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Is Justin Bieber Being “Urged” To Go To Rehab?

Jan 18th, 2014 // Comment
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Justin Bieber was detained earlier this week, after a neighbor reported that he caused $20,000 worth of damage by egging his home. Since then, this incident — and several others, including the arrest of friend Lil Za — prompted those closest to him to seek rehabilitation, according to RadarOnline.

“The people who care about Justin and whom are closest to him wish he would consider getting help,” a source said, although stressing that Bieber’s yet to do so. Another source said they “urged” him, implying that a conversation actually took place.

Even though Bieber stated that he was “officially retiring” after Journals, studio snapshots seemed to show that he was actually prepping new music. Regardless, and sadly, his musical output and productivity has been overshadowed over the past year with unfavorable press — reports of pot possession, friends drinking codeine and temper tantrums — even after adult boy band members were forced to comment. More »

Jhene Aiko Performs “The Worst” On ‘Jimmy Fallon’: Watch

Jan 18th, 2014 // Comment
A Souled Out Performance

Jhene Aiko performed her Sail Out EP highlight “The Worst” last night (January 17) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. There, the R&B singer proved that a hushed performance can speak volumes, particularly when silence from one bleeped line — “Don’t take this personal, but you ain’t shit” — only seemed to emphasize a harsher truth: “And you weren’t special until I made you so.”

Before it aired, Aiko’s Fallon gig had already been praised. Drake watched from backstage, then snapped her for Instagram to congratulate her. (Aiko was a featured act on his Would You Like a Tour?) Roots and resident drummer Questlove, who’s written about how he never used to listen to vocals, admitted that Aiko’s lyrics were stuck in his head. Especially after Sail Out received favorable reviews, such high-profile attention should only raise anticipation levels for Aiko’s debut album Souled Out, due May on Artium/Def Jam.

Watch Aiko’s Fallon performance up top, then revisit her dark video for “The Worst” after the jump. More »

‘Beyonce’ To Top The Albums Chart For A Second Week

Dec 19th, 2013 // Comment
2013's 10 Best Albums
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Beyonce‘s surprise fifth album Beyonce didn’t just have a monolithic debut sales week — the superstar is set to follow that up with another week at the top of the charts. Billboard projects that Beyonce will hit #1 for a second consecutive week with sales between 260,000 and 280,000 units for the sales week ending December 22, after she shifted a jaw-dropping 617,000 copies in only three days.

The release remained exclusive to iTunes through yesterday, December 18, while physical copies start hitting retailers over the next few days; those will be included in the second-week sum. (That is, now you know what everybody‘s getting for Christmas.)  More »

Blake Shelton & Sheryl Crow Get Festive On “Silent Night”: Listen

Dec 10th, 2013 // Comment
Haim & Sheryl
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Well! Everyone is getting mighty festive, including country superstar and The Voice judge Blake Shelton, who has just released a cover of the Yuletide standard “Silent Night” with his old pal Sheryl Crow. The campy cover artwork aside (that outfit! That pose!), it’s a solid offering from the country king, pairing his twangy, raspy vocals with the more velvety vocal stylings of Crow.

Sure, it’s a little self-serious — it’s rare to find a holiday offering in the country genre that doesn’t — but hark! Just try to listen to these two wailing together in the song’s final moments and tell me it isn’t great. More »

Lady Gaga Paints For ‘Alan Carr: Chatty Man’: Watch

Dec 7th, 2013 // 1 Comment
ARTPOP, Indeed
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Lady Gaga stopped by Alan Carr: Chatty Man to explain ARTPOP in a way that she hadn’t before. Her task: paint a portrait of host Alan Carr, who wore nude briefs and a bowl of fruit affixed around his waist, as if it was a fanny pack. “Do what you want, do what you want with my body,” he roared, as Gaga repositioned his leg and placed a pirate’s hat on his head.

Soon though, Gaga realized that she was taking the wrong approach. “This is not really what ARTPOP is about, though,” she says. “ARTPOP is really about, that I am the canvas. Which means that you have to be the canvas.” So she walks up to him, palette on hand, and proceeds to dab, streak and smear paint all over his chest and torso. On his back, she writes “DRUNK.”

Watch the ARTPOP diva paint a portrait up top, then see her chat and perform “Dope” and, yes, “Do What U Want” after the jump.  More »

Whatcha Say: Britney Spears And Carrie Underwood In ‘The Sound Of Music’ Got Our Readers Talking

Dec 6th, 2013 // Comment
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Did you feel that festive feeling this week? The Christmas season is truly upon us — and now that Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson and Leona Lewis serenaded us at the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, it’s really official.

But the pop releases haven’t stopped just yet! Our beloved ringleader Britney Spears released her eighth studio album Britney Jean, her Most Personal Album Ever, while we saw new releases from the likes of Justin Bieber. Lana Del Rey dropped her long-awaited, gorgeously shot mini-film Tropico. And, we at Idolator started taking a look back at 2013 with our favorite albums list. Did your favorites make the cut too? If not — don’t worry, we’ve got a readers poll going too! And, we even got some of our faves to weigh in on their faves, starting with Tegan & Sara.

And finally, Idol alum Carrie Underwood pulled off the (near) impossible with a live staging of The Sound Of Music on NBC. It was a ratings smash — but did you like it? As always, you guys had plenty to say about this week’s pop happenings. More »

Christmas Playlist: 19 Pop Songs Of Winter, Lights, Mistletoe And Sleighs!

Dec 5th, 2013 // 1 Comment
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The turkey leftovers have been cleared out, the tree is up and we’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of cards that need to be dropped in the mail this month. A good excuse to procrastinate on the latter: We decided that no website is complete at this time of year without a festive playlist, and so to truly get in the spirit of the holidays, that’s exactly what we whipped up for you!

Our criteria was simple: This particular roundup of seasonal hits simply had to be pop-oriented, melodic songs that bring about a grand sense of warmth. Whether it’s Justin Bieber feeling lovey-dovey under the “Mistletoe,” Chris Martin crooning beautifully on Coldplay‘s “Christmas Lights,” Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson harmonizing sweetly over their “Winter Song” or Lady Gaga dreaming of a picture-perfect “White Christmas,” each of the songs below, much like the stocking hung by the chimney, were chosen with care.

So head below and hit play to chill out to our yuletide mix. At the very least, it should cure you of of the Bing Crosby blues the elevator ride put you in. More »

Syron Gets Sexy In “Colour Me In” Video: Watch

Dec 2nd, 2013 // Comment
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Searing Hot Syron

While we were drowning in a sea of gravy and cheap scotch over Thanksgiving weekend, it looks like Syron was studying up on Rihanna‘s recent style choices, as the British about-to-pop singer unleashed a new video and new ‘do.

From the first few seconds of her “Colour Me In” video, it’s clear this is a revamped Syron we’re dealing with — she’s ditched her around-the-way girl style for something edgier, all legs and ink. But while she’s rocking a rock look in the BretonLabs-directed visual, the music is still smooth and pulsating, hitting her house sweet spot at the chorus. It’s not as immediately hooky as her prior tracks, but it may very well be her most hypnotic song yet.

Watch the video up top. More »

Selena Gomez Performs Thanksgiving Day Halftime Show For Dallas Cowboys: Watch

Nov 30th, 2013 // 1 Comment
Like A Champion
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“Dallas, it feels so good to be home,” Selena Gomez said at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas on Thanksgiving. Just a day after she wrapped her world tour, the Stars Dance diva headed to her hometown for a flashy halftime performance.

Backed by a live band, a dance troupe and cheerleaders, she shimmied, swayed and dipped through songs off her new album: the appropriate “Like a Champion,” the high-octane “Slow Down” and the seductive lead single “Come and Get It.” During a breakdown she even pulled off a swift wardrobe change, pulling off her fringe skirt to reveal red hot pants. Fire and fireworks shot into the sky.

As in her album, flaunting her singing chops isn’t Selena’s top priority. Instead, the point seemingly was to show her home state how she’s pulled off the versatile but always high-energy choreography that she’s seen from pop stars like Britney Spears and Janet Jackson.

What did you think of Selena’s halftime show? Watch up top, then sound off in the comments below. More »

Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony & More Perform At Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Watch

Nov 29th, 2013 // Comment
Better Together (At Thanksgiving)
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Thanksgiving may bring family and friends together, but odd pairings dominated the floats shown at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Fifth Harmony sang their new single “Better Together” on one sponsored by Goldfish Crackers, while Fall Out Boy performed “Alone Together” nearby the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Meanwhile Ariana Grande riffed on Wham!‘s “Last Christmas” with her own song of the same name, one about heartbreak — “What you did last December, you left my heart a mess” — while next to a clapping Dora the Explorer.

Most of the parade’s featured pop acts, including the already-young Austin Mahone and Cher Lloyd, were made to appear even younger on floats. So in a twist, Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon and The Roots instead teamed up with the cast of Sesame Street to perform with classroom instruments in the show’s signature style — what may have been the parade’s best attempt at wholesome fun. Watch Fifth Harmony’s performance up top, then check out the rest after the jump. More »