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Dr. Dre Tops Forbes 2014 Hip-Hop Cash Kings List: Morning Mix

:: With business ventures like Beats by Dre, there’s no doubt that Dr. Dre is bringing home some serious bank! So much so, in fact, that he has topped Forbes “2014 Hip-Hop Cash Kings” list. The rap mogul made $620 million, while Diddy and Jay Z tie the number two spot with $60 million. [Forbes]

:: 2014 marks Blondie‘s 40th year in the music business, and the band’s frontwoman Debbie Harry celebrated the occasion with an exhibit at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery. [Hollywood Reporter]

:: The Recording Academy will be honoring Bob Dylan at their 25th annual MusiCares Person Of The Year tribute concert in February 2015. The acts lined up for the special night include Beck, the Black Keys, Jack White, Norah Jones, and many more. [Rolling Stone]

:: Sam Smith is having a great year, and his latest honor is four nominations at this year’s MOBO Awards – which will take place on October 22nd in London’s Wembley Arena. Artists like FKA Twigs, Jessie J, Katy B and Ed Sheeran also have various nominations. [NME]

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Jennifer Hudson’s ‘JHUD’: Review Revue

Jennifer Hudson has become known for her powerhouse voice that is usually showcased with over-the-top ballads. Yet her third album JHUD (released today, September 23rd) shows a different side of the singer. Instead of moody tearjerkers, Hudson opts for a more danceable, disco-inspired vibe on the new LP.

JHUD features songs like “Dangerous” and the Iggy Azalea-assisted “He Ain’t Going Nowhere” - making it clear that Hudson wanted to stray away from her typical sound, and dive into a lighter fare that is more suited for the dance floor.

But what did music critics think of Hudson’s latest effort? Read on after the jump to find out! More »

Bette Midler Returns With ‘It’s The Girls’, A Tribute To Girl Groups, In November

Rejoice: The Divine Miss M is back!

Eight years after her last studio album Cool Yule, iconic chanteuse Bette Midler is returning with a brand new album on November 4.

And this time around, she’s tipping her hat to the ladies — girl groups, specifically — who have impacted her life the most, from The Ronettes to TLC. (Yes, really!)

The 15-track collection promises to include exciting rearrangements of the classics, including a “country-fied” take on The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love.” (!) And, in case you had any doubt, Queen Bette has exquisite taste in modern girl groups as well: “From the ’90s on, my favorites were TLC and Destiny’s Child. ‘Waterfalls’ was a heartbreaker, especially if you were a mom, and it had a big effect on me. I never thought I would have the nerve to sing it, but we had an idea for it that works, and I am so glad I took the chance,” she explained to Billboard. More »

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett’s ‘Cheek To Cheek’: Review Revue

Lady Gaga has shown signs of her love for Jazz throughout her career, but with her latest project she dives into the genre at full speed! Cheek To Cheek, her collaborative album with the legendary Tony Bennett, was released today (September 23). The album finds the usually over-the-top singer putting her vocals to the forefront, and displaying a more soulful personality – not to mention that she manages to hold her own next to one of the biggest musical greats of our time.

Featuring classic ditties like “Nature Boy” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” Cheek To Cheek is a refreshing listen that highlights the undeniable talent of both Gaga and Bennett and how well they work together.

But what did the music critics think of Cheek To Cheek? Keep reading to see what they had to say about the duet’s album. More »

Nick Jonas Has Ditched His Purity Ring: Morning Mix

:: Nick Jonas has thrown away his purity ring. Which isn’t that surprising when you consider that his girlfriend is a former Miss Universe. He still has strong values, however, and deeply believes in God. [MTV]

:: Need new ink? If you have a spare $10,000, Miley Cyrus will custom design you a tattoo. And no, she hasn’t given up on music for the bright lights of body art. This a fundraising endeavor for charity. [Spin]

:: Hilary Duff turned our universe upside down when she said she would be up for a Lizzie McGuire reunion. Someone needs to make this a reality sooner rather than later! [Billboard]

:: This will, no doubt, be one of the music events of 2014. Legendary rockers Pink Floyd will release their first album in 20 years on November 10. It’s called The Endless River and contains 18 songs. [Hitfix]

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Robin Thicke Reportedly Cut In Line To Escape A Hurricane By Bribing Tourists: Morning Mix

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:: Robin Thicke was among thousands last week trying to vacate the hurricane-ravaged Cabo San Lucas. When he approached a line of hundreds at the airport, though, the “Blurred Lines” singer is said to have bribed tourists with hugs, cash, snapshots and by taking his shirt off, so that he could cut in line. [Celebuzz]

:: Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Hudgens were allegedly among the celebrities targeted in another nude photo hacking ring. Photos started surfacing on 4chan before they appeared on Twitter, like the ones of actress Jennifer Lawrence and those claiming to be of Ariana Grande and Hilary Duff. [The Huffington Post]

:: Stevie Wonder was among a few surprise guests on The Tonight Show celebrating host Jimmy Fallon‘s 40th birthday. The soul singer belted out “Happy Birthday,” while Seth Rogen and James Franco (of “Bound 2” “fame”) popped out of a giant cake. [SPIN]

:: Dr. Dre has been prepping the follow-up to 1999′s 2001 for more than a decade. Despite what’s been reported for years, though, the album isn’t called Detox. “He scrapped Detox a couple of years ago and came up with another title,” producer Dawaun Parker (Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent) says. [HipHopDX]

:: Singer J Rand has sued Jamie Foxx for using the same DJ Mustard instrumental featured in comeback single “Party Ain’t a Party,” that was first used for one of his songs. The lawsuit alleges that the “only discernible difference” between their songs was a guest verse by 2 Chainz. [Billboard]

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Whatcha Say: Jennifer Lopez, Madonna And Miley Cyrus Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! You ready to shake your booty for the weekend?

‘Twas yet another exciting week in pop, as Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea twerked their way through the rump-tastic “Booty” video. Also, Miley Cyrus just got spanked — with a potential lawsuit, that is! And before all the butt stuff, two major ’00′s solo pop queen comebacks are reportedly in the works: Gwen Stefani and Fergie! In fact, we’ve already got a snippet of Fergie Ferg’s new single! Are you guys exited about their return?

Over at Idolator, we had a chat in our studio with Ferras, as well as a sit-down with Sound Of A Woman songstress, Kiesza. Watch out for those coming up soon! Also, have you checked out our 13 great overlooked pop albums yet?

As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out some of the week’s best comments below. More »

Jhene Aiko Performed At A Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Morning Mix

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:: Props to Jhene Aiko for coming up with the most innovative way to promote an album thus far in 2014. She performed an acoustic set at a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles to introduce her music to weed aficionados. [Vibe]

:: Here’s the latest reminder than Beyonce and Jay Z‘s life is way, way better than yours. The Carters were clocked checking out a mansion in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles with an asking price of $85 million. Yes, you read that correctly. [Just Jared]

:: Do you still cringe when you see old school photos? It’s time to follow 5 Seconds Of Summer band member Michael Clifford‘s lead. He just posted one on Twitter and got tens of thousands of retweets. [Twitter]

:: The untimely death of American Idol contestant Michael Johns might not have been due to a blood clot as first reported. New documents suggest the singer might have died from an alcohol-related illness. [TMZ]

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Iggy Azalea And Nick Young Celebrated Their First Anniversary At Target: Morning Mix

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:: Iggy Azalea celebrated her first anniversary with basketball player boyfriend Nick Young by shopping at Target. The couple famously went there on their first date. Congratulations! [Instagram]

:: I’m not sure how impressive this is given that it downloaded to your phone whether you wanted it to or not but Apple is bragging U2‘s free Songs Of Innocence LP was accessed by 33 million users. They didn’t say how many people realize they own it. [Billboard]

:: Nick Jonas convinced his girlfriend Olivia Culpo to strip down to her lingerie for his upcoming “Jealous” video. She plays a scantily-clad cellist. The things we do for love. [MTV]

:: It’s time to let this song rest in peace before everyone starts to hate it. Lea Michele revealed that much-performed Frozen ballad “Let It Go” will be interpreted on the new season of Glee. Yay? [Pink Is The New Blog]

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Tyler, The Creator Compares U2′s ‘Songs Of Innocence’ To A Pimple: Morning Mix

:: Tyler, the Creator compared U2‘s surprise release of Songs of Innocence to “WAKING UP WITH A PIMPLE OR LIKE A HERPE.” Like critics, though, he can’t decide whether that’s good or bad. [SPIN]

:: Justin Bieber reveals that he and Selena Gomez are back together, though not in the most romantic way. Bieber’s attorney asked him of their relationship, in regards to a lawsuit filed by a photographer claiming that Bieber assaulted him. [E!]

:: N.E.R.D. (Pharrell, Chad Hugo, Shae Daley) may release their first new music in four years. “You’re gonna like this shit we’re gonna release,” Daley said during Pharrell’s recent iTunes Festival performance, before Pharrell himself said, “There will always be a N.E.R.D.” [NME]

:: Big Sean says that he was actually in a relationship, presumably with Glee star Naya Rivera, when he wrote his new song “I Don’t Fuck With You.” “[O]bviously, after a few things went down, I went back and changed a couple words — but, mainly, the song was already there.” he says. [MTV]

:: Chris Brown and Trey Songz teamed up to remix “Tuesday,” the breakthrough song by Atlanta R&B upstart ILoveMakonnen. Drake remixed the song first, then signed ILoveMakonnen to his imprint OVO Sound. [Rap-Up]

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