Chris Brown Performs “X” And “Loyal” On ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’: Watch

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'X' Marks The Spot
With the release of his long-delayed studio album X just days away now, “Loyal” crooner Chris Brown is making his rounds to promote the forthcoming LP.

Last night, Brown and his troupe of dancers hit the stage to perform title track “X,” as well as a bit of “Loyal,” to the frenzied and passionate screams from the studio audience. Dressed head-to-toe in all red, the singer alternated between belting out the emotional track at the mic and stepping back to deliver his signature high-energy choreography.

Although the performer hasn’t had too many live performances throughout this, erm, tumultuous era, he looked right at home performing on a late night stage once again.

Check out the performance up top, and let us know what you thought in the comments below. More »

Taylor Swift Explains Cheerleader, Ballerina & Modern Dance Sequences In “Shake It Off”: Watch

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Deep Dancing
Taylor Swift‘s lead 1989 single “Shake It Off” is a certified smash, having spent two weeks atop the Billboard 100. Likewise, the perky song’s accompanying music video has racked up over 90 million views on YouTube since its debut last month — more than enough to prompt Taylor to premiere a series of behind-the-scenes videos detailing the thought and work that went into certain dance segments in the clip.

Above, Swift describes what it was like shooting the modern dance sequence. “There’s been so much cardio to wear me out,” she admits. “We do several takes of each full pass of the song and the whole time I’m full out. Like, the dancers around me are full out and so we’re all pretty wiped out.”

Watch that clip above, then catch outtakes from the cheerleader and ballerina bits in the “Shake It Off” video below. More »

Download Lil Kim’s ‘Hard Core’ Mixtape

Eighteen years ago, Lil’ Kim‘s debut LP Hard Core arrived, brandishing fierce hits like “No Time,” “Crush On You” and “Not Tonight.” The decades have taken the Queen Bee down many unexpected roads, and in 2014, she’s now in the more humble arena of putting out her music in mixtape form. Hard Core 2K14 is her (delayed) second such release, following 2011′s Black Friday, and it finds Kim corralling hip hop mainstays like Jadakiss, Yo Gotti, Cassidy and French Montana for feature duties.

You’ve already heard cuts like the Nicki Minaj-baiting “Identity Theft” and “Real Sick.” Now you can grab all of Hard Core 2K14 as a free download and see if there’s much buzz in Queen Bee’s latest.

Nick Jonas Performs “Jealous” On ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’: Watch

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Late Night Jealousy
Nick Jonas, when not getting nude and exploring his sexuality in his new show Kingdom, is in the midst of a full-fledged promotional tour for his infectious jam “Jealous,” just ahead of the release of his forthcoming self-titled solo album in November.

Last night, the solo JoBro hit the stage on Late Night With Seth Meyers to croon the lead track live in his first late night TV performance of the tune. Backed by a band, the newly solo singer kept it cool in a black leather jacket while crooning his ode. (So much falsetto!) And, as it turns out, Nick commands the stage just fine all on his own.

Watch Nick perform “Jealous” up top, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »

13 Great Pop Albums That Were Overlooked & Underrated In Their Time: From Gina G To Little Boots

Flopped But Not Forgotten!
At some point or other, we, as pop fans, all fall hard for an album that completely tanks on the charts. Sure, the artist in question may eke out a hit single or two, but for whatever reason, the universe seems to reject the notion of the parent album finding any major success. Sorry, Carly Rae Jepsen.

But that’s where we, your music-loving pals at Idolator, come in. Because in the few spare moments when we’re not cranking out the daily goings-on with your favorite artists currently tearing it up in the land of pop, we often pine away wistfully for the days of yore, when we’d champion our own personal fave flops in vain. Eventually at one point we decided, screw that — let’s just make a list!

So head below to find our roundup of 13 overlooked pop albums from the past 20 years that deserve to be revisited. More »

Meghan Trainor Performs “All About That Bass” On ‘The Ellen Show’: Watch

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All About That 'Ellen'
She’s bringing booty back — for the very first time! — on The Ellen Show.

Rising diva Meghan Trainor hit the stage yesterday to perform her breezy, horn-heavy body image empowerment anthem, “All About That Bass.”

Backed by a crew of energetic dancers and a live band and clad in a suitably retro short dress and thigh-high boots, the Title songstress happily shimmied and swayed through her current #1 song in the country.

Following the performance, Meghan revealed to Ellen that she was inspired by a specific episode of Ellen before writing the smash hit. And, because the song just went Platinum, Ellen surprised the misty-eyed singer-songstress with her very first plaque — a sweet moment for everyone involved.

Check out the performance up top, and let us know what you thought in the comments below. More »

Fifth Harmony Reveal That They Almost Named Themselves CANDL

Harmonizers: Are you aware that you were almost called…CANDLizers?! (Or maybe Little Candles?)

Yesterday, the girls of Fifth Harmony made a shocking revelation on Twitter, posting a photo of their upcoming debut album Reflection with this fascinating little behind-the-scenes tidbit included: “We almost named ourselves CANDL (our initials).

Shine bright like a CANDL!

It’s a bit of a silly name for the BO$$es, but then again, it wouldn’t be the first time the X Factor USA alum went through a name change, having started out in the competition as LYLAS, then briefly 1432 before settling down into their latest version, Fifth Harmony.

What do you think about the group’s alternate name? Vote on which one you would have preferred below, and sound off in the comments! More »

Calvin Harris & John Newman’s “Blame” Video: Watch Them Brood With A Pack Of Scantily Clad Women

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Bedtime Story
So basically what we have here with Calvin Harris and John Newman‘s “Blame” video is a four-minute Victoria’s Secret ad directed by Emil Nava. The two pop gents from the UK hang out in a Hollywood Hills dwelling looking properly moody while models in various states of undress decorate their surroundings. Eventually the ladies wind up at a club before working their pert butts into puddles and jacuzzis and bathroom sinks full of water. Downward they plunge until they all resurface in some tropical-looking place. Or maybe it’s just the pool in the backyard? More »

Nicki Minaj’s Butt Might Be Padded: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Breaking news. Nicki Minaj‘s iconic butt might not be 100 percent authentic! Do photographs taken during her Fashion Rocks performance (above) reveal that she’s possibly using some kind of padding? My anaconda don’t want none. [TMZ]

:: Rihanna and Jay Z‘s “Run This Town” has been bumped as the theme song of CBS Thursday Night Football — at least for one week. The network didn’t think it would be a good fit for a segment about disgraced player Ray Rice. [Just Jared]

:: He might be gone but his star shines as brightly as ever. Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson the Immortal world tour wrapped up recently and was declared the 8th highest grossing live show of all time. [Billboard]

:: Iggy Azalea wants you to know that she doesn’t have a sex tape. Vivid Entertainment thinks otherwise and offered the rapper a seven figure deal to distribute it. She is now threatening to sue. [TMZ]

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

Lady Gaga Says Tony Bennett Saved Her Life & Helped Her Come To Terms With ‘ARTPOP’ Flopping

Lady Gaga tells Parade magazine that recording jazz LP Cheek To Cheek with Tony Bennett turned her life around and helped put the last year of her career into perspective. “Six months ago I didn’t even want to sing anymore,” Mother Monster reveals. The diva’s hip operation, change in management and underperformance of ARTPOP pushed her to the brink of quitting.

However, the “Applause” loving diva turned things around after meeting her duet partner. “I tell Tony every day that he saved my life,” she says. “I was so sad. I couldn’t sleep. I felt dead. And then I spent a lot of time with Tony. He wanted nothing but my friendship and my voice.” The ups and downs of the jazz legend’s iconic career also helped Gaga deal with the commercial failure of her latest album.

“People wrote a lot of things about my last album, ARTPOP, which was very controversial,” she says. “If it didn’t grab the whole world the way The Fame Monster did, that’s okay, because I know it’s good. That’s what Tony has taught me, that my intuition is right. When he talks about the 66 albums he’s put out, the peaks and valleys, and how it’s not about having a hit record — it’s the most inspiring thing.” More »