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Charli XCX & Rita Ora Take On The Wild Wild West In “Doing It” Video: Watch

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Rita Ora Will Perform At The 2015 Oscars
Rita Ora Will Perform At The 2015 Oscars
Songwriter Diane Warren broke the surprising news.

After various teaser photos, the official video for Charli XCX‘s “Doing It” is finally here! The Cambridge rebel teamed up with fellow UK popstress Rita Ora for the vintage-style visual, which is a nod to the 1991 classic film — Thelma & Louise. The ladies get rowdy in the clip, as they rob a convenience store while wearing British flag-printed ski masks (naturally) and make a getaway in a Barbie-pink pickup truck. Oh, there’s also a troop of nipple tassel-wearing stripper cops!

The end result is a badass, modern take on the Wild Wild West — and way more entertaining than Will Smith‘s version! “Doing It” is the latest song off Charli XCX’s sophomore LP Sucker, which was released on December 15. It features tracks like “Boom Clap,” “London Queen,” “Breaking Up” and “Break The Rules.” More »

Rixton’s “Hotel Ceiling” Video: Trailer Premiere

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Rixton's New Visual Is Almost Here
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Ella Henderson Interview
Ella talks debut album 'Chapter One', her hit "Ghost" & touring with Take That.

UK band Rixton made Idolator’s roundup of Pop’s New Class as 2014 drew to a close last month, and now we’re just two months away from the release of the band’s debut LP. The quartet are currently supporting Ariana Grande on tour ahead of the March 3 release of their album Let The Road.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves! Rixton have a rolled out a new single, “Hotel Ceiling,” which was co-written with Grammy nominee Ed Sheeran. The video for the song debuts this Thursday (January 15), but before that happens, why not catch a tease of the visual via our premiere of its first trailer clip above? More »

Young Nicki Minaj Acting In High School: Watch The Then-Teenager’s Dramatic Skills On Display

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Teenage Drama
Nicki Minaj In Cavalli's 2015 Campaign
Nicki Minaj In Cavalli's 2015 Campaign
See all 10 photos of Niki posing for the fashion label's upcoming line.

Now age 32, we know Nicki Minaj as the ass-bouncing hit-maker behind such smashes as “Super Bass,” “Starships” and “Andaconda.” But there was a time when the rapstress was teenager Onika Maraj, who took part in the drama program at Queens, New York’s LaGuardia High School and did things like shriek about wanting her baby back and hurl phones at her classmates. Relax — it was all part of a scene the then-budding Meryl Streep was working on.

It seems the series You Saw Them Here First, which airs on the UK’s ITV, has unearthed the above clip of Nicki’s acting schools on display during her school days. She probably wasn’t destined to win any Oscars, but if anything, the segment up top shows young Onika’s promise as a future, take-no-prisoners diva who knows how to command attention. More »

Band Aid 30′s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” Is Here: Watch The Video, Starring Sam Smith, One Direction, Rita Ora & Others

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Adele A No-Show For Band Aid 30
Adele A No-Show For Band Aid 30
The singer won't take part in “Do They Know It's Christmas."

The video clip for Band Aid 30‘s rendition of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” premiered Sunday evening (November 16) during the UK telecast of The X Factor, and even without Adele taking part, the new version is quite the star-studded affair. Here on the lyrically-revised 2014 installment of the song — the fourth time it’s been recorded for charity over the past 30 years — One Direction take the first line, followed by Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith and a slew of others (including Bono, a veteran of the very first version, and Chris Martin, who took part 10 years ago in Band Aid 20‘s take on the classic holiday track). More »

Ariana Grande And The Weeknd’s “Love Me Harder” Video: Watch Them Pose In The Simple Clip

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Try Harder, You Two

Compared to the ’60s dance party that was “Problem” and the campy sci-fi nature of “Break Free,” nothing much happens in Ariana Grande‘s music video for “Love Me Harder,” her third, The Weeknd-featuring single off My Everything. That’s quite alright, though, as the dreamy mid-tempo number is arguably the best song off Grande’s second album, and a bit of visual understatement for this one is just what’s in order. More »

Gorgon City On Debut Album ‘Sirens’, The UK House Scene & Working With Jennifer Hudson, Kiesza & MNEK: Interview

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Our Chat With Matt And Kye Is Unmissable!
For well over a year, UK duo Gorgon City have been steadily releasing one stellar house banger after another, beginning with 2013′s “Real” (featuring Yasmin) and “Intentions” (a pair-up with Clean Bandit), and carrying into 2014 with the MNEK-featuring anthem “Ready For Your Love,” “Here For You” with Laura Welsh on vocals and their latest, “Unmissable.” The latter was co-written by fellow British hit-maker James Napier, aka “Jimmy Napes,” and features the soulful crooning of UK newcomer Zak Abel.

Gorgon City recently announced their debut album Sirens (out October 7 — pre-order on iTunes), which comes packed with even more high-profile features, including Jennifer Hudson, Katy B and Erik Hassle. Ahead of the release, Matt Robson-Scott and Kye Gibbon, who make up the duo, stopped by Idolator’s studio to talk about their first LP and the growing resurgence in UK house music. More »

Jessie J Interview: 7 Things You Should Know About “Bang Bang” & Her Upcoming Album

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Bang! Bang!
Jessie J is back on top and bigger than ever thanks to a little song called “Bang Bang.” Before the British singer-songwriter hooked up with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj for her out-of-the-blue summer 2014 smash, she was known stateside for previous hits like “Price Tag”  and the magnificent slice of pop “Domino.” But for her upcoming third album, Jessie’s been working with a pedigree of musicians and songwriters that could just ensure she’ll graduate from the status of “oh, right — her” to “Oh…HER!

“I was lucky enough to work with Tricky and The-Dream, Diplo, 2 Chainz, Max Martin, Ammo,” Jessie tells Idolator. In fact, Max “Midas Touch” Martin, who co-produced “Bang Bang,” co-wrote the infectious upcoming track from J’s new album called “Burning Up,” which features a crazy rap from 2 Chainz that the singer couldn’t help spitting out for us during the above interview. (No, really — Jessie J imitating 2 Chainz…you gotta watch it.) More »

Fifth Harmony Peform “Bo$$” Live And Acoustic: Idolator Sessions

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Harmonizers, does Idolator ever have a treat for you today! Sassy vocal quintet Fifth Harmony swung by our studio last week to promote their just-released single “Bo$$”, and in case you’ve yet to hear it, the song finds the ladies calling out such powerful women as First Lady Michelle Obama and media mogul Oprah Winfrey over an infectious pop-R&B hook. And can we just get an amen on America finally offering up a girl group with chops as impressive as this?

Now, what you likely haven’t heard is 5H belting out the bombastic “Bo$$” during a stripped-down, acoustic performance. And that’s just what we have for you above. While hanging out with us and shooting the above Idolator Sessions clip, the girls proved that their “Bo$$” is a song that works with more than just one style of performance. More »

NSFW: Watch Madonna’s Most “Unapologetic Bitch” Moments On Stage & In Interviews: Idolator Instant

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Never A Dull Moment!
Whether she’s trying to make #ArtForFreedom happen or posting pictures of her 14-year-old son Rocco (possibly) doing underage drinking or herself wearing a traditional Muslim veil, there’s no doubt that Madonna has livened up Instagram since she joined the photo-sharing social media hub. Though, really — hasn’t the Queen Of Pop livened up every corner of media she’s waded into over the years?

Speculation has run rampant over the Material Matriarch’s current penchant for using the hashtag #UnapologeticBitch on Instagram. Is she planning to release a single soon with that title? Will it be the name of her MDNA follow-up album? Is that Lourdes‘ pet name for dear ol’ mom? Whatever the case may be, Madonna, those two words do not excuse your terrible use of grammar in your captions! More »

Watch Michael Jackson’s Amazing Spins Through The Years: Idolator Instant

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Dancing Machine!
From the Jackson 5‘s “I Want You Back” in 1970 to Michael Jackson‘s “Love Never Felt So Good” this spring, the King Of Pop has been entertaining us with a dazzling flurry of hit singles, record-breaking albums, stunning live performances and, particularly, jaw-dropping dance moves over the past five decades. Granted, we now have to watch those moves and performances in retrospect…which is exactly what we did in the wake of the recent release of MJ’s posthumous album Xscape.

Sure, there are many signature steps Jackson had that remain emblazoned on our minds: the moonwalk: that leg kick; the, um, crotch grab. But we decided to focus on his famous spins over the years for our latest Idolator Instant compilation.

In the video clip above, you’ll see a young, teen-aged Michael twirling effortlessly through various TV performances with his brothers. As the years moved on and his solo albums like Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad began smashing sales records, he kept his trademark spin going on the stage and in the then-flourishing medium of music videos. More »