Skrillex, Diplo, CL & G-Dragon Get Surreal In “Dirty Vibe” Video: Watch

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2014's Best Pop Singles: Our 20 Favorites
2014's Best Pop Singles: Our 20 Favorites
Idolator's editors picked their best tunes from this year!

Prior to the formation of Jack Ü, Diplo worked with Skrillex on his debut LP Recess (released in March). One of the highlights of the album is “Dirty Vibe,” a collaboration with K-Pop stars CL (of 2NE1 fame) and Big Bang‘s G-Dragon. Diplo and Skrillex aren’t present in the official video, but the two Korean artists stand out all on their own! Their swagger is unmatched, as they dance, rap and pose throughout the eclectic clip. 

Along with their solo work, the two electronic producers are promoting their Jack Ü duo — with the first single being “Take U There,” featuring KieszaCL has also been in the studio with Diplo, as she plans on breaking into the American pop industry (with some help from super-manager Scooter Braun). More »

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

Hello-ho-ho, Idolator readers!

As you might have noticed, it’s that time of year again: Holiday season! And, in between counting down all of our favorite albums and singles from the past year, we’re in the giving mood. And we want to spread a little festive Christmas cheer with you!

Over the past year (or longer), we’ve accumulated a whole bunch of records and posters in our office. But why should they be here when they can be sitting underneath the tree with you? The collection of delightful odds and ends includes 20 records (including selections from Tove Lo, Hozier, LeAnn Rimes, Alex & Sierra, Charlotte Sometimes, Miley Cyrus, Lily Allen and Iggy Azalea), a Kiesza poster and a press shot (signed by all 5 members) of Fifth Harmony. Random? Oh, yes. But amazing? Duh. Want to win? Find out how after the jump. More »

Nicki Minaj Performs “Bed Of Lies” With Skylar Grey On ‘Today’ Show: Watch

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Nicki Minaj is continuing the promotional run for her new LP The Pinkprint, and her latest stop is on the Today show! The rapper stopped by the NYC studios this morning (December 16) to perform “Bed Of Lies” alongside Skylar Grey.

Minaj also stayed for a brief interview, where she discussed her hilarious impersonations of Beyonce and Kim Kardashian on Saturday Night Live, why she chose to be more personable for this album era and her new perfume called “Onika” (which she gave Madonna to try).

The rapper’s third LP The Pinkprint includes tracks like the Meek Mill-assisted “Big Daddy,” her “Feelin’ Myself” collaboration with Beyonce“The Crying Game” featuring Jessie WareAll Things Go,” “Only” and more. Watch the performance up top, and catch Minaj’s interview after the jump! More »

Home Video’s “Forget (MNDR Remix)”: Idolator Premiere

14 Synth-Pop Acts We Loved In 2014
14 Synth-Pop Acts We Loved In 2014
We love the sounds all of these artists made this year.

In case you hadn’t quite caught on, we here at Idolator have a weakness for most things synth-pop. So that brings us to Brooklyn duo Home Video, whose Here In Weightless Fall track “Forget” has been whipped into frothy electronic bliss via a remix by MNDR.

Home Video’s David Gross tells Idolator, “It’s exciting for me to hear MNDR producer Peter Wade‘s reworking of our single, especially after having gotten to know him as a collaborator. He took one of my favorite elements in the song — the piano arpeggio that comes in with the bridge — and transformed it into an acid-y lead synth that fizzes along throughout the remix. This version really indulges the lush synth pads that come in with the first chorus, as almost everything but the vocals drops out). It feels like you’re really sinking deep into something and then builds back up to the drop. Goosebumps.”

Give MNDR’s gorgeous remix of “Forget” a listen below! More »

Britney Spears Looks Happy And Healthy On ‘Women’s Health’: 6 Pics

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

You wanna hot bodeh? No one knows how to get to work (bitch) better than Miss Britney Spears, who flaunts her unbelievably toned figure on the cover of the upcoming January/February 2015 issue of Women’s Health.

With her upcoming highly anticipated collaborations with Iggy Azalea and Giorgio Moroder both on the way next year, the Piece Of Me Vegas showgirl’s showing off her incredibly sexy bod and talking fitness, food (“I’m really into raw food — sushi, basically”) and staying Healthyney inside the magazine. She also shares her outlook on life: “I’m not about the biggest and the best…I’m about enjoying my life, more than anything.” It’s nice to see and hear our Brit Brit so happy and healthy!

Check out all the photos from the shoot up top courtesy of Britney Galaxy, and watch a behind-the-scenes clip of B-Girl posing and dancing her way though the photoshoot after the jump. More »

Imagine Dragons Reveal ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ Album Cover, Tracklist & Release Date, Drop New Song “Gold”: Listen

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

“I Bet My Life” was just the first taste of Imagine Dragons‘ upcoming sophomore album Smoke + Mirrors, which now has a release date of February 17, 2015. The Las Vegas pop-rockers’ latest LP was added to iTunes today for pre-orders, and attached is rowdy slow number “Gold.”

So far the Grammy-winning band have taken a detour from the radio-friendly sound of previous hits “It’s Time,” “Radioactive” and “Demons,” so it will be interesting to see if Imagine Dragons’ fans latch onto this second outing as tightly as they did with Night Visions.

Give “Gold” a listen and catch the tracklist for the standard edition of Smoke + Mirrors below. More »

Demi Looks Fierce For ‘Allure’, Praises Kim Kardashian For Embracing Curves

Demi Joins Nick To Perform “Avalanche”: Watch
Demi Joins Nick To Perform “Avalanche”: Watch
Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato surprised the crowd with a duet performance at Jingle Ball.

Well damn, Demetria!

Demi Lovato is pulling all sorts of fierce poses in fabulously futuristic outfits for an upcoming fashion shoot for Allure.

“We wanted it to be super natural — show my skin, show my freckles,” the “Neon Lights” goddess explains in a behind-the-scenes clip from the shoot, going into detail about her skincare regimen. (If you’ll recall, she did recently launch her skincare line, Devonne by Demi.)

She also discusses what makes her feel sexy: Wearing no make-up, and showing off her ass…ets. “It’s my butt! I love my butt. Hopefully it stays that way,” she chuckles. She also unexpectedly throws Kim Kardashian some love for changing the conversation about beauty standards in popular culture: “Say whatever you want about her, but she has revolutionized what is accepted with curves nowadays,” Demi explains. That she most certainly has! More »

Taylor Swift Chats With Barbara Walters For 2014′s ’10 Most Fascinating People’: Watch

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So Fascinating!

 

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

We’ve already gotten a taste of the bullet points Taylor Swift and Barbara Walters discussed during the journalist’s 10 Most Fascinating People special, but now the full video interview is here! Along with the topics of her listening parties, the “abnormalities” of her life and sexism in songwriting, the “Blank Space”  singer also discussed her confidence in gradually transitioning from country to pop.

“Im really in touch with my fans and I know what they like. What my fans in general were afraid of was that I would start making pop music and I would stop writing smart lyrics, or I would stop writing emotional lyrics,” Swift said. “[And] when they heard the new music they realized that wasn’t the case at all.”

Aside from Swift, Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler and more made the list. Topping it off is George Clooney‘s current wife, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People special for 2014 aired on ABC on December 14 at 9 PM EST. More »

Matt McAndrew’s “Wasted Love”: Watch The ‘Voice’ Finalist’s Video For His Original Song

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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 songs from the past 12 months.

The Voice is almost over for the season! And if you caught part one of the finale last night, then you saw Matt McAndrew slay his competitors with his performance of original song “Wasted Love.” He’s also ruling the iTunes chart, as the piano ballad is currently the most downloaded song at the digital retailer.

It turns out Matt and his fellow finalists shot music videos for each of their original songs. Granted, the quickly-thrown-together clips aren’t going to win any awards, but you can watch “Wasted Love” above, then catch Damien‘s “Soldier,” Craig Wayne Boyd‘s “My Baby’s Got A Smile On Her Face” and Chris Jamison‘s “Velvet” below. More »

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 »