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:: Good news for Idina Menzel fans in the UK! The singer has announced a summer tour that kicks off on June 20th. It will run for six dates in cities like London, Manchester and Glasgow. [via press release]
:: In sadder news, Tim Drummond has passed away at the age of 74. The bassist was well known for playing alongside Neil Young, Stills and Nash, Crosby and Bob Dylan. [Rolling Stone]
:: Chris Brown always seems to find trouble, even when he’s not involved in the incident! Over the weekend while the singer gave an impromptu performance at a San Jose nightclub, shots fired that left five people injured. [People]
:: Stephen Colbert is gearing up for his move to late night television, and the air date for The Late Show has been revealed! Look out for Colbert’s debut on September 8 from NYC’s Ed Sullivan Theater. [Huffington Post]
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Sevyn Streeter has been teasing new single “Don’t Kill The Fun” with an Instagram countdown leading up to its January 13 release date, but (as is often the case) it arrived online a little early. That’s a minor setback on the grand scheme of things — particularly because the catchy Chris Brown collaboration sounds like a hit. A feel-good anthem with lashings of on-trend percussion, the R&B diva has really upped her game.
The 28-year-old, who previously teamed up with Breezy on 2013 radio smash “It Won’t Stop,” sings about seizing the moment and living in the fast line. “Let’s be undeniable and we won’t stop rockin’ till they call the cops,” Sevyn purrs. “Don’t kill the fun.” That’s when Chris comes in for his soulful/romantic verse and things go really crazy with wacky synths and vocal effects. Listen to the furture party staple after the jump. More »
It’s coming! Sevyn Streeter unveiled the sexy cover of new single “Don’t Kill The Fun” yesterday (January 7) and follows it up today with a snippet of the Chris Brown-assisted banger. It’s hard to glean too much from the 30-second preview — it’s mostly instrumental — but the percussion-heavy sound is right on-trend and the rising R&B diva has never looked hotter than in the colorful promo video (up top).
“Don’t Kill The Fun” (due January 13) is the lead single from Sevyn’s as-yet untitled debut LP. She filmed the video in late December and was snapped rocked violet hair and a bunch of body-hugging outfits on set. The visual is also set to feature Breezy’s street art and lots of choreography. This is the second time the 28-year-old has joined forces with Chris. He also featured on her 2013 breakthrough hit “It Won’t Stop.” More »
:: Iggy Azalea revealed that she was diagnosed with TMJ on Twitter yesterday (December 31). The muscular disorder causes jaw pain and is brought on by stress — at least according to the femcee. The multiple Grammy nominee also announced that she has started work on her second album. [Twitter]
:: Season 14 of American Idol is just around the corner. Jennifer Lopez posted a couple of behind-the-scenes pics on Instagram and is looking typically flawless. The talent show has suffered from falling ratings over the past few years, but if anyone can turn things around, it’s J.Lo. [Instagram]
:: Nicki Minaj opens up about getting an abortion as a teenager in her Rolling Stone cover story. “It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through,” she says of the ordeal, which she also references on her new LP The Pinkprint. [Billboard]
:: Well, this has to be a first. Chris Brown cancelled a New Year’s Eve performance in the Philippines because — wait for it — he lost his passport. I guess that’s a polite way of saying he couldn’t be bothered flying half-way around the world for one show. [Billboard]
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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 »
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:: 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 »