Usher closed out this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival by bringing out a surprise guest: Chris Brown. “He’s a friend, he’s a brother, he’s a passionate artist and I have the fortunate opportunity to have shared a song with him this year,” Usher said, before the younger R&B star joined him on stage.
The two of them performed “New Flame,” Brown’s current single off his new album X. (The album, also featuring “Loyal” and “X,” is predicted to debut second only to Barbra Streisand‘s tenth album Partners next week.) Their singing led to a dance-off, which led to Usher slipping off his high-tops and lighting them on fire – after all, neither of them had the flaming ‘X’ from the “New Flame” video handy.
Watch Usher and Chris Brown do “New Flame” below. More »
You could grate cheese on Usher‘s six-pack, so it’s not exactly surprising to discover that he’s the fittest man in popular music. The R&B superstar demonstrated his superior athletic ability on today’s (September 15) episode of The Ellen Show by taking on (and conquering) the demanding American Ninja Warrior obstacle course in the studio’s parking lot.
The 35-year-old, who is currently promoting his upcoming The UR Experience tour, demolished the course like a veteran Navy Seal — jumping over objects, climbing walls and hanging off railings like a professional. Usher is still putting the finishing touches on his eighth studio album, which still has no official release date. See the crooner’s athletic side after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Pop influencers ranging from Pitbull to Nicole Scherzinger took to Twitter to remember G.R.L.‘s Simone Battle (above, far right), who was found dead on September 5. “The world has lost a true talent,” producer Dr. Luke said. [Billboard]
:: Usher has revealed that Drake will appear on his forthcoming album. “He really understands how to analyze a beat and then recognize a cadence,” Usher says. [MTV]
:: Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and The Vamps will perform at BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards on October 19. Rita Ora and Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw will co-host the event. [Popjustice]
:: Carrie Underwood‘s 2012 hit “Two Black Cadillacs” has inspired a FOX “event series.” Underwood and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Pirates of the Carribean) will oversee its making. [Cosmopolitan]
:: Kelly Clarkson brought her newborn daughter River Rose Blackstock to her concert with country superstar Trisha Yearwood. River Rose wore bedazzled pink headphones to the event. [Twitter]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
He’s coming to give it to you.
This morning, Usher announced a fall tour called The UR Experience (erm, what do you think of that title, Justin Timberlake?), which is due to impact over 27 cities across North America.
As for what to expect? The show promises to include “a fresh take on early and recent songs, as well as new music from his anticipated forthcoming eighth studio album,” which means he may very well be previewing new tunes out on the road. And yes, there may be some superstars joining him along the way: “With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests. I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before,” he explains of the new tour. August Alsina and DJ Cassidy are already confirmed to be tour guests. Maybe Nicki Minaj will show up to give it to us too?
Will you be catching Usher out on tour this year? Check out the tour trailer and upcoming concert dates after the jump. More »
‘s status as perhaps the most consistent artist in R&B, it’s surprising how underwhelming the first two cuts from his eighth studio album have been. “Good Kisser”
was an unusually generic bedroom anthem and “She Came To Give It To You”
sounds like a reject from Justin Timberlake
‘s The 20/20 Experience
. Even a cameo from Nicki Minaj
can’t save it.
The video isn’t particularly inspiring either. The 35-year-old is one of the best dancers in the business but his moves are clouded by murky lighting and choppy editing. Then there’s Nicki no-show. Sure, she performs her verse in a room surrounded by televisions but it’s kind of anti-climactic that they never share a scene together. Watch up top. More »
You all saw Nicki Minaj
bouncing her ass while performing “Anaconda” at the MTV VMAs
on Sunday, right? She also did “Bang Bang” live with Ariana Grande
and Jessie J
that night, as well as “She Came To Give It To You”
. One place Nicki is not
present, however, is the above teaser clip for the “She Came To Give It To You” video. What we do see is Ursh busting some Michael Jackson
-esque moves over a Pharrell
-produced beat that’s very Off The Wall
-era MJ…territory, mind you, Justin Timberlake
already covered last summer with “Take Back The Night”
(and countless others have covered multiple times before). More »
After banging his head on Nicki Minaj
‘s booty during their 2014 MTV VMA
performance of “She Came To Give It To You
,” “Good Kisser
” extraordinaire Usher
wasted no time revealing his thumping new track, “Believe Me.”
Featured on his highly-anticipated upcoming album Everything You Can Imagine, the Mike WILL Made-It-produced number is a danceable ballad of sorts. While the R&B crooner sings about betraying one more girl’s trust, Mike’s ever-menacing beat makes for yet another infectious banger to add to Ursh’s repertoire.
Listen to the song below. More »
releases a new album, it isn’t so much an event as it is an international holiday.
Her Madgesty is now on her 13th studio album. 2012′s MDNA gave us just a little bit of the life we needed for the icon’s 12th release, but of course we wanted more. It’s only natural, given this is a woman who has consistently reinvented herself for three decades straight.
Now it’s 2014, which feels like the perfect time for her to drop off a new project and deliver that breed of cross-genre pop that only she can provide.
Details on the album thus far have been hit or miss: While other websites have speculated by way of Instagram posts and other random clues, Idolator played detective and dug up even more info on the album. Of course, nothing is conclusive since this is Madge, but we do have enough information to at the very least be excited for the project.
So without further ado, let’s see what we have in store from the Queen Of Pop herself. More »
Sure, it’s not quite #TBT yet, but that doesn’t mean we’re not already fondly daydreaming about yesteryear.
With all the excitement surrounding the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards — with upcoming performances due from Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj — we got to thinking about some of the best VMAs red carpet appearances from our pop tarts, past and present.
From Britney Spears to Hilary Duff to Ciara to Avril Lavigne, our favorite pop ladies rocked the red carpet in the fiercest fashions from over a decade ago. And the boys? Don’t worry — Jay-Z, ‘N Sync and Usher held it down too.
Check out the gallery up top of some of our favorite throwback looks from the VMAs. What are some of your fave looks? Let us know in the comments below. More »
unveiled his “New Flame”
video this afternoon (August 14) and my mind immediately wandered to Britney Spears
‘ “Work Bitch”
extravaganza. Which is unusual because I’m still trying to forget that Britney Jean
ever happened. It just so happens that both videos were filmed at the same luxurious pool (or a very, very similar one).
Only instead of CGI sharks and dazed choreography, Breezy serves umbrella twisting and a shirtless cameo from international sex symbol Rick Ross. Fellow collaborator Usher also makes an appearance but — let’s be real — all eyes are on Teflon Don. The concept, which was first used by Mexican duo Prima J, is eye-catching but surely Chris had other options. Particularly when the song is this good. Watch both (equally glamorous) videos after the jump. More »