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Last night (May 21), Maddie Poppe was crowned the winner of the new season of American Idol. The 20-year-old celebrated by inking a deal with Hollywood Records and unveiling her vibrant new single “Going Going Gone.” She will spend the summer touring with the remainder of the season’s Top 7 and recording her debut album. With her win, Maddie takes her place next to some of pop’s biggest names.
Since winning the inaugural season in 2002, Kelly Clarkson remains the one of the most recognizable and best-selling alumni from the show. The 36-year-old released her eighth LP, Meaning Of Life, in 2017. On Sunday (May 20) she hosted the Billboard Music Awards and treated fans to two powerhouse performances. Meanwhile, Carrie Underwood remains a crossover country queen. The “The Champion” singer is gearing up to release her new LP, Cry Pretty, later this year.
Over the years, other winners have had varying levels of success. In honor of the latest win, we have compiled a gallery of the 16 victors up top. Take a look and see what everyone has been up to recently.
The good news? Robyn’s followup to 2010’s seminal Body Talk is coming. Unfortunately, it’s not finished yet. The Swedish pop star opened up about the long-awaited opus during a Q&A with producer Kindness at the Red Bull Music Festival in New York last night (May 22). “The whole process of making this album has been very, very different from anything I’ve done before,” she revealed. “It’s not finished yet, but it’s almost there… I felt very raw when I started making this album.”
“No filters and I started it on my own in my studio listening to music I love, dancing and making beats,” Robyn continued. “And that’s how I started. I wanted to start on my own before collaborating this time because I had some things that I wanted to try. I love to collaborate, it’s one of the things that I’ve always done and always will do, but I wanted to just flesh it out a little bit on my own before I brought other people into the process. And so it was an amazing period for me… I got in touch with a sensuality and a softness that I wanted to explore.”
One have already heard one song from the album, however. “Honey” appeared on an episode of Girls, but was never released. For a very simple reason. “I wasn’t happy with it,” Robyn admits, “but people seem to like it, so it’s been out there for a while.” She added that the new version sounds completely different. Revisit one of the hitmaker’s classic pop songs below.
Robyn - Dancing On My Own - YouTube
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Kris Wu cemented his status as a global superstar with “Like That.” The breezy summer bop shot straight to number one on iTunes (a feat he also achieved with “Deserve”) and spent all weekend there despite new releases from major acts like Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, BTS, Camila Cabello and Pharrell Williams. The Chinese-Canadian singer rolled out the video today (May 22) and it’s a sexy, special-effects filled adventure starring New Zealand supermodel Stella Maxwell.
The clip begins with Kris chilling out a party. Stella soon catches his attention and from there, he’s transported to a sunny pool party and a romantic get-together near a burning car. It’s striking and the special effects are expertly done. Since leaving K-Pop boy band EXO to start a solo career, the 27-year-old has gone from strength to strength — balancing appearances in blockbuster movies with hit singles. It’s looking increasingly likely that “Like That” will be his first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 next week. Watch up top.
“Fall In Line” is shaping up to be the breakout hit of Christina Aguilera’s Liberation era. Featuring Demi Lovato, the soaring girl-power anthem topped iTunes on release and then experienced another surge in downloads after their show-stopping performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. The big-lunged divas will now capitalize on that momentum by rolling out a video. Xtina shared a preview on her social media accounts today (May 22), which combines home movies with footage from their BBMAs performance.
The visual is rumored to drop later this week. Given that the lyric video has already racked up six million views on YouTube, it’s expected to be a blockbuster. This is perfect timing for Christina. With the arrival of Liberation looming large on June 15, the comeback queen really needs a big song. While “Accelerate” introduced the diva’s new direction and “Twice” reminded everyone of her vocal chops, there hasn’t been a major pop moment until now. Check out the 37-year-old’s “Fall In Line” teaser below.
The 1990s were a special time. Waterparks were all the rage and people still considered bowling a date night activity. One of the best parts about the decade, though, was movie soundtracks. You know you still remember that one song that made you fall in love.
Movies from the 1990s provided the soundtracks of our lives. From Can’t Hardly Wait to Batman Forever, these are the best of the best 1990s soundtracks. Number nine will cause major flashbacks.
Armageddon Will Make You Cry…. In A Good Way
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Released in 1998, Armageddon is a classic soundtrack that turns the Michael Bay doomsday film into a tearjerker. There’s never a dry eye left in the theater when Stephen Tyler starts belting out “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.”
The soundtrack sold over four million copies, led by the Dianne Warren-penned ballad. It was nominated for an Oscar and was Aerosmith’s first number one hit in 28 years! Aerosmith has two more tracks featured on the album alongside a bevy of modern and classic rock tracks.
Congratulations are in order for Maddie Poppe. Last night (May 21), the 20-year-old was crowned the winner of the 16th season of American Idol. She celebrated the win by inking a recording contract with Hollywood Records and unveiling her debut single, “Going Going Gone.” Paying tribute to her signature folksy vibes, the track is a vibrant anthem. “Maybe I was meant to run. Maybe I was born to bleed. I don’t know who I’ll become, but I’ll be going going gone,” she belts on the sing-along chorus. It is a bright moment of pop magic, and it could shape up to be something of a radio hit for the rising star.
Maddie debuted the track with a live performance on the finale and has several appearances scheduled in the coming days. Keep an eye peeled for her to drop by Jimmy Kimmel Live to dazzle the late-night show with her vibey track. She will also take the stage at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards on June 23. Over the summer she and the remainder of this season’s Top 7 will embark upon the American Idol Live! tour. Opening on July 11 in Redding, California, the group will be joined by Kris Allen and occasionally by boy band In Real Life. By then we will likely have heard more new music from the hitmaker.
Boasting an anthemic production and her buoyant vocal performance, “Going Going Gone” is a promising debut and promises big things on the horizon. Give Maddie’s single a spin below!
Nick Jonas and DJ Mustard chronicle the highs and lows of a relationship in the video for their collaborative single “Anywhere.” The duo teamed up on the track, which dropped earlier this month. A pensive mid-tempo, it features a lovelorn performance from the 25-year-old. “You could be anywhere right now. It ain’t hard to see. I’ll be your light, if you say the words for me,” he promises a loved one on the chorus. Released today (May 22), the accompanying visual brings the lyrics to life by telling the story of a pair of lovers. Capturing both their joy and heartache, it ultimately ends with them going their separate ways. Separate from the action, the collaborators appear throughout and perform in front of a large screen.
“Anywhere” could shape up to be a hit as the pair begin to promote the release in earnest. The track has already amassed more than 1.5 million streams on Spotify, and will benefit from the video and some promotional appearances. Last night they delivered the debut TV performance of the single on the season finale of American Idol. Pulling inspiration from the visual, they performed in front of a series of screens broadcasting expansive natural settings and abstract imagery. Nick’s silky vocals were on perfect display, and the dazzling staging made for a must-see moment. The crooner also invited contestant Jurnee onstage with him to cap off the appearance with a duet version of his breakout single “Jealous.” Finding an easy chemistry onstage, it was another bold moment.
Check out the “Anywhere” video up top and watch them perform the track on Idol below!
Nick Jonas Performs "Anywhere" with Mustard & "Jealous" with Jurnee - Finale - American Idol 2018 - YouTube
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Julia Michaels had a busy weekend. The singer/songwriter kicked things off by performing “Jump” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Friday (May 18) and then headed to Las Vegas for the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. The former was something else. Instead of delivering a typical late-night TV set with a few lights and a couple of dancers, she began the song backstage and slowly walked through the venue. And then the “Issues” hitmaker literally jumped off stage and continued singing live. The whole thing was next level.
Featuring Trippie Redd, “Jump” is the first taste of Julia’s debut album. It follows her critically acclaimed Nervous System EP and a string of killer features including Keith Urban’s “Coming Home,” Clean Bandit’s“I Miss You,”Maroon 5’s“Help Me Out” and Noah Kahan’s“Hurt Somebody.” In addition to that, the 24-year-old is still penning hits for other artists including Janelle Monae’s“Make Me Feel” and Anne-Marie’s“2002.” She even has a songwriting credit on Christina Aguilera’s Liberation! Watch Julia do her thing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! up top.
The Voice doesn’t have the same legacy of producing hitmakers as American Idol or X Factor, but that might change with Chloe Kohanski. The winner of Season 13 drops her debut single today (May 21) and “Come This Far” is a rollicking rock anthem with fiery lyrics and an instantly catchy chorus. “[The song] is for anyone who has faced adversity,” the 24-year-old explained on Instagram. “For anyone who has come from nothing… struggled and fought for their voice to be heard. For anyone who has manifested their own path and created their own destiny.”
“Come This Far is an anthem of power,” she continues. “Of facing hardships head on and achieving your goals but never being satisfied. I believe in the power of positivity. I believe in shaping and molding my life with how hard I work and how far I am willing to go. I want anyone who hears this song to experience two minutes and fifty-seven seconds of bold faced encouragement to achieve every single one of their wildest dreams.” Chloe will perform the song on The Voice tomorrow night. Listen to “Come This Far” below.
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Cardi B has had a tough time of late. She faced a backlash for her verse on Rita Ora’s problematic “Girls” and briefly deleted her social media accounts after getting into a beef with Azealia Banks. The rapper gets back to business today (May 21), however, by dropping the video for “Be Careful.” Directed by Jora Frantzis, the clip captures the ominous tone of the song perfectly — showing the hitmaker’s journey from blushing bride to (non) grieving widow. The moral of the story is, don’t fuck with Cardi!
In addition to serving bridal (and funeral) looks in videos, the 25-year-old has also found the time to feature on Jennifer Lopez’s“Dinero.” With that song steadily rising on iTunes and her own star-studded collaboration, “I Like It,” racking up plays on Spotify, it looks like Cardi is back to her winning ways. Believe it or not, Invasion Of Privacy has already produced nine top 40 hits. At this rate, it’s only a matter of time before one of them follows “Bodak Yellow” all the way to number one. Watch her latest visual up top.