancy magazine. See all the pics up top. More »

Lady Gaga Hits The Studio With Diane Warren And Nile Rodgers: Is She Already Working On Her Next Solo Album?

Lady Gaga's 'The Fame Monster' Turns 5
Lady Gaga's 'The Fame Monster' Turns 5
Fans revisit every track on 'The Fame Monster' to commemorate the EP's fifth anniversary.

Lady Gaga never sleeps. After wrapping up the ARTPOP era, Mother Monster moved straight on to Cheek To Cheek — her chart-topping duets album with jazz legend Tony Bennett. They have a mini-tour in early 2015, but it looks like the pop diva is already working on new music music. The “Applause” hitmaker recently spent some time in the studio with producer Nile Rodgers and songwriter Diane Warren.

“Gaga read and sang the chart perfectly,” the disco pioneer tweeted. “She killed it.” Diane was similarly full of praise: “Lady Gaga doing vocal exercises outsings just about any singer in pop music.” It’s all very exciting, but what exactly are these heavy-hitters working on? It could be new music for Gaga or a track for the upcoming Chic album, which Nile has been promising for a while now. Regardless, it’s a pretty exciting assembly of talent! See their tweets after the jump. More »

Bebe Rexha Debuts Powerful Ballad, “Gone”: Idolator Premiere

Bebe's "I'm Gonna Show You Crazy" Cover Art
Bebe's "I'm Gonna Show You Crazy" Cover Art
If seasonal fare makes you gaga, Bebe Rexha's new single "I'm Gonna Show You Crazy" is the perfect antidote.

This year in music is not over just yet: Bebe Rexha has an early Christmas surprise for you!

We know and love the moody pop singer-songwriter best for her incredible work scribing “The Monster” for Eminem and Rihanna and supplying her powerhouse vocals on Cash Cash‘s “Take Me Home,” as well as her thunderous electronic break-up anthem, “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You.” And while she’s served up some big emotion over huge beats in the past, she’s decided to break it all down on an unexpectedly fragile ballad with her new song, “Gone,” which we’re premiering right here on Idolator this afternoon. More »

Katy Perry And Ferras Take Us Behind The Scenes Of The ‘Prismatic’ World Tour: Watch The ‘Exposed’ Documentary

Legends Never Die
Katy Perry For 2015 Super Bowl
Katy Perry For 2015 Super Bowl
It's been rumored for a while now but Katy Perry finally announced that she will perform at 2015 Super Bowl.

Katy Perry just wrapped up the record-breaking Australia/New Zealand leg of her Prismatic world tour and is taking a little break before kicking off a string of European dates in February 2015. If you’re worried about suffering from withdrawals, never fear. The pop icon has just released a mini-documentary, Exposed, about the live extravaganza that takes you behind the scenes of her dazzling show.

The “Dark Horse” hitmaker explains the different segments of Prismatic, before passing the baton to opening act Ferras (the first artist she signed to her label). He takes us on a tour of Katy’s dressing room, where tour mascot/Instagram icon Butters is waiting. From there, the diva introduces us to key staff members like the production manager and head of wardrobe. It’s an exciting glimpse into the superhuman effort involved in putting the whole thing together. Watch up top. More »

Kanye West And Kim Kardashian Star In Balmain Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign

Who Broke The Internet More In 2014?
Who Broke The Internet More In 2014?
Breaking The Internet isn't for everyone. Did Kim Kardashian or Nick Jonas do more breaking in '14?

Well, this might not break the Intenet quite like that booty-baring Paper Magazine shoot, but who knows? When it’s a Kardashian West event, anything is possible.

Yeezus king Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian are featured in Balmain’s Army Of Lovers Spring/Sumer 2015 menswear campaign.

The announcement came earlier this morning, when Kim tweeted out their campaign photo, along with an enthusiastic “BALMAIN!!!!!!” (Not everyone is quite as excited on social media: Kanye hasn’t tweeted since December 15.) The couple is seen closely embracing, with Kim grabbing Kanye’s head for a kiss.

On a related note, still no news on that upcoming Yeezus follow-up apart from the “Awesome” Kardashians teaser in September and his recent performance at the World AIDS Day (RED) Concert in December, although Rihanna‘s recent charity auction semi-confirmed that the rapper will be touring in 2015. In the meantime…fashion! Check out Kim K’s Instagram of the campaign shot after the jump. More »

Iamamiwhoami Closes ‘Blue’ LP With “Shadowshow” Video: Watch The Final Chapter

Iamamiwhoami Says Goodbye
14 Synth-Pop Acts We Loved In 2014
14 Synth-Pop Acts We Loved In 2014
These are the 14 best under-the-radar synth-pop acts to appear this year.

There is perhaps no more fascinatingly beautiful, strange and ambitious project in pop music than iamamiwhoami, the multi-dimensional, nature-meets-machine brainchild of Swedish songstress Jonna Lee.

After supplying us with stunning visuals and dreamy synthesized tunes over the course of the year, from the magnificent “Fountain” to “Hunting For Pearls,” the left-of-center leaning diva is bringing the latest chapter in her ongoing saga to a close with “shadowshow,” the final chapter of Blue, her latest LP.

Set at first in a dark forest, the songstress trudges her way through before coming across a river, playing a violin-like string instrument before pulling strangely entrancing shapes in a full mirrored outfit, resembling a human disco ball. Later on, those shadow men — a constant in her videos — make their (final?) appearance in the hypnotizing clip.

Watch “shadowshow” up top, and let us know what you think about the conclusion of the Blue era in the comments below. More »