Archive for the ‘Highlights’ Category

Lorde Has A Make-Up Line With MAC Cosmetics: Morning Mix

Mar 11th, 2014 // Comment

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:: Who wouldn’t want to look like Lorde? The 17-year-old has inked a deal with MAC Cosmetics and will be releasing her own make-up line soon. I’m guessing it will include lots of black lipstick. [Billboard]

:: Speaking of fashion plates, Britney Spears debuted a Texan-themed cowgirl look while shopping in Malibu, California over the weekend. She teamed the outfit with ugg boots and a cup of iced coffee. [Just Jared]

:: Frank Ocean was recently sued by Chipotle for failing to record a song for a marketing campaign despite accepting an advance payment. Yesterday (March 10) he returned the check with a harsh two word message for the company. [Vulture]

:: Here’s some cute news to start your day. The Black Keys are selling t-shirts to support their hometown little league team. The shirts were designed by the band’s creative director and sell for $24.99. [Spin]

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Whatcha Say: Adam Lambert, Ashanti and Lea Michele Got Our Readers Talking

Mar 7th, 2014 // 6 Comments

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! There was no shortage of the pop action this week. (Is there ever?!) Iggy Azalea dropped her UH-amazing Clueless-themed video for “Fancy” with Charli XCX, Ashanti dropped her long-awaited LP Braveheart, Coldplay supplied some surprise “Magic” and of course, Miley and Katy traded playfully shady swipes on Twitter over their recent tonsil action in concert. (Meow!) Plus, Adam Lambert announced a new summer tour with Queen!

We had a bunch of promising talent premiere this weekend on Idolator, including new videos and music from the likes of Misterwives, Allie X and Telegraph. Plus, we named our top #MILEYSMOOCH lip-lockers AND our reader’s favorite album of February. As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments below!

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Michael Jackson Could Have An Illegitimate Son: Morning Mix

Mar 7th, 2014 // 1 Comment

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:: A DNA test has allegedly confirmed that Brandon Howard is Michael Jackson’s illegitimate son. Conspiracy theorists point out that Brandon’s mom, R&B singer Miki Howard, went by the name Billy in the early ’80s and claim that MJ’s classic hit “Billie Jean” was written about her. [TMZ]

:: Aaron Carter jumped on Twitter to declare his undying love for ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff and expressed his desire to win her back. This is either extremely creepy or romantic. I’m not quite sure. [Gossip Cop]

:: The things we do for family. Dannii Minogue revealed that big sister Kylie Minogue made her sit through the entire season of The Voice UK for feedback. Hopefully the Australian pop legend provided lots of popcorn and wine. [Digital Spy]

:: Pink is being sued by a producer that worked on her 2000 debut LP Can’t Take Me Home. Sony Music puts the dispute down to a clerical error and an address change. This could get complicated. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Jewel Is Recording A Sequel To Mega-Selling 1995 Album ‘Pieces Of You’: Morning Mix

Mar 6th, 2014 // Comment

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:: Jewel is recording a sequel (of sorts) to mega-selling 1995 album Pieces Of You. She plans to release the album independently and record several songs during live performances. Sounds great! [Billboard]

:: This is incredible. Beyonce‘s concert at the 02 Arena in London on Tuesday night (March 4) was attended by Adele, Lily Allen, Jennifer Hudson and Liam Payne among other celebrities. Bow down. [Twitter]

:: Miley Cyrus knows how to spawn a meme or two. The twerkin’ diva’s latest contribution to popular culture is turning the simple question “Are those jeggings?” into a catchphrase. [MTV]

:: It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Ashanti. The R&B songstress dropped her much-anticipated new LP Braveheart and agreed to sing the national anthem at the upcoming Pacquiao vs. Bradley boxing match. [Vibe]

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Popping Up: Thomas Azier

Mar 5th, 2014 // Comment
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Pan-Euro Pop

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 you watch Lorde giving one of her trance-like performances, or hear Lady Gaga philosophizing in an interview, it’s easy to think, “Hey, chill out, it’s just pop music.” But if this era of poptimism has taught us anything, it’s that pop music can be just as transportive and transformative as the most subversive rock or euphoric electro or revolutionary rap. I haven’t seen 25-year-old Dutch musician Thomas Azier perform, but after talking to him, it’s clear he also comes from the Pop Is A Very Serious Matter school of thought.

Of course, once you accept the seriousness of the genre, it’s easy to be playful within that framework. For instance, Azier, who has lived in Berlin since he was 19, jokingly refers to his music as GDR&B, as in, R&B spawned in communist East Germany. And he’s right about that — his epic synth-pop debut, Hylas (out March 10), has some of the hooks and raw emotion of R&B, mixed with the synthetic churn and metallic clanging of ’80s European electro.

Azier recently stopped by our New York studio on what was, very literally, the sloppiest day of this disgusting, demoralizing NYC winter, but he handled the slushy trek from Brooklyn to midtown with the stoic efficiency you may expect from a Berliner. We chatted about his debut album, the factory he recorded it in and the thin line between love and pain. Shit got deep. Check out the interview up top, and read on for more about the pan-European pop wiz. More »

Justin Bieber Celebrated This 20th Birthday In The Bahamas: Morning Mix

Mar 5th, 2014 // Comment

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:: Justin Bieber celebrated his 20th birthday with a quick getaway to the Bahamas. Joining him on the trip were Lil Za and  Khalil Sharieff, both of whom were recently arrested alongside the superstar. [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Forbes certainly releases a lot of lists. Topping the magazine’s Korea Celebrity List (just go with it) is girl band Girls’ Generation. They finish one spot ahead of boy band BIGBANG. So there you go. [Billboard]

:: John Travolta has apologized (kind of) for butchering Idina Menzel‘s name at the Oscars. ”I’ve been beating myself up all day,” he said in a statement. ”Then I thought…What would Idina Menzel say? She’d say, ‘Let it go, let it go!’” Cute. [MTV]

:: Speaking of the Oscars. Best Supporting Actor winner Jared Leto is returning to his music career. 30 Seconds To Mars has announced dates for its Carnivores tour over the summer with co-headliners Linkin Park. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Cody Simpson, Big Time Rush’s James Maslow Headed To ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Mar 4th, 2014 // Comment
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For its upcoming 18th season, Dancing With The Stars will fill its pop star quota with Australian crooner Cody Simpson and Big Time Rush member James Maslow. Simpson will find himself paired up with former So You Think You Can Dance contestant/current DWTS troupe dancer Witney Carson when the ABC series begins again on March 17. Maslow will be sharing his fancy footwork with Peta Murgatroyd.

Other cast members this time around include comedian-turned-Price Is Right host Drew Carey, actor Billy Dee Williams, Real Housewives Of Atlanta/Glee diva NeNe Leakes, Olympians Charlie White and Meryl Davis and — gasp!Wonder Years child star Danica McKellar. More »

Robin Thicke Is Still Talking About Paula Patton At Concerts: Morning Mix

Mar 4th, 2014 // Comment

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:: Poor Robin Thicke. He’s still trying to win back wife Paula Patton by declaring his love for her at shows. A couple of days after telling concertgoers in Virginia of his romantic woes, he performed Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together” in her honor at a gig in Atlantic City. Aww! [Billboard]

:: Here’s the sequel we’ve all been waiting for (or not). R. Kelly has announced that his will be following up his highly explicit collection of bedroom anthems Black Panties with a sequel called White Panties. Can’t wait. [Vibe]

:: Kanye West‘s music think tank DONDA will be managed by Jay Z‘s Roc Nation moving forward. Hov’s company will be in charge of DONDA’s recording, branding and touring initiatives. Get money. [Rap Radar]

:: Here’s some bad news for rap giant Lil Wayne. It turns out he owes the government a whopping $12 million in unpaid taxes. That’s got to hurt! Although, the MC is worth upwards of $100 million, so he’ll bounce back. [Vibe]

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RuPaul’s “Geronimo” Video Features Proper Twerking: Morning Mix

Mar 3rd, 2014 // Comment
RuPaul Shows Boys How To Twerk

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:: RuPaul‘s “Geronimo” video stars Julian Serrano, the YouTube sensation best known for twerking in his apartment. RuPaul sings, Serrano shakes and America wins for this proper display of twerking. [Buzzfeed]

:: Beck performed March 1 on Saturday Night Live, to celebrate his third album Mellow Gold (and single “Loser”) turning 20. He also played “Wave” and “Blue Moon,” off his new album Morning Phase. [Stereogum]

:: Lupe Fiasco released “DopeBoysAtAllStarWeekend,” a high-octane rap track that nods to the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston. Will it be included in his new album Tetsuo & Youth? [Rap Radar]

:: Gwen Stefani gave birth to a baby boy on February 28. Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale is her and Gavin Rossdale‘s third son. [NPR]

:: Juicy J offered some sage advice for attending the Oscars. “Just don’t be drunk. Be sober the whole show.” He should know — in 2006, Three 6 Mafia won the Best Original Song award for Hustle & Flow‘s “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.” [MTV]

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Whatcha Say: Shakira, Kylie Minogue And Beyonce Got Our Readers Talking

Feb 28th, 2014 // 2 Comments

TGIF, Idolator readers! This week, Pharrell pulled a Beyoncé-lite and surprise streamed his new album G I R L, which we’ve been buzzing about all week. And speaking of Bey, the “Diva” dropped her “Partition” video on VEVO, which had our tongues wagging all over again. Shakira released her rock-tinged new single “Empire,” while Eminem and Rihanna announced a joint tour. (Count us in!)

Plus, we sat down with The Vamps and the fabulous Miss Kylie Minogue, and launched our bangin’ Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour merch giveaway. We’ve been LOVING all the photos you’ve been sending us. Seriously. (Have you decided to #SMOOCHMILEY yet?)

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