Simple Minds ‘Big Music’: Idolator Album Premiere

Simple Minds‘ bountiful discography is lined with 15 studio albums and an array of hits like “Promised You A Miracle,” “Alive And Kicking,” “Sanctify Yourself,” “See The Lights” and, of course, the Breakfast Club soundtrack classic “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”. Now in their 37th year, the Jim Kerr-fronted band will release their 16th album Big Music next week (on November 4), and today Idolator is premiering a stream of all 12 tracks.

The album is a mix of attention-grabbing melodies, guitar- and synth-filled instrumentation, irresistible choruses and Kerr’s familiar crooning — in other words, Big Music comes packed with all the proper Simple Minds hallmarks.

Head below to listen to Simple Minds’ new album Big Music a week ahead of its release. More »

Calvin Harris’ ‘Motion’: Stream The Full Album

Calvin Harris‘ upcoming fourth album Motion is already highly-anticipated, but soon after the star-filled tracklist was released we couldn’t wait to listen! Today, after endless Instagram teaser videos and snippets, the LP is now available for full stream on iTunes.

Motion is jam-packed with features from our favorite artists — Gwen Stefani‘s collaboration on the club-ready “Together,” the naughty “Open Wide” track with Big Sean, the Ellie Goulding-assisted “Outside” and John Newman‘s feature on “Blame.” There is also the throwback rave-y tune, “Slow Acid.” Oh, we can’t forget the smash hit that started it all — the inescapable “Summer.” More »

Whitney Houston’s “You Give Good Love” (Live On ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’): Idolator Exclusive

Given the peerless quality of her voice, it’s hard to believe that Whitney Houston never recorded a live album. Sony Legacy Recordings is remedying that situation by releasing Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances on November 10. Lovingly curated/produced by long-time mentor Clive Davis (with input from the legendary diva’s estate), the CD/DVD includes a collection of the six-time Grammy winner’s finest live moments.

We’re excited to premiere a restored and remastered rendition of Whitney’s gorgeous ballad “You Give Good Love” from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on April 5, 1985. The unique subtlety and strength of the much-missed singer’s voice is showcased superbly in the stunning performance, which helped the track reach number one on the R&B charts and become the legend’s first top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100. (It peaked at number three). Take a walk down memory lane after the jump. More »

Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Is Pushed Back To December

Nicki Minaj seems to be having an awesome year — she ditched the colorful wigs for a more age-appropriate and glamorous look; collaborated with Jessie J, Usher and Beyonce; her inescapable “Anaconda” single was recently certified Platinum; she’s hosting the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards and she was planning her third LP release for The Pinkprint.

The album was previously set to drop on November 24 (the same day as Iggy Azalea‘s Reclassified re-release, FYI), but now the project has been pushed back along with labelmate Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter V. But unlike Weezy’s record (who knows when that will arrive), Minaj’s The Pinkprint has a new release date — December 14. More »

Gwen Stefani Hits The Club With Calvin Harris On “Together”: Listen

Calvin Harris‘ feature-filled album Motion, out on November 4 (next week!), is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest releases, packed full of certifiable club smashers like “Summer,” “Blame” with John Newman and “Outside” with Ellie Goulding. (Have you entered to win a copy of the record yet?)

But of all the new tracks, arguably the most anticipated track of the whole bunch is “Together,” featuring the inimitable vocals of Queen Gwen Stefani. And, at long last, the wait is over. Listen to the track after the jump. More »

Nicki Minaj Teams Up With Lil Wayne, Drake & Chris Brown For “Only”: Listen

After taking over the charts with her massive, booty-loving single “Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj is back with a follow-up song — “Only.” It finds the rapper going back to her roots, and actually rapping. The opening line immediately tears down any rumors about her and the Young Money crew: “I never f*cked Wayne, I never f*cked Drake/ All my life man f*ck sake/ If I did I would menage with ‘em and let them eat my ass like a cupcake.” Well then!

The rapper continues to talk a lot of smack on the tune, while Chris Brown rushes in with the confident hook. Lil Wayne and Drake also provide explicit verses. It is all laid over a simple but menacing beat with pin-drop sound effects, courtesy of producer Dr. Luke.

“Only” is the third single off Nicki Minaj’s forthcoming third studio LP, The Pinkprint — which has been pushed back to a December 15 release date. Take a listen after the jump. More »

HAERTS’ ‘HAERTS’: Album Review

HEARTS first appeared on the music scene in 2012 with the infectious single “Wings,” and now the indie-pop quartet are gifting fans with their self-titled debut LP — which is out today (). The project is a reminder that popular synth-drive music of today doesn’t always have to hit you in the head with intensity. Sometimes it can be tender and supple, and that is just what this album delivers.

HAERTS begins with “Heart,” and the opening lines reveal its thematic core: “I will never break your heart/ Don’t go blaming on me/ Blame the silence, the voices, the fear.” The lyrics read like a personal diary, making an instant connection with the listener. Lead singer Nini Fabi‘s vocals soar over the track, which is glossed over by cozy synths and feather-light percussion. More »

‘The Voice’: Taylor Swift Takes Over The Knockout Round, Taylor Phelan Covers Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”

Taylor Is A Knockout

Could there be a future Coach Taylor Swift on The Voice? Miss Swift did seem right at home mentoring Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s teams during The Knockout Round on Monday (October 27) night. The perpetually-touring singer gave advice on stage presence to the hopeful contestants, while keeping any harsh criticism to herself. How very Voice of her.

The 1989 songstress kicked off her two-week television gig on Monday night, and helped the four coaches strengthen their teams. The four regulars then continued the painful process of cutting down those teams for the upcoming live rounds. More »

Taylor Swift Is New York City’s Welcome Ambassador: Morning Mix

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:: Taylor Swift has already claimed her status as a true New Yorker (she even made a song about it), and now the singer is crowned the NYC Welcome Ambassador! Her main duty will be representing the city for incoming tourists. [MTV]

:: Sam Smith is the latest star featured in Vibe magazine, and the Brit talks about the constant Adele comparisons, Lady Gaga, his fear of coming out, and why he doesn’t like twerking. Read all about it here.

:: We’ve already made the announcement that Prince will take over the Saturday Night Live stage on November 1, but more details have come forth! The legendary entertainer will perform for eight minutes straight, a first in the 40-year history of the show. How cool is that? [via press release]

:: Boy, are those Directioners loyal! One Direction‘s fans helped their “Steal My Girl” video break the Vevo record for the most views in 24 hours. The record was previously broken by Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” visual. [PopCrush]

:: Finally, there is some type of bonding in the female rap community! Missy Elliot, Lil Kim and Da Brat plan to reunite at this year’s Soul Train Awards. The trio co-starred on 1997′s female anthem “Not Tonight.” Wendy Williams will host the Soul Train Awards, which will air on BET and Centric on November 30. [Billboard]

:: Like Britney Spears and possibly Jennifer LopezKanye West could have been a huge Las Vegas star. But the rapper has reportedly turned down a $4.5 million offer for a residency at Planet Hollywood’s Axis Theater. [Billboard]

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Rita Ora Spent A Lot Of Time Twerking During A Recent Concert In Russia: Watch Her Sexy Moves

Rita Ora is absolutely everywhere and I don’t know why. One minute she’s belting out an ecxellent Diane Warren-penned power ballad (“Grateful”), the next she’s performing smash hit “Black Widow” alongside Iggy Azalea on Saturday Night Live. The Brit also managed to squeeze in a lightning quick trip to Russia to perform at a private concert for HP Connected.

The prolific diva performed a selection of her hits (she’s big in Eastern Europe) but also managed to squeeze in some serious twerking to DJ Snake & Lil Jon‘s “Turn Down For What”. Rita bent over a staircase and shook her moneymaker for all it’s worth. Her sexy moves got an enthusiastic response from the crowd and it looks like she had a good time. Watch after the jump. More »