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98 Degrees Explain 7 Things You Need To Know About ’2.0′: Watch Idolator’s Interview

May 10th, 2013 // Comment
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The Guys Clue Us In On Their New Album

A couple things you should know about 98 Degrees themselves: 1.) the band — that would be Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons — are back together, in full force and getting ready to head out on the road, and 2.) their first album in 13 years, 2.0, was released this week. (See our review here.)

We recently sat down with the soulful quartet, and they gave us all a history lesson on their late ’90s pop classic “The Hardest Thing.” Now Idolator is presenting you with the rest of our conversation with 98 Degrees, wherein the guys tell all about their new album (which Nick calls “a potluck of pop sensation”) and working with Bruno Mars and Ne-Yo on a few of the tracks. Watch above. More »

Jason Derulo: 5 Things You Need To Know About “The Other Side” & His Upcoming Album

May 1st, 2013 // Comment
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Jason Discusses Madonna & MJ Influencing His New Single

One thing we learned very quickly during our sitdown with fleet-footed crooner Jason Derulo is that he wasn’t going to let the neck fracture he sustained early on in 2012 slow him down — or keep him from doing a headstand in the just-released video for new single “The Other Side.” Another surprising bit of info we picked up: Jason says “The Other Side” was inspired by the bass lines in both Madonna‘s “Like A Virgin” and Michael Jackson‘s “Billie Jean.”

As for his upcoming third LP, Derulo tells Idolator he logged studio time with hit-makers like Dr. Luke and RedOne, and the album also has other artists featuring on a few songs — a first for Jason.

But let’s not give too much away just yet. We’ll let the singer tell you all about it himself, in the video above. More »

Jason Derulo On Usher’s ‘Confessions’ & Being Obsessed With ‘Game Of Thrones’: Favorites

Apr 29th, 2013 // Comment
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What Gets Jason Revved Up?

It’s goes without saying that Jason Derulo considers Michael Jackson to be one of his biggest musical influences. But when the 23-year-old singer swung by the Idolator office last week to discuss both his new single “The Other Side” and upcoming third album, we were interested in learning about the other side of Jason himself — particularly, what are some of his favorite things aside from MJ?

Granted, we did pry out of him which of Jackson’s albums is the hands-down best, as far as he’s concerned. He also spilled details on his favorite date night activity when he and main squeeze Jordin Sparks head out for a night on the town and his junk food of choice, plus why he’s such a big fan of Usher‘s benchmark-setting R&B staple Confessions and the hit cable series Game Of Thrones.

Watch Derulo discuss a few of his Favorites above. More »

98 Degrees Explain The History Of “The Hardest Thing”: Pop School

Apr 18th, 2013 // Comment
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The Guys School Us On Their Classic Video

Class is in session, and now it’s time to sit up straight and get an education! And in the case of Pop School, it’s artists who are teaching you a lesson on their classic hits. Start taking notes!

We recently sat down to talk to reunited boy-band-turned-man-band 98 Degrees about their new single “Microphone,” upcoming LP 2.0 (their first studio album in 13 years, out May 7) and, of course, their Package Tour with fellow vocal group icons New Kids On The Block and Boyz II Men. But try as we might, sometimes we find it hard to let go of the past.

Case in point: iconic pop singles from our youth — the ones that dominated the radio airwaves and the daily TRL countdown when we were just young, starry-eyed and very, very impressionable. One such gem is 98 Degrees’ “The Hardest Thing,” their second single off 1998 sophomore album 98 Degrees And Rising. One the group’s biggest hits, “The Hardest Thing” eventually found its way into the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, and still to this day has us conjuring up images from its boxing-themed video, wherein the shirtless, pumped-up gents throw some hooks, jump rope and croon against the dazzling lights of Sin City. More »

Del Marquis & Bright Light Bright Light Discuss Slow Knights & ’90s House Anthems: Favorites

Apr 9th, 2013 // Comment
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These Pop Pals Reveal What Revs Them Up

On one hand, yes, we’re still glum over Scissor Sisters taking a hiatus from making music together. But the upside is that guitarist Del Marquis has gone off on his own, somewhat, and put together retro R&B-pop stunner Cosmos, one of the year’s most refreshing albums, under the monicker of Slow Knights. We say “somewhat” because, while technically a “solo” album, Cosmos really was a collaborative effort between Del (real name: Derek Gruen) and various other artists, like Prince‘s former band the New Power Generation and vocalists Xavier Smith, Chrissi Poland, Bridget Barkan and Bright Light Bright Light‘s Rod Thomas.

BLx2, of course, released his own LP Make Me Believe In Hope last year, and it subsequently wound up on Idolator’s 10 Best Albums Of 2012 list. So imagine how thrilled we were when we had Del and Rod stop by our studio together to talk pop and play Favorites! More »

Parachute: 7 Things You Need To Know About Their Third Album

Apr 9th, 2013 // Comment
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Will & Nate Spill Details On Their Upcoming Record

Last week we played a game of Pop Associated with Parachute frontman Will Anderson and guitarist Nate McFarland, during which Anderson raved about OneRepublic singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder. In the second part of our chat with the guys, they reveal certain details about their upcoming, yet-to-be-titled third LP.

For starters, the record was produced by Asher Roth‘s righthand man Oren Yoel, who, Anderson explains, they met while working with Tedder. Other songwriters Parachute collaborated with this time around include Steve Mac (The Wanted, Kelly Clarkson) and Ashley Gorley (Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban). More »

98 Degrees Reflect On First Live Performance Of “Microphone”: Idolator Exclusive

Apr 8th, 2013 // 2 Comments
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The Boys Are Back!

Just before their upcoming Package Tour with fellow male vocal groups New Kids On The Block and Boyz II Men, the reunited gents of 98 Degrees will release 2.0, their first album of new material in 13 years, on May 7. And ahead of that, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons have offered up “Microphone,” the LP’s dance-pop-infused first single.

Idolator sat down with 98 Degrees on Friday (April 5) at Manhattan’s Dream Hotel, a day after the quartet gave their very first live performance of “Microphone” on the Today Show. Watch Drew Lachey reflect on how he thinks they did during the Today taping above. More »

Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes: 7 Questions About TV Mania’s ‘Bored With Prozac And The Internet?’

Feb 19th, 2013 // Comment
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Iconic pop band Duran Duran are no strangers to having their members split off and take part in side projects. But following the recording of Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo‘s experimental TV Mania: Bored With Prozac And The Inernet? in 1996 — an album that featured electronic tracks mixed with samples of television dialog — the master tapes were misfiled in a storage facility, and were not recovered until 15 years later.

Rhodes spoke with Idolator about the album finally seeing the light of day (it’s out March 11 — pre-order it digitally here, the box set here or the gatefold vinyl here).  What’s striking is that the story the record tells, about a dysfunctional family whose lives are filmed every day, pre-dates not only the glut of reality television shows that have been clogging up airwaves for the past 13 years, but also the similar-themed Jim Carrey film The Truman Show, which was released two years after the recording of Bored With Prozac And The Internet?

This begs the question: Is Nick Rhodes psychic? Let’s find out below. More »

JoJo Discusses New Mixtape ‘Agape’: Idolator Exclusive

Dec 21st, 2012 // Comment
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Today is December 21, and that’s significant for two reasons: 1) if you’re reading this, it means the world has apparently not ended, and 2.) you’re therefore free to keep listening to JoJo‘s eclectic mixtape Agápē, which she released as a free download yesterday (December 20), on her birthday.

Recently we spoke to the always upbeat, definitely all grown up 22-year-old, as she was driving through the California desert. Naturally, she was very eager to discuss what she calls her “labor of love,” the 13-track Agápē. More »

Emeli Sande On The Olympics, Working With Alicia Keys & Opening For Coldplay: Idolator Interview

Oct 1st, 2012 // Comment
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When we heard Emeli Sande‘s UK single “Heaven” last year, we became instant fans. In fact, we highlighted the 25-year-old Scot in our Popping Up series last December before we even knew if her debut LP, Our Version Of Events, would be getting a US release. Thankfully it did. Through her music and two coveted spots on the roster of performers for the London Olympics this past summer, Sande has been introducing herself to audiences on this side of the pond, where music from overseas has been having quite a Renaissance on the charts in 2012.

We had a chat with Emeli about opening for Coldplay in the summer, plus her recent time spent writing with Alicia Keys and the newly-reunited original lineup of UK girl group Sugababes. Catch the full interview below! More »