Echosmith Perform Breakthrough Hit “Cool Kids” On ‘The Today Show’: Watch

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Echosmith converted a mountain of buzz into a bonafide hit when teen alienation anthem “Cool Kids” found love on radio and started racing up iTunes — almost a year after it was released. The LA-based siblings will unveil a new video for their seemingly unstoppable single tomorrow (September 11) and celebrated the sale of their 500,000th download by performing on The Today Show.

17-year-old Sydney spoke about meeting Katy Perry at the MTV Video Music Awards — she’s a fan! — before launching into “Cool Kids”. The Sierota clan is a well-oiled machine when it comes to live performances and they impressed with a typically tight rendition. Expect this song to just get bigger and bigger. Watch Echosmith in action up top. More »

Katy Perry Covers ‘Harper’s Bazaar’, Talks About Therapy And Turning 30: 7 Pics

“Sometimes this little raver likes to play sophisticated swan” is the caption Katy Perry gave her ravishing Harper’s Bazaar cover on Instagram and she wasn’t lying. The pop queen brings old Hollywood glamorous to a serene Asian setting in the stunning shoot. Apart from looking absolutely gorgeous, the Prism diva opened up about the benefits of therapy and the prospect of turning 30.

“What I’ve learned is that if you don’t have the foundation of self-love first, you really have nowhere to pull love from to give it away,” she says. “I had to learn about taking care of myself before I could take care of others.” Therapy has also changed what Katy is looking for in a man. “As I’m heading into my 30s I have less time for bullshit,” the 29-year-old admits. “A lot of times I’ve ended up with people who have been intimidated by me, unfortunately. They say they’re not, but it comes out in the long run.” More »

Win A Copy Of BANKS’ Debut Album, ‘Goddess’!

From “Before I Ever Met You” to her intoxicating London EP all the way up to “Brain,” “Drowning” and everything in between, we’ve been hungrily anticipating BANKS‘ debut album, Goddess, for what’s felt like an eternity — but it’s finally here! (And, spoiler alert, it’s great.)

But we don’t want to be the only ones humming along to the brooding beauty’s spellbinding debut, which is why we’re giving away a few copies of the record right here on Idolator. Want to be one of the lucky winners? It’s easy. Find out how after the jump. More »

Nicki Minaj Has ‘Dazed’ Double-Covered

News is out that Nicki Minaj‘s third studio LP The Pinkprint has an official release date of November 24, so expect even more of a media onslaught from Lil’ Kim‘s favorite punching bag. One such publication that’s slapped the “Anaconda” twerkstress on its cover is UK mag Dazed & Confused. Minaj posted the above image, featuring a sexy (?) yellow-rain-coat-and-green-galoshes ensemble, on her Instagram.

BUT HOLD THE PHONE, CHARLIE!!! Turns out Nicki gets two different covers for the London-based glossy. “Onika rockin Chanel for my double cover of DAZED&CONFUSED MAGAZINE,” Minaj wrote while posting the second image. Catch her looking pretty in pink below. More »

Lorde Cleans Up Nicely For ‘Elle’ Magazine: See Her Pretty Cover & Shoot

Lorde is really excited to land the cover of Elle magazine. “I am @ELLEmagazine’s october cover girl!,” the Kiwi diva tweeted. “So basically my life is one big never-ending dream.” She kindly shared a couple of pics from the shoot, which show the break-out star in an entirely new light. The goth-leaning clothes and make-up have been replaced with a more natural look.

The 17-year-old has never looked better. Lorde’s long locks steal the show on the cover but she looks just as cute when she hides them under a hat in another adorable picture. The “Royals” singer is about to embark on a small run of North American tour dates. Perhaps now would be a good time to release the next single from Pure Heroine. The airwaves sound better with her music. See more of Ella’s Elle shoot after the jump. More »

Jennifer Lopez Brought Her Iconic “Booty” To Fashion Rocks: Watch Her Sizzling Performance

Jennifer Lopez is taking no chances with “Booty”. The forever-flawless 45-year-old tapped Iggy Azalea for the all-girl remix and filmed what appears to be the sexiest soft-porn video of all time — at least from the preview. (The finished product is due later this week). The latest step in the pop icon’s path to iTunes glory is a stunning performance at Fashion Rocks in New York City last night (September 9).

When you’re singing about ass, you had better be willing to show a little and J.Lo went above and beyond with her skimpy silver dress. She tore up the stage with her tuxedo-clad male dancers and twerked like her life depended on it. Jenny is still the best dancer in the business and showed the newcomers in the audience how to put on a memorable show. Watch up top. More »

Rihanna Covers ‘Tush’ Magazine, Channels X-Men’s Storm In Kooky Shoot: 9 Pics

Rihanna has been unusually quiet since winding up her Monster tour with Eminem. It’s strange because the prolific diva’s annual album is already a year overdue and, with the exception of upcoming LPs from Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj, there’s not a lot of happening in the pop world right now. Maybe her new shoot with the wonderfully-titled Tush magazine is the first sign that she’s about to relaunch.

The 26-year-old serves up one of her kookiest pictorials yet, channeling Halle Berry‘s X-Men character Storm with a splash of Kerli‘s trademark Baby Spice-on-acid look thrown into the mix. RiRi always delivers the goods visually but she’s been taking things in a darker, more interesting direction lately. Hopefully, that’s a sign of where she’s going musically for R8. Peruse the pics up top. More »

Taylor Swift Fired The Dancers That Katy Perry Allegedly Stole: More Details On Their Feud

Taylor Swift got the internet buzzing earlier this week when she told Rolling Stone about a diss track on her new LP called “Bad Blood”, which was written about one of her female rivals. “She did something so horrible…  it had to do with business,” the “Shake It Off” diva revealed. “She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me.”

It didn’t take a lot of detective work to discover that she was talking about Katy Perry. She hired three of Taylor’s dancers for her live show before the (former) country queen’s Fearless tour was finished. Only, here’s the rub. They had previously worked on the “This Is How We Do” hitmaker’s Teenage Dream tour and, according to TMZ, apparently gave plenty of notice that they wanted to work with her again.

“We’re told the dancers told Taylor up front … they did not want to sign for the full tour — they wanted a 30-day out, and we’re told it’s because they were just waiting for Katy to go back on tour,” the website reports. “When Katy hit the stage again, they gave their 30-day notice, but Taylor got so pissed off she fired them on the spot.” If everybody was upfront about their intentions, why is Taylor mad? She’s popular enough to sell a ton of albums without creating fictional drama. More »

Meghan Trainor Overtakes Taylor Swift, Hits #1 On The Billboard Hot 100

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It’s official: This country really is all about that bass.

Meghan Trainor‘s breezy ode to body image has taken the crown away from Taylor Swift‘s two-week #1 “Shake It Off” this week, moving on up to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

The breezy ode to body image — part of her debut EP Title, which was released this week — was bolstered by a few key promotional appearances for the major push to #1, including her silly classroom instrument-led performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

And, as a point of pride for us here at Idolator, we first premiered our girl Meghan’s video for “All About That Bass” back in early June. My, how much has changed in such a short time. Congratulations, Meghan! More »

Betty Who’s “Runaways”: Listen To Her Fantastic New ‘Take Me When You Go’ Song

If you thought Betty Who‘s EP non-singles like “High Society,” “You’re In Love” and “Alone Again” were quite dreamy, wait till you give a listen to “Runaways,” an undeniable standout from the Australian singer’s upcoming debut LP Take Me When You Go (out October 7). Rolling Stone premiered the tune today, and accurately described it as a “M83-meets-Katy Perry dance tune.” We’d even go one step further and say there’s a dash of The Cars in there. (Ask your parents about them, kiddies — or better yet, do yourself a service and go pick up their greatest hits.)

Part of Betty Who’s charm is that whether her cuts end of being singles or not, they still come packing the same radio-worthy pop wallop. You can never accuse this girl of chucking out filler material. Case in point: “Runaways.” Give it a listen below. More »