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Whatcha Say: Justin Bieber, Sia And Adam Lambert Had Our Readers Talking

Coachella 2015: 10 Artists We're Excited To See
Coachella 2015: 10 Artists We're Excited To See
Check out our gallery of artists performing at the 2015 Coachella Festival.

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! The New Year is officially in full swing, and things are just starting to heat up all over again in Pop World.

Kelly Clarkson got our pulses raising with the announcement of her new single “Heartbeat Song” out next week, which she’s been teasing piece by adorable piece, while Sia premiered her artsy, interpretive music video for “Elastic Heart” starring Maddie Ziegler and Shia LaBeouf. And Justin Bieber kicked off 2015 with a bulge — err, bang, thanks to his black and white Calvin Klein underwear campaign spread. (Of course, the Photoshop police were on the scene immediately.)

And over at Idolator, we launched an Ibrawlator between Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas and asked which one had the sexier underwear shot (have you voted yet?) and revealed the readers’ poll results for our Most Anticipated Albums of 2015, with Adam Lambert and Britney Spears taking the crowns. As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out some of the week’s best (and worst) comments after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea Actually Won’t Be On Shakira’s New Album: Morning Mix

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:: After rumors spread by a Spanish newspaper that Iggy Azalea would be making an appearance on Shakira‘s forthcoming LP, none were too happy about it. Well good news, it’s not true! The information was reportedly confirmed by Roman Garcia, one of the workers on the “Team Shakira” fansite. [PopJustice]

:: Speaking of I-G-G-Y, Kendrick Lamar seems to be on her side! In a recent interview with Billboard, the rapper stated: “She’s doing her thing. Let her. People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing, continue to rock it, because obviously God wants you here.” [Billboard]

:: Listen up, Led Zeppelin fans! The legendary rock band are planning to reissue their sixth LP, Physical Graffiti, this year! The album was first released in 1975, and will now have even more material in commemoration of its upcoming 40th anniversary. Look out for it on February 24. [Pitchfork]

:: Uh oh, the Bieliebers are at it again! Straight after the release of Justin Bieber‘s steamy Calvin Klein underwear ads with Lara Stone, the singer’s fans have been sending death threats to his model co-star. Calm down little ones, she’s married. [Jezebel]

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RedOne Will Be Scoring The ‘Whitney’ Lifetime Biopic: Morning Mix

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:: Pop producer/songwriter RedOne is making his film scoring debut for the forthcoming Lifetime biopic, Whitney! Angela Bassett (the project’s director) stated, “From the iconic songs to scoring, the RedOne team completely and utterly delivered in every way on Whitney.” Look out for the television premiere on January 17. [Billboard]

:: Dr. Dre‘s multi-million dollar Beats By Dre brand is causing some trouble with competitors! Monster has filed a suit against the rap mogul and Jimmy Iovine, where they’re alleging the headphones co-founders “betrayed” and “defrauded” them when the two companies split in 2012. [Consequence of Sound]

:: The Prodigy fans rejoice! The band will be releasing their first LP in six years on March 30, titled The Day Is My Enemy. The album is the follow-up to 2009′s Invaders Must Die. [Rolling Stone]

:: Today would have been Elvis Presley‘s 80th birthday, but there will still be a celebration! In commemoration of the legendary entertainer, Legacy Recordings plan to release The Complete ’60s Albums Collection Vol. 1 on iTunes as well as a new website and a live-streaming event from Graceland. [Rolling Stone]

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People’s Choice Awards 2015: Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran Win Big

This year’s awards season has officially begun, with the 2015 People’s Choice Awards just wrapping up tonight (January 7) live from Los Angeles. The fan-voted show (co-hosted by actresses and Mom co-stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney) commemorated some of the biggest names in television, film and pop music. Lady AntebellumIggy Azalea and Fall Out Boy all took the stage, where I-G-G-Y performed “Beg For It” sans  and the rock band entertaining the audience with “Centuries.”

Azalea snagged the first music award of the night for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, while fellow Aussies 5 Seconds Of Summer took home the win for Favorite Breakout Artist. Pharrell was also voted as Favorite R&B Artist. But pop stars du jour Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran were the big winners of the night, with the “Blank Space” starlet scoring three awards including Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for “Shake It Off.” The UK crooner received two of his own: Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album for xWatch the performances after the jump! More »

Ibrawlator: Who Did The Underwear Photo Better, Nick Jonas Or Justin Bieber?

Justin Bieber Strips Down To His Underwear
Justin Bieber Strips Down To His Underwear
If the internet crashes in the next couple of hours, you can blame Justin Bieber.

It’s been well over a decade since Mark Wahlberg‘s iconic, crotch-grabbing Calvin Klein ad, and that glorious photo is still getting plenty of play in 2015.

Last year, the Internet became a better, sexier place thanks to “Jealous” crooner Nick Jonas‘ refusal to wear all of his clothes at any one time, from his glorious Flaunt Magazine spread (in which he recreated the classic Marky Mark pose) to his very shirtless Details shoot.

But, lo! NickJo isn’t the only heartthrob getting naked for us on the regular. Last night, the heavily tattooed Justin Bieber threw in his own bid to #BREAKTHEINTERNET with his sleek ‘n smoldering black and white campaign ads for Calvin Klein, conjuring — you guessed it! — Wahlberg’s classic campaign.

So here’s the question: Which pop prince did the bulge-y deed better? Analyze the photos up top with a critical eye, and then place your vote below. Then, give us your reasoning in the comments below. More »

No Doubt Is Headlining BottleRock 2015: Morning Mix

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:: Gwen Stefani wasn’t lying about a No Doubt reunion being just around the corner! The band is headlining BottleRock 2015 along with Robert Plant and Imagine Dragons. The three-day festival kicks off May 29 in California’s Napa Valley. [Billboard]

:: Why wait when you’re in love? Ludacris married his long-time girlfriend Eudoxie on the same day that he proposed. He famously popped the question on a private jet. Her answer? “Hell yes!” [Gossip Cop]

:: Timbaland is moving labels. After almost a decade at Universal’s Interscope, the super-producer is heading over to Sony. He will set up shop at Epic Records and help head honcho L.A. Reid with their register, which includes Meghan Trainor and Tamar Braxton. [Billboard].

:: Congratulations to Sevyn Streeter and B.o.B! The cute couple announced that they were an item via Instagram. The R&B diva met her MC lover while working on tracks for his next album. How romantic! [Necole Bitchie]

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Sam Smith Goes Shirtless In Sydney: Morning Mix

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:: Sam Smith made the most of the Australian summer by taking a relaxing dip with boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel. The “Stay With Me” crooner rocked blue shorts as he splashed around Sydney’s Manly beach. Hopefully, he wore sunscreen to protect that pale English skin! [Daily Mail]

:: This is disturbing and exciting in equal measure. Michael Jackson‘s oldest son, Prince Jackson, reportedly hit the recording studio with Justin Bieber. While it will be interesting to see if the 17-year-old inherited his father’s talent, the Canadian superstar can’t be the best influence on an impressionable teenager. [Page Six]

:: Speaking of Justin, the 20-year-old recently broke his ankle. He didn’t reveal when or how it happened, but it could have something to do with his penchant for skateboarding in oversized shorts. Biebs did, however, post a pic of his injury on Facebook. [Pink Is The New Blog].

:: Kid Rock penned an op-ed for The Guardian and shared his views on politics. The rock star/ordained minister isn’t opposed to same sex marriage but says he’s not looking forward to marrying gay couples. (That doesn’t make a lot of sense). He also has some harsh words for Barack Obama and the rap/rock movement he pioneered. [Vulture]

::  [Karen Civil]

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Iggy Azalea Has Been Diagnosed With Muscular Disorder TMJ: Morning Mix

:: Iggy Azalea revealed that she was diagnosed with TMJ on Twitter yesterday (December 31). The muscular disorder causes jaw pain and is brought on by stress — at least according to the femcee. The multiple Grammy nominee also announced that she has started work on her second album. [Twitter]

:: Season 14 of American Idol is just around the corner. Jennifer Lopez posted a couple of behind-the-scenes pics on Instagram and is looking typically flawless. The talent show has suffered from falling ratings over the past few years, but if anyone can turn things around, it’s J.Lo. [Instagram]

:: Nicki Minaj opens up about getting an abortion as a teenager in her Rolling Stone cover story. “It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through,” she says of the ordeal, which she also references on her new LP The Pinkprint. [Billboard]

:: Well, this has to be a first. Chris Brown cancelled a New Year’s Eve performance in the Philippines because — wait for it — he lost his passport. I guess that’s a polite way of saying he couldn’t be bothered flying half-way around the world for one show. [Billboard]

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Sam Smith Says ‘The X Factor’ Is “Quite Damaging” For Songwriters: Morning Mix

:: Sam Smith believes competitions like X Factor UKare good for singers, but not such a wise career choice for singer-songwriters. “I always say to people: ‘If you’re a singer, go for it.’ It’s an amazing platform. But if you’re not, and you’re a songwriter, I think it’s actually quite damaging for you to go on there,” he told The Mirror. [THR]

:: Good news for Solange Knowles! After reports surfaced earlier in the week of the singer being hit with a tax lien of over $55,000, Solange confirmed it was simply the result of “confusion” regarding her California residency and that the matter will “come to a swift close.” [VIBE]

:: Justin Bieber doesn’t actually own that private jet he sort-of-suggested he got as a Christmas gift on Instagram. Sorry, Beliebers! [Celebuzz]

:: Did you know? Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be” (our song of 2014!) is the only song to have sold over a million copies in the UK and tied Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” for the longest #1 run of 2014. [Official Charts]

:: The endlessly delayed, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre-produced N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, finally has a trailer. [Stereogum]

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Jessie J’s “Party In The U.S.A.” Songwriting Royalties Paid Her Bills For Three Years: Morning Mix

:: Miley Cyrus may be the voice you hear on 2009 single “Party In The U.S.A.”, but it was songwriters Jessie J, Dr. Luke and Claude Kelly who cleaned up at the bank with the song. Says Jessie, “You’ve got to write songs, that’s where the money is, being an artist. ‘Party In The USA’ paid my rent for, like, three years.” [E! Online]

:: Madonna‘s manager Guy Oseary opens up about the major leak the Material Girl’s Rebel Heart album has sprung: “You know, this is new days, we’ve learned a lot, we understand where the holes were. And we’re doing all of it. It’s real. It’s real stuff. A lot of pain, you know, seeing a lot of your private work just being thrown out there to the universe because someone can steal it and do that.” [Billboard]

:: Mark Wahlberg, of “Good Vibrations” fame (he’s done some movies here and there, too), showed off his naked butt at the beach in Barbados. [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: There is some serious money-drama beef going on between friends (?) and collaborators DJ Mustard and YG. [Stereogum]

:: If you live in Europe, you can apparently now get a refund for music you’ve bought off iTunes. [PopJustice]

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