Oh boy, was it a super jam-packed week for pop music! The 2014 American Music Awards nominations were announced, with Iggy Azalea leading the pack. Ariel Pink dissed Madonna‘s recent work, while Christina Aguilera announced her return to The Voice next year along with new music – SAY! We also interviewed Nicole Scherzinger about her upcoming LP, Big Fat Lie and launched an Ibrawlator where you can vote for which pop diva will have the best album by year’s end!
Our favorite insightful tweeters, Chris Brown and Azealia Banks gave their thoughts on the Ebola epidemic. Speaking of Banks, she decided to jump into the messy Snoop Dogg vs. Iggy Azalea social media feud. Snoop has since apologized for starting the drama. But the biggest and most shocking news of the week was Kesha revealing she’d allegedly been sexually and physically abused by producer Dr. Luke for 10 years. The singer has sued the producer, which escalated into a messy lawsuit.
As always, our readers had a lot to say. But they were definitely more opinionated than usual! Check out some of the week’s best comments after the jump. More »
Pitbull unveiled the cover and November 24 release date of eighth studio LP Globalization yesterday (October 15) but the tracklist is still under wraps. While the full line-up is yet to be announced, Mr. Worldwide shed some light on the matter by revealing the involvement of pop heavyweights Jennifer Lopez, Jason Derulo and Chris Brown on the album.
Other collaborators include dancehall king Sean Paul, producer/artist Wallpaper and rising pop diva Bebe Rexha. Songs that have been confirmed include 2014 FIFA World Cup theme song “We Are One (Ole Ola)”, G.R.L.-assisted pop anthem “Wild Wild Love” and current top 40 smash “Fireball”. Globalization will also feature a new single called “Celebrate (from Penguins of Madagascar)”, lifted from the soundtrack of upcoming animated movie Penguins of Madagascar. I’m ready to be slayed. More »
‘Tis the season…for music award show nominations to start rolling in, of course.
After Iggy Azalea led the way with the American Music Award nominations announced earlier this morning, it came down to Ebola conspiracy theorist Chris Brown, Beyoncé and the ever-present Pharrell to pave the road with the most nominations at this year’s Soul Train Awards.
Aside from the usual suspects of pop’s biggest heavyweights, including Drake, John Legend and the King Of Pop himself Michael Jackson, this year’s Wendy Williams-hosted ceremony (airing on November 30) also honors several of our favorite Popping Up acts for the Best New Artist category, including “Am I Wrong” duo Nico & Vinz, Sevyn Streeter and Jhene Aiko. Check out all the nominations after the jump. More »
You know Ebola has entered the public consciousness when pop stars start referencing the disease while fighting with paparazzi (see Iggy Azalea‘s iconic exchange outside of Vons). But the Aussie rapper isn’t alone. Chris Brown has also been spending a lot of time thinking about the lethal virus. So much so that he felt the urge to jump on Twitter last night (October 12) and offer up some pearls of wisdom.
“I don’t know … But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control,” Breezy tweeted his 13.7 million followers. “Shit is getting crazy bruh.” He then followed that up by tweeting: “Let me shut my black ass up!” Everyone is entitled to their opinion but Breezy’s theory is less likely than X going platinum. See the R&B superstar’s tweets after the jump. More »
It’s the second week in a row where seven of the albums in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 are new entries, only this marks the first time in a full year where the first five positions on the chart are all debuts.
Leading the pack is Barbra Streisand‘s 34th studio album Partners, which hops in straight at #1 after selling 196,000 copies out of the gate. The LP, packed with duets, gives Babs the distinction of being the only act to have landed a chart-topping album (on the Billboard 200) in each of the past six decades. Her very first #1 was her fourth LP People, back in 1964.
Right behind Streisand in the runner-up slot is Chris Brown, whose sixth album X moved 146,000 copies in its first week. See who else made the Top 10 below. More »
T.I. has revealed the tracklist for his ninth studio album Paperwork: The Motion Picture, out October 21.
While the Atlanta rapper has teased collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Busta Rhymes and B.o.B., none of those cameos will appear on the album. Instead, executive producer Pharrell appears on two songs, including the album’s title track. Jeezy and Rick Ross appear on one song each. T.I. has also teamed up with a few R&B stars: Usher, Chris Brown (on a song called “Private Show,” no less) and The-Dream.
So far, T.I. has built up anticipation for Paperwork with a few high-profile collaborations: Last spring he dropped “About the Money,” featuring Atlanta’s most compelling (and Nicki Minaj-approved) rap weirdo Young Thug. Later he released the feel-good, DJ Mustard-produced “No Mediocre,” featuring his Grand Hustle affiliate Iggy Azalea. Then T.I. added to the conversation surrounding the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown with “New National Anthem,” featuring Skylar Grey.
See the tracklist for T.I.’s Paperwork: The Motion Picture below. More »
Usher closed out this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival by bringing out a surprise guest: Chris Brown. “He’s a friend, he’s a brother, he’s a passionate artist and I have the fortunate opportunity to have shared a song with him this year,” Usher said, before the younger R&B star joined him on stage.
The two of them performed “New Flame,” Brown’s current single off his new album X. (The album, also featuring “Loyal” and “X,” is predicted to debut second only to Barbra Streisand‘s tenth album Partners next week.) Their singing led to a dance-off, which led to Usher slipping off his high-tops and lighting them on fire – after all, neither of them had the flaming ‘X’ from the “New Flame” video handy.
Watch Usher and Chris Brown do “New Flame” below. More »
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‘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 »
“I 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.