Lady Gaga never sleeps. After wrapping up the ARTPOP era, Mother Monster moved straight on to Cheek To Cheek — her chart-topping duets album with jazz legend Tony Bennett. They have a mini-tour in early 2015, but it looks like the pop diva is already working on new music music. The “Applause” hitmaker recently spent some time in the studio with producer Nile Rodgers and songwriter Diane Warren.
“Gaga read and sang the chart perfectly,” the disco pioneer tweeted. “She killed it.” Diane was similarly full of praise: “Lady Gaga doing vocal exercises outsings just about any singer in pop music.” It’s all very exciting, but what exactly are these heavy-hitters working on? It could be new music for Gaga or a track for the upcoming Chic album, which Nile has been promising for a while now. Regardless, it’s a pretty exciting assembly of talent! See their tweets after the jump. More »
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 »
Folks, the year is coming to a close, and we’re all feeling a bit less uptight…including Lady Gaga, who hit up The Tonight Show last night with her Cheek To Cheek pal Tony Bennett and told a charming story about the time a 70-year-old stripper in Atlanta told the pop diva to take off all her clothes and sing. The pole-dancing senior then had Gaga autograph a beer can so she could crush it between her boobs.
Tony sat quietly beside Gaga as the story played out, seeming amused. And how do you follow up a story about ancient strippers with tin-destroying breasts? By performing a cover of Cole Porter‘s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.” Duh.
Watch Gaga and Tony chat above, then catch Mother Monster’s performance below. More »
In early November, we asked Idolator readers to vote for their favorite albums from the first half of 2014, and followed that up two weeks ago with a poll featuring LPs released between July and December. And now the results are in, the numbers have been tallied and we’re presenting you with the 10 Best Albums Of 2014, as chosen by you!
Altogether, nearly 74,000 votes were cast for the 40 albums included on both polls, with each album within the Top 10 racking up at least 1,000 of those votes a piece. Two of the albums represented below even wound up on our own 10 Best Albums Of 2014 list, as chosen by the Idolator editors.
Head below to see the results for which 10 albums were voted by you as the best of the best this year! More »
That Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga reign — or should we say snow? — just won’t let up. The Cheek To Cheek pair whipped out a surprise cover of “Winter Wonderland” today, just in time for the snowfall that’s currently hitting the East Coast. What can you expect here? What else — there are horns; there is crooning; there is Gaga channeling her inner Liza.
Consider this a much more Grandma-friendly yuletide gem than “Christmas Tree” to crank up at your next holiday get-together. More »
What started an already incredibly messy situation just got, somehow, even messier.
If you’ve not been following along for the full story, the entire legal ordeal began when Kesha formally filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke in October, claiming that the producer had “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused” her for a decade. (She also reportedly wrote about this to fans while in rehab at the beginning of the year.) Almost immediately, Dr. Luke fired back with a lawsuit of his own, claiming that Kesha’s suit was “a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements.” And then, Dr. Luke sued Kesha’s mom Pebe Sebert for aiding in this alleged defamation.
Then, Pebe fired back with a lawsuit for reportedly giving her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And to make matters even more insane, Kesha’s lawyer Mark Geragos made a claim on Twitter that Lady Gaga was reportedly assaulted by Dr. Luke as well — which Gaga’s reps immediately denied. But of course, the story doesn’t stop there. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Chris Brown announced this past weekend that he is single. He claims that his now-ex, Karrueche Tran, cheated on him with an on-again, off-again rival of his: “I was locked up for damn near 4 months and only got 1 visit from you while u was hosting parties and taking secret trips to Toronto, going on dates with Drake!” Ouch. [The Daily Beast]
:: Ginuwine hints that he will release a Timbaland-produced album, Same Ol G, in 2015. Please, let this be true. [MTV]
:: While Lil Wayne and Ghostface Killah headlined Vice’s 20th anniversary party, actor Jonah Hill stole the show when he rapped Drake‘s “Marvin’s Room.” [Complex]
:: Brendan Jordan became a viral video star after he was caught dancing to Lady Gaga‘s “Applause” during a local news broadcast. Now, he is an American Apparel model posing in its Clear PVC Circle Skirt. Perfect. [BuzzFeed]
:: “The Britney Spears Piece of Me Couture Pop,” $26 at Sugar Factory, is now available for preorder. It comes with a bedazzled pink handle and in eight different flavors like “Creamy Orange.” [Vulture]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today below. More »
Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran were up bright an early today to make the announcement of the initial nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards on CBS This Morning. And, probably no surprise here — each of them landed nominations in at least one of the five categories announced so far. (The rest of the categories will be revealed throughout the day on Twitter, and we’ll be updating right here, so keep checking back!)
Sheeran’s x is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, where he’ll compete with Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and others. Pharrell’s G I R L is up for Best Urban Contemporary Album, as is Beyonce‘s 2013 self-titled LP (another one Pharrell worked on). As for the biggest award of the night (Album Of The Year), nominees included the “7/11″ singer, Smith, Pharrell, Sheeran and Beck. More »
Wait…what? It’s December already? Guess we should get the rest of this thing going, then.
Last month we presented you with the first part of Idolator’s reader’s poll on the best albums of 2014 — one where we had you vote on your favorite releases from January through June. Let’s just say that Michael Jackson‘s fans were present and counted for with that one, as were the members of Mariah Carey‘s Lambily.
Now it’s time for part two, where you have free reign to help determine which LPs released between July and December are the best. There are plenty to choose from, so let’s just get to it below, shall we? As usual, when all is said and done, we’ll tally up the results from both polls and sort out what Idolator readers deem to be their 10 favorite records from 2014.
Note: As this is a two-part poll, it’s also a two-part process. Once you vote, we also want you to leave your thoughts in the comments box below on why you chose that particular album. We’ll be reading all of your feedback and including some of it when we post the Best Albums Of 2014 Readers’ Poll results.
So get to voting below, then remember to write out why your fave deserves to be in our year-end roundup of 2014’s best albums! More »
The holiday season in New York City isn’t official until the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree lighting takes place — and it occurred last night (December 3)! Along with the special ceremony, a handful of musicians stopped by to perform some yuletide classics.
Mariah Carey, a.k.a the queen of the holidays, celebrated the 20th anniversary of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by performing the tune for the energetic crowd. It was definitely not her best rendition, but she still sparkled in her cranberry-red gown as she sung the jolly song.
Other performers included Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett singing “Winter Wonderland,” Pentatonix‘s take on “Santa Clause Is Coming To Town,” Cyndi Lauper on “Home For The Holidays” and Prince Royce‘s rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock.” Watch Mariah Carey perform up top, and catch the rest after the jump! More »