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 »
Did You Hear?
:: After rumors spread by a Spanish newspaper that Iggy Azalea would be making an appearance on Shakira‘s forthcoming LP, none were too happy about it. Well good news, it’s not true! The information was reportedly confirmed by Roman Garcia, one of the workers on the “Team Shakira” fansite. [PopJustice]
:: Speaking of I-G-G-Y, Kendrick Lamar seems to be on her side! In a recent interview with Billboard, the rapper stated: “She’s doing her thing. Let her. People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing, continue to rock it, because obviously God wants you here.” [Billboard]
:: Listen up, Led Zeppelin fans! The legendary rock band are planning to reissue their sixth LP, Physical Graffiti, this year! The album was first released in 1975, and will now have even more material in commemoration of its upcoming 40th anniversary. Look out for it on February 24. [Pitchfork]
:: Uh oh, the Bieliebers are at it again! Straight after the release of Justin Bieber‘s steamy Calvin Klein underwear ads with Lara Stone, the singer’s fans have been sending death threats to his model co-star. Calm down little ones, she’s married. [Jezebel]
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Shakira certainly doesn’t waste time between albums! Spanish newspaper El Mundo reports that the Columbian superstar has almost finished her 11th LP, which is said to be a multi-lingual affair featuring Mexican rock band Maná and Spanish singer/heartthrob Alejandro Sanz. The article also claims that the “Can’t Remember To Forget You” hitmaker spent some time in the studio with Iggy Azalea, who is sweetly described as “the latest sensation on American radio stations.”
It sounds like an unlikely combination but Shakira has a habit of making the quirkiest collaborations work. (Listen to the Dizzee Rascal-assisted “Loca,” for just one example). If the track makes the album (due in Spring), it will be another big coup for Iggy. The Australian femcee has already announced her feature on Britney Spears‘ comeback single and there are persistent rumors of an appearance on Selena Gomez‘s Interscope debut. More »
Here we go again: It’s now a week after the election and one day before Veterans Day, so it’s time for pop-loving readers to take advantage of their democratic privileges and vote! November is nearly halfway over — trust, we’re as shocked as you are — and we’re calling on Idolator readers to take a look back at 2014′s album releases so you can have a say in our annual Readers’ Poll roundup of the best ones. As usual, the editors here at Idolator are tirelessly compiling their own list of what they consider to be the best popular music had to offer over the past year. But we’re also eager to let you have your say.
Below you’ll find our readers’ poll containing 15 of the top pop albums released between January and June in 2014. In a few weeks we’ll also do one up for the key albums that arrived in the latter half of the year. And when all is said and done, we’ll boil it all down to what Idolator readers deem to be their 10 favorite records from 2014.
Note: As this is a two-part poll, it’s also a two-part process. Once you vote, we also want you to leave your thoughts in the comments box below on why you chose that particular album. We’ll be reading all of your feedback and including some of it when we post the Best Albums Of 2014 Readers’ Poll results.
So get to voting below, then voice up on why your fave deserves to be in our year-end roundup of 2014’s best albums! More »
‘s blockbuster “Dark Horse”
visual is the most-watched music video of 2014 (thus far) with just under 500 million views. It’s hardly surprising given the dazzling special effects and iconic choreography
. The rest of the countdown contains a bunch of familiar faces including Shakira
, who appears twice with “Can’t Remember To Forget You”
and “La La La (Brazil 2014)”, and Iggy Azalea
More surprising is the YouTube slayage of Enrique Iglesias. He also has two entries in the top 10 with current smash “Bailando” and Spanish language hit “El Perdedor”. The high ranking of The Chainsmokers‘ “#Selfie” underlines its online popularity, while Pitbull cements his status as Mr. Worldwide by racking up hundreds of millions of views for “We Are One”. See the full top 10 after the jump. More »
It’s official: Shakira
is The World Cup Queen.
After Germany and Argentina duked it out during yesterday’s nail-biting 2014 FIFA World Cup final (congrats, Germany!), the “Empire” songstress hit the stage in front of an estimated 1 billion viewers at home to perform a rousing and colorful rendition of her latest hit: “La La La (Brazil 2014),” a special World Cup reworking of her uptempo Shakira EDM anthem. (The lyric “the whole world is watching” has never been more accurate.)
Donning a sexy red dress not unlike her “Can’t Remember To Forget You” get-up, the seasoned vet happily belted her joyous tune and hip-thrusted across the stage alongside Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown and dozens of dummers, doing her best to unite the world in celebration.
The performance is now the Colombian pop diva’s third FIFA fete in a row, following 2006′s “Hips Don’t Lie” with Wyclef Jean and 2010′s “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa),” confirming that no matter which team wins the World Cup every four years, it’s Shakira who ultimately reigns supreme time and time again.
Check out Shakira’s spirited performance up top. Viva Shakira! More »
Did You Hear?
:: Lily Allen dedicated George W. Bush burn song “F*ck You” at Glastonbury to FIFA president Sepp Blatter: “…one of the most — well, actually not the most corrupt person — but annoyingly corrupt person there is in the world.” (Skip to 22:40 above.) [Vulture]
:: Speaking of the World Cup, Shakira is confirmed to perform her own tournament anthem, “Dare (La La La),” during the closing ceremony performance. She will join Santana, Wyclef Jean and Avicii in Rio de Janeiro on July 13. [Billboard]
:: Rick Ross was arrested on June 27, following his 2014 Superjam performance in Greensboro, N.C. Why? He failed to show up for a court date, regarding another arrest related to marijuana possession. [TMZ]
:: A Michael Jackson documentary, Michael Jackson: The Last Photoshoot, has triggered a lawsuit. The production company is suing Jackson’s estate, in attempts to prove it acquired the rights to use footage from an Ebony interview and photo shoo. The estate claims that said footage is private. [THR]
:: Miley Cyrus revealed that she has adopted a new dog, a Shetland sheepdog named Emu. “He’s here and here to say,” she says — and there’s plenty of photographic proof. [Billboard]
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is giving props to the ladies in its annual list of the 100 Most Powerful Women In The World
. And while several obvious politicians make the cut — German Chancellor Angela Merkel
is at #1, while former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton
and First Lady Michelle Obama
are also in the Top 10 — “Drunk In Love”
pop diva Beyonce
soars in at #17, while sometimes-Voice coach Shakira
makes an appearance at #58 and Reverse Warholian ARTPOP
songbird Lady Gaga
pops up at #67. More »
The response to Pitbull
‘s official World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola)”
has been a little underwhelming
but football fans now have an equally uplifting alternative courtesy of Shakira
. Her new single “Dare (La La La)”
has been overhauled for the sporting event — complete with a new video featuring athletes, dancers and the diva’s famously truthful hips.
When it comes to football anthems, FIFA should stick with the Colombian goddess. Her 2010 effort “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” sold four million copies around the globe and is the eight most-watched video of all time with 660 million+ views on YouTube. While not quite as catchy, “La La La (Brazil 2014)” will do nicely. As for the video? Nobody kicks sand with more grace than Shakira, as she proves (yet again) in the video up top. More »
It’s the moment that Carson Daly
spends the entire season prepping for: it’s time to announce the winner of The Voice
! In this case, a moment clearly means an extended episode of recaps, packages, live performances and buildup to an announcement that should really take 10 seconds, but in Voice
world, takes two hours. Three, if you’re counting the pre-Finale recap episode for those who needed the extra coverage (a.k.a. INSANE PEOPLE).
Usher, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton still have horses in the race (these horses’ names being Josh Kaufman, Christina Grimmie and Jake Worthington, respectively), and Shakira is just along for the long ride.
Kicking off the show, Voice “family” members OneRepublic perform “Love Runs Out.” Front man Ryan Tedder had a much larger role in the Season 5 finale, penning Tessanne Chin’s sendoff song “Tumbling Down,” so this limited involvement was a bit of a downgrade. No matter: The Voice is a moving target of rotating rules, so there’s always next year! More »