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It’s The Foxes Twitter Takeover!

Apr 7th, 2014 // Comment

When she’s not belting out stunning live mash-ups of Massive Attack‘s “Teardrop” and Pharrell‘s “Happy,” partying in paint-soaked food fight music videos or just generally dominating radio with her Top 10 smash Zedd collabo “Clarity,” rising pop princess Foxes is steadily putting the final touches on her long awaited debut album, Glorious.

But before the LP drops in May, the “Youth” songstress is hopping onto our Twitter today at 2 PM EST to chat with fans about her upcoming album, performing live and everything in between. Want to join in on the fun? Get all the details below! More »

Eminem’s Next Video To Be Directed By Spike Lee

Apr 6th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Eminem‘s next music video will be directed by Spike Lee. After the two teased snapshots from Detroit, of an 8 Mile road sign and themselves (above), the high-profile Lee confirmed that they will be working together. “Historic. Who Woulda Thunk It,” he said on Instagram.

The two are working together on a “short film” for “Headlights,” a weepy moment from MMLP2. Featuring fun. frontman Nate Ruess, “Headlights” surprised because of its apologetic lyrics to Eminem’s mother Debbie Mathers. In 1999, Mathers filed a lawsuit and sought $10 million from Eminem for slander implying that she was an unstable drug user, as the rapper had in songs like “Cleanin’ Out My Closet.”

The last music video that Lee directed was for Michael Jackson‘s 2009 “This Is It,” a sentimental clip that features rehearsal footage and revisits Jackson’s childhood home in Gary, Indiana. Revisit the music video after the jump. More »

Ashanti Was The Inspiration For Arctic Monkeys’ Track “R U Mine?”: Morning Mix

Apr 4th, 2014 // Comment

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:: British rockers Arctic Monkeys reveal that Ashanti‘s early ’00s hit were the inspiration for “R U Mine?” They praised the R&B diva’s scales and melodies. Let the Ashanti revival begin! [Hollywood]

:: Want to win over a hottie like Iggy Azalea? Head to your nearest Target. That’s where the Aussie femcee first met up with boyfriend Nick Young. She described the retail giant as the perfect setting for a date. [Necole Bitchie]

:: Vybz Kartel, probably best known for voicing Major Lazer‘s breakthrough hit “Pon De Floor”, has been sentenced to life in jail for murder. He apparently cut his victim into tiny pieces. Grisly. [Gawker]

:: If you went to Kings Of Leon‘s Seattle show on March 28 and feel a bit run down, perhaps you should visit a doctor. A woman with measles attended the gig and could be contagious. Better be safe than sorry. [Spin]

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Beyonce Is Being Sued By Trampled Fans: Morning Mix

Apr 3rd, 2014 // Comment

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:: Beyonce might have to open her purse strings after being hit by a lawsuit from two fans who were injured at her Chicago show. They were trampled in the rush to get a prime position at the front of the stage. [Vibe]

:: America is still the world’s largest music market ahead of Japan in a new IFPI study. Germany moves ahead of the UK for third spot, while France and Australia rank fifth and sixth respectively. [Billboard]

:: Californian rock chicks Haim and producer Diplo were among the celebrities chosen to model the 2014 US soccer team’s uniform for the World Cup in Brasil. Both acts look extremely athletic in the figure-hugging gear. [Nike]

:: Here’s some exciting news for Hole fans. It seems Courtney Love is working on new music with the original line-up. 2010 LP Nobody’s Daughter was basically a solo record under the band’s moniker. [Spin]

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Gisele Bundchen Is Covering Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass” For Her H&M Campaign: Morning Mix

Apr 2nd, 2014 // Comment

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:: Gisele Bundchen is more than just a pretty face. The Brazilian supermodel also fancies herself as a singer and will cover Blondie‘s classic hit “Heart Of Glass” as part of her latest H&M campaign. Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt! [Huffington Post]

:: Here’s some great news for fans of The Cure. Frontman Robert Smith announced that the iconic band will be releasing not one but two new albums this year. Apparently, the material comes from the 4:13 sessions in 2008. [Digital Spy]

:: The power of Breaking Bad knows no bounds. Today the composer of the much-missed TV show’s score announced that his soundtrack will be released on limited edition double vinyl after receiving pleas from desperate viewers. [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: Shakira‘s hips don’t lie and her appeal transcends genres. The Colombian diva will perform “Medicine” at the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMAs) along with duet partner Blake Shelton. [Vibe]

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Justin Bieber Was Booed At The Juno Awards In Canada: Morning Mix

Apr 1st, 2014 // Comment

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:: Justin Bieber just can’t win at the moment. The 20-year-old superstar was booed at the Juno Awards in Canada over the weekend, which resulted in a presenter explaining why he deserved his award to the audience. Awkward. [Rolling Stone]

:: This sounds like a collaboration made in heaven. Legendary Italian dance producer Giorgio Moroder has recorded a song with Sia called “Deja Vu”. In a recent interview, he said it’s “coming out soon”. Fingers crossed. [Billboard]

:: Nicki Minaj made a 5-year-old cancer patient’s wish come true when she dropped by for a visit and gave the little girl one of her trademark pink wigs. Here’s a rare example of social media used for the power of good. []

:: Our congratulations to hit songwriter Linda Perry (she penned Christina Aguilera‘s “Beautiful” among many others). The 48-year-old wed actress/talk show host Sara Gilbert over the weekend after a two year engagement. [People]

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Sam Smith’s ‘SNL’ “Stay With Me” & “Lay Me Down” Performances: Review Revue

Mar 31st, 2014 // 10 Comments
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Voice of an angel? Second coming of Adele? The best male voice to emerge out of England since, um, Rick Astley? Well, regardless of which label best fits Sam Smith, he’s certainly making a splash stateside. With his pair-up with Naughty Boy, “La La La,” steadily climbing the American charts (and the Disclosure collab “Latch” not far behind), Smith struck out on his own with a bold showing on Saturday Night Live this past weekend.

A darkly-clad Sam hit the stage and belted out his current single “Stay With Me” as well as “Lay Me Down” — a track from his upcoming debut LP In The Lonely Hour (out June 17) — and proceeded to both wow and raise the eyebrows of the Internet. Head below for our roundup of reviews of Smith on SNL. More »

Whatcha Say: Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato and Kylie Minogue Got Our Readers Talking

Mar 28th, 2014 // Comment

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! (And Happy Birthday, Lady Gaga!) This week was full of pop magic — from the release of Shakira‘s self-titled new album, to Beyonce‘s strange ‘Get Going’ Japanese Toyota commercial, to The Vamps covering One Direction (BOY BAND OVERLOAD) to Selena Gomez‘s mysterious “secret project.”

We also had a bunch of excitement right here too, including the premiere of Travie McCoy and Brendon Urie‘s “Keep On Keeping On” music video and Cyndi Lauper‘s fascinating “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” audio evolution from punk demo to pop perfection. And speaking of Cyndi, we’ve got our She’s So Unusual: 30th Anniversary Celebration giveaway happening right now, as well as our Karmin signed CD giveaway. Make sure to enter to win!

As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the best comments of the week below! More »

Phantogram On Sticking To Their Vision & The Status Of That Joint EP With Big Boi: Idolator Interview

Mar 28th, 2014 // Comment
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Phantogram is one of those rare modern pop acts that thrived by keeping their own pace even as the industry around them became increasingly hectic and unpredictable. In 2009, they were an unknown duo putting together a debut album in a cabin in upstate New York, and after waiting more than four years, this year they put out a sophomore album that debuted all the way at No. 11. This seems impossible! Sure, Beyonce has the luxury to take as long as she’d like between projects. But go down a few levels, and a lot can go wrong in a similar amount of time: for instance, the industry could very well grind you down to dust (see: Sky Ferreira) or you could suffer a complete loss of good will (see: Azealia Banks).

But between 2009 and 2014, Phantogram have seemed to operate on their own plane, and avoided the common pitfalls. Between albums one and two, they offered up a couple EPs, signed to a major and benefitted from a confidence-boosting collaboration with one of their hip-hop idols, Big Boi. All the while, they never compromised their sonic mission, and that comes through in Voices, where the samples, beats and Barthel’s vocals all sound more muscular and evocative.

I spoke with the duo last week about their gradual rise to see how they’ve seemingly done everything right up to this point. Read on to find out why they’re still not done picking up speed, where the Big Grams project with Big Boi stands and which late night show has the best snacks. More »

Pharrell Has Signed A Clothing And Footwear Deal With Adidas: Morning Mix

Mar 28th, 2014 // Comment

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:: Pharrell is on his way to becoming a Kanye West or Jay Z-sized mogul thanks to a new deal with Adidas. He will design eco-friendly clothes and sneakers for the sportswear giant. The producer’s line is due in stores by summer. []

:: This will be a hot ticket. Christine McVie is joining Fleetwood Mac for a reunion tour starting September 30. It will mark the first time in 16 years that the singer/songwriter has toured with the band. [Billboard]

:: Pet Shop Boys are releasing a new version of “Fluorescent” for Record Store Day. The limited edition 12″ vinyl will come with new remixes and even new lyrics. You’ll have to get in quick! [Pop Justice]

:: Here’s a little something to brighten your day. Selena Gomez obviously had some time to spare on a recent drive and had a friend video her singing along to a golden oldie on the radio. [Instagram]

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