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Simon Cowell Calls One Direction’s New Album “One Of Their Best”: Morning Mix

:: Simon Cowell says that he heard most of One Direction‘s new, slightly edgier album, and that it’s “one of their best.” Talk about a winning endorsement. [Twitter]

:: Kanye West is reportedly tracking down Paul McCartney for a collaboration to be featured in his follow-up to Yeezus. “Kanye and Paul have known each other for a long time but became more friendly recently,” a source said. [HipHopDX]

:: Best friends Taylor Swift and Jaime King took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge over the weekend. Swift then nominated Selena Gomez, who promptly stepped up. [MTV]

:: Justin Bieber also took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, after being tapped by manager Scooter Braun. He nominated Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and comedian Chris D’Elia. [Instagram]

:: That said, “Weird Al” Yankovic may have outdone everyone with his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He nominated Obama, the Dalai Lama and the Pope. [Stereogum]

:: Chris Martin is reportedly seeing actress Jennifer Lawrence. He and Gwyneth Paltrow split after being married for more than a decade in March. [E!]

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Whatcha Say: Calvin Harris, Meghan Trainor And The Knocks Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! Even if summer’s beginning to come to a close, things are still pretty heated in the world of pop.

First, and foremost, the Duffpocalypse is still going strong, as Hilary Duff released her “Chasing The Sun” follow-up “All About You.” What’s more, Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora channeled their inner Uma Thurman  in their Kill Bill-esque Black Widow” video, a radio DJ spilled the beans about an upcoming Taylor Swift song, and UK’s X-Factor alum Ella Henderson released her anthemic second single “Glow.”

Here on Idolator, we had a star-studded week of our own: From  “All About That Bass” gal Meghan Trainor to New York electro duo The Knocks to UK soulstress Jessie J to American Idol’s latest victor Caleb Johnson, we spoke to a ton of artists about their respective music journeys, as well as their upcoming projects.

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Taylor Swift Was Super Nerdy On ‘The Tonight Show’: Morning Mix

:: Taylor Swift dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to announce her performance at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. While there, she took part in the popular Ew! segment and played a super nerd. It appeared to come easily. [Billboard]

:: Here’s an unexpected cover version. Chris Brown shared a unique interpretation of Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me”, which is currently sitting at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s different. [Spin]

:: This is really touching. The broadway cast of Aladdin honored the late Robin Williams with a huge singalong. Performer James Iglehart also reminisced about watching the Disney cartoon for the first time. [Death And Taxes]

:: Michael Cera has released a lo-fi folk album called True That. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The Arrested Development actor has appeared in videos for Islands and sang backing vocals for Weezer. [Stereogum]

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Ciara And Future Are So OVER: Morning Mix

:: Future and Ciara have broken off their engagement. The R&B starlet claims that the Georgia rapper cheated on her while on tour. [TMZ]

:: Ariana Grande takes us behind the scenes of her “Break Free” music video and reveals that her inspiration was the 1968 French-Italian sci-fi flick Barbarella. [MTV]

:: Death Cab For A Cutie guitarist Chris Walla has officially bid his final adieu to the band. Guess he’s not following them into the dark, after all. [NME]

:: Justin Bieber pleaded guilty to his January misdemeanor charges to receive lesser penalties. [The Guardian]

:: Adam Levine signs on with Boardwalk Entertainment to produce a 10-part event series about the music business in the ’70s. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Justin Timberlake And The Tennessee Kids Complete The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Morning Mix

:: Nominated by Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors, Justin Timberlake along with The Tennessee Kids take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and elect Jimmy Fallon and The Roots to be next in line. [Billboard]

:: Heavily pregnant Christina Aguilera gives her unborn daughter a sneak peak at some of her new music. How much do you wish you were that baby right now? [Daily Mail]

:: 2 Chainz is being called “the baby whisperer” after his song “I’m Different” is the only thing that stopped a little girl from crying. [MTV]

:: Jessica Simpson threw sister Ashlee Simpson a “bohemian pool party” for her marriage to Evan Ross and also managed to show off her bangin’ bikini bod, yet again. [People]

:: After spending around $100,000 dollars on a scrapped album, Ryan Adams reveals that he is “too old to care” who likes his records. [NME]

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Lorde Posted A Makeup-Free Selfie, And It’s Pretty Endearing: Morning Mix

::Lorde posted a makeup-less airport selfie on Instagram, and it’s really rather charming. Screw the haterz, Ella! [MTV]

:: Mr. Worldwide Pitbull will debut his own Sirius XM radio show in early 2015. Dale! [Hollywood Reporter]

:: Ariana Grande’s older brother Frankie Grande revealed to his Big Brother cast-mates that he is not only related to a pop-star, but is also a social media mogul, which pissed few people off to stay the least. [The Frisky]

:: Basketball team the Toronto Raptors just got fined $25,000 after rapper Drake allegedly attempted to recruit Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant. Oops. [Gossip Cop]

:: Pop starlet Katy Perry lets the world know that she did not, in fact, base her life on Archie Comics character Katy Keene. [Rolling Stone]

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Whitney Houston Remembered By Beyonce, Missy Elliott, Brandy And More

Whitney Houston would have turned 51 on August 9. That day, stars ranging from Beyonce to Missy Elliott and her friend Brandy paid tribute to the late pop superstar by taking a brief moment on social media to remember how she influenced and inspired them, whether on a collaborative basis or simply through her voice.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, Houston’s daughter with singer Bobby Brown, wished her mother a happy birthday by posting a picture of a cake with candles. Pop songwriter David Foster, who co-wrote The Bodyguard‘s Grammy-nominated “I Have Nothing,” chimed in to say that he misses her dearly. Elliott remembered a time when Houston actually tried on her Adidas.

Meanwhile, Beyonce simply posted a photo on her official site, after years of confessing how inspired she was by Houston’s 1991 Super Bowl XXV performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

“I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her,” Beyonce said in 2012 to Essence, shortly after Houston died. “She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us.”

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Watch A Clip Of Kanye West’s Unreleased “Robocop” Video Starring Amber Rose

Years ago, Kanye West previewed his Hype Williams-directed “Robocop” video with a behind-the-scenes look, showing his then-girlfriend Amber Rose‘s body being painted Barbie-colored nude. He then scrapped the video, reportedly because of their break-up.

On August 8, CG modeler Shihan Barbee posted a short clip of what would have been the final, stop-motion result. While dressed in a tuxedo, West stands and stares as Amber Rose, posing as a naked doll, jerks around like a malfunctioning robot. While Barbee has since clarified that he personally did not work on the “Robocop” video, exactly how he gained access to the clip is still unclear.

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Whatcha Say: Lil Kim, Azealia Banks And Adam Lambert Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator Readers! In light of the much awaited weekend, let’s take a look back at the crazy pop-filled week that was.

For starters, Beyonce premiered her stunning remix for “Flawless,” which not only featured a menacing verse from rapstress Nicki Minaj, but also awoke the beast within Brooklyn’s own Lil Kim, who served up a one-two punch shade-a-thon against the “Anaconda” diva.

Adam Lambert  took to Twitter to discuss cultural appropriation, Rita Ora flashed her boobs in front of the whole of Los Angeles and the ever-elusive Mariah Carey posed for the cover of Turkey’s first ever gay magazine GayMag. Still not enough?

Here on Idolator, we not only premiered Colbie Callait’s “The Way I Was” from The Walking Dead soundtrack and hip-hop duo Aer’s video for “Pretty Lady,” but also sat down with UK soulstress Laura Welsh to talk about her upcoming album, as well as working with Gorgon City and Dev Hynes.

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Pharrell Launches His Own Cheeseburger Called “The Pharrell Burger” In Tokyo: Morning Mix

:: Pharrell teamed up with Japanese music producer NIGO to launch his own cheeseburger  — fittingly called “The Pharrell Burger” — at Tokyo’s 2-5 Café. Is there anything this guy doesn’t have?! [MTV]

:: Visiting Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Rihanna got so inspired that she now wants to potentially buy a UK football club, herself. [Oh No They Didn’t]

:: Failing to appear to his court hearing in Texas because of misdemeanor charges in May 2013, rapper Wiz Khalifa has been issued a warrant for his arrest. [E Online]

:: Rufus Wainwright called the 2013 MTV Unplugged mash-up performance of Miley Cyrus’ “We Don’t Stop” and Madonna’s “Don’t Tell Me” as “one of the most horrifying things” he’s seen in his life. Ouch. [The Guardian]

:: Iggy Azalea went vintage clothes shopping with Moschino’s creative director Jeremy Scott for MTV’s House Of Style. [Billboard]

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