Jennifer Lopez was hesitant to take on steamy song Booty until her young kids convinced her the track would be a hit. The singer/actress' new single celebrates her famous behind, but Lopez admits she was wary of recording a song that highlights only the physical attributes of women.
She tells Access Hollywood, "When I first heard the song I didn't want to do the song. For the same reasons everybody else thought, you know it's reducing myself to something, it's just about the booty and all that.
"But I played it in the car with my kids and they loved it immediately. I was ready to throw it into the garbage. I said, 'You know what, this is a fun song.'"
Lopez goes on to insist the track, which features the lyrics, "Mesmerised by the size of it... Throw up your hands if you love a big booty," is actually very positive.
She adds, "At the end of the day, I thought this is empowering, this is fun. Why after a certain age you have to stop having fun or being sexy or you have to stop living? It doesn't have to be at or 30 that it's over... This is good for women."
Music's leading ladies continue to dominate the top of the U.S. pop charts with the entire top five made up of women for the third week in a row. Meghan Trainor continues to lead the ladies with her song All About That Bass claiming the number one spot for a fourth week, while Taylor Swift holds firm at two with Shake It Off and Nicki Minaj's Anaconda rises a spot to three.
Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora‘s Black Widow and Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Minaj's Bang Bang round out the new top five on the Billboard Hot 100.
"I am so lucky to have that great woman in my history. She is one of the greatest I have ever seen... We're (the) greatest friends and I'm a fan right now... No disrespect to Kanye or Kim (Kardashian), but that thing right there is something special." Sean 'Diddy' Combs is a big fan of ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez's sexy new Booty video, in which the singer/actress and pal Iggy Azalea writhe around showing off their ample behinds.
Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Lady Antebellum, Iggy Azalea, Paramore, Sia and Gwen Stefani are to perform at the upcoming CBS Radio's We Can Survive spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl on 24 October (14).
British singer Sam Smith looks set to win big at the 2014 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards after scoring four nominations on Tuesday (23Sep13).
The Money On My Mind hitmaker received a nod in the Best Song category for his hit Stay With Me and Best Album for his debut disc In The Lonely Hour, as well as Best Male Act and Best R 'n' B Soul Act nominations. He will compete against stars including British rapper Tinie Tempah and Fuse ODG in the Best Male category, while Rita Ora, Jessie J, Katy B and Robert Pattinson's rumoured girlfriend FKA Twigs will battle it out for Best Female Act.
Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is among the artists who will compete against Smith in the Best Song category, with his track Sing going up against Stay With Me.
Beyonce, Chris Brown, Drake, Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams are among those competing for the Best International Act trophy.
British hip-hop duo Krept & Konan also picked up four nominations, closely followed by FKA Twigs with three.
The singer/songwriter, real name Tahliah Barnett, is also up for the coveted Mercury Prize this year (14). Actor Idris Elba received a MOBO Inspiration Award at the nominations party on Tuesday morning. The rest of the winners will be announced at London's Wembley Arena on 22 October (14).
"She was very nice to me. She's a sweet, quirky girl. She's a fire cracker and maybe that could be misunderstood perhaps, but I think she has a very, very kind heart." Iggy Azalea defends her Problem collaborator Ariana Grande from criticism she's a demanding diva.
British singer Sam Smith cancelled a gig in Toronto, Canada on Sunday (21Sep14) because he is suffering from tonsillitis.
The Stay With Me hitmaker was struck by the throat condition over the weekend (20-21Sep14), less than a week into the North American leg of his tour, and he axed the concert at Kool Haus in Toronto as he was unable to speak.
Smith apologised in a post on Instagram.com, writing, "Toronto, I am so unbelievably sorry but I'm going to have to cancel tonight's show. I woke up yesterday morning with tonsillitis and I didn't speak all day and all night in hopes it would clear and I'd be able to perform for you all tonight. It's worse and I can't speak. I'm so upset and will reschedule the show as soon as possible. I'm sorry."
The singer is scheduled to perform in Chicago, Illinois on Monday (22Sep14), but it is not known if this date will go ahead.
Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ariana Grande, Coldplay and Iggy Azalea were among the high-profile stars who took to the stage in Las Vegas over the weekend (19-21Sep14) for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Some of the biggest names in the music industry graced the stage in Sin City for the two-day event, which kicked off on Friday (19Sep14) with acts including Swift, Minaj, Grande and Coldplay.
Coldplay's set was overshadowed by the appearance of actress Jennifer Lawrence at the gig, fuelling rumours she is dating frontman Chris Martin, while other acts included pregnant singer Alicia Keys, who made a surprise turn on stage to perform her new single We Are Here.
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am also made a surprise appearance onstage with DJ Steve Aoki.
Usher rounded out Friday night by bringing out Chris Brown for a rendition of his single New Flame, and the Yeah! star baffled the crowd by setting his sneakers on fire. The flaming shoes were dealt with by a stagehand who doused them with a fire extinguisher.
Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Magic!, One Direction, Lorde and Paramore all took to the stage on Saturday (20Sep14) to close the festival. Calvin Harris brought out British pop star John Newman during his Saturday set, while Ed Sheeran performed with rapper Macklemore.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea paid tribute to her loyal fans at a gig in London on Wednesday (17Sep14) and thanked them for supporting her following "an awful, terrible week".
The Fancy hitmaker took to the stage at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire amid a raging scandal over reports porn bosses have obtained a sex tape featuring her and an ex-boyfriend. Azalea, who denied the existence of the tape, has now spoken out to thank her fans for standing by her, telling the crowd in the U.K. capital, "I've had a hell of a week," and later adding, "London, seeing all your beautiful faces, it's an amazing end to an awful, terrible week."
During the show, Azalea was joined on stage by pop star Rita Ora for a surprise performance of their hit collaboration Black Widow.
The hip-hop star is currently embroiled in a legal battle with her former lover Maurice Williams, aka rapper Jefe Wine, amid the sex tape scandal. She is suing him for allegedly copying files and footage from her computer while they were dating.