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Posts Tagged ‘News’

Ariana Grande Denies Authenticity Of Leaked Nude Photos In Massive Hack

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A representative for Ariana Grande has denied the authenticity of leaked nude photos that are said to be of the singer, following of a major hack involving several celebrities that occurred August 31. “The photos are completely fake,” Grande’s rep stated to BuzzFeed.

Grande was among more than 100 celebrities targeted in the leak. Nude and risque photos purported to be of her, Jennifer Lawrence, Victoria Justice and Kate Upton initially surfaced August 31 on online bulletin board 4chan. After confirming that the photos of Lawrence are indeed real, reps for the Silver Linings Playbook actress say that her team has taken action: “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

The hacker reportedly accessed the photos and videos through the celebrities’ iCloud accounts. An alleged master list of hacked celebrities also includes Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Lea Michele, Avril Lavigne, Hilary Duff, and JoJo.

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Mary J. Blige Talks Doing ‘The London Sessions’ With Naughty Boy, Disclosure And Sam Smith

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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.

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Hilary Duff Delays Release Of Her Comeback Album

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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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Maroon 5′s ‘V’: Stream The Full Album

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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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‘Nas: Time Is Illmatic’ Trailer Features Pharrell, Alicia Keys And Busta Rhymes: Watch

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“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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Wyclef Jean Announces New Album ‘Clefication,’ Avicii-Featured Single

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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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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.

 

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Whatcha Say: The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Jennifer Lopez And Nicki Minaj Got Our Readers Talking

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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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5 Michael Jackson Songs That Charted Higher Internationally Than In The US

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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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