Disney’s Frozen was a multiple winner at the Academy Awards on Sunday (March 2), as the film with the chart-topping soundtrack took home awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez‘s composition “Let It Go,” the original song in question, was performed live at the event by Frozen cast member Idina Menzel…or, as John Travolta introduced her during one of the night’s most eyebrow-raising moments, Adele Mazim. Okey-doke.
Upon winning the Oscar, Robert Lopez earned his EGOT status — that is, he’s now an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award winner. In addition to Frozen, Lopez previously collected various statues for his work on musicals Avenue Q and The Book Of Mormon, as well as the Nickelodeon TV series Wonder Pets. More »
The shorts! THE HAT! The chart-topping anthem! Pharrell Williams made an early splash on Oscar night by opting for a pants-less look on the red carpet. Then he went and got Academy Award nominees Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong’o and Amy Adams on their feet by jumping into the audience during his performance of Best Original Song contender “Happy,” a tune that also happens to be the #1 single in both the US and the UK this week.
Watch Pharrell don another piece of headline-grabbing headwear and belt out his joyous Despicable Me 2 smash at the Oscars above. More »
Bruce Springsteen opened his March 1 concert at Auckland, New Zealand, by covering Lorde‘s “Royals.” His solo, acoustic version contained a few choice edits — you can call him King Bee, for one — and would stray from the original’s melody, but it also showed why he related overall to the Pure Heroine anthem.
Springsteen stuck to playing an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, but eventually he played the original’s beat by pounding his fist on his guitar’s body. Around then, he hoarsely cursed because he can (“And every fucking song’s / gold teeth, Grey Goose…” ). And he repeated one of Lorde’s lyrics as if for emphasis, if not with his 1973 debut Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., in mind: “And I’m not proud of my address, in a torn-up town / in a torn-up town …”
Watch Springsteen cover “Royals” after the jump. More »
A judge ordered Chris Brown on February 28 to stay for two more months in rehab at a Malibu treatment center. Brown had entered the drug rehab and anger management program in January, but must be tried on an assault charge (that violated his probation for the Rihanna assault) in Washington, D.C. first. The judge will then decide whether Brown can leave or should be jailed.
CNN reports that the R&B singer appeared disappointed but reacted calmly to the decision, by closing his eyes and meditating for about five minutes. Following the hearing, he tweeted, “Never really goes the way u plan. #LIFE.” So far, Brown has resisted staying in rehab for long, but with little success. More »
Kendrick Lamar‘s third album may be coming in September, Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) founder Anthony Tiffith said to Billboardin a new cover story on the Los Angeles label. Details are forthcoming, aside from the fact that Lamar’s new album will be one of several TDE releases this year. By the time Schoolboy Q released Oxymoron on February 25, the label had also planned to drop records by rapper Isaiah Rashad and singer SZA, plus a debut by supergroup Black Hippy (Lamar, Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul).
“This is our proving ground to show the world that wasn’t a fluke – that TDE isn’t just one artist. Kendrick isn’t the only one in our stable that’s going to blow up,” co-president Dave Free said.
For now, Lamar’s certainly the only TDE artist to talk the Grammy. Lamar earned seven nominations but didn’t win any awards this year for the critically acclaimed good kid, m.A.A.d city. Notably, he lost in major rap categories to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis‘s The Heist, which prompted Macklemore to apologize via text (“You got robbed. I wanted to you to win”). While Drake scoffed at the gesture (“That shit was wack as fuck“), Lamar offered a kinder response to Billboard. More »
Rapper Tyga peruses the strip club in a new remix of Jennifer Lopez‘s “Girls.” His goal is to find a Lopez lookalike. “Looking for a J. Lo, bad little somethin’ I can take home / California king, you can lay on,” he spits, as he evaluates the crowd and references Blackstreet in the process: “Play on, playa.”
“Girls,” produced by DJ Mustard, may remind fans of how she teamed with Ja Rule for “I’m Real (Remix)” to aim for R&B/hip-hop radio airplay. Such crossover appeal was crucial to how she became an enduring hitmaker during the ’00s, and Lopez seems to realize this. Over the past few months, she teamed with Pitbull for dance anthem “Live It Up,” joined Ricky Martin on Wisin‘s “Adrenalina” and enlisted Taylor Swift and Sia for her new album.
Listen to the “Girls” remix after the jump. More »
TGIF, Idolator readers! This week, Pharrell pulled a Beyoncé-lite and surprise streamed his new album G I R L, which we’ve been buzzing about all week. And speaking of Bey, the “Diva” dropped her “Partition” video on VEVO, which had our tongues wagging all over again. Shakira released her rock-tinged new single “Empire,” while Eminem and Rihanna announced a joint tour. (Count us in!)
Plus, we sat down with The Vamps and the fabulous Miss Kylie Minogue, and launched our bangin’ Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour merch giveaway. We’ve been LOVING all the photos you’ve been sending us. Seriously. (Have you decided to #SMOOCHMILEY yet?)
As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the best comments of the week below! More »
It was only a matter of time before Mr. Worldwide ended up at the Playboy Mansion. (After all, his love of pretty ladies and partying is legendary!) The surprise SXSW performer appears to be filming the video for G.R.L.-assisted single “Wild Wild Love” at the famous location — if his latest Instagram update is any indication.
Pitbull posted a picture on the set a video shoot at the Playboy Mansion with the message: “Now this is How You Do Business!!!” He also included the hashtag “WILDWILDLOVE” and his obligatory catchphrase “DALE”. The Dr. Luke-produced anthem is already shooting up iTunes, so it’s only right that it gets a suitably glamorous video. See his message after the jump. More »
Jason Derulo is heating up dancefloors across America with explicit club banger “Talk Dirty” but the song’s appeal will soon reach even wider due to a new Spanish version. I’m here for this. Once upon a time artists would regularly re-record their songs en español even when they couldn’t speak the language. (Beyonce‘s “Irreemplazable” is the best example and remains everything!)
It’s fair to say that Jason probably wouldn’t cut it as a translator. His Spanish is rudimentary at best but that just kind of adds to the appeal. Nothing about this song is high brow, so a little mispronunciation is the least of our concerns. In fact, “Talk Dirty” survives the wonky overhaul largely intact due to the slick beat and catchy chorus. Listen to the guilty pleasure after the jump. More »
Ariana Grande raised a lot of eyebrows when she shared a photo of her dancing — rather intimately — with Chris Brown on Instagram this morning (February 28). That lead to speculation the “Baby I” diva had recorded a duet Breezy, suspicions that were confirmed by a later post in which she mentions a video shoot.
On the surface this seems to be an odd pairing but it’s actually quite clever. Ariana really needs to shed her Disney princess persona for album number two and Chris could rehabilitate his image (and career) by working with a wholesome starlet. It’s win/win for both of them. And the song could be great if sounds a little something like Breezy’s recent duet with Sevyn “It Won’t Stop”. See Ari’s Insta-updates after the jump. More »