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Popping Up: Mr. Probz

Jul 9th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

When Dutch artist Mr. Probz released his breakout hit “Waves” in The Netherlands last year, it made the Top 10 in his home territory. Several remixers eventually took a crack at the guitar ballad, but one in particular, Robin Schulz, turned out the breezy, hypnotic dance mix that would send the song through the roof worldwide. Not bad for a song that Probz, who started out in hip hop, had to originally teach himself the guitar to play on.

“When I have sessions, if I have, for example, a guitarist that doesn’t show up, or I have to wait for someone, I always learn,” he explains to Idolator. “I just jump in, and same thing with producing. If something takes too long or whatever, I have the tendency to make it my mission to learn how to do it myself. With the guitar, I think some of the producers that I worked with maybe got tired of me complaining about guitars not being recorded in time, and when it was my birthday, they gave me a guitar. That was basically where it started, and ‘Waves’ is the first thing I learned playing myself.”

Given the guitar aspect and Mr. Probz’s rap beginnings, it’s somewhat ironic, then, that “Waves,” in its remix form, has joined the ranks of the current crop of house tracks coming out of Europe that are changing the sound or radio in 2014. Still, it’s a great testament to the song’s melodic strength, that it translates in multiple genres.

Head below to catch our full interview with this new force on the pop scene. More »

Thanks to Justin Bieber, Here’s Tom Hanks Dancing To “This Is How We Do It”

Jul 8th, 2014 // Comment
Scooter's Wedding
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Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran pop up during the bash. Read More »

Clearly, Justin Bieber had a great time at manager Scooter Braun‘s wedding. He hung out with Ed Sheeran. He sang “Call Me Maybe” with Carly Rae Jepsen. (Rather, he sang while Jepsen giggled.) Best of all, though, he was standing next to award-winning actor Tom Hanks, dressed inexplicably as a rabbi, when Braun’s wedding band launched a cover of Montell Jordan‘s 1995 hit “This Is How We Do It.”

With the band’s lead singer behind him, Hanks led the sing-along. He raised his arms as if basking in the song’s glory, before he did the robot out the dancing circle. Stars, they’re just like us – they pick up their dry cleaning, head to Starbucks and sing their praises of Montell Jordan’s Friday (and Saturday and, evidently, Sunday) night staple whenever they get the chance to unwind. Watch Bieber’s clip of Tom Hanks – yes, that Tom Hanks – singing and dancing to “This Is How We Do It” after the jump. More »

Sia’s ’1000 Forms Of Fear’: Review Revue

Jul 8th, 2014 // 1 Comment
Sia's "Eye of the Needle"
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Hear Sia's lush 1000 Forms of Fear ballad. Read More »
Sia's "Chandelier"
Maddie Ziegler stars in Sia's new video. Read More »
Sia Talks "Pretty Hurts"
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Lea And Sia!
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For the past few years, Aussie songstress Sia has been busy making music for, well, everyone but herself. The writer responsible for hit tunes such as Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts,” Sia is back at it again, but this time around, she is saving all the her pop anthems for her solo 6th studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear.

Our own Kathy Landoli raved about the new record, giving it a whopping 4.5/5 and noting, “Many singer/songwriters become either one or the other: a pop star or a writer for pop stars. They broke the mold with Sia, and 1000 Forms Of Fear is all the proof needed to know that our favorite Aussie (outside of Kylie Minogue) can craft a hit for someone else, but can bring that energy back to her own project and create an instant classic.”

But what did the rest of the music world think about Sia’s new attempt? Here our roundup of reviews across the webosphere after the jump. More »

Justin Bieber, Usher, Carly Rae Jepsen & Ed Sheeran Attended Scooter Braun’s Wedding: Morning Mix

Jul 8th, 2014 // Comment
Bieber's Mugshot
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The singer is arrested for DUI and drag racing. Read More »
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Early details on Justin Bieber's DUI arrest. Read More »
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Did You Hear?

:: Scooter Braun, manager of Justin Bieber, PSY and The Wanted (RIP), was married over the weekend in Canada. His wedding was attended by Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ed Sheeran, Tom Hanks, Asher Roth and Usher, among others. The important thing: “Call Me Maybe” was performed. [Rap-Up.com]

:: Speaking of Usher, he’s set to debut a new song today (July 8) titled “She Came To Give It To You,” and it features Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams. [PopJustice]

:: Taylor Swift wrote an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal, stating, “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: Grammy winning producer William Orbit has defended Britney Spears‘ vocals. [Pink Is The New Blog]

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

Jimmy Kimmel Attempts Sia’s “Chandelier” Dance: Morning Mix

Jul 7th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Did You Hear?

:: Late night host Jimmy Kimmel attempted to dance as Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler, age 11, does in Sia‘s “Chandelier” video. “I don’t dance a lot, but when I do dance, I dance well,” Kimmel says. Ziegler isn’t impressed. Watch up top. [Rolling Stone]

::Pink Floyd may be releasing their first new music in 20 years. The celebrated rock band will drop a new album of unreleased material, The Endless River, in October, according to guitarist David Gilmour‘s wife Polly Samson. [Billboard]

:: The official trailer for Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, starring Andre 3000, has been revealed. After debuting to positive reviews at film festivals, the film will debut nationwide in September. [Stereogum]

:: Jessica Simpson married retired NFL player Eric Johnson on July 5 in Montecito, Calif. The couple has been dating since 2010 and have two children, Maxwell and Ace. [PEOPLE]

:: Did Jay Z cheat on Beyonce? During the On the Run tour, Bey revised the lyrics of 2006′s “Resentment” to say she’s been “riding with you for 12 years,” or how long they’ve been together, but felt she couldn’t do it for him – not like his mistress, but “that wack bitch” could. [Myspace]

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

Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran And More Perform At 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam: Watch

Jul 5th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots know how to jam with just about anyone, at The Tonight Show and otherwise. For their annual free concert, the Philly 4th of July Jam, they worked as the house band for top pop acts like Nicki Minaj, Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson and closer Ed Sheeran.

Following the #1 debut of his new album x, Sheeran performed “Sing” as well as his 2011 breakout hit “The A Team.” An hour prior, Minaj was forced to pause her set after a brief scuffle broke out and an officer was tackled. She had kicked it all off with pop hits like “Super Bass” and current single “Pills N Potions,” though based on reports, the majority of the 4th of July Jam spectators had flocked to Philadelphia to see the Pink Print star specifically. More »

Whatcha Say: Robin Thicke, Adam Lambert And Ariana Grande Got Our Readers Talking

Jul 4th, 2014 // Comment

Happy Fourth of July, America — and Happy Friday, Idolator readers! Another week of pop music has come to a close, and, as per usual, it was full of drama, tears and, of course, good ‘ole pop tunes.

If this week turned sour for anyone, it was definitely Robin Thicke: In lieu of the release of his new LP, Paula, a desperate, apologetic attempt at getting his ex-wife, actress Paula Patton back, the “Blurred Lines” singer initiated a Q&A on Twitter, which immediately turned into a bash-Thicke-a-thon.

Despite all the scandal, however,  there were also a ridiculous amount of awesome releases this week. Indie-rockers Maroon 5 premiered their dark new video for their latest summer jam, “Maps,” and Canadian songstress Keisza dropped her new video for ‘90s House-influenced tune “Giant In My Heart.” Moreover, Sia made her highly-anticipated upcoming album 1000 Forms Of Fear fully available for streaming, and Ariana Grande released her new club banger, “Break Free,” featuring EDM beatmaker Zedd.

Here on Idolator, we sat down with King of Twerk City Diplo to talk about his upcoming project with Mrs. Unapologetic Madonna, herself, as well as with our latest Popping Up artist and Europe’s hottest pop act Stromae about his latest single “Papaoutai” and his breakout sophomore album, Racine Carrée.

As always, you guys had plenty to say. Read this week’s sassiest comments after the jump! More »

Ariana Grande & Zedd’s “Break Free”: Review Revue

Jul 3rd, 2014 // Comment
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Listen to Ariana Grande's new Zedd-assisted single. Read More »
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Is Ariana Grande teasing a new video? You be the judge. Read More »
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In gearing up for the release of her highly-anticipated  sophomore attempt, My Everything, power-house songstress Ariana Grande dropped her new song “Break Free” yesterday, featuring EDM heavyweight Zedd. Possibly the club anthem of the summer, “Break Free” shows that Ariana is not all power ballads and throwback ’90s jams, but, rather, is dipping her toes into exciting new waters for her upcoming record.

Our own Mike Wass loved the song, noting that it “is a manic floorfiller that picks up where Zedd’s last big hit “Clarity” left off. It’s fairly straightforward EDM but Swedish hitmaker Max Martin makes sure that it has a distinct pop sensibility.”

But what did the rest of the music world have to say about Ari’s latest track? Read our round-up of reviews across the web below. More »

Popping Up: Stromae

Jul 3rd, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

Recently dubbed “The Most Famous Pop Star You’ve Never Heard Of,” Paul Van Haver – otherwise known as Stromae – is one of Europe’s biggest pop acts, and he’s finally making his much-needed touchdown in the United States.

Hailing from Belgium, Stromae released his sophomore effort Racine Carrée (Square Root) last year, an album that has topped the charts across Europe and is already making waves here, along with his single “Papaoutai.” Combining his love for hip-hop with electronic music, Stromae not only creates incredibly catchy dance floor fillers, but also addresses issues such as loneliness, absent fathers, race and gender roles in his music, making him a pop act that can’t be easily categorized. It would be pretty hard to confine this guy in a box, anyway, since he towers at 6’5″ tall.

After playing a full house at New York’s Best Buy Theatre on June 20th (he’s gearing up for a nearly sold-out North American tour in September), we sat down with Stromae to talk about his latest album, and what’s up next for Europe’s latest pop sensation. More »

Katy Perry Is Being Sued By A Christian Rapper For Singing About Witchcraft: Morning Mix

Jul 3rd, 2014 // Comment
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Did You Hear?

:: Katy Perry is being sued by Christian rapper Flame over copyright infringement and… black magic. He believes “Dark Horse” rips off his song “Joyful Noise”, which has now been tarnished by its association with witchcraft and paganism. Because apparently that’s what the Prism diva’s single promotes. [Gossip Cop]

:: This is sad news. Jewel announced that she’s splitting with Ty Murray, her husband of six years. “[I] trust that you will all honor and have reverence for how difficult this journey is, and allow us our process as we not only grieve the loss of our marriage, but also as we recreate ourselves in the ashes,” she wrote on her website. [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: Miley CyrusBangerz tour is about to get a whole lot wilder. She will be joined by British wild woman Lily Allen for a bunch of North American dates in August. It promises to be quite the double bill. [MTV]

:: Only one album has sold more than one million copies in 2014. That’s the grim news from Billboard’s mid-year sales round-up. For the record, the biggest seller is the Frozen soundtrack followed by Beyonce‘s self-titled visual album. [Billboard]

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