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Lady Gaga’s “Hood Rat” Ex-Assistant Gets Tell-All Deal: Morning Mix

Fame Monster?
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:: Lady Gaga‘s ex-assistant has struck a tell-all deal for her book titled Fame Monster. She took Gaga to court last year seeking unpaid overtime, claiming that she was expected “to be working and available 24/7,” while Gaga reportedly called her a “fucking hoodrat.” [Page Six]

:: Jeezy nabbed Jay Z to record a verse for his new album Seen It All, out September. According to Jeezy, shit got real – the task at hand brought tears to Hov’s eyes, because of how he was reminded of his Marcy Projects upbringing. [MTV]

:: Jack Antonoff, of fun. and now Bleachers, opens up in comedian Marc Maron‘s latest podcast how about a “world-shattering” event informs every decision he’s made in his career. Perhaps he’ll talk more about Taylor Swift and Katy Perry as well. [WTF Podcast]

:: Iggy Azalea‘s boyfriend Nick Young says that when she initially heard of Nicki Minaj‘s apparent BET Awards diss, she didn’t take the news well. “When she got home and was going through her phone and hearing all the things and people talking trash about her, you know I had to be there for her,” he said. “But you know what, Iggy is doing big things and it’s scaring a lot of people!” [Us Weekly]

:: Selena Gomez reveals that she got a new tattoo. She decided to get the words “Love Yourself First,” translated into Arabic, according to the artist Bang Bang. [E!]

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‘Disco Demolition 2′ To Destroy Miley Cyrus And Justin Bieber Records: Morning Mix

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:: A minor-league baseball team plans to destroy Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus records due to their “musical disease.” The event has been dubbed “Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It,” as inspired by the 1979 event in Chicago. [Los Angeles Times]

:: David Bowie hints that he will release new music soon. His last album, 2013′s The Next Day, was his first in a decade. [Pitchfork]

:: T.I. performed in the premiere episode of VH1′s new Soundclash series, produced by Questlove and hosted by Diplo. When the Atlanta rapper performed “Live Your Life,” Fall Out Boy and London Grammar filled in for Rihanna. [Stereogum]

:: Rihanna apologized for a contentious tweet she sent with the hashtag “#FreePalestine.” She says that she sent the tweet out on accident, without intending to take sides on the international conflict. [Billboard]

:: Girls creator Lena Dunham has one nagging question about MAGIC!‘s #1 hit “Rude” – has the girl mentioned “even consented to marrying a Canadian reggae singer?” Ingrid Michaelson‘s got answers. [Billboard]

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Pia Mia Debuts ‘Wolfpack Wednesdays’: Idolator Premiere

Pia Mia Wolfpack Wednesdays
Wolfpack Wednesdays
While dining with Kanye West, Drake and The Kardashians last summer (casual), rising pop sensation Pia Mia briefly set the world ablaze when Kim K. uploaded Pia’s incredible acoustic cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Since then, she’s only continued to build buzz with the release of her debut EP The Gift, a collection of bouncy, catchy urban-pop jams and smooth ‘n slinky R&B ballads like “Red Love” and “Mr. President,” as well as her mesmerizing Divergent soundtrack contribution, “Fight For You (feat. Chance The Rapper).”

Ahead of the release of her upcoming debut LP, the talented 17-year-old songstress is rolling out brand new blog entries called Wolfpack Wednesdays, and we’re happy to premiere the first episode right here on Idolator.

The debut episode follows Pia as she heads out for a whirlwind promotional journey back in her homeland of Guam, conducts a few radio interviews, meets her fans (The Wolfpack!), puts on a killer performance and snaps some gorgeous photoshoots across the countryside before finally kicking back on the beach for a hot minute and eating hot Cheetos. (We’re all about that life too, girl.)

Watch the premiere of Wolfpack Wednesdays up top, and keep up with all things Pia Mia at her official website. More »

BBC Defends Ed Sheeran’s Top Ranking At 1Xtra Power List: Morning Mix

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:: BBC Radio 1Xtra, a UK station dedicated to contemporary black music, has responded to criticism surrounding its annual Power List, where Ed Sheeran holds the top spot. “I think that anyone who wants to bring race into the discussion is probably a little bit misguided,” music manager Austin Daboh said. [BBC]

:: Turns out, Lana Del Rey‘s got an oral fixation. [Antenna]

:: Ricky Martin will bring his ongoing One World tour to Australia next year, April 25 – May 8. Be prepared, Aussie fans – Martin promises to perform some new music and hopes to have “a few surprises” in store. [Billboard]

:: Blink-182 is prepping a new album, says guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge. The band’s new material will follow 2011′s Neighborhoods. [Instagram]

:: Holler If You Hear Me, the Broadway musical inspired by the music and lyrics of Tupac, will close on July 20 after just six weeks of performances. Last week’s show only saw 45 percent of the seats occupied. [The New York Times]

:: Pharrell will helm the soundtrack for the next NBA 2K game, following the likes of Jay Z and LeBron James. While he won’t reveal the tracklist until later this summer, he did tease that Strafe and System of a Down will be included. [Billboard]

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Unretouched Photos Of Mariah Carey’s ‘Wonderland’ Shoot With Terry Richardson Surface: Morning Mix

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:: Unretouched photos of Mariah Carey‘s Wonderland shoot possibly show that her jawline was thinned, breasts were augmented and her wrists thinned before publication. What may be just as offensive, though, is how these shots, to some, might reveal that Terry Richardson‘s trademark point-and-shoot style lends to shoddy photography. [Jezebel]

:: Speaking of Mariah, Arcade Fire violinist and arranger Owen Pallett has broken down exactly why listeners cannot resist her. “The truth about Mariah is this: her upper register is the musical equivalent of a black truffle. You could shave it on any shit and we’ll still order it.” [The Guardian]

:: Ed Sheeran tops BBC’s 1Xtra’s annual Power List. Given that 1Xtra bills itself as the “UK’s leading black music station,” listed grime pioneer Wiley has already taken issue with this choice. “Not taking anything away from ed ..he is sick . but black artist in england we are getting bumped,” he says. [SPIN]

:: Rick Ross assures fans that Meek Mill will release his sophomore album Dreams Worth More Than Money on time, despite him currently spending three to six months in prison for probation violation. A judge had ordered Meek Mill to cut back on scheduling shows, but the rapper refused. [MTV]

:: Clueless star-turned-Fox News contributor Stacey Dash criticized Kanye West‘s comparisons of dealing with the paparazzi to rape. Her comments make for surreal viewing, particularly since Dash starred in West’s 2004 “All Falls Down” video. [DjsDoingWork.com]

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Robin Thicke Sells Less Than 60 Copies Of ‘Paula’ In Australia: Morning Mix

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:: First week sales of Robin Thicke‘s Paula in Australia look bleak, more so than in the US and UK. The album failed to chart in the ARIA Top 500, meaning that it sold less than a Blondie compilation at #500 with just 54 copies sold. Oof. [NME]

:: Arctic Monkeys and George Michael have reportedly been dodging their taxes in England. Naughty, lads! [NME]

:: “I cannot begin to tell you how badly my heart is breaking right now,” Garth Brooks says, in a letter addressed to Aiken Productions. The company behind his five comeback shows in Dublin (July 25 – 29) decided to cancel all of them, after Brooks refused to play just three concerts. [Rolling Stone]

:: Shania Twain hints that she will embark a tour following her successful Caesars Palace residency. “Vegas has been a really good transition for me to get back onstage again, and I guess I’m enjoying it. So why not do more?” she says. [Calgary Herald]

:: Adam Levine has recruited legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks as a mentor for The Voice. Nicks appeared on the reality competition show’s first season, singing Fleetwood Mac‘s “Landslide” with eventual winner Javier Colon. [CNN]

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Paris Hilton Previews Otherworldly “Come Alive” Video, Starring A Unicorn

Got To Live My Life
Paris Hilton will be roaming through fantasy worlds for her “Come Alive” video, if recent previews are any indication. She appears in photos she posted as an angel among clouds and a sprite with a crescent moon hovering nearby. In another photo, she stands in a rolling field while wearing a flower crown and star-covered bustier. And in a behind-the-scenes clip, she dresses up in sequins and feathers and poses next to a unicorn, with lavender-striped mane to match.

“’Come Alive’ is all about love and how it makes you feel alive,” she said to E! “So when I was coming up with the concept of the video, I wanted it to be something that was very magical, ethereal, just very fantasy-like. That’s why I wanted to have a unicorn, because I just think they’re such beautiful, magical creatures.” See photos that she posted from the shoot after the jump, then head on over to E! to see the beautiful, magical and surprisingly calm unicorn in action. More »

Popping Up: Mr. Probz

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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 Dutch artist Mr. Probz released his breakout hit “Waves” in The Netherlands last year, it made the Top 10 in his home territory. Several remixers eventually took a crack at the guitar ballad, but one in particular, Robin Schulz, turned out the breezy, hypnotic dance mix that would send the song through the roof worldwide. Not bad for a song that Probz, who started out in hip hop, had to originally teach himself the guitar to play on.

“When I have sessions, if I have, for example, a guitarist that doesn’t show up, or I have to wait for someone, I always learn,” he explains to Idolator. “I just jump in, and same thing with producing. If something takes too long or whatever, I have the tendency to make it my mission to learn how to do it myself. With the guitar, I think some of the producers that I worked with maybe got tired of me complaining about guitars not being recorded in time, and when it was my birthday, they gave me a guitar. That was basically where it started, and ‘Waves’ is the first thing I learned playing myself.”

Given the guitar aspect and Mr. Probz’s rap beginnings, it’s somewhat ironic, then, that “Waves,” in its remix form, has joined the ranks of the current crop of house tracks coming out of Europe that are changing the sound or radio in 2014. Still, it’s a great testament to the song’s melodic strength, that it translates in multiple genres.

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Thanks to Justin Bieber, Here’s Tom Hanks Dancing To “This Is How We Do It”

This Is How Tom Does It
Clearly, Justin Bieber had a great time at manager Scooter Braun‘s wedding. He hung out with Ed Sheeran. He sang “Call Me Maybe” with Carly Rae Jepsen. (Rather, he sang while Jepsen giggled.) Best of all, though, he was standing next to award-winning actor Tom Hanks, dressed inexplicably as a rabbi, when Braun’s wedding band launched a cover of Montell Jordan‘s 1995 hit “This Is How We Do It.”

With the band’s lead singer behind him, Hanks led the sing-along. He raised his arms as if basking in the song’s glory, before he did the robot out the dancing circle. Stars, they’re just like us – they pick up their dry cleaning, head to Starbucks and sing their praises of Montell Jordan’s Friday (and Saturday and, evidently, Sunday) night staple whenever they get the chance to unwind. Watch Bieber’s clip of Tom Hanks – yes, that Tom Hanks – singing and dancing to “This Is How We Do It” after the jump. More »

Sia’s ’1000 Forms Of Fear’: Review Revue

For the past few years, Aussie songstress Sia has been busy making music for, well, everyone but herself. The writer responsible for hit tunes such as Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts,” Sia is back at it again, but this time around, she is saving all the her pop anthems for her solo 6th studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear.

Our own Kathy Landoli raved about the new record, giving it a whopping 4.5/5 and noting, “Many singer/songwriters become either one or the other: a pop star or a writer for pop stars. They broke the mold with Sia, and 1000 Forms Of Fear is all the proof needed to know that our favorite Aussie (outside of Kylie Minogue) can craft a hit for someone else, but can bring that energy back to her own project and create an instant classic.”

But what did the rest of the music world think about Sia’s new attempt? Here our roundup of reviews across the webosphere after the jump. More »