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Maroon 5′s “Animals” Video Criticized By Sexual Assault Support Group: Morning Mix

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:: Not everyone was a fan of Maroon 5‘s new, ultra-raunchy video for “Animals.” RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) feel its theme is a “dangerous depiction of a stalker’s fantasy.” Frontman Adam Levine likes to push boundaries, but maybe he took it too far this time. [Digital Spy]

:: Who knew Gloria Estefan was such a big fan of Ariana Grande? So much so, in fact, that she’d love for the mini-pop diva to play her in the musical, On Your Feet! She stated, ”I saw her when she was eight years old on a cruise ship and she had sung this song, and I literally went up to her and told her and her mom, ‘I don’t know if you plan on doing this, but this is what you need to be doing because you are an amazing singer.’” [ONTD]

:: iHeartMedia has announced their first-ever iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, which will include performances by Ricky Martin, Prince Royce, Daddy Yankee and more. Catch it live on November 22, at Los Angeles’ The Forum. [On Air With Ryan Seacrest]

:: Jeff GarlinSelena Gomez‘s former co-star on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, is not happy about the way the young singer is being sexually portrayed. He stated, “This is disgusting it’s happening so young. I saw Spring Breakers, I’m by myself in the theater and I couldn’t have felt dirtier.” Garlin also said the same for former Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande. [Billboard]

:: Nicole Scherzinger revealed the heartbreaking meaning behind her forthcoming album title, Big Fat Lie. The songstress told The Daily Mail that she struggled with an eating disorder, which partly inspired the project: “This is me finally being revealed. I think we all have our own big fat lies. The lies that we tell ourselves,” she said. “You know, things aren’t always what they seem. I think people will be able to relate to that.”

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Diddy Still Praises Jennifer Lopez’s Booty: Morning Mix

Throwback Thursday!

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:: Diddy and Jennifer Lopez may have broken up a while ago (try almost 15 years!), but the hip-hop mogul still can’t get over that booty! During a visit to Access Hollywood Live, he said this about the singer’s new music video: “Oh my God. I’m so lucky to have that great woman in my history,” he raved. “She is one of the greatest I’ve ever seen! Show them, J! Go girl! Go girl!” [Celebuzz]

:: Law & Order: SVU re-created the infamous Jay Z/Solange elevator fight in this week’s episode (which aired yesterday, October 1) – titled “American Disgrace.” Harsh much? The show previously aired an episode heavily influenced by Rihanna and Chris Brown‘s domestic battle. [MTV News]

:: Michael Jackson keeps promoting his work, even from the grave! The iconic entertainer’s “Thriller” video will be transformed into 3D. It it set to be released on Blu-Ray/DVD next year, and possibly in theaters as well. [Complex]

:: On the last leg of his “Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour,” Drake threw some humorous shots at his former nemesis Chris Brown. The singer joked that if he had Breezy’s smooth dance moves, then maybe things could’ve worked out with ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Let’s hope this remains a joke. [MTV News]

:: Yesterday, Prince officially joined Facebook for the sole purpose of chatting with fans for a live Q&A. It took him three hours to begin the Q&A, and he only decided to answer one question. Leave it to Prince! [Consequence of Sound]

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Liam Hemsworth Talks Miley Cyrus Split: Morning Mix

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:: Liam Hemsworth talks ex-fiance Miley Cyrus on the November issue of Nylon Guys. The actor tells the magazine: “There’s not much to say; there’s no bad blood there. You never get used to it because you get followed and you get chased and it’s never a fun experience.” [Just Jared]

:: Gawker has taken it upon themselves to rank all 141 singles that topped the Billboard Hot 100 over the past decade, which is a pretty daunting task! Check out the list to see if your favorite made their Top 10. [Gawker]

:: Hayley Williams is not happy with One Direction‘s new single. The Paramore singer posted a shade-filled tweeting, stating the the British boys ripped off the piano hook from rock band New Found Glory. Williams is dating the guitarist from NFG, which kind of justifies her concern. [SPIN]

:: Everyone’s favorite band of the moment, U2, released the vinyls of their new record Songs Of Innocence earlier than expected. They apparently did so in order to beat the Grammys’ September 30 eligibility cutoff date. So sneaky! [SPIN]

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Ibrawlator: What Was The Best Album Of September?

Ibrawlator: September 2014

Each month, we’re taking a look back at the albums that piqued our pop interest, pitting them against each other and then asking you to decide which album ultimately ruled.

It’s that time again: The “Best Of” Ibrawlator for September! Last month, art-pop purveyor from down under Kimbra dazzled our readers, resulting in a crowning victory for her daring and ambitious The Golden Echo.

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Rixton Premiere Interactive “Wait On Me” Music Video: Morning Mix

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:: British pop band Rixton (known for their super catchy debut single, “Me And My Broken Heart”) have premiered their video for “Wait On Me” off their upcoming album Let The Road - right on Buzznet! The interactive visual is set in the 1920′s and is quite unique – the viewer gets to “chose their fate” throughout the video which affects its outcome. Watch it here now, and look out for Let The Road on January 6, 2015.

:: Denzel Washington is a famously talented actor, but who knew he could do impersonations so well? On a recent interview on The Queen Latifah Show, he did a spot-on impersonation of Jay Z - including his signature laugh! [Vulture]

:: Chris Brown has been on a mission to clean his act up, including clearing up the stories that he is gang affiliated. The singer sat down with MTV’s Sway, stating that he’s just “cordial” with some LA gang members. Um, ok? [MTV]

:: Snoop Dogg has always been the biggest advocate when it comes to marijuana, and the rapper’s latest venture is organizing a “Wellness Retreat Concert” in Alaska. But there’s a catch! He’ll only put on the concert if the state legalizes recreational use of the drug. We’ll see how that turns out… [THR]

:: Jason Derulo is speaking up about his recent break-up with girlfriend Jordin Sparks after three years together. He told Ryan Seacrest that the pressure of marriage played a strong part in the couple’s decision to split. [Ryan Seacrest]

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Fergie’s “L.A. Love (La La)”: Review Revue

When Fergie announced her return to the music industry after eight long years, we all were elated to hear new music from The Dutchess. Yesterday (September 28), she finally released her new single “L.A. Love (La La)” – but it was quite the letdown.

Our own Robbie Daw stated, “The DJ Mustard-produced track finds the 39-year-old Black Eyed Peas diva surprisingly stuck in creative rut, spouting out a slew of hip-hop-lite cliches that, to be honest, we would have expected her to have left behind sometime around The E.N.D.”

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Whatcha Say: Lady Gaga, Danity Kane And Gwen Stefani Got Our Readers Talking

Another week has passed in the Pop world, and boy was it jam-packed!

It kicked off with song releases from Jessie J with “Burning Up”, and Kiesza‘s collaboration with Joey Bada$$ on “Bad Thing.” Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s jazz collaboration Cheek To Cheek was released, and Danity Kane surprised everyone with a new album announcement and accompanying singleKendrick Lamar dropped his anticipated single, “i” while Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose called it quits. Lastly, Carrie Underwood announced Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (her first compilation album) with the new single “Something In The Water” to be released on September 29.

Here at Idolator, we spoke to LIGHTS about her new album and also interviewed K. Michelle (it included a ton of shade, of course).

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Kelis Confesses She Doesn’t Like Milkshakes, Deceives Us All: Morning Mix

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:: We have been lied to people! After releasing the pop magic that was Kelis‘ 2003 single “Milkshake,” the singer reveals that she doesn’t even like the tasty dairy treat! She told this to a reporter after a recent performance in Berlin. It’s incredibly mind-blowing. [Digital Spy]

:: In weirder news, Drake added some new tattoos to his growing collection: the number 6 in honor of Toronto, a sweet quote…and a praying hand emoji? Don’t worry, we’re still confused too. [Vulture]

:: Lorde posted an adorable video on her Twitter page, showing a 12-year-old gifted with tickets to her concert. The tearful reaction is the cutest thing! [Twitter]

:: Urban Outfitters now holds the crown for being the biggest seller of vinyl records in the world. The popular clothing retailer has had many controversial moments, and this news will surely anger many local vinyl shop supports. [Stereogum]

:: Sting and Alicia Keys have been added to the star-studded Global Citizen Festival lineup, an annual charity event that will take place this Saturday (September 27) in NYC’s Central Park. Other artists set to perform include Jay Z, No Doubt, The Roots, and Carrie Underwood[Rolling Stone]

:: In a new interview with our friends at VIBE, 50 Cent reveals how he dealt with the recent passing of his grandmother, his new SunDance TV show Dream School and denying rumors that he and Ciara are back together. [VIBE]

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Britney Spears Plans To Send Her Lingerie Collection To Kate Middleton: Morning Mix

:: The Princess of Pop may soon become friends with the Duchess of Cambridge! Well, not yet. During her promotional tour stop in London for her lingerie collection, Britney Spears expressed that she’d love to see Kate Middleton in her designs. “That would be splendid. I’m going to send her one of every piece. So she’ll have plenty to choose from,” the singer said. [Vanity Fair]

:: Justin Bieber and David Hasselhoff were spotted on California’s Venice Beach shooting a secret music video. The odd pairing apparently worked out well, as Hasselhoff thinks the singer is pretty cool: “We had a lot of fun, and he’s a cool guy. You’ll hear more about it, but we’re just keeping it quiet because it’s really a cool video, and we had a blast.” [People]

:: Andre 3000 has acted as the legendary Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is By My Side, but for a potential OutKast movie the rapper has someone special in mind to depict him on the big screen. Andre 3000 told Rolling Stone that he’d cast Leonardo DiCaprio as himself and Kevin Hart as Big Boi. He also wants it to be a comedic biopic. That actually sounds pretty awesome! [Rolling Stone]

:: Taylor Swift had a secret listening party for her fans at her Los Angeles home on September 23, as the lead-up to her forthcoming album 1989. But it wasn’t just as listening party, this is Taylor Swift we’re talking about! The singer reportedly baked cookies and had a dance party for her fans. Sounds fun! [Los Angeles Time]

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Dr. Dre Tops Forbes 2014 Hip-Hop Cash Kings List: Morning Mix

:: With business ventures like Beats by Dre, there’s no doubt that Dr. Dre is bringing home some serious bank! So much so, in fact, that he has topped Forbes “2014 Hip-Hop Cash Kings” list. The rap mogul made $620 million, while Diddy and Jay Z tie the number two spot with $60 million. [Forbes]

:: 2014 marks Blondie‘s 40th year in the music business, and the band’s frontwoman Debbie Harry celebrated the occasion with an exhibit at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery. [Hollywood Reporter]

:: The Recording Academy will be honoring Bob Dylan at their 25th annual MusiCares Person Of The Year tribute concert in February 2015. The acts lined up for the special night include Beck, the Black Keys, Jack White, Norah Jones, and many more. [Rolling Stone]

:: Sam Smith is having a great year, and his latest honor is four nominations at this year’s MOBO Awards – which will take place on October 22nd in London’s Wembley Arena. Artists like FKA Twigs, Jessie J, Katy B and Ed Sheeran also have various nominations. [NME]

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