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Popping Up: Conway

By: Robbie Daw // March 28, 2014

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

One phone call can change your life, and nobody knows that better than up and coming, genre-defying singer Conway. Before being selected to open for Ellie Goulding on her… More »


Akon Plays Pop Associated, Talks Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Whitney Houston & More

By: Robbie Daw // March 26, 2014

While Akon stopped by the Idolator to discuss his philanthropic work with the Akon Lighting Africa Project and Peace One Day, we also made a point of asking him about the sheer volume of other artists the smooth crooner has collaborated with over the last 10 years. After all, this is the guy who signed Lady GagaMore »


7 Questions With Akon: Unreleased Michael Jackson, Harlee, ‘Stadium’ & His Lighting Africa Project

By: Robbie Daw // March 25, 2014

Akon has been hitting the pavement to get the word out about two of his passion projects, but this time they’re not music releases. (That said, he does have a single out, “So Blue,” which you can purchase on iTunes here.) Rather, the hit-making music mogul is putting his power behind two philanthropic endeavors: AkonMore »


Popping Up: Kiesza

By: Robbie Daw // March 20, 2014

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

In February, budding pop-star-in-the-making Kiesza dropped the video for her debut single “Hidewaway” online. Dance tracks with a retro, ’90s-leaning house vibe are getting to be a dime a… More »


SXSW 2014: Betty Who On Collaborating With Claude Kelly, Starsmith & Babydaddy For Upcoming Album

By: Robbie Daw // March 14, 2014

“Heartbreak Dream” sensation Betty Who has been busying herself in Austin by acting as house band for Bravo personality Andy Cohen and Watch What Happens Live during South By Southwest. The most bizarre thing that’s happened to her so far this week? “I was singing ‘Somebody Loves You’ as the musical guest, and Shaq got… More »


Popping Up: Cole Plante

By: Robbie Daw // March 13, 2014

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

Right now, most 17 year olds are either (hopefully) studying hard while winding down their 11th grade years or getting ready to graduate high school altogether. But most teenager… More »


Jessica Sanchez Talks New Sia Collaboration, Jennifer Hudson Performs At Pinoy Benefit: Exclusive

By: emilytan // March 12, 2014

Jennifer Hudson, A Great Big World, Charice and Jessica Sanchez were just some of the stars who sang their hearts out at the Pinoy Relief Benefit on Tuesday night (March 11). With New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden as their stage, these artists, along with Penatonix and Plain White T’s, performed past hits a… More »


Aloe Blacc Talks “The Man” On The Set Of His Live Music Video: Idolator Interview

By: Mike Wass // February 28, 2014

Aloe Blacc dropped a mind-boggling live video for “The Man” yesterday (February 27) and we were there when he filmed it in the Red Bull Studio in Los Angeles. The soul singer kindly sat down with us before taking the mic to talk about his rapidly-exploding hit and one-take performance piece.

He humbly… More »


Kylie Minogue Discusses Pharrell, Sia And New Album ‘Kiss Me Once’: Idolator Interview

By: Robbie Daw // February 25, 2014

Pop Kylie. Indie Kylie. Sex Kylie. Goddess Kylie. Over the decades, the musical force that is Kylie Minogue has offered us one variation or another of her on-stage image while still maintaining enough of a “girl next door” likeability that we truly wish she would just move in down the block already. Listening to her… More »


Colbie Caillat On Babyface, Ryan Tedder And Her Upcoming Album: Idolator Interview

By: Robbie Daw // February 11, 2014

Despite the fact that her last proper studio album was released nearly three years ago, Colbie Caillat’s output has been remained prolific — and successfully so. The California singer’s 2012 holiday LP, Christmas In The Sand, was followed up by “We Both Know,” a duet with Gavin DeGraw from the Safe Haven soundtrack — the… More »


Naughty Boy On The Story Behind “La La La” & Working With Sam Smith: Idolator Interview

By: Robbie Daw // November 26, 2013

Earlier this year, Naughty Boy’s addictive “La La La,” featuring vocalist Sam Smith, racked up impressive chart positions around the globe, hitting #1 in various parts of Europe — including the producer’s home of the UK — and placing in the Top 10 in others. Now it’s finally time for America to wrap its collective… More »


Naughty Boy Discusses William Orbit, Madonna And (Not Working With) Britney Spears: Watch

By: Robbie Daw // November 8, 2013

Super songwriter/producer Naughty Boy (Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events) came this close to having a hand in Britney Spears’ upcoming LP, Britney Jean, but a funny thing happened, which prevented him from taking part: His own single “La La La” became a global smash, topping the charts in various parts of Europe — including… More »


Diane Birch Discusses Her New Album, Her Love For ’80s Music & Stalking Nile Rodgers: Interview

By: Robbie Daw // October 18, 2013

Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder, if you’re out there, Diane Birch would love to work with you (and, yes — she’s wanted to do so since before the whole Daft Punk foofaraw). That said, given the mix of bittersweet tracks and impeccable production found on the singer-songwriter’s new album Speak A Little Louder (out now),… More »


Alison Goldfrapp Discusses The Cinematic World She Created For ‘Tales Of Us’: Interview

By: Robbie Daw // September 10, 2013

To say that Goldfrapp’s brand new album Tales Of Us (purchase here) is a departure from the UK duo’s previous studio set, 2010’s ’80s synth throwback Head First, would be a huge understatement. (“It will sound best as the seasons change, a soundtrack to falling leaves and lit fireplaces,” we noted in our review ofMore »


Rudimental Explain 5 Things You Need To Know About Their Debut Album ‘Home’

By: Robbie Daw // September 9, 2013

After sitting down with UK band Rudimental recently, we know that the UK band have been in the studio with Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goudling and The Game — all at once — and that Beyonce and Lauryn Hill hold a special place in their hearts. Now it’s time to present our full interview with the… More »


Rudimental Want To Collaborate With Beyonce (For All The Wrong Reasons) & Lauryn Hill: Interview

By: Robbie Daw // September 6, 2013

British act Rudimental hit up our studio last week and talked about their debut album Home as well as their recent recording session with Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran and The Game (that’s right — one session, three artists). But we were also interested in finding out who the drum and bass/dance-pop quartet would love to… More »


Bridgit Mendler Dicusses Ideas For Her Next Album & Being A Fan Of UK Singer John Newman: Interview

By: Robbie Daw // September 5, 2013

Pop multihyphenate Bridgit Mendler is still in the midst of her Summer Tour, and when the “Hurricane” singer breezed into town recently, we took the opportunity to catch up with her. You may recall Bridgit telling us last December that her favorite song of the previous year was Frank Ocean’s  “Thinkin Bout You.” Well, it’s a… More »


Rudimental Discuss Collaborating With Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding & Game: Interview

By: Robbie Daw // August 30, 2013

Two weeks ago, Rudimental made headlines when they tossed a photo on Instagram indicating that they’d just recorded new material with Game and Ed Sheeran. Earlier this week, the hit-making UK drum and bass/dance-pop act played a gig in Central Park with their friend Emeli Sande, and we took the opportunity to lure the lad… More »


Popping Up: Ayah Marar

By: Robbie Daw // August 22, 2013

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

You’ve heard her voice on several Calvin Harris tracks, including current single “Thinking About You,” and maybe you even caught her lovely acoustic performance of that particular song here… More »


Popping Up: K. Rose

By: Robbie Daw // August 8, 2013

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

K. Rose isn’t exactly a stranger around Idolator. You may recall that we premiered her video for hypnotic club jam “A Voi E A Me (You And I)” back… More »


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