Win A Copy Of Idina Menzel’s ‘Holiday Wishes’!

Christmas came a little early this year, thanks to the fabulous Tony Award-winning siren known as Idina Menzel.

With her new holiday record, Holiday Wishes (released October 10), the Broadway starlet is taking on 12 Christmas classics, including “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and her duet with Michael Bublé, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” (The video for their collaboration just premiered this week!) And to celebrate, we’re giving away a few copies of the album to our readers.

Want to make your Christmas just a little bit more festive this year with a copy of your own? It’s easy! Find out how to win after the jump. More »

Jhene Aiko Announces “Enter The Void” Tour With SZA & The Internet

Jhene Aiko has announced her North American tour, ominously titled “Enter The Void.” The singer previously supported The Weeknd on the “King Of The Fall” tour back in September, but this time she’s the headliner. It kicks off on December 2 in Washington, D.C. and stops in cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago before ending in Minneapolis, MN on December 21.

This tour is in support of Aiko’s debut LP, Souled Out (released on September 9) — which features “To Love And Die” and “The Pressure.” View all of the tour dates after the jump! More »

SZA Releases “Sobriety”: Listen To The Powerful Track

SZA & Willow Smith Perform "Domino" Duet
SZA & Willow Smith Perform "Domino" Duet
The two ladies unveil their unreleased ethereal collaboration.

SZA is back with a new song, and this time the singer is revealing herself more than ever. Titled “Sobriety,” the Thundercat/Love Dragon/Chris Calor-produced cut is a moody R&B downtempo with quite vulnerable lyrics: “I can’t stay sober/I’m just trying to stay alive” and “My daddy still can’t stand me.” “Sobriety” is reportedly a taste of what is to come from SZA’s forthcoming sophomore LP, to be released in 2015 via Top Dawg Entertainment.

The singer released her debut album Z back in April, which features songs like “Sweet November,” “Child’s Play” and the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Babylon.” Take a listen to “Sobriety” after the jump! More »

Watch HAERTS Have A ‘Slumber Party @emmieshouse’: Idolator Premiere

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From coast to coast, there’s a chill in the air, and most of us would like nothing more than to stay at home in bed. But since there are donuts to be made and bills to be paid, why not live vicariously through Emmie Lichtenberg, who returns today with the third season of her MySpace web series Slumber Party @emmieshouse. And joining the pajama-wearing Brooklyn comic for the first new episode is one of Idolator’s favorite multinational bands, HAERTS!

Watch above as Emmie engages Benny (who, mind you, has a Troll doll sticking out of his shirt), Derek, Garrett and Nini in rounds of Truth Or Dare, hair-braiding and fake-tattooing. Spoiler alert for all you ’90s babies: there are My Father The Hero and Hocus Pocus references. More »

Meghan Trainor Debuts Lip-Filled Video For “Lips Are Movin”: Watch

Suffering from that “Bass” fatigue? Worry not: Meghan Trainor is finally ready to follow up her chipper body image anthem with an equally breezy selection: “Lips Are Movin,” the latest single off of her upcoming debut Title LP.

The sassy, swinging cut’s just been given a squeaky-clean visual, full of bright, colorful sets and even brighter red lips all over the place. Microphones, TV screens, earrings — you name it, she’s got those lips. (The enduring impact of Christina Aguilera‘s Bionic!) Meghan and her crew of bubbly dancers get to stepping throughout, playfully crooning and tune and bopping around in cute fashions (rainbow skirt! sequined cat dress!) and generally have a grand ol’ time. More »

Popping Up: Rainy Milo

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Beyoncé and Miley were once unknown, too.

Eighteen-year-old UK siren Rainy Milo may not be the most familiar name on the block right now, but just wait until her debut album This Thing Of Ours hits, and you’ll be praying that every day is Rainy.

The young singer/songwriter got her biggest break when famed British DJ Gilles Peterson included her buzz single “Bout You” on his Brownswood Bubblers Eight, a compilation series that showcases new talent. From there, Rainy dropped her debut mixtape Limey, followed by her EP Black & Blonde.

Both prepped her for This Thing Of Ours, her debut album which dropped last Spring in the UK (the American edition arrives in April). A combination of soul and edge, Rainy Milo is the perfect package. As she continues her ascent toward stardom, Rainy breaks down her inspiration for some of her songs, lets us in on her influences and reveals what she has coming up for 2015.

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S Club 7 Reveal They Never Felt Pressure To Match Spice Girls’ Success

Back in the mid-’90s/early ’00s, S Club 7 and Spice Girls were both incredibly huge acts. But the recently-reunited pop band states they never felt any pressure to live up to the legendary girl group’s success. Band member Jo O’Meara told Digital Spy“It was a completely different thing. They were all girls and we were mixed. It was a completely different vibe and different music.”

Bradley McIntosh also jumped in, saying “I think, for me, I felt proud to be under the same wing as a band that successful. It felt amazing. I was saying to my mates: ‘We’re with the ex-Spice Girls manager mate, whey!’” Simon Fuller, the Spice Girl’s former manager, is responsible for brainstorming the idea of S Club 7 in 1997 the day after he got fired from the girl group.
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One Direction’s ‘Four’ Projected To Have One Of 2014′s Largest Opening Week Sales Debuts (But Not As High As Taylor Swift)

It’s all in the numbers: One Direction‘s fourth studio album FOUR is on track to becoming 2014′s second-largest opening week seller. According to Billboard, the album is currently on track to sell over 420,000 copies in the next week, which would place it right behind “Shake It Off” singer Taylor Swift‘s nearly 1.3 million-selling 1989 debut — still the highest of the year, by far.

The projected sales would also surely suggest a #1 debut, which would make FOUR the group’s fourth consecutive #1 record. So, for anyone still doubting the longevity of that boy band from the the UK, you might want to take a look at the official charts next week.

What do you think of 1D’s projected accomplishment? Sound off in the comments below.

‘The Voice’: Gwen Stefani & Her Team Sing Blondie’s “The Tide Is High,” Ella Henderson Performs “Ghost”

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“It’s too intense! It’s too much!” exclaims coach Gwen Stefani of the Live Elimination on The Voice. Though she’s talking about the suspense that surrounds possibly losing one of her contestants, the same could be said of the not just one, but two major announcements regarding the ever-evolving show format!

To start with, Carson Daly lets it be known that the contestants eliminated between now and the final four will compete to rejoin the (actual) final three in a new “wildcard” slot. This bring-back – the first in Voice history – feels very X Factor, but it’s not The Voice without mid-season rule changes…

…or mid-season mentors! Pharrell Williams announces at the top of the show that the legendary Diana Ross will be appearing on The Voice next week to further mentor his team. Colbie Caillat, Meghan Trainor and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump will mentor Teams Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine, so…Pharrell wins on that front. More »

Beyonce Will Reportedly Release New Single “7/11″ Next Week (Update: Listen To A Snippet!)

#Beyhive, prepared to get your wigs snatched! According to AllAccessBeyonce will be releasing her next single next Tuesday (November 25). Titled “7/11,” the track can be found on the singers upcoming Beyonce Platinum Edition Box Set. Produced by the Grammy-winning Ariel Rechtshaid, the tune is set to impact urban radio in the U.S. The beatmaker has previously worked with Sky Ferreira, Charli XCX, Blood Orange and even Solange — so hopefully we can expect a quirky, pop sound from Beyonce.

The singer’s jam-packed Platinum Edition Box Set arrives November 24, and features two new songs — “7/11″ and “Ring Off.” It also includes four remixes with guest artists Nicki Minaj (“***Flawless”), Jay Z and Kanye West (“Drunk In Love”), Pharrell Williams (“Blow”) and Mr. Vegas (“Standing On The Sun”). Aside from the new tracks, the box set isn’t all too exciting. Let’s be honest, we were all waiting for something like this! Update: A snippet has arrived. Listen below! More »