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 »
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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 »
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 Grande, Charli XCX, Kiesza, 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.
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 »
“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?
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 MØ 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
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:
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 »
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, was in dire need of a sophomore follow-up.
Along with their incredibly catchy tunes, they were also known for their bright blond locks – which definitely added to their bold and confident personalities. Eight years later, these two ladies are aiming to take over the pop scene as solo artists once again. But there are a few more blondes who deserve another shot at music stardom.
In no particular order, here are 10 blond-haired divas from yesteryear who should make a comeback sooner than later! More »
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 »