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Whatcha Say: Jennifer Lopez, Madonna And Miley Cyrus Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! You ready to shake your booty for the weekend?

‘Twas yet another exciting week in pop, as Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea twerked their way through the rump-tastic “Booty” video. Also, Miley Cyrus just got spanked — with a potential lawsuit, that is! And before all the butt stuff, two major ’00′s solo pop queen comebacks are reportedly in the works: Gwen Stefani and Fergie! In fact, we’ve already got a snippet of Fergie Ferg’s new single! Are you guys exited about their return?

Over at Idolator, we had a chat in our studio with Ferras, as well as a sit-down with Sound Of A Woman songstress, Kiesza. Watch out for those coming up soon! Also, have you checked out our 13 great overlooked pop albums yet?

As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out some of the week’s best comments below. More »

Chris Brown Shows Off His Six-Pack In ‘X’ Album Art: 7 Pics

Chris Brown‘s sixth studio LP X dropped this week and it’s predicted to debut at number two on the Billboard 200 with an extremely healthy opening bow of 130,000+ copies. (The only thing standing between the 25-year-old and another number one album is Barbra Streisand‘s duets LP Partners, believe it or not). Not bad considering promo was interrupted by a stint in jail!

Not only does the album boast a batch of hits (“X”, “Loyal” and “New Flame”) and some high-profile collaborators (Usher, Kendrick Lamar and Jhene Aiko), it also has a pretty wicked booklet full of black-and-white Breezy pics. He incorporates crosses into each snap and shows off his impressive six-pack, which happily survived prison food intact. More »

Chris Brown’s ‘X’: Album Review

chris-brown-xI swear to God I’m moving on,” Chris Brown sings in the title track of his sixth album X (out today, September 16). He has insisted as much since he announced X early last year. Brown’s voice floats above a funky bass line and romantic strings on the LP’s first single “Fine China,” bringing to mind Michael Jackson in the early, more innocent days of his solo career. It’s his best impression of the King of Pop yet. However, the hook – “It’s alright, I’m not dangerous” – feels like a somewhat calculated answer to the questions Brown is still facing regarding the 2009 Rihanna incident: What has he learned since then? How does he intend to change? How will he deal with critics?

Brown has released three lackluster albums since that time (Graffiti, F.A.M.E. and Fortune), where he doubled down on both garish Eurohouse beats and his aggression during their most petulant moments. X‘s enduring hit, the Ty Dolla $ign-written “Loyal” is a more finessed example of how the singer’s outlook on women would become horribly retrograde. (Lil Wayne and Tyga join him in flashing money to steal girls from other men, only they all sound offended once they’re the ones left behind.) Despite what “Loyal” hinted, though, X is actually an uneven, though still welcome attempt showing that the troubled Brown wants to change.
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Tyler, The Creator Compares U2′s ‘Songs Of Innocence’ To A Pimple: Morning Mix

:: Tyler, the Creator compared U2‘s surprise release of Songs of Innocence to “WAKING UP WITH A PIMPLE OR LIKE A HERPE.” Like critics, though, he can’t decide whether that’s good or bad. [SPIN]

:: Justin Bieber reveals that he and Selena Gomez are back together, though not in the most romantic way. Bieber’s attorney asked him of their relationship, in regards to a lawsuit filed by a photographer claiming that Bieber assaulted him. [E!]

:: N.E.R.D. (Pharrell, Chad Hugo, Shae Daley) may release their first new music in four years. “You’re gonna like this shit we’re gonna release,” Daley said during Pharrell’s recent iTunes Festival performance, before Pharrell himself said, “There will always be a N.E.R.D.” [NME]

:: Big Sean says that he was actually in a relationship, presumably with Glee star Naya Rivera, when he wrote his new song “I Don’t Fuck With You.” “[O]bviously, after a few things went down, I went back and changed a couple words — but, mainly, the song was already there.” he says. [MTV]

:: Chris Brown and Trey Songz teamed up to remix “Tuesday,” the breakthrough song by Atlanta R&B upstart ILoveMakonnen. Drake remixed the song first, then signed ILoveMakonnen to his imprint OVO Sound. [Rap-Up]

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Chris Brown And Trey Songz Pay Homage To R. Kelly On “Songs On 12 Play”: Listen

Chris Brown teamed up with Trey Songz for “Songs On 12 Play,” a new song from Brown’s upcoming sixth album X (out September 16).

The match-up isn’t just arousing mood music, as to be expected from two young R&B stars. Instead, Brown and Songz weave in references to R. Kelly‘s singles off 1993 debut 12 Play (“Sex Me,” “Bump ‘N Grind,” “Your Body’s Callin’”), plus later hits like “Fiesta” and “Ignition,” in efforts to sound more explicitly adult.

If anything, “Songs On 12 Play” brings to mind how much Brown and Songz (who recently released his own sixth album, Trigga) owe to the still-controversial R. Kelly. Following a brief, almost forgettable stint with new jack swing, the raunchy R&B singer still manages to find new ways to surprise with his dreamy songs of explicit bedroom instructions, from sung-rapped vocals to truly outlandish metaphors.

Neither Brown nor Songz sound as impassioned in their tribute as R. Kelly would on his own, though “Songz On 12 Play” still sounds like an earnest effort. Hear the X song below. More »

Chris Brown And Ariana Grande’s “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” Surfaces: Watch

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Don't Be Gone Too Long
Chris Brown‘s dance-pop duet with Ariana Grande, “Don’t Be Gone Too Long,” was announced last spring, before it was postponed due to Brown’s incarceration. Then the song appeared to have been scrapped entirely. (“My duet partner isn’t available at the moment to put the song out with me,” Grande had said.) A version without Grande will now appear on Brown’s sixth album X, out September 16.

Days before X‘s release, though, Brown released the “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” video that he directed months ago. While a previous teaser showed only him silhouetted in a dark room while dancing to the song, the full video isn’t as straightforward. In this storybook romance gone wrong, Grande plays a princess who falls in love with Brown. After the two are caught seeing each other, though, knights lock Ariana’s object of affection away in attempts to keep them apart. More »

Chris Brown Performs “X” And “Loyal” On ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’: Watch

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'X' Marks The Spot
With the release of his long-delayed studio album X just days away now, “Loyal” crooner Chris Brown is making his rounds to promote the forthcoming LP.

Last night, Brown and his troupe of dancers hit the stage to perform title track “X,” as well as a bit of “Loyal,” to the frenzied and passionate screams from the studio audience. Dressed head-to-toe in all red, the singer alternated between belting out the emotional track at the mic and stepping back to deliver his signature high-energy choreography.

Although the performer hasn’t had too many live performances throughout this, erm, tumultuous era, he looked right at home performing on a late night stage once again.

Check out the performance up top, and let us know what you thought in the comments below. More »

Chris Brown Says He & Rihanna’s Relationship Will Stop Being Analyzed “When We’re Not Relevant”

For the publication’s latest cover story, Billboard nabbed the first formal post-jail interview with polarizing pop force Chris Brown. The chat happened in mid-August, a couple weeks before hip hop mogul Suge Knight and others were reportedly shot at Brown’s pre-MTV Video Music Awards party (is Breezy a magnet for utter darkness or what?), but despite that, he later issued a statement on the matter to the magazine.

“I realize that what I do for a living opens my life to public scrutiny and that I have a responsibility to everyone because of that exposure,” Brown stated. “I can say that I am only human and I have made mistakes. I can say that I try to live my life in the most true, honest way that I can. I am not perfect, no one is.”

Below, see his comments another controversial topic that seems destined to follow Breezy around for a long time: Rihanna. More »

Suge Knight Reportedly Shot At Chris Brown’s Pre-VMAs Party

Suge Knight, former Death Row Records CEO, was reportedly shot while attending Chris Brown‘s pre-VMAs party in West Hollywood’s 1 Oak. TMZ reports that Knight left the nightclub at 1:30 a.m. today (August 24) on his own, though was led by police to an ambulance and is currently undergoing surgery. Some sources say Knight was shot twice, others that he was shot six times.

The reasons why shots were fired is also still unknown. However, Brown seemed to confirm that shots were fired by retweeting TMZ’s report, then airing out his own feelings. “It’s disappointing that we as a society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes,” the X star and VMA nominee said on Twitter. “Miss me with the bullshit!!!” More »

Chris Brown Debuts Diplo-Produced Album Title Track, “X”: Listen

X Marks The Spot
Chris Brown‘s X has been a long time coming, thanks to a seemingly endless string of pushbacks and legal troubles. But it really is coming, and to prove it, Breezy’s just debuted the massive, Diplo-produced title track from the upcoming LP.

The track kicks off slowly and pensively at first, similar to Usher‘s own Diplo collabo, “Climax.” “If you’re only as good as the company you keep then I’mma blame you for what they say about me,” he damningly croons. Synths start to build around the crooner’s melodic vocals, until it becomes an all-out electronic production: “I swear to God I’m moving on!” he angrily spits before the song dips into a heavy, very Diplo-esque sort of noisy “Express Yourself”-like breakdown. Breezy’s been burned — this is clearly not a love song.

Listen to “X” after the jump. What do you think about Chris Brown’s Diplo collabo? Let us know in the comments below. More »