Justin Timberlake paused his set during a recent 20/20 concert when he heard the crowd yelling at him. One fan in particular, an autistic boy named Julian, was turning eight years old – and all he wanted was for Timberlake to wish him a happy birthday, as a recent video shows.
The video was first posted by Julian’s mother, writer Marika Rosenthal Delan. “Things started to unravel quickly in my mind as I looked around, giving way to my worries about Julian’s obsessions, his volume, his repetitiveness, his clumsiness, if he would spill someone’s drink and if they would be unkind to him…. basically all the things a parent worries about when they have a child that is easily misunderstood,” she wrote, in a concert recap for the blog The Manifest Station.
Throughout the show, Julian tried to capture Timberlake’s attention: “It’s my birthday! This is my present!” As the video shows, and despite Delan’s initial worries, the crowd of 25,000 didn’t mind. On Timberlake’s count, everyone joined in to sing “Happy Birthday” to Julian. Watch the adorable footage below. More »
Demi Lovato just announced that Becky G, teen rapper and Dr. Luke‘s newest pop protege, will join her for select dates on her Demi World Tour. Lovato broke the news on August 15, while visiting Good Morning America and The Tonight Show.
The two of them had just performed earlier this week at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. Lovato performed her latest summer banger “Really Don’t Care,” while Becky G performed her rising pop anthem “Shower.” Prior to the awards show, Becky G confessed that the Demi star would be her dream collaboration. “I was in the same room as her the other day, and just seeing the way she talks and how cool she is, I just love that about her!” she said to Idolator.
Lovato’s Demi World Tour, also featuring Christina Perri and MKTO as openers, begins September 6 in Baltimore. Watch her appearances at GMA and The Tonight Show after the jump. More »
Demi Lovato first opened up about her bipolar disorder in 2012, after being diagnosed a year prior. Now, she joins the Mental Health Listening and Engagement Tour to both speak on her experiences with bipolar disorder and become a more informed advocate, as she connects with leading experts.
“I want to shine a light on the people out there who like me are learning to live well with mental illness by getting the right diagnosis and finding the right treatment plan,” the “Really Don’t Care” star says in the tour’s announcement video (above). “I want to be the most informed and powerful advocate I can be and to help people to find the courage to seek help.” More »
From 5 Seconds Of Summer to Vance Joy, Australian artists are slowly but surely taking over the airwaves. On the strength of new single “Roll Up Your Sleeves”, you can’t help but think Meg Mac is a lucky break away from joining them. The lilting neo-soul ballad is the perfect vehicle for her gorgeous voice, which evokes images of Memphis rather than downtown Melbourne.
The 23-year-old first made waves at home by winning an unsigned talent competition. Since then Megan McInerny (her real name) has already churned out an impressive buzz single and a stunning cover of Broods‘ breakthrough hit “Bridges”. She takes it to the next level with “Roll Up Your Sleeves”, which is the first taste of her debut EP MEGMAC. Watch the simple but effective video up top. More »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers! Even if summer’s beginning to come to a close, things are still pretty heated in the world of pop.
First, and foremost, the Duffpocalypse is still going strong, as Hilary Duff released her “Chasing The Sun” follow-up “All About You.” What’s more, Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora channeled their inner Uma Thurman in their Kill Bill-esque “Black Widow” video, a radio DJ spilled the beans about an upcoming Taylor Swift song, and UK’s X-Factor alum Ella Henderson released her anthemic second single “Glow.”
Here on Idolator, we had a star-studded week of our own: From “All About That Base” gal Meghan Trainor to New York electro duo The Knocks to UK soulstress Jessie J to American Idol’s latest victor Caleb Johnson, we spoke to a ton of artists about their respective music journeys, as well as their upcoming projects.
As per usual, we could always count on you guys for having plenty to say. Read some of this week’s best comments below. More »
German duo Milky Chance have a massive hit on their hands with “Stolen Dance”, which exploded internationally earlier this year and is now climbing the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes. But what else is poppin’ in Europe, I hear you ask? One track with distinct global appeal is Alle Farben‘s undeniably cute folk-pop anthem “She Moves”.
Already a hit in continental Europe, “She Moves” is now starting to gain ground in key international markets. So who is Allen Farben and what makes the track so appealing? The first part of the question is easy. He’s a German DJ called Frans Zimmer. Its appeal probably has something to do with Graham Candy‘s airy vocal (yes, that’s actually a man singing!) and the hook-filled production. Watch the rising hit’s new and improved video (the original was super lo-fi) up top. More »
Seven Lions made major waves with his star-studded Worlds Apart EP earlier this year. The five-song set boasts collaborations with Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo and Estonian dance diva Kerli. She voices the dreamy title track and stars in the just-released video, which pays homage to the fantasy genre with well-executed special effects and stunning art direction.
The ethereal synth-ballad (with a demented dub-step twist) lends itself to a whimsical visual and Jeff Montalvo (his real name) goes all out with a tale of (literally) star-crossed lovers. Or it could just be about random people staring at distant moons for no particular reason. While I’m not exactly sure of the narrative, I do know that it looks great and Kerli gets to sing underwater. Watch up top. More »
Back in June, a snippet of new Eminem/Sia collaboration “Guts Over Fear” surfaced in a preview of upcoming Denzel Washington flick The Equalizer. Now there’s a brand new trailer for the movie, which opens September 26, and even more from the pop star pairing can be heard in it — particularly a verse featuring Em’s fellow MTV Video Music Awards nominee Sia.
The Equalizer also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo. Head below to get another taste of “Guts Over Fear” ahead of the single’s release later this month. More »
Lady Gaga has always had a bonkers approach to fashion but the outfits she has rocked on the Asian leg of her ArtRave tour are next-level insane. And we’re not talking about stage costumes. This is what Gags wears while sightseeing and clubbing. She warned us that her ARTPOP could mean anything but I still wasn’t ready.
Mother Monster’s otherworldly Asian looks are a stark contrast to the (comparatively) tame ensembles she has worn while promoting Cheek To Cheek (due September 23), her new album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett. I guess it’s hard to sing a Cole Porter classic like “Anything Goes” while rocking a pink hockey mask with a matching bow. Peruse Gaga’s wildest looks up top. More »
Here’s some news that will put you on rock, rock. Fergie is finally getting around to recording her second solo album — eight years after the release of The Dutchess. The 39-year-old has previously spoken about working on new music in vague terms but shed more light on the project in an interview with Chelsea Handler last night (August 15).
After talking about french kissing her son (wait…), the Black Eyed Peas singer revealed: “my social life is now at the studio, everyone’s there and I think it’s the biggest party.” Fergie then confirmed that she’s working on her sophomore set but couldn’t give an exact release date. “It’s coming,” she told the Chelsea Lately audience. Apparently the “My Humps” poetess is writing about “all different things” and collaborating with “talented people”.
The much-missed diva’s debut LP The Dutchess was released way back in 2006 — not 2007 as she says in the interview — and spawned five top 5 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 including “Fergalicious”, “Glamorous” and the Grammy-nominated ballad “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)”. The new album is expected to be released on Interscope Records later this year. Watch the video after the jump. More »