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Meghan Trainor Talks Forthcoming Jason Derulo Collaboration: Watch

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2014's Best Pop Singles: 20 Favorites
2014's Best Pop Singles: 20 Favorites
Idolator's editors select 20 great singles from the past 12 months.

Last week, Meghan Trainor stopped by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to answer patients’ questions. One child asked why she wears pink in the video for her breakout hit, “All About That Bass.” (Turns out, she wasn’t all that sure herself. Go figure.) Another ended up singing that same song with Trainor, as if it was a duet, after he slyly asked, “If you could do a duet with any kid, who would it be?” But then another got the latest scoop on how she plans to follow up her Title EP: “What new music are you making right now?”

“Ooh, good question,” Trainor said. “I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but I’m going to: I just cut a song with Jason Derulo. It’s a duet, and it’s like a dance song, and it’s going to be real cool. I don’t know when it’ll come out – I haven’t even heard it – but I did that last week.” Watch the adorable Q&A-turned-press conference below. More »

Madonna Releases ‘Rebel Heart’ Album For Pre-Order On iTunes, 6 Songs Available Now

Madonna Leaks Ahead Of Schedule
Madonna Leaks Ahead Of Schedule
Oof. Several demos from Madonna's upcoming record have sprung a leak today.

Surprise: It’s Madonna.

When over half a dozen demos from the Queen Of Pop’s forthcoming 13th studio album surfaced earlier this week, fans were concerned: How would Madonna react? (She wasn’t happy.) And what was the status of the upcoming, as-of-yet untitled LP? As it turns out, it only caused her to work even harder to get it all finished…and turn some of it in tonight.

As the clock struck midnight, Madge’s upcoming album, now officially titled Rebel Heart, arrived on iTunes as a surprise pre-order, complete with some incredible BDSM-lite cover artwork and 6 instant great songs available immediately upon pre-ordering the record, including “Living For Love,” “Illuminati,” “Ghosttown,” “Devil Pray,” “Bitch I’m Madonna” (feat. Nicki Minaj) and “Unapologetic Bitch.”

“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living For Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring,” Madonna explained in a press release posted on her official website a few hours later. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.” Along with the 6 new songs, Madonna will also be releasing additional music on February 9, just before the album’s release in March 2015.

What do you think of Madonna’s new songs, as well as the surprise drop? Take a listen to the Rebel Heart tracks and sound off in the comments below. More »

Lana Del Rey Teams Up With Emile Haynie On “Wait For Life”: Listen To A Teaser Snippet

2014's Best Pop Singles: Our Best Picks
2014's Best Pop Singles: Our Best Picks
Idolator's editors choose their favorite tunes from this year!

We’re aware that Lana Del Rey has been continuously working on new music even after the release of Ultraviolence, but we didn’t expect it to come so soon! This time around though, the project is for Emile Haynie‘s rumored upcoming album. A teaser of a new track (either titled “Wait For Life” or “Falling Apart”) from the Grammy-winning producer’s project has surfaced. He posted a video on Instagram, which plays a brief snippet that sounds like a soaring ballad with intense vocal wailing.

The two have worked together many times before, mainly on her Born To Die and Paradise projects, and the results are always stunning. No word yet on when Haynie’s album is coming, but hopefully it’ll drop early next year. Del Rey’s sophomore LP was released back in June, and features tracks like “West Coast,” “Shades Of Cool” and the title track. Take a listen to the Instagram snippet after the jump! More »

Corbu Gives Jessie Ware’s “You & I (Forever)” A Dreamy Remix: Listen

Idolator Editors Pick Their 10 of 2014
Idolator Editors Pick Their 10 of 2014
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Check out our Top 10 records of 2014!

Jessie Ware is such a giving Queen this holiday season!

Just a few weeks ago, the soulful UK songbird supplied us with a whole bunch of “Keep On Lying” remixes recorded all over the world in collaboration with Red Bull Studios, off of her phenomenal studio album, Tough Love. (Did you know? It’s one of our favorites of the year!)

And that’s not all: To celebrate the year in music, Red Bull is releasing 20 days worth of exclusive tracks — and they’re kicking it all off with a remix of Jessie’s lush new single, “You & I (Forever),” courtesy of Brooklyn’s Corbu. Listen to the (free!) remix after the jump. More »

Bonnie McKee Gets Into The Christmas Spirit With “California Winter”: Listen To The Festive Jam

Bonnie McKee Performs "Hallelujah": Watch
Bonnie McKee Performs "Hallelujah": Watch
The "American Girl" songstress is so renowned for her skills as a pop scribe that it's easy to forget that she actually has a killer set of pipes, too.

Dreaming of palm trees tonight? You’re not alone.

Singer-songwriter-pop star extraordinaire Bonnie McKee is getting us in the sunny, sparkly Christmas spirit with her new holiday song “California Winter,” which was just added to her Soundcloud this week.

The talented “American Girl” pop penner, who looks like a gorgeous Christmas pin-up dream on the song’s cover artwork, provides cheerful horns and wintry jingling bells on her cheery new tune — oh, and those massive pop hooks she’s known for crafting for fellow pop superstars like Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Kesha. “When I’m in your arms, it’s like a California winter/Yeah, your love can keep me warm,” she belts across the chorus of the lovey-dovey wintry ode. Who needs all that snow, anyway? Someone book us a flight to LA immediately!

Listen to Bonnie’s festive offering for the season, and let us know what you think of the cheerful holiday tune in the comments below. More »

Leona Lewis Teases New Music For 2015: Watch A Preview

10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
Idolator readers vote for their favorite pop albums from 2014. The results are in!

Huzzah! The return of Leona Lewis is nearly upon us.

It’s been a minute or two since we last heard from the incredibly talented X Factor UK alum. In fact, the last time we did hear from the “Bleeding Love” songbird, she was penning an emotional letter to fans regarding her departure from her record label, Syco, back in September. (Don’t worry: She inked a new deal with Island Records back in June.) And luckily, things seem to be back on track in a big way.

In a new teaser video posted on her social channels earlier today, Leona is seen belting out and playing a piano next to a drummer in what sounds like a powerful, stirring new tune. “I got fire under my feet and I feel it in my heartbeat,” she sings on the uptempo track, resembling a storming offering from Adele‘s 21. “Getting ready for 2015…” she simply wrote alongside the tease of new music. In addition to the tease, Leona also tweeted about working on a “natural and organic” new LP back in October, and this preview certainly seems to be proof of that.

Watch Leona’s 2015 teaser after the jump, and let us know what you think about her current direction after the jump. More »

Miguel Surprises With 3 New Songs On Soundcloud: Listen To “NWA,” “Hollywood Dreams” And “Coffee”

14 Best Pop EPs Of 2014
14 Best Pop EPs Of 2014
The Idolator editors select their 14 favorite EPs of 2014.

Good morning…and surprise!

Two years after his last studio album, Kaleidoscope Dream — with features on tracks for the likes of Mariah Carey (“#Beautiful”), Janelle Monae (“PrimeTime”) and the Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack and Jessie Ware‘s Tough Love in between — Miguel her returned with a surprise 3-track EP today, released for free on the singer’s Soundcloud. It’s an early Christmas miracle!

The new set of songs, which includes new tracks “Coffee,” “Hollywood Dreams” and “NWA (feat. Kurupt),” potentially signal the talented crooner’s current direction, alternating in a sweet-sounding fusion of R&B, hip-hop, electronica and sexy soul. To his end, Miguel has acknowledged the new music by posting the accompanying album art in a series of posts on Instagram.

Have a listen to the varied set of new tunes after the jump, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. More »

Jennifer Lopez Premieres ‘Dance Again’ HBO New Year’s Eve Concert Special: Watch

Jennifer Lopez Dance Again
Dance, Love And Dance Again
14 Best Pop EPs Of 2014
14 Best Pop EPs Of 2014
We compiled a list of the 14 best EP releases from our favorite pop stars in 2014.

Earlier this week, we wrote about A.K.A. goddess Jennifer Lopez‘s upcoming New Year’s Eve HBO special Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again, a look back at J.Lo’s incredibly successful Dance Again Tour, complete with documentary footage about the making of the tour, as well as J.Lo’s personal life. And now, there’s a sneak peek at what’s to come.

In a new trailer for the forthcoming special, the “Booty” diva makes her intentions clear: “This is my first world tour ever…I wanna sing live, I wanna dance as I’ve never done before,” she says, as we’re treated to clips of the diva’s highly energetic performances from the tour. Later on, the documentary proves to be more revelatory than just a concert special, as we see the diva breaking down into tears in her hotel room and opening up. “I remember being in my dressing room and not feeling like I could get up in the morning,” she reveals.

Coupled with behind-the-scenes footage of J.Lo and her dancers putting together the tour, as well as glimpses into the singer’s life on the road, this looks to be a pretty compelling special. Will you be tuning in? More »

Kylie Minogue Is Shooting A New Video, But For What?

10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
We asked Idolator readers to vote for their favorite albums from 2014.

Here’s some last-minute good news in 2014 for all the lovers out there: Kylie Minogue is shooting a brand new video!

According to Blake McGrath, the Kiss Me Once diva has called upon the dancer/choreographer to work on a new video, which will shoot tomorrow. “Excited to be choreographing a video for one of the biggest pop icons in the world tomorrow. Her name is Kylie Minogue and we’re going in,” he excitedly tweeted today. But the question is…for what? Could it be another one of the songs off of her Fernando Garibay-produced surprise EP tied into the Kiss Me Once Tour? Or perhaps a new single off of her latest LP? Or perhaps is it for her upcoming Giorgio Moroder collaboration? In any case, there’s no doubt it’ll be a glittering affair.

Leave your best guesses after the jump, and check out Kylie’s Sleepwalker mini-film below. More »

Home Video’s “Forget (MNDR Remix)”: Idolator Premiere

14 Synth-Pop Acts We Loved In 2014
14 Synth-Pop Acts We Loved In 2014
We love the sounds all of these artists made this year.

In case you hadn’t quite caught on, we here at Idolator have a weakness for most things synth-pop. So that brings us to Brooklyn duo Home Video, whose Here In Weightless Fall track “Forget” has been whipped into frothy electronic bliss via a remix by MNDR.

Home Video’s David Gross tells Idolator, “It’s exciting for me to hear MNDR producer Peter Wade‘s reworking of our single, especially after having gotten to know him as a collaborator. He took one of my favorite elements in the song — the piano arpeggio that comes in with the bridge — and transformed it into an acid-y lead synth that fizzes along throughout the remix. This version really indulges the lush synth pads that come in with the first chorus, as almost everything but the vocals drops out). It feels like you’re really sinking deep into something and then builds back up to the drop. Goosebumps.”

Give MNDR’s gorgeous remix of “Forget” a listen below! More »