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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?

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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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Whatcha Say: U2, Katy Perry Vs. Taylor Swift And Ariana’s Face Got Our Readers Talking

Well, this week certainly was pop drama, wasn’t it?

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry (maybe?) swapped subtweets and shady songs, U2 dropped an unwanted (for some of us?) album on us via Apple and Ariana Grande is (possibly) a diva who only likes to be interviewed and photographed on one side of her face. Hmm…

In less dicey news, we premiered AJR return with “Infinity,” launched a contest for BANKS‘ gorgeous Goddess, premiered some stunning artwork to coincide with Kimbra‘s The Golden Echo and took a look back at 13 pop albums that deserved a lot more love than they were originally dealt.

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

Nicki Minaj’s Butt Might Be Padded: Morning Mix

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:: Breaking news. Nicki Minaj‘s iconic butt might not be 100 percent authentic! Do photographs taken during her Fashion Rocks performance (above) reveal that she’s possibly using some kind of padding? My anaconda don’t want none. [TMZ]

:: Rihanna and Jay Z‘s “Run This Town” has been bumped as the theme song of CBS Thursday Night Football — at least for one week. The network didn’t think it would be a good fit for a segment about disgraced player Ray Rice. [Just Jared]

:: He might be gone but his star shines as brightly as ever. Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson the Immortal world tour wrapped up recently and was declared the 8th highest grossing live show of all time. [Billboard]

:: Iggy Azalea wants you to know that she doesn’t have a sex tape. Vivid Entertainment thinks otherwise and offered the rapper a seven figure deal to distribute it. She is now threatening to sue. [TMZ]

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The Internet Is Pissed About U2′s Free ‘Songs Of Innocence’ Album, And Critics Are Divided: Review Revue

Yes, U2 ‘did a Beyoncé‘ and released a surprise album out of nowhere. But beyond even what Bey did, the band’s Songs Of Innocence LP also showed up on everyone’s Apple user’s iPhone as a special corporate tie-in…whether they wanted it or not.

That lack of consumer choice, perhaps unsurprisingly, led to more than just a little grumbling and snark on the Internet: “A slew of Apple users are complaining that the album is automatically appearing in iTunes and on their iOS devices whether they want it there or not. And there’s no truly quick and simple way to remove it,” tech site CNET concluded. And the reactions — mostly on Twitter — were largely hilarious.

But beyond the inescapable factor, there’s still a new U2 album at hand. So…is it even any good? Read on after the jump to find out what music critics around the globe had to say. More »

Justin Bieber Was Booed While Stripping At Fashion Rocks: Morning Mix

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:: Justin Bieber really can’t win. The Canadian superstar tried to win over the audience at Fashion Rocks by stripping down to his boxer briefs but was heavily booed instead. On the bright side, he’s buff enough to be an underwear model. [Mashable]

:: Speaking of Fashion Rocks, Jennifer Lopez did a service to mankind by performing a sexy rendition of “Booty” and by wearing a black dress (?) that showed off her famous curves. Thank you. [Instagram]

:: Barbra Streisand is busily promoting her new duets LP Partners and shared a link of her recording a new version of “How Deep Is The Ocean” with son Jason Gould. It sounds great. [Broadway World]

:: After generating a wave of bad publicity during her Australian promo tour due to diva demands (and the bizarre need to only be photographed from the left), Ariana Grande tried to get some good publicity by posting a screenshot of a conversation she had with a fan about accepting your body. It’s a start. [Instagram]

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5 Seconds Of Summer Rehearse In The Nude: Morning Mix

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:: 5 Seconds Of Summer member Calum Hood caused a stir when he snapchatted a video of his erect penis to a fan but the Australian band isn’t done with their nude antics. Luke Hemmings tweeted a pic of the guys rehearsing in the nude and it got over 70,000 retweets. [Gossip Cop]

:: This is more excitement than we can handle. Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have not one but two collaborations on the way. A song called “Avalanche” is expected to be on the crooner’s album, while another track “Afterglow” was recorded more recently. [MTV]

:: Vanessa Hudgens was a bridesmaid at Ashley Tisdale‘s recent wedding to Christopher French. It’s good to see the High School Musical alumni/retired pop divas are still tight. [Just Jared]

:: This will put a smile on your face. Ellen DeGeneres recreated Nicki Minaj‘s eye-popping “Anaconda” video on her talk show and the rap diva showed her appreciation in a tweet. [Rap-Up]

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