It’s almost time for the bonanza of Best Of 2013 lists, and that means pop’s biggest stars have one last major platform to help them make their mark on the Year In Music narrative, via the American Music Awards. This year’s show, taking place November 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, boasts an impressive, if fairly homogeneous, roster of performers. Come to think of it, the lineup looks an awful lot like the one for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards
— so maybe the monoculture is alive and well after all.
As is always the case with the AMAs, the hardware plays second fiddle to the performances, but one award in particular is worth paying attention to this time: Rihanna will be honored with the first-ever AMA Icon Award. Our guess is that it’s like Justin Timberlake getting the video vanguard award at the VMAs — sort of a worthy recipient, but also probably the result of an agreement to secure a performance from the star.
That’s just the tip of the hulking popberg that is the AMAs, though. On Sunday night, you’ll be inundated with blown-out setpieces, wild choreography, a smattering of lip-syncing and an endless stream of live tweets (speaking of, be sure to follow @idolator!), so you best be mentally prepared. That’s where our Viewer’s Guide comes in. Head below for a complete breakdown of what we can expect at the 2013 American Music Awards. More »
Yikes! Justin Timberlake
has an axe to grind with those of us who were underwhelmed by his latest album, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
and his recent film Runner, Runner.
In his GQ
cover story, he doesn’t mince words when it comes to describing his reaction to the reception: “I feel — literally — like a bunch of people just took a shit on my face,” he says. Oh! What a visually arresting simile.
Specifically, he took umbrage with the response from industry-centric publications like Billboard and Variety, asking rhetorically, “Where did all this vitriol come from? It’s mean. And I’m not cut out for it.”
He continued: “You sound like a dickhead… It just shocked me because, like, you’re trade magazines. None of your opinions count. And by the way, none of you can do it.” And moreover: “I grew up with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder, so sometimes I find it funny that I’ve been able to acquire the patience it takes to be kind to people in our business. Because sometimes I just want to fucking kill everybody.”
Well! That settles that, sort of. More »
is making up for his six-year hiatus by becoming the most hardworking man in showbiz (for proof, check out his 2013 VMAs medley
). In addition to releasing two albums this year, the superstar embarked on the Legends of the Summer tour
with Jay Z
, followed by a worldwide solo tour
. And now Timberlake has extended the global trek, adding yet another North American leg for summer 2014 following a marathon of European shows.
This leg kicks off July 12 in Charlotte, makes its way up the Eastern seaboard and into Canada, then heads west and finishes August 11 in San Jose. As Consequence of Sound points out, there’s a nice little gap during the first two days of Lollapalooza (August 1 & 2), preceded by a couple dates near the festival’s home of Chicago, fueling speculation that he may have one of the festival’s headlining slots. And to think, back when JT was just a lil’ Disney star, Lolla was a bastion of alternative music. Thangs change, Mox.
Check out Timberlake’s summer North American tour dates below. More »
kicked off his 20/20 Experience Tour in Brooklyn this week, and at his Barclays Center show Wednesday (November 6), the superstar treated fans to a cover of Bell Biv DeVoe
‘s era-defining “Poison.” The 1990 New Jack Swing staple had the entire arena singing along, but this was no cheap nostalgia thrill. JT fully channeled not just fans’ collective ’90s past, but his own, taking part in a choreographed dance breakdown with a couple of his Tennessee Kids backup singers which transported the whole arena right back to those boy band days that made Timberlake famous in the first place.
This totally makes up for any missteps on 20/20 – Part 2. Check it out up top. More »
is rising LA-based, Greek-born pop star who broke through this summer with demented electro-anthem “We Do What We Like”
. We invited her into the Idolator
studio to belt out that song
live but also asked if she would be interested in performing a cover and, somewhat surprisingly, she chose Jay Z
‘s meandering Nirvana
-sampling “Holy Grail”
It represented something of a genre change for the dance-pop diva but she fearlessly tackled Justin Timberlake‘s vocal, showcasing the full extent of her talent and innate ability to rearrange songs. If you need any further convincing that Ilia belongs on your pop radar, watch her in action up top. More »
Did You Hear?
:: *NSYNC reunited — at member Chris Kirkpatrick‘s wedding, and at a very low cost. “I think it’s hilarious to know that Justin Timberlake is going to be in a Men’s Warehouse tux ushering the wedding,” Lance Bass said prior to the ceremony. [E!]
:: Eminem has debuted a snippet of MMLP2 bonus track “Don’t Front,” featuring Buckshot. Fans can access the track by purchasing the album and Call of Duty: Ghosts together at select retailers. [Rap-Up]
:: Dolly Parton, country legend and godmother to Miley Cyrus, is the latest person to vouch for the Bangerz star. Parton says that she would never offer Cyrus career advice, as “she’s just trying to find her own place and wings and learn to fly.” [London Evening Standard]
:: Justin Bieber was “spotted” sneaking out of a Rio de Janiero brothel. Save for sneakers, a sheet covers his entire body in the photographic evidence. [New York Post]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
dropped another epic visual from The 20/20 Experience
and while the subject matter couldn’t be further from that of his instant classic “Mirrors”
video, this one is just as sprawling and beautifully shot. Much of the clip finds JT and co-star Riley Keough
in the middle of some undefined lover’s quarrel, exchanging cold stares in the type of apartment only rich, beautiful people get to live in. Soon it escalates into one of those intense spats only rich, beautiful people seem to have, followed by that angry argument sex only rich, beautiful people get to enjoy.
Soon enough, JT is chained to the back of a pickup truck as his spurned lover drags him across the desert. The whole thing, which Timberlake co-wrote with director Ryan Reichenfeld, certainly fits with the darker vibe of The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2. Check it out up top.
Gruesome movies like A Nightmare On Elm Street
, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
, The Hills Have Eyes
have gone down as some of the most classic horror films in movie history. In the Pop world, artists have taken a page out of the genre’s book and created equally wicked music videos. Whether it’s taking revenge out on a former lover or killing people just for fun, the music industry has had its fair share of horrifying visuals.
As Halloween approaches, take a look back at some of the most killer (pun-intended) videos in music history below! More »
Did You Hear?
:: Rihanna is the ultimate social media queen, so when she tweets or instagrams something everyone sees it – even people in Thailand! After posting a racy tweet about a sex show in Phuket during her Diamonds World Tour stop, the bar’s owner was arrested. This wasn’t the first time Riri’s tweets got people in trouble! Her Instagram photo of herself with a slow loris resulted in two arrests of Thai business owners, with wildlife activists condoning their behavior. [Gigwise]
:: Madonna has been banned from a chain of movie theaters after she was caught texting during 12 Years A Slave. The Queen of Pop reportedly spent all of her time texting from her Blackberry inside the NYC Lincoln Theater. [NME]
:: Justin Timberlake has delayed his upcoming 20/20 Experience World Tour dates in Montreal and Boston due to extended rehearsals. Well, at least this gives you some time to memorize his new songs! The tour now officially kicks off at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on November 6. [ONTD]
:: Gwen Stefani is pregnant! The No Doubt singer has been trying to hide her baby bump for weeks, but it was on full display over the weekend when she went pumpkin picking with her family. Congrats Gwen! [Huffington Post]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
married model Helen Lasichanh
on October 12 in Miami. The longtime couple has been engaged
since late 2012, with hopes at the time to be married last spring.
Celebrity photographer Terry Richardson snapped wedding shots aboard a yacht, before the two married at Coconut Grove, Fla.’s National Tropical Botanical Gardens. As if inspired by a recent shoot by Richardson for GQ British, Pharrell wore a red and green tartan tuxedo while Lasichanh paired a voluminous, dark blue, plaid gown with a delicate tiara.
While Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke were rumored to perform, Us Weekly confirmed that Usher and Busta Rhymes had performed a mini concert for the just-married couple. “[T]he most fun wedding I’ve ever been to,” a source said. More »