Archive: Jul 2012

John Mayer Is A Travelin’ Man In His “Queen Of California” Video

In his previous video for Born And Raised single “Shadow Days”, John Mayer traveled out west on an expedition to get in touch with himself, and in his new video for “Queen Of California”, the songwriter is still on the move. This time, however, he doesn’t have to go too far to experience different locales.

Becky Bain | July 31, 2012 - 4:00 pm

Miguel Goes Retro In “Adorn” Video

Miguel shows us all the colors in his kaleidoscopic vision in the seductive video for slow jam “Adorn”. In the dreamy visuals awash in rich neon, the R&B star dons a retro look: sporting a pompadour, a flashy suit and a leather jacket with some sick shades, Miguel tours abandoned bathrooms and hallways. Well, they’re mostly abandoned, save for a…

Becky Bain | July 31, 2012 - 3:07 pm

One Direction And Alicia Keys To Perform At MTV Video Music Awards 2012

The MTV Video Music Awards 2012 nominations were announced this morning, as were the first set of artists slated to perform during the September 6 festivities. Brit boy band One Direction, first time nominees for their “What Makes You Beautiful” clip, will take the stage, as will four time VMA winner Alicia Keys, who will premiere new material…

Becky Bain | July 31, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Taylor Swift Cozies Up To Conor Kennedy

Taylor Swift is already a country pop’s princess, so it only makes sense that the Teen Choice Award winner would expand her dating pool to include American royalty. After a string of failed relationships with other musicians such as Nick Jonas and John Mayer, the CoverGirl has apparently gotten close to one of the Kennedys — specifically Robert F. Kennedy’s…

Idolator Staff | July 31, 2012 - 2:13 pm

Snoop Dogg Transforms Into Snoop Lion: Watch The Trailer For ‘Reincarnated’

It’s not uncommon for a rapper to alter his moniker — Diddy, anyone? But Snoop Dogg, who has rechristined himself as Snoop Lion, seems to have changed his whole demeanor in addition to his stage name. After traveling to Jamaica to record an album with Diplo, the Cali MC found himself inspired by Rastafarian culture and…

Becky Bain | July 31, 2012 - 12:26 pm

Rick Ross, Dr. Dre & Jay-Z Look Back On Their Past In “3 Kings” Video

It’s no easy task getting Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre’s schedules all lined up so the three hip-hop titans can film a video together. So for the visuals for “3 Kings”, the new single off Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t, we get an extensive look back at all three royal rappers’ careers. In the black-and-white…

Becky Bain | July 31, 2012 - 11:39 am

MTV Video Music Awards 2012: Who Got Snubbed?

When it comes to the MTV Video Music Awards 2012 nominations, not everyone was as lucky as Rihanna and Drake. While the former flames racked up quite a few noms for their respective (and shared) clips, there are plenty more artists who got shafted this time around. Most surprisingly, some some of the biggest ladies…

Becky Bain | July 31, 2012 - 11:15 am

Nicki Minaj’s “Pound The Alarm” Video: Watch Her Feather-Filled Romp In The Sun

Earlier this month, Nicki Minaj hit up the sunny location of Trinidad — which also just happens to be her birthplace — to shoot the video for Roman Reloaded single “Pound The Alarm”. The result is a sun-drenched affair that features the MTV Video Music Award-nominated rapstress decked out in a colorful array of feathers…

Robbie Daw | July 31, 2012 - 11:06 am

Rick Ross’ ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’: Review Revue

On his fifth album God Forgives, I Don’t, The Bawse Rick Ross worked with top notch producers like Pharrell Williams, DJ Khaled, Rico Love and Cool & Dre, while calling upon pals Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Ne-Yo, Drake and Wale to provide guest raps and vocals. The results, for the most part, seemed to please critics…

Robbie Daw | July 31, 2012 - 10:08 am

London Olympics: Sir Paul McCartney Paid One Pound For ‘Isles Of Wonder’ Performance

You’ve watched director Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony extravaganza at the London Olympics, and maybe you even downloaded the accompanying Isles Of Wonder soundtrack album. Now, ready for another stunner? Sir Paul McCartney, who closed the event with a rousing performance of “The End” and “Hey Jude”, was reportedly paid the rather un-Sir-like fee of $1.57…

Robbie Daw | July 31, 2012 - 8:49 am

Pitbull Posts Photos From His Alaskan Exile

The fruits of pranksters David Thorpe and Jon Hendren’s labor — that would be starting an online Facebook push to get Pitbull “exiled” to Alaska to perform at the remote Kodiak Walmart store, as part of a larger campaign for Sheets energy strips — were revealed yesterday, via photos featuring the Miami rapper up North.

Robbie Daw | July 31, 2012 - 7:48 am

MTV Video Music Awards 2012: The Nominations

“Take Care” pair Rihanna and Drake woke up to find that they’ve landed the most MTV Video Music Awards nominations this year, including Video Of The Year. In fact, RiRi has two vids in that category — “Take Care” and “We Found Love”. Both Rihanna and Drizzy stand to win five moon men themselves, though…

Robbie Daw | July 31, 2012 - 7:04 am

Rick Ross’ ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’: Album Review

Rick Ross knows where his bread is buttered: kingpin hip-hop made to rattle every loose piece of metal and plastic on your crappy ride. Sure, he’s had outliers with flashes of musical complexity and rich production — frequently carried by guests Kanye, R. Kelly or Lil Wayne — but he always fell back on…

Carl Williott | July 31, 2012 - 5:30 am

Joss Stone’s ‘The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2′: Album Review

Within the first 15 seconds of her 2003 debut The Soul Sessions, Joss Stone’s voice unfurls. You can hear her lips close and part at the ends and starts of her first few verses. At 16, Stone tackled 10 covers — including Aretha Franklin’s serene yet confident “All the King’s Horses” — with that wise-beyond-its-years voice of…

Christina Lee | July 31, 2012 - 5:30 am

Miley Cyrus Tweets A Photo Of Herself In A See-Through Skirt: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: She may have tweeted “wearing my lucky tee shirt”, but it looks like the real star of Miley Cyrus’s latest pic (complete with a Starbucks cup in the background, natch) is her black underwear, just barely visible through her white skirt. [Twitter]

:: If anyone’s been wondering what Leona Lewis has…

Idolator Staff | July 31, 2012 - 5:00 am

Carrie Underwood Is A Modern Day Dorothy In “Blown Away” Video

Though Carrie Underwood hails from Oklahoma instead of Kansas, the country singer finds inspiration from Dorothy’s adventures in Oz in her stirring new video for “Blown Away”, the title track off her latest album. The dramatic clip focuses on domestic abuse, with Carrie’s aggressive on-screen father going heavy on the liquor and grabbing onto her…

Becky Bain | July 30, 2012 - 5:22 pm

It’s A “New Day” For 50 Cent, Alicia Keys And Dr. Dre: Listen

When we got word that Alicia Keys would be loaning her new song “New Day” to 50 Cent for his forthcoming album Street King Immortal, we could hardly contain ourselves. The last time Keys let an MC borrow one of her hooks, we got Jay-Z’s “Empire State Of Mind,” and we all know how that…

Carl Williott | July 30, 2012 - 5:05 pm

Listen To Iggy Azalea’s “Runway” And Download Her ‘Glory’ EP

Though her full-length LP The New Classic is who-knows-how-long from its release, Iggy Azalea’s Glory EP has finally found its way online. You can grab a copy of the Aussie MC’s free 6-track EP over here, but first, you need a listen to her collaboration with Pusha T, the upbeat “Runway”.

“Runway” is, thankfully, not…

Becky Bain | July 30, 2012 - 4:47 pm

Matchbox Twenty Wonder Why “She’s So Mean” In New Video

It’s been so long since we’ve seen Rob Thomas and the gang together, but now we get Matchbox Twenty’s video for “She’s So Mean,” the first single off their fourth studio album North, out September 4. The video is centered on a leggy brunette who wreaks utter havoc on the band’s recording session, and focuses…

Idolator Staff | July 30, 2012 - 4:03 pm

Nick Jonas And Pharrell In Talks To Be Next ‘American Idol’ Judges

Ever since Mariah Carey signed on to fill Jennifer Lopez’s spot on American Idol, we’ve heard hardly any whispers about those other two judges’ seats. But now, former Disney heartthrob Nick Jonas and super-producer Pharrell Williams are in talks to become the newest judges, reports US Weekly. Fox has yet to comment on the story,…

Carl Williott | July 30, 2012 - 3:44 pm
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