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TLC’s ‘FanMail’ Turns 15: Backtracking

Feb 21st, 2014 // 1 Comment
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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.

1999 was undoubtedly the year of the bubblegum pop takeover, headed by Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys and a shipload of European importsBut it was also the year TLC sliced through it all with their third album, FanMail, which turns 15 on February 23. The LP’s electronic-meets-urban production was ingrained in futurism, and it embodied the impending Y2K era of digitization.

It’s almost genius how the album’s concept was so ahead of its time, and still resonates with the modern world we live in. From the Tumblr-obsessed teenagers to self-proclaimed addicts of Twitter and Facebook, and corporate workers frantically checking their email accounts as a mini-escape, the Internet has become embedded in our daily lives. Fifteen years prior, TLC  predicted this digital domination and created a sonic experience complete with dial-up connections, missed voicemails and pre-Her computerized assistants.

FanMail was marketed as a tribute to TLC fans who sent fan mail during the group’s five-year hiatus — which was tainted by rising tensions between the girls, Chilli having a child with the album’s future executive producer Dallas Austin, an exploited bankruptcy case and Left Eye infamously setting her boyfriend’s house on fire. These issues, along with the reduction of Left Eye’s presence to sporadic eight-bar features, create an uncomfortable void that envelops the entire album. Save for songs like “Unpretty” and “I Miss You So Much,” FanMail feels tense, cold and distant — which is all reflected in the vocals, the production and the introduction of the female android Vic-E. But don’t get it confused, this almost palpable emotion is what makes this album so powerful. Today, as part of its 15th anniversary, we take a look back at an album that shattered the sonic expectations of its era. More »

Christina Aguilera Is Pregnant With Her Second Child: Morning Mix

Feb 21st, 2014 // Comment

Did You Hear?

:: Christina Aguilera is pregnant with her second child according to media reports. The happy news comes a couple of days after she announced her engagement to boyfriend Matt Rutler. Congratulations! [Digital Spy]

:: File this under extremely unlikely. Rihanna is apparently pursuing a healthier lifestyle now that she has reached the grand, old age of 26 and is thinking about reducing her marijuana intake. Sure. [Hollywood Life]

:: Pharrell is putting his iconic Vivienne Westwood-designed Grammy hat up for auction to raise money for charity. The eye-catching hat has already attracted a bid of $10,500. [Billboard]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Pete Wentz Is Going To Be A Dad Again: Morning Mix

Feb 19th, 2014 // Comment

Did You Hear?

:: Pete Wentz is going to be a dad for the second time. It will be his first child with girlfriend Meagan Camper but Fall Out Boy rocker’s already has a 5 year old son with Ashlee Simpson. Congratulations! [MTV]

:: Don’t mess around with Rihanna‘s finances. The good girl gone bad sued her accountants after bad advice after almost going bankrupt in 2009 and they have agreed to pay her $10 million in damages. [Complex]

:: Kanye West is heading down under. The controversial rapper is bringing his Yeezus tour to Australia. He will perform in stadiums around the country in early May. Fingers crossed he doesn’t cancel. [Billboard]

:: The members of Pussy Riot just can’t win. They were arrested at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia but were later released without being charged. Keep fighting the good fight! [Pitchfork]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

It’s The Candice Glover Twitter Takeover!

Feb 18th, 2014 // Comment

Today’s the day! American Idol Season 12 winner Candice Glover is officially kicking off her career with her highly anticipated debut album Music Speaks, which includes her Jazmine Sullivan-penned “Cried,” as well as the aching “Damn.”

To celebrate the album’s release, we’re handing over our Twitter keys to Candice this afternoon, who will be personally be answering all your most burning questions. Jump below for details on how to chat directly with the Idol alum. More »

Natalia Kills Performs “Trouble” Live At Cherrytree House: Idolator Premiere

Feb 17th, 2014 // Comment
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Who’s in the mood for a bit of trouble?

After premiering the track with Idolator last year, Natalia Kills has invited us into the Cherrytree House for a live acoustic performance of “Trouble.” The catchy tune — the title track from her solid sophomore record Trouble (have you read the review yet?) — also serves as the next single from the album campaign.

Kills has only continued to prove herself as a capable live vocalist in the past year, and this performance is certainly no exception: Backed by just a guitar, Kills tackles her emotional, unapologetic bad girl anthem with ease. Watch up top. More »

Whatcha Say: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry Got Our Readers Talking

Feb 14th, 2014 // Comment

Happy Valentine’s Day, Idolator readers! We hope you’re having a romantic night with your special sweetie — and if you’re riding solo, then you better be getting super turnt up with your friends. Or enjoying a nice night at home. Whatever, as long as you’re having fun!

All week long, we supplied the V-Day spark with our special Sapphic “Ladies Who Duet” playlist, pop star-themed cards, as well as our top artist-producer break-ups round-up.

And things heated up in pop world, too! Mariah Carey got our hearts beating with “You’re Mine (Eternal),” Katy Perry unveiled Katy Patra in her “Dark Horse” trailer and Nicki Minaj got downright vicious on “Lookin Ass Ni–a.” As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments below! More »

Beyonce Threw Kelly Rowland A Liquid Gold Fondue Party For Her 33rd Birthday: Morning Mix

Feb 14th, 2014 // Comment

Did You Hear?

:: It’s nice having Beyonce as your best friend. Just ask Kelly Rowland, who was treated to a “Liquid Gold Fondue Party” for her 33rd birthday by Queen Bey. It’s looks like they had a great old time. [Gossip Cop]

:: Nicki Minaj has apologized for using a photo of Malcolm X on the cover of her new single “Lookin Ass Nigga”. She says the artwork was not intended to “undermine his efforts and legacy.” [Billboard]

:: Congratulations go out to rap legend Lil’ Kim. The 39-year-old showed off her baby bump at Fashion Week and spoke to reporters about becoming a mom. She did not disclose the name of the father but has been dating MC Mr. Papers for a while now. [Rap-Up]

:: Odd Future has been banned for New Zealand. His visa was denied an hour before boarding his flight because he was deemed a potential threat to public order. How utterly ridiculous. [NME]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Idolator Valentine’s Day Cards 2014: Celebrate With Miley, Lorde, Justin Bieber And More

Feb 13th, 2014 // Comment

It’s time of year yet again, lovebirds: A time to treat the special someone in your life (or yourself) with a heaping helping of TLC. (That’s Tender Loving Care in this instance — but a quick revisit of TLC’s FanMail never hurt nobody, either.)

Coming up short on the roses and chocolate? Don’t worry: Just like last year, we’ve come up with some pop star-themed Valentine’s Day e-cards to seriously impress your sweetie. From Britney to Yoncé to Miley, we’ve got all your faves covered with a special lil’ something.

Check out the full display of cards above. Print ‘em, share ‘em, give ‘em to all your crushes — we’re positive you’ll score an extra kiss or two (and then some) later tonight. And let us know which ones you’ll be gifting in the comments below!

Rihanna Almost Went Bankrupt In 2009: Morning Mix

Feb 13th, 2014 // Comment

Did You Hear?

:: Rihanna should have mountains of money, right? Well, for a while there in 2009 RiRi was on struggle street. In fact, she nearly went bankrupt due to “gross mismanagement” by her accountant. [TMZ]

:: The Grammys really put a few noses out of joint when they cut off Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age mid-song. Trent Reznor already put them on blast and Josh Homme just added his two cents at a recent concert. [NME]

:: Nas is developing a half-hour TV series for Xbox called Street Dreams. It’s a semi-autobiographical show set in the ’90s that documents the life of a struggling rapper in New York City. Sounds good! [Vulture]

:: Well, this is just rude. A group of Michael Jackson fans that sued Dr. Conrad Murray for emotional distress were awarded a measly $1.36 each. That’s not even enough to download “Man In The Mirror”! [Billboard]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Ibrawlator: Rank Mariah Carey’s Most Recent Singles From Best To Worst

Feb 12th, 2014 // Comment
Mariah's "You're Mine"
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It’s been a few years since Mariah Carey‘s last studio album, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel. And in that time, the almighty diva’s been good about serving up single after single for her loyal Lambily’s listening pleasure.

So far, we’ve been treated to “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” last year’s summertime jam with Miguel, “#Beautiful,” her Oz the Great and Powerful soundtrack theme “Almost Home” and “The Art Of Letting Go.” And most recently (today, in fact!), Mimi’s provided us with her latest Rodney Jerkins-produced R&B jam, “You’re Mine (Eternal)” in time for Valentine’s Day.

Obviously, then, there’s a lot of Mariah to go around. But which Mimi moment has been your favorite and most festive so far? We want to know. More »