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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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Stream her flawless new mixtape. Read More »
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JoJo pays homage on her new mixtape track. Read More »
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Hear the mixtape's first single "We Get By." Read More »

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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She takes on "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall." Read More »
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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 »

Mya Returns, Talks About Pink, Frank Ocean & Her Next Move: Idolator Interview

Aug 2nd, 2012 // 6 Comments
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The singer blows one last kiss in her new video. Read More »
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At the height of her early ’00s fame, Mya ranked alongside Brandy and Aaliyah as one of the hottest urban-pop stars on the planet. She first graced the Top 10 as a teenager way back in 1998 with her Dru Hill collaboration, “It’s All About Me”. But she really broke through in 2000 with the lead single from her platinum-selling sophomore album Fear Of Flying. “Case Of The Ex” epitomizes everything that was great about turn-of-the-millennium R&B. Produced by Tricky Stewart, the fiery revenge anthem boasts suitably angry lyrics, slick beats and a brilliantly choreographed video. It reached number two on the Hot 100 and proved to be massive worldwide hit.

Mýa reached her career zenith the following year, when she teamed up with Christina Aguilera, Pink and Lil’ Kim to cover ’70s disco classic “Lady Marmalade” for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. That saucy jam topped the chart for five weeks, but the DC-born diva would only manage one more minor hit. Label turmoil, lawsuits and leaked albums then forced the onetime Chicago actress to go independent and focus largely on the Japanese market. These days the 32-year-old views the setbacks as a blessing in disguise and, after almost a decade in the wilderness, Mya is ready to get back to business. More »

Kris Allen Talks ‘Thank You Camellia’, Songwriting And Adam Lambert: Idolator Interview

May 22nd, 2012 // 7 Comments
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The singer shares his favorite things with us. Read More »

As much as we love Kris Allen‘s acoustic covers (even when they’re interrupted by grumpy policemen), we’ve been awaiting his brand new tunes on his sophomore album Thank You Camellia, which comes out today (May 22). To celebrate Allen’s first release in three years, we had a lovely chat with American Idol‘s Season 8 champ, where he spoke quite freely with us on a number of matters: he tells us how he’s matured as a singer and songwriter since his debut, who (or what, we should say) Camellia is, and the coincidence of his Top 2 mate Adam Lambert releasing an album within a week of Kris dropping an album yet again.

Find out all about Kris Allen’s new music (and his super-cute French bulldog) in our Q&A below. More »

Carrie Underwood Says ‘Blown Away’ Wanted To Be Darker: Exclusive Interview

May 16th, 2012 // Comment
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This is a special week for Carrie Underwood. The Oklahoma-born beauty has the #1 album in the country — her third in a row — and 2012′s second-highest first week sales total.

Not bad for a small town girl who had pretty much given up on music before auditioning for American Idol in 2004. No doubt the success tastes even sweeter due to the risks America’s favorite “Good Girl” took on Blown Away. She cowrote eight of the album’s 14 tracks and explored some unexpectedly murky waters, particularly on the almost Hitchcockian revenge fantasy track “Two Black Cadillacs.”

Carrie kindly took some time to talk us about her freshly exposed dark side, upcoming world tour and glamorous new image. Jump below to read what she had to say. More »

Kris Allen Loves Vinyl, ‘Parks & Rec’ And The Civil Wars: Favorites

May 7th, 2012 // 12 Comments
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Find Out Kris Allen's Favorite Things
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Kris Allen preps the release of his sophomore album. Read More »

Favorites is our recurring video series on the personal preferences of the pop artists who inspire us. Because the artists we love love stuff too.

Kris Allen is one of the most humble, friendly and talented people we’ve ever encountered, making him one of our all-time favorite artists to spend some one-on-one time with. But what about his favorite things? In our latest installment of Favorites, we discovered that the Idol champ has a thing for vinyl, is a huge fan of Parks And Recreation, and absolutely savors the cuisine in both Austin and Portland. When we asked about some more Kris Allen-specific stuff, the “Vision Of Love” singer revealed that his most cherished track on his upcoming sophomore LP (or his “baby” as he calls it) is “Teach Me How Love Goes” — so keep an ear out for that one when Thank You Camellia drops on May 22.


Kimbra: The Idolator Interview

Apr 24th, 2012 // Comment
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The New Zealand pop star is bubbling up the U.S. charts. Read More »

When Gotye’s all-conquering “Somebody That I Used To Know” climbed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week, his quirky duet-partner Kimbra became the first New Zealander since 1977 to achieve the feat. (The last Kiwi to top the chart was Chris Thompson, who voiced Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s “Blinded By The Light”). The bitter breakup anthem has already catapulted to #1 in 10 countries, sold 4.5 million copies worldwide and established the Popping Up-featured diva as one of the hottest pop properties on the planet.

Need further proof that Kimbra is on a roll? In addition to making chart history with her Australian neighbor, the 21-year-old has joined forces with Mark Foster and A-Trak for the latest Converse commercial, beguiled viewers with a memorable Saturday Night Live appearance and enchanted festival-goers at SXSW. We caught up with the recent Troubadour performer to chat about that monster hit, her musical influences and her US debut album Vows, out May 22, which packs a one-two punch of producer talent with Greg Kurstin (Foster The People, The Flaming Lips) and Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Fiona Apple). More »

Avicii: The Idolator Interview

Apr 20th, 2012 // 1 Comment
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Avicii is one of the newest acts to surface in today’s current renaissance of electronic dance music, and he’s already breaking records: The 22-year-old producer/DJ is the first EDM artist to headline an arena tour. His popularity has no doubt been pumped up by Flo Rida‘s hit song “Good Feeling“, which samples his song “Levels”. And if you were at Coachella last weekend like us, you know that “Levels” was inescapable, being played by pretty much every artist performing in the Sahara tent — including Avicii himself. More »