Happy May and Happy Friday, Idolator readers! This month certainly started off with a bang, courtesy of a legendary industry vet — an elusive chanteuse to be exact! Yes, Mariah Carey
certainly stole the show this week with her not-so-surprise surprise announcement of her insanely-titled album
. Meanwhile, Ariana Grande
and Iggy Azalea
got us dancing at the beginning of the week with their sax-heavy summer kiss-off, “Problem.”
And then, there were the iHeartRadio Awards which were, well…
at least Adam Lambert looked nice in his suit!
This week also saw some major skin-baring, including iHeartRadio winner RiRi stripping down for Lui, Mariah‘s lingerie-baring Wonderland cover and Rita Ora losing her top for Terry Richardson. (We’ve rounded up the best magazine covers of May in the latest Ibrawlator — which one is your favorite?)
Bey & Jay‘s insanely priced On The Run Tour tickets went on sale, which provoked some hilarious reactions, while “Love Never Felt So Good,” the lead single from Michael Jackson’s posthumous Xscape (which features Justin Timberlake!) made its grand debut overnight. Plus, we’re looking back at April and asking you to vote for your favorite record between acts like Iggy Azalea, Kelis and Jason Derulo. Have you voted yet? As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments below! More »
Let’s just cut the bullshit and stop tip-toeing around the obvious: Award shows, by nature, are self-congratulatory, three-hour slogs through the banal, and that’s why it’s best to down a bottle while watching (and reporting on) them. Because NAVY OR DIE!!!!!!!!!
and Austin Mahone
thanking God for his super awesome Instagram just aren’t aspects of life most people can sugar coat without wanting to jump into a pit filled with upright bayonets afterwards. Right? Right?
Maybe I’m alone there. Who knows.
iHeartLosAngeles iHeartRadio Music Awards took place last night, and, to be fair, it was the very first time this particular do happened. So we should be forgiving of the fact that the night was a 70% terrible thing to behold. Actually, it was probably 89% terrible, but, again, alcohol cures many award-show ills.
So in the spirit of helping out this budding young televised franchise in its infancy, let’s take a look below at the moments that were good and the moments that were not so good. Consider them like life lessons to grow by. You have to stumble — or open your show with Pitbull — before you can run, no? (Unless, of course, NBC yanked the option for this thing ever happening again. In which case — read no further!) More »
brought style and glamour to the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles tonight (May 1). He rocked a chic green suit, which he teamed with an unbuttoned black shirt. The suave ensemble is complemented by killer accessories including gold sunglasses, nose jewelry and copious rings.
The new face of Queen also painted his nails black and showed off his blond quiff. It would all be too much on anyone else but it’s just right on Adam. He will be hitting the road soon with his new band but hopefully the American Idol alum is edging closer towards the release of album number three. The pop world is so much more interesting with him in it. More »
has been busying himself by taking part in recording sessions with Max Martin
(who was behind the singer’s Grammy-nominated Top 10 hit “Whataya Want From Me”), hitting the set of Glee
for his recurring role as Elliot “Starchild” Gilbert
and prepping for his upcoming summer tour with Queen
. But while Lambert has parted ways with RCA since the release of his 2012 sophomore LP Trespassing
, that isn’t stopping the label’s parent company Sony from issuing The Very Best Of Adam Lambert
in May, via imprint Sony Legacy.
According to Billboard, the compilation will be released on May 27 — a mere three weeks before the Adam/Queen tour kicks off at Chicago’s United Center (on June 19). Hmmmm. Interesting timing. Might Sony be regretting losing the American Idol alum, now that he’s suddenly so prolific in 2014? More »
Did You Hear?
:: Adam Lambert joins Katy Perry as the latest pop star to dye his hair green (above) – effectively rendering seapunk irrelevant or, as he says, “Green Hair Don’t Care.” Does he pull it off? [Popdust]
:: Pharrell has talked about his surprise hit “Happy” at length before, but he has yet to cry over its success as he did on Oprah Prime. “I don’t know why I’m crying!” he said, after host Oprah Winfrey played a clip of fans around the world dancing to the song. [Rap Radar]
:: Speaking of hits: Mac Miller debuted a few new songs at a April 12 concert in Pittsburgh, and one line stuck out to fans in particular. “I did it all without a Drake feature,” he rapped. Thoughts, Future? [MTV]
:: Jhene Aiko exacts revenge on a cheating love in her new “Comfort Inn Ending” video. She steals his jewelry and scratches his car with keys before she sets fire to it all, making for a compelling follow-up to “The Worst” while proving she can hold her own, with or without Drizzy. [Rap Radar]
:: Justin Bieber skipped the latest hearing for a high-profile incident in December 2013. Bieber is charged with assaulting a limo driver after leaving a Toronto nightclub. [Billboard]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
After last week’s graduation episode
, McKinley High seems like a million miles away now that the focus of the show is shifting to Glee
‘s original crew in New York City. It’s a reunion of sorts with Rachel (Lea Michele
), Kurt (Chris Colfer
), Blaine (Darren Criss
), Sam (Chord Overstreet
), Artie (Kevin McHal
e) and Mercedes (Amber Riley
) joining forces to take on the city that never sleeps. In case you were wondering how the kids fare in the big city, don’t worry — despite a big fight, a man-makeover and a mugging, they all make it through the ups and downs in the end. More »
is working with pop producer Max Martin
, Britney Spears
, Katy Perry
) for his third album. According to rising pop artist Tove Lo
, Lambert visited Martin and his songwriting team in Sweden and recorded a few songs during his visit. “When you hear the fully produced stuff from the studio, that’s one thing, but his voice is insane. I couldn’t believe it,” Lo said to Billboard
, after having worked with Lambert herself.
Martin last worked with Lambert for his 2009 debut For Your Entertainment, where he co-produced two songs. Lambert has talked of his third album since last summer, although at the time he reduced such mentions to a footnote in part of a bigger announcement – he left RCA, the label that released his first two albums including 2012′s No. 1 record Trespassing. Since then, too, he has assured fans of new music while regularly appearing with Demi Lovato on Glee and prepping for a North American tour with Queen. More »
After hints that Queen would be again linking up with Adam Lambert
Lambert, Brian May
and Roger Taylor
announced at a press conference today (March 6) that they’ll be heading on their first North American tour this summer. Lambert will be filling in for the late Freddie Mercury
on the 19-date trek, which starts June 19 in Chicago and hits New York, L.A., Philly and a bunch of other cities in the US and Canada, finishing up July 20 at Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Lambert]first performed with the legendary British band on American Idol in 2009, then again in 2011 for the MTV EMAs, which was followed by a string of overseas dates in 2012. The only time the Lambert-fronted Queen has played a US concert was at last year’s iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas.
“I’m completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon,” said Lambert today. “The thought of sharing the stage for a full set in North America is so beautifully surreal. I’m honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie’s memory; he’s a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band. I know this tour will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian, Roger and the rest of the band, I feel like magic will be on display.”
Tickets go on sale March 14 through Live Nation. Head below to see the full list of dates. More »
The seniors at McKinley High are already getting sentimental for their impending graduation. (We seriously don’t think Tina’s fully prepared for this emotional roller coaster. It’s Season 5 — has she looked into therapy yet?) Between their nostalgia and the bickering between former roommates Rachel (Lea Michele
) and Santana (Naya Rivera
), tensions are running pretty high this episode. More »
has already treated us to covers of Katy Perry
and The Darkness
‘ “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”
since joining Glee
but his version — with a little help from Lea Michele
— of Heart
‘s rock anthem “Barracuda” could be his best yet.
The timeless 1977 classic is a perfect fit for Adam’s ferocious brand of pop/rock and he sounds well and truly at home howling over those iconic guitar riffs. His duet partner sounds less comfortable (perhaps Demi Lovato would have been a better choice for this number) but it’s still an enjoyable ride. Listen after the jump. More »