Jennifer Lopez Heats Up January Issue Of ‘Self Magazine’: See The Shoot

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

Jennifer Lopez is not aging like a normal human being. In fact, it may very well be possible that the stunning A.K.A. diva is only growing younger.

The latest evidence of her eternal flawlessness? Her brand new cover and photo shoot for Self Magazine‘s January 2015 issue, unveiled on the “Booty” singer’s Instagram last night.

“Starting 2015 off right! Talking @theboynextdoormovie & @BodyLabForWomen in @SELFmagazine. #SELFMade #TheBoyNextDoor #JLoBodyLab #JLoSelfMagazine,” she wrote. The spread sees J.Lo working it out (literally!) in a few sexy white outfits, casually hanging from a beam while flaunting her ridiculously toned bod. And it sounds like she’s opening up and getting a bit more personal inside: “I’m facing my fears and working on myself,” she’s quoted as saying on the cover. It’s time for those New Years resolutions!

Want to see more? Check out the full sneak peek at the shoot after the jump. More »

Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & Sam Smith To Perform At 2015 BRIT Awards

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick their favorite tunes from this year!

Alongside the Grammys, the BRIT Awards is one of the major ceremonies in the music industry — especially in the UK, of course. For next year’s big night, they are bringing Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith to perform! All three popstars have made appearances at the UK awards show in the past, so they will most likely be nominated in various categories as well.

Last year, the big winners of the night were rock band Arctic Monkeys and boy band du jour One Direction. In 2014 both Swift and Smith had hugely popular albums (1989 and In The Lonely Hour), while Sheeran recently hit a million albums sold in the UK with his sophomore cut — X. So we won’t be surprised if they snagged an award or two during the ceremony! More »

‘The Voice’: Watch The Finalists Perform Original Songs, Including Matt McAndrew’s “Wasted Love”

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2014's Best Pop Singles: Our 20 Favorites
2014's Best Pop Singles: Our 20 Favorites
Idolator's editors select the 20 best singles from the past 12 months.

Last night, three contestants from Team Adam Levine and one from Team Blake Shelton competed to be the Season 7 champ on The Voice, while eliminated coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell watched in bitter awe of the veterans. Speaking of bitter awe, Danielle Bradbury stopped by to show her new tattoo that reads, “God is greater than the highs and lows,” which sparked a little concern for how the former champ’s life has been going post-Voice. At least she has a new gig opening for Miranda Lambert’s tour. Stay strong, Danielle.

Contestants Craig Wayne Boyd, Damien, Chris Jamison and Matt McAndrew wrapped up their last performance show on The Voice with a new original song, a coach duet and a bonus song that pretty much just filled time. All four contestants were charting on the iTunes Top Songs chart, with Matt McAndrew’s new number falling only one behind Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” as of the end of the east coast broadcast. Hold on to that high, kids, because three of you are going to have a disappointing night on Tuesday. More »

10 Best Euro-Dance One-Hit Wonders Of The New Millennium

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2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors choose the best tunes from this year!

When it comes to one-hit wonder lists, industry critics mainly focus on hip-hop, pop or country hits from the ’80s and ’90s. But what about the true underdogs — the European techno artists? Well today (December 16), that is all going to change! We at Idolator are shaking things up a bit, as we look back at some of the best (and most underrated) euro-dance one-hit wonders from the 2000s.

Save for one exception, the criteria was simple: the artist had to be from a European or British country, and their single had to have cracked the Top 40 of Billboard Hot 100. So throw on some neon glitter, crack open your glowsticks and dance along to our picks after the jump! More »

Mathew Knowles Tried To Make A Destiny’s Child Biopic: Morning Mix

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:: Poor Mathew Knowles just can’t shake off the heydays of Destiny’s Child! According to Sony’s latest hacked emails, Beyonce‘s estranged father had a plan for a biopic based on the girl group. Reportedly, the compan’ys movie executives were interested in the project. The deal never saw the light of day, but it may be heading to Lifetime. Based on the network’s recent biopics, let’s just hope that’s a rumor. [Jezebel]

:: Speaking of the Sony hacking drama, details were revealed about a sequel to Spike Lee‘s 1988 classic — School Daze. The director/actor was reportedly writing a character for Drake, whose name would be “PE*NIS.” Do you think it’s fitting? [Stereogum]

:: There also may be a movie by Kanye West in the works! Elon Rutberg, the creative director of ‘Ye’s DONDA, wrote to Sony about a “major film project.” There’s additional talk of the rapper acting alongside new BFF Seth Rogen! How awesome would that be? [MTV News]

:: In love-related news, Sam Smith has a new boytoy! The UK crooner is reportedly dating on of the men from his “Like I Can” video. He told The Sun, “It’s very early days. I’m talking very, very, very early days. But he’s really sweet… he was one of 20 extras. It’s a surreal thing to be talking about because I haven’t even confirmed with him that we’re officially seeing each other.” Good for him! [Just Jared]

Find out what music you can catch on TV today below. More »

Bea Miller Is Disney’s New Club Queen: Listen To The Official Remixes Of “Young Blood”

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick the best pop singles of 2014.

Bea Miller released her debut EP Young Blood way back in April, but the anthemic title track is still gaining ground on Top 40 radio and seeing steady gains on iTunes. (It also has just under two million streams on Spotify). The 15-year-old, who first came to fame on the second season of X Factor, is now looking to conquer clubs with a fresh remix package featuring overhauls from Kue, Tracy Young and Mack & Jet Set Vega.

The Hollywood Records regulars all do a great job of transforming Bea’s moody teen-angst anthem into soaring floorfillers. Bay Area’s DJ Kue takes a mellow approach, opting for warm, chill-out remixes — and it works surprisingly well. If you need a furious club-banger to add to your work-out playlist, Tracy Young and Mack & Jet Set Vega come to the rescue with their club/treadmill-ready interpretations. Listen to all of the “Young Blood” remixes after the jump. More »

Sam Smith Is Getting Online Abuse, Denies Asking Chris Brown To “Turn Gay” In Hacked 2012 Tweet

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick the best pop singles of 2014.

Where’s Lady Gaga‘s born brave bus when you need it? Sam Smith was feeling a little attacked yesterday (December 14) when he received undisclosed online abuse. “Starting to get hate tweets,” the Brit shared. “I knew this would come. I’m too sensitive for this shit haha.” Ed Sheeran immediately jumped to his defense, replying: “I’m willing to bet that they are under 12, live in the middle of nowhere, and look like this.” He attached a picture of a man wearing glasses sitting at a computer.

Things took a twist later in the day when one of Sam’s old tweets went viral. “TURN GAY!! PLEASE!?” he asked Chris Brown way back in 2012. After 1000+ retweets, the “Stay With Me” hitmaker jumped online and claimed that it wasn’t him. “Someone has just hacked my twitter. Sorry to anyone who got weird shit sent to them.” The 22-year-old’s might have overreacted. His generally amusing pre-fame tweets are out there and nobody seems to care (apart from him). Breezy certainly didn’t bat an eyelid. See the (non-)drama unfold after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea Teams Up With Nick Jonas And Tinashe For ‘The Great Escape Tour’: See All The Dates

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick the best pop singles of 2014.

Iggy Azalea recently announced that she was hitting the road with heartthrob du jour Nick Jonas (after getting him confused with brother Joe) for The Great Escape Tour. Today (December 15), the femcee revealed that they will be joined by rising R&B diva Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kid. What a line-up! The tour kicks off on April 14 in Fresno, California and covers most of the West Coast before winding up in Austin, Texas on May 24. Expect more dates to be added soon.

It’s been a huge year for the Mullumbimby babe with two massive chart hits (“Fancy” and “Black Widow”) and four Grammy nominations. Iggy should keep that momentum going next year with her first arena tour and a high-profile feature on Britney Spearsnew single (due early 2015). She also has another album on the way and there are whispers of a Selena Gomez collab in the works. See the unstoppable rapper’s tour dates after the jump. More »

Bon Qui Qui’s (Yes, THAT Bon Qui Qui) Debut Album ‘Gold Plated Dreams’ Gets January Release Date

2014's Best Pop Singles: Our 20 Favorites
2014's Best Pop Singles: Our 20 Favorites
Idolator's editors select the 20 best songs from the past 12 months.

I know it seemed like Christmas came early already when the Nick Jonas sex gifs from Kingdom were slapped online, but no, scratch that — Santa officially delivered prematurely today, as news came that there’s a Bon Qui Qui album on the way. It’s called Gold Plated Dreams, and it’s out on January 13 from Warner Music Nashville.

If you’re not quite up on who Bon Qui Qui is, then start slapping yourself hard in the face over and over, because the now-eight-year-old “Bon Qui Qui At King Burger” sketch from MADtv is one of the holy grails of the Internet. Comedienne Anjelah Johnson-Reyes originated the character, and now that she’s got a record deal, she whipped together eight tracks — including such gems as “Oh No He Didn’t,” “No Boyfren,” Securrity” and “Bye” — for Gold Plated Dreams, the full tracklist for which you can catch below, along with her “I’m A Cut You” video and the original Bon Qui Qui skit from MADtv. More »

Beyonce, Jay Z And Timbaland Are Being Sued For Using An Unauthorized Sample In “Drunk In Love”

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick the best pop singles of 2014.

“Drunk In Love” just can’t win. The meme-spawning phenomenon was recently snubbed in all major categories at The Grammys and could be removed from the radio for good if a miffed Hungarian diva has her way. Mitsou (real name Monika Miczura) contends that Beyonce, Jay Z and Timbland sampled her 1995 Roma folk song “Bajba, Bajba Pelem” in the mega-hit’s mysterious intro and is demanding compensation — as well as a radio ban until her voice is removed.

It seems unlikely that a producer of Timbaland’s standing would get it so wrong but Mitsou is adamant that it’s her voice at the beginning of the track, and insists that she never gave her permission for the sample. She is also really upset that her song has been used “to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics.” It seems the original was an introspective piece about hopelessness. Awkward. More »