will unleash their duet, “Can’t Remember To Forget You,”
on January 13, and today (January 9) Shakira posted the single’s official artwork. As we hoped, that pic with their director’s chairs
was just a tease, and the real cover features the two ladies lounging glamorously, with RiRi’s head cradled in Shak’s lap. Both stars are wearing revealing black getups. Also, so many chunky bracelets.
See a high-quality version of the image below, along with Shakira’s tweet regarding the first single from her forthcoming album. More »
Well! With news that Shakira
‘s upcoming single “Can’t Remember To Forget”
not only features Rihanna,
but also was penned by Erik Hassle
(commence freaking out now), the Colombian superstar is set to kick off 2014 with a bang — and she’s also taking the February cover of Glamour
to talk about a lot of things, mostly her personal life but also the new single, which is what the world should really
be excited about.
On the subject of working with Rihanna, Shakira had this to say: “Working with her was utopia.” (Sidenote: Shakira is the best because she says things like, “Working with her was utopia.” Nobody on the planet, including both native and non-native English speakers, makes better use of the English language than Shakira. That’s all.) More »
is definitely a diva to watch in 2014. She is currently making major waves on top 40 radio as the featured artist on Cash Cash
‘s “Take Me Home”
and released one of 2013′s best (and most under-appreciated) pop singles with the soaring “Comeback Kids”
In addition to penning brilliant tunes for herself, the stunning 23-year-old is also something of a gun songwriter having crafted “Glowing” for Nikki Williams and “Like A Champion” for Selena Gomez. She really hit the jackpot, however, when a demo called “Monster Under My Bed” was picked up by Eminem and Rihanna, and retooled into “The Monster”.
Bebe’s original version of the chart-topping smash is instantly recognizable — the chorus is identical — but her eerie verses add depth and context to the snippet used in the finished version. Penning “Love The Way You Lie” for Eminem and Rihanna was Skylar Grey‘s ticket to solo success. Will Bebe be as lucky? Listen to her demo after the jump. More »
‘s much-anticipated duet with Rihanna
was officially confirmed
this morning (January 6) on Twitter after months of speculation and an amusing anecdote
. (It turns out Mr. Worldwide wanted RiRi to sing on “Timber”
but she had to pass due to a previous engagement with a certain Colombian superstar).
The “Can’t Remember To Forget You” promo continues with the unveiling of the cover. Unfortunately, it’s a bit dull. When you have two of the sexiest women on the planet collaborating, why use a black-and-white photo of furniture as the artwork? Perhaps this is just a promo pic to tide us over until January 13 when the single hits iTunes. Fingers crossed. More »
Rihanna strips down and glams up in the ad campaign for her new lipstick for MAC Viva Glam, rocking a messy blonde bob and showing some serious skin with her arms crossing her chest. Unsurprisingly, her dark red pout is the centerpiece of the photo (aside from that smoky Rated R
Shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin (the famed photographers who also shot the Bajan siren’s Balmain campaign and directed Lady Gaga‘s ARTPOP film), the ad serves to promote the Viva Glam line, with proceeds going to benefit those affected by HIV and AIDS. More »
‘s highly anticipated duet with Rihanna
will be the first single from the Colombian singer’s forthcoming album, and it’s set for release next week. According to RiRi herself, “Can’t Remember To Forget” will drop January 13. After a man in the know tweeted that it would premiere on January 14, Rihanna retweeted and replied, “ACTUALLY I just found out you’ll have it by the 13th!”
The two stars were rumored to be working together for Shakira’s new album, and Pitbull accidentally confirmed the collaboration. Last month, Sony announced a single would be coming in January, and Shakira herself tweeted that a Joseph Kahn-directed video was in the works, but both kept the Rihanna angle under wraps.
Head below for RiRi’s tweet with the news. More »
2013 was the first year in since 2008 that the great and powerful Rihanna
didn’t grace the world with a new album. But the superstar is rumored to be back on track and working on a new LP to be released later this year. And DJ Mustard
, of all people, is likely the first person to offer up some concrete evidence of this. In a recent interview with Hip Hollywood, the ascendant L.A. beat-maker revealed he’s hitting the studio with RiRi for her eighth album.
“I’m finna go in with Rihanna,” he revealed, saying “of course it is” for her next album. “I’m just doing what I think she would like, and if she don’t like it we’ll just figure out something else in the studio, and I’ll just keep making beats ’till she figure it out. But she’s gonna get one.” More »
There was a lot to love in the world of pop music this year, but not everything that made 2013 excellent fell into the category of great tunes: While counting down our favorite songs of the year
, the best EPs of 2013
, and the records that we kept on heavy rotation
, there was a surplus of other pop culture detritus that felt worth mentioning — even if you can’t buy any of it on iTunes.
What do we mean? Oh, y’know, the things that galvanized headlines and had us in stitches all year: The rise of a brand new Miley Cyrus, the Twitter movements to seek justice for pop songbirds Ke$ha and Christina Aguilera (respectively), innovative campaigns from Justin Bieber and Kanye West, and a whole lot of other stuff, too.
Head below to see everything Idolator editors loved in 2013 that didn’t make it onto any of our other lists. More »
As the year winds to a close, we find ourselves compelled to pause and once again look back over the songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 during the past 12 months. There were a total of 11 singles that hit #1 in 2013, and they ranged from holdovers from 2012, viral video sensations, artists reaching the top for the first time and acts who self-released their material. Also noteworthy: four of the five Grammy-nominated tracks in the Song Of The Year category
are comprised of chart-topping singles.
And so, as in year’s past, we gathered up the Idolator crew and asked them to each make a snap judgement on the biggest pop songs from 2013. Admittedly, one or two of these had us scratching our heads in hindsight, wondering how the hell they even made it that big. But make it they did, and below you’ll find our final say on each.
See Idolator’s two cents below, then let us know your own thoughts on this year’s #1 singles! More »
made The Navy sad by skipping her annual album
this year but here’s a little something to get you through these trying times. SRP Records (the label that discovered the superstar) just uploaded a thirty second snippet of a previously unheard demo from 2004 or 2005, presumably called “Baby Brown Eyes”.
It’s a treat to get a dose of old school RiRi. The melodic urban-pop ballad takes you back to a time when the Barbadian babe was best known for catchy island beats and being the wholesome version of Beyonce. (Let that sink in). “Baby Brown Eyes” would have sounded great on Music Of The Sun, hopefully a full version will follow shortly. Until then, check out the snippet after the jump. More »