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Sister Cristina raised her voice, and Madonna heard it. The 26-year-old Italian nun won The Voice Italy earlier this year after initially stunning her home country with her cover of “No One.” Now, in a bid for some attention-grabbing promo, the holy songbird has covered Madonna‘s “Like A Virgin” ahead of the release of her upcoming album (out November 11).
Her Madgesty apparently caught wind of Sister Cristina’s divine rendition, as she posted two Photoshopped images today on Instagram featuring herself with the Italian sensation.
“Like A Virgin? #bitinghard,” Madonna, who has had an infamous history with the Catholic church, captioned the one photo. On the other she simply noted, “Sisters for Life! #touchedfortheveryfirsttime”
Catch the pop queen’s photo-reactions below, then see Sister Cristina’s album tracklist — which includes Jessie J, Keane and Cyndi Lauper covers — here. More »
Recent “divorcee” Iggy Azalea is cranking up the heat and declaring that it’s “Iggy SZN” in one of the five new tracks on her upcoming Reclassified re-release of The New Classic (out November 24). Reclassified‘s actual lead single is the MØ-featuring “Beg for It,” which is set to premiere on radio Saturday (October 25) morning, ahead of Iggy’s performance on Saturday Day Night Live that evening.
For now, fans of the chart-topping rapstress will have to settle for sassy “Iggy SZN,” which has her declaring, “Haters gon’ hate while critics critique, I pay them no mind whenever they speak / what they make a year I make in a week, I know you can’t stand it, just get you a seat!”
Guess she told you. Listen below. More »
We’re one day away from the premiere of the video for One Direction‘s “Steal My Girl,” the lead single off the UK boy band’s upcoming album Four (out November 17). And to tease Directioners to the point of experiencing an absolute cuteness-overload, the guys threw some photos from the Los Angeles set out there today, including ones showing Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and video guest star Danny DeVito playing around with a chimp.
In another pic posted on One Direction’s Facebook wall this morning, Liam Payne is shown being filmed while wearing a marching band jacket. What could all this random fun in the sun mean, as far as a cohesive plot for the video? (Remember, there’s also the whole bit with the sumo wrestlers!) Silly Directioners — you’ll just have to wait a full day to find out! More »
Sometimes, out of the blue, a magical song springs up that possesses the ability to instantly brighten all corners of the universe. And we’re not saying this lightly: Mystery Skulls‘ disco-pop jam “Number 1,” featuring R&B diva Brandy and the legendary Nile Rodgers, is one such sunny track. The good news is that Mystery Skulls’ upcoming debut LP Forever (out October 27) is full of equally-addictive tracks guaranteed to get your butt shaking and your face smiling.
But that’s a few days off. For now, just revel in the absolute pop bliss of “Number 1″ below. More »
Cobra Starship‘s Gabe Saporta spends a fun day frolicking with the ladies of Icona Pop in their video for “Never Been In Love.” The Wallpaper.-produced party jam (which sample’s Fatboy Slim‘s ’90s stomper “Praise You”) first premiered in the late summer, but all involved have turned out a fall season-appropriate visual wherein our three main jacket-clad heroes goof around — first on the streets of Stockholm, then in a gritty nightclub before eventually winding up among the rides and games at a carnival.
It’s fun, harmless stuff…complete with the inevitable Beats headphones promo. Watch above (and be sure to check out Icona Pop’s remix of the song). More »
It’s back-to-back-to-back country albums on top of the Billboard 200, as Florida Georgia Line debut at #1 with Anything Goes (197,000 sold) following chart-topping stints by Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean in recent weeks. Also, Bob Seger follows follows the trend of veteran acts making a big showing in the Top 10 lately (see: Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Stevie Nicks) by debuting at #3 with his 17th studio album Ride Out (59,000).
That leaves Pink and Dallas Green (aka You+Me) to go in at #4 with rose ave. (50,000), which, if you can wrap your head around it, is actually the third-best chart position ever for a Pink album. The only two that did better: 2008′s Funhouse (#2) and 2012′s The Truth About Love (#1). More »
Maybe it was the fact that we here at Idolator included Rachel Stevens‘ 2005 solo LP Come And Get It in our recent 13 Great Pop Albums That Were Overlooked & Underrated In Their Time roundup that lured the singer back to the spotlight? Whatever the case may be, she and her onetime bandmates Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O’Meara, Hannah Spearritt — aka S Club 7 — are reuniting for the first time in 12 years for a live performance on the annual BBC Children In Need charity show.
Here in the States the group was mostly famous for their late-’90s Fox series S Club 7 In Miami and 2000 single “Never Had A Dream Come True.” But in their home country of the UK, S Club 7 racked up 11 Top 10 singles during their five-year run, with four of those going to #1. More »
For the fourth year in a row, the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For The Holidays charity show will be staged at New York’s Beacon Theatre (this time around on Saturday, December 6). Rosie O’Donnell will co-host once again, along with Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox. Each year, Home For The Holidays is staged to help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness, and proceeds support Lauper’s True Colors Fund’s work to address the problem.
On the roster for joining Cyndi at the Beacon Theatre in December are 50 Cent, Natalie Maines, Patty Griffin, Salt-N-Pepa, Sufjan Stevens, Emily West, STRFKR, Liv Warfield and Today Show hostess Hoda Kotb. More »
Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.
Jennifer Hudson knows it; Kiesza knows it; and Mary J. Blige definitely knows it: as far as popular music goes in 2014, London is where it’s at, and deep house is the name of the game. Recently we’ve shined our Popping Up spotlight on beat-heavy British acts ranging from Gorgon City to Clean Bandit to Route 94, and there’s always room for one more, provided the music is solid.
That brings us to UK dance duo Billon, who’ve steadily been earning a solid reputation by remixing artists like Katy B (“Still”), Yasmin (“Thinking About You”) and Ella Eyre (“If I Go”). The pair have also offered up a couple EPs in the past, and today (October 21) sees the stateside release of their brand new single “Special.”
Head below to find out how the guys partnered up with songwriter MNEK and singer Maxine Ashley for “Special,” and how the whole Billon project got started in the first place. More »
Kiesza’s life has become an unexpected whirlwind in 2014. Since the release of her deep house throwback “Hideaway” this past spring, the Canadian singer-songwriter has spent more time on airplanes and in different countries than she ever could have imagined.
“I’m flying to Italy on Friday, and then back to L.A. That’s going to be a fun flight,” Kiesza says over lunch in New York’s Upper West Side. It’s a sunny afternoon in mid-September, just six months after we invited her into the Idolator studio for a Popping Up feature — her first on-camera interview. In that time, “Hideaway” has gone from simply being a viral YouTube sensation to becoming a rampant chart-topping smash in countries like the UK and Italy, as well as a Top 10 hit in most other territories in the world.
Half a year later, the two of us are meeting up again to talk about the bigger picture: Kiesza’s debut album, Sound Of A Woman (out today, October 21 – pick it up here). The LP is a blend of house, classic hip hop beats and torch-song balladry that showcases both her and producer Rami Samir Afuni‘s deep appreciation for the 1990s.
Head below to find out about Kiesza’s labor of love that was several years in the making. More »