It’s time for our quarterly round-up of raunchy pop diva pics! And, as usual, the leading ladies of music did not disappoint. In further proof that 2014 is the year of the nude, it was almost an embarrassment of the riches with everyone from 19-year-old newcomer Niykee Heaton to 56-year-old pop legend Madonna losing their clothes in the name of self expression/free publicity.
The usual candidates are all represented. Outtakes from Rihanna‘s iconic Lui magazine shoot surfaced online and got everyone clicking, while Miley Cyrus‘ Instagram account remains a valid alternative to PornHub. Honorable mentions go to Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea for proving that rap divas do it better. Peruse the (semi-NSFW) gallery up top. More »
Are you still in the mood for some jazz, Little Monsters? Well, you better stay in that mood, ’cause Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett aren’t pulling away from that Cheek To Cheek promo anytime soon!
As if the PBS special wasn’t already enough jazzy goodness, the duo just added more live dates throughout 2015.
While the two were already scheduled for a New Year’s Eve show in Vegas at the Cosmopolitan, as well as a post-Grammy gig in LA on February 8. But according to a new report from Billboard, the two acts will be performing together at the Hollywood Bowl on May 30, the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 8 and NYC’s Radio City Music Hall on June 29. And that’s hardly all: “Gaga and Bennett will headline as many as a dozen jazz festivals in 2015, according to a source.”
Will you be heading out to see more of Gagaloo and Mr. Bennett? Sound off in the comments below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Nicki Minaj will feature Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown in a new song titled “Only,” out October 28. Minaj’s current single, “Anaconda,” is now No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. [Instagram]
:: Speaking of the “Anaconda” star – in a viral video, a woman who had her wisdom teeth removed wakes up, upset that she looks nothing like Nicki: “I just wanted to have her butt. And her face. I paid a lot of money, and I’m still white!” [Complex]
:: Rihanna celebrated the launch of her latest fragrance, Rogue Man, at the Macy’s in Atlanta’s Lenox Square. More than 300 fans flooded the store and purchased the men’s fragrance. [E!]
:: Lady Gaga brought a $23 million mansion in Malibu, complete with a stable, a saltwater pool with spa, a bocce ball court and a two-lane bowling alley. [Los Angeles Times]
:: Diplo is reportedly expecting his second child with ex-girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart. The producer-DJ has been linked to Katy Perry since April. [New York Daily News]
:: How much can Taylor Swift have in common with experimental techno pioneer Aphex Twin? See for yourself with Aphex Swift, a fan-made mash-up album complete with an explanation (“APHEX TWIN IS AS BIG A ROMANTIC CORNBALL AS TAYLOR SWIFT”). [Stereogum]
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Here’s a classy way to pass the time on your Friday afternoon. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have released some rehearsal footage from their Cirque Royal performance and it’s fascinating stuff. Mother Monster, who rocks a Cleopatra-evoking black bob and golden robe, belts out Cheek To Cheek international bonus track “Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered”, while her duet partner watches on.
The ARTPOP diva gives it her all in the mesmerizing solo performance, belting out the 1940s show tune in fine style. It’s surprising this was left off the US edition because it it really is lovely. (That probably had something to do with Rod Stewart and Cher covering it semi-recently on the rocker’s Great American Songbook 2 album). If you haven’t had the chance to check out Gaga’s version yet, make sure to watch it up top. More »
In support of their duet jazz album Cheek To Cheek, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett will perform a handful of tracks off the LP on the PBS special Great Performances — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! We already got a brief teaser, with Mother Monster putting her own spin on Cher‘s “Bang Bang.” But more previews have surfaced, where the duo sing album cuts like “I Won’t Dance,” “Nature Boy” and “Cheek To Cheek.”
Cheek To Cheek Live will air on PBS tonight (October 24) at 9 p.m. EST. Check out a few more preview videos from the PBS special after the jump. Cheek To Cheek was released on September 19 via Interscope and Columbia Records. More »
Yikes. This has already been quite a week regarding alleged artist-producer relations after Kesha‘s reported bombshell lawsuit against Dr. Luke, and now, another pop star is speaking out about her own experience in the recording studio.
While promoting her #1 jazz record Cheek To Cheek with Tony Bennett, Gaga opened up to the UK’s The Times about what she considered to be industry “sharks”: “It’s very hard, this business, and there are a lot of sharks, she said. “I’ve had really awful experiences with men in the studio. Made me very uncomfortable….I didn’t feel like I was being cherished for my vocal talents but was seen more as someone to take advantage of.’”
Gaga has always been vocal about her struggles in the industry, as documented in the video for “Marry The Night,” for instance. In the article, Gaga also confirmed that she was sexually objectified: “I don’t have to elaborate, but when women who are in the business that are young read this article I hope [they realize] that you do not have to put up with that…I hope to be an inspiration that if you’re talented enough, you can work hard and achieve your dreams.” More »
Judging from Instagram pictures and red-carpet events, it’s pretty clear that Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney are madly in love. But did the couple finally make their relationship official? The Daily Mail is reporting the two recently held a commitment ceremony to show how much they truly love each other.
According to the site, Gaga and her actor boyfriend (who has starred in films and television shows like Zero Dark Thirty and Chicago Fire) held the ceremony at NYC restaurant Joanne Trattoria, which is owned by the singer’s parents. Only a few family members and close friends were said to be in attendance.
They reportedly plan on getting officially married next year when they have more free time. The couple met back in 2011 on the set of Mother Monster’s “You and I” music video, and have been dating ever since. More »
We’ll be honest: If Kelly Clarkson isn’t involved, we don’t really follow Jason Aldean. But congrats to the 37-year-old Georgia native, anyway, for earning his second chart-topping album on the Billboard 200 with Old Boots, New Dirt. The LP sold 278,000 copies this week, thus bumping Blake Shelton from #1 and racking up the third-largest opening for an album in 2014, behind Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories (383,000) and Eric Church‘s The Outsiders (288,000).
Coming in just behind Aldean is Irish crooner Hozier, whose weekend appearance on Saturday Night Live no doubt aided his self-titled debut landing at #2 with 58,000 copies sold. After that, music’s old standards continue to rule, as Barbra Streisand and the duo of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga refuse to budge from the #3 and #4 positions, respectively.
See how the rest of the Top 10 played out this week below. More »
They just can’t get enough! Musical soulmates Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have delivered yet another video from their #1 jazz record, Cheek To Cheek.
With “But Beautiful,” Mother Monster and the legendary Mr. Bennett team up inside the studio to sing the classic standard for a straightforward performance, as opposed to their previous montage clips like “Anything Goes.” Ditching the big Cher hair for a cute cropped blonde ‘do, Gaga serves up plenty of emotion throughout, while Tony faithfully croons the tune to his Lady.
These two clearly love nothing more than making music together, smiling sweetly at each other throughout. Tony even wipes Gaga’s tears at one point! Awwww.
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Happy Friday, Idolator readers. We did it. We made it through yet another week of pop!
There’ve been some major releases along the way — from Tinashe‘s Aquarius to Betty Who‘s Take Me When You Go, to Gorgon City‘s Sirens — along with some major premieres. Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj gave us the official “***Flawless” remix performance, Marina And The Diamonds debuted her “Froot” and a newly slimmed down Take That returned with “These Days.”
Over ’round these parts, we interviewed the fantastic Molly Lambert and premiered the Giorgio Moroder remix of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s Cheek To Cheek jam, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” Naturally, all of the above (and more!) got our readers talking.
Check out some of the week’s best comments after the jump. More »