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Eminem’s ‘The Slim Shady LP’ Turns 15: Backtracking

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

Looking around today’s popular music landscape for a corollary to the kind of once-in-a-generation controversial shitstorm Eminem whipped up with his 1999 breakthrough record The Slim

By: Patrick Bowman / February 24, 2014

Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’ Turns 10: Backtracking

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

“I’m the funny version of Dead Prez.” That’s Kanye West giving an amazingly succinct and accurate summary of his career during an interview. Without a timestam…

By: Patrick Bowman / February 10, 2014

Carly Rae Jepsen Heads To Broadway To Star In ‘Cinderella’

We know, we know. Carly Rae Jepsen’s ascension from a British Columbian John Denver enthusiast to Canadian Idol second runner-up, to 2012-pop-song-of-the-year-title-holder was the stuff of…ugh…fairy tales. So, thanks to some Broadway casting director who will be smugly patting his own back for the next couple of years, it only makes sense that Jepsen will take over Tony Award nominee…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 30, 2013

Ariana Grande Charm Shines Through In ‘Cosmo’ Cover Story

Everyone’s favorite paranormally plagued pop starlet Ariana Grande graces the cover of the February issue of Cosmopolitan and gives her fans some candid quotes on what it’s like to be the 20-year-old, Mariah Carey-worshipping former Nickelodeon star. She dished on everything from dealing with haters on Twitter (“They’re evil as hell!”) to her ideal Friday night (PJs and…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 30, 2013

Beyonce Gets Real About Her Sexuality In ‘Self-Titled’ Doc Clip: Watch

If there was anything that even approached the excitement and surprise of Beyonce‘s late night drop of her self-titled fifth studio album, it was that she was going to accompany Beyonce with 17 — count em’, 17! — videos for 14 songs that would encompass what she called “The Visual Album.” In addition to that, Bey’s also been slowly releasing…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 30, 2013

Taylor Swift Tops Most Charitable Celebrities List For Second Year In a Row

Taylor Swift, St. Thomas Aquinas’ human ideal of magnanimity, has topped DoSomething.org’s Top 20 Celebrities Gone Good of 2013 list for the second year in a row. According to the site, Swift “donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony, which has faced extreme financial difficulties this year. She also headlined an event benefiting Centrepoint, an org[anization]…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 30, 2013

Drake Drops Opulent Victory Lap “Trophies”: Listen

After Drake’s decidedly accomplished and eventful 2013, can you really blame him for resting on his laurels a bit? With that in mind, Aubrey decided to unveil his new Hit-Boy/Hagler/Noah “40” Shebib-produced track “Trophies” to presumably celebrate the past year that was, in retrospect, pretty good to him.

Granted, the song was first teased…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 30, 2013

Lea Michele Drops Second Single “Battlefield”: Listen

It’s pretty easy to get excited about the fact that Lea Michele’s debut album Louder is set to arrive March 14. And after being treated to her first single “Cannonball” a few weeks ago, Michele returns with a second glimpse of Louder in the form of the power ballad “Battlefield.” If Michele’s work on Glee was any indication, this is the kind of song that…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 27, 2013

Selena Gomez Reportedly Suffering From Lupus

Selena Gomez canceled the Australian leg of her Stars Dance world tour two weeks ago in order to, according to a statement she released, “spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be.” But Pop Dust reports the possibility that the move is a consequence of Sel’s struggle with lupus, a…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 27, 2013

Katy B Belts It Out In Gorgeous “Crying For No Reason” Video: Watch

British club pop princess Katy B hits it out of the park in her new video for “Crying For No Reason,”  the second single from her upcoming album Little RedThe video is beautiful and stark, perfectly pairing with Katy’s titanic performance and the track’s dramatic swell of pop histrionics replete with huge glacial synths. It’s the…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 27, 2013

Tommy Lee Is The Devil in Fall Out Boy’s “Death Valley” Video: Watch

So, Fall Out Boy’s increasingly convoluted music video series The Young Blood Chronicles is still plodding along, and the band just released the ninth (?!) of eleven (?!?!) chapters in the ongoing saga for the song “Death Valley” from their 2013 album Save Rock And Roll. This time, lead singer Patrick Stump is in jail, while Pete Wentz and another band member who…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 27, 2013

Kanye West Is Done Talking Sh*t… For Six Months

During one of his patented concert stump sessions, Kanye West laid out his New Year’s resolution to stop being a media flash point with a penchant for dispensing controversial quotes. At his December 23 Toronto concert — the final date on the Yeezus Tour — Ye claimed this “might be the last time y’all hear me talk…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 27, 2013

Gucci Mane Drops New Album ‘The State Vs. Radric Davis II: The Caged Bird Sings': Listen

Gucci Mane may still be in jail from a probation violation in October, where he was caught with marijuana and a firearm, and he may be facing up to twenty years in prison because of other gun charges, but that hasn’t stopped him from self-releasing, via Bandcamp, his second album of 2013 (and twelfth project overall…seriously,…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 26, 2013

St. Beyonce Serenades Terminally Ill Fan At Las Vegas Concert

As the Patron Saint of the Billboard 200, Beyonce now has the ability to perform miracles. In a heartbreaking, memorable performance at a Las Vegas concert earlier this month, Beyonce serenaded her young fan Taylon, who is currently suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, with renditions of hit “Love On Top” and Destiny’s Child classic “Survivor.”…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 26, 2013

Kanye West Sued Over “Bound 2″ Sample

Kanye West is probably reveling in the scores of year-end accolades for his abrasive and challenging sixth studio album Yeezus, so what better way to celebrate arguably the creative high-water mark of his career than a convoluted copyright infringement case involving “Bound 2,” the song that gave this incredible video to the world?

Ricky Spicer,…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 26, 2013

Justin Bieber To His Beloved Beliebers: “I’m Officially Retiring”

Last week, Justin Bieber revealed on Los Angeles’ Power 106 radio show that he was contemplating retirement after the release of his album Journals on December 23rd. And while members of his team quietly walked back the potentially career altering comments in the following days, Bieber has now taken to his Twitter account to announce, again, that he i…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 26, 2013

Miley Cyrus’ ‘Adore You’ Video: Watch & See Her Response To The Leak

Happy holidays everyone! If you were expecting a formal release of Miley Cyrus‘ latest video for her Bangerz slow jam “Adore You” to arrive in the quiet, smoldering aftermath of yesterday’s holiday shenanigans, rather than right in the middle of it, you are now allowed to be disappointed. Some callow opportunist decided to leak the “Adore…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 26, 2013

2013 In Review: Sizing Up The Year’s Breakout Hip-Hop/R&B Producers

Here at Idolator, one of our favorites tasks is gauging the larger trends of mainstream music culture. With hip-hop and R&B increasingly driving the zeitgeist (oh hai Beyonce!), there are few better ways to chart pop’s 2013 narrative than to take a closer look at the beat-makers who stepped up their game and came to…

By: Patrick Bowman / December 25, 2013

M.I.A.’s ‘Matangi': Album Review

When M.I.A. dropped the crushingly cool video for the thumping single “Bad Girls,” directed by frequent collaborator Romain Gavras, way back in February of 2012, it was positioned to be the centerpiece of her new album, and was hailed as something of a return to form after the aggressive, noisy, industrially garish hip-hop that marked…

By: Patrick Bowman / November 5, 2013

Alison Goldfrapp Smolders While Performing ‘Drew’ On ‘Fallon': Watch

If you haven’t figured this out already, we are pretty big fans of UK baroque pop duo Goldfrapp — comprised of lead singer Alison Goldfrapp and keyboardist Will Gregory–over here at Idolator. Their starkly pared-down sixth studio album Tales of Usreleased earlier this month, received solid reviews and is currently charting nicely in 17 different countries.

By: Patrick Bowman / September 27, 2013

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