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This year started off with the last #1 song of 2013 on the Billboard Hot 100 — Eminem and Rihanna‘s “The Monster” — carrying over as the first #1 song of 2014. Other past chart-topping artists racked up more #1s this year, including Kesha, Pitbull, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, while new acts like MAGIC! and Meghan Trainor shot straight to the top with their debut singles.
And then there was “Fancy,” which brought an Aussie rapstress together with a British hit-maker for an inescapable pop jam that ruled the airwaves all spring- and summer-long and wound up with several big Grammy nominations by year’s end. More »
By now you’ve likely seen the shirtless photo of Calvin Harris that was doing the rounds this week, taken during a behind-the-scenes moment while the Scottish producer/DJ was on the set for his Emporio Armani shoot. The 30-year-old is the new face of the label’s 2015 Spring/Summer line, so now he can add the words “top model” to his already-impressive resume.
It turns out there was another shirtless snap of Harris to be found on his Instagram, which you can see in the gallery above, along with pics from the actual Armani campaign. Looks like Versace and Madonna now have some stiff pop star competition lined up for the months ahead. More »
Folks, the year is coming to a close, and we’re all feeling a bit less uptight…including Lady Gaga, who hit up The Tonight Show last night with her Cheek To Cheek pal Tony Bennett and told a charming story about the time a 70-year-old stripper in Atlanta told the pop diva to take off all her clothes and sing. The pole-dancing senior then had Gaga autograph a beer can so she could crush it between her boobs.
Tony sat quietly beside Gaga as the story played out, seeming amused. And how do you follow up a story about ancient strippers with tin-destroying breasts? By performing a cover of Cole Porter‘s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.” Duh.
Watch Gaga and Tony chat above, then catch Mother Monster’s performance below. More »
Little-to-no promo seems to be the way to go for J. Cole. The North Carolina rapper barely gave a heads-up a month ago that his album Forest Hills Drive was on the way in December, and without even a single out ahead of time to promote the project, the LP has debuted atop the Billboard 200 on the strength of 371,000 copies sold. It’s the biggest debut for a rap album this year, and comes just behind the 383,000 copies Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories (2014′s third best debut week) opened with in the spring. More »
In early November, we asked Idolator readers to vote for their favorite albums from the first half of 2014, and followed that up two weeks ago with a poll featuring LPs released between July and December. And now the results are in, the numbers have been tallied and we’re presenting you with the 10 Best Albums Of 2014, as chosen by you!
Altogether, nearly 74,000 votes were cast for the 40 albums included on both polls, with each album within the Top 10 racking up at least 1,000 of those votes a piece. Two of the albums represented below even wound up on our own 10 Best Albums Of 2014 list, as chosen by the Idolator editors.
Head below to see the results for which 10 albums were voted by you as the best of the best this year! More »
Last night (Monday, December 15), Mariah Carey kicked off the first of a string of six holiday concerts at New York City’s Beacon Theatre to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her iconic album Merry Christmas. (You know the one — it produced the last great yuletide classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”) The eye-popping show, though a short one at about an hour and 15 minutes long, saw Mimi tear through festive tunes from 1994′s Merry Christmas as well as 2010′s Merry Christmas II You while joined on stage by her trusty backup vocalists (including mainstay Trey Lorenz), a full choir, a pack of singing and dancing children and even a couple trapeze artists.
During a small break from the holiday music, Carey began to belt out “Hero,” but a problem that plagued her from the very first number on the setlist finally came to a head: her mic pack popped out of the back of her dress. More »
In case you hadn’t quite caught on, we here at Idolator have a weakness for most things synth-pop. So that brings us to Brooklyn duo Home Video, whose Here In Weightless Fall track “Forget” has been whipped into frothy electronic bliss via a remix by MNDR.
Home Video’s David Gross tells Idolator, “It’s exciting for me to hear MNDR producer Peter Wade‘s reworking of our single, especially after having gotten to know him as a collaborator. He took one of my favorite elements in the song — the piano arpeggio that comes in with the bridge — and transformed it into an acid-y lead synth that fizzes along throughout the remix. This version really indulges the lush synth pads that come in with the first chorus, as almost everything but the vocals drops out). It feels like you’re really sinking deep into something and then builds back up to the drop. Goosebumps.”
Give MNDR’s gorgeous remix of “Forget” a listen below! More »
“I Bet My Life” was just the first taste of Imagine Dragons‘ upcoming sophomore album Smoke + Mirrors, which now has a release date of February 17, 2015. The Las Vegas pop-rockers’ latest LP was added to iTunes today for pre-orders, and attached is rowdy slow number “Gold.”
So far the Grammy-winning band have taken a detour from the radio-friendly sound of previous hits “It’s Time,” “Radioactive” and “Demons,” so it will be interesting to see if Imagine Dragons’ fans latch onto this second outing as tightly as they did with Night Visions.
Give “Gold” a listen and catch the tracklist for the standard edition of Smoke + Mirrors below. More »
The Voice is almost over for the season! And if you caught part one of the finale last night, then you saw Matt McAndrew slay his competitors with his performance of original song “Wasted Love.” He’s also ruling the iTunes chart, as the piano ballad is currently the most downloaded song at the digital retailer.
It turns out Matt and his fellow finalists shot music videos for each of their original songs. Granted, the quickly-thrown-together clips aren’t going to win any awards, but you can watch “Wasted Love” above, then catch Damien‘s “Soldier,” Craig Wayne Boyd‘s “My Baby’s Got A Smile On Her Face” and Chris Jamison‘s “Velvet” below. More »
I know it seemed like Christmas came early already when the Nick Jonas sex gifs from Kingdom were slapped online, but no, scratch that — Santa officially delivered prematurely today, as news came that there’s a Bon Qui Qui album on the way. It’s called Gold Plated Dreams, and it’s out on January 13 from Warner Music Nashville.
If you’re not quite up on who Bon Qui Qui is, then start slapping yourself hard in the face over and over, because the now-eight-year-old “Bon Qui Qui At King Burger” sketch from MADtv is one of the holy grails of the Internet. Comedienne Anjelah Johnson-Reyes originated the character, and now that she’s got a record deal, she whipped together eight tracks — including such gems as “Oh No He Didn’t,” “No Boyfren,” Securrity” and “Bye” — for Gold Plated Dreams, the full tracklist for which you can catch below, along with her “I’m A Cut You” video and the original Bon Qui Qui skit from MADtv. More »