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Ibrawlator: What Was The Best Album Of July?

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.

The month is nearly over, which means it’s that time again: The “Best Of” Ibrawlator for July! Last month, Jennifer AKA Jenny AKA J.Lo La Lopez herself slayed the polls with her fun, papi-lovin’ new record, A.K.A..

And now, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on the best pop records of July.

The nominees for July? Sia‘s cathartic 1000 Forms Of Fear, La Roux‘s joyous disco throwback Trouble In Paradise, Robin Thicke‘s remorseful Paula and Trey Songz‘ chart-topping Trigga.

Now we want to know: Which one takes the crown for July’s best album? It’s time for you to decide. More »

Popping Up: Kalin And Myles

Oh, Boys
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 undiscovered R&B crooner Kalin White, 19, met rapper/beatmaker Myles Parrish, 21, at a house party in their native Northern California, they had no idea that they would become the pop sensations they are today. Only joining forces in 2011, they’ve already managed to round up a massive fan base, become Vine celebs, sign a deal with Republic Records and position themselves as one of the major frontrunners in the ever-growing world of “hip pop.” Drawing upon Bay-Area greats like E-40 and Sage the Gemini, the duo recently released their Chase Dreams EP, containing infectious jams like “Love Robbery” and twerk-inspired banger “Do My Step,” which has already sparked a Teach-Me-How-To-Dougie-style dance revolution of its own.

After just finishing up their sold-out “Chase Dreams” tour, the guys sat down with Idolator to chat about how this crazy journey all came about. More »

Childish Gambino Calls Out Drake, Kendrick Lamar & Schoolboy Q At A Show In Australia: Morning Mix

:: We all know that hip-hop is a competitive game, but Childish Gambino’s Donald Glover went on a full-on rampage at a show in Australia, calling out Drake, Kendrick Lamar and SchoolboyQ and claiming the title of “the best rapper” for himself. [Billboard]

:: French electronic-music legends Daft Punk announced that they will be releasing a documentary on BBC France in 2015, where they might finally reveal — you guessed it — their actual faces! [Oh No They Didn’t]

:: Kanye West emerges victorious in his lawsuit against bitcoin alternative, Coinye, who used Ye’s name and image as their logo. [NBC News]

:: Glee star Lea Michele will feature as a special guest on the upcoming final season of hit FX show Sons of Anarchy. [Billboard]

:: DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith expressed serious remorse when recalling his and girlfriend Sky Ferriera‘s 2013 arrest for drug possession, stating “She literally didn’t do anything wrong.” [Stereogum]

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Hilary Duff’s “Chasing The Sun”: Review Revue

Are You Chasing The Sun?
Hilary Duff‘s got us wishing we were hanging out by the beach on this Monday afternoon with her breezy new comeback single, “Chasing The Sun.”

While the airy, “folkier-type” Colbie Caillat-penned tune had us remembering Metamorphosis (and Sheryl Crow‘s “Soak Up The Sun”), we were also sort of left hoping for a bit more of a bite from Hil’s big comeback tune, concluding: “It’s sweet, but certainly no ‘With Love.’”

But what did the rest of the world think? Here’s what the blogosphere is saying about Hil’s big comeback. More »

Destiny’s Child’s ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’ Turns 15: Backtracking

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.

With the tremendous success of TLC and the Spice Girls in the mid-’90s, girl groups from all around the world began popping up like wildfire! Sure, there were acts like Blaque, All Saints, B*Witched, and En Vogue — but the biggest stars in town were the four young girls behind Destiny’s Child. The Houston, Texas-bred group achieved stateside popularity with their self-titled debut album, but it was their sophomore effort that propelled them to superstar status.

After the release of 1998′s Destiny’s Child (which went triple-Platinum), the quartet went back into the studio a year later and dug deeper into concepts of relationships and empowering women, themes that ultimately became the inspiration behind 1999′s The Writing’s On The Wall. Taking notes from TLC’s Fanmail (which was released just five months prior), Destiny’s Child formed this album as a “how-to” guide of sorts, as they taught women how to deal with no-good men and to go after what they want in life. Lead singer Beyonce had a heavy hand in the writing process, but all-star R&B producers and writers like Kandi Burruss, Missy Elliot, Rodney Jerkins and Daryl Simmons played key roles as well.

During this era, there were changing faces in the lineup, tension between members and their manager Mathew Knowles, and media speculation of them possibly going solo (we’re looking at you, King Bey). But throughout the drama, Destiny’s Child was able to create a solid R&B album that sounds just as fresh in 2014 as it did in 1999. In celebration of its 15th anniversary today (July 28th), we take a look back at a record that helped to inspire independent ladies worldwide! More »

Pharrell Says That Marvin Gaye’s Family “Smelled Money” In “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit: Morning Mix

He Hates These Blurred Lines
:: Pharrell argued that Marvin Gaye‘s family “smelled money” during the ongoing courtroom battle over whether Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” plagiarized from Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.” Ouch. [Billboard]

:: Nick Jonas says that his new solo album will boast “alternative pop with soul-based vocals,” and that it’s due out this fall. Look out for his video for “Chains,” starring Dylan Penn, coming soon. [THR]

:: Demi Lovato and Cher Lloyd will perform “Really Don’t Care” at this year’s Teen Choice Awards on August 10. Hilary Duff, Lea Michele and Fifth Harmony will also make appearances. [FOX]

:: A Johnny Rockets server recently yelled at Aretha Franklin for trying to eat a to-go hamburger inside the restaurant. A spokeswoman for the chain has since apologized. [Billboard]

:: A fan wrote to Taylor Swift asking for advice on unrequited love – and to her delight, Swift wrote back. “Feel good about being the kind of person who loves selflessly,” Swift said. [Los Angeles Times]

:: Uh, Katy Perry really likes Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” single art. [Twitter]

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Whatcha Say: Justin Bieber, Hilary Duff And Azealia Banks Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! It’s been another lovely week in the world of pop. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

The pop starlets were out and about this week, as Hilary Duff finally set a release date for her comeback single “Chasing The Sun” — and even turned up in NYC to premiere a remix last night. Britney Spears announced a brand new line of sexy lingerie, and La Roux — officially a solo project by the ever-lovely Elly Jackson — released her fantastic new sophomore attempt, Trouble In Paradise. What’s more, Justin Bieber proved that he’s not all scandal and previewed 11 song snippets for what might be his upcoming album, while Beyonce gave her 2003 hit “Crazy In Love” a sexy new facelift for the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Here on Idolator, we brought in Canadian foursome MAGIC! to do an exclusive acoustic performance of album track “No Evil,” and also hung out with X Factor alums Fifth Harmony, who graced us with fabulous new jam “We Know.”  And, as if that weren’t enough, we saw Hideaway” songstress Kiesza give her first ever US performance at Santos Party House in New York, and, it was ’90′s House-laden fun all around.

As per usual, you guys had some amazing things to say. Read a roundup of this weeks best comments below. More »

Magazine Melee: Which Pop Princess Has The Best August 2014 Cover?

Magazine Melee: August '14
Each month, we take a look at our favorite pop stars gracing the glossy covers of fashion, health, music and lifestyle magazines across the world and ask you to choose the best cover!

Summer’s still in full swing, and the covers are only getting hotter: Last month, Jennifer Lopez‘s sizzling style on the cover on InStyle won her the crown for July ’14′s best cover according to our readers. Who’s in the running for August’s spread?

“I Will Never Let You Go” hit-maker Rita Ora keeps it cool in light denim on the cover of FLARE, while Lana Del Rey gets up close and personal with her kitty for Rolling Stone. A fresh faced and gorgeous Rising Star judge Kesha opens up on the cover of Teen Vogue, “Your Love” beauty Nicole Scherzinger smolders in all denim (another denim!) for Cosmopolitan UK and “Crazy Stupid Love” diva Cheryl Cole stay sophisticated in an animal print jacket and heels for Elle. All gorgeous covers for sure, but which one’s your favorite?

Check out the upcoming covers below, and then place your vote for your favorite of the month! More »

Miley Cyrus Hires Psychic To Get In Contact With Her Beloved Deceased Dog, Floyd: Morning Mix

:: Miley Cyrus has hired an animal medium to try to see if she could contact her deceased dog Floyd telepathically. Fingers crossed, she finds some kind of closure. [Oh No They Didn’t]

:: While working with Madonna on her upcoming album, Diplo convinced the pop icon to record a dub plate of “La Isla Bonita,” changing the first line to “Last Night, I dreamed of Major Lazer.” This made BBC DJ Annie Mac have a full-blown freakout. [Stereogum]

:: It seems that “Blurred Lines” crooner Robin Thicke is officially moving on from ex-wife Paula Patton, sources telling Perez Hilton that an attorney is officially filing a settlement. [Gawker]

:: Apparently, Pop Diva Cher really hated “If I Could Turn Back Time,” and legendary songwriter Diane Warren had to physically restrain Cher in order to record it. It’s all for the music, really. [Pop Justice]

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Ariana Grande’s Grandfather Dies After Losing His Battle With Cancer: Morning Mix

:: “Break Free” songstress Ariana Grande paid tribute to her late grandfather with a series of tweets. He passed away from cancer on July 22. [MTV]

:: To celebrate her golden 22nd year on Earth, Selena Gomez went to St. Tropez for her birthday vacation with gal-pal and model Cara Delevinge. The paparazzi followed suit, getting too close for comfort and causing Selena to demand some much-needed R-E-S-P-E-C-T. [Gossip Cop]

:: After dumping rapper Big Sean back in April, Naya Rivera just got hitched to actor Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. What can we say — girl moves quick. [Oh No They Didn't]

:: Justin Bieber has reportedly signed on to become the next celebrity spokesmodel for Calvin Klein underwear, completing his inevitable Marky-Mark spiritual journey. [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Sheezus singer Lily Allen lashes out against BBC Radio 1 after getting dumped from their playlist and talks music-industry sexism. [NME]

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