Archive for the ‘Highlights’ Category

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

Did You Hear?

:: 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. [MissInfo.tv]

:: 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]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

You Can Now Study Miley Cyrus At College: Morning Mix

Mar 27th, 2014 // Comment

Did You Hear?

:: Students at Skidmore College can now enroll in a course called The Sociology Of Miley Cyrus. The class looks at gender stratification and the hyper-commodification of childhood among other, no doubt, fascinating topics. [Buzzfeed]

:: Kelly Rowland thought she was slick when she saw Vogue editor Anna Wintour at a tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida and approached the legendary fashionista for some networking. Let’s hope she gets that cover! [Mail Online]

:: Move over, Britney Spears. Fellow ’90s superstars New Kids On The Block have announced their own Las Vegas residency in July. The boy/grown man band is even offering a package where they party with fans. [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Need a new look? Daft Punk is selling official split helmet t-shirts on their website for $40. The much-bootlegged fashion statement is sure to be a hot commodity. [Stereogum]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Someone Is Letting Madonna Direct Another Movie: Morning Mix

Mar 26th, 2014 // Comment

Did You Hear?

:: Madonna is getting behind the camera again. The budding auteur will direct a movie called Ade: A Love Story. It’s a coming of age tale about growing up in an interracial and mixed faith family. [Billboard]

:: If you’re old enough to remember the ’90s this news will literally make your heart flutter. Backstreet Boys have hinted at a joint tour with the Spice Girls. None of us are ready for this double dose of nostalgia! [MTV]

:: Elton John‘s extravagant Las Vegas show Million Dollar Piano will be shown in theaters for one night only in 40 different countries around the globe. Sounds like a fun night at the movies. [Rolling Stone].

:: Interest in Gwyneth Paltrow‘s split with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is so great that her GOOP website crashed last night. There was no explanation for the site’s meltdown on the actress’ Facebook page. [Gossip Cop]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Madonna Launches ‘MDNA’ Skincare Line: Morning Mix

Mar 25th, 2014 // Comment

Did You Hear?

:: Madonna looks great for her age, so it’s not surprising the evergreen 55-year-old has launched her own MDNA skincare line in Japan. There’s no word if her potions and lotions will be released in the US yet. [Vibe]

:: We should have seen this coming. Pitbull filmed his video for “Wild Wild Love” at the Playboy Mansion but it’s only one piece of a bigger deal as the iconic brand’s new cultural ambassador. Dale!  [PR Newswire]

:: Rihanna is being honored with a Fashion Icon award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) due to her unique personal style and contribution to pop culture. Congratulations, RiRi. [AzFamily].

:: It was a big night for clubbers in London when Kylie Minogue worked the stage at Soho hot spot GAY. She performed songs from new LP Kiss Me Once as well as classics from her discography. [Daily Mail]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Lady Gaga’s “G.U.Y.” Video: Review Revue

Mar 24th, 2014 // 3 Comments
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Monsters, Lady Gaga has given you all a lot to look at with the visual for her third ARTPOP single “G.U.Y.” Can your eyes handle all the spectacular spectacle and fashionable flash and overall Vanderpump of this music video?

Several online critics had their say on the Gaga-directed extravaganza, which incorporates four tracks from her latest album, several personalities from the Bravo network and has a run time of nearly 12 minutes. (The credits at the end take up four of those.) Head below to see our roundup of “G.U.Y.” reviews, then let us know your own thoughts on LG’s latest video. More »

Usher’s ‘Confessions’ Turns 10: Backtracking

Mar 24th, 2014 // Comment
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Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Our friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

There’s a scene in Eminem’s semi-biographical film 8 Mile, where he’s about to deliver his final battle rap, preparing for his opponent to air out all of his dirty laundry. Instead, Eminem chooses to confess it all — from minutiae to major factoids -—ultimately leaving his opponent Papa Doc with no fodder left to expose. That was Usher’s angle taken with his fourth studio album, aptly titled Confessions.

R&B music in 2004 was approaching a crossroads. It was a year for women to takeover, as acts like Destiny’s Child, Ciara, Ashanti, Janet Jackson and even Jill Scott were either delivering breakout projects or critically acclaimed masterpieces. The men were lacking. John Legend wouldn’t arrive until the end of the year, and R. Kelly wouldn’t pair with Jay Z for a second time until close to Halloween. The lane was wide open for Usher Raymond IV to become what he always wanted to be: a chart-topping global sensation. In order to do that, he had to release some of his demons and replace them with sonic innovation that would not only soulfully bend genres in a way that had never effectively been done before, but reinvent the wheel for the male R&B artist.

From top to bottom Confessions had a formula, which was to emote in a way that would still be punctuated with machismo, even at the most vulnerable moments. At the same time, Usher was tinkering with a new style that would make his music more “Rap-friendly.” Sure his earliest days were spent with Diddy, and his right hand producer man was (and still is) Jermaine Dupri, but it wasn’t enough in the burgeoning Hip-Hop-Meets-Pop scene. He needed more. Much more. And he found it. On his own terms. More »

Whatcha Say: Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and Ariana Grande Got Our Readers Talking

Mar 21st, 2014 // 1 Comment

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! Feel that warmth in the air? Yes, Spring has sprung (sorta!), and the season is mercifully shifting. We braved the polar vortex, and now it’s time to relish in the next quarter of pop releases. What’s to come? Well, Enrique IglesiasSex + Love and Kylie Minogue‘s Kiss Me Once both kicked off this week (have you entered to win a limited edition box set of Kylie’s new album yet?), while Lady Gaga‘s “G.U.Y.” video promises to give us all something to talk about tomorrow night.

Meanwhile, Ariana Grande and Chris Brown‘s duet was cancelled due to that whole jail thing, J. Lo took “I Luh Ya Papi” to the Idol stage and Justin Timberlake dropped the not-so-bad video for “Not A Bad Thing.” As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments below! More »

6 Highlights From Last Week’s Action In Austin

Mar 21st, 2014 // Comment

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Last week, major label heads, music geeks and excited fans gathered in the city of Austin to enjoy one of the largest music festivals in the country. From big-name superstars like Coldplay and Jay Z to rising artists like BANKS, the music capital of Texas became home to a variety of memorable performances. Head down below to revisit six of the biggest highlights from Austin’s big music festival! More »