Where’s Lady Gaga‘s born brave bus when you need it? Sam Smith was feeling a little attacked yesterday (December 14) when he received undisclosed online abuse. “Starting to get hate tweets,” the Brit shared. “I knew this would come. I’m too sensitive for this shit haha.” Ed Sheeran immediately jumped to his defense, replying: “I’m willing to bet that they are under 12, live in the middle of nowhere, and look like this.” He attached a picture of a man wearing glasses sitting at a computer.
Things took a twist later in the day when one of Sam’s old tweets went viral. “TURN GAY!! PLEASE!?” he asked Chris Brown way back in 2012. After 1000+ retweets, the “Stay With Me” hitmaker jumped online and claimed that it wasn’t him. “Someone has just hacked my twitter. Sorry to anyone who got weird shit sent to them.” The 22-year-old’s might have overreacted. His generally amusing pre-fame tweets are out there and nobody seems to care (apart from him). Breezy certainly didn’t bat an eyelid. See the (non-)drama unfold after the jump. More »
The lyric video for Nicki Minaj‘s “Only” single sparked a lot of political controversy, but the official version has taken a very different route! The six-minute long clip is an S&M fest that stars the rap diva, Drake and Lil Wayne. In what is probably her sexiest video yet, Minaj plays a fiery dominatrix dressed in all black lingerie as she leads an underground sex dungeon. Chris Brown also makes a creepy, almost possessed cameo — complete with amber-colored contacts.
If you’ve been a little naughty, this video will definitely make you want a spanking — in the best way possible! Minaj’s forthcoming LP, The Pinkprint — which has tracks like the Meek Mill-assisted “Big Daddy,” her “Feelin’ Myself” collaboration with Beyonce, “The Crying Game” featuring Jessie Ware, All Things Go,” “Bed Of Lies” and more — is set to be released on December 15. More »
David Guetta‘s global hit “Dangerous” has been given a soulful overhaul. Chris Brown and Trey Songz feature on a new remix, creatively titled “Part 2,” of the French DJ’s latest single and manage to do less damage than expected. Trigga’s smooth vocal blends well with Sam Martin‘s original feature and Breezy drops a relatively harmless verse towards the end. It’s an interesting experiment but absolutely unnecessary.
While Listen has produced a string of hits around the world (“Shot Me Down,” “Bad” and “Lovers On The Sun”), “Dangerous” is the first to make much of an impression on the Billboard Hot 100. David promoted the track recently with a live performance on GMA and, no doubt, is hoping to pick up some urban radio airplay with this new version. The same ploy worked for Mr. Probz‘s “Waves,” so I guess it’s worth a try. Listen to the remix after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Chris Brown announced this past weekend that he is single. He claims that his now-ex, Karrueche Tran, cheated on him with an on-again, off-again rival of his: “I was locked up for damn near 4 months and only got 1 visit from you while u was hosting parties and taking secret trips to Toronto, going on dates with Drake!” Ouch. [The Daily Beast]
:: Ginuwine hints that he will release a Timbaland-produced album, Same Ol G, in 2015. Please, let this be true. [MTV]
:: While Lil Wayne and Ghostface Killah headlined Vice’s 20th anniversary party, actor Jonah Hill stole the show when he rapped Drake‘s “Marvin’s Room.” [Complex]
:: Brendan Jordan became a viral video star after he was caught dancing to Lady Gaga‘s “Applause” during a local news broadcast. Now, he is an American Apparel model posing in its Clear PVC Circle Skirt. Perfect. [BuzzFeed]
:: “The Britney Spears Piece of Me Couture Pop,” $26 at Sugar Factory, is now available for preorder. It comes with a bedazzled pink handle and in eight different flavors like “Creamy Orange.” [Vulture]
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Sevyn Streeter is back! After landing a much-deserved hit with Chris Brown-assisted slow jam “It Won’t Stop” and dropping one of the best EPs of last year (Call Me Crazy, But… still goes hard), the R&B diva spent most of 2014 working on her debut album. Today (December 4), she officially announced “Don’t Kill The Fun”, another collab with Breezy, as the LP’s lead single. The track is described as an uptempo club-banger and is expected to drop in a matter of weeks.
The Atlantic Records singer/songwriter (she penned Ariana Grande‘s “The Way” and Tamar Braxton‘s “All The Way Home”) was snapped on the set of the video and looks absolutely incredible in a figure-hugging pale blue ensemble. Sevyn even has matching hair! Chris is directing the visual, which also features his street art. See more pics of the stunning 28-year-old on set as well as her collaborator’s Instagram posts after the jump. More »
Wait…what? It’s December already? Guess we should get the rest of this thing going, then.
Last month we presented you with the first part of Idolator’s reader’s poll on the best albums of 2014 — one where we had you vote on your favorite releases from January through June. Let’s just say that Michael Jackson‘s fans were present and counted for with that one, as were the members of Mariah Carey‘s Lambily.
Now it’s time for part two, where you have free reign to help determine which LPs released between July and December are the best. There are plenty to choose from, so let’s just get to it below, shall we? As usual, when all is said and done, we’ll tally up the results from both polls and sort out what Idolator readers deem to be their 10 favorite records from 2014.
Note: As this is a two-part poll, it’s also a two-part process. Once you vote, we also want you to leave your thoughts in the comments box below on why you chose that particular album. We’ll be reading all of your feedback and including some of it when we post the Best Albums Of 2014 Readers’ Poll results.
So get to voting below, then remember to write out why your fave deserves to be in our year-end roundup of 2014’s best albums! More »
Chris Brown wins big at the 2014 Soul Train Awards! The R&B singer, who lead the pack with seven nominations, took home the awards for Best Collaboration, Best Dance Performance and Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Loyal.” He also opened the show with an eight-minute medley — which included oldies but goodies like 2007′s “Take You Down” and 2005′s “Poppin.”
Other highlights of the evening included Tinashe‘s killer mashup of “Pretend” and “2 On,” that featured some intense choreography. Femcees Lil Kim, Missy Elliott and Da Brat closed out the show by reuniting for their 1997 single — “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix).”
View the winner’s list in full (and also the performances) after the jump! More »
The 42nd annual American Music Awards kicked off tonight (November 23) live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, with awards given out to some of our favorite (and biggest) musicians of the year!
One Direction turned out to be the night’s major winners, as the cute British lads took home three awards for Favorite Band, Duo or Group; Favorite Pop/Rock Album with Midnight Memories and Artist of the Year! “Beg For It” rapstress Iggy Azalea won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for The New Classic. “Blank Space” diva, a.ka. Taylor Swift, won the most prestigious award, with the legendary Diana Ross presenting her with the first-ever Dick Clark Award of Excellence!
Other highlights included everyone’s favorite crooner Sam Smith winning Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Katy Perry nagging Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and 5 Seconds Of Summer proving their escalating popularity with the younger generation with their New Artist of the Year win.
View the list of winners from this year’s American Music Awards after the jump! More »
Usher has been revisiting his stacked back catalog during his ongoing tour. When the UR Experience hit Los Angeles last night (November 21), though, he invited next-generation R&B singers to join him on stage.
There was Kid Ink, the producer-rapper who slyly asks for consent in current single “Body Language,” also featuring Usher and Tinashe. There was Jeremih, who co-stars in DJ Khaled‘s R&B posse cut “Hold You Down.” And then there was Chris Brown, who crept up on stage, only to be met with cheers the moment he looked up at the crowd. Not even UR Experience opener August Alsina could resist from capturing the moment on his iPhone.
The older Usher has gotten, the more open he has become to working with new sounds and artists. (Lately, some have argued that he does this to a fault.) So when these younger, more nonchalant and R. Kelly-inspired singers took the stage, he followed their lead until it was time for him to peel his tank top off. (Predictably, this was met with cheers.)
Unfortunately, with Brown’s cameo (Alsina’s “I Luv This Shit” remix, “Loyal,” “New Flame”) that meant less actual singing, with the backing track doing most of the work, and more dancing to win over the crowd. Watch the UR Experience “turn all the way the f— up” – their words, not ours – below. More »
Pitbull‘s eighth studio LP Globalization drops November 24 but the MC’s collaboration with Chris Brown has arrived online a little early. And it’s actually rather great! An irresistible ’80s throwback, “Fun” pays tribute to Miami Sound Machine‘s exuberant Cuban-influenced pop with it’s hip-swinging Latin rhythms and perky percussion. Breezy’s Michael Jackson-channelling vocal is also something of a treat.
“Oh my my, lookin’ like a good good time, don’t disguise the way you wanna love tonight,” the “Loyal” hitmaker sings over what could well be a sample of Gloria Estefan & Co.’s 1985 hit “Conga”. “Oh my my, hook you with a brand new high, don’t be shy I just wanna live tonight”. That’s when Mr. Worldwide pops up for the briefest of verses before returning for an encore where he name checks Enrique Iglesias and raps about his glamorous lifestyle. Listen to the Globalization gem after the jump. More »