Well, what a coincidence, pop fans — Taylor Swift‘s Red Tour just happened to be rolling through Canada the same weekend Toronto’s MuchMusic Video Awards took place! And the “22″ singer picked up the Your Fave International Artist/Group statue, to boot! PSY acted as one of the hosts throughout the night, and, as an added treat for all involved, performed his not-quite-as-popular-as-“Gangnam-Style” single “Gentleman.”
Other big winners included no-show Justin Bieber (Your Fave Artist/Group), 2013 breakout duo Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis (International Video Of The Year – Group), Avril Lavigne (International Video Of The Year By A Canadian) and Demi Lovato (International Video Of The Year – Artist).
Catch the full list of who all won what at Toronto’s big music shindig below. More »
If someone had told me in January that Robin Thicke would be a top contender for Song Of The Summer this year, I’d have to have been pretty hammered to go along with that idea. Don’t get me wrong — Robin Thicke; smooth voice, pretty blue eyes and a completely likeable personality. But let’s face it — the guy’s lone Top 40 single until now charted way back in 2007 (“Lost Without U,” off breakthrough album The Evolution Of Robin Thicke). It just seemed like, for the past five years, the poor guy was more “miss” than “hit.”
But here were are in June 2013, and Robin is sitting pretty at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with his good time party jam “Blurred Lines.” In fact, we here at Idolator have already dubbed this The Year Of The Comeback, and Mr. Thicke is without a doubt becoming one of our leading examples. Let’s take a closer look below! More »
When Robyn‘s Body Talk album arrived in November 2010, it ushered in a new era for the much-loved Swedish dance-pop dynamo. But months ahead of that, she released two mini-albums as a pair of appetizers: Body Talk Pt. 1 and Body Talk Pt. 2. Robyn’s Snoop Dogg collaboration “U Should Know Better” first appeared on the latter, and now, nearly three years later, a music video for the song is set to premiere.
The visual for the boastful, F-bomb riddled track will officially be unveiled tomorrow (Tuesday, June 18). Ahead of that, Idolator is teasing the clip with the above still, which features Robyn taking a backseat, somewhat, on a bicycle that’s zipping through what looks like an empty amusement park parking lot. More »
Did You Hear?
:: After he attended Friday’s listening party in Los Angeles, Justin Bieber has weighed in on Kanye West‘s Yeezus. “Fact. @kanyewest new album is the truth,” he said. [Twitter]
:: Lil Wayne returned Saturday (June 15) to his New Orleans neighborhood, Hollygrove, to film the video for I Am Not a Human Being II‘s “God Bless Amerika.” A clip shows that an American flag falls to the ground before Weezy steps on it — actions that are still legal, but discouraged by US flag code. [LilWayneHQ]
:: Jennifer Lopez said that despite what rumors indicated, she is very unlikely to return to American Idol as a judge. Plans included starring in a “small independent movie.” [E!]
:: Ludacris was reportedly attacked at Atlanta nightclub Prive on Friday night. The Atlanta rapper and his girlfriend were hit with bottles before several people dove into the action, then security tried multiple times to break the crowd up. Neither of them were hurt. [Complex]
After the jump, find out what music acts you can catch on TV today. More »
Well, we knew Jay-Z and Samsung had a big announcement in store for tonight’s NBA Finals game. But rather than announce their rumored music streaming service, Jay used the massive platform to reveal the title and release date of his next album via a three-minute commercial. Magna Carta Holy Grail will drop July 4, and based on the making-of footage in the ad, Pharrell, Rick Rubin and Timbaland are involved. But here’s where Samsung comes in: they’re giving away one million copies of the album to Samsung Galaxy users three days before the official release date.
This is the latest in a string of short-notice, big-name album releases this year, including Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience and Kanye West‘s Yeezus. Speaking of, we feel Jay really missed a great opportunity to give this LP the Yeezus-esque title of Magna Carter, but oh well. This is Jay-Z’s first solo album since 2009′s The Blueprint 3, and fans can expect to hear the new Jay cuts live when he embarks on the Legends of the Summer tour with JT.
Check out the commercial that ran during Game 5 of the Finals below. More »
As opposed to many of the artists who spent their time at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee hanging out in the artist tent, Solange stayed unusually busy: Friday (June 14) saw her making two appearances, first to duet with her pals in Grizzly Bear during their set and later, performing with hip-hop legends like RZA from The Wu-Tang Clan, The Neptunes’ Chad Hugo and DJ Jazzy Jeff during a rap superjam. Then, on Saturday (June 15), she had her own solo set, a whir of tunes primarily from her exceptional True EP (as well as older favorites like the still-peerless-all-these-years-later “Sandcastle Disco,” and one of her favorite covers, Dirty Projectors‘ “Stillness Is The Move”). More »
Now this is Total Request Live: During Friday’s concert in Miami, One Direction was answering fan questions on Twitter when the group received an unusual request — “twerk team.” While the UK boy band were admittedly a little clueless, they did know which song would be fitting for the occasion.
While Niall Horan and Harry Styles quickly leaped into action, the other members decided that they required a little bit of assistance. Horan pulled up an instructional video on YouTube (“This looks long,” Louis Tomlinson said), while Liam Payne requested Drake‘s “The Motto” be played by 1D’s backing band. Payne rapped Drake’s lyrics, as the rest of the group lined the platform and, well, tried. Watch the clip up top. More »
Just minutes after his solo Bonnaroo set, R. Kelly made a surprise appearance during the festival’s Rock n’ Soul Dance Party Superjam — and while there, he took the lead on a cover of Sam Cooke‘s civil rights anthem “A Change Is Gonna Come.” (Perhaps he saw Beyonce cover this very song at Chime for Change and felt inspired — who knows?)
The Rock n’ Soul Dance Party was led by Jim James and featured John Oates (yes, of Hall & Oates). Other special, previously unannounced guests included Bilal, Alabama Shakes vocalist Brittany Howard and Billy Idol, who covered T. Rex‘s “Bang a Gong (Get It On).” Together, the ensemble made time for Kelly and Idols’ covers, but then mainly focused its energies on performing some of Sly & The Family Stone‘s biggest hits.
Watch R. Kelly cover “A Change Is Gonna Come” up top. After the jump, check out the Superjam editions of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Dance to the Music” and “Hot Fun in the Summertime.” More »
Fresh off his headlining set at Atlanta’s HOT 107.9 Birthday Bash, 2 Chainz took to Twitter to announce the title of his sophomore album: Based on a T.R.U. Story II. While the College Park rapper typically takes a downright silly approach to his punchlines, his new album title shows that he’s all business.
It’s hard to blame 2 Chainz for sticking to what he knows. Throughout 2012 he made himself known with a series of winning guest verses, and then he followed up with several hit singles off his No. 1 major-label debut: “No Lie” featuring Drake, “I Love Dem Strippers” with Nicki Minaj, “Birthday Song” featuring Kanye West, “I’m Diff’rent.” He’s since collaborated with artists ranging from Fall Out Boy to Major Lazer and The-Dream alongside Beyonce, and he teamed with Pharrell for his first B.O.A.T.S II single “Feds Watching.” (Tru.)
Based on a T.R.U. Story II is out September 10. Check out 2 Chainz’ announcement after the jump. More »
Sri Lankan pop provocateur M.I.A. has released a preview to a new song out June 17. “Bring the Noize” will be the first single she’s released since 2012′s “Bad Girls,” which was slated for her fourth album Matangi. Based on the preview, “Bring the Noize” is a high-energy, propulsive banger, thanks to a bouncing and skipping sample of M.I.A. singing, “Freedom.” The preview quickly shifts to a rapped verse, in which she reintroduces herself by her birth name: “People call me Matangi.”
While Matangi was originally due out last December, M.I.A.’s label instructed her to “darken it up a bit.” (“It’s like ‘We just built you up as the public enemy No. 1 and now you’re coming out with all this positive stuff,’” she said.) She has since described Matangi as “Paul Simon on acid,” while producer Hit-Boy (Britney Spears‘“Scream & Shout” remix, Watch the Throne‘s “Paris”) revealed that the two of them worked on seven songs together.
M.I.A. will debut “Bring the Noize” in its entirety on DJ Zane Lowe‘s BBC Radio 1 show. Hear the preview at her official website, then check out a few clips of its video after the jump. More »