Charli XCX Covers The January Issue Of ‘Nylon’ Magazine, Talks Beyonce, Feminism & Her Wild Fans

Charli XCX & Simon Le Bon Collaborate On "Kingdom"
Charli XCX & Simon Le Bon Collaborate On "Kingdom"
The singer reveals a softer side on the 'Hunger Games' track.

Pop star du jour Charli XCX is the cover star on Nylon magazine’s December/January 2015 issue! The “London Queen” looks gorgeous, as she rocks a silver motorcycle jacket emblazoned with cute patches and a bold red lip.

In the spread, she discusses topics like feminism: “I admire women like Beyoncé for putting themselves on the line and having visuals that say ‘feminism.’” The chanteuse also reveals the wild antics of her fans, saying “I get tampons thrown on stage as well [as bras and panties]. Not used. They’re clean, but there’s gonna be a used one at one point, and I’m ready for it.”

Charli XCX is gearing up for the December 16 release of her sophomore album, Sucker. The LP features punchy tracks like “Gold Coins,” “Break The Rules” and “Boom Clap.” The singer will also embark on a UK tour beginning in MarchView another shot from Charli XCX’s editorial spread after the jump, and read the full interview over at Nylon here! More »

Lana Del Rey And Marilyn Manson Star In Brutal, NSFW Unreleased Eli Roth Collaboration: Watch

Lana Del Rey Marilyn
A Little Too Ultraviolent

There’s usually a good reason why a scrapped video never sees the light of day.

In an interview on Larry King Now last year, horror director Eli Roth revealed that he’d filmed a visual featuring Ultraviolence Queen Lana Del Rey and Marilyn Manson. “The footage is so sick, it’s been locked in a vault for over a year,” he laughed. Today, the vault has been opened and…welp, he certainly wasn’t wrong.

The supremely unsettling footage features long takes of Manson at a very warped dinner/birthday party of sorts, complete with some fiery, lamp-breaking mayhem and a bloodied woman screaming underwater. Later on, Lana appears in a Texas Chainsaw Massacre tee, getting violently thrown onto a bed and being tearfully held down in what appears to be a terrifying moment of sexual assault.

It’s all very uncomfortable to watch, and it seems wise that the players in this mini-film, shot somewhere in between 2012 and last year, ultimately did nothing with the footage. Nevertheless, like most things, it has eventually made its way onto the Internet. Watch above if you dare, and let us know your thoughts on the scrapped collabo in the comments below. More »

Gwen Stefani’s “Spark The Fire” Featured In FIAT Gran Finale Ad: Watch

Sure, The Voice diva and L.A.M.B. goddess Gwen Stefani hasn’t even fully debuted her upcoming Pharrell-produced cut just yet, but that hasn’t stopped her from giving the track some early promo.

In a new 30-second spot for the FIAT Gran Finale, the “Baby Don’t Lie” songstress is giving us a taste of her funky new solo club banger, “Spark The Fire.” And this isn’t the first time the track’s been teased: Pharrell recently played the track live during a set. O-M-G, O-M-G, she’s back again! Who’s got the lighter?

Get a high quality taste of the duo’s collaboration after the jump, and let us know what you think of the latest teaser in the comments below. More »

The 50 Best Pop Singles Of 1994 (Featuring New Interviews With Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb, Real McCoy & Haddaway)

As 2014 draws to a close, one thing that stands out the most about this year is the huge wave of artists who broke international barriers and crossed over into our pop music consciousness. And we’re not just talking about the UK, where Disclosure, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Ella Henderson and Clean Bandit hail from — you also had Australia (Iggy Azalea), Ireland (Hozier), Canada (MAGIC! and Kiesza) Norway (Nico & Vinz), Sweden (Tove Lo) and Amsterdam (Mr. Probz) waving their flags high. It got us thinking that we hadn’t seen a foreign invasion of the American charts like this in 20 years.

So what else is it about 1994 that made it such an utterly memorable year, musically? Before we get to that, let’s first paint a quick picture of what life was like during this particular 12-month period when iTunes and YouTube and Twitter didn’t exist, nor did texting or Snapchatting — when being “social” meant driving (sans GPS or the Maps app) to meet up with friends in person, or, at the very least, putting a pen to paper and mailing a letter.

First off, when 1994 rolled around, Bill Clinton was entering the second year of his first term as President. Cell phones were the size of bricks and e-mail and the Internet were sporadically-used luxuries. It was the days of Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan and the 1994 Winter Olympics. And CD-ROMs. We watched O.J. Simpson go on the run on live TV and also tuned into the first seasons of Friends, ER and Party Of Five. Tom Hanks was America’s favorite silver screen star. At the box office, The Lion King roared loudest, while Speed, Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction also packed movie-goers in. And when Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home on April 8th, it was, as they say, the end of an era…

…which brings us back to music. It would have been the easy way out for us here at Idolator to assemble a simple list of, say, the 20 best singles from 20 years ago, and dash out a a sentence or two on each one. But it turns out, when we really dug deep into what pop had to offer in 1994, there were just far too many good songs to leave off the list. From sultry slow jams to trip hop to synth-pop to Eurodance to Swedepop to alt-rock, it truly was an eclectic year when popular music produced something for everyone.

So instead, we gathered up the 50 best pop singles that made an impact in 1994 below, and reviewed and ranked them by their overall awesomeness. Most of these songs sprung up that year, but you’ll find that some first appeared on albums released in 1993 and didn’t get a single release until ’94, or perhaps were released as a single in late ’93 but their chart run carried into the next year. Whatever the case may be, they’re the tracks we felt left an unforgettable impression.

To add a bit of flavor, we reached out to some of the artists featured — Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb, Real McCoy and Haddaway — and asked them to share their memories of what it was like contributing to the year 1994 in pop. Ready to hop into our time machine and step back 20 years? On your mark, get set… More »

Ariana Grande’s “Best Mistake” Duet With Big Sean Is Reportedly Her Next Single

Ariana Grande And Major Lazer's "All My Love"
Ariana Grande And Major Lazer's "All My Love"
Listen to their 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' collaboration!

Ariana Grande and Big Sean recently made their relationship public, and now the couple will be displaying even more affection — as their “Best Mistake” duet is the singer’s fourth single (no release date is confirmed yet). The duo have been performing the tune a lot lately, including at the A Very Grammy Christmas Special. According to Hollywood Life, “Her next single will be her duet with him so the label wanted him there to help promote it. Ariana and Sean didn’t know about it until they were told by their respective teams. They were really excited to perform together!”

“Best Mistake” will follow tunes like The Weeknd-assisted “Love Me Harder,” “Break Free” and “Problem” — all from Grande’s sophomore LP, My Everything, released on August 22. You can catch the couple perform the song live at A Very Grammy Christmas, which airs on December 5 on CBS at 9 p.m. EST.

Are you excited about the song selection? Let us know in the comments below, and watch the couple perform the song live at the iHeartRadio Theater after the jump! More »

Lady Gaga’s Former Talent Scout Wins $7.3 Million In Lawsuit Against Music Producer: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Wendy Starland, a talent scout who helped to find Lady Gaga, just won a major lawsuit! She filed against former Gaga producer Rob Fusari, claiming that he failed to share the profits in discovering the “female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes.” Starland is now walking away with $7.3 million in her pocket! [Billboard]

:: It turns out that Bono‘s injuries from his cycling accident are very serious. The U2 frontman suffered from various fractures — including a facial one, a shoulder fracture and one on the humerus. He had to undergo five hours of surgery. [Billboard]

:: Justin Timberlake just got even richer! The singer is now the co-owner of audio technology company, AfterMaster. The business focuses on re-mastering and enhancing the quality of songs. [Entrepreneur]

:: Watch out, #Directioners! Taylor Swift is still friends with her ex-boyfriend, One Direction‘s Harry Styles. The pair split last year, but have recently been talking again. Maybe their conversations began with the songs she wrote about him on 1989? [Just Jared]

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

Nick Jonas Scores His First Solo Top 10 Hit, Taylor Swift Reigns At #1 With “Blank Space” On Billboard Hot 100

Congratulations are in order for a whole bunch of our favorite pop artists based on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart!

To no one’s surprise in particular, 1989 pop darling Taylor Swift has vaulted from #13 to #1 with “Blank Space,” no doubt aided by her brilliantly batty video which dropped last week. The #1 reign makes for a ton of record-breaking/making feats for the superstar, including the first woman ever to unseat herself from the #1 spot (“Shake It Off” previously reigned up until this week). She’s also the only artist with two Hot 100 #1 singles this year. Not too shabby, huh?

But, there are some other key victories in the Top 10: “Jealous” crooner Nick Jonas has successfully notched his first-ever solo Top 10 hit, jumping in from #23 at #10 this week. Major! Plus, Sam Smith just scored his third Top 10 hit with “I’m Not The Only One,” which slides into the #9 spot. Check out the full Top 10 after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »

Beyonce’s “Ring Off” Tune From Her Platinum Box Set Has Surfaced: Listen To A Snippet

Beyonce's New "7/11" Single Has Surfaced
Beyonce's New "7/11" Single Has Surfaced
Take a listen to the snippet from her Platinum Box Set!

The release of Beyonce‘s Platinum Box Set of her fifth studio LP is just around the corner, but we’re already getting sneak listens of the new songs! A snippet of “7/11″ surfaced this morning, and now a preview of the second tune — “Ring Off” — has found its way online.

This song sound way more promising than the ratchet mess that was “7/11,” as it finds Beyonce crooning on the island-tinged, bass-heavy production. It sounds like a cut from her debut LP Dangerously In Love, in the best way possible. Look out for the singer’s box set on November 24.

Take a listen to “Ring Off” after the jump! More »

Mary J. Blige & Disclosure Team Up Once Again On “Follow”: Listen

Mary J. Blige Talks "Therapy" (Premiere)
Mary J. Blige Talks "Therapy" (Premiere)
The singer takes us behind the scenes of her LP.

After the stellar tunes that were the “F For You” remix and The London Sessions’ “Right Now,” Mary J. Blige and Disclosure are back again with another collaboration — “Follow.” The cut off the singer’s forthcoming LP is co-written by Jimmy Napes, and is another smooth ’90s UK house-inspired uptempo that will surely get your feet shuffling.

Blige plans to perform at this year’s American Music Awards on November 23, and will sing at the first annual A Very Grammy ChristmasThe London Sessions (out on December 2), features songs like “Therapy,” “Not Loving You,” “Nobody But You” and “Whole Damn Year.”  Take a listen to “Follow” after the jump! More »

Katy Perry Is Radio’s Artist Of The Year In 2014

Here’s something worth celebrating, KatyCats! Katy Perry is officially the Artist of the Year when it comes to radio.

How? Well, according to Mediabase, Katy’s latest accomplishment comes by being the only artist with the most spins at three different radio formats.

From a Capitol Records press release: “In addition to being the most-played act at Top 40, Hot AC and AC radio, Katy’s single “Dark Horse” (feat. Juicy J) – from her quadruple Platinum album PRISM (Capitol Records) – was the most-played song of 2014 at Top 40 radio. The track, which has been certified eight-times Platinum, is her ninth single to top the Billboard Hot 100. Katy is the only artist to have scored a No. 1 Hot 100 single in each year of the current decade.”

The massively successful pop star, who is currently out on the road down under on her Prismatic Tour, is also poised to snag a whole bunch of awards this weekend: She’s nominated 5 times for the upcoming American Music Awards. Truly, the California Gurl’s continued reign is unstoppable. More »