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 »

Beyonce Posts An Adorable Snap With Blue Ivy, Makes Social Media A More ***Flawless Place: 7 Pics

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

Beyonce has blessed the world with a new candid of Blue Ivy. The world’s most famous toddler crashed one of her mom’s impromptu photo shoots and stole the show. I’m not sure why Queen Bey is posing against a wall decorated with copper piping. I guess she needed something to post on her addictive Instagram, which has just passed 22 million followers. The rest of the shoot finds the game-changing diva looking typically ***flawless despite rocking a couple of questionable outfits.

It’s nice to see the 33-year-old having some down time after a particularly busy year. Beyonce continued to draw away from the pack in 2014, with record-breaking tour receipts and bumper record sales. She also birthed another viral sensation with her much-copied “7/11″ video and nabbed six Grammy nominations, including one for Album Of The Year. Oh, and Beysus also blessed Nicki Minaj with a collab. See her pics up top. More »

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 »