Archive for the ‘Highlights’ Category

Kathy Griffin Challenges Nicki Minaj To A “Boo-Tay-Off”: Morning Mix

:: Comedian Kathy Griffin has officially nominated Nicki Minaj..not for the Ice Bucket Challenge, but a butt contest — “a boo-tay-off,” rather — after having seen Minaj’s “Anaconda” video. “It’s like the Ice Bucket Challenge, but it doesn’t even have any charity associated with it at all,” Griffin says. [AP]

:: One of Nicki Minaj‘s back-up dancers was bitten by a six-foot long, non-venomous snake during rehearsals for the MTV VMAs. (Yes, they were performing her Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampling “Anaconda.”) “It is in no way life-threatening, but scary,” a Viacom rep said. [MTV]

:: Speaking of the VMAs: Iggy Azalea fell off stage while performing at a pre-awards show benefit concert. Afterwards, The New Classic star posted a video of the incident herself. “Sorry, but it would be a crime not to share this with you all, I know I laughed,” she said. [Instagram]

:: Cat Power invited Sky Ferreira to perform at a concert benefiting Ferguson protesters. Ferreira says that while she’s scheduled to perform elsewhere, all proceeds from her own show will also go toward the same cause. [Rolling Stone]

:: Wiz Khalifa canceled a concert in Culta Vista, Calif., after finding out that a fan was fatally shot backstage at a show the night before. “This was a senseless tragedy. Violence is never the answer. My prayers go out to the victim’s family,” he said. [Billboard]

:: Shawn Mendes really digs Taylor Swift‘s new song. [Twitter]

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2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Recapping The Madness

The 2014 BeyMAs
I can’t stop crying. We did it, kids…we made it through another year of the MTV Video Music Awards!

The show kicked off with a bang (sort of!), as pint-sized pop tart Ariana Grande crash-landed onto the stage to merrily skip around for a rendition of “Break Free.” Cute! Then came a second bang — err, butt, as our beloved “Pills N Potions” rapstress Nicki Minaj took to her jungle-themed stage (which was snake-free by the way, thanks to an incident over the weekend) to deliver some spot-on booty-ography from her a$$-clapping “Anaconda” video. And then, an ACTUAL “Bang Bang,” as Jessie J arrived to the stage. The powerhouse trio then teamed up on stage, except — eek! Nicki was just barely zipped up into her dress, resulting in an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. But even though the dress totally flopped, she expertly covered her bits and handled it like a total champ. More »

Eminem And Rihanna Accept The Ice Bucket Challenge During The Monster Tour: Watch

Eminem and Rihanna became the latest pop stars to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the sixth and final date of their co-headlining Monster Tour. To cheers from the sold-out, 45,000 crowd at his hometown of Detroit, Eminem accepted mentor Dr. Dre‘s call and had Rihanna herself dump ice-cold water over his head. Eminem then challenged producer Rick Rubin, hypeman Mr. Porter and RiRi herself – though not without some protests from the latter.

“I’m from the islands. I don’t do this ice shit,” Rihanna said. (We know, Rihanna.) “This ice shit doesn’t work for me – wait. That’s a fucking pot!”

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Whatcha Say: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj And The Idolator Floppy Awards Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! Are you ready for your pop knowledge quiz? Let’s review what happened this week, shall we?

All eyes were on Taylor Swift as the country-pop diva held a Yahoo live-stream to reveal details about her fifth studio album 1989, which will be released in October. Tay also premiered her Max Martin/Shellback-produced single “Shake It Out” as well as the track’s dorky video. What’s more, Nicki Minaj dropped her jungle-themed, sweaty and ass-tastic visual for “Anaconda,” Scottish beatsmith Calvin Harris previewed a clip of “Blame” with British crooner John Newman, and Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett shared their tracklist for their jazz album, Cheek To Cheek.

Here on Idolator, we premiered Benny Benassi’s latest single “Shooting Helicopters” with System of a Down’s Serj Tankian and, in lieu of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, held our first-ever glamour-filled Idolator Floppy Awards.

As always, you guys had plenty to say. Read the week’s best comments below! More »

Rapstress Remy Ma Talks About Her Kids, Her Marriage To Papoose And Prison: Morning Mix

:: Released from jail in July, femcee Remy Ma sits down with VIBE to talk about her kids, her marriage to fellow New York rapper Papoose and her fear of going back to prison. [VIBE]

:: Rapper Talib Kweli got in a shouting match with reporter Don Lemon over CNN’s coverage of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. [MTV]

:: Christian country songstress RaeLynn released a new song called “God Made Girls.” Enough said. [The Frisky]

:: Justin Bieber shaved off his ‘stache. All is right with the world again. [Gawker]

:: Swedish electronic duo The Knife announced that they will split up right after their November tour. [Dazed]

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The Summer 2014 Idolator Video Floppy Awards: Alison Gold, Farrah Abraham, Avril Lavigne, Lady Gaga & More Sweep The Floppys!

Blowin'!
Face it, kids: the MTV VMAs are hopelessly out of touch. I mean, Paris Hilton hasn’t even been nominated!

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That’s why we here at Idolator have decided to right the music industry’s wrongs by celebrating its TRUE triumphs via our very first Video Floppy Awards. #sorrynotsorry all other award shows — you ain’t NOTHING next to Idolator’s Floppys!

Below you’ll find the snubbed videos that we felt were most worthy of being singled out in at least some category or other. Oh, and just FYI, we’ll be hauling the Floppys out whenever we damn well please. Why wait a whole year when the cycle of floptitude is constantly twirling around us at any given moment?

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Benny Benassi, “Shooting Helicopters (feat. Serj Tankian)”: Idolator Premiere

Benny & Serj: Worlds Collide
What happens when dance pioneer Benny Benassi and System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian get together on the same song? Electronic poetry, that’s what.

The idea of “Shooting Helicopters” — the highly anticipated collaboration between the two, out next Tuesday on Ultra Music — began well over a year ago, although Benny wasn’t sure whether or not Serj would be receptive to the idea of journeying into the electronic scene.

But after an initial meeting in LA last year, the two hit it off immediately, only to spend about six months (!) working on the song together, which you can now hear below. More »

Vanessa Hudgens Poses For The Cover Of ‘Flaunt Magazine,’ And She Looks Amazing: Morning Mix

:: Vanessa Hudgens shows off her super bangin’ bod on the cover of Flaunt Magazine. [Hollywood Life]

:: Justin Bieber is being sued (again) for allegedly ordering a body guard to attack a photographer. [TMZ]

:: The Elusive Chanteuse Mariah Carey might be having trouble in paradise with hubby Nick Cannon. Are they headed for a divorce? Is love, as we know it, over? [Celebuzz!]

:: Jennifer Hudson’s half brother is in jail for stabbing his estranged wife’s lover. [US Magazine]

:: In lieu of DKNY’s latest fragrance MYNY, pop starlet Rita Ora and Cronut inventor Dominque Ansel teamed up together in NYC’s Madison Square Park to promote the perfume. [MTV]

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Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Video: Review Revue

After weeks of relentless teasing with her rather controversial cover art, the bonkers lyric video and “interesting” photos of her giving a lap dance to none other than fellow YMCMB member Drake, Nicki Minaj has finally unleashed her video for the Sir Mix A Lot-sampling single “Anaconda” and, boy, is it a doozy.

Directed by Colin Tilley, the clip is exactly what you’d expect (and more) from the cheeky twerk anthem: Scantily-clad girls shaking their butts in the steamy jungle, Nicki “working out” in a pink thong and then giving Drake that much-anticipated lap dance of a lifetime. Trust me when I say this: Absolutely nothing was the same after that.

Our own Robbie Daw thought the visual was simply something we’ve seen time and time again: “Finally we see the big money shot: Nicki giving Drake a lapdance. This is probably the part where everyone is supposed to be tent-poling in their shorts and rubbing their nipples with pencil erasers. Except this whole thing is pretty limp, and we’ve seen it all before. The video will at least get lots of YouTube views, which should ensure ‘Anaconda’ won’t tank as hard as ‘Pills N Potions’ did. So goal achieved. Yay?”

But what did the rest of the music world have to say? Here is our round up of some reviews across the interweb below. More »

Killer Mike Reacts To The Chaos In Ferguson, Missouri: Morning Mix

:: Georgia rapper Killer Mike reacts to the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri in a powerful Op-Ed piece for Billboard. [Billboard]

:: Pharrell‘s signature Vivienne Westwood hat will officially be on display at the Newseum in Washington DC. You know, just in case you wanted to be only a few feet from this iconic accessory. [MTV]

:: Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz “pulled a Chris Brown” and bleached his hair. Enough said. [Oh No They Didn't]

:: Amongst the slew of celebrities completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the Foo Fighters joined in on the cause and also spoofed Stephen King‘s Carrie in the process.[Consequence Of Sound]

:: Spotted — Drake and Rihanna were in the same club on Monday night in New York City. Is something a-brewin’ between them again? [Celebuzz!]

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