Pusha T Releases “Lunch Money”: Listen To The Kanye West-Produced Track

Pusha T has been laying low over the past few months, but now the rapper has dropped a new track out of nowhere — “Lunch Money.” Produced by fellow G.O.O.D. Music labelmate and frequent collaborator Kanye West, the track has a weirdly bubbling, underwater sound that is laid underneath Pusha’s always-menacing flow: This is crime by design / If the crown ain’t mine, tell me who am I behind?”

Pusha T’s debut LP My Name Is My Name was released in October 2013, and he’s been busy in the studio with Pharrell recording a follow-up. The rapper is recently featured on the mega-track “Meltdown” off the Lorde-curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack (released on November 17). Take a listen to “Lunch Money” after the jump! More »

Clean Bandit’s “Show Me Love”: Listen To Their Cover Of The Robin S House Classic

So If You're Looking For Devotion...
Popping Up: Clean Bandit
Popping Up: Clean Bandit
Our interview with the UK classical/house quartet.

Today sees the re-release of Clean Bandit‘s debut album New Eyes, and with it comes three new-ish songs from the British classical/house quartet. First up is “Real Love,” a new collaboration (and Clean Bandit’s current single) with “Rather Be” singer Jess Glynne. Another new track called “Stronger” has been added to the album, as has a cover of Robin S‘s 1993 smash “Show Me Love” — which, if you caught Clean Bandit on their recent North American tour, you saw them play live.

Elisabeth Troy, who features on New Eyes track “Heart On Fire” and has filled in for Glynne during live performances, takes on vocal duty for the “Show Me Love” cover. Give it a listen below, where you can also catch Clean Bandit’s spring 2015 US tour dates. More »

Azealia Banks Announces “Chasing Time” Remix Contest

Talking Big $$$

Get your bank accounts prepped! Azealia Banks has announced a major contest, where she’ll be giving away $10,000 for the best remix to her “Chasing Time” single. The loud spoken entertainer partnered with MTV, Soundcloud and BitTorrent for the competition, where both fans and producers can upload their own versions of the track on Soundcloud — and some are already up!

The stems of the track is ready to download on BitTorrent, with the deadline for the remixes being on December 15. “Chasing Time” is the first official single off Banks’ debut LP Broke With Expensive Taste, which was finally released on November 6. More »

Hozier’s “From Eden” Video: Watch The Cinematic Clip

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All About Family

Hozier follows his biblical theme after “Take Me To Church,” with the video for “From Eden.” The Irish singer/songwriter’s soulful tune is backed by a visual that displays a young family (with Hozier playing the father) on a fun road trip with their son. But soon, things take a sharp and unexpected turn for the worse.

“From Eden” is the latest single off Hozier’s self-titled debut LP, released on September 19 via Island Records. Look out for the singer when he performs at this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and watch the official music video up top. More »

Sia, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez And More Lend Support To ‘Be The Ball’ Kickstarter: Watch

We all know Sia can swing from a chandelier, but did you know she’s also pretty good with a golf club too?

Filmmaker Erik Anders Lang, Sia’s husband, is working on an ambitious new project called Be The Ball, a film that traces the origins of golf while also exploring the various mental techniques one can use to enhance their game. Or, as he describes it: “The first documentary about golf and spirituality…ever.”

To fund the film, Erik has started a Kickstarter, and he’s calling on a few of his famous pop friends — including Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Joe Jonas and, oh yes, his wife as well — to help him rally support. Check out the hilarious celeb-filled Kickstarter video, and find out how Sia is involved with the campaign after the jump. More »

Kylie Minogue Debuts ‘Sleepwalker’ Mini-Film: Watch

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Kylie Gets Dreamy

The glimmering, glamorous Mizz Kylie Minogue has been teasing us with the promise of a mini-film called Sleepwalker ever since she first surprised us with those four Fernando Garibay tracks just before kicking off her Kiss Me Once Tour.

Today, the Sloggi-produced short has finally made its debut on Vogue UK. With chic outfits designed by famous fashion friends like Dolce & Gabbana, Meadham Kirchhoff, Christian Louboutin and Jean Paul Gaultier, the pop goddess dramatically poses, dances and creates lovely silhouettes (along with her hunky dancers) to the tune of three of those Garibay collaborations. The artsy, ethereal production is a unique visual turn for the “Into The Blue” diva, giving fans a nice new treat to enjoy as the tour continues on into the New Year.

What do you think of Sleepwalker? Watch up top, and then sound off in the comments below.

Band Aid 30′s “Do They Know It’s Christmas”: Review Revue

Band Aid 30's "Do They Know It's Christmas": Watch
Band Aid 30's "Do They Know It's Christmas": Watch
See Sam Smith, One Direction & other UK pop royalty sing for charity.

Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure assembled a Who’s Who of British and Irish pop this past weekend to record a slightly revised version of holiday charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” this time to provide aid to the ebola crisis in Africa. Billed as Band Aid 30 and featuring such artists as One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, Bono, Sam Smith, Rita Ora, Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith, Sinead O’Connor, Chris Martin and Seal, this marks the fourth rendition of the song to be made since 1984 (with Bono being the only singer from the original to take part).

Below, we’ve rounded up a smattering of critics’ opinions on the new (and improved?) “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” a single that’s now riding high on iTunes around the globe (it’s #1 in England and #2 in the States) and raising funds to battle the deadly ebola disease. More »

Roses & Revolutions’ “It’s Christmas Time”: Idolator Premiere

With the weather’s temperature dropping and the year’s end just around the corner, it is the perfect time to bask in the holiday spirit. Today (November 18), we at Idolator are premiering a song from Roses & Revolutions that will do just that! Called “It’s Christmas Time,” the tune strays away from the typically upbeat (and often cheesy) production found in most yuletide songs.

Instead, it provides velvety vocals (courtesy of lead singer Alyssa Coco) that is laid over a warm piano-and-guitar combination. The lyrics are also quite romantic: “The snow, the snow looks lovely as I kiss it off your nose/I love the feeling that no one can hear us.”

When the singer/songwriter duo (comprised of Coco and Matt Merritt) aren’t recording Christmas songs, they are busy promoting their self-titled sophomore EP — which was released in April 2014. The record features the lead single, “Take Me With You.” But in the meantime, grab a mug of hot cocoa and take a listen to “It’s Christmas Time” after the jump! More »

Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame Monster’ Turns 5: Stan & Deliver

Stan & Deliver gives fans an opportunity to shake, cry and sing the praises of the albums they love from their faves.

Rah rah, ah-ah-ah…

Five years ago today (November 18), Lady Gaga tore our clothes right off, ate our hearts and then proceeded to eat our brains. Does it feel like only yesterday? Or, in the current age of Cheek To Cheek, does it feel more like decades ago? Perhaps somewhere in between.

While The Fame had already propelled Gaga to pop stardom a year prior thanks to her inescapable, syllable-happy electro-pop earworms like “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” (muh-muh-muh-mah!), it was The Fame Monster that saw Gaga effectively take over the world.

By the time her Fame re-release arrived in November of 2009, Gaga had her monster paws securely gripped around pop culture: She was the biggest pop superstar at the time, armed with a newly minted fan base (the Little Monsters were born), over-the-top ensembles that had the world ga-gagging (from her sensible Kermit The Frog carcass top to those perilously impractical sky-high stilettos to that infamous Meat Dress…hey Cher, hold my meat purse!), undeniably next-level music videos, unforgettable award show performances and, oh right, yes: The year’s best pop record in hand.

The start-to-finish immaculate 8-track EP, produced by RedOne, Fernando Garibay, Ron Fair, Darkchild and Teddy Riley, was said to represent Gaga’s 8 different “monsters” she encountered on the road (“Fear Of Loneliness Monster,” for example). And throughout, the disco stick-wielding pop princess navigated chilly synth-pop pulsations and dark lyrical themes (oh so many Hitchcock film references!) with a pristine, pop radio-friendly gloss to tackle those fears: From “Bad Romance,” one of the greatest pop records of the past decade, to a club-thumping mini-epic with Yoncé, to the campy, gothic glamour of “Dance In The Dark.” Simply put, Halloween has never sounded the same ever since.

Five years later, we’re now looking back and rattling the Fame Monster’s cage once again. Do you dare? More »

Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & Ed Sheeran To Perform At 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

The performance lineup for the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been announced, and it includes one familiar pop star — Taylor Swift, that is! The singer (who is BFFs with Victoria’s Secret angel Karlie Kloss) will return to the lingerie party’s stage this year, along with Ariana GrandeEd Sheeran and Hozier. They join the rankings of past performers like Justin TimberlakeMaroon 5 and Rihanna.

In 2013, Swift performed alongside Fall Out Boy in an over-the-top Union Jack costume. We think she should bring it back for this year’s event — it will take place in London, after all! The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show plans to run on December 2 and airs on December 9 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. More »