It’s about that time, Idolator readers! Another week in the world of pop is drawing to a close, and boy, was it a busy one!
The divas were at the very top of our list this week, with Beyonce sporting a flawless bedhead look for the cover of ‘T’ Magazine, Destiny’s Child reuniting on Michelle William’s gospel track “Say Yes,” and Rihanna rocking an amazing sheer, Swarovski crystal-laden gown at the CFDA Awards. And as if that wasn’t enough, we had a listen to Jennifer Lopez very promising new album, A.K.A, and even Celine Dion premiered her highly anticipated video for “Incredible,” featuring Ne-Yo.
What’s more, it seemed to be the week for some truly outlandish music videos! One Republic released their music video for “Love Runs Out,” New Zealand songstress Kimbra brought her bizarre, yet endearing clip for new single “90’s Music” and L.A. sultry singer-songwriter BANKS dropped an ethereal music video for “Drowning.”
Here on Idolator, we premiered Poliça’s cover of Lesley Gore’s 1963 smash- hit “Don’t Let Me Down.” We also just kicked off our “Song Of The Summer” competition, presenting Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea’s collab track “Problem” as our first major SOS contender, plus Iggy and Charli XCX‘s chart-dominating “Fancy.”
As per usual, we could always count on you guys on having plenty to say. Here are some of the week’s best comments below! More »
The good news: Mariah Carey
has landed her 17th Top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
, which debuts on the chart at #3. The bad news: The album only sold 58,000 copies in its first week, i.e. just below the low-end (60,000) of what Billboard had been projecting last week
for Mimi’s latest. This marks the lowest opening week for a (non-holiday) studio album by Carey. (Her last pop album, 2009′s Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel
, moved 168,000 copies out of the gate.)
Meanwhile, Coldplay stick around in the top spot for a second week, as the UK band’s sixth album Ghost Stories sold another 83,000. The next debut after Mariah is Austin Mahone‘s sophomore EP The Secret. The mostly-RedOne-produced pop set goes in at #5 with 46,000 copies sold.
See how the rest of the Top 10 played out this week below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: When T-Pain wrote songs with Justin Bieber back in February, he was shocked by the results, calling it “the best R&B music” he’s heard in years. “I haven’t heard music like this since, like, early 2000s, ’90s,” he says. [MTV]
:: The Arsenio Hall Show has been canceled after a single season. Following his original late-night run back in the day – guys, Mariah Carey made her late-night TV debut there – Arsenio Hall had returned to TV with appearances by Prince, R. Kelly and Kendrick Lamar. [Rolling Stone]
:: Little Mix may have just dropped its sophomore LP Salute, but the X Factor UK winners have already started working on its follow-up. “[It's] kind of similar to [Salute] but even cooler and even more over-the-top with the production,” Jesy Nelson said. [Digital Spy]
:: In a rare non-music note, hats off to one of our longtime favorite sites, Pink Is The New Blog, which celebrated its 10th anniversary over the weekend! [Pink Is The New Blog]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers! As the weather becomes progressively warmer, and we begin to make the full plunge into Summer ‘14, things are seemingly also beginning to heat up in the world of pop.
This week kicked off on a bit of #scandalous note for our friends across the pond, as One Direction heartthrobs Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik were allegedly caught smoking pot. What’s more, Sheezus singer Lily Allen filmed herself dancing topless in granny panties to Drake’s “Started From The Bottom,” and new pop prodigy Sam Smith revealed that his highly anticipated debut album, In The Lonely Hour, is about his unrequited love for another man.
And it wouldn’t be a week in pop without a slew of new releases: R&B starlet Jhene Aiko reintroduced a new, solo version of “Stay Ready (What A Life) ” as well as went on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and gave a super sultry performance of hit single “The Worst.” Former Pussycat Dolls ringleader Nicole Scherzinger released a new house-influenced single “You Love,” while British synth-pop songstress La Roux also dropped her official single, “Uptight Downtown” from her upcoming sophomore attempt, Trouble In Paradise.
Here on Idolator, we premiered an exclusive new track, “Thanks For Nothing,” by pop newcomer Brandyn Burnette, and, most importantly, we enjoyed the soothing sounds of Queen of Pop Mariah Carey’s Top 5 High Notes in just one minute.
As always, you guys had plenty to say. Read the week’s best comments below! More »
I guess hell finally froze over! Mariah Carey
gave her limo driver the night off and rode the subway home from a gala event wearing a floor-length couture ball gown. Mimi looked like she was having a great time but brought along two burly bodyguards to be safe. She also wore gloves to compliment her ensemble (and to ward off germs).
The journey was captured on Mariah’s Instagram and Vine accounts, which pretty much indicates that it was a pre-planned marketing gimmick but who cares? I thought I’d see the 44-year-old ride a unicorn before she set foot on public transport. It also shows how dedicated the diva is to promoting Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. She clearly believes in the album and is willing to get down and dirty (by her elegant standards) to promote it. See pics and video of the pop legend’s subway trip after the jump. More »
By now, you and all the Lambily members in your life should be well
aware that Mariah Carey
is back with a gorgeous new record, Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse
, which was emancipated onto iTunes
early this week (May 27).
From last year’s hashtag-friendly summer anthem “#Beautiful” to Valentine’s Day treat “You’re Mine (Eternal)” to her disco revival jam “You Don’t Know What To Do (feat. Wale),” the ever-elusive diva is bringing on the heartbreak and the sweet, sweet sounds on her LP.
We’ve got some copies of Mimi’s latest body of work, which we’d absolutely love to give to a few lucky readers. You want to win a copy? It’s easy, dahhhhling. All you need to do…is have a moment. More »
‘s new LP Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
isn’t selling as well as expected
but Mimi remains completely unbothered. She’s too busy jetting around the globe to accept random awards
to notice. And when the pop icon isn’t being feted for her brilliant career, she’s blasting the album for her kids and they can’t get enough of it.
Need proof? Mariah just posted an adorable video of daughter Monroe Cannon singing along to Elusive Chanteuse ballad “Supernatural” in the car. And this cutie isn’t just humming, she’s belting the song out like a true professional. After all, she features on the studio version with brother Moroccan Cannon. Watch the adorable home movie after jump. More »
Each month, we’re taking a look back at the albums that piqued our pop interest, pitting them against each other and then asking you
to decide which album ultimately ruled.
It’s that oh-so-special time once again: The “Best Of” Ibrawlator for May! Last month, the ever-fancy I-G-G-Y Iggy Azalea took home the gold with her debut, The New Classic — and she’s surely not slowing down now.
But now, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on the best pop records of May.
The nominees for May? Mariah Carey‘s newly emancipated Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, Cher Lloyd‘s bratty Sorry I’m Late, Coldplay‘s chilling Ghost Stories, Lily Allen‘s social commentary-laden Sheezus and the King Of Pop Michael Jackson‘s posthumous Xscape.
Now we want to know: Which one takes the crown for May’s best album? It’s time for you to decide. More »
It’s unofficially Mariah Carey
Week here at the Idolator office (oh, okay — it’s pretty much official), and to celebrate the release of the diva’s brilliantly-titled 14th (!!) studio album Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
, we’ve compiled her five best high notes from her singles over the past 24 years in one ear-splitting video (above).
We all first heard scrawny, 21-year-old Mariah hit that glorious, garage-door-opening whistle register with her very first single, “Vision Of Love,” back in 1990. It was just the first of a staggering 18 #1s she racked up on the Billboard Hot 100 over the decades, and in that time, Mimi’s high note has become one of her biggest trademarks. More »
‘s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
is one of the artistic high points of the superstar’s long and glittering career but that hasn’t translated into bumper sales. The album is predicted to sell between 60,000 and 65,000 in its opening week, which should snare a top five debut on the Billboard 200. Unfortunately, that number is unlikely to knock Coldplay
‘s Ghost Stories
from the summit.
While many Lambs are quick to point out that Mimi isn’t known for huge opening bows, 2009′s Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel still managed to sell 168,000 copies in its first seven days. So what went wrong? It’s impossible to pinpoint exactly but the endless rescheduling, lack of a massive radio hit to spearhead the release (“#Beautiful” is now a year old) and botched ‘surprise’ rollout certainly didn’t help. More »