Happy Friday, Idolator readers! This was a truly magical week in pop, indeed, kicking off with — well, a Kickstarter! TLC launched the campaign for their fifth and final album, which met its goal in just 2 days — a record! (It also helped that Katy Perry pitched in.) Plus, we had the incredible opportunity to speak with the troupe about their legacy and plans for their next LP.
At the same time, Queen of Pop Madonna unveiled the tracklisting for her upcoming Rebel Heart (and caught the hacker responsible for her demo leak, #JusticeForRebelHeart!), while Ellie Goulding unveiled the gorgeous video for “Love Me Like You Do” and Jennifer Lopez continued to do whirlwind promo (and generally look flawless) for her new movie, The Boy Next Door. And in sad news, Sam Smith broke up with his BF of one month — but he got a GLAAD Media Award nomination, so…cheer up, Sam!
Over here at Idolator, we’re giving away pairs of tickets to attend Fifth Harmony‘s pre-release party in NYC. Enter to win! As always, you all had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best (and worst) comments after the jump. More »
Madonna leaves no stone unturned and no fan edit un-posted on Instagram, which is why it’s no surprise at all that the Rebel Heart wasted no time in sharing the original image from her upcoming MOJO Magazine cover story.
The “Living For Live” diva shared the original Mert & Marcus-photographed image on her Instagram page early this morning. “Mama without the Ketchup! @MOJOmagazine ❤️#rebelheart,” she wrote, jokingly referencing the amount of scribbles and paint covering up the original cover. It’s now even easier to see that crucifix dangling from the music icon’s nose. (Hey, she’s done just about everything else with the religious symbol…) More »
Yesterday (January 21), news broke that an Israeli hacker was arrested for reportedly stealing Madonna‘s personal computer and leaking the Rebel Heart demos. According to Facebook, the singer is very pleased about the situation! She posted a message to her fans on the social media site, stating “I am profoundly grateful to the FBI, the Israeli Police investigators and anyone else who helped lead to the arrest of this hacker.”
Madge went on to thank her fans for providing information about the leak and stressed the importance of her rights to privacy. Now that all of the hacking drama is over with, she can now focus on properly promoting Rebel Heart! Madonna is set to perform at both the 57th annual Grammys and the 2015 BRITs in support of the LP, which releases on March 10. Read the singer’s full statement after the jump. More »
How long have we been fascinated with Madonna‘s naughty bits? Probably for as long as she’s been bouncing them out there for all to see…so, you know, decades. And now that the Queen Of Pop has been unleashed on Instagram, she has no problem showing her loyal subjects every aspect of her rebel heart.
Upcoming Grammy Awards performer Madge still knows how to get pulses racing — not to mention blood boiling — every time she shows a little skin, but she has choice words for her detractors: “Laughing at all the haters out there who spend their energy trying to label and limit me with their prejudices and fears,” she wrote last year on Instagram. “Take your evil tongue and eye and turn them into birds that fly!” More »
Miley Cyrus‘ 2015 Viva Glam line for MAC Cosmetics went on sale this week, and Instagram’s favorite nudist songbird stars in a commercial for the project where she looks not unlike her pal Madonna — particularly Madonna in her 1986 “Open Your Heart” video. Black lingerie, a strip club setting, slicked-back peroxide ‘do, lots of writhing — it’s all there. All that’s missing is an awestruck 12-year-old boy for extra controversy.
Sales of Miley’s campaign products, which include lipstick and lip gloss, benefit the MAC AIDS Fund. Past artists who’ve lent their faces to Viva Glam are Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. More »
Remember back in December when madness ensued once Madonna‘s Rebel Heart leaked way before its release date? Well, we may now have some answers as to how it all occurred! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Israeli police arrested a man who is believed to have hacked into the singer’s computer and leak the LP demos. Apparently this has been a month-long investigation by Lahav 433, the country’s version of America’s FBI.
The crime-fighting organization made this statement today (January 21): “[The suspect] broke into the personal computers of several international artists over the past few months and stole promotional final-cut singles which have yet to be released and traded them online for a fee.” More »
Time shall not weary the original unapologetic bitch. Madonna is sure to create yet another stir by rocking what appears to be a school uniform on the cover of MOJO magazine — complete with a large crucifix dangling from her nose ring. It’s the latest in a string of controversies that have plagued/promoted the 56-year-old’s 13th studio LP Rebel Heart (due March 10) since the vast majority of it leaked over Christmas.
The superstar, who will perform at the upcoming Grammy Awards and potentially also The Brits, came under fire for posting memes of civil rights leaders on Instagram and for describing the leak of her album as artistic rape. She also managed to reignite her beef with Lady Gaga when her diss track “Two Steps Behind Me” surfaced online and found a spot for boxer Mike Tyson on Chance The Rapper collaboration “Iconic.” See the material lady’s latest magazine cover after the jump. More »
Charli XCX and Rita Ora showed off their rowdy robber sides in the “Doing It” video, which dropped today (January 20). But prior to its release, our favorite divas have tousled and gotten messy in the desert to achieve some pretty iconic videos over the years!
It goes to show that females can also be badasses in the Wild Wild West just as much (or even better than) the boys. In the gallery above, revisit ten of the best desert-themed music videos from ladies like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and more! More »
Diplo‘s infamous Diplo And Friends show has been going strong for years, in which the talented superstar invites all sorts of acts to come in and show off their DJ and production skills with a curated set of some of their hottest dance tracks of the moment. And to kick off 2015 with a bang, Diplo’s gone and taken the reigns himself with his own killer 2-hour show — and some rather familiar pop voices.
As we already know, the producer was enlisted by none other than the Queen Of Pop herself, Madonna, to produce a handful of songs on her forthcoming record, Rebel Heart, including the bratty, braggy anthem “Bitch I’m Madonna” featuring Nicki Minaj
The remix kicks in around the 1:14:55 mark, giving the already packed production even more bells, whistles and hot beats. Is this a sign that “Bitch I’m Madonna” could be next in line for the single treatment? Or does Diplo just especially love this particular Rebel Heart bop?
Listen to the remix after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
Madonna has revealed the tracklist for Rebel Heart on iTunes. With that comes some good news: Despite the dozens of leaks and vast list of producers and artists (Diplo, Avicii, Kanye West) already linked to the release, the pop superstar continues to surprise with her choice of collaborators.
Turns out, Nicki Minaj isn’t the only rapper featured on her new studio album. Illmatic MC Nas guests on a song titled “Veni Vedi Vici.” Perhaps more importantly, though, Chance the Rapper appears alongside Mike Tyson on a track called “Iconic.” Yes, that would be the same heavyweight boxing champion who, for whatever reason, helped The Black Keys announce their eighth studio album Turn Blue.
Madonna’s Rebel Heart is out March 10. See the tracklist below. More »