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2014′s Best Albums: Idolator Editors Pick Their Favorite 10

By: Idolator Staff // December 10, 2014
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Okay, scratch that, because no one is ever going to declare that 2014 was a bang-up year as far as pop music is concerned. Sure, there were some big releases over the past 12 months. But nothing, save for maybe Taylor Swift's 1989,… More »


14 Under-The-Radar Synth-Pop Acts We Loved In 2014

By: Carl Williott // December 9, 2014
Synth-pop has never really gone away since breaking into the mainstream with a little help from Gary Numan and MTV in the ‘80s, but the genre has certainly fallen in and out of favor since then. As luck would have it, we’ve been riding high on a synth spike for about 10 years now, with… More »


Pop’s Class Of 2014: The 21 Artists Who Broke Out Big This Year

By: Robbie Daw // December 8, 2014
In 2013, top acts like Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry chucked out their most recent pop albums. Given the absence of those heavyweights — and the fact that Rihanna has taken an unusually long break from releasing music — this past year proved to be a window of opportunity through which many new act… More »


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

By: Robbie Daw // December 4, 2014
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'… More »


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

By: emilytan // November 27, 2014
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 whe… More »


American Music Awards 2014: 10 Best And Worst Moments

By: Robbie Daw // November 24, 2014
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,… More »


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

By: Bianca Gracie // November 21, 2014
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 whenMore »


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

By: Robbie Daw // November 20, 2014
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… More »


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

By: Bianca Gracie // November 9, 2014
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… More »


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

By: Bianca Gracie // November 3, 2014
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… More »


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

By: Caila Ball // October 29, 2014
“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… More »


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

By: Robbie Daw // October 27, 2014
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 »


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

By: Jonathan Riggs // October 17, 2014
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 ca… More »


Pop Music Wishlist: 10 Blondes Who Need To Make A Comeback

By: Bianca Gracie // October 13, 2014
When Gwen Stefani and Fergie announced their musical comebacks this year, the pop world was ecstatic. Apart from her work with No Doubt on 2012's Push And Shove, Stefani has not put out any solo projects since 2006's Sweet Escape. Fergie, on the other hand, kept herself busy with the Black Eyed Peas. But her 2006 debut, The Dutchess, wa… More »


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

By: Robbie Daw // September 16, 2014
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… More »


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

By: Idolator Staff // September 12, 2014
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, CarlyMore »


MTV VMAs 2014: The Complete List Of Winners

By: Robbie Daw // August 24, 2014
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… More »


10 Things To Expect From Madonna’s Next Album

By: Kathy Iandoli // August 20, 2014
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 i… More »


The 7 Most Unexpected Times Janet Jackson Made Us Worship Her

By: Jonathan Riggs // August 15, 2014
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 iconicMore »


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

By: Robbie Daw // July 28, 2014
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 Canadia… More »


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