Happy Friday, Idolator Readers! Are you ready for a roundup of this week’s news in the pop world? Ready, steady, go.
Things are especially looking good for Sia and Canadian fusion band MAGIC! this week, as the Aussie songstress’ 6th studio album, 1000 Forms Of Fear, hit the cozy number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart and MAGIC’s “Rude” officially bumped Iggy Azalea’s summer hit “Fancy” out of the leading position on the Hot 100. As if that wasn’t enough, pop heiress Paris Hilton premiered her glamorous video for her latest sparkly single “Come Alive” and New Zealand siblings Broods dropped their clip for ethereal number, “Mother & Father.” Plus, the MTV 2014 VMA nominations were announced, leading to plenty of debate and outcry (as always).
What’s more, Toronto’s own Drake revealed the title of his upcoming new album Views From The 6, while the “Bump N’ Grind” master R Kelly surprised everyone when he announced that he is working on a House record. (!) And last but certainly not least, X Factor alums Fifth Harmony visited our studio for an exclusive acoustic performance of their infectious new single. “BO$$” here on Idolator — and MAGIC! delivered a very special acoustic performance of “Rude” for us too!
As per usual, we could always count on you guys for having plenty to say. Here are some of this week’s best comments after the jump. More »
2004: The year of socialite and future pop legend Paris Hilton
, ripping songs off Limewire, rocking Juicy Couture sweatsuits, fangirling over The O.C.
, the Napoleon Dynamite
and Mean Girls
fan craze, Myspace Top 8 and of course – some of the biggest and best music ever! of It’s hard to believe that ten years has passed since one of the greatest eras of pop music, which is all thanks to artists like Britney Spears
, Amy Winehouse
and many more.
In honor of this unforgettable year, we’ve curated a list (in no particular order) of the ten best pop jams from 2004 that we still can’t get enough of in 2014. Relive your nostalgia below! More »
, pop songwriter and 4 Non Blondes
frontwoman, recently weighed in on Beyonce
‘s songwriting methods in a July 17 Reddit AMA
. Specifically, when a fan asked how Perry (Christina Aguilera
, Gwen Stefani
) felt about the On the Run
star “changing one word on a song and getting writing credit,” she wasn’t impressed.
“well hahaha um thats not songwriting but some of these artists believe if it wasnt for them your song would never get out there so they take a cut just because they are who they are,” Perry said. “but everyone knows the real truth even Beyonce. She is talented but in a completely different way.” Meanwhile, Beyonce’s name appears throughout her self-titled album‘s production credits. More »
Mark your calendars: The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards will air on August 24, live from The Forum in Los Angeles. And following the recent announcement of a few performers like Ariana Grande
, 5 Seconds Of Summer
, MTV’s annual throwdown is now fully underway with the nominations.
Revealed today were all of those up for Moonmen, and (no surprise here) Beyonce leads the pack with eight nominations (including Video Of The Year for “Drunk In Love,” Best Female Video for “Partition” and Best Video With A Message for “Pretty Hurts”).
Other ladies up for a prize include Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea (nominated multiple times for both “Fancy” and Grande’s “Problem”), Miley Cyrus (Video Of The Year for “Wrecking Ball”) and Katy Perry (Best Female Video and Collaboration Of The Year for “Dark Horse”). Pharrell Williams is the lone dude up for Video Of The Year (“Happy”), unless we’re to count Jay Z‘s feature on “Drunk In Love.” More »
shouted out to OutKast
when her and Jay Z
‘s On the Run tour
hit Atlanta on July 15. To longtime residents, this small gesture proved that she knew of the hip-hop duo’s lasting influence.
Currently, Atlanta attracts aspiring rappers and producers from across the South, who work in hopes of churning out the next hit to be broadcast in the city’s three hip-hop stations. During “***Flawless,” Beyonce also played a snippet of Ace Hood‘s “Bugatti,” featuring Atlanta natives Future at the hook and Mike WiLL Made It on the beat. That platinum hit is just one example of how the hip-hop industry has thrived in the city.
In comparison, though, the pop diva’s brief nod to OutKast – a snippet of “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” off the duo’s 1998 classic Aquemini – felt more significant. Her shout-out, like her “No Angel” video, was harder evidence that she knows her hip-hop history — including that, without OutKast, no one would have known that the South got somethin’ to say. Watch Beyonce shout out OutKast during “***Flawless” in Atlanta below. More »
We repeat: The hysteria will be televised.
Beyonce and Jay Z drive the crowd wild in the debut trailer for its HBO special, On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z. Since the special will tape Sept. 12 and 13 in Paris, the trailer uses past footage to tease what’s to come. Quick shots of the hip-hop royal couple, interlocking hands as they navigate backstage, segue into slo-mo scenes of the crowd, raising their hands and fanning themselves. While the trailer doesn’t reveal a premiere date, its mere existence should assure fans that yes, On the Run is happening and will be worth watching. More »
and Jay Z
‘s first-ever joint tour is coming to HBO in September – meaning, the hysteria
will be televised. HBO’s On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z
special will tape Sept. 12 and 13 at the Stade de France in Paris, the only international leg of the tour, the network announced July 10.
With On the Run, the hip-hop royal couple has fully established its landmark relationship with HBO. Early last year, the network aired Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream, which marked the TV debut of Blue Ivy Carter. Later, it debuted Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film – Jay Z’s extended “Picasso Baby” video filmed inside Chelsea’s Pace Gallery, as further proof of his still-growing crossover appeal. More »
Earlier this week, Fox News host Jesse Watters
was slammed for a term he coined: “Beyonce
voters.” A new, must-see Tumblr, simply titled “Beyonce Voters,” adds to the criticism.
The Tumblr pair photos of Barack Obama (“SURFBORT”), Hillary Clinton and female Supreme Court justices like Ruth Bader Ginsburg (above) with Beyonce lyrics. It’s a a move inspired by both the singer’s self-titled album and her “Bow Down” single art, in light of the recent Hobby Lobby decision. And now, some quick politics: On June 30, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that businesses like the craft store Hobby Lobby can be exempt from helping to pay for employees’ birth control, while protected by religious freedom. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Late night host Jimmy Kimmel attempted to dance as Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler, age 11, does in Sia‘s “Chandelier” video. “I don’t dance a lot, but when I do dance, I dance well,” Kimmel says. Ziegler isn’t impressed. Watch up top. [Rolling Stone]
::Pink Floyd may be releasing their first new music in 20 years. The celebrated rock band will drop a new album of unreleased material, The Endless River, in October, according to guitarist David Gilmour‘s wife Polly Samson. [Billboard]
:: The official trailer for Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, starring Andre 3000, has been revealed. After debuting to positive reviews at film festivals, the film will debut nationwide in September. [Stereogum]
:: Jessica Simpson married retired NFL player Eric Johnson on July 5 in Montecito, Calif. The couple has been dating since 2010 and have two children, Maxwell and Ace. [PEOPLE]
:: Did Jay Z cheat on Beyonce? During the On the Run tour, Bey revised the lyrics of 2006′s “Resentment” to say she’s been “riding with you for 12 years,” or how long they’ve been together, but felt she couldn’t do it for him – not like his mistress, but “that wack bitch” could. [Myspace]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Let’s face it, pop fanatics — decent albums have been few and far between this year. And now that we’re halfway through 2014, we at Idolator found ourselves hard-pressed to scrounge up 10 LPs released between January and June, as we’ve done in years past, to shine the spotlight on.
So instead we decided to open the field up a bit and include singles and EP releases, as well as albums, and throw them all together in one ranked list of the best of the best in pop from this year, to-date — all compiled by Idolator’s editors and a couple of the site’s contributors.
It’s now a three-day holiday weekend, so head below and take some time to absorb and perhaps discover some of new music. And, who knows — you might even work out a decent playlist to whip together from our picks. More »