Reba McEntire Unveils The Cover Of “Sassy” Comeback Single “Going Out Like That”

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

Welcome back, Reba McEntire! The country legend unveiled the cover of comeback single “Going Out Like That” on Instagram this morning (December 16) and it finds her looking more radiant than ever. “When you listen to thousands of songs trying to find just the right one to record, a really great song jumps out at you,” the 59-year-old wrote. “That’s exactly what ‘Going Out Like That’ did to me! it jumped out because it’s a great song with up-tempo sassyness!!!”

The enduring diva then revealed the song’s feminist angle. “The first time I heard it, a man was singing the demo,” Reba continued. “When I sang it coming from a female perspective, it became a woman’s power anthem! Sure hope you like it!” I’m sure we will. “Going Out Like That” drops January 6. It’s the first single from the hitmaker’s 27th studio album. Her last LP, All The Women I Am, was released in November 2010 and reached number seven on the Billboard 200. See her Instagram announcement after the jump. More »

Beyonce’s “7/11″ Gets A RedTop Remix: Listen To The Swedish Producer’s Funky Disco Interpretation

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

Beyonce quest to conquer clubs over the holiday period is now in full swing with a new batch of official “7/11″ remixes arriving online. While BAUT (the best of the existing mixes) delivered a fairly traditional house overhaul, RedTop takes the rising hit — it reached a new peak of number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week — in a very different direction. Who knew that Queen Bey’s radical, chorus-less anthem just needed to be funked up?

The Swedish DJ has a long history of remixing Bey’s iconic jams. He is probably best remembered for that sprawling, 11-minute version of Beyonce highlight “Haunted” (listen to his eerie take here), but RedTop also made a number of 4-era singles — “I Was Here” and “Party” — club-ready. They were all great but this is on a different level. “7/11″ sounds like a completely new song without losing any of its bite. Listen to the funk-heavy remix after the jump. More »

Rihanna Named Creative Director Of Puma

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick the Top 20 best pop singles of the year.

That Rihanna reign is scientifically proven to never let up, and now we can add yet another achievement to RiRi’s seemingly endless list of accomplishments: Creative director.

Following her win as “Fashion Icon” in her jaw-dropping see-through dress at the CFDA Awards earlier this year, the Unapologetic princess was named the creative director and brand ambassador of Puma, where she will be overseeing the women’s line of the fashion brand. According to WWD, Rih flew overseas to Germany to have her “first creative session with the design team, picking out colors, styles and discussing the line’s direction.” Such a boss!

The singer will also be the face of their Fall 2015 ad campaign. Of course, it wouldn’t be an official Rih moment without some Instagram confirmation. “the face you make when you the Creative Director of a sportswear company #PUMA,” she deadpanned in a caption of herself posing with the Puma logo. Hope Puma knows they’re about to be the phreshest look on the runway soon!

What do you think about Rihanna’s latest achievement? Sound off in the comments below, and check out all the photos of her arrival to Puma HQ after the jump. More »

K. Michelle Is Serving Nude Egyptian Princess Realness On Instagram, Promises A “Massive Surprise”

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

K. Michelle has a “massive surprise” for us. And apparently it has something to do with Egypt and nudity. The R&B diva, who is expected to make a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 with sophomore LP Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? later this week, posted an eye-popping close-up of her breasts covered in gold body paint yesterday (December 15) with the caption: “I feel a MASSIVE surprise about to hit at any moment now! U ready?”

After refreshing my Instagram all night (the thirst is real), K. finally came through by posting another pic — this time a full body shot — of her looking like an Egyptian princess with a particularly fierce headdress. This time, all she had to say was: “Coming soon.” Could it be a new video? A TV show, or perhaps even another musical? With the “Love ‘Em All” singer it’s hard to know because she’s always doing something different. See another pic after the jump. More »

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 »

Win A Massive Music Stocking Stuffer Assortment From Idolator!

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 »