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Best Music 2014 Readers’ Poll: Vote For The Year’s Top Albums (Part 2) — July Through December Releases

Vote For 2014's Best!

Wait…what? It’s December already? Guess we should get the rest of this thing going, then.

Last month we presented you with the first part of Idolator’s reader’s poll on the best albums of 2014 — one where we had you vote on your favorite releases from January through June. Let’s just say that Michael Jackson‘s fans were present and counted for with that one, as were the members of Mariah Carey‘s Lambily.

Now it’s time for part two, where you have free reign to help determine which LPs released between July and December are the best. There are plenty to choose from, so let’s just get to it below, shall we? As usual, when all is said and done, we’ll tally up the results from both polls and sort out what Idolator readers deem to be their 10 favorite records from 2014.

Note: As this is a two-part poll, it’s also a two-part process. Once you vote, we also want you to leave your thoughts in the comments box below on why you chose that particular album. We’ll be reading all of your feedback and including some of it when we post the Best Albums Of 2014 Readers’ Poll results.

So get to voting below, then remember to write out why your fave deserves to be in our year-end roundup of 2014’s best albums! More »

Black Friday Bonanza: 10 Pop Music Books From The Past Year That Serve As Perfect Stocking Stuffers

Pop Knowledge Is Power
The 50 Best Pop Singles Of 1994
The 50 Best Pop Singles Of 1994
Featuring new interviews with Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb & others!

Between Jay Z and Beyonce’s On the Run Tour and the arrival of Taylor Swift’s behemoth pop album 1989, 2014 has had quite a few key music moments. And now it’s that time of year when we try to figure out sort out what to give as holiday presents. So what do you do when your favorite music fan already owns all their favorite albums or has seen more concerts than they can count?

With the end of 2014 around the corner, there are still lots of bits and bobs you can stuff stockings with. For instance, what about getting your friend a book this holiday season? To help you out, we rounded up some of the reads that might have slipped under your radar. Whether you want to read up on some music history or learn more about an iconic musician, these are some books that you might want to grab for your pop-loving best friend or maybe even for yourself. More »

American Music Awards 2014: 10 Best And Worst Moments

Loving Lorde

Another American Music Awards has come and gone, and like with all of these shindigs, there are lessons to be learned and moments worth singling out. Did you sit through all three hours of this particular dog and pony act last night? Yes? Well, then see if you agree with our best/worst roundup. No? Then, children, pull up a seat and allow us to relay what went down. Have at it below! More »

In Celebration Of Gwen Stefani: 12 Of The Best Songs From Our Favorite Hollaback Girl

The Ska Princess
10 Pop Blondes Who Need To Make A Comeback
10 Pop Blondes Who Need To Make A Comeback
These ladies definitely need to make a musical return!

Gwen Stefani has always been the ultra-cool dark horse of mainstream female musicians, ever since her debut as the lead singer of No Doubt back in 1986. Her belly-baring, bindi-wearing, badass persona set her apart from all of the Britneys and Christinas of the world. Back in 2004, she made that distinction very clear when she traded in the ska punk sounds of her band for a quirkier, synth-driven influence.

That year Stefani released her debut album Love.Angel.Music.Baby, a record that set a precedent for what modern pop music should sound like. Her third project coming soon with “Baby Don’t Lie” as the lead single, so we hope this comeback makes an impression that shakes up the industry as much as her first album did a decade ago.

Today (November 21), we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the L.A.M.B. LP by taking a look back on some of the singer’s best musical moments. Read on after the jump to see Gwen Stefani’s 12 best songs, from Tragic Kingdom to Sweet Escape — and everything in between! More »

The 50 Best Pop Singles Of 1994 (Featuring New Interviews With Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb, Real McCoy & Haddaway)

As 2014 draws to a close, one thing that stands out the most about this year is the huge wave of artists who broke international barriers and crossed over into our pop music consciousness. And we’re not just talking about the UK, where Disclosure, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Ella Henderson and Clean Bandit hail from — you also had Australia (Iggy Azalea), Ireland (Hozier), Canada (MAGIC! and Kiesza) Norway (Nico & Vinz), Sweden (Tove Lo) and Amsterdam (Mr. Probz) waving their flags high. It got us thinking that we hadn’t seen a foreign invasion of the American charts like this in 20 years.

So what else is it about 1994 that made it such an utterly memorable year, musically? Before we get to that, let’s first paint a quick picture of what life was like during this particular 12-month period when iTunes and YouTube and Twitter didn’t exist, nor did texting or Snapchatting — when being “social” meant driving (sans GPS or the Maps app) to meet up with friends in person, or, at the very least, putting a pen to paper and mailing a letter.

First off, when 1994 rolled around, Bill Clinton was entering the second year of his first term as President. Cell phones were the size of bricks and e-mail and the Internet were sporadically-used luxuries. It was the days of Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan and the 1994 Winter Olympics. And CD-ROMs. We watched O.J. Simpson go on the run on live TV and also tuned into the first seasons of Friends, ER and Party Of Five. Tom Hanks was America’s favorite silver screen star. At the box office, The Lion King roared loudest, while Speed, Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction also packed movie-goers in. And when Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home on April 8th, it was, as they say, the end of an era…

…which brings us back to music. It would have been the easy way out for us here at Idolator to assemble a simple list of, say, the 20 best singles from 20 years ago, and dash out a a sentence or two on each one. But it turns out, when we really dug deep into what pop had to offer in 1994, there were just far too many good songs to leave off the list. From sultry slow jams to trip hop to synth-pop to Eurodance to Swedepop to alt-rock, it truly was an eclectic year when popular music produced something for everyone.

So instead, we gathered up the 50 best pop singles that made an impact in 1994 below, and reviewed and ranked them by their overall awesomeness. Most of these songs sprung up that year, but you’ll find that some first appeared on albums released in 1993 and didn’t get a single release until ’94, or perhaps were released as a single in late ’93 but their chart run carried into the next year. Whatever the case may be, they’re the tracks we felt left an unforgettable impression.

To add a bit of flavor, we reached out to some of the artists featured — Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb, Real McCoy and Haddaway — and asked them to share their memories of what it was like contributing to the year 1994 in pop. Ready to hop into our time machine and step back 20 years? On your mark, get set… More »

The 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards: The Complete List Of Winners

Queen Of The World

This year’s MTV Europe Music Awards were bigger than ever, as the show celebrated its 20th anniversary! It was broadcasted live from the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland today (November 9), and featured many of our favorite music artists — including Ariana GrandeCharli XCXKiesza, and Nicki Minaj.

The biggest winners of the night were Ariana Grande, who won Best Female and Best Song (“Problem”), and Katy Perry for Best Video (“Dark Horse”) and Best Look. Minaj, who did double-duty as the show’s host and musical guest, took away the award for Best Hip-Hop. Legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne was presented the Global Icon Award.

View the winner’s list for the 2014 MTV EMAs in its entirety after the jump, and don’t forget to check out all of the night’s performances here! More »

The Diddy Curse: 8 Of The Best Artists Formerly On Bad Boy Records

Cursed, But Not Forgotten

There is no question that Diddy (or is it P. Diddy nowadays?) is a hugely influential music mogul, ever since his job as a record executive in the ’90s era. But there have been many instances where the businessman fell short of doing his job. Bad Boy Records is notorious for being the Bermuda Triangle of record labels. Sure, there were artists like Faith Evans, and Notorious B.I.G. who scored major success. But many others in the Bad Boy camp could not achieve the same.

So in light of Danity Kane‘s third and final studio album, DK3 (released on October 28), we’re taking a look back at eight of the most overlooked artists who unfortunately succumbed to the Bad Boy curse. but at least they had talent!

See which artists made the cut after the jump! More »

The Best and Worst Advice Taylor Swift Gave on ‘The Voice’ This Week: An Extremely Deep Analysis

“Anytime I watch a performance of any kind I’m taking notes,” declared Taylor Swift on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice. Girl, we hear you, and are taking just as many notes on your mentoring stint during the Knockout Round. Judgment, after all, is a favorite pastime.

Some of the 1989 singer’s advice was solid, some was weak, and some was downright bat-ish crazy. Following the first week of Tay Tay’s stint on The Voice, here are the highlights of her mentoring wisdom. More »

The 5 Worst ‘Saturday Night Live’ Performances From The Past 10 Years: Did The Artists’ Careers Bounce Back?

Beg For It To Stop

Sketch comedy mainstay Saturday Night Live, now in its 40th year, can either be a career-launching platform or a soul-destroying one. And with each episode, artists take a gamble by walking onto the live series’ stage and giving it their all. (Well, sometimes they walk on stage only to jig off a minute later, but more on that below.)

We’ve started to notice a pattern here, which is that the SNL performances deemed to be “terrible” occur about every other year, and only in the even years. Right on schedule, Danish singer backed up Iggy Azalea this past weekend, giving the show its first water-cooler live performance (in a not-so-good way) since Lana Del Rey in 2012.

Below, we rounded up five of the most dissed Saturday Night Live showings by musical acts from the past decade. We then took a closer look at what happened to their individual careers after the fact. Some were able to pick up the pieces (the pieces, the pieces of me), while others, well… More »

Halloween Playlist: The 13 Creepiest Horror Movie/TV Show Theme Songs From The Past 50 (Or So) Years

Chills!

What scares us onscreen is pretty subjective. The stop-motion skeletons that got granny a-shiverin’ and a-shakin’ under her slip might not faze someone weaned in a world ruled by House-Of-Wax Plastic-Surgery-Chic like The Thing That Melted Meg Ryan.. Music, however, never loses its ability to scare us and the best, most classic horror themes can creep us all out, every time. Well, that and photographing Ariana Grande’s right side:

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Do you like scary movies? Hang up that absurdly large 90s phone, crank the volume and…wait…what was that noise? You’d better go investigate… More »