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Fifth Harmony Peform “Bo$$” Live And Acoustic: Idolator Sessions

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5H Unplugged
Harmonizers, does Idolator ever have a treat for you today! Sassy vocal quintet Fifth Harmony swung by our studio last week to promote their just-released single “Bo$$”, and in case you’ve yet to hear it, the song finds the ladies calling out such powerful women as First Lady Michelle Obama and media mogul Oprah Winfrey over an infectious pop-R&B hook. And can we just get an amen on America finally offering up a girl group with chops as impressive as this?

Now, what you likely haven’t heard is 5H belting out the bombastic “Bo$$” during a stripped-down, acoustic performance. And that’s just what we have for you above. While hanging out with us and shooting the above Idolator Sessions clip, the girls proved that their “Bo$$” is a song that works with more than just one style of performance. More »

The Vamps Perform Acoustic Version Of “Somebody To You”: Watch

The Vamps, Unplugged
Teenage pop act The Vamps have revealed an acoustic version of their song “Somebody To You.” Even with drummer Tristan Evans on tambourine and without the “Yeah, you!”s that punch up the original version, this performance of its rising hit — the song made its Billboard debut last week – proved to be as charming as its surf rock-inspired video, co-starring Demi Lovato.

To be fair, The Vamps don’t sound completely unplugged here. There are moments in this performance where lead singer Bradley Simpson‘s voice is dubbed and subtle studio effects (an airplane-like whoosh! halfway through) help build the momentum. Still, these boosts don’t quite take away from how The Vamps appear here: earnest and charming, if not completely approachable. More »

Ariana Grande Performs “Problem” And “The Way” At Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular

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What A Firecracker!
Did you have a great 4th of July celebration, Idolator readers? Hot dogs, fireworks — the whole nine yards? In case you missed it over the weekend, the grand celebration of American independence was made even more historic — thanks to our favorite pint-sized, powerhouse vocalist-slash-pop princess, Ariana Grande.

It’s been a very, very Grande 2014 so far — from Ari’s Total Ariana Live MTV takeover, to the premiere of her new Zedd smash-to-be “Break Free,” to the newly unveiled tracklist for her collabo-heavy album, My Everything. So naturally, it would only make sense to see the young starlet gracing the stage at the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.

Dressed in an oh-so-adorable stars and stripes-filled dress and surrounded by dozens of flag baton-wielding fans, the singer powerfully belted out her tunes, including current summer smash “Problem” and “The Way.” She got into it so much during “Problem” that she even ended up rapping Iggy Azalea‘s verse by the end! (She nailed it, for the record.) With the gorgeous backdrop of the city behind her, Ariana never looked or sounded better — or more American, of course. Bb, you’re a firework! Watch her belt out “Problem” above, then check out “The Way” after the jump. More »

Rita Ora Joins Iggy Azalea To Perform “Black Widow” At Wireless Festival: Watch

Show 'Em What
When fans heard Iggy Azalea‘s Rita Ora collaboration “Black Widow,” they started pegging the two pop stars as best friends. By then, Azalea had opened for Ora during her 2013 tour. After The New Classic break-up anthem surfaced, though, they would be quizzed on their favorite Spice Girls and shoe-purchasing habits. Azalea posed for Instagram with Ora in her underwear, only to actually set the record straight on their relationship on air.

“I think people would like her to be my bestie, but she’s my friend,” she said to Ryan Seacrest. “You know, we have a working relationship.”

When Ora joined Azalea at London’s Wireless Festival to perform “Black Widow” for the first time, though, she behaved as a bestie would. Specifically, they met at the middle for Ora to dip and “bite” at Azalea’s hips like a puppy with a chew toy. “You jealous? You should be!” Ora said on Instagram, with the hashtags #sorryicouldnthelpmyself and #sorryNick!!, as in NBA boyfriend Nick Young. So much for Azalea’s statement.

Watch Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora perform “Black Widow” for the first time after the jump. More »

Robyn Performs New Songs “Set Me Free” And “Love Is Free” At The Hollywood Bowl: Watch

Before unleashing a wave of synth squelches and relentless beats during their joint performance at the Hollywood Bowl last night, Norwegian duo Royksopp and Swedish darling Robyn each offered up separate sets. And as she did recently at a few other Do It Again Tour stops (notably the Sonar Festival), Robyn hauled out to yet-to-be-released tracks — ones that we’ll just call “Set Me Free” and “Love Is Free” (totally guessing on those titles, by the way).

“Love Is Free” boasted a pounding beat and an almost reggaeton groove, not to mention Robyn’s rapping. “Set Me Free,” however, came off as an anthem-like, raise-your-hands-to-the-rafters dance-rock jam. That’s Robyn for you, always keeping us guessing (as far as the direction of her upcoming LP). Get a load of both new cuts below.  More »

Glastonbury 2014: Watch Dolly Parton, Sam Smith, Lana Del Rey & More Perform

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No Money On His Mind
Glastonbury, usually a muddy affair was blessed with sunshine and a heavy dose of Dolly Parton this year, as the country icon hit the Pyramid Stage — and subsequently drew the largest crowd of the 2014 festival — on Sunday. From “Jolene” to “9 To 5,” Parton left no big hit unturned.

Before her set, Dolly told reporters, “I thought, well, I can’t do a bunch of sad, slow songs because everybody is drunk and high and we don’t want to bring them down that bad, so there are two or three songs that they have to hear like maybe ‘Coat of Many Colors’ and a few things that are a part of my whole life and my background.”

Others who dazzled Glastonbury 2014 included Sam Smith, Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Imagine Dragons, Metallica, Kasabian, Ellie Goulding, HAIM, Disclosure, Kelis and Goldfrapp. Watch Sam belt out “Money On My Mind” above, then catch Dolly, Lana and others below. More »

Neon Jungle Perform “Trouble” And Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”: Idolator Sessions

Neon Jungle Takes Us To Church
If there’s one rising UK girl group we’re banking on to break into the US market next, it’s Neon Jungle.

The fab foursome first caught our attention last summer with their rowdy, unstoppably catchy debut single “Trouble,” followed by their explosive club cut “Braveheart” and their very own call to arms, “Welcome To The Jungle.” The girls went on to notch three Top 15 hits in the UK — and now, they’ve set their sights on stateside domination.

Last week, we went down to Sony headquarters in NYC to watch the ladies perform a very special acoustic set just for Idolator, and damn — these girls can seriously sang! With their harmonies on lock, the girls flawlessly flew through “Trouble,” as well as supplying an incredibly melodic, soulful rendition of Irish artist Hozier‘s 2013 hit, “Take Me To Church.”

Sure, we were already impressed enough with the studio versions of their songs — but after having seen what they’re capable of doing live, we’re even more excited about the future for Neon Jungle.

Watch above to see the girls perform a stirring rendition of Hozier‘s “Take Me To Church,” followed by their debut smash “Trouble” below the jump. More »

Beyonce Joins Jay Z, Replaces Justin Timberlake, On “Holy Grail” In Miami: Watch The On The Run Stunner

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On The Run
It was a rainy night in Miami on Wednesday (June 25), but that didn’t stop a massive crowd from pouring into the Sun Life Stadium to hear hit after hit after hit on opening night of Beyonce and Jay Z‘s On The Run Tour. Throughout the evening, Bey tore through chart smashes and album track favorites like “Crazy In Love,” “Ring The Alarm,” “Haunted” and “Drunk In Love,” while Jay brought the fire with “Clique,” “On To The Next One,” “N***as In Paris” and “Tom Ford.”

The married pair shared the stage several times, but perhaps one of the most memorable moments during the Carters’ joint spectacle was when Beyonce filled in for Justin Timberlake on chorus duties for Hova’s summer 2013 smash “Holy Grail.”

Watch that one above, then catch a few more performances from Bey and Jay’s On The Run gig in Miami below. More »

Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull And Claudia Leitte Perform “We Are One” At FIFA World Cup 2014: Watch

Play Balls!
Are you feeling that futbol fever and yearning for some hot Latin fire? Well, you’re in luck because Jennifer Lopez and Mr. Worldwide Pitbull performed their song “We Are One” at the opening ceremony for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Marking the official start of the sexy soccer extravaganza, Brazilian songstress Claudia Leitte, who fluffed up the crowd in anticipation for JLo and Pit’s arrival, joined the two pop stars. Despite negative reviews of the track,  J-to-the-L-O, donned in a sexy green leotard, and Pitbull, who is wearing pants that some might call a little too fitted, gave a lively and joyous performance to say the least.

While an earlier announcement stated  that Jennifer wouldn’t make it to the opening because of supposed “production problems,” Jenny made it work and  really got the crowd going not only with her outfit, but also her impressive samba moves.

Watch the performance after the jump. More »

Ed Sheeran Covers Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” & Performs “Sing” For BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge: Watch

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Ed Sheeran‘s funky Song Of The Summer contender “Sing” was finally released in the UK this week, and it’s currently sitting at the top of the country’s iTunes chart. Just below the Pharrell-produced hit on the digital retailer’s singles roundup is Sam Smith‘s UK chart-topper (and breakthrough US hit) “Stay With Me.” Deciding to put the “friendly” in the term friendly competition, Sheeran paid tribute to Smith by performing “Stay With Me” this morning on BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge.

“It is my favorite song of the last year,” Sheeran told host Annie Mac, while explaining why he chose to cover Smith’s ballad. “I think it’s an instant classic. It’s gonna be around for a long time. [Sam Smith] is gonna be around for a long time, as well.”

Watch Ed take on “Stay With Me” above, then catch him doing “Sing” on Live Lounge below. More »