and Selena Gomez
are like two peas in a pod right now. The pop star pals charmed everyone with their adorable Vine
and seemingly genuine friendship. They probably text each other inspirational quotes and swap diaries to compare relationship war stories. (After which Taylor wipes the tears from her eyes, picks up a guitar and writes a song). But those lovely ladies aren’t alone. Other pop stars have made real connections. Here are 10 of our favorite celebrity BFFS. More »
Talk A Good Game
songstress/fan of nether-kissing Kelly Rowland
has been making the rounds to chat about her new LP
, and there’s much to discuss this era! That’s what happens when you release deeply confessional ballads about domestic violence and inter-girl group competition.
But K-Row says she isn’t angry anymore against her abusive ex-beau: “We were two different people back then,” she said. “I’m in such a different space and so is he and he’s a good guy and I’m really happy for him the way his life turned out. My life isn’t so bad either.” More »
‘s Talk A Good Game
landed last week as be one of the strongest R&B releases of the year: As I wrote in my review, the chanteuse has finally found her voice with Game
. It’s her strongest and most consistent record to date, a smartly curated collection of songs that shows off her artistry and attitude.
So it was a particular pleasure to get to catch up with the songbird last week on the day of her album release, where she talked about the journey over the last few years, her deliberation over the next single choice, what inspired her to release the confessional ballad “Dirty Laundry,” and whether the erstwhile dancefloor diva is sticking with R&B or gearing up for more big house anthems. More »
teases yet again with a second preview of her “Dirty Laundry” video
. While Rowland’s first clip
highlighted a few dramatic moments — her lover spills wine on her at dinner, Rowland clenches her fist as she sings what he said — the second clip previews quieter, but still tortured moments. Her hair damp, she drags her hand down a foggy glass pane, as if she’s escaped to the shower.
In “Dirty Laundry,” the confessional ballad off her solid new album Talk a Good Game, the new X Factor judge sings of how she felt tortured by both an abusive romantic relationship and Beyonce‘s solo success. Since the release of “Dirty Laundry,” Rowland’s grown quite comfortable to talk about her past in Destiny’s Child.
On Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, host Andy Cohen challenged Rowland to a game of “Plead the Fifth.” Rowland could only abstain from answering one of his questions: What’s one thing that is annoying about Beyonce? What other girl group tried to start beef with Destiny’s Child? (It wasn’t TLC.) What’s the reason why original members Latavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett left?
Check out Rowland’s second “Dirty Laundry” video teaser up top, then her Watch What Happens Live responses after the jump. More »
This week was stacked with new album releases, giving us brand new LPs from J. Cole
, Kelly Rowland
, and of course, Kanye West‘s Yeezus.
And if that wasn’t enough new music for you, we got brand new singles from Victoria Justice
and Kelly Clarkson
With the official start of summer upon us, our staff at Idolator shared their favorite 2013 summer jams: From Avril Lavigne to Daft Punk, our writers plead their case as to why these tracks deserve a spot on your summer playlists.
Miley Cyrus continued to remind us she can’t be tamed with her exuberant interviews in Billboard and Rolling Stone, as well as the premiere of her twerktastic music video for laidback seasonal smash, “We Can’t Stop.”
Check out some of this week’s best comments below! More »
has dropped a 30-second teaser for her “Dirty Laundry”
video, and although the Talk A Good Game
song was produced by The-Dream
, don’t worry, this clip suggests the visual won’t follow his soft-core porn strategy
. Like the song, it looks to be a throwback to those dramatic ’90s R&B gems, all soapy and steamy (get it, because laundry
There’s sad Kelly in the water, and sad Kelly in a dark room, and sad Kelly getting wine spilled on her by the song’s antagonist. Check it out up top.
Did You Hear?
:: Is Selena Gomez now part of the A Team? According to Us Weekly, the 20-year-old is secretly dating Ed Sheeran. Apparently they met via Taylor Swift and have been an item since Memorial Day weekend. [Us Weekly]
:: A round of applause for Mike Posner. He is taking part in the Food Bank Of New York City’s food stamp challenge, spending less than $4.50 a day. [Instagram]
:: Miley Cyrus wants you all to know that she’s super-proud of her “We Can’t Stop” video. And so she should be. It’s not easy to twerk in a pool and keep your dignity intact. [Hollywood Life]
:: New Yorkers were treated to an in-store by Kelly Rowland, who dropped by Best Buy to sign copies of new album Talk A Good Game. Unfortunately she wasn’t giving fans kisses down low. [Just Jared]
:: Madonna admits she was “a mess” on her MDNA world tour. No comment. [Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, find out what music acts you can catch on TV today. More »
I hope Kelly Rowland
has a warm jacket and a torch. It must be cold there in Beyonce
‘s shadow and the hapless diva isn’t going anywhere soon if the predicted first week sales tally of Talk A Good Game
is any indication. The deeply personal album has garnered positive reviews
from critics but is still only expected to sell 60,000 – 65,000 copies this week. To put things into perspective, Queen B sold 300,000+ copies of 4
in its first seven days of release.
Perhaps that’s an unfair comparison but Talk A Good Game will, most likely, sell considerably less than recent albums by fellow R&B divas Fantasia and Keyshia Cole, who managed 91,000 and 96,000 respectively. A first week sales tally of 65,000 copies would be the lowest of Kelly’s career – even less than 2011′s Here I Am, which sold 77,000 copies. There is some good news. The underselling opus is set for a top 10 debut, Kelly’s third in a row. More »
With her new album Talk A Good Game
finally in stores, Kelly Rowland
is stepping up her promo game. The singer stopped by Good Morning America
today (June 19) to perform “Street Life” with Pusha T
. Dressed in an all-black leather, belly-baring outfit, the singer showed off her swagged-out dance moves.
But the appearance didn’t end there! Rowland also gave a little taste of her upcoming “Dirty Laundry” video, which looks fittingly emotional given the song’s subject matter. Catch the performance up top and check out the “Dirty Laundry” teaser after the jump.
After hanging out her dirty laundry and telling us where she wants her kisses, Kelly Rowland
finally dropped Talk A Good Game
, the singer’s most personal effort to date. We gave it a solid four out of five in our review, noting “Game
consists of slickly produced mainstream R&B that skews provocative in its subject matter, even as ballads tend to dominate.” On her fourth studio album, the former Destiny’s Child
member has found her genre niche, however, “there’s still a versatility at play that feels welcome, like she’s working quite hard to cross all her Is and dot all her Ts: The bangers are super sexy and the ballads are super soulful; there’s enough driving-through-Atlanta-with-the-top-down midtempos to satisfy.”
As for the other critics out there, Rowland’s latest LP talked a good game to some, and a meh game to others. Head below for our roundup of reviews. More »