Nicki Minaj was full of surprises at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. After performing certified chart hits like “Super Bass,” she segued into her fiery verse in Beyonce‘s “***Flawless” remix – only to run into technical difficulties, as her backing music cut off and then on again. “iHeartRadio, do we have a problem?” she said, before she took matters into her own hands by performing her verse a cappella.
Later, Minaj pulled off a stunt that she actually planned for the music festival. When Jessie J‘s “Bang Bang” started playing, Ariana Grande joined her on stage to sing those high notes and dance during Minaj’s own assertive verses. Unlike their MTV Video Music Awards performance, where Minaj suffered a wardrobe malfunction, this live rendition of “Bang Bang” couldn’t gone smoother.
Watch those highlights from Nicki Minaj’s iHeartRadio performance below. More »
While Milky Chance continue to climb the Billboard Hot 100 with breakthrough hit “Stolen Dance” (it rises to a new peak of number 61 this week), the German duo has already moved on to their next single in most international markets. It looks like they are going with endearing folk-pop gem “Flashed Junk Mind” and today (September 19) they drop the suitably nostalgic video.
Philipp and Clemens take a trip to the country with a bunch of friends and spend the clip climbing rocks, walking through forests, riding motorcycles and hanging out of cars. It’s joyous and idyllic but there’s still an undercurrent of melancholy that suits the lilting song. Milky Chance drop their excellent debut LP Sadnecessary on October 14 in the US. Watch “Flashed Junk Mind” up top. More »
At this point, I don’t even consider Pitbull a guilty pleasure anymore. His club bangers are always on point, he’s the Sonny to J.Lo‘s Cher and “Timber” will go down in pop history as the greatest square dance-inducing rap song of all time. He gets it just right on new Wallpaper-produced, John Ryan-assisted party jam “Fireball” too. What a legend.
So what can you expect from Mr. Worldwide’s latest video? Well, it’s set in the ’20s or ’30s (if the dapper costumes are any indication) and brings Brazilian carnival to a small nightclub, where Pit drinks his own brand of vodka — great promo! — and runs into the sexy lady of his dreams. There’s even a live animation segment. Watch the amiable rapper do his thing up top. More »
Let’s just take a moment to acknowledge the fact that Adam Lambert truly is a rock star. Sure, he had the rock and roll swagger down pat during his stint on American Idol five years (!!) ago, and he’s got the voice, he’s released albums and had hit singles, toured on his own and gotten his name into a few headlines — some of them probably unwanted, but, hey, that’s rock and roll too. But the man, now 32, spent a better part of this summer traveling the globe and fronting Queen on stage (seriously — think about that for a minute), filling the legendary shoes of Mr. Freddie Mercury. If you didn’t believe it before, you should definitely know it by now: Adam Lambert is a fucking rock star.
So here we now have a new interview with Adam, where he’s looking pretty suave in the studio with Ryan Seacrest. (Watch it above.) The important takeaways here: He’s signed a new label deal after parting ways with RCA, and he’s working on his third album with “an amazing executive producer.” More »
Gaga, eau la la!
Lady Gaga‘s jet-black debut scent Fame has gone on to sell over 30 million bottles (!) since its release back in the summer of 2012, so it’s no surprise to anyone that the ARTPOP diva is back this year with a second spritz for her many loyal Little Monsters: Eau De Gaga, a unisex fragrance “where nothing is off limits.”
In the newly released Steven Klein-directed advertisement for the scent, Gaga goes into full-on glamour mode, posing and writhing with a gaggle of handsome models. (Tough life!) The visual is stunning as always, although it is more than slightly awkward to watch her get sexy to the sound of the legendary Tony Bennett crooning an old-timey classic in the background. They couldn’t use, say, “Sexxx Dreams” or something? Oh, well! Get that Cheek To Cheek promo, Gagz. More »
The first thing that comes to mind while watching Jennifer Lopez‘s “Booty” video is: Didn’t Kylie Minogue do this first, earlier this year, with her “Sexercize” clip? The lesbianism. The water-drenched wetness. The intense grinding, shaking and twerking. Minogue popped her own booty through all of that visual territory back in March, no?
Even that gold, super scoop-neck, barely-there number JLo is wearing as a top around the 0:58 mark calls to mind Kylie’s hooded white jumpsuit in her 2001 “Cant’ Get You Out Of My Head” video. So, maybe Lopez and her newly-added “Booty” partner Iggy Azalea were going for a full-on Minogue tribute? If that’s the case, then we we say brava, ladies — keep those pert and curvy derriere’s arched proudly in the air! More »
After years of label limbo, The Veronicas kicked off their long-awaited comeback with tortured ballad “You Ruin Me” last week. The semi-orchestral, hate-drenched break-up anthem is a massive departure from the catchy pop/rock of global hits “Untouched” and “4Ever” but it’s a great reminder of both their songwriting and vocal prowess.
The video arrived today (September 18) and it’s something of a blockbuster. Filmed at Sydney’s State Theatre, Jess and Lisa perform the song on stage while a twisted back story about a jealous ballerinas and a particularly creepy instructor unfolds. It’s weird, twisted and strangely beautiful. Kind of like the song. Get acquainted with The Veronicas 2.0 up top. More »
In case you have yet to tire of Miley Cyrus‘ nonstop ass assault or twerking or overall cabaret of nudity, then you’ll be thrilled to watch her latest couple of Instagram videos below. Granted, the butt in question is the artificial one she wears on stage for her Bangerz Tour. But just suspend the disbelief, pop perverts, and clutch your candy while taking in the probably-NSFW clips below. More »
Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand aren’t the only ones turning to the classics for fall album releases. Annie Lennox will release her own set of standards, titled Nostalgia, first on vinyl on September 30, and then on all other formats the following month, on October 21.
Lennox’s first music video offering from the set is for “I Put A Spell On You,” a song penned in 1956 by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and later made famous by jazz-pop legend Nina Simone. More of a live performance clip than a traditional, plot-driven music video, Annie’s visual shows the iconic Scot dancing and swaying to the song as a bluesy band an full orchestra play along. More »
We’ve been dancing all over the place to Eden XO‘s bouncy new bop “Too Cool To Dance” ever since we premiered the tune right here on Idolator — and now it’s got a sparkling visual to keep us moving and grooving.
Summer’s not over just yet in the Sarah McColgan-directed clip, which sees the shape-shifting pop siren enjoying a nice serving of TV dinner with some old folks, chilling by the pool, grooving to the sound of her Beats headphones and of course, serving up some sweet choreography in the street with her pals. Actually, everyone’s getting down to the sound of her dance-themed tune. And by the end, it’s one big ol’ party with a whole host of zany characters! See? No one is too cool to dance.
Check out the video for “Too Cool To Dance” after the jump. More »