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:: Nicki Minaj has called out ESPN magazine for retouching her cover photo. That’s fair enough but her complaint is kind of strange. She swears they made her forehead longer. Is that a thing? [Rap Up]
:: Our condolences go out to Mary J. Blige. Her father is in critical condition after being stabbed in the neck during a “domestic incident”. Not sure what that means but we’re sending well wishes. [Vibe]
:: Beyonce and Jay Z have topped Billboard‘s Power 100 list because of their ability to reshape the world according to their vision. Can’t argue with that. [Billboard]
:: This is different. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon will release a children’s holiday book starring their infant twins called Roc And Roe’s Twelve Days Of Christmas. Sounds like a bestseller. [Billboard]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
celebrates five years of marriage to actor and occasional BeyHive-baiter Nick Cannon
with a sexy Ebony
magazine cover story. The enduring couple look suitably hot in matching red ensembles. Oh and they’re standing in a pool to contain the sparks their sizzling bodies randomly create.
In addition to sharing Mimi’s wedded bliss, the magazine is the first concrete piece of promo for much-delayed album The Art Of Letting Go. A new single from the LP is expected to drop in February/March, so it’s good that Mariah is getting in some early publicity. More »
appeared on New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly
Tuesday night, where she announced that her next single from The Art Of Letting Go
will be out on Valentine’s Day (February 14). Before performing that album’s title track
, Mimi comforted those in the crowd who may not have had someone to kiss at midnight
, advising them that sometimes you have to let go and find some new love. It was during this rom-com message that she announced, “The album is coming this spring. New single, Valentine’s Day.”
Check out Carey’s announcement about the third single and her performance below. More »
After racking up 87 million views on YouTube with THE trashtastic pop music viral clip of the fall, how does Steve Kardinyl
— aka the “Wrecking Ball” Chatroulette guy
— top that success at year’s end? By staging a similar stunt on the webcam chat site with Mariah Carey
‘s modern day classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” of course!
Kardinyl’s skag drag is full-on festive as he bumps, grinds, twirls and humps a Christmas tree to the tune of Mimi’s 1994 holiday chestnut, all to the delight of a series of wide-eyed onlookers on Chatroulette. From shirtless bros who thought they were in for some naughty “show me yours…” action to an old tie-dyed hippie with a Santa beard, no one is immune to the giddy charms of the Internet’s class clown of 2013. More »
didn’t drop by this morning’s (December 11) Today
show — they came to her! Cut to Mimi sprawled on the floor in a silk negligee and robe, chatting to Tamron Hall
about all things Christmas. If you’ve ever seen the pop legend’s iconic Home Shopping Network interview
, you have some idea of the fabulousness that ensued.
Among the many revelations that Mariah shared were the suspicion that she’s related to Natalie Cole and her preference for Agent Provocateur high-heel slippers. The Lamb Whisperer also talked about enduring festive anthem “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, which is currently top 20 on iTunes — 19 years after its 1994 release. Watch magic happen up top. More »
‘s Loved Me Back To Life
album boasts a number of fine covers but, somewhat disappointingly, her lovely version of Journey
‘s “Open Arms” was relegated to Japanese bonus track status. Of course, Mariah Carey
made the song her own
in the mid ’90s — so perhaps she didn’t want to spark a diva throw down.
The classy Canadian has taken a less-is-more approach to vocal acrobatics this era, only pulling the trigger when the material absolutely calls for it. As such, Celine’s version is surprisingly subtle and restrained. Her peerless vocals calmly sail over the delicate orchestral arrangement before finally unleashing at the very end. Listen after the jump. More »
Did you feel that festive feeling this week? The Christmas season is truly upon us — and now that Mariah Carey
, Ariana Grande
, Kelly Clarkson
and Leona Lewis
serenaded us at the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony
, it’s really official.
But the pop releases haven’t stopped just yet! Our beloved ringleader Britney Spears released her eighth studio album Britney Jean, her Most Personal Album Ever, while we saw new releases from the likes of Justin Bieber. Lana Del Rey dropped her long-awaited, gorgeously shot mini-film Tropico. And, we at Idolator started taking a look back at 2013 with our favorite albums list. Did your favorites make the cut too? If not — don’t worry, we’ve got a readers poll going too! And, we even got some of our faves to weigh in on their faves, starting with Tegan & Sara.
And finally, Idol alum Carrie Underwood pulled off the (near) impossible with a live staging of The Sound Of Music on NBC. It was a ratings smash — but did you like it? As always, you guys had plenty to say about this week’s pop happenings. More »
and two of her biggest fans — Leona Lewis
and Ariana Grande
— kicked off the festive season last night (December 4) with stellar performances on NBC’s Christmas In Rockefeller Center
. Given Mimi’s obvious influence on the careers of her co-stars, the sparkly Xmas special turned out to be something of a diva duel. And they all brought their A-games.
When it comes to Christmas, nobody does it better than Mariah. Period. The queen of the holidays looked ravishing in her plunging gowns and showed off her full range with spectacular renditions of “Joy To The World” and her own Yuletide classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.
Wearing a shiny gold dress, Leona more than held her own with perky holiday hit “One More Sleep” and a glorious interpretation of “White Christmas”. Her backing vocalists could do with dance lessons though. Also on the bill was Yours Truly songbird Ariana Grande, who expertly performed new single “Love Is Everything”. Watch the divas in action after the jump. More »
Christmas without Mariah Carey
would be like Thanksgiving without turkey. Thankfully, Saint Nick’s spirit animal takes her duties seriously and officially kicked off the festive season last night (December 3) with a performance at Rockefeller Center’s 81st annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Mimi belted out a holiday medley in two suitably glamorous ensembles. There was a body-hugging red dress, which she teamed with long black gloves, and a gem-studded, sparkly white gown. It goes without saying that Mariah looked absolutely divine. Her performance will be aired on NBC tonight. More »
Week! Yes, this week was full o’ Miss Lady Gaga
: From her crazy #ARTRAVE release party
in New York, to the official release of ARTPOP
(check out our review!
), to her candid interview with Howard Stern
, it was all about Mother Monster’s Reverse Warholian Expedition.
But that’s not all — there was tons happening in pop: Almighty diva Mariah Carey dropped her long-awaited “The Art Of Letting Go,” RiRi gave us something to get scared about with the creepy “What Now” video and we started looking back at the best albums of 2013. (Have you voted yet?) Plus, we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Jay-Z‘s The Black Album and the 5 year B’Day of Beyonce‘s I Am…Sasha Fierce with a Stan & Deliver.
We also had a bunch of premieres ourselves, including Never Shout Never‘s Christmas collabo with Dia Frampton on “Meet Me Under The Mistletoe” and Sabi‘s cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Dreams” And of course, you guys had a ton of things to say about all the releases this week. Check it out! More »