As if the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards couldn’t get any bigger, Enrique Iglesias has just been added to the award show’s lineup! The singer will join the likes of Calvin Harris, Charli XCX, Kiesza, Royal Blood, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran, who were previously announced earlier this month. Nicki Minaj (a.k.a. The Queen of the World) will both host and perform.
Iglesias is nominated for Best World Stage, Best Spanish Act and Worldwide Act. The EMAs have also announced the category for Best Song with a Message, which you can find after the jump. The show is set to air on November 9, live from the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland. View the entire nominations list for the 2014 MTV EMAs here. More »
Mikky Ekko rose to stardom thanks to a little (okay, it was pretty major) duet with Rihanna — “Stay,” off the diva’s 2012 seventh LP Unapologetic. Since then, Ekko has broke out in his own right as a solo artist. Last year, he released the video for “Kids” and recently dropped the visual for “Smile.”
Now, Ekko has unveiled the cover art for his forthcoming debut LP Time. It is set to be released on January 20 via RCA Records, and will be available for pre-order on November 10. Producers like Stargate, Clams Casino, Jeff Bhasker, Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder have all took part on the project.
Read on after the jump to view Time‘s tracklist, as well as Mikky Ekko’s upcoming tour dates with alt-J and HAERTS. More »
Welp, Ed Sheeran just made an entire nation swoon.
After flaunting his ballroom-ready moves in the heavily choreographed visual for his latest x single “Thinking Out Loud,” the English singer-songwriter took his romantic track to the stage of X Factor UK over the weekend.
Of course, the talented crooner sounded fantastic while singing his sweet song to the wild yelps, howls and whistles of the crowd throughout, but it was a mixture of crowd participation and well-timed cinematography that was actually the coolest part of the performance. As the camera slowly panned around Ed, the stadium lit up with thousands of bright lights shining from both the crowd and a handful of on-stage participants, creating the effect of millions of stars surrounding the singer — err, or A Million Lights, as Cheryl would agree. Check out the performance up top. More »
Taylor Swift‘s new album 1989 is out today (October 27), and the singer stopped by Good Morning America to discuss her latest project. She told the host that she wanted to be authentic, “I think you have to stay true to who you are and at the same time challenge who you are too. I think it’s always important to remind your fans why they started listening to you in the first place.”
The chanteuse continued, “But for this album I gave them something new. I could’ve done Red twice, but instead I decided to go in a completely different direction.”
1989 is Swift’s fifth studio LP, and features songs like “Shake It Off,” “Out Of The Woods” and “Welcome To New York.” Watch the interview up top, and head on after the jump to see the singer announce the winners of the “Shake It Off” contest. More »
Last Friday morning had Azaleans over the moon, as Iggy Azalea‘s lead Reclassified single “Beg For It” finally premiered. Even better, the song, which features Danish artist MØ on chorus duty, felt like the second coming of mega-hit “Fancy” — in other words, “Beg For It” plays like a bullseye smash.
Fortune turned quickly over the weekend, however, once Iggy and MØ hit up Saturday Night Live to perform the single. Azalea was on-point, bringing the right amounts of attitude and sass to the stage. But her Danish pal seemed to be two paces behind, both with her out-of-step dancing and awkward vocals. We all know guide tracks are a given with live performances these days, but MØ appeared to struggle with even matching her own vocals to the backing ones. So what happened? More »
Kid Ink teams up with Usher and Tinashe in the video for his new single, “Body Language.” The clip (directed by Darren Craig) is quite the eye-opener — it is set at a peep show where plenty of women are showing off their plump booties. Judging from their smiles and stares, the trio are enjoying the all curves surrounding them!
“Body Language” is produced by Cashmere Cat (who recently worked with Ariana Grande) and Stargate, and is the rapper’s first single off his forthcoming as-yet-untitled third LP. The album is due sometime in 2015. More »
Are you still in the mood for some jazz, Little Monsters? Well, you better stay in that mood, ’cause Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett aren’t pulling away from that Cheek To Cheek promo anytime soon!
As if the PBS special wasn’t already enough jazzy goodness, the duo just added more live dates throughout 2015.
While the two were already scheduled for a New Year’s Eve show in Vegas at the Cosmopolitan, as well as a post-Grammy gig in LA on February 8. But according to a new report from Billboard, the two acts will be performing together at the Hollywood Bowl on May 30, the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 8 and NYC’s Radio City Music Hall on June 29. And that’s hardly all: “Gaga and Bennett will headline as many as a dozen jazz festivals in 2015, according to a source.”
Will you be heading out to see more of Gagaloo and Mr. Bennett? Sound off in the comments below. More »
Taylor Swift is having the best year ever — well for the last few months, at least. With her fifth studio LP 1989 out today (October 27), the singer has been doing the ultimate rounds of promotion. She has starred in commercials for Diet Coke and Target, and even unveiled song lyrics from the album leading up to its release.
Now, the “Out Of The Woods” starlet is ready to wrap up 2014 by headlining Ryan Seacrest‘s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Swift will perform in the middle of Times Square for over one million people (did you know she’s officially a New Yorker now?). The live broadcast special will air on Wednesday, December 31 at 8 p.m. on ABC. More »
Ashley Frangipane, otherwise known as her music alter-ego Halsey, is a 20-year-old New Jersey native making waves in the pop scene with her breakout single — “Ghost.” The tune was released earlier this summer, and it now has a visual! Today, we at Idolator are bringing you the premiere of the “Ghost” video, directed by Alex de Bonrepos. It is a part of the singer’s 5-track EP, Room 93, with four of them having an accompanying clip.
The video depicts a young, starry-eyed couple (with Halsey herself playing the girlfriend) who seem to be at the peak of their stormy relationship. It starts out with a steamy make-out session in a rundown motel room, but soon takes a dangerous turn as the two begin to fight. The ending of the video is unexpectedly unnerving, but you have to watch it up top for yourself to see what goes down!
Head on after the jump to read Halsey’s own explanation of the “Ghost” video. More »
Mary J. Blige has released the lyric video for “Therapy,” the lead single off her upcoming album The London Sessions. The footage is very organic and weathered, featuring images of the singer and Rorschach tests. It has quite the therapeutic effect — pun intended. The bluesy song was co-written by Blige, Sam Smith and Eg White (Adele, Florence + The Machine, etc.).
“Therapy” is off the singer’s forthcoming thirteenth studio LP, The London Sessions (out on December 2). It features collaborations from artists like Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy. More »