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Frank Ocean’s VMA Debut: Music Industry Toasts His Performance

Expectations were high for Frank Ocean’s debut performance at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Thursday night (Sep. 6). And the breakout R&B star exceeded those expectations with an intimate and beautifully art-directed performance of his Channel Orange lead-off track, “Thinkin’ Bout You”. Behind tall grass and before a starry, moonlit backdrop, Ocean pivoted into…

Nicole Sia | September 6, 2012 - 10:54 pm

2012 MTV Video Music Awards: One Direction Walk The Carpet To Victory

One Direction posed for photographers on the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet Thursday (Sep. 6). The British fivesome took the Staples Center stage three times — to accept the awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Video for “What Makes You Beautiful“, and to perform “One Thing”. While not in matching outfits, Niall,…

Nicole Sia | September 6, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Lana Del Rey Pouts For ‘Vogue Australia’

Sometime-singer Lana Del Rey is back in front of the camera, this time pouting and posing for Vogue Australia’s October issue. Ahead of the release of Paradise, the deluxe edition of her January debut Born To Die, Lana modeled a floral Gucci gown, cozy sweaters and an ethereal flower-specked updo for photographer Nicole Bentley. She…

Nicole Sia | September 4, 2012 - 11:10 am

Alicia Keys Previews “Girl On Fire” In MTV Video Music Awards Promo: Watch

Alicia Keys is set to take the stage at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, and 30 seconds of her upcoming single “Girl On Fire” serve as the bed music for its promotional spot. The clip begins with a Alicia playing a melody at the piano. Soon the track plugs in…

Nicole Sia | August 31, 2012 - 11:00 am

Lady Gaga Captured In Intimate Tour Photos By Terry Richardson

Lady Gaga is never far from a camera — even on her days off. The Born This Way Ball ringmaster posed — with and without her clothes — for photog buddy Terry Richardson while off duty during her tour’s stop in Sweden this week. In one photo, the very topless singer bends over coquettishly, keeping…

Nicole Sia | August 31, 2012 - 9:59 am

See Aaliyah’s Posthumous Album Cover

Drake wasn’t kidding: A new Aaliyah album is due in 2013, according to her label. Barry Hankseron, CEO of Blackground Records and Aaliyah’s uncle, tweeted new details on Wednesday (Aug. 29), including the album’s cover art. The blue-gray image features a female figure surfacing from under water, with Aaliyah gazing out from a monogram of…

Nicole Sia | August 31, 2012 - 9:15 am

Nas Says “Bye Baby” To Kelis In New Video

Nas tours the scenes of his 2009 divorce from singer Kelis — a major plot point on Life Is Good — in the video for “Bye Baby.” The Def Jam rapper sits on a leather banquette, Kelis’ green wedding dress draped over his knee, in the pose used for the album’s cover art, and he raps…

Nicole Sia | August 31, 2012 - 8:40 am

Miguel Shares Colorless ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’ Cover Art: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Hyperactive R&B singer Miguel has unveiled the cover art to Kaleidoscope Dream: The Air Preview (Sept. 11), the second of two preview EPs leading up to his sophomore release on October 2. [That Grape Juice]

:: Speaking of busy R&B singers…rumors abound that Frank Ocean will be performing on the…

Nicole Sia | August 29, 2012 - 5:30 am

Usher Happily Drowns In His “Dive” Music Video

Usher has finally caught enough of a break from his baby-mama drama to drop a music video for his latest falsetto seducer, “Dive”. Co-starring Chanel Iman as Usher’s lady in the water, the soaking wet clip sees the R&B crooner aboard a steadily flooding ship, making sweet love — Titanic-style.

Director Chris Applebaum…

Nicole Sia | August 24, 2012 - 6:25 pm

Avril Lavigne’s Engagement Ring Cost How Much?!: Morning Mix

:: Soon-to-be first lady of Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, showed the world her engagement ring on the cover of Hello! Canada’s September 10 issue. But that rock of love didn’t come cheap. Jewelry experts estimate that the 14-carat sparkler put her fiancé, Chad Kroeger, back $350,000. [Us Weekly]

:: Nelly Furtado’s agent is indestructible! The…

Nicole Sia | August 24, 2012 - 5:00 am

More Lana Del Rey Tracks Surface: Hear “Playing Dangerous” & “Afraid”

With the deluxe edition of her early 2012 album Born To Die on the horizon for fall, two more unreleased Lana Del Rey tracks have bubbled up to the surface. Over a percussive almost Bond-theme groove, Lana seduces a policeman after being pulled over for maybe burning down a house in “Playing Dangerous”. And on “Afraid”,…

Nicole Sia | August 23, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Niki & The Dove “DJ, Ease My Mind (Body Language Remix)”: Idolator Premiere

Here at Idolator HQ, we can’t seem to shut up about Niki & The Dove, the latest future-sounding trio straight out of electropop’s ground zero, Sweden. (By the way, did you catch our review of their US debut Instinct, out on Sub Pop this week? We’re fans.)

Today we’ve got an exclusive download…

Nicole Sia | August 9, 2012 - 6:00 am

Lana Del Rey Vogue Italia

Nicole Sia | August 6, 2012 - 9:47 am

Norah Jones Gets Her Bloody Revenge In “Miriam” Video

Norah Jones’ exquisitely angry …Little Broken Hearts is an album about just that — and, as it turns out, “broken” is literal. On it, the deceptively soft-spoken singer calls out, chases down and exacts revenge on her cheating boyfriend and his sidepiece (who’s dealt with on her very own track, the penultimate “Miriam”), and no,…

Nicole Sia | August 1, 2012 - 9:01 am

En Vogue Turn Into Catty Divas: Morning Mix

:: After reuniting in 2010 for a new album and tour, En Vogue has splintered once again. This time around, members Dawn Robinson and Maxine Jones have defected to create a whole new version of the group. Naturally, the divas have taken to Twitter to bicker about it. [That Grape Juice]

:: Iggy

Nicole Sia | July 27, 2012 - 5:00 am

See Lady Gaga’s ‘Machete Kills’ Character Poster

With a top-earning world tour, a signature fragrance and her own social media platform, it wasn’t going to be long until Lady Gaga set out to conquer Hollywood. And for her big-screen acting debut, Gaga has teamed with bizarro grindhouse director Robert Rodriguez for a cameo in his next project, Machete Kills. How do we know this? Rodriguez…

Nicole Sia | July 26, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Madonna Performs Live In Paris: Watch

For those Madonna fans who didn’t score tickets to her MDNA World Tour, the Material Girl’s intimate gig at the Olympia in Paris, France, is streaming live today (July 26). Also watching will be the many groups offended by the “Turn Up The Radio” singer’s button-pushing show. Since kicking off the tour in Tel Aviv…

Nicole Sia | July 26, 2012 - 1:23 pm

A$AP Rocky Announces Fall North American Tour

An attempted robbery charge isn’t enough to slow A$AP Rocky down. The A$AP Mob head will join forces with special guests ScHoolboy Q and Danny Brown for his LONGLIVEA$AP tour, kicking off in late September. The rapper announced the 41-show lineup on Twitter Tuesday (July 24), tweeting: “THE LONGLIVEA$AP TOUR THIS SEPTEMBER W/ SCHOOLBOY Q DANNY BROWN AND…

Nicole Sia | July 24, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Pitbull’s Trip To Alaska: 8 Ways The Rapper Can Turn His Exile Into An Adventure

Yesterday (July 17), Walmart announced that Pitbull was officially headed north, after the Internet collectively united to exile the “Back In Time” MC to the one-stop-shop’s Kodiak, Alaska location. Mr. Worldwide seems to have accepted his fate with good humor and enthusiasm, but it remains to be seen how the Miami native will fare in…

Nicole Sia | July 18, 2012 - 5:30 am

Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’: Album Review

Today (July 17), Frank Ocean’s stunning debut album Channel Orange hits record stores — but not Target — nationwide. Most of us have already lived with it for a week now, at least since the Odd Future singer began streaming it on Tumblr. If you’ve yet to avail yourself of the opportunity to listen to…

Nicole Sia | July 17, 2012 - 5:26 pm

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