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Magazine Melee: May 2014

Whatcha Say: Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry and Stevie Nicks Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! This week was full of pop highs and lows — from Kesha‘s radiant return to the red carpet, to the announcement of Michael Jackson‘s posthumous record Xscape, to Miley’s heartbreaking on-stage breakdown after the loss of her beloved dog, Floyd. :(

There’s also plenty of promise on the horizon: Three pop divas announced their new singles — Lana Del Rey casually name-dropped her Ultraviolence lead single “West Coast,” Kylie Minogue opted for “I Was Gonna Cancel” and Katy Perry with “Birthday” — while the Mahomies will no doubt be pleased to learn that Austin Mahone’s debut, The Secret, is coming soon.

As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out some of the week’s best comments below! More »

Rita Ora’s “I Will Never Let You Down” Video: Watch

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Rita Gets Wet
Rita Ora returns today with “I Will Never Let You Down,” her spankin’ new Calvin Harris-produced single that has been teased and previewed relentlessly over the past month and a half. The clip finds the UK songbird striking several glamorous poses, one of which makes it clear that Roc Nation is a fan of their artists puckering up with red lips behind water-speckled glass (see: Kylie Minogue‘s Kiss Me Once album cover).

Overall, the track offers fun production from Harris and the clip has Ora looking more beautiful (with short hair, even!) than ever, but it still leaves us longing for a bit more from Rita herself. Here’s hoping for a future visual that truly lets her personality shine. More »

Magazine Melee: April 2014

Enrique Iglesias Performs “I’m A Freak” On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’: Watch

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Freak Out!
Usually it’s Pitbull flying solo on the talk show circut, performing his hits without the slew of featured artists he’s worked with at this point. But this time around, Enrique Iglesias hit up Jimmy Kimmel Live to belt out current single “I’m A Freak,” sans collaborator Mr. Worldwide. The two of them will be reunited soon enough when they head out on the road together this fall. Ahead of that, check out their Sex + Love bonus track “3 Letters,” and watch Enrique shake it on Kimmel above. More »

See What Songs Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran & Others Are Singing For Beatles Tribute Special

Come Together
Fresh off their on-stage reunion at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, surviving Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr headed to the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday (January 27) to tape the performance segments for the upcoming CBS special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles. The program airs on February 9, exactly 50 years after the Fab Four were first broadcast into the living rooms of America on The Ed Sullivan Show.

A virtual all-star lineup of artists was on hand last night to tape performances of various Beatles songs for the show, including Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Maroon 5, Brad Paisley and Imagine Dragons. Head below to see who will be singing which songs by the legendary Liverpool quartet in the CBS special. More »

Lady Gaga Pays Tribute To Carole King: Morning Mix

Can We Be Your Friend, Gaga?
Did You Hear?

:: Songwriter Carole King was deemed MusiCare’s 2013 Person of the Year, and to pay tribute, Lady Gaga performed a raw rendition of the tender “You’ve Got a Friend” (above). Both King and James Taylor won Grammys for their respective version of the No. 1 hit. [AP]

:: Rick Ross has revealed the cover art and a surprise collaboration for his sixth album Mastermind. “War Ready” (or #WARREADY, whichever) will feature Young Jeezy, following a beef that dates back to 2010 and reportedly caused the brawl at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards. [Twitter]

:: “I’m literally begging to be dropped from Universal,” Azealia Banks has said on Twitter, regarding her long-delayed debut Broke with Expensive Taste. “I’m tired of having to consult a group of old white guys about my black girl craft.” [Twitter]

:: Katy Perry took to Twitter to speak out against gun violence, following a Howard County, Maryland mall shooting that led to three deaths, including the gunman. “Scared to go to school? Scared to go to the mall? Scared to go to the movies? Me too,” she says. [MTV]

:: Barbra Streisand is prepping a new duets album, and the rumored collaborators — Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, and producer Babyface, among others — look promising. [Billboard]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

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

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

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

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 »