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Popping Up: Route 94

By: Robbie Daw // April 18, 2014

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

Clearly, the sound of ’90s house music is having a huge moment once again, and Route 94’s mesmerizing dance cut “My Love” has been one of the breakout hit… More »


Sky Ferreira Reflects On Making Her Album, Talks Miley Cyrus, Nirvana & Instagram: Idolator Interview

By: Robbie Daw // April 11, 2014

Last year, we here at Idolator were so blown away by the guitar-pop freshness of Sky Ferreira’s debut LP Night Time, My Time  — and by the fact that it actually, finally was released — that we dubbed it the best album of 2013. (By the way, you should really enter our contest to winMore »


Popping Up: Tinashe

By: Bradley Stern // April 11, 2014

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

While 21-year-old Tinashe’s finally making her big solo break in 2014, she’s already been making waves just below the radar for years — first as a member of… More »


Chloe Howl: 7 Questions About Her ‘Rumour’ EP, Working With Eg White & Her Upcoming Album

By: Robbie Daw // April 8, 2014

For her four-track, hook-laden Rumour EP (grab it on iTunes here), singer Chlöe Howl worked with none other than Eg White, the songwriter who co-penned and produced Adele’s “Chasing Pavements” (along with many other classic British pop tunes). Nineteen-year-old Howl admits, however, that she wasn’t quite up on White’s pedigree when they sat down to… More »


Tove Lo Reflects On Kurt Cobain & Her Favorite Nirvana Song, “Polly”: Interview

By: Robbie Daw // April 4, 2014

Swedish singer Tove Lo visited the Idolator studio recently to discuss the success of “Habits” and her recently-released Truth Serum EP. And given that she’s made no secret of the fact that she’s a fan of upcoming Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Nirvana, it seemed fitting, since April 5 marks the 20-year anniversary… More »


Tove Lo: 6 Questions About “Habits,” The ‘Truth Serum’ EP And Her Upcoming Album

By: Robbie Daw // April 3, 2014

Before launching her own promising pop career, Swedish songwriter Tove Lo cut her teeth by penning tracks for other artists (see: Girls Aloud’s 2012 reunion single “Something New” and Icona Pop’s “We Got The World”). But it was the 26 year old’s stunning breakout track “Habits” that first caught our attention, last spring. A mix… More »


Karmin: 7 Questions About New Album ‘Pulses’ (And Nick Going Shirtless In The Video!)

By: Robbie Daw // March 28, 2014

Two years after the arrival of their debut EP Hello and several release date starts and stops, loveable pop duo Karmin — comprised of real life couple Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan — finally served up their first album Pulses this week. (Grab it on iTunes or enter to win a signed copy here.) It’… More »


Popping Up: Conway

By: Robbie Daw // March 28, 2014

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

One phone call can change your life, and nobody knows that better than up and coming, genre-defying singer Conway. Before being selected to open for Ellie Goulding on her… More »


Akon Plays Pop Associated, Talks Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Whitney Houston & More

By: Robbie Daw // March 26, 2014

While Akon stopped by the Idolator to discuss his philanthropic work with the Akon Lighting Africa Project and Peace One Day, we also made a point of asking him about the sheer volume of other artists the smooth crooner has collaborated with over the last 10 years. After all, this is the guy who signed Lady GagaMore »


7 Questions With Akon: Unreleased Michael Jackson, Harlee, ‘Stadium’ & His Lighting Africa Project

By: Robbie Daw // March 25, 2014

Akon has been hitting the pavement to get the word out about two of his passion projects, but this time they’re not music releases. (That said, he does have a single out, “So Blue,” which you can purchase on iTunes here.) Rather, the hit-making music mogul is putting his power behind two philanthropic endeavors: AkonMore »


Popping Up: Kiesza

By: Robbie Daw // March 20, 2014

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

In February, budding pop-star-in-the-making Kiesza dropped the video for her debut single “Hidewaway” online. Dance tracks with a retro, ’90s-leaning house vibe are getting to be a dime a… More »


SXSW 2014: Betty Who On Collaborating With Claude Kelly, Starsmith & Babydaddy For Upcoming Album

By: Robbie Daw // March 14, 2014

“Heartbreak Dream” sensation Betty Who has been busying herself in Austin by acting as house band for Bravo personality Andy Cohen and Watch What Happens Live during South By Southwest. The most bizarre thing that’s happened to her so far this week? “I was singing ‘Somebody Loves You’ as the musical guest, and Shaq got… More »


Popping Up: Cole Plante

By: Robbie Daw // March 13, 2014

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

Right now, most 17 year olds are either (hopefully) studying hard while winding down their 11th grade years or getting ready to graduate high school altogether. But most teenager… More »


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

By: emilytan // March 12, 2014

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 a… More »


Aloe Blacc Talks “The Man” On The Set Of His Live Music Video: Idolator Interview

By: Mike Wass // February 28, 2014

Aloe Blacc dropped a mind-boggling live video for “The Man” yesterday (February 27) and we were there when he filmed it in the Red Bull Studio in Los Angeles. The soul singer kindly sat down with us before taking the mic to talk about his rapidly-exploding hit and one-take performance piece.

He humbly… More »


Kylie Minogue Discusses Pharrell, Sia And New Album ‘Kiss Me Once’: Idolator Interview

By: Robbie Daw // February 25, 2014

Pop Kylie. Indie Kylie. Sex Kylie. Goddess Kylie. Over the decades, the musical force that is Kylie Minogue has offered us one variation or another of her on-stage image while still maintaining enough of a “girl next door” likeability that we truly wish she would just move in down the block already. Listening to her… More »


Colbie Caillat On Babyface, Ryan Tedder And Her Upcoming Album: Idolator Interview

By: Robbie Daw // February 11, 2014

Despite the fact that her last proper studio album was released nearly three years ago, Colbie Caillat’s output has been remained prolific — and successfully so. The California singer’s 2012 holiday LP, Christmas In The Sand, was followed up by “We Both Know,” a duet with Gavin DeGraw from the Safe Haven soundtrack — the… More »


Naughty Boy On The Story Behind “La La La” & Working With Sam Smith: Idolator Interview

By: Robbie Daw // November 26, 2013

Earlier this year, Naughty Boy’s addictive “La La La,” featuring vocalist Sam Smith, racked up impressive chart positions around the globe, hitting #1 in various parts of Europe — including the producer’s home of the UK — and placing in the Top 10 in others. Now it’s finally time for America to wrap its collective… More »


Naughty Boy Discusses William Orbit, Madonna And (Not Working With) Britney Spears: Watch

By: Robbie Daw // November 8, 2013

Super songwriter/producer Naughty Boy (Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events) came this close to having a hand in Britney Spears’ upcoming LP, Britney Jean, but a funny thing happened, which prevented him from taking part: His own single “La La La” became a global smash, topping the charts in various parts of Europe — including… More »


Diane Birch Discusses Her New Album, Her Love For ’80s Music & Stalking Nile Rodgers: Interview

By: Robbie Daw // October 18, 2013

Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder, if you’re out there, Diane Birch would love to work with you (and, yes — she’s wanted to do so since before the whole Daft Punk foofaraw). That said, given the mix of bittersweet tracks and impeccable production found on the singer-songwriter’s new album Speak A Little Louder (out now),… More »


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