Kanye West recently accused Nike, Gucci and Louis Vuitton for not taking him seriously as a designer. Now, he covers GQ‘s August issue an example of how to “dress like a god,” as the tagline suggests. Shot by famed French photographer Patrick Demarchelier, West wears a white T-shirt, black trousers, a camel blazer and thin gold chain — a new uniform of sorts for the rapper who initially became famous for wearing anything emblazoned with the Polo Bear.
“I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus,” West has said of his place in pop culture. He would go on to name-check fashion designers as he released his Air Yeezys and an APC menswear collection. West raised his voice when talking about Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane in particular. His persistent indignation can be grating to some, but with increased recognition and a Vogue cover to boot, it’s also hard to argue with how he speaks up for himself.
GQ‘s August issue hits newsstands July 29. See a larger version of the cover below. More »
Happy Friday, Idolator Readers! Are you ready for a roundup of this week’s news in the pop world? Ready, steady, go.
Things are especially looking good for Sia and Canadian fusion band MAGIC! this week, as the Aussie songstress’ 6th studio album, 1000 Forms Of Fear, hit the cozy number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart and MAGIC’s “Rude” officially bumped Iggy Azalea’s summer hit “Fancy” out of the leading position on the Hot 100. As if that wasn’t enough, pop heiress Paris Hilton premiered her glamorous video for her latest sparkly single “Come Alive” and New Zealand siblings Broods dropped their clip for ethereal number, “Mother & Father.” Plus, the MTV 2014 VMA nominations were announced, leading to plenty of debate and outcry (as always).
What’s more, Toronto’s own Drake revealed the title of his upcoming new album Views From The 6, while the “Bump N’ Grind” master R Kelly surprised everyone when he announced that he is working on a House record. (!) And last but certainly not least, X Factor alums Fifth Harmony visited our studio for an exclusive acoustic performance of their infectious new single. “BO$$” here on Idolator — and MAGIC! delivered a very special acoustic performance of “Rude” for us too!
As per usual, we could always count on you guys for having plenty to say. Here are some of this week’s best comments after the jump. More »
No sooner did we publish our interview with Gorgon City today than the UK dance duo went ahead and teased upcoming single “Unmissable” by posting a short snippet of the song on Instagram. (Hear it below.) And in keeping in line with their recent MNEK-featuring floorfiller “Ready For Your Love” and “Here For You,” with Laura Welsh on vocals, this one sounds like a proper Get On Your Feet And Make That Ass Move-type jam.
Not much is known about the song just yet, though the pair did use the hashtag #unmissable when posting the the snippet. That said, a little digging reveals that they performed a song titled “Unmissable” with vocalist Zak Abel during their set at BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend in Glasgow in May.
Hear a short bit from Gorgon City’s latest below, then be sure to check out our interview with the pair. More »
It’s not a week in pop unless someone or other is flashing their boobs for all to see. And the latest songbird to art-pop out their cans is Lady Gaga — well, make that can, singular.
Mother is, of course, no stranger to whipping her Monsters out for the cameras. But it seems like her latest is indeed a “nip slip” in the very sense of the term. Gaga posted the photo in question (that has now been deleted) on Instagram today (July 18), while aboard a plane and heading to see her photographer pal Jeff Koons in Montana. Little did she realize (or…?) that her right, bra-less breast was exposed.
Shock and awe, people. Lady Gaga has skin. And boobs. And a nipple. See the full photo below, courtesy of some scoundrel on Tumblr. More »
2004: The year of socialite and future pop legend Paris Hilton, ripping songs off Limewire, rocking Juicy Couture sweatsuits, fangirling over The O.C., the Napoleon Dynamite and Mean Girls fan craze, Myspace Top 8 and of course – some of the biggest and best music ever! of It’s hard to believe that ten years has passed since one of the greatest eras of pop music, which is all thanks to artists like Britney Spears, Usher, Amy Winehouse, Kelis, JoJo and many more.
In honor of this unforgettable year, we’ve curated a list (in no particular order) of the ten best pop jams from 2004 that we still can’t get enough of in 2014. Relive your nostalgia below! More »
Earlier this summer, Maroon 5 revealed that No Doubt‘s Gwen Stefani will be featured in its new album V. Now, guitarist James Valentine reveals the song’s title, “My Heart Is Open,” and that it was co-written by Sia.
“Living here in Los Angeles we’ve known Sia for a long time, back from when she was just an artist, before her second act as, like, the most brilliant pop songwriter of all time, so it was really cool just to work with her,” Valentine says to Billboard. The band has great timing, as Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear just became her first chart-topper in the United States. More »
One Direction tops Pollstar’s list of 2014′s highest-grossing tours so far. The UK boy band’s Where We Are trek has raked in more than $131 million so far, besting sales of landmark tours by The Rolling Stones ($115 million), including the legendary rock band’s first-ever concert in Israel. Justin Timberlake ranks third on the list ($110 million), though with his 20/20 world tour now returning to the United States his sales are bound to go up.
Other acts didn’t come close to selling as much as the top three. The ever-reliable Bruce Springstreen & the E Street Band (Timberlake is a fan) has brought in $64 million. Meanwhile, save for 1D, Timberlake and Bruno Mars and his Moonshine Jungle Tour rounding out the top ten, the year’s biggest sellers so far have been legacy acts, like George Strait and the Eagles. As Popdust points out, Cher is the only female in the top ten, though with Beyonce (Mrs. Carter Show) and Miley Cyrus (Bangerz) not trailing far behind.
Head on over to Pollstar for the full list. After the jump, see a fan-made compilation of the best moments from One Direction’s tour, set at the start to The Weather Girls’ “It’s Raining Men.” More »
Jhene Aiko revealed last month that she would release her debut LP, Souled Out, on August 25. With her meandering new song “The Pressure,” however, she tells Vogue that she has pushed back the release to September. Based on how “The Pressure” plays out, Aiko seems to realize that her time to deliver is approaching.
Initially, while singing over metallic slaps and a shaky beat, Aiko maintains her cool as she exhales deeply into each verse. Halfway through, however, her words become sharper. “You are such a liar / I never denied you, I was for sure,” she sings, before she becomes flat-out dismissive. While Aiko says “The Pressure” was inspired by the stress of finishing Souled Out, she sounds ready to turn the blame on someone else. More »
Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.
For our latest installment of Popping Up, we turn our eyes and ears to London, where rising dance duo Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott, better known as Gorgon City, have been not-so-quietly carving out their impressive platform on the house music scene over the past year. The pair’s irresistible club cuts like “Ready For Your Love” and “Here For You” have elevated the status of singer-songwriters like MNEK and Laura Welsh, and they even recorded a song last year with their contemporaries Clean Bandit and produced “Rather Be” songbird Jess Glynne‘s latest single.
Ahead of the duo’s North American festival dates in August and the fall release of their debut album, we gave Matt a call to discuss the pop force that is Gorgon City. More »
A 19-year-old Kanye West calls out no-name rappers in an unearthed freestyle from 1996. One of the most memorable lines is “this shit is mad ironic, like Alanis Morissette,” because the mental image of Yeezus listening to that song, if not the entirety of 1995′s Jagged Little Pill is too great. (It was one of the biggest albums of that decade.) The reference also helps emphasize how confident West already was at the time, even though he wasn’t rapping with a hard “HAH” just yet.
West had flown in from Chicago to the newly-opened New York location of record store Fat Beats. (The store closed in 2010.) Its former general manager, DJ Eclipse, had found the footage while converting old Hi8 video tapes to DVDs, before he uploaded the clip and sent it to Complex.
“Now we had a lot of the usual suspects in the place that day,” DJ Eclipse said, adding, “But what took me by surprise was the appearance of this 19-year-old kid who at that time nobody knew. At least in NYC.”
Dissing no-name rappers, while being a no-name rapper himself — now that’s mad ironic. Watch the freestyle below. More »