Sam Smith Is Getting Online Abuse, Denies Asking Chris Brown To “Turn Gay” In Hacked 2012 Tweet

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

Where’s Lady Gaga‘s born brave bus when you need it? Sam Smith was feeling a little attacked yesterday (December 14) when he received undisclosed online abuse. “Starting to get hate tweets,” the Brit shared. “I knew this would come. I’m too sensitive for this shit haha.” Ed Sheeran immediately jumped to his defense, replying: “I’m willing to bet that they are under 12, live in the middle of nowhere, and look like this.” He attached a picture of a man wearing glasses sitting at a computer.

Things took a twist later in the day when one of Sam’s old tweets went viral. “TURN GAY!! PLEASE!?” he asked Chris Brown way back in 2012. After 1000+ retweets, the “Stay With Me” hitmaker jumped online and claimed that it wasn’t him. “Someone has just hacked my twitter. Sorry to anyone who got weird shit sent to them.” The 22-year-old’s might have overreacted. His generally amusing pre-fame tweets are out there and nobody seems to care (apart from him). Breezy certainly didn’t bat an eyelid. See the (non-)drama unfold after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea Teams Up With Nick Jonas And Tinashe For ‘The Great Escape Tour’: See All The Dates

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

Iggy Azalea recently announced that she was hitting the road with heartthrob du jour Nick Jonas (after getting him confused with brother Joe) for The Great Escape Tour. Today (December 15), the femcee revealed that they will be joined by rising R&B diva Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kid. What a line-up! The tour kicks off on April 14 in Fresno, California and covers most of the West Coast before winding up in Austin, Texas on May 24. Expect more dates to be added soon.

It’s been a huge year for the Mullumbimby babe with two massive chart hits (“Fancy” and “Black Widow”) and four Grammy nominations. Iggy should keep that momentum going next year with her first arena tour and a high-profile feature on Britney Spearsnew single (due early 2015). She also has another album on the way and there are whispers of a Selena Gomez collab in the works. See the unstoppable rapper’s tour dates after the jump. More »

Bon Qui Qui’s (Yes, THAT Bon Qui Qui) Debut Album ‘Gold Plated Dreams’ Gets January Release Date

2014's Best Pop Singles: Our 20 Favorites
2014's Best Pop Singles: Our 20 Favorites
Idolator's editors select the 20 best songs from the past 12 months.

I know it seemed like Christmas came early already when the Nick Jonas sex gifs from Kingdom were slapped online, but no, scratch that — Santa officially delivered prematurely today, as news came that there’s a Bon Qui Qui album on the way. It’s called Gold Plated Dreams, and it’s out on January 13 from Warner Music Nashville.

If you’re not quite up on who Bon Qui Qui is, then start slapping yourself hard in the face over and over, because the now-eight-year-old “Bon Qui Qui At King Burger” sketch from MADtv is one of the holy grails of the Internet. Comedienne Anjelah Johnson-Reyes originated the character, and now that she’s got a record deal, she whipped together eight tracks — including such gems as “Oh No He Didn’t,” “No Boyfren,” Securrity” and “Bye” — for Gold Plated Dreams, the full tracklist for which you can catch below, along with her “I’m A Cut You” video and the original Bon Qui Qui skit from MADtv. More »

Beyonce, Jay Z And Timbaland Are Being Sued For Using An Unauthorized Sample In “Drunk In Love”

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

“Drunk In Love” just can’t win. The meme-spawning phenomenon was recently snubbed in all major categories at The Grammys and could be removed from the radio for good if a miffed Hungarian diva has her way. Mitsou (real name Monika Miczura) contends that Beyonce, Jay Z and Timbland sampled her 1995 Roma folk song “Bajba, Bajba Pelem” in the mega-hit’s mysterious intro and is demanding compensation — as well as a radio ban until her voice is removed.

It seems unlikely that a producer of Timbaland’s standing would get it so wrong but Mitsou is adamant that it’s her voice at the beginning of the track, and insists that she never gave her permission for the sample. She is also really upset that her song has been used “to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics.” It seems the original was an introspective piece about hopelessness. Awkward. More »

Miley Cyrus Unveils ‘Free The Nipple’ Soundtrack Contribution “Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma”: Listen

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

Miley Cyrus is on a mission to free the world of double standards, one breast at a time! Given her relentless activism, it’s only fitting that the 22-year-old contribute a song to Linda Esco‘s Sundance-selected documentary Free The Nipple — a film about a group of women lobbying for their right to go topless in public. She dusts off Melanie Safka‘s ’70s folk anthem “Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma” and gives it a grungy twist.

The Bangerz diva has previously performed the song live, but the studio version is grittier than her usual country-lite interpretation. Miley growls the weary lyrics over a fuzzy guitar, delivering one of her rawest vocals. The cover was reportedly recorded in just two takes with Australian dance outfit Pnau (A.K.A. Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes) this August. Listen to the boob-activist sing “Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma” after the jump. More »

Pusha T Releases “Lunch Money”: Watch Cinematic Video

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Pusha T‘s forthcoming King Push LP is on its way, but for now the rapper is giving us a taste of what’s to come! Today (December 15), he released the awesome visual for his Kanye West-produced single — “Lunch Money.” The clip (directed by Emil Nava) is a cinematic one, as it shows the madness that ensues during a sting operation. You have to stay tuned until the end to see what goes down!

The rapper’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. Pusha T is recently featured on the mega-track “Meltdown,” off the Lorde-curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack (released on November 17). More »

Jordin Sparks Signs To New Record Label, Announces New Album ‘Right Here, Right Now’

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator editors pick their favorite pop singles from 2014.

Jordin Sparks is getting right back in the game.

It’s been a few minutes since we last got a studio album from the talented season six American Idol winner (since 2009′s Battlefield, actually), but she’s gearing up to make quite the comeback, beginning with the release of her brand new mixtape, #BYEFELICIA. And as it turns out, that mixtape was just the tip of the iceberg.

In a new press release issued today, Jordin announced that she has signed with Louder Than Life, an imprint via Sony Music founded by producer Salaam Remi. And ahead of her forthcoming new record, she’s dropping her #BYEFELICIA single “It Ain’t You” today as the official new single from her forthcoming third album, Right Here, Right Now.

“I am very excited to be working alongside Salaam Remi on my next album. Together, we have created something special. I’m very proud of it and can’t wait to share it!” Jordin says of the upcoming record. For reference, Remi worked extensively with artists like Amy Winehouse and Nas in the past.

Are you excited to hear Right Here, Right Now? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. More »

Avicii Wants You To Seize The Day (And Night): Watch The Swedish DJ’s Motivational “The Nights” Video

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The Nights That Never Die
2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick the best pop singles of 2014.

Avicii bookends Robbie Williams-voiced club-banger “The Days” with “The Nights.” Both singles sound alike, have an identical message and are housed on the Swedish DJ’s The Days/Nights EP (they also feature on his upcoming sophomore LP Stories). It feels like overkill but at least the visuals are different. “The Days” mysteriously only a lyric video, while “The Nights” plays like a home movie/elaborate Snapchat story.

The clip features footage of Rory Kramer seizing the moment with a variety of outdoor activities like surfing, skateboarding and skiing. Because embracing life obviously involves adventure sports and sunburn. So who is this dude? A friend of RAS‘ (i.e. the song’s writer/vocalist). He penned “The Nights” about advice his father gave him, so it’s as much his vision as Avicii’s. Watch up top. More »

Lion Babe’s Self-Titled EP Is Now Streaming: Listen To The Fiery Project

Lion Babe has been making waves in the underground scene for a little while now, with their 2012 single — “Treat Me Like Fire.” Fast forward to two years later, and the NYC-based duo (producer Lucas Goodman and vocalist Jillian Hervey) are ready to take on the mainstream scene. Their debut self-titled EP released today (December 15), and it’s a warm-blooded blend of soul, R&B and electronica.

Songs like “Jump Hi” featuring Childish Gambino has a sparkling, funk-tinged groove that is reminiscent of summers in Brooklyn, while “Jungle Lady” is swelters with lust (courtesy of Hervey’s Erykah Badu-esque tone) that blends with the tune’s spacial production.

Take a listen to the four-track EP stream after the jump! More »

Nicki Minaj’s Semi-Nude 2015 Calendar: See All 13 Boobs-And-Booty Baring Photos

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors selected the 20 best pop singles of the year!

Nicki Minaj has been exciting many a “Anaconda” worldwide ever since her debut, but now the rapstress is baring her ass-ets more than ever before! As seen throughout 2014, sex is selling like hotcakes (have you seen K. Michelle‘s recent album promotion?). But for Minaj, she has decided to give fans more than a peek of her boobs and booty for every month of the week.

Her 2015 calendar finds the “Only” diva showing off her curvaceous frame in a naughty firefighter get-up, workout gear, bikinis and more. There is even a scandalous shot of the rapper’s nude body in what seems to be a tub of milk — how kinky! More »