Archive for the ‘Highlights’ Category

2014 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood Wins Video Of The Year, John Legend & Jason Derulo Go Country

Jun 5th, 2014 // Comment
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Carrie Underwood won the fan-voted Video of the Year at the 2014 CMT Awards, for the third year in a row. “It’s really hard to believe that I have been doing this for nine years, but every single second of those nine years, you guys have been so amazing,” she said, while accepting the award for “See You Again.” Underwood seemed in shock, though to those watching, her win seemed like a no-brainer compared to the night’s crossover moments.

This year’s awards show kicked off with heads nodding to ZZ Top performing its 1973 hit (and signature song) “LaGrange,” only for Florida Georgia Line to crash in for “This Is How We Roll” and Luke Bryan to introduce Jason Derulo, so that everyone on stage could chime in and wiggle their hips to his smash “Talk Dirty.” (Trust – the sight is one of the more strangely delightful things you’ll see today.) Later, Jennifer Nettles and John Legend teamed up to perform his No. 1 hit “All of Me,” while backed on acoustic guitar by Hunter Hayes. And to close, Miranda Lambert and Underwood performed their fierce country-pop duet “Somethin’ Bad,” off Lambert’s new album Platinum.

Watch Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood do “Somethin’ Bad” up top. Then, see the “LaGrange”-“This Is How We Roll”-“Talk Dirty” medley (whew) and “All of Me” after the jump. More »

Will Ariana Grande’s “Problem” Be 2014′s Song Of The Summer?

Jun 5th, 2014 // 4 Comments
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2014 Song Of Summer
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Slip on your shades, grab a glass of lemonade and check back each day over the next week and a half as we present you seven different Song Of The Summer contenders!

It’s that time of year again, pop fans, when every site devoted to pop culture will attempt to predict what the Song Of The Summer will be…before the summer season actually begins, naturally. Regarding last year, it’s safe to say that Robin Thicke‘s somewhat controversial sex jam “Blurred Lines” walked away with the title, while just two years ago it was Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” that blew up the airwaves all through the warmest months of 2012.

So here’s the deal: We here at Idolator are presenting one Song Of The Summer contender a day, then capping the roll-out off with a poll where you can vote on the one from the bunch that’s your favorite — only this time, we’re highlighting seven songs rather than the usual five. And with that now out of the way, let’s get on with it!

We’re starting the whole SOS shebang off this time around with Ariana Grande‘s sax-filled “Problem,” a raucous pop jam which, thanks to Iggy Azalea‘s current chart-topper “Fancy,” has been stuck in the runner-up position on the Billboard Hot 100 for the past two weeks. Ariana can’t have too many hard feelings though, since, of course, Iggy also features on “Problem.” More »

Justin Bieber Responds To KKK Video With Bible Quotes: Morning Mix

Jun 5th, 2014 // 1 Comment

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:: Justin Bieber has responded to the shocking video of him using the N word and joking about joining the KKK by posting pictures of bible passages on Instagram. Sorry, Bizzle. That doesn’t quite cut it. [TMZ]

:: The internet is still buzzing about Rihanna‘s sheer CFDA dress. Wondering how the garment was created? Well, designer Adam Selman has released a video showing how he constructed the headline-grabbing robe. [Just Jared]

:: La Toya Jackson is getting hitched! She announced her engagement to long-time manager Jeffré Phillips yesterday after he proposed to her at a restaurant with a 17.5 carat ring. Yes, 17.5 carats. Congratulations! [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Nobody knows who Ryan Lewis is. Which is unfortunate when you’re half of one of the biggest musical acts in the business. Macklemore‘s buddy walked the streets and asked people if they knew who he was. They didn’t. [Digital Spy]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Kelly Rowland Calls Beyonce And Michelle Williams Her Soul Mates: Morning Mix

Jun 4th, 2014 // Comment

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:: This is so sweet. Kelly Rowland called Beyonce and Michelle Williams her soul mates in a recent interview. “I believe soul mates are not just in relationships, but they’re in friendships,” she explained. Long live the children of destiny! [Cosmopolitan]

:: Speaking of Queen Bey, her pastor Rudy Rasmus has defended the superstar’s sexy image. “I think the world would be void an extreme talent if we silenced her or censored her,” he said very wisely. [Hello Beautiful]

:: Whitney Houston‘s former house has been snapped up by a long-term fan for $1.5 million. He purchased it to protect her image and legacy, and has turned down offers from the media to inspect the property. [NME]

:: A much-hoped for collaboration almost happened this week in London. Demi Lovato revealed that she was supposed to write with Ed Sheeran but it fell through at the last minute. They plan to reschedule it later in the year. [Digital Spy]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Ariana Grande Defends Marilyn Monroe Against Online Haters: Morning Mix

Jun 3rd, 2014 // Comment

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:: Ariana Grande was not amused when she celebrated screen legend Marilyn Monroe‘s birthday on social media and was instantly trolled by haters. “I feel for the people who focus on hate…. because that’s all you have to give” was her comeback. [Hollywood Life]

:: This is going to be the hottest ticket in town. Pop icon Prince has announced two solo shows (in the same night, no less) at London Roundhouse on June 4. He will perform other shows with 3rd Eye Girl later in the week. [NME]

:: Miley Cyrus‘ house was burgled over the weekend with thieves taking off with jewelry and one of her cars. Happily, her 2014 Maserati (valued at $102,000) has been found. It was simply left by the side of the road with no damage. [TMZ]

:: The sights in New York City just got a lot sexier. Rejuvenated girl band Danity Kane took some time out of their comeback tour to pose for pics on the top of the Empire State Building. They were always headed straight to the top. [Rap-Up]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Jennifer Lopez’s ‘On the 6′ Turns 15: Backtracking

Jun 2nd, 2014 // 2 Comments
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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.

By 1999, Jennifer Lopez knew how it felt to face a crowd of thousands. But that crowd wasn’t hers – it belonged to Selena, the young Mexican-American star whose life was tragically cut short in 1995.

For the opening scene of the biopic Selena, released less than two years after the singer’s death, fans flooded Houston’s Astrodome to recreate the moment when Selena drew the largest crowd in the stadium’s history. And Lopez, Selena‘s star, was dedicated to her role – her most demanding yet. She smiled and waved like Selena. She nailed the choreography, too: every hip swing, step ball change and spin, with that glittery purple jumpsuit catching the light. But as this former musical theater kid and budding actress went through Selena’s motions, she realized that she wanted a singing career, too.

Jennifer’s 1999 debut On the 6 turned 15 on June 1, and the concept of the all-around entertainer is just as rare as it was back then. While actresses still try their hands in music, those records rarely hit the top of the charts. On The 6 was an exception, because of how Jennifer made that crossover effort seem both hard-earned and effortless. More »

Whatcha Say: Mariah Carey, One Direction And Lana Del Rey Got Our Readers Talking

May 30th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Happy Friday, Idolator readers! As the weather becomes progressively warmer, and we begin to make the full plunge into Summer ‘14, things are seemingly also beginning to heat up in the world of pop.

This week kicked off on a bit of #scandalous note for our friends across the pond, as One Direction heartthrobs Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik were allegedly caught smoking pot. What’s more, Sheezus singer Lily Allen filmed herself dancing topless in granny panties to Drake’s “Started From The Bottom,” and new pop prodigy Sam Smith revealed that his highly anticipated debut album, In The Lonely Hour, is about his unrequited love for another man.

And it wouldn’t be a week in pop without a slew of new releases: R&B starlet Jhene Aiko reintroduced a new, solo version of  “Stay Ready (What A Life) ” as well as went on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and gave a super sultry performance of hit single “The Worst.” Former Pussycat Dolls ringleader Nicole Scherzinger released a new house-influenced single “You Love,” while British synth-pop songstress La Roux also dropped her official single, “Uptight Downtown” from her upcoming sophomore attempt, Trouble In Paradise.

Here on Idolator, we premiered an exclusive new track, “Thanks For Nothing,” by pop newcomer Brandyn Burnette, and, most importantly, we enjoyed the soothing sounds of Queen of Pop Mariah Carey’s Top 5 High Notes in just one minute.

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

Win A Copy Of Mariah Carey’s ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’!

May 30th, 2014 // 31 Comments
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By now, you and all the Lambily members in your life should be well aware that Mariah Carey is back with a gorgeous new record, Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, which was emancipated onto iTunes early this week (May 27).

From last year’s hashtag-friendly summer anthem “#Beautiful” to Valentine’s Day treat “You’re Mine (Eternal)” to her disco revival jam “You Don’t Know What To Do (feat. Wale),” the ever-elusive diva is bringing on the heartbreak and the sweet, sweet sounds on her LP.

We’ve got some copies of Mimi’s latest body of work, which we’d absolutely love to give to a few lucky readers. You want to win a copy? It’s easy, dahhhhling. All you need to do…is have a moment. More »

George Michael Was Rushed To Hospital For An Unexplained Illness: Morning Mix

May 30th, 2014 // Comment

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:: George Michael was rushed to hospital last week due to an unexplained illness. His representative refuses to comment apart from saying that he was getting routine tests. Sounds a little fishy… but get well soon! []

:: This piece of casting is either inspired or a disaster waiting to happen. Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has been hired to play a white supremacist on hit TV show Sons Of Anarchy. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. [Spin]

:: Foxes knows how to promote an album. She’s opening for Pharrell on his UK tour and just signed on to appear in an episode of cult TV show Doctor Who. We don’t know the nature of her role yet but she gets to perform a song. [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: Nobody loves their fans more than Ricky Martin. The Latin heartthrob was taking a stroll through the streets of Milan, Italy recently and stopped to kiss a fan. She looked suitably stoked. [Just Jared]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Lana Del Rey Insists She Performed At Kimye’s Wedding For Free: Morning Mix

May 29th, 2014 // Comment

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:: It was widely reported that Lana Del Rey received $2.8 million for performing at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s wedding. Well, she’s now insisting that she did it for free. What a sweetheart! [NME]

:: A One Direction spokesperson has finally made a statement about the video that surfaced online recently of Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson allegedly smoking marijuana. Apparently, it’s “in the hands of [their] lawyers”. [Billboard]

:: At least her hip is still intact. Lady Gaga has had to cancel shows in Seattle and Vancouver due to severe bronchitis. Mother Monster promises to reschedule the shows for when she’s feeling better. Get well soon! [Gossip Cop]

:: Madonna is just like the rest of us — desperate for any excuse to get out of jury duty. She was recently excused from evaluating a case before the Manhattan Supreme Court because she brought a note from her doctor. [NME]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »