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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 »

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

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!

With summer coming to an end, it’s time now for the fashion and lifestyle magazines to flaunt our favorite pop stars in the fiercest, most fashion-forward looks of the season. After Nicole Scherzinger took the crown for the August’ 14 spread, who will reign supreme across the much-coveted September issue assortment? More »

Shakira Is Pregnant With Her Second Child: Morning Mix

:: Shakira is pregnant with her second child. The Colombian diva broke the news on her Facebook page, saying: “Yes, we are expecting our second baby!!” Congratulations! [Billboard]

:: Aww this would have been fun. Kylie Minogue has denied rumors that she is returning to Neighbours (the show that launched her career in the ’80s) for their 30th anniversary. [Digital Spy]

:: John Lennon‘s killer Mark David Chapman apologized for the crime during a recent parole hearing. “I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory,” he told the three-person panel. [NME]

:: They say wisdom comes with age. Damon Dash has apologized for pouring champagne over women in Jay Z‘s “Big Pimpin’” video 20 years ago. Better late than never! [Spin]

Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »

Rihanna Took A Volcano Selfie: Morning Mix

:: While on a yacht off the coast of Italy, Rihanna took a selfie with active volcano Stromboli. #bucketlistbullshit [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Scooter Braun, who manages the likes of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and British boy band Rixton, and his wife Yael Cohen have announced that they are expecting their first child. [MTV]

:: Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean are being sued for three million dollars by musician Joel McDonald over Watch The Trone album-track “Made In America.” [XXL Magazine]

:: British songstress Natalia Kills wants larger-framed women to stop criticizing skinny women. [Oh No They Didn’t]

:: Ed Sheeran clears up the rumors about him feuding with Miley Cyrus, stating that he has “never met her.” [Gossip Cop]

Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »

Popping Up: Shift K3Y

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

House-leaning dance-pop acts like Rudimental, Gorgon City and Jess Glynne are proving that North London is a currently one of the hottest hotbeds of new music right now, and throwing his hat into the arena is 21-year old Lewis Jankel. Recording as Shift K3Y, he landed a Top 5 hit in his home country of the UK earlier this year with his soulful garage-pop single “Touch.” (It’s now been released in the States — grab the song here.) And, yes, that’s Lewis, not a separate, featured vocalist, doing the singing on the track — something that makes him unique among many of his contemporaries.

We had lunch in the Big Apple with this young new pop force earlier this month, and he proved to be just as candid and sharp as he is savvy about music-making. Head below to find out more about Shift K3Y. More »

Nicki Minaj’s 2014 VMA Wardrobe Malfunction Was Staged: Morning Mix

:: While “Anaconda” rapstress Nicki Minaj claims that her VMA wardrobe malfunction was real, sources told TMZ that it was all for the show. Well, it totally worked because everyone seems to be talking about it. [TMZ]

:: Young Jeezy has been arrested on firearms charges, which may or may not be related to the shooting of 38-year-old male Eric Johnson at Wiz Khalifa‘s concert in California. [Entertainment Weekly]

:: Producer Aphex Twin opens up about “Avril 14,”  and how Kanye almost ripped him off when he sampled the song for the My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy-track “Blame Game.” [NME]

:: Justin Bieber is under investigation for allegedly stealing from a Dave & Buster’s and lunging at a “fan” when said person started taking pictures of Beiber  and Selena Gomez on his phone. Beibs, just stop. [Vulture]

:: Super-producer Rick Rubin sits in a bathtub full of ice for ALS and nominates Frank Ocean, Vincent Gallo and Owen Wilson to complete the challenge next. [Stereogum]

Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »

MTV Video Music Awards 2014: Review Revue

Aww. It's Katy, Sam, Charli And...Dear God?!
With the dust now settling on the 31st MTV Video Music Awards, various sites have been dissecting the night’s performances and the overall spectacle in general. For instance, Beyonce‘s eye-popping finale, not to mention her touching on-stage moment with husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy while accepting the Video Vanguard Award, seemed to have captured the attention of most critics. Also being singled out is Miley Cyrus, for bringing a homeless 22-year-old as her date to the event.

The show was also shorter in time-length than usual, and a lot more tame when compared to recent years. So how did this all pan out as far as quality entertainment? Head below for our roundup of VMAs reviews. More »

Ariana Grande’s ‘My Everything’: Review Revue

She did it, Arianators: She’s finally gone and broken free.

Ariana Grande‘s highly anticipated, much-hyped second studio album My Everything is finally upon us.

After dishing out her horn-heavy summer smash “Problem” with Iggy Azalea, her EDM-tastic Zedd banger “Break Free” and “Bang Bang,” her powerhouse collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, as well as an opening performance on last night’s 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, the pint-sized pop diva’s finally ready to give us all her love on her feature-filled follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2013 debut, Yours Truly.

Our own Kathy Iandoli concluded that Ari’s new album “diminishes any theory of a sophomore curse, as Ariana delivers a solid enough work — however, it’s done with the help of many,” giving the album a four out of five. But what did the rest of the critics have to say? More »

Christina Aguilera’s Debut Album 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.

1999: the year when pop music ruled the world. From the United States to the UK, the genre was inescapable on music charts, televisions shows, the radio and even our favorite magazine covers. The brink of Y2k gave way to the fresh faces of pop that quickly became music legends of our time: Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, *NSYNC and Christina Aguilera. All but Aguilera were already dominating the international charts, with the singer being the last of the four to release her debut. She was introduced to the music scene as part of the 4 Pop Blondes, which included Spears, Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore. The battle of becoming the the “It” girl in music at that time was a tough one, but nobody could hold the then-19-year-old down (never can, never will)!

Prior to her debut album, many knew Aguilera as a bright-eyed young girl from from 1993′s The New Mickey Mouse Club. Released just eight months after Britney Spears’ iconic …Baby One More Time, at first Christina’s debut was placed in the shadows of pop music’s first princess. But the worldwide success of the four singles that emerged from Christina Aguilera proved that she was a star all her own. While Spears was looked at as the sweet girl next door with her endearing personality, Aguilera showed early signs of her “Xtina” alter ego, as she was unafraid to be mainstream music’s sexualized and rebellious bad girl. Both stars may have had a lot on common at the time, but there was no doubt that Christina Aguilera was bound to achieve a status that placed her within the ranks of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.

During this musical era, record labels were focused on creating flash-in-the-pan pop phenomenons. Nonetheless, the raw talent that shone throughout Christina Aguilera saved the album from becoming too candy-coated.

Today we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Christina’s self-titled debut album, which was released on August 24, 1999, and gave rise to an international superstar — as well as the birth of Legendtina. (SAY!) More »