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Tyler, The Creator Compares U2′s ‘Songs Of Innocence’ To A Pimple: Morning Mix

:: Tyler, the Creator compared U2‘s surprise release of Songs of Innocence to “WAKING UP WITH A PIMPLE OR LIKE A HERPE.” Like critics, though, he can’t decide whether that’s good or bad. [SPIN]

:: Justin Bieber reveals that he and Selena Gomez are back together, though not in the most romantic way. Bieber’s attorney asked him of their relationship, in regards to a lawsuit filed by a photographer claiming that Bieber assaulted him. [E!]

:: N.E.R.D. (Pharrell, Chad Hugo, Shae Daley) may release their first new music in four years. “You’re gonna like this shit we’re gonna release,” Daley said during Pharrell’s recent iTunes Festival performance, before Pharrell himself said, “There will always be a N.E.R.D.” [NME]

:: Big Sean says that he was actually in a relationship, presumably with Glee star Naya Rivera, when he wrote his new song “I Don’t Fuck With You.” “[O]bviously, after a few things went down, I went back and changed a couple words — but, mainly, the song was already there.” he says. [MTV]

:: Chris Brown and Trey Songz teamed up to remix “Tuesday,” the breakthrough song by Atlanta R&B upstart ILoveMakonnen. Drake remixed the song first, then signed ILoveMakonnen to his imprint OVO Sound. [Rap-Up]

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Whatcha Say: U2, Katy Perry Vs. Taylor Swift And Ariana’s Face Got Our Readers Talking

Well, this week certainly was pop drama, wasn’t it?

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry (maybe?) swapped subtweets and shady songs, U2 dropped an unwanted (for some of us?) album on us via Apple and Ariana Grande is (possibly) a diva who only likes to be interviewed and photographed on one side of her face. Hmm…

In less dicey news, we premiered AJR return with “Infinity,” launched a contest for BANKS‘ gorgeous Goddess, premiered some stunning artwork to coincide with Kimbra‘s The Golden Echo and took a look back at 13 pop albums that deserved a lot more love than they were originally dealt.

As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out some of the week’s best comments after the jump. More »

Nicki Minaj’s Butt Might Be Padded: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Breaking news. Nicki Minaj‘s iconic butt might not be 100 percent authentic! Do photographs taken during her Fashion Rocks performance (above) reveal that she’s possibly using some kind of padding? My anaconda don’t want none. [TMZ]

:: Rihanna and Jay Z‘s “Run This Town” has been bumped as the theme song of CBS Thursday Night Football — at least for one week. The network didn’t think it would be a good fit for a segment about disgraced player Ray Rice. [Just Jared]

:: He might be gone but his star shines as brightly as ever. Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson the Immortal world tour wrapped up recently and was declared the 8th highest grossing live show of all time. [Billboard]

:: Iggy Azalea wants you to know that she doesn’t have a sex tape. Vivid Entertainment thinks otherwise and offered the rapper a seven figure deal to distribute it. She is now threatening to sue. [TMZ]

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The Internet Is Pissed About U2′s Free ‘Songs Of Innocence’ Album, And Critics Are Divided: Review Revue

Yes, U2 ‘did a Beyoncé‘ and released a surprise album out of nowhere. But beyond even what Bey did, the band’s Songs Of Innocence LP also showed up on everyone’s Apple user’s iPhone as a special corporate tie-in…whether they wanted it or not.

That lack of consumer choice, perhaps unsurprisingly, led to more than just a little grumbling and snark on the Internet: “A slew of Apple users are complaining that the album is automatically appearing in iTunes and on their iOS devices whether they want it there or not. And there’s no truly quick and simple way to remove it,” tech site CNET concluded. And the reactions — mostly on Twitter — were largely hilarious.

But beyond the inescapable factor, there’s still a new U2 album at hand. So…is it even any good? Read on after the jump to find out what music critics around the globe had to say. More »

Justin Bieber Was Booed While Stripping At Fashion Rocks: Morning Mix

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:: Justin Bieber really can’t win. The Canadian superstar tried to win over the audience at Fashion Rocks by stripping down to his boxer briefs but was heavily booed instead. On the bright side, he’s buff enough to be an underwear model. [Mashable]

:: Speaking of Fashion Rocks, Jennifer Lopez did a service to mankind by performing a sexy rendition of “Booty” and by wearing a black dress (?) that showed off her famous curves. Thank you. [Instagram]

:: Barbra Streisand is busily promoting her new duets LP Partners and shared a link of her recording a new version of “How Deep Is The Ocean” with son Jason Gould. It sounds great. [Broadway World]

:: After generating a wave of bad publicity during her Australian promo tour due to diva demands (and the bizarre need to only be photographed from the left), Ariana Grande tried to get some good publicity by posting a screenshot of a conversation she had with a fan about accepting your body. It’s a start. [Instagram]

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5 Seconds Of Summer Rehearse In The Nude: Morning Mix

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:: 5 Seconds Of Summer member Calum Hood caused a stir when he snapchatted a video of his erect penis to a fan but the Australian band isn’t done with their nude antics. Luke Hemmings tweeted a pic of the guys rehearsing in the nude and it got over 70,000 retweets. [Gossip Cop]

:: This is more excitement than we can handle. Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have not one but two collaborations on the way. A song called “Avalanche” is expected to be on the crooner’s album, while another track “Afterglow” was recorded more recently. [MTV]

:: Vanessa Hudgens was a bridesmaid at Ashley Tisdale‘s recent wedding to Christopher French. It’s good to see the High School Musical alumni/retired pop divas are still tight. [Just Jared]

:: This will put a smile on your face. Ellen DeGeneres recreated Nicki Minaj‘s eye-popping “Anaconda” video on her talk show and the rap diva showed her appreciation in a tweet. [Rap-Up]

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Whatcha Say: Sam Smith, Jennifer Lopez And Marina And The Diamonds Got Our Readers Talking

It’s been another insane week in pop. What else is new?

With fall just around the corner, there were plenty of exciting revelations and teases in the past week, including Betty Who‘s glam album cover, Marina And The Diamonds“Froot” tease and Nick Jonas‘ upcoming self-titled solo album, due out in November. Also, on an unrelated but amazing note, Britney called out her cheating ex live on stage in Las Vegas. Get ‘em, B!

Right here in Idolator HQ, we premiered new tracks and videos from Morning Parade and Priory, and also sat down with UK dance duo Gorgon City for an interview about their upcoming album. Plus, we launched our “Best Of August” poll. Which August album was your favorite?

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

Charli XCX Was Asked About Fingering Herself On Dutch Radio: Morning Mix

:: This is just gross. Charli XCX was recording a drop (a fancy term for an introduction) for Dutch radio when the host asked if she was fingering herself. She was upset (for good reason) and took to Twitter to vent her frustrations. [Spin]

:: Demi Lovato must love Halloween because she’s already modeling zombie make-up on Instagram. The Disney diva explained that she’s experimenting with scary looks for her new tour. [MTV]

:: Could this be the wake-up call he needs? Justin Bieber has found himself in more legal trouble. The superstar will face charges of assault and dangerous driving in a court in Ontario, Canada on September 29. [NME]

:: Nick Cannon appears to be dealing with his separation from wife Mariah Carey by throwing himself into work. The TV host/part-time artist is writing a book for children called Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems. [Rickey.Org]

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Ibrawlator: What Was The Best Album Of August?

Best Of August!
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 August! Last month, La Roux quietly snuck in and snatched the crown for July with her under-the-radar tropical disco gem, Trouble In Paradise.

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

The nominees for August? Pop darling Ariana Grande‘s feature-filled My Everything, Wiz Khalifa‘s #1 charting Blacc Hollywood, Kimbra‘s ambitious The Golden Echo, Imogen Heap‘s Sparks and Basement Jaxx‘s grand return with Junto.

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

Whatcha Say: The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Jennifer Lopez And Nicki Minaj Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator Readers. Before we head straight into the Labor Day weekend, let us reflect on this week’s glamorous world of pop!

First up, with the 2014 MTV VMAs madness coming to a close on Sunday, we recapped all of the night’s events and best red carpet moments as well as the complete list of Moonman winners. We also discovered that Nicki Minaj’s “scandalous” wardrobe malfunction was actually all a hoax, fawned over Demi Lovato’s gorgeous red dress and realized that Jennifer Lopez looks great, well, always.

Not to mention, J.Lo also released a hard-hitting remix of “Booty” with fellow bootylicious babe Iggy Azalea, while Charli XCX premiered her rebellious-school-girl music video for single “Break The Rules.” Usher also hopped on the bandwagon and dropped his new Mike WILL Made-It-produced album-track “Believe Me” as well as his visual for the Nicki Minaj-assisted “She Came To Give It To You.”

Here on Idolator, we sat down not only with up-and-coming North London beatsmith Shift K3Y to talk about his music journey, but also spoke to Nick Jonas about his exciting much-awaited solo album. What’s more, we also premiered New York songstress VERITE’s new single “Weekend.”

As per usual, you guys had plenty to say. Read this week’s roundup of the best reader comments below. More »