The music industry was all kinds of crazy this week, from the unexpected moments at this year’s Billboard Music Awards to Paris Hilton announcing her musical comeback. (FINALLY!) Soul sisters Kelly Rowland and Beyonce both released new music, while Katy Perry found herself in a bizarre Twitter war with rapper Chief Keef.
The drama was heavy on Idolator, too: This week’s Ibrawlator was a Billboard Music Awards-themed battle of performances by Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez, while our favorite Pop Princesses — Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears — went head to head in the first installment of “Magazine Melee.” Speaking of, have you voted yet?
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Blake Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert performed a duet on The Voice earlier this week to raise money for victims of the devastating tornado in Oklahoma. The couple will team up for the victims again as part of the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert. Shelton, an Oklahoma native, organized the telethon and is headlining. Reba McEntire is also scheduled to perform.
The benefit will raise money for the United Way of Central Oklahoma and airs May 29 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
One week after debuting his seething new song “New Slaves” by projecting its stark video onto 66 buildings in 10 cities around the world, Kanye West is set to repeat the feat this weekend, starting tonight (May 24). Yeezus has updated his official site with a map of 25 new cities, which Def Jam France says will be the site of the “New Slaves” presentation again.
The first batch is set to go live in select European cities any minute now, so we’ll have confirmation soon. If your neighborhood was skipped the first time around, head to Yeezy’s website to see if he’s bringing the video your way. More »
Why, no — apparently the whole 8-bit craze did not take the dirt nap once Black Eyed Peas hopped on the bandwagon with whatever that last album of theirs was called. For you see, YouTube star Joe Jeremiah‘s series A Bit Of 8-Bit is still going strong, and he set his sights on Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories for his latest clip. Yes, the whole album. “Get Lucky.” “Giorgio By Moroder.” “Contact.” All of it, in one, five-plus-minute clip.
We’re guessing that this is the exact type of cheap-and-dirty electronic trickery Daft Punk were looking to avoid when they recorded their LP with live instruments. (Hell, this is probably exactly what they hear whenever a Justin Bieber/Nicki Minaj/Ke$ha/Macklemore, etc. song comes on the radio.) More »
2 Chainz is known for being the king of features, but the rapper is now putting his often hilarious guest verses on hold to finish up his forthcoming second album. The rapper took to Twitter to announce that his currently untitled sophomore album, the follow-up to last year’s Based on a T.R.U. Story, will be dropping on September 10. The cameos may be on pause, but he’s still the busiest MC in the game. Head below to see his tweet with the announcement. More »
If you’re gonna do a cover of Backstreet Boys‘ “I Want It That Way,” you should go into it knowing there’s a good chance the Boys themselves will see it. No pressure! After One Direction covered part of the hit, Howie Dorough said 1D did “a great job.” Well it’s been a good week for BSB covers, as Charli XCX performed a beautifully woozy cover of the song at a Chicago record store, which was lauded by BSB as well.
“Woah! Did you see this cover of “I Want It That Way”?” they tweeted with a link to Charli’s performance. Charli thanked BSB for the Twitter love, and the gushing continued: “Seriously such a great performance. We can’t wait to hear more from you!” See their exchange below. More »