While Akon stopped by the Idolator to discuss
his philanthropic work with the Akon Lighting Africa Project
and Peace One Day
, we also made a point of asking him about the sheer volume of other artists the smooth crooner has collaborated with over the last 10 years. After all, this is the guy who signed Lady Gaga
to his Kon Live label, sang the memorable wooh hoo
hook on Gwen Stefani
‘s “Sweet Escape,” worked with Michael Jackson on several songs before the pop king’s death
and penned tracks for Whitney Houston
‘s final album I Look To You.
We also couldn’t help singling out one of the hands-down best collabs Akon has ever done (in our humble opinion) — Kardinall Offishall‘s 2007 smash “Dangerous” — and getting the full scoop on how the song came together.
Above, watch Akon as he rattles off the first thing that comes to mind with each artist we mention. Then head below to watch him school us on his hit “Dangerous.” More »
‘s stomach-turning SXSW performance
with vomit artist (this is a thing) Millie Brown
drew criticism for putting an arty spin on eating disorders — not in the least from Demi Lovato
. She described the display
as “sad” and tweeted: “As if we didn’t have enough people glamorizing eating disorders already. Bottom line, it’s not ‘cool’ or ‘artsy’ at all.”
Mother Monster finally responded to the accusations in an interview with E! News. “I have struggled with an eating disorder for over 10 years and I take that very seriously,” she revealed. “I am very supportive of Demi’s struggle and her recovery as well as the recovery of anyone who is suffering from that.”
However, the “G.U.Y.” diva stands by her vomit-themed act and refuses to apologize. “This performance had absolutely nothing to do with any eating disorder, and we never intended for it to be taken that way,” she explains. “I’m really proud of the performance and really stand by the message of rage and pain that we were trying to express in that moment.” More »
Monsters, Lady Gaga
has given you all a lot to look at with the visual for her third ARTPOP single “G.U.Y.”
Can your eyes handle all the spectacular spectacle and fashionable flash and overall Vanderpump of this music video?
Several online critics had their say on the Gaga-directed extravaganza, which incorporates four tracks from her latest album, several personalities from the Bravo network and has a run time of nearly 12 minutes. (The credits at the end take up four of those.) Head below to see our roundup of “G.U.Y.” reviews, then let us know your own thoughts on LG’s latest video. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Shakira edges out “Can’t Remember To Forget You” partner Rihanna as the most-liked musician on Facebook, with 86.3 million likes. “I always wanted to have a lot of friends but never imagined it would be so many,” she said in a post thanking her fans. [Billboard]
:: David Guetta and his wife Cathy have reportedly divorced after 22 years of marriage. The two had worked together in music projects and events and even renewed their vows in 2012. [People]
:: Lady Gaga responded to Demi Lovato‘s criticism of her SXSW performance, featuring vomit artist Millie Brown. She says that while she’s “very supportive of Demi’s struggle,” the performance had “absolutely nothing” to do with eating disorders as Lovato thought. [E!]
:: Miley Cyrus was filmed showering fans with spit at her March 20 concert in Tampa, Florida. It’s like those Sex Pistols – now that’s entertainment. [Popdust]
:: Late Night with Seth Meyers will soon steer away from the music-loving standards set by previous host Jimmy Fallon. While its debut week featured performances by Kanye West, Brad Paisley and A Great Big World, Seth Meyers now will show just two musical acts per week. [Billboard]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
gets swarmed by Wall Street wolves, carried by dominatrices and healed by water ballet dancers in “G.U.Y.: An ARTPOP Film.”
The two-part video released tonight (March 22), for both the titular song and “Venus,”
seems to tell a story
of her rise to ARTPOP
stardom. It is difficult, though, to pay close attention to any semblance of plot, not with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
cast acting as her court musicians while lip-syncing the lyrics.
Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, also appears as either an angel or God. More »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers! Feel that warmth in the air? Yes, Spring has sprung (sorta!), and the season is mercifully shifting. We braved the polar vortex
, and now it’s time to relish in the next quarter of pop releases. What’s to come? Well, Enrique Iglesias
‘ Sex + Love
and Kylie Minogue
‘s Kiss Me Once
both kicked off this week (have you entered to win a limited edition box set of Kylie’s new album yet?
), while Lady Gaga‘s “G.U.Y.” video
promises to give us all something to talk about tomorrow night.
Meanwhile, Ariana Grande and Chris Brown‘s duet was cancelled due to that whole jail thing, J. Lo took “I Luh Ya Papi” to the Idol stage and Justin Timberlake dropped the not-so-bad video for “Not A Bad Thing.” As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments below! More »
After months of confusion surrounding her next move, Lady Gaga
has finally pulled the trigger. Mother Monster finally confirmed
-produced dance anthem “G.U.Y.”
would be the next single from ARTPOP
yesterday (March 20) and today we got a sneak peek
at the extravagant video, which features The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills
The belated promo onslaught continues with an official radio edit emerging. Thankfully, the song hasn’t been changed too radically. About 20 seconds have been trimmed from “G.U.Y.”, mostly from the intro, but it’s essentially intact. Which is a good thing. Oh and the above artwork was posted on Interscope’s SoundCloud, so I guess that makes it official too? Listen to the edit after the jump. More »
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Last week, major label heads, music geeks and excited fans gathered in the city of Austin to enjoy one of the largest music festivals in the country. From big-name superstars like Coldplay and Jay Z to rising artists like BANKS, the music capital of Texas became home to a variety of memorable performances. Head down below to revisit six of the biggest highlights from Austin’s big music festival! More »
The (strange, and thus completely normal) plans for Lady Gaga
‘s secret music video premiere Saturday (March 22) have been revealed
— the clip is for “G.U.Y.” and it’ll debut on NBC at 8 p.m. ET immediately before Dateline
‘s Saturday Night Mystery
. This morning, Gaga appeared on TODAY
to preview the long-awaited visual.
Gaga revealed the shoot took six days, and insists that her whole thing is “not an act,” which she has said before. It’s her method of expression, which she claims she’d be doing now even if she were still performing in dives on the Lower East Side.
Check out a behind the scenes preview of her very extravagant-looking, Real Housewives-starring “G.U.Y.” video below, along with her full TODAY appearance. More »
surrounding Lady Gaga
‘s next ARTPOP
single/video has finally been solved! I think. Mother Monster is going with Zedd
-produced dance anthem “G.U.Y.”
according to NBC’s Dateline
. They will premiere the blockbuster visual on Saturday night (March 22) at 8/7c immediately before Saturday Night Mystery
Fans have been speculating about the “Applause”-loving diva’s next move since her Terry Richardson-directed “Do What U Want” video went AWOL. We knew the clip was filmed at California’s Hearst Castle and features cameos from The Real Housewives Of Beverley Hills but the song was generally considered to be “Venus” after snoopy tourists heard it playing. See Dateline’s announcement tweet after the jump. More »