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The 15 Best Pop Music Shade-Fests Of 2014

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2014'S BEST POP SINGLES
2014'S BEST POP SINGLES
Idolator editors pick their 20 favorites from the past 12 months.

Oh boy, did the shade ran rampant this year in music! Blame social media or blame the artistic ego, but whatever the reason, we got our fair share of beef happening in the streets. Sometimes it’s fun to witness — especially when it comes down to picking sides. But what happens when two of your favorites are going to toe-to-toe with the insults? Whatever do you do? Events like the recent Diddy/Drake drama (who are apparently fighting over the reportedly stolen “0 To 100″ track) got us thinking about all the other beefs that ran through this year!

The more famous feuds involved the dueling of prominent pop stars, so chances are you felt torn at least once this year when it came down to the now infamous brawls. Regardless of the side you were on, you were at the very least entertained. So we at Idolator have compiled a list of 15 Shade-Fests-slash-Beefs from 2014. From sassy pop divas to hip-hop legends, there was a ton of erratic behavior going on. You know you loved it all, though (and so did we). Check out our shadiest picks below! More »

Beyonce And Jay Z Outbid By Minecraft Creator For $70 Million Mansion: Morning Mix

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:: Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft, outbid Beyonce and Jay Z on a Beverly Hills mansion featuring a 16-car garage, home gym, candy room and a replica of actor James Dean‘s motorcycle. The hip-hop royal couple had visited the house six times, but then Persson closed a deal for $70 million in just six days. [Curbed LA]

:: will.i.am reveals that the Black Eyed Peas have reunited to create new music, though as he stresses, not an album. “I don’t know anyone who was like — unless I was cleaning the house or going on a long drive — not even when they’re working out, do they listen to albums. They listen to a whole bunch of songs at once,” he says. So, there’s that! [Ryan Seacrest]

:: Elton John married his longtime partner David Furnish in England on December 21. The couple has two sons, Zachary and Elijah. [Billboard]

:: Nicki Minaj accused ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels on Twitter for “selling vids” and taking advantage of her overall. Samuels fired back to dispute her claims and condemn her for airing them out online: “i jus got off the phone with your mother and come off to this..pls stop.” [Just Jared]

:: Laverne Cox, star of Orange Is the New Black and transgender activist, “literally fell to the floor” when she received a holiday card signed “Love, Beyonce.” Remember, Cox is also an active and vocal member of the Beyhive. [MTV]

:: Have you ever wanted to see One Direction‘s Harry Styles and actress Kristen Wiig lead a sing-along to “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life”? Of course you have. [Instagram]

“I’m really proud of how he’s coming out of that stage and the music he’s working on is really, really fresh right now,” Will teased. “Bieber is awesome!” – See more at: http://www.ryanseacrest.com/2014/12/18/will-i-am-talks-i-ampuls-smartwatch-taylor-swift-and-new-justin-bieber-music/#sthash.Ya9I64kU.dpuf
“I’m really proud of how he’s coming out of that stage and the music he’s working on is really, really fresh right now,” Will teased. “Bieber is awesome!” – See more at: http://www.ryanseacrest.com/2014/12/18/will-i-am-talks-i-ampuls-smartwatch-taylor-swift-and-new-justin-bieber-music/#sthash.Ya9I64kU.dpuf

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Beyonce, Jay Z And Timbaland Are Being Sued For Using An Unauthorized Sample In “Drunk In Love”

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick the best pop singles of 2014.

“Drunk In Love” just can’t win. The meme-spawning phenomenon was recently snubbed in all major categories at The Grammys and could be removed from the radio for good if a miffed Hungarian diva has her way. Mitsou (real name Monika Miczura) contends that Beyonce, Jay Z and Timbland sampled her 1995 Roma folk song “Bajba, Bajba Pelem” in the mega-hit’s mysterious intro and is demanding compensation — as well as a radio ban until her voice is removed.

It seems unlikely that a producer of Timbaland’s standing would get it so wrong but Mitsou is adamant that it’s her voice at the beginning of the track, and insists that she never gave her permission for the sample. She is also really upset that her song has been used “to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics.” It seems the original was an introspective piece about hopelessness. Awkward. More »

Justin Timberlake Brings Out Jay Z At ’20/20 Experience Tour’ Concert In Brooklyn: Watch

Beyonce, Jay Z & More Crash Swift's Party
Beyonce, Jay Z & More Crash Swift's Party
The biggest popstars helped to ring in Taylor Swift's 25th birthday!

Justin Timberlake and Jay Z have always been cool, but it seems like Taylor Swift and Beyonce are joining their BFF crew! Fresh after celebrating the “Blank Space” starlet’s 25th birthday, they all gathered at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to watch JT perform at his “20/20 Experience World Tour” stop. This month marks the singer’s last string of dates, and he’s going out with a bang!

Timberlake brought out Hova on stage to perform their Magna Carta Holy Grail collaboration, “Holy Grail,” to an energetic audience. Even Swift and King Bey were feeling it, as they were caught grooving to the tune in the VIP section along with the ladies of HAIM!

Watch the duo rile up the crowd, as well as Taylor Swift and Beyonce dancing, after the jump! More »

Beyonce, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake And More Crashes Taylor Swift’s Birthday Party: Morning Mix

Iggy Azalea Teams With Britney Spears
Iggy Azalea Teams With Britney Spears
I-G-G-Y confirms a duet with the pop icon, says it won't be a sequel to ''Booty.''

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:: Taylor Swift celebrated turning 25 by inviting BeyonceJay Z, Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez and more to a birthday bash at her New York City apartment. See eight photos from the fun-filled, star-studded event above.

:: Be sure to also check out what Girls creator Lena Dunham gifted the 1989 star. Hint: There’s a cat involved. [Billboard]

:: Ingrid Michaelson‘s take on Taylor Swift’s “Clean” wasn’t the only inspired cover from Billboard’s Women in Music event –  Betty Who performed a stripped-down version of Ariana Grande‘s “Love Me Harder.” [Billboard]

:: Jeremih was arrested for attempting to board a flight after the final boarding call. According to reports, the “Don’t Tell ‘Em” singer pried open the jetway door of the US Airways plane heading to Phoenix. [Rolling Stone]

:: “What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?” Iggy Azalea asks Nick Young, her NBA player boyfriend, behind the scenes at Forever 21′s holiday ad shoot. “Vanilla,” he says, as he looks intently back at her. See what he did there? [MTV]

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Dr. Dre Is 2014′s Highest-Paid Musician: Morning Mix

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:: Congratulations to Dr. Dre, who tops Forbes’ list of 2014′s highest-paid musicians! The hip-hop mogul brought in a whopping $620 million this year. Beyonce comes in second place (duh) with $115. [Huffington Post]

:: Young Jeezy is cleared of gun charges that stemmed from an arrest in August after police found an AK-47 and a Glock on his tour bus. The Orange County, CA District Attorney and judge explained there was a lack of evidence for the rapper’s case. [Rolling Stone]

:: Jay Z recently meet with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss criminal justice reform. The two went over the current system that’s in place and what they could do to improve it. The governor’s spokesperson stated they had a “productive conversation about doing a top-to-bottom review of the criminal-justice system, and how we can all work together to pass a reform package that ensures equality in the eyes of the law.” [Complex]

:: Bad news for Drake, whose 2013 Nothing Was The Same LP was the most pirated album of ExtraTorrent, one of the biggest torrent sites on the web. Maroon 5‘s “Payphone” single landed in second place, with Jay Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail LP in third. Yikes! [Popdust]

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Solange Throws The Best Wedding Ever — Dances With Son To “No Flex Zone” & Makes Beyonce Sit On The Floor: 7 Pics

Kim Kardashian tried to break the internet by showing her oily butt on the cover of Paper magazine but Solange Knowles came much closer last night (November 16) when her quirky wedding photos went viral. (That could explain why Kris Jenner jumped on Instagram to throw a little shade, but more about that later). Why did the pics cause such a stir? For starters, there’s the hipster element.

The 28-year-old diva and her 51-year-old husband-to-be Alan Ferguson rode to the ceremony on pimped-out bicycles. They also wore matching white outfits and tied the knot in a spooky/chic New Orleans venue. The newlyweds should be the absolute worst but the whole event was so flawlessly executed that you can’t help but be in awe. Other highlights include someone having the audacity to make Beyonce sit on the floor and Tina Knowles becoming a Twitter sensation for looking sexier than anyone has a right to at the age of 60.

While the wedding exuded hipster chic, the reception seemed more relaxed. Solange even entertained guests by dancing to Rae Sremmurd‘s breakthrough hit “No Flex Zone” with son Julez. (Watch their slick moves after the jump). As for Kris Jenner? Well, she clearly didn’t like the attention the Knowles clan was getting and posted a picture of her own family in all-white outfits. Needless to say, her mentions became a bloodbath. More »

Randy Jackson Is Leaving ‘American Idol’: Morning Mix

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:: Fox has announced that Randy Jackson will be leaving American Idol after 13 seasons! He spent his time as a judge for the first 12 years, and mentored for the last season. He’ll definitely be missed on the show, dawg. [Vulture]

:: Our friends over at Vibe recently interviewed Alexandre Moors, the director of Kendrick Lamar‘s latest ’70s-inspired video for “i.” He explained to the magazine the concept of the visual: “[It] is Kendrick waking up the people. He’s doing it for himself and others. That’s why the people are following him. I was trying to find the right tune. I didn’t want it to be a happy-go-lucky video.” Click here to read what else Moors had to say about the directing process!

:: Seizures are a serious matter, but who knew they could be caused by listening to music — specifically from Ne-Yo? UK native Zoe Fennessy claims that she can’t hear the singer’s tunes or else she’ll start having seizures. She even had part of her frontal lobe removed to fix the problem. Yikes! [MTV]

:: Jay Z‘s Made In America festival in Los Angeles will reportedly cost the city’s taxpayers a ton of money — a total of $170,000 to be exact. Live Nation has already paid $500,000 to put on the event back in September, but it wasn’t enough. Now, the L.A. natives are stuck with picking up the extra tab. [Hypetrak]

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‘Beyonce’ Platinum Edition Box Set Contains New Songs “7/11″ & “Ring Off”: See The Official Tracklist

Ring the alarm! It looks like that rumored tracklist for Beyonce‘s reissue of her surprise self-titled 2013 album was a fake. Columbia Records has issued a press release with the official tracklist for the two-CD, two-DVD Beyonce Platinum Edition Box Set (out November 24), which, in a nutshell, contains two new songs — “7/11″ and “Ring Off” — plus four remixes of previously released songs with featured guests Nicki Minaj (“Flawless”), Jay Z and Kanye West (“Drunk In Love”), Pharrell Williams (“Blow”) and Mr. Vegas (“Standing On The Sun”).

One of the DVDs contains 10 live performances from Beyonce and Jay Z’s epic 2014 On The Run Tour (including their joint performance of “Drunk In Love”), while the remaining two discs are the original album and DVD music video compilation released last December.

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Beyonce And Blue Ivy Dressed Up As Janet And Michael Jackson For Halloween: See The Adorable Pics

Well, this is too cute for words. Beyonce started her Halloween celebrations early by stepping out dressed as Janet Jackson circa Rhythm Nation 1814. The 33-year-old got Jan’s military-inspired pant suit just right but even she was upstaged by Blue Ivy, who rocked a Michael Jackson outfit. The adorable toddler had King of Pop’s socks, gloves and jacket down pat.

As for Jay Z? Well, it looks like he wasn’t in the mood for a costume this year. Perhaps, he will go to more effort tonight? It looks like we’ll be seeing more of Bey in the not too distant future. She was accidentally announced as a performer at the MTV EMAs on November 10. While we wait to be slayed by that appearance, check out more pics of the diva’s Halloween look after the jump. More »