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Project X Pits The Family Against The Critics

rihanna.jpgAs part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin’ Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he [hilariously] examines the results of the Idolator Pop Critics Poll Tracks Top 10 with some special help:

By now you’ve seen the critics’ lists of the year’s best music. But what about the folks who really count–the people? In interest of fairness and balance, I’ve decided to take the critics’ choices to some regular folks. That’s right: it’s time once again for this column to exploit my family.

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rihanna.jpgAs part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin’ Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he [hilariously] examines the results of the Idolator Pop Critics Poll Tracks Top 10 with some special help:

By now you’ve seen the critics’ lists of the year’s best music. But what about the folks who really count–the people? In interest of fairness and balance, I’ve decided to take the critics’ choices to some regular folks. That’s right: it’s time once again for this column to exploit my family.

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Parsing The Pop: Chuck Eddy’s 150-Album Top 10

Obviously with all the tabulated lists to pore over, Idolator Pop ’07 offers plenty for music geeks to read and argue with. The year-end mixes, which will go up later today, will offer yet more fodder for banter. But let’s not forget the individual ballots, several of which make pretty good reading on their own. First prize for going over and above the call of duty undoubtedly belongs to Chuck Eddy, who not only offers an extra list of his 10 favorite EPs of 2007 but extends his Top 10 Albums to a whopping 150. In addition, he breaks them down by genre:

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Obviously with all the tabulated lists to pore over, Idolator Pop ’07 offers plenty for music geeks to read and argue with. The year-end mixes, which will go up later today, will offer yet more fodder for banter. But let’s not forget the individual ballots, several of which make pretty good reading on their own. First prize for going over and above the call of duty undoubtedly belongs to Chuck Eddy, who not only offers an extra list of his 10 favorite EPs of 2007 but extends his Top 10 Albums to a whopping 150. In addition, he breaks them down by genre:

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Parsing the Pop: Categorical Errors, Sez They

Inevitably, some of the ballot comments in this year’s poll have taken our methodology to task. Fair enough–you can’t satisfy everyone. And even if we can’t help but respond to something like Julianne Escobedo Shepherd’s suggestion that we eliminate albums and ask everyone to vote for 100 tracks with a knee-jerk, “Why, do you wanna tabulate it?,” we still understand and appreciate the suggestion. Still, the most entertaining of these cavils comes from Kurt Gottschalk, who takes issue with our nomenclature.

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Inevitably, some of the ballot comments in this year’s poll have taken our methodology to task. Fair enough–you can’t satisfy everyone. And even if we can’t help but respond to something like Julianne Escobedo Shepherd’s suggestion that we eliminate albums and ask everyone to vote for 100 tracks with a knee-jerk, “Why, do you wanna tabulate it?,” we still understand and appreciate the suggestion. Still, the most entertaining of these cavils comes from Kurt Gottschalk, who takes issue with our nomenclature.

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2007 In The Mix: Idolator Pop ’07 Gets Personal

One of the reasons I was most excited about this year’s Idolator Pop package was that my bosses gave me enough rope to hang myself with allowed me to pursue a project that enhanced the poll proper. More »

One of the reasons I was most excited about this year’s Idolator Pop package was that my bosses gave me enough rope to hang myself with allowed me to pursue a project that enhanced the poll proper. More »

Let’s Do It Again: The 2007 Idolator Pop Critics Poll is Live

We’ve been waiting as patiently (or not) as you have, and it’s finally here: The second annual Critics Poll is now open for business–and this time we’ve expanded it a little. Today, you get the poll proper: Albums, Tracks, Reissues, Artists, plus essays by myself, Jess, and Maura. More »

We’ve been waiting as patiently (or not) as you have, and it’s finally here: The second annual Critics Poll is now open for business–and this time we’ve expanded it a little. Today, you get the poll proper: Albums, Tracks, Reissues, Artists, plus essays by myself, Jess, and Maura. More »

Bring It Back Again: Idolator Petitions For The Return Of “Hit Me Baby One More Time”

hitme.JPGSo two years ago NBC ran a summer replacement program titled Hit Me Baby One More Time that almost no one wrote about apart from John Darnielle, renaissance man and Mountain Goat. And he was right: the show was really awesome, particularly the debut episode, in which the one and only Tommy Tutone blistered through his one-hit-wonder “867-5309 (Jenny)” and then rocketed through Blink-182’s “All the Small Things.” But don’t take Darnielle’s or my word for it: the clips are after the jump.

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hitme.JPGSo two years ago NBC ran a summer replacement program titled Hit Me Baby One More Time that almost no one wrote about apart from John Darnielle, renaissance man and Mountain Goat. And he was right: the show was really awesome, particularly the debut episode, in which the one and only Tommy Tutone blistered through his one-hit-wonder “867-5309 (Jenny)” and then rocketed through Blink-182’s “All the Small Things.” But don’t take Darnielle’s or my word for it: the clips are after the jump.

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Project X Takes On A Culture Bully

nellllyyyyy.jpgAs part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin’ Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he examines the health of the bootleg mash-up thanks to a list compiling the year’s best in bastard pop:

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nellllyyyyy.jpgAs part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin’ Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he examines the health of the bootleg mash-up thanks to a list compiling the year’s best in bastard pop:

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Idolator Pop 07 Update: Bugs Fixed, Slightly More Time To Vote

So beginning around midnight last night, a bug hit the Idolator Pop 07 ballots, freezing into place a number of ballots that had not, in fact, been set to lock. More »

So beginning around midnight last night, a bug hit the Idolator Pop 07 ballots, freezing into place a number of ballots that had not, in fact, been set to lock. More »

Idolator Pop 07: Time’s A-Wastin’

Hello all you kids in computer-land. Just reminding you in my pedantic way yet again that if you’ve received an invitation to vote in the 2007 Idolator Pop Critics Poll, that you should do so before the deadline, which is tomorrow, December 21, at 5 p.m. EST. If you’re having any kind of tech… More »

Hello all you kids in computer-land. Just reminding you in my pedantic way yet again that if you’ve received an invitation to vote in the 2007 Idolator Pop Critics Poll, that you should do so before the deadline, which is tomorrow, December 21, at 5 p.m. EST. If you’re having any kind of tech… More »


Idolator Pop 07 Update: Glitches Begone!

Quick update: The glitches affecting some of the Idolator Pop ballots have been repaired, so go back to voting for your favorite albums, tracks, reissues, and artists of 2007, dear colleagues. Again: two more days! More »

Quick update: The glitches affecting some of the Idolator Pop ballots have been repaired, so go back to voting for your favorite albums, tracks, reissues, and artists of 2007, dear colleagues. Again: two more days! More »


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