Archive for the ‘Lists’ Category

Katy Perry Leads 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards Nominations: See Who All Is Up For What

Mark your calendars, pop fans, as Sunday, November 9 will bring the MTV Europe Music Awards to the network’s channels across the globe. The event will be broadcast live from Glasgow, Scotland’s The SSE Hydro arena.

It’s usually a given that American acts dominate the nominees for the MTV Europe Music Awards, and this year is no exception: Katy Perry leads the pack with seven nods (including the categories of Best Song, Best Pop, Best Female, Best Live and Best Video, among a couple others), while Ariana Grande has six. Naturally, award show favorite Pharrell Williams is represented heavily, as well, with five nominations of his own.

The full list of nominees lies in wait below. More »

13 Great Pop Albums That Were Overlooked & Underrated In Their Time: From Gina G To Little Boots

Flopped But Not Forgotten!
At some point or other, we, as pop fans, all fall hard for an album that completely tanks on the charts. Sure, the artist in question may eke out a hit single or two, but for whatever reason, the universe seems to reject the notion of the parent album finding any major success. Sorry, Carly Rae Jepsen.

But that’s where we, your music-loving pals at Idolator, come in. Because in the few spare moments when we’re not cranking out the daily goings-on with your favorite artists currently tearing it up in the land of pop, we often pine away wistfully for the days of yore, when we’d champion our own personal fave flops in vain. Eventually at one point we decided, screw that — let’s just make a list!

So head below to find our roundup of 13 overlooked pop albums from the past 20 years that deserve to be revisited. More »

MTV VMAs 2014: The Complete List Of Winners

Thirty years ago, in 1984, the very first MTV Video Music Awards was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Actor/Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd and actress-singer Bette Midler co-hosted, Madonna gave her infamous “writhing around in a wedding dress” performance of “Like A Virgin,” The Cars won Video Of The Year for “You Might Think” and David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper won Best Male Video (“China Girl”) and Best Female Video (“Girls Just Want To Have Fun”), respectively.

A lot has changed in that time, and he 31st annual VMAs was held at The Forum in Inglewood, California, just south of Los Angeles. Beyonce and Iggy Azalea were tied for the most nominations, with eight apiece, while Bey received the Video Vanguard Awards (an honor bestowed upon David Bowie, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night director Richard Lester at that very first ceremony in 1984).

Below, is the full list of winners from the 2014 MTV VMAs, where you can see who all took home a Moonman after the latest installment of MTV’s annual music blowout. More »

10 Things To Expect From Madonna’s Next Album

She's Got A Secret...
When Madonna releases a new album, it isn’t so much an event as it is an international holiday.

Her Madgesty is now on her 13th studio album. 2012′s MDNA gave us just a little bit of the life we needed for the icon’s 12th release, but of course we wanted more. It’s only natural, given this is a woman who has consistently reinvented herself for three decades straight.

Now it’s 2014, which feels like the perfect time for her to drop off a new project and deliver that breed of cross-genre pop that only she can provide.

Details on the album thus far have been hit or miss: While other websites have speculated by way of Instagram posts and other random clues, Idolator played detective and dug up even more info on the album. Of course, nothing is conclusive since this is Madge, but we do have enough information to at the very least be excited for the project.

So without further ado, let’s see what we have in store from the Queen Of Pop herself. More »

The 7 Most Unexpected Times Janet Jackson Made Us Worship Her

Like a moth to the flame, burned by the J.Lo, our love for Janet Damita Jo Jackson is blind, can’t you see our desire?

In anticipation of her new album, we decided to delve deep into Baby Miss Jackson Privacy Control’s video vault. But since her videography only comes in three modes: iconic, more iconic or MOST ICONIC, we’re shining the spotlight on seven of her lesser-known but unbelievably essential video triumphs. Alright! More »

Summer 2014 Playlist: 10 Hot Imports You Should Be Listening To, From Gorgon City To Mr. Probz

Grab The Passport...And Your Dancing Shoes
If you checked out our spring playlist featuring the hottest imports from around the world, then you know that deep house is alive and well in the club and on the radio in 2014. In the months since then, a few of the cuts we featured in the previous roundup, such as “Hideaway” by Canadian singer Kiesza and “Rather Be” by Brits Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne, have gone on to be hits here in the States.

Now, deep into the summer months, we bring you even more tracks to crank up and dance to. From England to Sweden to Norway to France to Jamaica, it’s clear that the worldwide theme of the year is Get Your Ass On The Floor. More »

The 10 Greatest Things Hilary Duff Has Ever Done

To Duff, With Love (Love, Love, Love)
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Duff. And now the prophecy has been fulfilled, pop chyldren: Hilary Duff is back. To usher in this new Hilegendary era, let’s go back, back to the beginning, back to when the Earth and sun and Duff were all aligned to celebrate 10 of the greatest things accomplished by the O.G. Disney multi-hyphenate phenomenon! More »

10 Flop Star Dudes Time Forgot…But We Never Will

Yeah, I Like That!
It was so much fun celebrating pop’s divas who clawed their way to the middle that we’re shining the spotlight on the dudes who did the same. Although they may be more likely today to upsell your fast-food order than to sell out arenas, nothing can take away their brush — however brief — with fame. Wherever you are and whoever you became, pop dudedom’s almost-wases and never-weres, we’ll never stop singing along with you! More »

The 20 Best Albums, EPs & Singles Of 2014 (So Far): January – June Releases

What's Good?
Let’s face it, pop fanatics — decent albums have been few and far between this year. And now that we’re halfway through 2014, we at Idolator found ourselves hard-pressed to scrounge up 10 LPs released between January and June, as we’ve done in years past, to shine the spotlight on.

So instead we decided to open the field up a bit and include singles and EP releases, as well as albums, and throw them all together in one ranked list of the best of the best in pop from this year, to-date — all compiled by Idolator’s editors and a couple of the site’s contributors.

It’s now a three-day holiday weekend, so head below and take some time to absorb and perhaps discover some of new music. And, who knows — you might even work out a decent playlist to whip together from our picks. More »

10 Flop Star Divas Time Forgot (But We Never Will)

You See I Thought That You Were Special, Baby
Not everyone reaches the pinnacle of pop superstardom, kittens — there just ain’t room. And yet, for every sweet-faced starlet with massive chart-toppers, there are thousands of minor pop also-rans destined never to do better than a pity deep cut on Now, That’s What I Call Music! 48,901. Whether you chalk it up to bad timing, bad material, or bad luck, these underdog divas left only the briefest of impressions on the pop landscape, but we love them all the more for it. Pop divadom’s almost-wases and never-weres — we applaud your pluck! More »