Madonna’s New Album Leaks Way, Way Ahead Of Schedule

Madonna: “Are My Fans Doing This?”
Madonna: “Are My Fans Doing This?”
Earlier this week, Madonna discovered that a photo shoot outtake had been stolen.

Oof. If she wasn’t happy about her Avicii tracks and her photo shoot outtakes leaking, Madonna is seriously going to burn the whole house down over this.

Overnight, at least 13 demos from Madonna‘s forthcoming MDNA follow-up have unexpectedly hit the web early, including her much-teased, oft-hashtagged titles “Unapologetic Bitch” and “Bitch I’m Madonna.” (Check out our “What To Expect” guide to her upcoming album for more information on some of the titles.) While we’re deeply disappointed by this leak, early reviews from those who have heard the demos have already praised the iconic singer’s latest effort, including the House-leaning rumored lead single “Living For Love” and the name-dropping “Illuminati,” which references Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Still, these are undoubtedly just rough demos still being worked on, which makes this leak all the more invasive. After all, the album doesn’t even have a title yet! More »

Kendrick Lamar Debuts “Untitled” Track On ‘The Colbert Report’: Watch

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Our Generation's Finest
2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors choose their favorite tunes from this year!

We all knew that Kendrick Lamar was going to be the guest performer on of the final episodes of The Colbert Report last night (December 16), but no one was expecting the prolific rapper to debut a new song! Instead of performing his current single, “i,” K. Dot chose to entertain the audience with a track currently called “Untitled.”

It was an unexpectedly stripped back performance, in a style that was mixed with spoken word, rap and jazz. In the Astronote-produced tune, Lamar touches on religion, his career and social issues.

Prior to the performance, Colbert had a hilarious yet brief interview with the rapper where they discussed him being the leader of West Coast rap, his new single and the pressure of being the final musical guest on the show. There is still no word yet on when Kendrick Lamar’s forthcoming third LP will be released. But for now, we have this new track, a Reebok commercial and his “i” single to enjoy! More »

14 Overlooked Albums From 2014 You Might Have Missed

2014′s Best Albums
2014′s Best Albums
Idolator editors pick their Top 10 favorite pop records of 2014.

Did you forget to spin Jennifer Hudson‘s disco-inflected JHUD this year? Or Röyksopp‘s The Inevitable End?  Did Ashanti’s Braveheart pass you by at the beginning of the year?

Every year, dozens of our favorite pop artists compete for our attention with their latest studio albums. And unfortunately, whether it be more pressing pop culture events, a long shadow cast by superstar acts sucking up all the public’s attention or simply a lack of major promotion budgets, some of the year’s releases get quietly swept underneath the pop carpet.

We’re here to dig ‘em out and let you look over what you might have missed this year. Check out our gallery of underappreciated, under-the-radar and entirely missed records of 2014. Do you know any other pop records that the public mostly missed? Have something to say about any of the albums included? Sound off in the comments below. More »

A 10-Year-Old Fan Made Justin Timberlake Cry On Stage: Morning Mix

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:: During Justin Timberlake‘s Brooklyn stop on his 20/20 Experience Tour, a young fan got the entertainer a bit choked up! JT, who is reportedly going to be a father soon, was gifted a bow tie by one of his biggest fans — a 10-year-old boy who was decked out in an awesome tuxedo. The singer even held back tears as he accepted the present. Watch the adorable moment here!

:: The inductees of the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are now here! Lou Reed, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and Green Day are among the new class that will join the legendary ranking. Ringo Starr will also be honored with the Award For Musical Excellence. The induction ceremony will take place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall. [Rolling Stone]

:: Migos and Bobby Shmurda made a big announcement: they are planning to record a collaborative mixtape! Titled Shmigo Gang, the joint project will also feature GS9‘s Rowdy Rebel, Rich The Kid and Domingo. There is no set release date yet for the mixtape. [Fader]

:: In other big news, Tim Burton has confirmed a sequel to 1988′s horror classic — Beetlejuice! Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton will also be returning to the project. How awesome is that? [Consequence Of Sound]

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

Calvin Harris Is Shirtless (Again) In Behind-The-Scenes Pic From His Slick Emporio Armani Photo Shoot

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick the best pop singles of 2014.

Calvin Harris is the highest-paid DJ in the world, the proud owner of washboard abs and the new face of Emporio Armani. Some guys have all the luck. The lanky Scotsman, who is no stranger to whipping his shirt off, posted a behind-the-scenes pic from his first shoot for the iconic label on Twitter today (December 16) and it’s something of an understatement to say he’s looking sharp. Rita Ora is going to be binge-eating ice cream while watching Bridget Jones’s Diary tonight.

“It’s incredible to be working with Mr. Armani and his team at Emporio Armani,” the 30-year-old said in a statement. “I feel an affinity to the brand ethos and have been a long time admirer of their designs.” The admiration, it seems, is mutual. “Calvin Harris is a truly cosmopolitan, dynamic young man who is capable of attracting the masses with his music and energy,” the legendary designer said. “He isn’t a model by nature, and this creates a more sincere and engaging bond with the public.” Calvin might not be “a model by nature” but the “Summer” hitmaker looks like the real deal in this shoot. See more pics after the jump. More »

Cuteness Overload: Nick Jonas Performs “Jealous” On The Big Piano At FAO Schwarz Toy Store In NYC

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick the best pop singles of 2014.

Remember that scene in Big where Tom Hanks jumps on the big piano at FAO Schwarz toy store in New York City? (Ask your mom). Well, Nick Jonas randomly reenacted it — only instead of tapping out chopsticks, he belted out breakthrough hit “Jealous” while hopping over the keys like a leather jacket-clad bunny. Needless to say, the footage is absolutely adorable and demands multiple viewings.

2014 has been an absolutely epic year for the 22-year-old. He tested the waters of solo pop stardom with buzz single “Chains,” but really starting building momentum with upbeat earworm “Jealous”. The song had already started moving up iTunes when Nick figuratively broke the internet with his Flaunt underwear pics and continued doing it with each subsequent shirtless photo shoot. To cap it off, he released released his sophomore LP to rave reviews and stars in a hit TV show! See the rising star’s incredible big piano performance after the jump. More »

Selena Gomez Shares Her Super Emotional American Music Awards Video Diary: Watch

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2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick the best pop singles of 2014.

Selena Gomez upstaged everyone at the American Music Awards with her emotional rendition of “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” The 22-year-old fought back tears throughout the incredible performance, which clearly struck a chord with viewers. The diva’s final single for Hollywood Records — she is now officially an Interscope artist — shot into the iTunes top five and shortly thereafter became her second top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

The former teen queen, who may or may not be collaborating with Iggy Azalea, now opens up about the epic TV moment in an emotional video diary. “This performance is a little bit frightening,” she admits. “When I had the intention behind the performance I knew that I wanted it to be all of me.” Selena then gets super real. “Somebody asked me a while ago, ‘what’s the one thing you wish people knew about you?’ and I said I wanted it to be my heart.” Watch up top. More »

Mariah Carey Comically Stops “Hero” Performance Mid-Song At Beacon Theatre Christmas Concert, Remains Flawless: Watch

2014's Best Pop Singles: 20 Favorites
2014's Best Pop Singles: 20 Favorites
Idolator's editors select the year's best songs.

Last night (Monday, December 15), Mariah Carey kicked off the first of a string of six holiday concerts at New York City’s Beacon Theatre to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her iconic album Merry Christmas. (You know the one — it produced the last great yuletide classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”) The eye-popping show, though a short one at about an hour and 15 minutes long, saw Mimi tear through festive tunes from 1994′s Merry Christmas as well as 2010′s Merry Christmas II You while joined on stage by her trusty backup vocalists (including mainstay Trey Lorenz), a full choir, a pack of singing and dancing children and even a couple trapeze artists.

During a small break from the holiday music, Carey began to belt out “Hero,” but a problem that plagued her from the very first number on the setlist finally came to a head: her mic pack popped out of the back of her dress. More »

Wiz Khalifa’s Sex Tape Exists But Was “Made For Private Viewing,” According To Playboy Model Carla Howe

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick the best pop singles of 2014.

So, it turns out Wiz Khalifa did make a sex tape with Playboy bunny Carla Howe. Earlier this month, TMZ reported that the rapper’s explicit home movie was being shopped around to porn companies for a distribution deal. The Blacc Hollywood hitmaker acknowledged that the footage could exist, but claimed it was made without his consent. Which sounds a little disingenuous considering his sex partner tweeted a pic of them on the night they hooked up with the caption “makin a movie.”

As it turns out, the video does exist. Carla jumped on Twitter yesterday (December 15) to clarify the situation. “I’m not releasing no tape I can make more $ through my own modeling career,” the amateur filmmaker tweeted. “Don’t need to cash in on a tape which was made for private viewing and no intention for public viewing.” So there you have it. Kim Kardashian‘s sex tape crown is safe for now. See all the tweets after the jump. More »

Rae Sremmurd Get Turnt In “Up Like Trump” Video: Watch

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They're 2 On
2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick their favorite tunes from the past year!

Fresh after releasing their “Throw Sum Mo” collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Young ThugRae Sremmurd are back with a new song — “Up Like Trump.” This time around, the tune has an accompanying video. The two rappers take over NYC’s Times Square as they celebrate their success and equate it to the infamous Donald Trump. The boisterous production of the tune plays along well with the visual’s party atmosphere.

“Up Like Trup” follows the Mississippi-bred duo’s breakthrough tracks “No Flex Zone” and “No Type.” Look out for Rae Sremmurd’s debut album, SremmLife, on January 6 via Ear Drummer/Interscope. More »