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Rejoice: The Divine Miss M is back!
Eight years after her last studio album Cool Yule, iconic chanteuse Bette Midler is returning with a brand new album on November 4.
And this time around, she’s tipping her hat to the ladies — girl groups, specifically — who have impacted her life the most, from The Ronettes to TLC. (Yes, really!)
The 15-track collection promises to include exciting rearrangements of the classics, including a “country-fied” take on The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love.” (!) And, in case you had any doubt, Queen Bette has exquisite taste in modern girl groups as well: “From the ’90s on, my favorites were TLC and Destiny’s Child. ‘Waterfalls’ was a heartbreaker, especially if you were a mom, and it had a big effect on me. I never thought I would have the nerve to sing it, but we had an idea for it that works, and I am so glad I took the chance,” she explained to Billboard. More »
Madonna and Nicki Minaj are continuing to come for all your L-U-V.
Last night, somewhere between Madge’s many studio sessions for her upcoming album and Nicki’s ongoing #AnacondaPromo, the two superstars met up in New York City.
“My trip to New York isn’t the same unless I bump into the Queen. #BitchItsMadonna,” the “Anaconda” superstar wrote on her Instagram of the two divas huddled close together. “We go Hard or we go Home we Gon Do this all night long! #werk” Madonna continued on her own post. More »
The soundtrack for the highly anticipated Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is being curated by Lorde, which is both a curious and incredibly promising thing.
And while we’re still entirely in the dark about which acts the “Royals” songstress has enlisted to provide tracks for the forthcoming collection, we now know that her own contribution is coming to us next week.
“Yellow Flicker Beat” will be released on September 29, produced by the prolific Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence + The Machine). The song, which will reportedly be played during the closing credits of the film, is also the first taste of new music from Lorde since the release of Pure Heroine. More »
The pop ladies sure are throwing us for a curve ball with their duet projects as of late, no?
After Lady Gaga teamed up with Tony Bennett for their collection of jazz standards, Cheek To Cheek, Pink announced that she too is embarking on a new musical journey, joining Dallas Green for a foray into folk that steers far from her more familiar rowdy behavior.
The duo already dropped their gentle lead track “You And Me” weeks ago, and now, the duo returns with a heartfelt new selection from their forthcoming record, rose ave., out on October 14.
The chilling ballad, a love song dedicated to Pink’s mother, sees the two singers soulfully crooning across dramatic strings and a repetitive guitar melody. “Let me heal the wounds you’ve held onto all these years/Break the cycle, break the chains, ’cause love is louder than all of your pain,” the two declare across the hopeful chorus. Pink has always been excellent at conveying strong emotions in her music (she’s quite underrated, in fact!), and this stripped-down production only allows her words to stand out stronger than ever. In fact, there’s a fairly good chance you’ll even shed a tear or two. More »
After exploding on the US charts with their supremely catchy debut single “Me And My Broken Heart,” Rixton are officially ready to roll with their debut album, Let The Road.
Today, the British band announced that their debut album will drop on January 6, 2015. The record will include co-writes with hit-maker Benny Blanco, as well as a song written by Ed Sheeran. Conveniently, the group also just debuted the lyric video for their newest single, “Wait On Me,” which you can now watch below.
“Songs have survived 6 years to make it on this album, back when me and Danny were writing in the caravan having no idea where they would end up. We feel incredibly humbled to be able to share this with our fans, and we hope you enjoy listening to it, just as much as we enjoyed making it,” lead vocalist Jake Roche explained of their forthcoming debut. More »
It’s official: Fergie herself confirmed that her comeback single, “L.A. Love (La La),” is arriving very soon. (September 29!)
After the song made a cameo on the runway during a fashion show in Milan late last week (in snippet form, anyway), “L.A. Love” was just given some gang sign-licious single artwork this morning (see above).
The visual is intriguing, featuring a pair of blinged-out hands delivering a “LA” gang sign in front of a leafy heart filled with eyes (#Illuminati, obviously). One of the hands also bears a tattoo with the phrase “Smile Now, Cry Later,” which some fans are speculating might also be the title of her forthcoming Dutchess follow-up. But wait — I thought big girls don’t cry?
Fergie also put out the call for fans to contribute their own L.A. gang signs on Instagram for a lyric video — so go ahead and flash yours in the direction of Fergie Ferg.
Just one week to go until the song makes its debut. Are you excited for the return of Fergie? Sound off in the comments below.
Jessie J is ready to heat things up again.
After kicking off her Sweet Talker campaign with a “Bang Bang” alongside Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj the powerhouse UK vocalist’s long-awaited follow up single “Burnin’ Up” has arrived — and it’s hot! Well, duh.
“I’m burnin’ up! Come put me out, come and put me out,” the songstress declares over and over agin above the song’s snappy, stomping Ricky Reed and Axident-produced beats.
Like “Bang Bang,” it’s all about those diva-sized pipes (and some major heavy breathing!), as Jessie struts through the fire and loses her mind. 2 Chainz comes in later for his own spitfire contribution. (“Burn down for what? Turn up!” is a stroke of genius, to be sure.) The song’s a catchy burst of energy for sure, and who knows? Perhaps even American radio will be set ablaze. More »
Lady Gaga is in a much better place today than she was a little over a year ago — at least, that’s according to Mother Monster herself.
In a revealing new interview with CBS Sunday Morning (which aired on Sunday morning over the weekend, obviously), the Born This Way pop diva and the legendary Mr. Tony Bennett sat down to discuss their jazz standards duets record Cheek To Cheek (out Tuesday!), their unique chemistry and the events in Gaga’s life that motivated her to begin this new musical endeavor. 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 »
Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX already delivered the song of Summer ’14 with “Fancy.” Are they about to do it all over again in the second half of the year?
During the tail end of I-G-G-Y’s showcase in London on Wednesday night, the Aussie femcee offered a small taste of a brand new Charli collabo called “Beg For It.” And, based on what we’ve heard so far, it seems like “Fancy” is officially getting a sequel.
“Can’t play with ya, I been busy working bae!” Iggy raps along the bass-heavy beat. And, just like “Fancy,” Charli comes in to provide a sing-along friendly chant. “I’m out here with my friends/I’mma make you beg, I’mma make you beg for it!”
It certainly sounds like a smash already. But is the track too similar to “Fancy,” or will the duo be two for two on top of the charts with this one?
Listen to the “Beg For It” teaser after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »