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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 16:14

Last month, Mary J. Blige headed to London to record new music. Now, The Guardian reports that the resulting album, The London Sessions (out November on Capitol), finds her inspired by and working closely with some of the U.K.’s brightest stars: Naughty Boy, Emeli Sande, Disclosure, Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes.

The list of collaborations so far is staggering: Smith wrote four songs total. He teamed with songwriter Napes (Smith’s “Stay With Me,” Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be”) for a doo-wop track called “Therapy.” Disclosure worked with Blige on a ’90s house song “Right Now,” to pick up where they left off in the inspired duet version of Settle‘s “F For You.” Naughty Boy, who’s overseeing The London Sessions, also wrote a song with Sande that evokes “early 00s U.K. garage” called “Pick Me Up.”

“The music is free over here the way it used to be in the States,” Blige says. “Artists are just free to do what they love. Listening to the radio you can hear the freedom. The music is living and breathing – you can hear that from Adele‘s last album. It was massive – a big deal. But she did what she loved.”

Read about the making of The London Sessions (so far) at The Guardian.

A History of Diva Hands

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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 15:16

Hilary Duff has spent her summer staging a comeback, with initial plans to release a new album this fall. On August 29, though, she announced on Twitter that she is delaying the full-length’s release. “Guys hate to break this news but the album won’t be out in October,” Duff said. “You will have to wait a few more months. Love all the excitement tho.”

Duff had released two lead singles from her comeback album so far: “Chasing the Sun,” the breezy and innocent ode to summer co-written by Colbie Caillat; and “All About You,” a sassier and punchier pop anthem by hitmakers Savan Kotecha, Carl Falk and Kristian Lundin. Both songs helped to show the folkier bent that Duff had in mind for her return, following 2007′s underrated Dignity, while inspired by groups like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers.

Duff had spent the past year or so prepping new music, right as she was reflecting on her 2004 debut Metamorphosis. “Once I started getting into the studio and being more hands-on with the music I was making, I was a little embarrassed by Metamorphosis,” she said to Idolator at the time. “But I don’t feel that way now. So many people were connected by this. It put me on a map with my music, and they are good pop songs.”

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Author: "Christina Lee" Tags: "Music News, Hilary Duff"
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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 14:30

Maroon 5‘s new album, V, is now streaming ahead of its September 2 release date.

Initially, V appeared on paper to be a sequel to 2012′s Overexposed, Maroon 5′s almost shameless effort to recreate the magic behind its 2010 mega-hit “Moves Like Jagger.” For both albums, the band has worked with outside writers and nearly the exact same impressive roster of producers, including Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Shellback.

The sleek and streamlined V explodes twice: penultimate cut “Feelings,” a swaggering disco cut that should remind of frontman Adam Levine‘s Sexiest Man Alive title, and album closer “My Heart Is Open,” the sweeping, Sia-penned ballad with Gwen Stefani. With the exception of a few songs, like The Police-channeling lead single “Maps,” though, Maroon 5 isn’t trying nearly as hard for staggering radio dominance or to dazzle viewers of The Voice with how well the band evokes superstars of the past.

Levine has called V an effort to put “a bit more thought into what would make a great album,” and for Maroon 5 that means far less glitz and raunchy behavior than before. Stream Maroon 5′s V in its entirety at iTunes Radio.

V‘s Tracklist:
1. Maps
2. Animals
3. It Was Always You
4. Unkiss Me
5. Sugar
6. Leaving California
7. In Your Pocket
8. New Love
9. Coming Back For You
10. Feelings
11. My Heart Is Open (feat. Gwen Stefani)

Deluxe Edition/B Sides
12. ShootLove
13. Sex And Candy
14. Lost Stars

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Author: "Christina Lee" Tags: "Music News, Gwen Stefani, Maroon 5, Sia"
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Date: Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 15:51

“I was trying to make the perfect album,” Nas says of his 1994 debut Illmatic, in a just-released trailer for a documentary celebrating exactly that. Directed by One9, Nas: Time Is Illmatic details the creative process behind the Queensbridge, N.Y. rapper’s stunning debut, which received The Source‘s perfect, five-mic rating and became one of the most acclaimed hip-hop albums of all time.

Pharrell, Alicia Keys and Busta Rhymes all appear in the Time Is Illmatic trailer to help speak for Illmatic‘s influence. “It’s one of the best albums of all time,” Keys says.

The film is just one of several ways that Nas has and will celebrate Illmatic, released 20 years ago, and his career as a whole: Last spring, he invited Lauryn Hill to his Coachella set to help perform collaborations like “Ready or Not.” And to celebrate Illmatic, Nas will also embark a 14-date tour, starting Oct. 2 in Rochester, N.Y., where he’ll screen the documentary and perform the album in its entirety.

Nas: Time Is Illmatic will be released Oct. 1 via Tribeca. Watch the trailer up top.

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Date: Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 14:54

Wyclef Jean, globally-minded hip-hop artist and producer, is staging a comeback with his first new album in five years: Clefication, out this spring. The album’s first single, “Divine Sorrow” featuring Avicii, will be out later this year.

Last year, Jean released a 33-song mixtape, April Showers, as a teaser to his “Frankenstein project” of a new album, then titled The Carnival Begins. At the time, he told Idolator that he had recorded trap songs, dancehall tracks and acoustic ballads as he teamed with Pitbull and 2 Chainz, while also influenced by Missy Elliott and Timbaland.

Billboard reports that Jean had since relocated to Avicii’s native Stockholm to work on Clefication, with help from the EDM superstar’s manger Ash Pournouri. Jean and Avicii have already worked together once before, on World Cup closing anthem “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way),” also featuring famed rock guitarist Carlos Santana and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires. Revisit the song below.

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Author: "Christina Lee" Tags: "Music News, Avicii, Wyclef Jean"
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Date: Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 13:59

Diplo, pop-meets-Miami bass DJ, and Skrillex, dubstep king, initially introduced their joint side project Jack Ü during last year’s Mad Decent Block Party touring festival. Now, more than a year after the producer duo’s debut, Diplo revealed a live version of Jack Ü collaboration with Kiesza, “Take U There.”

While Kiesza’s breakout hit, “Hideaway,” could easily be mistaken for an early ’90s house record, “Take U There” transports the rising Canadian pop singer to the present. Without much hesitation, her powerhouse vocals lead to the sort of dramatic bass drops and honking rhythms to be expected from the two superstar producers.

Diplo recently said that Jack Ü will release a self-titled mixtape soon. For now,  hear the live version of “Take U There,” recorded during the Brooklyn stop of this year’s Mad Decent Block Party trek, below.

 

Popping Up: Kiesza

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Author: "Christina Lee" Tags: "Music News, Diplo, Kiesza, Skrillex"
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Date: Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 00:30

Happy Friday, Idolator Readers. Before we head straight into the Labor Day weekend, let us reflect on this week’s glamorous world of pop!

First up, with the 2014 MTV VMAs madness coming to a close on Sunday, we recapped all of the night’s events and best red carpet moments as well as the complete list of Moonman winners. We also discovered that Nicki Minaj’s “scandalous” wardrobe malfunction was actually all a hoax, fawned over Demi Lovato’s gorgeous red dress and realized that Jennifer Lopez looks great, well, always.

Not to mention, J.Lo also released a hard-hitting remix of “Booty” with fellow bootylicious babe Iggy Azalea, while Charli XCX premiered her rebellious-school-girl music video for single “Break The Rules.” Usher also hopped on the bandwagon and dropped his new Mike WILL Made-It-produced album-track “Believe Me” as well as his visual for the Nicki Minaj-assisted “She Came To Give It To You.”

Here on Idolator, we sat down not only with up-and-coming North London beatsmith Shift K3Y to talk about his music journey, but also spoke to Nick Jonas about his exciting much-awaited solo album. What’s more, we also premiered New York songstress VERITE’s new single “Weekend.”

As per usual, you guys had plenty to say. Read this week’s roundup of the best reader comments below.

:: pr64 noted Adam Lambert’s obsession with Lady Gaga on Lady Gaga Made A Surprise Appearance During The Adam Lambert & Queen Tour In Australia: Watch: “Wish I could have been there. adam idolizes gaga, and when she’s not acting like an idiot, she’s a brilliant singer! I can just imagine them together raising hell!!”

:: While we loved it, Lory hated Miley‘s cover of Roy Orbison‘s “It’s Over” on Miley Cyrus’ Amazing Cover Of Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over” On The Final ‘Chelsea Lately’: Watch: “Uh uh, no–it was a terrible cover of a great song.”

:: Nene Leks was all about Laverne Cox on Laverne Cox Dancing To Beyonce’s Medley Was Possibly The Best Moment Of The VMAs: Watch: “YAAAAAAAAAAAS LAVERNE U GIVE ME LIFE GURRRRRRRRRRL.”

:: Nic smelled desperation on Jennifer Lopez And Iggy Azalea Discuss Their “Booty” Remix On MTV’s ‘House Of Style’: Watch: “Jennifer still trying to make that music career happen with a song better suited for a newbie, not someone who’s been making music since 1999. Desperation should be her new perfume as well.”

:: Reymon thinks that Gaga is finally beginning to show her true self on Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Jam In Their Low-Key “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” Video: Watch: “I think we can finally see and hear the REAL Lady Gaga.
 Love it.”

:: Mark was furious with Lil Kim on Lil Kim Comes For Nicki Minaj Yet Again With “No Flex Zone!!” Remix: Listen To Her Cutting Rendition: “Are you f*cking kidding me?! Lil Kim GIVE IT UP baby girl. This is just sad and pathetic, you’re more obsessed with Nicki Minaj than Nicki is. I can see being a little bitter in the beginning but this has just gone on long enough. It’s tired, it’s stale, it’s boring. Every interview is about Nicki. Every rap is about Nicki. Do the few fans you have left really want to keep hearing diss tracks about the same person? Why don’t you go back to the drawing board, make something hot and new, and come back hard? Just a thought.”

:: Noami blamed the 2014 VMA lineup  for the award show’s lower viewer ratings on 2014 MTV Video Music Awards: 8.3 Million Viewers, Down 18% From Last Year: “I think it had to do with the lineup. Most of the people that performed I wasn’t really interested in. I was only eager for Beyonce’s performance. 2014 has been a lackluster year in mainstream pop music so far. Let’s just hope there’s going to be any interesting music within the next four months.”

:: Adam thought that J-Lo’s “Booty” remix with Iggy should’ve been the actual original track on Iggy Azalea Jumps On Jennifer Lopez’s “Booty”: Listen To The Remix: “THIS should’ve been the original. It was a pretty smart & obvious choice to call Iggy up on this song. What wasn’t smart was this song with Pitbull having made the cut on the album. When we read that JLo was teaming up with Iggy, and there was a song on her album named ‘Booty’, it came as a surprise that the Iggs featured on another track (a lame one, by the way). This, with a PROPER video (which is currently on the works, as seen in Iggy’s Instagram) would’ve increased A.K.A.’s sales. End of story.”

:: And finally, Nene Leks threw some major shade at Nicole Scherzy’s latest track “On The Rocks” on Nicole Scherzinger Premieres New Single, “On The Rocks”: Listen: ”weak like my nans bad leg.”

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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 21:20

Today (August 29) would have been Michael Jackson‘s 56th birthday. It boggles the mind to think what treasures the King of Pop could have created if he were still alive but his legacy is so incredibly vast that there’s always something new to discover. To celebrate the life of the gloved genius, I’ve put together a list of five singles that performed considerably better overseas than at home.

It’s hard to fathom how classic tracks like 1995′s environmental awareness-raising “Earth Song” could be the highest-selling MJ single of all time in the UK but not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. That has a lot to do with the way charts were compiled in the ’90s and the lack of a physical release but it still feels completely wrong. Discover over such cases after the jump.

1. “Heal The World”

The sixth single from Dangerous only reached number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1992 but the inspiring ballad performed considerably better in Europe. It peaked at number three in Germany and number two in France and the UK.

2. “Give In To Me”

The next single from Dangerous received even less love stateside, where it didn’t garner an official release. However, the rock anthem received a lot of attention around the world. It peaked at number one in New Zealand, number four in Australia and number two in the UK.

3. “Earth Song”

As I mentioned earlier, “Earth Song” wasn’t given an official released in the US in 1995. Meanwhile, it’s MJ’s highest-selling single in the UK where it spent six weeks at number one. It also topped the charts in Spain, Switzerland and Germany.

4. “Stranger In Moscow”

This is one of my all-time favorite Michael Jackson songs because I think it gives astonishing insight into the loneliness (and perhaps paranoia) he was feeling at the time. The HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I single reached number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100 but topped the charts in Italy and Spain. It also reached number four in the UK and 14 in Australia.

5. “Blood On The Dance Floor”

The lead single from the pop icon’s 1997 Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix remix album, “Blood On The Dance Floor” stalled at number 42 in the US but reached number one in New Zealand, Spain and the UK.

What’s the biggest surprise to you? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Michael Jackson"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 20:29

Just when you thought Beyonce would slay the MTV Video Music Awards and then disappear until it’s time to collect her next batch of Grammys, the game-changing diva posed for CR Fashion Book and even wrote them a poem. Shot by Pierre Debusschere (he also helmed her stunning “Mine” video) and styled by Carine Roitfeld, the shoot is one of Bey’s best. Hell, she even has a Chanel surfboard strapped to her back in one pic!

The issue arrives on September 4 (a date which also happens to be Queen Bey’s 33rd birthday), so the shoot chronicles her life and career. There are references to her self-titled album, music videos and even past photo shoots. As for the commentary? Well, Beyonce writes about Blue Ivy and the inspiration she gets from children in general.

“There’s someone, we all find out soon, more important than ourselves to lose,” she muses. “I feel a deep bond with young children — all those photos in my dressing room — especially those who’ve been stricken. Children I’ve met across the years — they uplift me like pieces of moon and guide me, whispering in my ear.” How lovely. Peruse all the pics up top.

Is this Bey’s best shoot yet? Have your say in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Gallery, Beyonce"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 19:55

Bless Miley Cyrus. Just when things were starting to get a little dull on the interwebs, the retired twerker posed nude for V magazine and gave gossip hounds and perverts a reason for living. She can now add humanitarian to her long list of accomplishments! So far we’ve seen the (fairly tame) cover and a censored black-and-white nude but more pics are finally emerging from the Karl Lagerfeld-helmed shoot.

In one new pic, the 21-year-old rocks a bath robe and thigh-high boxing boots. In another, Miley holds a mouth-shaped purse against her vagina. It’s basically the high-fashion equivalent of her infamous Terry Richardson shoot. If you’re wondering why the hitmaker is posing nude again, your guess is as good as mine. It’s not like she’s actively promoting Bangerz (that fourth single is long overdue), so I guess the pop princess is basically losing her clothes for shits and giggles at this point. Rock on! See the pics after the jump.

So how do these pics compare to Miley’s previous raunchy shoots? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Miley Cyrus"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 19:15

Kylie Minogue staged one of the most impressive career reinventions of all time when “Confide In Me” dropped on this day (August 29) in 1994. After releasing four massively successful albums of (glorious) bubblegum pop, the Australian diva switched labels and reemerged with a haunting Brothers In Rhythm-produced indie-pop anthem that still seethes and seduces 20 years later.

Despite the startling change of genre, “Confide In Me” was an instant hit. It became the pop icon’s first number one record in Australia since 1988 and landed at number two on the UK chart. It even managed to find an audience in the US — reaching number 39 on the Billboard Club Chart. More importantly, the song finally showcased Kylie’s vocal ability (there was genuine surprise that she could, you know, actually sing) and established her as a credible artist.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Confide In Me”, Steve Anderson (one half of Brothers In Rhythm) shared some secrets about the recording process on Twitter. For starters, did you know that there’s a gated didgeridoo in the “stick or twist” breakdown? Mind blown! He also posted the original lyric sheet (above) and revealed that the much-loved B-side “If You Don’t Love Me” was recorded in one take. Learn all these is to know about the classic hit after the jump.

Steve’s fascinating tweets:

Revisit “Confide In Me”:

Is “Confide In Me” one of Kylie’s best tracks? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Kylie Minogue, Steve Anderson"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 18:46

The Business Of The Legendary Miss Britney Spears is a mighty thing: From her albums, to her ongoing Piece Of Me residency in Las Vegas, to her billion dollar perfume empire with Elizabeth Arden, Hasbro deals and her recent foray into lingerie, she truly is the definition of a work bitch.

As a result, Variety took a deep dive into the legacy behind Brit Brit to explore her many business ventures, as well as the way her team operates and what lies ahead.

For one thing, Brit’s truly the CEO of Britney Spears, according to business manager Lou Taylor, bitch.

From Variety:

“I think Britney truly conceives of herself as a corporate executive officer, and the organic desire she has for any sort of brand ideas or sponsorship, show ideas, music ideas, all really start at the top with her. I think that’s probably the thing that most people don’t understand about how she operates.” Spears herself isn’t sure she’d call herself a CEO — “but that’s very sweet of Lou to say,” she says — though she acknowledges that recent years have taught her the importance of clear-eyed career planning.

Along the way, the team also discusses Britney’s musical legacy, including her most recent offering, 2013′s Britney Jean, which underperformed by usual Spears standards — although CAA’s head of music, Rob Light, doesn’t seem to mind.

“Honestly, trying to compare record sales in 2014 to anything anyone had in the past is an impossible task, because it is such a broken business,” says Light. “The actual sales are never going to be the same, but if the social media numbers stay high, and her audience stays incredibly active, we’re feeling great.” Tom Corson, president of RCA Records, concurs. “Britney is still near the top of the bell curve,” he says. “If you have an album that’s somewhat less successful than prior albums, it can be a reflection of a lot of things. But what you know is that the artist is still selling tickets, the artist is still viable in the marketplace, the artist brand still has resonance.”

Perhaps most exciting of all? The article confirms she’s renewed her contract with RCA Records. And, although some fans were concerned that the combined one-two punch of Britney Jean‘s commercial underperformance and the 2-year Piece Of Me stint would lead to an early retirement, B-Girl’s still going strong(er than yesterday). Why? Because she needs “constant motion” in her life, y’all. Duh! (Side note: Can we petition to make that a new album title?)

“In my off-time I do record,” Spears says. “Once in a while I’ll just go into the studio if there’s a really good song that I have in my head and want to do. I think as artists you’re constantly in creative motion. If I stopped writing songs then that’s a part of me that would stop in my life, and I need constant motion… I’m definitely more in a creative space now. You have more time to go there spiritually in your home with a piano than you would being in a hotel room.”

Over sixteen years after her debut single, and she’s still handlin’ her business — and ready to give us more (moah). That’s our girl!

What do you think about the Business of Brit Brit? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: "Bradley Stern" Tags: "Music News, Britney Spears"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 18:18

Lana Del Rey‘s Fashion cover arrived way back in July (along with a portion of the accompanying interview) but more pictures from the glamorous shoot have finally surfaced online. After presenting a more casual, low-key look for most of the Ultraviolence era, it’s great to see the 29-year-old all dolled up again. It’s like a mini-Born To Die revival.

The 10-page spread (where are the other pics?) appears to be have been photographed in an old mansion or elegant country house. There’s a smoldering pic of Lana grasping a bedpost and a couple of her posing outside against stone walls. She looks amazing in all of them but the snap of her rocking the royal blue cape from the cover wins. See it for yourself after the jump.

Do you prefer high-fashion or low-key Lana? Let us know in the comments below.

[Via Lana Del Rey Online].

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Author: "Mike Wass" Tags: "Headlines, Lana Del Rey"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 18:06
Ariana Grande thigh high boots MTV VMAs Video Music Awards red carpet 2014

Whether it be through her videos for  hits “The Way,” “Problem” and “Break Free,” her myriad of award show appearances or the various stints she’s done on glitzy red carpets, My Everything pop princess Ariana Grande has been letting the world know loud and clear that when it comes for her accessories of choice, boots rank pretty high.

Her most recent outings with fancy foot- ‘n’ legwear on display have included the MTV Video Music Awards and her prime time performance of “Break Free” on America’s Got Talent. Above you’ll find a video we compiled featuring those and much, much more.

Are you ready, boots? Start watchin’.

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Author: "Idolator Staff" Tags: "Video, Ariana Grande, Idolator Instant"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 17:36

Each month, we take a look at our favorite pop stars gracing the glossy covers of fashion, health, music and lifestyle magazines across the world and ask you to choose the best cover!

With summer coming to an end, it’s time now for the fashion and lifestyle magazines to flaunt our favorite pop stars in the fiercest, most fashion-forward looks of the season. After Nicole Scherzinger took the crown for the August’ 14 spread, who will reign supreme across the much-coveted September issue assortment?

Lana Del Rey stuns as a regal beauty in a royal blue cape on the cover Canada’s Fashion, while Rita Ora heats up Glamour with a blazing hot blazer look. Ariana Grande keeps it cute as always with her selfie-ready shoot for Seventeen, while Rihanna gives goth tribal glamour to W, and Lady Gaga invites her french bulldog Queen Asia to reign supreme on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. All gorgeous covers for sure, but which one’s your favorite?

Check out the upcoming covers below, and then place your vote for your favorite of the month!

Vote below now…

They’re all great photos, but only one cover will win: We’ll crown the winner right here on September 5. Go, go, go!

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Author: "Bradley Stern" Tags: "Highlights, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, La..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 16:27
Karl Lagerfeld Miley Cyrus V Magazine Fall 2014 cover nude nudity boobs

Between Donatella Versace‘s infinitely-entertaining Ice Bucket Challenge video and Karl Lagerfeld‘s V magazine shoot with Miley Cyrus, Idolator is turning into a real Hub Of Fashion lately. Yes, Lagerfeld was the man behind the lens for Miley’s latest round of boob-baring photos — an upgrade from Terry Richardson, if you ask us. And to celebrate the impending arrival of the fall “Rebel” issue of the publication, the 80-year-old German designer/photographer posed on a hill by the ocean, holding the cover of the mag up in front of his face.

Miley popped the above pic on Instagram (while noting that the shoot was styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele). See it in full size below.

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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 16:09

While the wait continues for Róisín Murphy‘s long, long, long awaited forthcoming LP, the Irish avant-garde pop songstress just provided a teensy hint of what’s to come on Instagram this week — not that it makes the wait any easier, of course.

The “Let Me Know” chanteuse, who’s been serving up singles here and there like “Momma’s Place,” as well as her summer Italian language disco EP, Mi Senti — uploaded a photo of a handwritten letter explaining what’s to come from the long-awaited LP. “It really is like nothing you’ve ever heard before,” she says. Check out what the singer-songstress had to say in full after the jump.

“There was a desire to make an unquestionably refined record. It’s multi layered, electronic and live instrumentation, musically it goes to places most pop music never does. It’s emotionally bare and laced with irony. I definitely didn’t set out to make something unique per-se but eddie’s vision is like nobody else’s on the planet and it really is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. So it’s impossible to describe except to say..it’s heartfelt.”

Are you excited for the Overpowered follow-up? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: "Bradley Stern" Tags: "Music News, Roisin Murphy"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 15:13
MTV VMAs 2014 Katy Perry Riff Raff Sam Smith Charli XCX

Katy Perry decided to bring Mad Decent rapper Riff Raff as her denim-clad date to the MTV Video Music Awards this past Sunday, and then seemingly wound up, as Vulture worded it, “straight-up ignor[ing]” him the entire night. Whether or not that’s the actual case, who knows — but, as evidenced by countless photos and video clips from the event, Perry did seem way more enthralled with the gentleman seated on the other side of her: “Stay With Me” hit-maker Sam Smith.

Cut to what comes off as a nasty tweet Riff Raff shot off at Smith last night, wherein he called the British singer a “chubby little fuck factory” and further commented, “P.S. YOUR FACE IS HUGE.” The cause of the rapper’s ire: Smith apparently cropping Riff Raff out of a photo posted on Instagram.

Smith, hopefully, laughed off the juvenile jab — coming, mind, you, from a man in his 30s — because, clearly Riff Raff himself hasn’t taken a look in the mirror in the past year.

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Also, perhaps Riff Raff didn’t scroll down far enough to see that Smith did indeed post a couple photos with the whole crew.

Of course, the best of them is this one (below). You know, maybe this guy’s supposed anger is really being misdirected from Katy to Sam?

Bottom line: You’re this self-absorbed and pressed over not showing up in a photo someone posted to their personal Instagram account? Hopefully this was all a joke. Otherwise, take your toys and go home already, dude.

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Author: "Robbie Daw" Tags: "Photo, Katy Perry, Riff Raff, Sam Smith"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 14:44

This morning, The Today Show was in full-on Arianator mode.

My Everything pop darling Ariana Grande took over the stage this AM in a cute metallic skirt and top and matching stilettos (and that ponytail, of course!) to perform a whole bunch of tracks from her brand new LP.

The set included summer smash “Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea),” “Break Free (feat. Zedd),” a bit of “Bang Bang (feat. Jessie J and Nicki Minaj)” and the Diana Ross-sampling “Break Your Heart Right Back (feat. Childish Gambino).”

She also sat down with Matt Lauer to discuss her career, both as a pop star and Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon, staying close to her friends and family and whether or not she’s got a boyfriend (“I’m happy!” she quickly deflected). Check out all the performances, as well as the interview, after the jump.




What did you think of Ari’s set on Today? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: "Bradley Stern" Tags: "On The Tube, Video, Ariana Grande"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 12:58
Jessie Ware Sam Burrows married 2014

Shakira‘s pregnant, Jessie Ware got married — everyone pop a bottle in celebration!

Jessie got hitched this week to Sam Burrows, her childhood sweetheart according to Hello magazine, on the Greek Island of Skopelos. And speaking of magazines, forget choosing some glossy publication to debut your wedding photos in — Jessie’s Instagram pics of her and Sam are simple, yet absolutely amazing. In one particular snap, the pair can be seen wearing matching leather jackets that, combined, spell out “Just Married” (above). And then there’s their similar swimsuits, with “Mr. Ware” and “Mr. Burrows” emblazoned across each of their backsides. Congrats, you crazy clowns.

Check out a few pics from Jessie’s memorable week below.

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Author: "Robbie Daw" Tags: "Photo, Jessie Ware"
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