In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Nicki Minaj has selected Beyonce-featuring jam “Feelin’ Myself” as the next single from The Pinkprint. “Radio has really gravitated to their own songs, like I’m guessing ‘Feelin’ Myself’ is the next urban song,” the rap diva told Hot 97. “They picked it on their own.” It’s an absolute no-brainer given the success of their previous collaboration, “***Flawless,” on urban radio and the song’s popularity on iTunes.
In fact, “Feelin’ Myself” is currently best-selling track from The Pinkprint — even ahead of the femcee’s official new single “Only.” (You know, the one with the racist Nazi lyric video?) Speaking of that banger, Nicki was asked which of those collaborators — Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown — she would like to fuck, marry and kill. Onika played it cute and let the listeners decide, but wasn’t particularly vocal when the crowd voted for Breezy’s death! Listen to the interview after the jump. More »
Beyonce has blessed the world with a new candid of Blue Ivy. The world’s most famous toddler crashed one of her mom’s impromptu photo shoots and stole the show. I’m not sure why Queen Bey is posing against a wall decorated with copper piping. I guess she needed something to post on her addictive Instagram, which has just passed 22 million followers. The rest of the shoot finds the game-changing diva looking typically ***flawless despite rocking a couple of questionable outfits.
It’s nice to see the 33-year-old having some down time after a particularly busy year. Beyonce continued to draw away from the pack in 2014, with record-breaking tour receipts and bumper record sales. She also birthed another viral sensation with her much-copied “7/11″ video and nabbed six Grammy nominations, including one for Album Of The Year. Oh, and Beysus also blessed Nicki Minaj with a collab. See her pics up top. More »
Beyonce quest to conquer clubs over the holiday period is now in full swing with a new batch of official “7/11″ remixes arriving online. While BAUT (the best of the existing mixes) delivered a fairly traditional house overhaul, RedTop takes the rising hit — it reached a new peak of number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week — in a very different direction. Who knew that Queen Bey’s radical, chorus-less anthem just needed to be funked up?
The Swedish DJ has a long history of remixing Bey’s iconic jams. He is probably best remembered for that sprawling, 11-minute version of Beyonce highlight “Haunted” (listen to his eerie take here), but RedTop also made a number of 4-era singles — “I Was Here” and “Party” — club-ready. They were all great but this is on a different level. “7/11″ sounds like a completely new song without losing any of its bite. Listen to the funk-heavy remix after the jump. More »
“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 »
Truly great albums were hard to come by in 2014, but the land of pop music was flooded with amazing singles over the past 12 months. In fact, we had a field day re-visiting the sounds of this year in order to compile this list, which you’ll find is filled with everything from synthed-up R&B jams to housey club cuts to twangy guitar pop to sassy rap joints.
So let’s just hop to it. Below you’ll find Idolator’s roundup of the 20 Best Pop Singles Of 2014. (Also, if you didn’t already check out our list of the Best Albums Of 2014, it serves as a nice companion piece!) We’ve even thrown in a handy Spotify playlist featuring each track — well, except for the Beyonce one, which we had to substitute with a dodgy, generic “as made famous by” cover version. Enjoy! More »
Did You Hear?
:: Taylor Swift celebrated turning 25 by inviting Beyonce, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez and more to a birthday bash at her New York City apartment. See eight photos from the fun-filled, star-studded event above.
:: Be sure to also check out what Girls creator Lena Dunham gifted the 1989 star. Hint: There’s a cat involved. [Billboard]
:: Ingrid Michaelson‘s take on Taylor Swift’s “Clean” wasn’t the only inspired cover from Billboard’s Women in Music event – Betty Who performed a stripped-down version of Ariana Grande‘s “Love Me Harder.” [Billboard]
:: Jeremih was arrested for attempting to board a flight after the final boarding call. According to reports, the “Don’t Tell ‘Em” singer pried open the jetway door of the US Airways plane heading to Phoenix. [Rolling Stone]
:: “What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?” Iggy Azalea asks Nick Young, her NBA player boyfriend, behind the scenes at Forever 21′s holiday ad shoot. “Vanilla,” he says, as he looks intently back at her. See what he did there? [MTV]
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The December month is getting chilly, but that isn’t stopping the music industry from firing things up with some major moments! This week was jam-packed with events: Nicki Minaj and Beyonce‘s cocky “Feelin’ Myself” collab leaked, Lil Kim and K. Michelle got their claws out (as did Diddy and Drake — literally), Rihanna teased another snippet, and Marilyn Manson spoke up about that Lana Del Rey video. Charli XCX‘s forthcoming Sucker LP is also streaming (and it’s pretty awesome).
We at Idolator were busy little bees as well! Our own Mike Wass chatted with Walk The Moon, we launched a contest where you can see and meet Rixton in concert, chose the best under-the-radar synth-pop acts and handpicked our favorite albums of 2014. Also, keep voting for your own faves in the second part of our reader’s poll!
As always, you readers had plenty to say about the going-ons in the industry. Check out this week’s best comments below! More »
If you could actually break the internet without a global power outage, Beyonce would have done just that on December 13, 2013. The unannounced digital drop of her self-titled fifth LP — complete with 17 music videos — was an event. The Hive suffered a collective nervous breakdown (and severe RSI from excessive tweeting), critics rushed to lavish praise, music execs pondered the ramifications on the industry and Queen Bey hopped on Instagram to post a picture of cupcakes. Cupcakes!
A year later, and the dust is finally starting to settle on Bey’s stroke of creative (and marketing) genius. The visual album sold 617,213 digital copies on US iTunes in three days — more than enough to nab the diva her fifth-consecutive number one LP on the Billboard 200. (The sales tally now stands at 2,136,000 copies). Beyonce also spawned five charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 — “XO”, “Drunk In Love”, “Partition”, “***Flawless” and “Mine” — and recently nabbed a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. A critical and commercial success by any measure, the project is even more impressive when you consider how high the stakes were. More »
Surprise! Yet again, Beyoncé‘s just done a surprise digital drop out of nowhere…and this time, she’s getting deep. In fact, let’s just call her the Beylai Lama, because she is serving truth after truth after truth in this introspective, philosophical 11-minute video.
The artsy clip, loaded with footage from her 2013 visual album, has less to do with Bey’s 2013 album and more to do with her general outlook on life, and her philosophies on fame, conflict and…Beyoncé: “You can’t put your finger on who I am. I can’t put my finger on who I am. I am…complicated,” she explains. “I grew up with a lot of conflict and traumas, and I’ve been through a lot, just like everybody else. My escape was music.”
She also reflects on death (“I watched my friend’s body deteriorate…to see someone pass on so gracefully put everything into perspective”) and even touches on the word that illuminated from behind her on stage: Feminism. “I was always considered myself a feminist, although I was always afraid of that word because people put so much on it, when honestly it’s very simple,” she says. “It’s just a person that believes in equality for men and women. Men and women balance each other out, and we have to get to a point where we are comfortable with appreciating each other.” More »
Nicki Minaj‘s The Pinkprint era is her sexiest yet, and the album’s tracks definitely reflect that! The latest tune to showcase the rapper’s seductive side is her long-awaited collaboration with Beyonce — “Feelin’ Myself.” Produced by Hit-Boy, the syrupy mid-tempo finds the ladies at a chilled and very confident state. Minaj spits explicit verses while Beyonce swoops in with some cocky lines: “Change the game with that digital drop/ Know where you was when that digital pop/ I stopped the world!”
“Feelin’ Myself” follows the pair’s first collaboration on the “***Flawless” remix that dropped in August. Minaj’s forthcoming LP, The Pinkprint — which has tracks like the Meek Mill-assisted “Big Daddy,” “Only,” “All Things Go,” “Bed Of Lies” and more — is set to be released on December 15. As for King Bey, her Beyonce Platinum Edition set is now available for purchase. Take a listen to the track below! More »