So far, Lil Wayne and Drake has drawn attention to the competitive aspect of its ongoing tour. The Capcom-sponsored Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour, launched August 9, has fans voting on who performs first and ultimately “wins” each stop. Lil Wayne won opening night, although he hasn’t fared well in Texas so far.
Meanwhile, Lil Wayne’s new “Grindin’” video focuses on how much fun they and the crowd have each night. The DJ Scoob Doo-directed clip, albeit with choppy and amateurish editing, alternates between live footage of Lil Wayne and Drake on stage, close-ups of women in the crowd and the rare moment when the Young Money headliners can unwind – share a smoke, down some shots, whatever. More »
Usher closed out this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival by bringing out a surprise guest: Chris Brown. “He’s a friend, he’s a brother, he’s a passionate artist and I have the fortunate opportunity to have shared a song with him this year,” Usher said, before the younger R&B star joined him on stage.
The two of them performed “New Flame,” Brown’s current single off his new album X. (The album, also featuring “Loyal” and “X,” is predicted to debut second only to Barbra Streisand‘s tenth album Partners next week.) Their singing led to a dance-off, which led to Usher slipping off his high-tops and lighting them on fire – after all, neither of them had the flaming ‘X’ from the “New Flame” video handy.
Watch Usher and Chris Brown do “New Flame” below. More »
Nicki Minaj was full of surprises at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. After performing certified chart hits like “Super Bass,” she segued into her fiery verse in Beyonce‘s “***Flawless” remix – only to run into technical difficulties, as her backing music cut off and then on again. “iHeartRadio, do we have a problem?” she said, before she took matters into her own hands by performing her verse a cappella.
Later, Minaj pulled off a stunt that she actually planned for the music festival. When Jessie J‘s “Bang Bang” started playing, Ariana Grande joined her on stage to sing those high notes and dance during Minaj’s own assertive verses. Unlike their MTV Video Music Awards performance, where Minaj suffered a wardrobe malfunction, this live rendition of “Bang Bang” couldn’t gone smoother.
Watch those highlights from Nicki Minaj’s iHeartRadio performance below. More »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers! You ready to shake your booty for the weekend?
‘Twas yet another exciting week in pop, as Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea twerked their way through the rump-tastic “Booty” video. Also, Miley Cyrus just got spanked — with a potential lawsuit, that is! And before all the butt stuff, two major ’00′s solo pop queen comebacks are reportedly in the works: Gwen Stefani and Fergie! In fact, we’ve already got a snippet of Fergie Ferg’s new single! Are you guys exited about their return?
Over at Idolator, we had a chat in our studio with Ferras, as well as a sit-down with Sound Of A Woman songstress, Kiesza. Watch out for those coming up soon! Also, have you checked out our 13 great overlooked pop albums yet?
As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out some of the week’s best comments below. More »
It’s not easy to make the leap from buzzed-about social media siren to legit pop star but Pia Mia takes another giant stride towards her end goal with “Fill Me In”. The 18-year-old, who came to fame covering hits on YouTube, has already released a bunch of cute urban-pop songs (“Red Love” and “Mr. President”) but her latest track displays a new level of maturity.
The Guam-born diva tackles Craig David‘s 2000 debut single “Fill Me In” — with a little help from Austin Mahone, no less — and she makes it her own with confident vocals and slick production courtesy of Nic Nac (the dude behind Chris Brown‘s “Loyal”). Pia’s debut LP is set to drop later this year via Interscope Records. Listen to her killer cover after the jump. More »
Given the quality of voice and knack for writing catchy pop songs, you can’t help but think Miriam Bryant is a couple of lucky breaks away from cracking America like fellow Swede Tove Lo. The 23-year-old came close a couple of times — Zedd collaboration “Push Play” was, at one point, going to be the follow up to “Clarity” — but she might have more luck with new single “Dragon”.
The first taste of the rising diva’s sophomore LP is a heady dose of Scandinavian electro-pop with a chorus that soars despite the confusing lyrics. (“I’ll be your dragon tonight” sounds more like a threat than a declaration of love!) Not that it matters. “Dragon” showcases the full range of Miriam’s powerful pipes and the song gets stuck in your head regardless of the Game Of Thrones-evoking subject matter. Listen after the jump. More »
If you’re going to put out a song about ass, you’d better be prepared to show a little. Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea, however, go above and beyond with their eye-popping “Booty” visual. The bottom-heavy babes spend most of the clip shaking their butts and groping each other in various states of undress, which makes it potentially the greatest lesbian soft porn extravaganza of all time.
To commemorate this magical achievement, I’ve lovingly — after considerable research and several replays — curated a gallery of the video’s sexiest moments. Who will ever forget when the rap diva smacks J.Lo’s butt or Jenny’s temperature-raising solo at the end? It’s like the finale of Flashdance only a million times hotter. Peruse the pics up top and rewatch the clip after the jump. More »
While Milky Chance continue to climb the Billboard Hot 100 with breakthrough hit “Stolen Dance” (it rises to a new peak of number 61 this week), the German duo has already moved on to their next single in most international markets. It looks like they are going with endearing folk-pop gem “Flashed Junk Mind” and today (September 19) they drop the suitably nostalgic video.
Philipp and Clemens take a trip to the country with a bunch of friends and spend the clip climbing rocks, walking through forests, riding motorcycles and hanging out of cars. It’s joyous and idyllic but there’s still an undercurrent of melancholy that suits the lilting song. Milky Chance drop their excellent debut LP Sadnecessary on October 14 in the US. Watch “Flashed Junk Mind” up top. More »
At this point, I don’t even consider Pitbull a guilty pleasure anymore. His club bangers are always on point, he’s the Sonny to J.Lo‘s Cher and “Timber” will go down in pop history as the greatest square dance-inducing rap song of all time. He gets it just right on new Wallpaper-produced, John Ryan-assisted party jam “Fireball” too. What a legend.
So what can you expect from Mr. Worldwide’s latest video? Well, it’s set in the ’20s or ’30s (if the dapper costumes are any indication) and brings Brazilian carnival to a small nightclub, where Pit drinks his own brand of vodka — great promo! — and runs into the sexy lady of his dreams. There’s even a live animation segment. Watch the amiable rapper do his thing up top. More »
And she’s back! Fergie unveiled the first taste of comeback single “L.A. Love (La La)” today (September 19) and it’s already glaringly obvious that she has an infuriatingly catchy smash on her hands. The 1:45 snippet sounds like a loop of a much shorter clip — she literally just repeats city names and says “la la la la” — but I don’t care if she spends the whole song selecting random towns from an Atlas.
There’s not much else to take from the mysterious preview, which premiered during a fashion show in Milan. The 39-year-old’s voice is on point and she rides the bouncy hip-hop beat with ease. It’s basically The Dutchess 2.0, which is exactly what her fans have been waiting for. Production details haven’t been released yet but it sounds like a Mike WiLL Made It or DJ Mustard joint to me. Listen after the jump. More »