Kanye West‘s “Only One” wasn’t the only song that he recorded with Paul McCartney. According to Ty Dolla $ign, the two of them also worked on a track featuring himself and Rihanna, to be featured on West’s anticipated new album.
“Me, Rihanna, ‘Ye and Paul got a song about to drop as well,” the budding R&B lothario says to Billboard, adding, “It’s gonna drop soon. I heard they shot the video recently. I don’t know what the final title is, but I know it’s crazy so just be looking out for [it].”
Last year Ty Dolla $ign released his debut EP Beach House, featuring “Paranoid,” as he scored his first chart-topping hit as a songwriter with Chris Brown‘s “Loyal.” (He also appears on “Shell Shocked,” the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song featuring Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J.) Then in September, West’s cousin Ricky Anderson reached out and asked Ty Dolla $ign to work with the Yeezus rapper in Mexico. The two of them worked on nine songs total; Ty Dolla $ign’s backing vocals now appear on “Only One.” More »
Happy New Year, Idolator readers! From our Top 10 Albums and Top 10 Singles of 2014, to our reader-selected Albums of 2014, to the Top 14 EPs of 2014 (and yes, even the best butt-baring boys and girls of 2014!), we’ve finally reached the end — and also the best! — part of the list season. Why? Because it’s time to stop looking back and start looking ahead to the future.
We’ve got a ton of promising pop releases to look forward to in 2015, from Rihanna‘s still mostly mysterious, endlessly teased album (dubbed R8) to Kanye West’s Yeezus follow-up to Queen Of Pop Madonna‘s heavily teased (and, disappointingly, thoroughly leaked) Rebel Heart.
Wondering what you should start getting excited for? Check out our 15 most anticipated pop albums of 2015 in the gallery up top, and place your vote for your most anticipated album. Then, let us know what you’re most excited to hear in the comments below. More »
When it came to pop stars whipping off their clothes and showing their naked assets to the camera in 2014, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna ruled the land. And perhaps in a bid to solidify their respective standings as dueling musical princesses of nudity, each of them posted a provocative photo on Instagram yesterday (December 27).
RiRi, who’s been spending the Christmas holiday in her home country of Barbados, offered up a snap of a bare butt in the midst of the setting sun on the photo-sharing site. (Is it hers? Is it a statue? Who knows?) Meanwhile, Miley, whose been employing the hashtag #freethenipple lately, practiced what she preached and went topless (yet again) on Instagram for a black and white photo that she predicted would be flagged by “some lame ass” and removed before long — which it has.
Catch both NSFW pics in all their naked glory below. More »
One hundred years from now, when pop culture historians look back on 2014, they will be astounded (or perhaps just slightly amused) by our fascination with ass. You couldn’t click on YouTube without seeing a bottom-heavy diva shake her butt, or flick through Instagram without being greeted by a boy band’s buns. The obsession even crossed over into the music itself with Nicki Minaj landing a massive hit with “Anaconda” and Jennifer Lopez racking up those video streams with Iggy Azalea-assisted club-banger, “Booty.”
What does it all mean? You could argue that we, as a society, are becoming less tolerant of slut shaming, more accepting of our bodies or simply harder to shock. Hence the more-is-more approach to self-promotion. Whatever the case may be, the class of 2014 certainly left their mark. Rihanna‘s Lui magazine spread is legendary and Kim Kardashian almost broke the internet with her Paper magazine shoot. Meanwhile, Nick Jonas kickstarted his solo career by dropping his pants. See the year in ass up top. More »
Are you having a Merry Christmas, pop fans? Your faves like Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Nick Jonas, Mariah Carey, Disclosure and Rihanna sure hope you are! In fact, Nicki even dressed up like a Santa minx and RiRi slapped on a bikini to take very special holiday snaps just for you, and then posted them to the joyous social media platform known as Instagram! Plus, one of those Disclosure blokes dangled balls from his ears! Hell, even Madonna whipped out some of her finest Photoshop work to date!
So down one more cup of nasty eggnog and flip through our festive gallery of pop stars getting their merry, merry on above! More »
In many ways, 2014 was the year of the celebrity nude. Never before has ditching your clothes in the name of artistic expression — and free publicity — been so accepted and common-place. The leading ladies of pop took turns upping the ante in raunchy magazine shoots (let’s be honest, Rihanna won), while guys also got in on the act — posing in underwear and, in the case of one extremely popular boy band, sending a dick pic to fans.
To celebrate the nude achievements of our beloved pop divas, I’ve curated a gallery of their best topless moments. (Don’t worry, ladies. An equivalent male gallery is on the way!) Special mention must go to Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Rita Ora, Nicki Minaj, Madonna and RiRi for their tireless dedication to nudity. All of them went above and beyond — posing for multiple semi-clothed photo shoots. Peruse their finest pics up top. More »
Oh boy, did the shade run rampant this year in music! Blame social media or blame the artistic ego, but whatever the reason, we got our fair share of beef happening in the streets. Sometimes it’s fun to witness — especially when it comes down to picking sides. But what happens when two of your favorites are going toe-to-toe with the insults? Whatever do you do? Events like the recent Diddy/Drake drama (who are apparently fighting over the reportedly stolen “0 To 100″ track) got us thinking about all the other beefs that ran through this year!
The more famous feuds involved the dueling of prominent pop stars, so chances are you felt torn at least once this year when it came down to the now infamous brawls. Regardless of the side you were on, you were at the very least entertained. So we at Idolator have compiled a list of 15 Shade-Fests-slash-Beefs from 2014. From sassy pop divas to hip-hop legends, there was a ton of erratic behavior going on. You know you loved it all, though (and so did we). Check out our shadiest picks below! More »
Did You Hear?
:: Rihanna surprised her French navy yesterday (December 17), when she DM’ed her most loyal fans in Paris to meet up with her in the city’s Trocadero area! The singer called it the “#R8 Experience,” but didn’t disclose what the actual meet-up was for. There were photographers, paparazzi and video cameras on hand, so we hope that the footage will be promo for her upcoming album! [Rihanna Daily]
:: More details of Bobby Shmurda‘s case are here. During yesterday’s press conference in NYC, the Brooklyn rapper pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $2 million bail. [ABC]
:: Congratulations to Ashlee Simpson, who is expecting a baby with new husband Evan Ross! This marks the second child for the former singer, who has a son from a previous relationship with Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz. [Just Jared]
:: During events surrounding next year’s Grammys, George Harrison and The Beegees will receive Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, among other musicians. The private ceremony will take place on February 7, just one day before music’s big night! [Rolling Stone]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today below. More »
This year started off with the last #1 song of 2013 on the Billboard Hot 100 — Eminem and Rihanna‘s “The Monster” — carrying over as the first #1 song of 2014. Other past chart-topping artists racked up more #1s this year, including Kesha, Pitbull, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, while new acts like MAGIC! and Meghan Trainor shot straight to the top with their debut singles.
And then there was “Fancy,” which brought an Aussie rapstress together with a British hit-maker for an inescapable pop jam that ruled the airwaves all spring- and summer-long and wound up with several big Grammy nominations by year’s end. More »
That Rihanna reign is scientifically proven to never let up, and now we can add yet another achievement to RiRi’s seemingly endless list of accomplishments: Creative director.
Following her win as “Fashion Icon” in her jaw-dropping see-through dress at the CFDA Awards earlier this year, the Unapologetic princess was named the creative director and brand ambassador of Puma, where she will be overseeing the women’s line of the fashion brand. According to WWD, Rih flew overseas to Germany to have her “first creative session with the design team, picking out colors, styles and discussing the line’s direction.” Such a boss!
The singer will also be the face of their Fall 2015 ad campaign. Of course, it wouldn’t be an official Rih moment without some Instagram confirmation. “the face you make when you the Creative Director of a sportswear company #PUMA,” she deadpanned in a caption of herself posing with the Puma logo. Hope Puma knows they’re about to be the phreshest look on the runway soon!
What do you think about Rihanna’s latest achievement? Sound off in the comments below, and check out all the photos of her arrival to Puma HQ after the jump. More »