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Iggy Azalea Accepts Snoop Dogg’s Apology: Morning Mix

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:: After the unnecessary feud between Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg escalated (with even Azeliea Banks randomly joining in), Snoop has decided to finally apologize to the Aussie rapper via Instagram video – natch. She then tweeted (& deleted), “I appreciate the apology.” [Digital Spy]

:: Summer music festival season recently ended, but Bonnaroo is already prepped for next year! They announced their 2015 dates, which will take place on the weekend of June 11th – 14th in Manchester, TN. The lineup will be announced in February. [Consequence of Sound]

:: The Songwriters Hall of Fame 2015 nominees have been announced, with writers like Tom Petty, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Babyface and Linda Perry being considered. The selected songwriters will be inducted in the June 2015 ceremony. [Billboard]

:: Will there ever be a time when Justin Bieber is not in trouble? The Canadian bad boy recently threw a homecoming party when he returned to the states after traveling Europe, but the celebration was soon busted by the cops due to noise complaints. [TMZ]

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U2 Apologize (Kind Of) For Surprise ‘Songs Of Innocence’ Release: Morning Mix

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:: Remember that horrible time when U2 added their new album, Songs Of Innocence, to our iCloud accounts? Well now they are finally apologizing…kind of. The band’s frontman, Bono, addressed the fiasco during a Facebook Q&A session: “Oops. I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard. There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.” [Pitchfork]

:: Tyga spoke with our friends over at Vibe magazine about his experience working with Kanye West on his forthcoming album, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty. The Young Money rapper stated, “He just told me to come to the studio one day and just gave me and Big Sean this long speech. He was just saying what it is, and what we need to do as young artists and how we just need to take control of this shit. We got the voice, and people follow what we do.” Read what else Tyga had to say here.

:: Erykah Badu took to the streets of New York City to…sing for money? The artist went to the infamous Times Square to see what it was like to perform for the passing tourists. She ended up making $3.60 at the end. [Pigeons & Planes]

:: Britney Spears‘ Las Vegas residency is making the destination city some major bank! The singer’s Planet Hollywood show revenue has boosted the city’s annual earnings by $20 million. That would explain why they extended her residency for two more years…[PopDust]

:: Ariana Grande will be making a return to acting, as she’ll be starring in the animated film UnderdogsGlee star Matthew MorrisonNicholas Hoult and Katie Holmes are also casted. It is set for an April 10, 2015 release. [MTV News]

:: Next year, a new documentary titled 808 plans to hit the silver screen. The project, which focuses on the instrument that helped to change music in the ’80s, will feature commentary from Pharrell, Diplo, David Guetta, Questlove and more. [Rolling Stone]

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Ibrawlator: Which Pop Diva Will Have The Best Album At The End Of 2014?

Sure, 2014 hasn’t exactly been the biggest year for pop diva record releases, no doubt because of the deluge of albums that dropped last year, from the likes of Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga — just about everyone, really!

Not that there’s a complete shortage this year, however: In fact, there are a bunch of releases that we can’t wait to hear. What are some of the most anticipated records on our radar right now?

It’s down to “Shake It Off” songstress Taylor Swift‘s 1989, “Anaconda” diva Nicki Minaj‘s The Pink Print, “Crazy Stupid Love” pop princess Cheryl‘s Only Human and “London Queen” Charli XCX‘s highly anticipated Sucker. But we want to know: Which one are you most excited to hear? Vote for the record of your choice after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea Fires Back At Snoop Dogg’s Insults On Twitter: Morning Mix

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:: After Snoop Dogg posted a not-so-nice picture of an Albino woman on his Instagram with the caption, “Iggy Azalea no make up,” the “Fancy” star went to Twitter to slam the rapper. She wrote, “And everytime I’ve spoken to you, you’ve always been nice as hell. I’m disappointed you’d be such an ass for no reason.” [E! News]

:: Courtney Love is always reliable for fun musical drama! She is now claiming that Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan wrote a number of songs about her. When the band’s frontman “stopped writing about me, he stopped having hits.” Whatever you say, Court! [Billboard]

:: There’s some good news for XXL magazine! The publication announced it will not be ending its print edition after all. They plan to release another issue by year’s end. The news comes after Harris Publications sold XXL to digital-based Townsquare Media. [MTV]

:: Not everyone is a fan of Rihanna‘s sexual image, including Mel C. The former Spice Girl told Radio Times the singer needs to have more dignity: “My five-year-old loves Rihanna. But she has no idea what her idol looks like because there’s little footage that I’m happy for her to see. It’s a shame that a talented, successful woman expresses herself in such an overtly sexual way.” [Refinery 29]

:: One Direction member Zayn Malik may be coming to a theater near you! The singer has reportedly been asked to star in a Bollywood film, since he apparently has a huge fanbase in India. [Digital Spy]

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Jessie J’s ‘Sweet Talker’: Review Revue

Jessie J reigned in her career by focusing on dominating the U.S. market, with her latest album Sweet Talker (out today, October 14). The singer’s third studio LP is her attempt to breaking into the Top 40, which was a harder feat for her since she mainly gained traction in the UK. But does the album live up to its expectations of being an eye-catching pop masterpiece?

In our review, we wrote “Bang Bang’ was effective enough to help the singer stage a stateside comeback. But the all-star team (DiploThe-DreamTricky Stewart) behind the toned-down Sweet Talker failed to tackle the problem that first pervaded her schizophrenic 2011 debut, Who You Are: Vocal tricks aside, Jessie J doesn’t have a clear sense of identity.

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Pink And Dallas Green’s (You + Me) ‘rose ave.’: Review Revue

Pink threw her fans a curveball back in early September, when she announced she’ll be recording a folk album with City and Colour‘s Dallas Green. Calling themselves You + Methe duo has a stripped-down, pastoral sound that is completely different that what we’re used to hearing from the pop rocker. Their debut album, rose ave., was released today (October 14) via Pink’s record label – RCA.

But on this project, she is strictly going by her given name (Alecia Moore) so that people can separate her known persona from this new venture. Our own Robbie Daw commented on the LP, stating “And as you might have gathered from previously-released tracks “You And Me,” “Break The Cycle”and “Capsized,” this is Pink in full-on folk mode — in other words, it’s miles away from the glossy pop you’ve come to know the brash, outspoken singer for.”

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Ariana Grande Confirms Her Relationship With Big Sean: Morning Mix

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:: Ariana Grande has confirmed her relationship with Big Sean. The mini-diva spoke with The Telegraph about dating the rapper, stating “He is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I think the world of him, and he’s an amazing person. That’s kind of all there is to it.” How sweet! The two were rumored to be a couple since the 2014 VMAs in August, and Big Sean even appears on My Everything‘s “Best Mistake.” They previously collaborated on 2013′s “Right There,” and he’s also featured on “Problem.” [Miss Info]

:: Speaking of Grande, she has been receiving a lot of flack for allegedly being a stuck-up diva, but “Bang Bang” collaborator Jessie J is stepping up to her defense. The Sweet Talker stated, “I’ve met Ariana, and there’s a very thin line between ‘diva’ and ‘survival.’ And a lot of people can’t [differentiate that] — and I’ve had that. I’ve had the diva stuff. And it’s when people can’t cope with how passionate you are, and how much you care.” [Billboard]

:: There’s no doubt that Ed Sheeran is currently one of pop’s biggest stars. But the UK crooner did not always have it so easy before he made it big. He revealed in his new book A Visual Journey that he spent two-and-a-half years homeless on the London streets. Sheeran wrote in an excerpt, “There was an arch outside Buckingham Palace that has a heating duct and I spent a couple of nights there… I didn’t have anywhere to live for much of 2008 and the whole of 2009 and 2010, but somehow I made it work.” [Digital Spy]

:: Mark Bell, a major influence in the ’90s London club scene, has sadly passed away. He is best known for producing for Björk, and being the co-founder of British house duo LFO. [Spin]

:: Simon Cowell has a feeling that The X Factor USA will be making a return to our screens. The show hasn’t aired in the U.S. since last December, and with competition like NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s Rising Star making a comeback may be harder than Cowell expects. [Rolling Stone]

:: Ozzy Osbourne will be honored at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, where he’ll received the Global Icon Award. Catch the legendary rocker and other stars when the show airs on Sunday, November 9. [MTV]

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Whatcha Say: Lady Gaga, Beyonce And Meghan Trainor Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator readers. We did it. We made it through yet another week of pop!

There’ve been some major releases along the way — from Tinashe‘s Aquarius to Betty Who‘s Take Me When You Go, to Gorgon City‘s Sirens — along with some major premieres. Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj gave us the official “***Flawless” remix performance, Marina And The Diamonds debuted her “Froot” and a newly slimmed down Take That returned with “These Days.”

Over ’round these parts, we interviewed the fantastic Molly Lambert and premiered the Giorgio Moroder remix of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s Cheek To Cheek jam, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” Naturally, all of the above (and more!) got our readers talking.

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Lorde Approves Of The ‘South Park’ Episode About Her: Morning Mix

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:: South Park has been joking about Lorde for a handful of episodes now, and the singer is actually in good spirits about it! She’s not a big fan of the show, but she tweeted that she’s flattered the show thought to include her in their sketches. [Stereogum]

:: Pink Floyd‘s upcoming album This Is The End (their first album since 1994′s The Division Bell) will actually be the end. David Gilmour made a statement saying this project will be the last from the legendary group. [Rolling Stone]

:: Calling all Fleetwood Mac fans! The band extended their North American into next year, adding 28 more dates. The second leg of the tour will launch on January 16 in St. Paul, Minn. [Radio.com]

:: Nick Jonas just got even sexier! The singer/actor answered fan questions on Vine, and one of them asked him to read a passage from 50 Shades of Grey. It’s pretty hot! [MTV]

:: Paula Patton has officially filed for divorce from her husband of nine years, “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke. She asked the judge to grant the two joint custody of their 4-year-old son Julian. Well, it’s about time! [E! Online]

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Adele Is Still Making Serious Money From ’21′ Album: Morning Mix

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:: Adele‘s breakthrough album, 21, was released in 2011 to massive chart-topping success. Fast-forward to almost four years later, and the singer is still making money from the record – up to $128K to be exact! She’ll soon have even more money coming in, as her third album is to be released next year. [ONTD]

:: Beyonce has thrown her fair share of shade throughout her career, but who knew her hubby Jay Z was capable of the same? On a recent trip to The Louvre museum in Paris, a onlooker asked who the rapper is. His response was a quick and sly, “Who are you?” Watch it for yourself here. [Gawker]

:: Nicole Scherzinger may be gearing up for an album release soon, but that’s not stopping her from acting! She’ll be making her West End debut in the Cats musical, starring as “Glamour Cat” Grizabella. The show will run for 12 weeks at London’s Palladium, beginning in December. [Just Jared]

:: Remember Miley CyrusMTV VMA dateJesse Helt? Well the young man (who gave a speech about homelessness) has been sentenced to six months in prison for violating his probation. His attorney (hired by Cyrus) asked the judge to grant Helt leniency and give him a second chance. [Pop Crush]

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