Erik Hassle came back swinging this year with a fresh US deal with RCA Records and a brilliant new single, “Talk About It” — but while the Swedish crooner’s downtempo electro sound is distinctly Nordic, his influences turn out to be much more varied than his music might suggest.
His pick for best of the year? Kanye West‘s Yeezus, which also featured prominently on our own editors’ Best Of 2013 list. Looks like our tastes are aligned, Erik! More »
Last week we posted our editors’ picks for the Best Albums Of 2013, but the year-end roundups don’t end there! Between November and December, we posted two polls — one asking you to vote for the best LPs released between January and June of this year, and one with a poll for albums released between July and December. We’ve now compiled all the data, read all your comments and put together the 2013 edition of Idolator’s reader picks for the Best Albums Of The Year.
As with many things in life, it’s good to get a second opinion. Interestingly, three of the below albums — Tegan And Sara‘s Heartthrob, Pet Shop Boys‘ Electric and Selena Gomez‘s Stars Dance — where on the Idolator roundup we previously posted. Head below to see all the other albums you chose as your faves from ’13! More »
Did You Hear?
:: One Direction have really taken over. The boy band’s merchandise is more popular than Xbox among children in the UK this Christmas. At least it makes gift giving easy. [NME]
:: It seems Kanye West isn’t the only act annoyed about a lack of Grammy nominations. Love & Hip-Hop star K. Michelle is also fuming that her debut LP went unrecognized. Better luck next time! [Rap-Up]
:: Lorde became the least popular girl on Twitter when she was accused of shading Taylor Swift in a blog post but the unlikely pair have since made up and were recently spotted getting dinner together. [Hollywood Life]
:: The Nobel Peace Prize concert was treated to a three song-set by ever-miserable Englishman Morrissey. He even covered Lou Reed‘s “Satellite Of Love”. [NME]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
The great Beyonce drought of 2013 is officially over with the diva’s self-titled fifth studio album unexpectedly hitting iTunes tonight (December 12). Not only have we been treated to 14 brand new songs but also 17 video clips from the hottest directors in the business!
So what can you expect from B’s visuals? It’s an onslaught of ideas and concepts courtesy of high-profile directors like Jake Nava, Hype Williams, Terry Richardson, Melina Matsoukas and Jonas Akerlund. Your head is probably spinning from the Bey onslaught. It’s ok, take a deep breath and start by working your way through the video previews — starting with “Pretty Hurts” (above) and 16 other gems after the jump. More »
Beyonce almost broke the internet — and sent The Hive into a death spiral — tonight (December 12) when her self-titled fifth album mysteriously appeared on iTunes with no forewarning. At first fans speculated that it was uploaded by mistake but Mrs. Carter soon confirmed the release with an Instagram update. Now she has broken her silence about the project with a press release.
“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” she wrote. “I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans.” And here’s her raised middle finger to the impatient: “I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”
The 14-song set was released on iTunes worldwide and is being hailed as the diva’s first visual album. After all, she included 17 video clips — one for each song, the booklet, the credits and even the long-hoped for “Grown Woman” visual. “I see music,” declared the pioneer. “It’s more than just what I hear.” More »
This a not a drill! Beyonce’s much-anticipated fifth studio album — self-titled as it turns out — was mysteriously thrown on iTunes tonight (December 12) without so much as a press release to announce its arrival (although one came later). At first, fans thought it was a mistake but Mrs. Carter jumped on Instagram to announce the project.
Bey’s ambitious 14-song ‘visual album’ (there is a video for every song) includes collaborations with Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and even Blue Ivy. As far as the direction is concerned, the LP picks up where 4 left off — albeit with a more distinct alt-R&B bent. See King B’s message and the tracklist after the jump. More »