:: Breathe a sigh of relief. Apparently, there were rumors swirling about that Drake
hooked up with Kris Jenner
after the ESPY Awards but it — not very surprisingly — turned out to be a load of crap. [Gossip Cop
:: Ben Langmaid seems to be holding a grudge against former La Roux bandmate Elly Jackson. In true 2014 fashion, he shaded the redhead by favoriting and retweeting negative comments about her. Very mature. [NME]
:: You’re not alone if your opinion of country star Tim McGraw plummeted after he slapped a female fan for tugging at his jeans at a recent concert. He has tried to explain the situation away by calling it a “pure instinctive reaction”. That doesn’t quite cut it. [TMZ]
:: Taylor Swift has dated the vast majority of men in Hollywood but Zach Braff is not one of them. He clarified the situation in an interview, calling her a “sweet girl”. Expect a passive-aggressive song response from the country queen. [Just Jared]
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Happy Friday, Idolator Readers! Are you ready for a roundup of this week’s news in the pop world? Ready, steady, go.
Things are especially looking good for Sia and Canadian fusion band MAGIC! this week, as the Aussie songstress’ 6th studio album, 1000 Forms Of Fear, hit the cozy number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart and MAGIC’s “Rude” officially bumped Iggy Azalea’s summer hit “Fancy” out of the leading position on the Hot 100. As if that wasn’t enough, pop heiress Paris Hilton premiered her glamorous video for her latest sparkly single “Come Alive” and New Zealand siblings Broods dropped their clip for ethereal number, “Mother & Father.” Plus, the MTV 2014 VMA nominations were announced, leading to plenty of debate and outcry (as always).
What’s more, Toronto’s own Drake revealed the title of his upcoming new album Views From The 6, while the “Bump N’ Grind” master R Kelly surprised everyone when he announced that he is working on a House record. (!) And last but certainly not least, X Factor alums Fifth Harmony visited our studio for an exclusive acoustic performance of their infectious new single. “BO$$” here on Idolator — and MAGIC! delivered a very special acoustic performance of “Rude” for us too!
As per usual, we could always count on you guys for having plenty to say. Here are some of this week’s best comments after the jump. More »
is real — you know, like the King Of Pop. Lady Gaga
and Katy Perry
? They just make disposable garbage. Or at least so muses fun.
guitarist Jack Antonoff
, with which he took part in an interview to promote his new album Strange Desire
with side project Bleachers
Antonoff puts it this way to the men’s publication: “Taylor Swift is cool, because she’s the closest thing today that hearkens to Michael Jackson — to great, great pop music. There’s a difference between her and Gaga and Katy Perry and Lily Allen and all that. It all feels throwaway, comparatively.”
Interestingly, this very sentiment — the lack of real depth and overall superficiality in pop — is something Lily Allen herself explored recently with her own song “Hard Out Here” and its accompanying music video. Maybe Jack Antonoff didn’t catch that one? More »
are already well on their way to enjoying a major second half of 2014, thanks to the slow-burning success of their Native
re-issue single, “Love Runs Out.”
Up next for the Ryan Tedder
-fronted troupe? “Ordinary Human,” a contribution to the soundtrack of The Giver
, in which country-pop darling Taylor Swift
is set to appear.
The moody, anthemic track is featured in a trailer for the film, which just premiered yesterday. “I’m just an ordinary human with ordinary ways/I’m just an ordinary human…I don’t feel so ordinary today,” Tedder coos across the atmospheric chorus, punctuated by dialogue from the movie — and a brief glimpse of Tay Tay in action.
We already caught a first look at the “Love Story” sweetheart in the black-and-white promo poster, but this is your chance to check out Taylor flaunting her acting chops — briefly, at least. (Zoom to the 1:12 mark below to catch her blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance.)
Watch the teaser trailer after the jump, and let us know what you think of the song (and Taylor’s appearance!) in the comments below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Scooter Braun, manager of Justin Bieber, PSY and The Wanted (RIP), was married over the weekend in Canada. His wedding was attended by Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ed Sheeran, Tom Hanks, Asher Roth and Usher, among others. The important thing: “Call Me Maybe” was performed. [Rap-Up.com]
:: Speaking of Usher, he’s set to debut a new song today (July 8) titled “She Came To Give It To You,” and it features Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams. [PopJustice]
:: Taylor Swift wrote an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal, stating, “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: Grammy winning producer William Orbit has defended Britney Spears‘ vocals. [Pink Is The New Blog]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
When Taylor Swift
first talked of her follow-up to 2012′s Red
, she had two dream collaborators in mind. One of them was pop wunderkind Max Martin
, who co-wrote Red
‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
In its latest issue, Rolling Stone reports that Swift got her wish – Martin worked on “most of” her new album, according to Big Machine Records founder Scott Borchetta. As a result, he doesn’t expect country radio to take her Swift’s new material. “Taylor fans are going to love it,” Borchetta says. “Will country stations play a complete pop song just because it’s her? No. But when she comes to town, her friends at country radio will come and see her.” More »
It’s official: Not even Major League Baseball can resist Taylor Swift
‘s charms. On June 9, MLB’s official Twitter account posted a photo with two gloves, captioned “It’s a glove story…” This inspired the Los Angeles Dodgers to chime in with the opening line of Swift’s 2008 hit “Love Story”
: “We were both young when I first saw you.”
The one-on-one serenading soon turned into a full-on sing-along, as the San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians all chimed in. Most of them sang of Romeo & Juliet , while a few tried to steer it in a new direction. (Hint: It involved “22.”) If only sports commentary could be like this all the time — inspired by the same love for the game, but in the words of the Fearless songwriter.
See the MLB’s “Love Story” Twitter sing-along unfold after the jump. More »
dominated the world with her fourth album, 2012′s Red
. Off the strength of that record, she embarked her third worldwide tour
that launched last spring and ends a year later, with her June 12 concert in Singapore.
In anticipation of that date, Swift revealed to Shanghai press what’s to come next – a new album. “I’ve already been working very hard at it, and it’s already my favorite thing I’ve ever created,” she said. “So the idea [is] that after Asia, I get to go back and finish everything and get everything completely done and wrapped up for a new project, it’s very exciting.” More »
appears in the trailer
for The Giver
for about a second. Now, though, she appears in one of five character posters revealed today (May 23). And it’s a more promising sign of what’s to come.
Earlier this spring, fans had two questions regarding the trailer: Where’s Taylor, and why is this in color? Swift plays Rosemary, who is the Giver’s daughter and has a minor role in the dystopian novel – the first for young readers, according to author Lois Lowry – off which the film’s based. Instead, The Giver focuses more on a 12-year-old boy named Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), who’s chosen to receive all memories for an entire community. As a result, he’s the only person there who can see colors.
Following the backlash, Yahoo! revealed a behind-the-scenes look showing why fans shouldn’t be disappointed – yes, parts of the film do actually appear in black and white. As for Swift, prospective viewers can now get a good, hard look at how she’ll appear in the film. See the full poster after the jump. More »
The who’s who of the pop world showed up for last night’s (May 5) Met Gala. While Beyonce
duked it out for best dressed bragging rights on the red carpet, other starlets took the event much less seriously. Selena Gomez
, for example, used it as an excuse to catch up with BFF Taylor Swift
and stalk her favorite singer — “All Of Me”
crooner John Legend
As the night progressed, selfies and happy snaps eventually made their way to Instagram and Twitter. Lily Allen‘s Sheezus vs. Yeezus moment was the absolute highlight but it was nice to see Bey goofing around with Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu. (She even took over photographer duties to snap a pic of them). Oh, and Rita Ora sure gets around. Her Instagram is a treasure trove of celebrity selfies. More »