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Black Friday Bonanza: 10 Pop Music Books From The Past Year That Serve As Perfect Stocking Stuffers

Between Jay Z and Beyonce’s On the Run Tour and the arrival of Taylor Swift’s behemoth pop album 1989, 2014 has had quite a few key music moments. And now it’s that time of year when we try to figure out sort out what to give as holiday presents. So what…

emilytan | November 27, 2014 - 8:17 am

LIGHTS’ ‘Little Machines’: Album Review

If there’s any artist who’s proven that you don’t necessarily need all the frills and tricks to have have a continuous career, it’s LIGHTS. From the moment she dropped her self-titled EP in 2008 and caught the attention of clothing retailer Old Navy, LIGHTS’ light and airy vocals, spacey melodies and honest lyrics…

emilytan | September 23, 2014 - 5:32 am

LIGHTS Talks Growing Up, New Album ‘Little Machines’ & Going Into Labor While Recording: Idolator Interview

LIGHTS has grown up a lot since the first time we all heard her single  “February Air” in an Old Navy commercial in 2008. Now 27, not only has the Canadian synth-pop artist put out two albums — The Listening and Siberia — and a number of EPs, she also started started a…

emilytan | September 22, 2014 - 7:27 am

Cher Lloyd’s ‘Sorry I’m Late’: Album Review

After issues with her label about delaying the release of her sophomore album, Cher LLoyd can finally share the appropriately titled Sorry I’m Late with the masses. The LP has technically been done for almost a year, since the original fall 2013 release was pushed to today (May 27). However, the album is more…

emilytan | May 27, 2014 - 5:30 am

Phillip Phillips’ ‘Behind The Light’: Album Review

While teen girls everywhere squealed when Phillip Phillips won the 11th season of American Idol against Jessica Sanchez, some thought he was just going to be another white guy with a guitar. With the less than stellar track record of past Idol alums who fit that description (David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze), Phillips seemed to be…

emilytan | May 19, 2014 - 6:00 am

Bastille Cover ’90s Dance Classic “Rhythm Is A Dancer” & Join The Crowd At Sweetlife 2014

While Bastille’s fans were looking forward to hearing tracks off the band’s breakout album, Bad Blood, at the Sweetlife Festival yesterday (May 10), the London rock band pulled out live favorite “Of The Night,” a mashup that brings us back to the ’90s. Taking on “Rhythm Is A Dancer” by German electro group Snap! and…

emilytan | May 11, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Foster The People Close Sweetlife Festival 2014 With Downpour

Forecasts predicted rain to hit the Sweetlife Festival on Saturday (May 10), but things were quite favorable throughout the day with a short sprinkle here and there. That is, until Foster The People hit the stage. As Mark Foster and his crew dove into the second chorus of their current single, “Coming of Age,” the…

emilytan | May 11, 2014 - 11:00 am

Lana Del Rey Plays It Cool & Takes Selfies With Fans At Sweetlife Festival 2014

With the hype around her upcoming album, Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey was one of the acts that everyone wanted to see at the Sweetlife Festival on Saturday (May 10). The energy in the Merriweather Post Pavilion was thick with anticipation, and many, including this writer, wondered what she had up her sleeve with the “West Coast”

emilytan | May 11, 2014 - 10:05 am

Jessica Sanchez Talks New Sia Collaboration, Jennifer Hudson Performs At Pinoy Benefit: Exclusive

Jennifer Hudson, A Great Big World, Charice and Jessica Sanchez were just some of the stars who sang their hearts out at the Pinoy Relief Benefit on Tuesday night (March 11). With New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden as their stage, these artists, along with Penatonix and Plain White T’s, performed past hits as…

emilytan | March 12, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Cher Lloyd Reveals New Album Executive Produced By Shellback, Will Be Less Glittery: Idolator Interview

When British breakout Cher Lloyd brought her music to our American soil, we quickly fell for the X Factor UK alum. Songs like “Swagger Jagger” and “With Ur Love” hit airwaves in 2012, helping her debut album, Sticks and Stones, peak at number nine on the Billboard Hot 200. Although the album has only been out…

emilytan | June 21, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Taylor Hanson Talks ‘Anthem’ & 20 Years Of Hanson: The Idolator Interview

With a career that spans 20 years and the youngest member only turning 28 this year, Hanson literally grew up in the music business. But despite having eight (!) studio albums (including a Christmas LP) under their belts, Isaac, Taylor and Zac ran into a bit of an issue when it came to writing their…

emilytan | June 14, 2013 - 9:07 am

Jessica Sanchez’s ‘Me, You & The Music’: Album Review

It’s been about a year since we saw Jessica Sanchez light up the stage (and subsequently get robbed) on season 11 of American Idol. After a full slate of post-season tour dates, performances at the NBA Finals and the DNC and a Glee guest spot, Sanchez has finally finished up her debut album, Me, You

emilytan | April 30, 2013 - 5:45 am

OneRepublic’s ‘Native’: Album Review

After writing for and producing other artists, Ryan Tedder jumped back in the studio with the rest of OneRepublic to record the Colorado band’s latest album, Native (out today, March 26). It’s been four years since their third LP, Waking Up, and OneRepublic clearly sound like they wanted to go large this time…

emilytan | March 26, 2013 - 5:15 am

Foxes To Feature On Fall Out Boy’s ‘Save Rock And Roll’: Check Out Our Interview With The British Singer

Foxes has only started her career, but the young British singer has already been catching people’s attention, especially during her recent trip to Austin for this year’s SXSW. Aside from being invited to play Perez Hilton’s party, she met up with Fall Out Boy – a meeting that led to a great opportunity.


emilytan | March 25, 2013 - 9:50 am

K.I.D.S.: The SXSW Q&A

South By Southwest is full of new groups looking to gain some momentum in Austin. But the stakes are even higher for a band doing their inaugural live shows under the SXSW microscope. Which is exactly what K.I.D.S. are doing. While some acts fade back into the ether after their week at the festival, this…

emilytan | March 16, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Icona Pop: The SXSW Q&A

Icona Pop is one of the buzzier acts at this year’s South by Southwest. Before coming to Austin, their collaboration with Charli XCX, “I Love It,” became an instant hit and was featured on HBO’s Girls and as the theme song for Snooki & J-Woww. But the synth-pop DJ duo worked hard to get here,…

emilytan | March 15, 2013 - 7:25 pm

SXSW: Icona Pop Feel Nothing But Love

Being called one of the must-see acts at SXSW can be an overwhelming and tall order, but Swedish DJ-singer duo Icona Pop embrace the hype. And at Thursday’s Filter Mag and Dickies Day Party at Lustre Pearl, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo were expectedly pumped to give their fans a show — that is, when…

emilytan | March 15, 2013 - 10:48 am

Valentine’s Day Playlist: The 10 Best Songs For Those Flying Solo This Year

Sigh. While couples everywhere will be getting all cutesy with chocolates and flowers on Valentine’s Day, some of us won’t be so lucky. However instead of sitting on the couch with our favorite junk food and streaming a rom-com, we’ve whipped up a list of the 10 best songs to listen to on V-Day if…

emilytan | February 11, 2013 - 11:34 am

Justin Bieber’s ‘Believe Acoustic’: Album Review

Before all the arena shows, pyrotechnics and bass-heavy collaborations with the likes of Nicki Minaj, we knew Justin Bieber as the bright-eyed 15-year-old with the voice that hadn’t quite broken yet, who managed to make girls swoon simply by singing and strumming an acoustic guitar. Remember those YouTube days of yore? Justin does,…

emilytan | January 29, 2013 - 5:45 am

Beyonce At The Super Bowl: Revisit 5 Epic Destiny’s Child Performances

Independent women, single ladies and everyone in between — it’s time to celebrate! Destiny’s Child will officially be reuniting at the Super Bowl, so get ready to party like it’s 2004, football fans! With the iconic pop trio’s new collection Love Songs set to drop (on January 29), and the premiere of brand new song…

emilytan | January 14, 2013 - 6:46 am

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