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Each month, we’re taking a look back at the albums that piqued our pop interest, pitting them against each other and then asking you to decide which album ultimately ruled.
It’s that time again: Our “Best Of” Ibrawlator for October. Last month, true jazz lovers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga stole our readers’ hearts with their duet record, Cheek To Cheek.
And now, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on the best pop records of October. More »
Pop’s taken backseat to country, rap and rock yet again on the Billboard 200, as Slipknot came out on top, selling 132,000 copies of their latest album .5: The Gray Chapter in their opening week.
From there, the Top 10 is a melting pot of different genres, and six debut albums: T.I.‘s 80K-selling Paperwork came in next, followed by 73-year-old industry titan Neil Diamond, rapper Logic‘s Under Pressure and Florida Georgia Line‘s Anything Goes, which originally charted at #1 last week.
Of particular interest to pop fans? Barbra Streisand‘s duets album Partners is holding strong at #8, while Annie Lennox makes a Top 10 debut with Nostalgia — her first since 2007′s Songs of Mass Destruction. According to Billboard, the standards album also awards Lennox with her first-ever Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Album #1 smashes. Brava, Annie!
Check out the week’s full Billboard 200 Top 10 after the jump. More »
Each month, we take a look at our favorite pop stars gracing the glossy covers of fashion, health, music and lifestyle magazines across the world and ask you to choose the best cover!
The chilly season has arrived, and it’s up to some of our favorite pop stars to provide us with some fashion-forward fall lewks of the cover of today’s hottest fashion and lifestyle magazines. Who will reign supreme across the November issue array?
The boys of One Direction look charming and silly as ever on the cover of Seventeen, while Rita Ora serves sultry over-the-shoulder camouflage for Teen Vogue. Charli XCX exemplifies cool on Complex, Beyoncé gives beach body for Cosmopolitan Australia and Taylor Swift stands tall in a bold print on Fashion and Jessie J shows off a shapely figure on Cosmopolitan UK. All gorgeous covers for sure, but which one’s your favorite?
Check out the upcoming covers below, and then place your vote for your favorite of the month! More »
The ongoing Kesha-Dr. Luke legal battle just got even messier, if you can believe it.
If you remember, the whole ordeal began when Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, alleging that the producer sexually and emotionally abused her for nearly a decade. Within the same day, the producer responded with a lawsuit of his own against Kesha, claiming that Kesha’s lawsuit was an act of defamation and extortion.
But the legal drama isn’t stopping there: According to a new report by TMZ last night, not only has Dr. Luke responded with the lawsuit against Kesha, but he’s going after Kesha’s mom, Pebe Sebert, as well. Read the full details after the jump. More »
He’s churned out stellar remixes for the likes of Beyoncé‘s “XO” and “Blow,” Madison Beer‘s “Unbreakable” to Neon Jungle‘s “Trouble,” and now, remix mastermind Monsieur Adi has set his sights on Queen Lana Del Rey‘s most recent Ultraviolence single, “Brooklyn Baby.”
Adi’s gone and hollowed out the breezy contents of the original, supplying warm synth textures, twerk-friendly beats and a subtle College & Electric Youth-like ’80′s sheen. Lana’s voice has been given a makeover as well, fluttering fast above the dreamy remake. It’s the kind of remix that doesn’t entirely betray the structure of the original, but provides just enough of a beat to motivate Lana to step away from her beat poetry and go twirling out on the dance floor.
Listen to Monsieur Adi’s remix of “Brooklyn Baby” after the jump. More »
The lid on the Danity Kane coffin isn’t being lowered down quietly — it’s being shut with a giant thud.
For those not following along for the mayhem: The newly reformed quartet suddenly became a trio when Aundrea Fimbres announced she would be leaving the band in the midst of their #NoFilterTour this year. Nonetheless, the trio soldiered on, only to be torn apart once again by a physical altercation during a business meeting between Dawn Richard and Aubrey O’Day. After some time, all three remaining members (or their lawyers) miraculously settled on releasing their final record, DK3, for the fans this week.
To make matters even more ridiculous, the group’s label (or someone) just uploaded an official video to one of the album’s best bangers: “Rhythm Of Love,” which just so happens to feature none of the members of Danity Kane. Instead, it’s a bunch of randoms lip-syncing to the fierce dance track around town.
What? Why? Who would possibly care to watch if Dawn, Aubrey and Shannon aren’t even in the video? Just a complete mess, through and through. If you care to see what is likely the final, lazy shred of the DK3 legacy, watch the video up top. More »
B is for Britney Spears! K is for Kylie Minogue! J is for Justin Bieber! The stars are spelling it all out for you right on their scarves this year…and it’s all for a really good cause.
British retailer Matalan has created line of scarves called Alphabet Scarves, a perfectly fashionable and charitable line of lettered scarves for the winter season. According to the store, 100% of the profits from the sale of each of these scarves will go to the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Charity in order to raise awareness and funds for the Liverpool-based children’s hospital.
To help support the cause, a whole crew of pop stars are getting in the action and posting photos wrapped in their own alphabet scarves, including Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Girls Aloud darling Nicola Roberts, Spice Girls icon Mel C, Glee‘s Lea Michele and Foxes. Now that’s one way of putting your selfies to good use!
Check out the full gallery of stars in scarves up top, and if you want to get in on the action, you can order your very own Alphabet Scarf too. More »
To be fair, it wasn’t going to be easy for Nicki Minaj to trump her rump-shaking smash “Anaconda.” The hype for a follow-up to her Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampling hit was already at a fever pitch — but did she deliver with a worthy follow-up? Well.
The return-to-roots rap track “Only,” the third single off of the newly pushed-back The Pinkprint — certainly has its fair share of scandal-heavy lyrics worth talking about, as well as a simple, menacing beat courtesy of Dr. Luke. Was it enough to sway the critics — or the Twittersphere? Check out all the reviews, as well as some choice tweets, after the jump. More »
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini might be best known for her high-energy live performances and tightly choreographed routines, but hey, she sings too — and she wants you to know it!
Just ahead of the release of the Girls Aloud icon’s forthcoming studio album, the “I Don’t Care” beauty has been serving up acoustic renditions of some album tracks…and covers of TLC and Beyoncé, just ’cause. And for her latest performance, she’s tackling the album’s title track, “Only Human.” Check out the performance up top. More »
Austin Mahone might have got our *NSync and Backstreet Boys-lovin’ hearts racing with his early ’00′s-tastic The Secret EP earlier this year, but he’s keeping things more low-key with his latest track, “Places.”
The melodic tune, which Austin is now giving away for free as a special surprise for fans on his Soundcloud, sees the talented young singer taking down the BPM (and the lights!) for a sexy slow-burning R&B jam, co-penned by his friend Robert Villanueva. “Here’s a new song me and Robert wrote since we’ve been in the new house! Hope you like it,” he said of the song. Listen to “Places” after the jump. More »