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Jessie J’s ‘Sweet Talker’: Review Revue

Jessie J reigned in her career by focusing on dominating the U.S. market, with her latest album Sweet Talker (out today, October 14). The singer’s third studio LP is her attempt to breaking into the Top 40, which was a harder feat for her since she mainly gained traction in the UK. But does the album live up to its expectations of being an eye-catching pop masterpiece?

In our review, we wrote “Bang Bang’ was effective enough to help the singer stage a stateside comeback. But the all-star team (DiploThe-DreamTricky Stewart) behind the toned-down Sweet Talker failed to tackle the problem that first pervaded her schizophrenic 2011 debut, Who You Are: Vocal tricks aside, Jessie J doesn’t have a clear sense of identity.

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Pink And Dallas Green’s (You + Me) ‘rose ave.’: Review Revue

Pink threw her fans a curveball back in early September, when she announced she’ll be recording a folk album with City and Colour‘s Dallas Green. Calling themselves You + Methe duo has a stripped-down, pastoral sound that is completely different that what we’re used to hearing from the pop rocker. Their debut album, rose ave., was released today (October 14) via Pink’s record label – RCA.

But on this project, she is strictly going by her given name (Alecia Moore) so that people can separate her known persona from this new venture. Our own Robbie Daw commented on the LP, stating “And as you might have gathered from previously-released tracks “You And Me,” “Break The Cycle”and “Capsized,” this is Pink in full-on folk mode — in other words, it’s miles away from the glossy pop you’ve come to know the brash, outspoken singer for.”

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Ariana Grande Confirms Her Relationship With Big Sean: Morning Mix

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:: Ariana Grande has confirmed her relationship with Big Sean. The mini-diva spoke with The Telegraph about dating the rapper, stating “He is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I think the world of him, and he’s an amazing person. That’s kind of all there is to it.” How sweet! The two were rumored to be a couple since the 2014 VMAs in August, and Big Sean even appears on My Everything‘s “Best Mistake.” They previously collaborated on 2013′s “Right There,” and he’s also featured on “Problem.” [Miss Info]

:: Speaking of Grande, she has been receiving a lot of flack for allegedly being a stuck-up diva, but “Bang Bang” collaborator Jessie J is stepping up to her defense. The Sweet Talker stated, “I’ve met Ariana, and there’s a very thin line between ‘diva’ and ‘survival.’ And a lot of people can’t [differentiate that] — and I’ve had that. I’ve had the diva stuff. And it’s when people can’t cope with how passionate you are, and how much you care.” [Billboard]

:: There’s no doubt that Ed Sheeran is currently one of pop’s biggest stars. But the UK crooner did not always have it so easy before he made it big. He revealed in his new book A Visual Journey that he spent two-and-a-half years homeless on the London streets. Sheeran wrote in an excerpt, “There was an arch outside Buckingham Palace that has a heating duct and I spent a couple of nights there… I didn’t have anywhere to live for much of 2008 and the whole of 2009 and 2010, but somehow I made it work.” [Digital Spy]

:: Mark Bell, a major influence in the ’90s London club scene, has sadly passed away. He is best known for producing for Björk, and being the co-founder of British house duo LFO. [Spin]

:: Simon Cowell has a feeling that The X Factor USA will be making a return to our screens. The show hasn’t aired in the U.S. since last December, and with competition like NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s Rising Star making a comeback may be harder than Cowell expects. [Rolling Stone]

:: Ozzy Osbourne will be honored at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, where he’ll received the Global Icon Award. Catch the legendary rocker and other stars when the show airs on Sunday, November 9. [MTV]

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Whatcha Say: Lady Gaga, Beyonce And Meghan Trainor Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator readers. We did it. We made it through yet another week of pop!

There’ve been some major releases along the way — from Tinashe‘s Aquarius to Betty Who‘s Take Me When You Go, to Gorgon City‘s Sirens — along with some major premieres. Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj gave us the official “***Flawless” remix performance, Marina And The Diamonds debuted her “Froot” and a newly slimmed down Take That returned with “These Days.”

Over ’round these parts, we interviewed the fantastic Molly Lambert and premiered the Giorgio Moroder remix of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s Cheek To Cheek jam, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” Naturally, all of the above (and more!) got our readers talking.

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Lorde Approves Of The ‘South Park’ Episode About Her: Morning Mix

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:: South Park has been joking about Lorde for a handful of episodes now, and the singer is actually in good spirits about it! She’s not a big fan of the show, but she tweeted that she’s flattered the show thought to include her in their sketches. [Stereogum]

:: Pink Floyd‘s upcoming album This Is The End (their first album since 1994′s The Division Bell) will actually be the end. David Gilmour made a statement saying this project will be the last from the legendary group. [Rolling Stone]

:: Calling all Fleetwood Mac fans! The band extended their North American into next year, adding 28 more dates. The second leg of the tour will launch on January 16 in St. Paul, Minn. [Radio.com]

:: Nick Jonas just got even sexier! The singer/actor answered fan questions on Vine, and one of them asked him to read a passage from 50 Shades of Grey. It’s pretty hot! [MTV]

:: Paula Patton has officially filed for divorce from her husband of nine years, “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke. She asked the judge to grant the two joint custody of their 4-year-old son Julian. Well, it’s about time! [E! Online]

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Adele Is Still Making Serious Money From ’21′ Album: Morning Mix

Rolling In The Dough

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:: Adele‘s breakthrough album, 21, was released in 2011 to massive chart-topping success. Fast-forward to almost four years later, and the singer is still making money from the record – up to $128K to be exact! She’ll soon have even more money coming in, as her third album is to be released next year. [ONTD]

:: Beyonce has thrown her fair share of shade throughout her career, but who knew her hubby Jay Z was capable of the same? On a recent trip to The Louvre museum in Paris, a onlooker asked who the rapper is. His response was a quick and sly, “Who are you?” Watch it for yourself here. [Gawker]

:: Nicole Scherzinger may be gearing up for an album release soon, but that’s not stopping her from acting! She’ll be making her West End debut in the Cats musical, starring as “Glamour Cat” Grizabella. The show will run for 12 weeks at London’s Palladium, beginning in December. [Just Jared]

:: Remember Miley CyrusMTV VMA dateJesse Helt? Well the young man (who gave a speech about homelessness) has been sentenced to six months in prison for violating his probation. His attorney (hired by Cyrus) asked the judge to grant Helt leniency and give him a second chance. [Pop Crush]

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Charli XCX Thinks Britney Spears’ Albums Are “So Intelligent”: Morning Mix

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:: There’s no secret that Charli XCX (aka The “London Queen”) is a big fan of the Princess of PopBritney Spears. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, the UK singer expressed her love for Spears’ music. “Have you heard her albums? They’re so intelligent. The way hesongs are crafted is really amazing. I think that music is really interesting and clever.” [Just Jared]

:: Morrissey reveals that he’s previously had a cancer scare, and underwent treatment for it. He was pretty straightforward when discussing the procedure, “If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t.” Touché. [NME]

:: In today’s weird news, Drake is being investigated for allegedly threatening a stripper. Named Jhonni Blaze, she claimed the singer did not want their sexual relationship to go public and has sent her threatening texts. [Gossip Cop]

:: Good news for Beatles fans! John Lennon‘s entire solo catalogue is now available on Spotify. It includes eight studio albums and three compilations. Interestingly enough, the Beatles are one of the few bands whose music is still not available on the streaming site. [NME]

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Miley Cyrus Celebrates ‘Bangerz’ Anniversary On Instagram: Morning Mix

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:: Can you believe a year has passed since the release of Miley Cyrus‘ controversial media circus, that was Bangerz? The singer took to Instagram (duh) to celebrate the album’s first anniversary, and posted cute collages and gifts from her fans. [MTV]

:: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett continue to take their Cheek To Cheek project on the road! The jazz duo’s final performance for 2014 will be in Las Vegas’ The Cosmopolitan Casino for a special New Year’s Eve concert. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 10. [HitFix]

:: Talk show host Wendy Williams will host the 2015 Soul Train Awards. The award show will occur on November 7 at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena, and will air on BET and Centric at 8p.m. EST on November 30. [Huffington Post]

:: Rockstars like Iggy PopMichael Stipe and Muse‘s Matt Bellamy plan to contribute to a special cause. The musicians have designed custom Carparelli guitars, which will be auctioned off at Bonhams New York on November 9. Proceeds will go to War Child USA. [Rolling Stone]

:: Paul Revere, leader of ’60s rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders, passed away at the age of 76. The band is known in music history for being a major influence for garage rock and early punk. [Brooklyn Vegan]

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Drake Breaks The Beatles’ Hot 100 Record: Morning Mix

Nothing Was the Same

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:: Drake broke The Beatles‘ record for the number of singles to be featured on the Hot 100. His remix of ILoveMakonnen‘s “Tuesday” became Drake’s 72nd song to enter the chart, besting the Beatles at 71. (Glee still has the most entries of all time with 207.) [MTV]

:: Speaking of Drake, he also “hosted” his own, rap-oriented version of the Grammys, #HoodGrammys, on Instagram. ILoveMakonnen‘s “Tuesday” was named Best Latin Club Anthem, natch. [The FADER]

:: Ariana Grande revealed snapshots from her “Love Me Harder” video shoot. She and featured artist The Weeknd appear in all black and in what looks to be a dark cellar – hmm! [Ryan Seacrest]

:: Nicki Minaj covers the latest issue of L’Uomo Vogue, the men’s version of Vogue Italia. Fittingly, she appears in menswear-inspired ensembles. [The FADER]

:: Lady Gaga revealed in a recent Reddit AMA that in high school, she was in a classic rock band and was inspired by Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant‘s vocals. “Im [sic] certain that side of my musicianship will seep through the pores of music in the future,” she says. [Reddit]

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Whatcha Say: Fergie, Lorde and Miley Cyrus Got Our Readers Talking

Well kids, we’ve made it through another eventful week in Pop music! Fergie released her comeback single “L.A. Love (La La),” while Lorde dropped the stunning Hunger Games track “Yellow Flicker Beat.” Maroon 5 released their controversial video for “Animals,” and we reviewed Tove Lo‘s stunning debut album Queen of the Clouds.

Nicki Minaj will host the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, with herself, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran performing at the show. We launched our Ibrawlator for September! Click here to vote for your favorite album from last month, with choices like BANKSGoddess and LightsLittle Machines.

We also interviewed Katy Perry‘s newest label signee Ferras, “Secrets” songstress Mary Lambert and “Talk Dirty” hitmaker Ricky Reed! Lastly, Nick Jonas broke the internet with his super-hot photo shoot for Flaunt magazine. Whew!

As always, our readers had a lot to say! Head on below to read their commentary from this week. More »