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Pitbull Remixes Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”: Listen

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
The Idolator editors pick their Top 20 pop singles of 2014.

I’ve got a blank space, baby…and I’ll dale!

Like the rest of us, Pitbull‘s favorite record at the moment is Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space.” (Duh.) And so, inspired by her performance at the American Music Awards while he was hosting for the evening, Mr. Worldwide felt compelled to hop on the track — but it’s not quite what you might be expected. Is this…an introspective Pitbull?

“I been raised different, so it’s hard for me to show affection/Imperfection is perfection, now that’s perfect/Just know that I love you no matter how deep the hurt gets,” the Latin rapper remarks off the top of his T. Swift re-swizzle. There’s not much to the remix apart from an opening verse, but it is interesting to hear a pensive Pitbull. Bring on his personal singer-songwriter LP, with co-writing from his new friend Taylor! Listen to the Pitbull remix of “Blank Space” after the jump. More »

Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’: Album Review

Let’s get one thing straight: Nicki Minaj has yet to release a bad album. 2010′s Pink Friday reintroduced the firebrand as a role model and best friend, with featherlight pop-rap songs about real love and hard work, particularly as a female. With 2012′s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, she made us take notice yet again, kickstarting the release with some of the most high-octane rap of her career, and then speeding off with Eurodance hooks louder and messier than LMFAO‘s. Both releases were overlong and at times repetitive. What angered most detractors, though, was that each time she committed herself to yet another full-length, she refused to do what others wanted of her: a big-budget version of her 2009 breakout mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty, or whimsically explicit songs that often referenced rap classics by males.

With that out of the way, and with hopes of a straightforward rap album mostly dashed, The Pinkprint (out today, ) isn’t a dud, either. In fact, it’s Nicki’s best album. Rap and pop are no longer how she relays her bipolar tendencies. Instead, somewhat miraculously, the now-comatose Nicki shows that these two genres, with their warring gendered expectations (pop scanning as “feminine,” rap as “masculine”) can peacefully co-exist in this lonely, gently whirring universe that exists here, her first breakup album. That works in her favor. As unexciting as her first two introspective singles (the Dr. Luke-produced “Pills N Potions,” the Skylar Grey-featuring “Bed of Lies”) were, The Pinkprint shines because it forces us to reckon with an emotion not often associated with the cagey Queen of Rap: vulnerability. More »

Charli XCX’s ‘Sucker’: Album Review

Reader's Poll 2014: Part 2
Reader's Poll 2014: Part 2
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From mid-2012 to now, Charli XCX quickly became the unofficial “It” girl in pop — thanks to her penmanship on Icona Pop‘s breakthrough single, “I Love It.” The UK singer followed that up with a feature on Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy” chart-topper, and soon almost all of the big names began knocking on her door (Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, etc). During her busy schedule, Charli managed to release her 2013 debut LP — True Romance. Yet the dark-pop stunner flew under the mainstream’s radar as she became more affiliated with providing hits for others instead of her own. Well today , that is all about to change!

Charli XCX’s long-awaited follow-up Sucker LP is officially out now, and it is definitely not a sophomore slump. The album provides a rattling punch to her female counterparts that shows the singer’s talent as a solo star. It is unapologetic, feisty and all about girl-power. With its Q4 release, the LP (it was first supposed to drop in October) falls under the shadows of less creative but unfortunately more popular albums — we’re looking at you, Taylor Swift.

But late reveal aside, it gives a jolt of energy that was lacking from music throughout the year. It is partly due to the diverse range of collaborators on the LP: Weezer‘s Rivers CuomoVampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, odd-pop genius Ariel Rechtshaid, Benny Blanco and Greg Kurstin. Thanks to them, Sucker smells less like beauty queen pageantry and more like raging teen spirit. More »

D’Angelo Makes A Return With “Sugah Daddy”: Listen

D’Angelo waited five years to follow up his 1995 debut Brown Sugar with the ambitious Voodoo, an album that traced R&B’s roots to music from African voodoo rituals. Eight years passed before he released a new song, “I Found My Smile.” Then in 2012, amid promises of a third album, D’Angelo began performing another new song, a funk epic titled “Sugah Daddy.” When he isn’t recording and performing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with his band the Roots, poor Questlove has acted as the singer’s unofficial spokesman. For years, time and time again, he promised that D’Angelo’s album was near completion.

On December 12, he released a trailer for an album with his new band, the Vanguard. A day later, the elusive soul artist provided solid proof that yes, Black Messiah is about to arrive — the studio version of “Sugah Daddy.” And it’s all that fans could have hoped for, too. While spending the majority of his musical career in hiding, D’Angelo has shown in songs that he has dedicated years toward studying and metabolizing what seems like every piece of soul music in existence. “Sugah Daddy” is no different, as it feels fresh yet familiar.

D’Angelo will host a Black Messiah listening party later today (December 14) in New York City. For now, or if you’re not in New York, hear “Sugah Daddy” and see the Black Messiah album trailer below. More »

Charli XCX’s “Break The Rules” Gets A FEMME Remix: Listen

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READERS’ POLL: VOTE FOR 2014’S TOP ALBUMS
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The release of Charli XCX‘s forthcoming Sucker LP is just around the corner, and today we’ve been gifted a new remix of the singer’s hit — “Break The Rules.” FEMME spins the badass track to a dance-y groove. The British producer transforms the tune into even more of a schoolgirl romp — complete with jangling synths, handclaps and “Go shorty!” chants. The remix follows other versions from Tiesto and Broods.

Charli XCX’s sophomore album, Sucker, is set for a December 15 release. It features punchy tracks like “Breaking Up,” “London Queen” and “Boom Clap.” The singer will also embark on a UK tour beginning in MarchTake a listen to the remix after the jump! More »

Marina And The Diamonds Gets Emotional On “Happy”: Listen To The ‘Froot’ Ballad

Marina Serves Hollywood Glam In "Froot" Video
Marina Serves Hollywood Glam In "Froot" Video
Marina And The Diamonds channels her inner Old Hollywood starlet in the video for "Froot"

Every month leading up to her album’s release in April, Marina And The Diamonds is rummaging through her Froot basket and picking out a succulent offering for us to enjoy. And tomorrow (technically today, if you’re living in Australia or New Zealand!), she’s selected a tune called “Happy.”

Unlike the dance floor-friendly “Froot,” the album’s opening track is a gentle, soul-baring ballad that sees Marina emotionally singing across a lone piano melody, later on accompanied by brief flourishes of drums and background vocals. And while the record sounds quite devastating, the underlying message is one of hope: “I believe in possibility, I believe someone’s watching over me/And finally I have found a way to be happy,” she croons across the delicate chorus. Listen to “Happy” after the jump. More »

Coldplay’s “Miracles”: Listen To Their Soaring New Song From The ‘Unbroken’ Soundtrack

2014′s Best Albums: Our Favorite 10
2014′s Best Albums: Our Favorite 10
Idolator's editors select the best albums of the year.

Following the announcement of Coldplay‘s three Grammy nominations last week — not to mention the news that their Ghost Stories follow-up will be titled A Head Full Of Dreams, and that it could well be their last (!) album — the band have finally premiered their Unbroken soundtrack song, “Miracles.”

Unbroken is directed by Angelina Jolie and based on the true story of Olympic track runner Louis “Louie” Zamperini (portrayed in the film by Jack O’Connell), who drifted in the Pacific in a life raft for over a month during World War II before being captured by the Japanese as a prisoner of war for two years. The real life Zamperini passed away in July at the age of 97. More »

Nicki Minaj And Jessie Ware Team Up For “The Crying Game”: Listen To The Emotional ‘Pinkprint’ Track

Nicki And Bey Team Up For "Feelin' Myself"
Nicki And Bey Team Up For "Feelin' Myself"
Nicki Minaj's 'Pinkprint' era is her sexiest yet, and the album's tracks definitely reflect that!

Ruh roh: The Pinkprint has sprung a leak! With less than a week to go, Nicki Minaj‘s highly anticipated third studio LP is slowly but surely making its way onto the Internet, including “Feelin’ Myself,” her major collabo with “7/11″ diva, Beyoncé.

Of course, Nicki’s no stranger to bringing in talented songstresses to provide memorable hooks on her tracks — there’s “Bed Of Lies” with Skylar Grey, for instance! And with “Crying Game,” she’s just done it again, this time thanks to the mesmerizing, soulful sounds of Jessie Ware. More »

Nicki Minaj And Beyonce’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Collaboration Surfaces: Listen To “Feelin’ Myself”

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READERS’ POLL: VOTE FOR 2014’S TOP ALBUMS
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Nicki Minaj‘s The Pinkprint era is her sexiest yet, and the album’s tracks definitely reflect that! The latest tune to showcase the rapper’s seductive side is her long-awaited collaboration with Beyonce — “Feelin’ Myself.” Produced by Hit-Boy, the syrupy mid-tempo finds the ladies at a chilled and very confident state. Minaj spits explicit verses while Beyonce swoops in with some cocky lines: “Change the game with that digital drop/ Know where you was when that digital pop/ I stopped the world!”

“Feelin’ Myself” follows the pair’s first collaboration on the “***Flawless” remix that dropped in August. Minaj’s forthcoming LP, The Pinkprint — which has tracks like the Meek Mill-assisted “Big Daddy,” “Only,” “All Things Go,” “Bed Of Lies” and more — is set to be released on December 15. As for King Bey, her Beyonce Platinum Edition set is now available for purchase. Take a listen to the track below! More »

Surprise! Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga Covered “Winter Wonderland”: Listen To Their Jazzy Rendition

2014′s Best Albums: Our Favorite 10
2014′s Best Albums: Our Favorite 10
Idolator's editors pick the best of the best from this year.

That Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga reign — or should we say snow? — just won’t let up. The Cheek To Cheek pair whipped out a surprise cover of “Winter Wonderland” today, just in time for the snowfall that’s currently hitting the East Coast. What can you expect here? What else — there are horns; there is crooning; there is Gaga channeling her inner Liza.

Consider this a much more Grandma-friendly yuletide gem than “Christmas Tree” to crank up at your next holiday get-together. More »