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Cher’s ‘Closer To The Truth’: Album Review

She is woman, she is legend, this is her world and we just live in it: she is Cher! The diva nonpareil has turned in what must be her 500th album, and we mere humans have been lucky enough to indulge in it. It’s been well over a decade since the showbiz goddess’

By: John Hamilton / September 24, 2013

5 Songs We Couldn’t Stop Dancing To This Summer

Whether we were working it out on an Ibiza dancefloor, frolicking in the white sands of a beach party in Greece, or more realistically, breakdancing around the coffee table in our living room, we found ourselves spoiled this summer with an abundance of uplifting dance hits. Everywhere we went, big beats and sizzling basslines blasted…

By: John Hamilton / September 3, 2013

Richard X’s ‘Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1′ Turns 10: Backtracking

Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a decade since the dawn of Richard X Presents His X-Factor (released on August 23, 2003), mainly because it…

By: John Hamilton / August 23, 2013

Richard X Discusses Annie’s ‘A&R EP’, Working With MKS, Rachel Stevens & More: Idolator Interview

It’s been a hot minute since we last heard from Norwegian indie-pop icon Annie — nearly four years of hot minutes, in fact. Lucky for us, this summer the “Chewing Gum” ingenue is back in action. After first tempting the pop-loving masses this past spring with the aerobicized anthem “Tube Stops And Lonely Hearts,” Ms.

By: John Hamilton / July 30, 2013

Backstreet Boys’ 10 Best Music Videos From The ‘TRL’ Era

Some things just go so well together that they become forever linked in the public consciousness — you know, like chocolate and peanut butter, or Justin Beiber and drop-crotch pants. One classic match that’s a favorite of ours —and that pop music is all the better for — is the mutually magnificent pairing of boy…

By: John Hamilton / July 26, 2013

Selena Gomez’s 5 Best Music Videos, From “Naturally” To “Come & Get It”

As if this year hasn’t been hot enough for the Disney girls of yore — and that includes Demi’s chart dominance, Miley’s twerking and Vanessa Hudgens’ werking a bikini and flip-flops in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers — it’s about to heat up again with the release of Selena Gomez’s new album, Stars Dance.

By: John Hamilton / July 23, 2013

Pet Shop Boys’ 12 Greatest Collaborations, From Dusty And Liza To Madonna And Lady Gaga

Despite their trademark deadpan demeanor and often sardonic song titles (“Love Is A Bourgeois Construct,” anyone?), the Pet Shop Boys have always been about caring and sharing. After all, some of their biggest hits have been in collaboration with other acts (Dusty Springfield, Liza Minnelli) and they’ve never shied away from giving some of their…

By: John Hamilton / July 16, 2013

Bjork’s ‘Debut’ Turns 20: Backtracking

Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

Those who were around to witness the inception of Björk’s solo career may be scratching their heads and wondering where, exactly, the last two decades have…

By: John Hamilton / July 12, 2013

4th Of July Playlist: 13 Songs That Celebrate Liberty & “Freedom,” Plus The Red, White & Blue

Thank goodness for the Fourth of July, because aside from Labor Day, summer vacation and a different Pride event in a different city every weekend for the past month, we need an excuse to take one more day off. Of course, this isn’t just any day off, it’s a day to sit in a folding law…

By: John Hamilton / July 3, 2013

Father’s Day Playlist: 10 Songs That Offer Dad-Like Advice

It’s that time of year again, Idolofans: time to celebrate fathers! Well, not just fathers, but grandfathers, male guardians, or any man who played a part in raising us. And when one thinks of Father’s Day (it’s June 16th this year — you’ve still got time to buy a card), don’t a good number of…

By: John Hamilton / June 10, 2013

Behind The Candelabra: 15 Great Piano-Driven Pop Songs

HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh’s highly anticipated biopic on Liberace, debuted this past weekend to much critical fanfare, with many critics praising Soderbergh for approaching his subject with a modicum of humanity (as opposed to mean-spirited camp). Although Liberace never openly pined to be taken seriously, we think he’d appreciate the film’s attempt to…

By: John Hamilton / May 27, 2013

Daft Punk & 7 Other Great French House Acts: From Dmitri From Paris To Justice

With all the fanfare surrounding their comeback smash “Get Lucky” and this week’s release of Random Access Memories, it’s easy to forget that French house ambassadors Daft Punk have been around for nearly two decades. Thanks to a sound that’s always been ahead of the curve (and robot helmets to mask any wrinkles), the duo…

By: John Hamilton / May 20, 2013

Daft Punk: 5 Groundbreaking Music Videos From The “Get Lucky” Duo

Harder, better, faster, stronger — and arguably more popular than ever before —Daft Punk, electronica’s most innovative duo and France’s funkiest androids, are reaching new heights with their comeback single, the slinky slice of funk known as “Get Lucky.” In only its second week on the chart, the Pharrell-featuring thumper is sitting inside the To…

By: John Hamilton / May 7, 2013

Charli XCX’s ‘True Romance’: Album Review

Still riding high on the Hot 100 with the brazen “I Love It,” a song she co-wrote, demoed and graciously handed over to Swedish duo Icona Pop, Charli XCX deserves far more recognition than the “featuring” credit that single affords her. A battle-scarred pop veteran at the ripe old age of 21, Charli…

By: John Hamilton / April 16, 2013

April Fool’s Day Playlist: 10 Songs To Trick Your Monday Out With

Keep an eye on those leftover Easter eggs, folks: April Fool’s Day is upon us! April 1 may not be a recognized holiday, but the world has been honoring it for centuries with all manner of jokes, pranks and hoaxes. (Perhaps this explains Eurovision?) From reversed restroom signs, foil-covered computers or, heaven forbid, plastic-wrapped toilet…

By: John Hamilton / April 1, 2013

The 9 Best Music Videos Featuring Cats, From Paula Abdul To Best Coast

For centuries, the feline has represented so many things to the world: a symbol of nobility, a muse to the arts…a hip dance partner to Paula Abdul, to name but a few. Is there anything pussycats can’t do? Yet even as they rule the world (and YouTube), most of them would like us to think…

By: John Hamilton / March 22, 2013

Justin Timberlake’s 10 Sexiest Music Videos: Leave It All On The Floor Tonight

On the occasion of his recent slew of TV appearances and his latest single “Mirrors” topping the UK chart — and just in time for the March 19th release of his third solo album, the intriguingly titled The 20/20 Experience — we’re taking a stroll down Sexyback Lane for a look back at the talented…

By: John Hamilton / March 13, 2013

The Cranberries’ ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?’ Turns 20: Backtracking

Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

Two decades later, I still find myself pulling The Cranberries’ debut album off the shelf at least once or twice a year. I’m not even a…

By: John Hamilton / March 1, 2013

Valentine’s Day Playlist: 10 Sexy Songs Guaranteed To Get You Some

We at Idolator are true believers in the power of love, not to mention the romance of Valentine’s Day! We’d never allow the cynical musings of certain pop stars (we’re looking at you, Ms. “The truth about love is it’s all a lie” Pink) or the lingering memory of a terrible Garry Marshall movie take…

By: John Hamilton / February 14, 2013

Valentine’s Day Playlist: 11 Great Pop Songs For Your Unrequited Love

Let’s be real, Idolafans: nothing exacerbates a broken heart like the prospect of another Valentine’s Day alone. If the ubiquity of hearts and flowers doesn’t get to you, the smell of chocolate and the constant reminder that everyone else is gettin’ some certainly will. It’s a painful thing to live through, and not something we…

By: John Hamilton / February 12, 2013

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