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Miranda Lambert And Carrie Underwood Tease Their Role-Reversing “Somethin’ Bad” Video: Watch

Jun 24th, 2014 // Comment
Carrie + Miranda
Carrie and Miranda walk the BBMA red carpet together. Read More »

Move over, Thelma & Louise. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood find themselves on the wrong side of the law in their much-anticipated “Somethin’ Bad” video and show their movie counterparts a thing or two about how country girls handle life on the lam. The campy visual hasn’t even premiered in full but it’s already exceeded all my expectations!

Miranda teased the video on her Instagram today (June 24) and it finds the usually refined divas (hell, Carrie even released a song called “Good Girl”) indulging in all kinds of bad behavior. The blond bombshells gamble, drink heavily and eventually find themselves arrested. (Their faux mugshot is the best thing I’ve seen all week). Watch the clip after the jump. More »

Ariana Grande Unveils A New Solo Version Of “Problem” (Sorry, Iggy!): Take A Listen

Jun 24th, 2014 // 10 Comments
"Problem" MV
Watch Ariana & Iggy Azalea evoke the swinging '60s! Read More »

Ariana Grande has ditched Iggy Azalea for a new solo version of Max Martin-produced smash “Problem”. The sax-heavy jam has been stuck at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 behind the Australian collaborator’s “Fancy” for the past month, so the new edit could be revenge for the femcee’s chart-blocking ways or, more likely, a simple marketing exercise.

The song is so relentlessly catchy that it could stand up to almost any act of butchery but “Problem” definitely sounds worse without Iggy. Her fierce (but still young adult-friendly) verse injected some much-needed attitude into the song, which now just sounds like a straightforward Mariah Carey knock-off mashed with Jason Derulo‘s “Talk Dirty”. Listen after the jump. More »

Calvin Harris Unveils New Club Instrumental “C.U.B.A.”: Listen To The Raging Floorfiller

Jun 24th, 2014 // Comment
Calvin's "Summer"
Calvin Harris unveils his suitably sunny "Summer" video. Read More »

While “Summer” continues to shine on the Billboard Hot 100, Calvin Harris unveiled something a little less commercial at EDC in Las Vegas over the weekend. “C.U.B.A.” isn’t the soaring pop-friendly club banger with a sing-a-long chorus that we’ve come to expect from the Scottish DJ. Instead, it’s frenzied instrumental custom-made for big-room play.

The 30-year-old turns his tried-and-tested formula upside on “C.U.B.A.”. It’s a bass-heavy monster built around a sinister drumline with huge drops and a euphoric climax. There’s no word yet if the track will feature on Calvin’s new album, “Blame” featuring John Newman is officially slated as the second single, but it should keep clubs jumping over the warm summer months. Listen after the jump. More »

Love Dollhouse Talk “Can I”, Their Inspirations & Taking The Perfect Selfie: Idolator Q&A

Jun 24th, 2014 // Comment
LD's "Can I" Video
Love Dollhouse arrive with catchy R&B-pop anthem "Can I". Read More »

Love Dollhouse, a trio of teenagers from Detroit, is aiming to fill the void left by legendary R&B girl groups like TLC, Destiny’s Child and En Vogue. And they got off to a very impressive start with debut single “Can I”. Written by Claude Kelly (Britney Spears“Circus”) and produced by Jon Jon Traxx (Beyonce‘s “Deja Vu”), the summery feel-good anthem is pretty much irresistible.

I recently caught up with Ryan, Jasmine and Chelsea on the roof of the famed Capitol building in Los Angeles. Instead of staging a traditional photo shoot, I wanted to get the girls to take their own pics on a cell phone. Apart from nailing my selfie challenge (above), Love Dollhouse opened up about recording “Can I”, the importance of great choreography and their long list of musical inspirations. See what your new favorite girl band has to say after the jump. More »

Prince Recorded A Song Called “This Could Be Us,” Based On An Internet Meme

Jun 24th, 2014 // 2 Comments
Prince's New Album
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A new album (!) and Purple Rain reissue are on their way. Read More »
Rita Ora's Big Weekend
She covers Coldplay and Beyonce at BBC Radio 1's festival. Read More »
Prince 4 "Breakfast"
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Watch the video for "Breakfast Can Wait." Read More »
Rita Does Terry
Rita Ora is the latest pop diva to pose for Terry Richardson. Read More »

Yep, you heard it right: King of Funk Prince wrote a new track called “This Could Be Us,” and he’s using the World Wide Web as his muse. Inspired by the #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin’ Meme of Prince and Apollonia cruising on a motorcycle in the 1984 movie Purple Rain, the track will be featured on his much-awaited upcoming solo album.

In a recent interview with the Minneapolis’ Star Tribune, Prince let reporter Jon Bream listen to the new jam, which Bream later called “a joyful ballad with some ecstatic Prince vocalizing.” More »

Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban And Harry Connick Jr. Will Return To ‘American Idol’

Jun 24th, 2014 // 2 Comments
7 Q's With Becky G
She talks her hit "Shower," touring with Katy Perry and more. Read More »

While the future of reality competition shows remains uncertain, American Idol will return with the same talent from Season 13.

The show is bringing back Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. for its judging panel, along with host Ryan Seacrest. “Their interaction, warmth and experience made them an absolute joy to watch. I can’t wait to see their evolution together continue next season,” Simon Fuller, Idol‘s creator and executive producer, said in a statement.

Next season will not be the last, according to Fox chief Kevin Reilly. However, Idol will be pared down significantly, from 50-plus hours to a neat 37 – an answer to the show’s faltering ratings. Last season’s performance finale drew just 6.6 million viewers, making for the least-watched episode in the show’s history, including at its infancy with Kelly Clarkson facing off Justin Guarini. More »

Charli XCX Originally Wrote “Boom Clap” For Hilary Duff: “I Was Crushed”

Jun 24th, 2014 // Comment
Your Summer Anthem
See what readers voted as this year's summer anthem. Read More »

Charli XCX once had different plans for “Boom Clap,” her contribution to The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack – and the song that has cemented her rightful place in pop. A year ago, she originally wrote the song for Hilary Duff – “my No. 1 project as a songwriter,” she says.

Duff has been plotting her first new music since 2007′s Dignity, while working with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Dr. Luke. “[W]hen I heard about this, I was like, ‘F—k!Are you serious?! This is my ‘in’! I’m going to make a Hilary Duff album!’” Charli XCX said to MTV UK.

“So we sent over ‘Boom Clap’, but [Duff's team] came back and were like, ‘This isn’t cool enough for Hilary.’” Wait – what? More »

Kanye West Is Doing Community Service For Paparazzo Assault By Teaching At Fashion School

Jun 23rd, 2014 // Comment
Kanye's "God Level"
Kanye West previews a new song in an Adidas commercial. Read More »

Kanye West was sentenced to 250 hours of labor after assaulting a paparazzo last July but don’t worry about Yeezy getting his hands dirty. The newlywed rapper is doing his community service by teaching at fashion school. He dropped by the Los Angeles Trade Technical College today (June 23) and spoke about working in the fashion industry.

This sounds like a much better use of Kanye’s time than say, picking up trash by the side of a freeway. After all, he invented leather jogging pants and plenty of other practical garments (I’m sure). And needless to say, students are more than happy to have Ye as a special guest. “OMFG I JUST SAW KANYE WEST IN THE FLESH,” tweeted one starstruck fan. “HE WALKED IN MY CLASS AND WE MADE EYE CONTACT.” More »

Jhene Aiko Teases Slinky New Single “To Love And Die” On Instagram: Listen

Jun 23rd, 2014 // Comment
Jhene Interview
We spoke with Jhene Aiko about new album 'Souled Out'. Read More »
Jhene Aiko's "Ready"
She unleashes a solo version of "Stay Ready (What A Life)." Read More »
Jhene's GQ Shoot
See the R&B diva's sexy, semi-topless GQ photo shoot. Read More »
Jhene's "The Worst"
On Ellen, Jhene Aiko proves she's actually the best. Or pretty close. Read More »

Jhene Aiko finally landed a well-deserved commercial breakthrough with meandering — in a good way — alt-R&B cut “The Worst”. The Drake-approved anthem became the 26-year-old’s first solo entry on the Billboard Hot 100 (it peaked at an impressive number 43) and helped her critically-acclaimed Sail Out EP become a very steady seller.

It looks like the soul siren is now ready to move on to promoting her debut LP Souled Out with new single “To Love And Die”. Jhene teased the atmospheric jam on Instagram today (June 23) and it sounds like another sparse R&B jam with highly confessional lyrics. Only this time, there’s a slight psychedelic twist and the perennially pissed off diva actually sounds rather loved up, so that’s an exciting turn of events. Listen to a preview after the jump. More »

Karmin Covers ‘Grease’ Classic “Summer Nights” For Twizzlers Commercial

Jun 23rd, 2014 // 4 Comments
Karmin Interview
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We interviewed pop duo Karmin about new LP 'Pulses'. Read More »
Karmin Say "Hello"
Karmin Amy Nick 2012 Hello
The lowdown on Karmin's moody new single "Hello". Read More »
Karmin's "Pulses"
Nick strips off in the video for Karmin's "Pulses". Read More »
Karmin's "Acapella"
Karmin drop a colorful video for new hit single "Acapella". Read More »

Karmin can pretty much do no wrong in my eyes (I was even here for them performing on the roof of a McDonald’s bus!) but their cover of Grease classic “Summer Nights” gets two thumbs down from me. Nick and Amy tackle the much-loved Olivia Newton-John/John Travolta duet for a Twizzlers commercial and the result could be mistaken for really bad karaoke.

I’m sure the idea sounded good on paper. (After all, how many boy/girl combos are there?) But Karmin’s cover jumped the shark when someone decided to turn the ultimate sing-a-long song into a tinny dance anthem. The production just doesn’t work and the duo goes through the motions vocally. Let’s hope this is never officially released. Listen after the jump. More »