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Madonna Releases ‘Rebel Heart’ Album For Pre-Order On iTunes, 6 Songs Available Now

Madonna Leaks Ahead Of Schedule
Madonna Leaks Ahead Of Schedule
Oof. Several demos from Madonna's upcoming record have sprung a leak today.

Surprise: It’s Madonna.

When over half a dozen demos from the Queen Of Pop’s forthcoming 13th studio album surfaced earlier this week, fans were concerned: How would Madonna react? (She wasn’t happy.) And what was the status of the upcoming, as-of-yet untitled LP? As it turns out, it only caused her to work even harder to get it all finished…and turn some of it in tonight.

As the clock struck midnight, Madge’s upcoming album, now officially titled Rebel Heart, arrived on iTunes as a surprise pre-order, complete with some incredible BDSM-lite cover artwork and 6 instant great songs available immediately upon pre-ordering the record, including “Living For Love,” “Illuminati,” “Ghosttown,” “Devil Pray,” “Bitch I’m Madonna” (feat. Nicki Minaj) and “Unapologetic Bitch.”

“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living For Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring,” Madonna explained in a press release posted on her official website a few hours later. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.” Along with the 6 new songs, Madonna will also be releasing additional music on February 9, just before the album’s release in March 2015.

What do you think of Madonna’s new songs, as well as the surprise drop? Take a listen to the Rebel Heart tracks and sound off in the comments below. More »

Whatcha Say: Madonna, Nicki Minaj And Janet Jackson Got Our Readers Talking

14 Best Pop EPs Of 2014
14 Best Pop EPs Of 2014
Idolator's editors select the best pop EPs of 2014.

Welp, we’re almost there Idolator readers: It’s nearly the end of 2014! But of course, our favorite pop acts aren’t giving us even a moment to rest.

This week saw the debut of both Charli XCX‘s Sucker and Nicki Minaj‘s The Pinkprint, two of the year’s most anticipated pop releases. But there weren’t just anticipated pop releases! Unfortunately, a whole album’s worth of demos from Madonna‘s forthcoming record spilled out onto the Internet. Eep!

And, of course, we’re winding down the year by taking a look back through the best releases of 2014 here at Idolator, including our 20 Best Singles of ’14, the Best EPs of ’14 and the results of our Readers’ Poll for the Top 10 Albums of 2014. Did your faves get selected?

As always, you guys had plenty say. Check out some of the week’s best and worst comments after the jump. Have a good weekend! More »

Corbu Gives Jessie Ware’s “You & I (Forever)” A Dreamy Remix: Listen

Idolator Editors Pick Their 10 of 2014
Idolator Editors Pick Their 10 of 2014
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Check out our Top 10 records of 2014!

Jessie Ware is such a giving Queen this holiday season!

Just a few weeks ago, the soulful UK songbird supplied us with a whole bunch of “Keep On Lying” remixes recorded all over the world in collaboration with Red Bull Studios, off of her phenomenal studio album, Tough Love. (Did you know? It’s one of our favorites of the year!)

And that’s not all: To celebrate the year in music, Red Bull is releasing 20 days worth of exclusive tracks — and they’re kicking it all off with a remix of Jessie’s lush new single, “You & I (Forever),” courtesy of Brooklyn’s Corbu. Listen to the (free!) remix after the jump. More »

Jennifer Lopez Sizzles In February 2015 Issue Of ‘Latina Magazine’

J. Lo's 'Dance Again' HBO Special: Preview
J. Lo's 'Dance Again' HBO Special: Preview
Watch a teaser for Jennifer Lopez's forthcoming HBO special, 'Dance Again.'

Ay, mami! The ever-flawless Jennifer Lopez has been on the cover of Latina Magazine 9 times since 2006, including their first-ever issue — and now she’s reigning supreme on the cover yet again.

The A.K.A. goddess, who also graces the cover of Self next month, was photographed alongside her The Boy Next Door co-star Ryan Guzman for the February 2015 Sex & Love issue of Latina, in which the two discuss their upcoming film…including a particularly steamy sex scene together. “We had to choreograph every piece. I know it looks like we’re in the moment and feeling each other out, but actually — and this is kind of embarrassing— [director] Rob Cohen was like, ‘Move your hand to the left,’ and ‘Can you arch your back a little bit?’ It was the most unsexy-really-sexy scene that you’ll see on screen,” Guzman revealed to the magazine.

Clearly, that sexy chemistry comes through in front of the camera, as demonstrated in this hot spread for the magazine. “Me & the boy next door #RyanGuzman inside @latina magazine. #TheBoyNextDoor #January23 #JLoRyan read the full article here:,” the diva wrote on her Instagram.

Check out the cover, as well as two additional photos from inside the shoot, after the jump. More »

Bonnie McKee Gets Into The Christmas Spirit With “California Winter”: Listen To The Festive Jam

Bonnie McKee Performs "Hallelujah": Watch
Bonnie McKee Performs "Hallelujah": Watch
The "American Girl" songstress is so renowned for her skills as a pop scribe that it's easy to forget that she actually has a killer set of pipes, too.

Dreaming of palm trees tonight? You’re not alone.

Singer-songwriter-pop star extraordinaire Bonnie McKee is getting us in the sunny, sparkly Christmas spirit with her new holiday song “California Winter,” which was just added to her Soundcloud this week.

The talented “American Girl” pop penner, who looks like a gorgeous Christmas pin-up dream on the song’s cover artwork, provides cheerful horns and wintry jingling bells on her cheery new tune — oh, and those massive pop hooks she’s known for crafting for fellow pop superstars like Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Kesha. “When I’m in your arms, it’s like a California winter/Yeah, your love can keep me warm,” she belts across the chorus of the lovey-dovey wintry ode. Who needs all that snow, anyway? Someone book us a flight to LA immediately!

Listen to Bonnie’s festive offering for the season, and let us know what you think of the cheerful holiday tune in the comments below. More »

Leona Lewis Teases New Music For 2015: Watch A Preview

10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
Idolator readers vote for their favorite pop albums from 2014. The results are in!

Huzzah! The return of Leona Lewis is nearly upon us.

It’s been a minute or two since we last heard from the incredibly talented X Factor UK alum. In fact, the last time we did hear from the “Bleeding Love” songbird, she was penning an emotional letter to fans regarding her departure from her record label, Syco, back in September. (Don’t worry: She inked a new deal with Island Records back in June.) And luckily, things seem to be back on track in a big way.

In a new teaser video posted on her social channels earlier today, Leona is seen belting out and playing a piano next to a drummer in what sounds like a powerful, stirring new tune. “I got fire under my feet and I feel it in my heartbeat,” she sings on the uptempo track, resembling a storming offering from Adele‘s 21. “Getting ready for 2015…” she simply wrote alongside the tease of new music. In addition to the tease, Leona also tweeted about working on a “natural and organic” new LP back in October, and this preview certainly seems to be proof of that.

Watch Leona’s 2015 teaser after the jump, and let us know what you think about her current direction after the jump. More »

Miguel Surprises With 3 New Songs On Soundcloud: Listen To “NWA,” “Hollywood Dreams” And “Coffee”

14 Best Pop EPs Of 2014
14 Best Pop EPs Of 2014
The Idolator editors select their 14 favorite EPs of 2014.

Good morning…and surprise!

Two years after his last studio album, Kaleidoscope Dream — with features on tracks for the likes of Mariah Carey (“#Beautiful”), Janelle Monae (“PrimeTime”) and the Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack and Jessie Ware‘s Tough Love in between — Miguel her returned with a surprise 3-track EP today, released for free on the singer’s Soundcloud. It’s an early Christmas miracle!

The new set of songs, which includes new tracks “Coffee,” “Hollywood Dreams” and “NWA (feat. Kurupt),” potentially signal the talented crooner’s current direction, alternating in a sweet-sounding fusion of R&B, hip-hop, electronica and sexy soul. To his end, Miguel has acknowledged the new music by posting the accompanying album art in a series of posts on Instagram.

Have a listen to the varied set of new tunes after the jump, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. More »

Justin Bieber Is Shirtless Again In New Selfie: See The Stunning Shot

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

BREAKING: Justin Bieber, singer of songs, has taken off his shirt. Stars…they’re just like us!

The “Home To Mama” singer, who is often known to misplace his clothing, has just removed his shirt again, this time for a selfie, which was just posted today on his photo sharing service, Shots.

2014′s Most Popular Act On Twitter is up to big things at the moment, having recently bleached his hair. At the same time, the Biebs is also putting in work at the recording studio for a joint album with Cody Simpson. But most of all, he is shirtless, documenting the experience of shirtlessness for the world to see. More »

Sam Smith Is The Only Artist To Sell 1 Million Albums In The US And The UK In 2014

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

Well, it’s official: Sam Smith can truly say he’s lonely no more.

The UK soul crooner is now the only artist to sell one million copies both here in the US and the UK, according to the Official Charts Company.

Smith’s debut LP, In The Lonely Hour, officially passed the million mark overnight, one of only two UK records to do so overseas — the other being Ed Sheeran‘s x. At the same time, the album was confirmed to be a million-seller in the US, alongside only Taylor Swift‘s 1989 and Disney’s Frozen soundtrack, by Nielsen Music yesterday.

“OFFICIALLY sold 1 MILLION copies of In The Lonely Hour! To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album,” said Smith of the achievement.

The talented singer stays winning, too: He just notched his second Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 hit in the US this week with “I’m Not The Only One.” That Sam Smith reign just won’t let up! More »

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 »

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