Pop made a major resurgence in the latter half of the previous decade, and brought us bright new stars like Rihanna
, Katy Perry
, Lady Gaga
, Miley Cyrus
and One Direction
. But when all the dust on the past 12 months finally settles, 2013 may very well prove to be the year that Big Pop first began to go bust. Don’t stress too much about it, though — there’s a cyclical ebb and flow with this tide we call music, and today’s Syron
may very well wind up being tomorrow’s Britney
And so here we are in early December, bringing you our annual roundup of the year’s 10 best albums, as chosen by the Idolator crew made up of Robbie Daw, Sam Lansky, Carl Williott, Mike Wass and Bradley Stern. Aside from one iconic dance-pop act, a pair of hip hop luminaries and a sibling indie pop pair who surprised us all with the turn they took with their seventh album, a bulk of our picks are symbolic of the new breed of artists making an impression on the musical landscape. We probably wouldn’t have predicted their inclusion here a year ago — or even known who one or two of them were — but if Baauer taught us anything in 2013 (don’t worry — he’s not on this list), it was to expect the unexpected.
Head below to see the fresh new faces and the seasoned acts who bent our ears in their direction, and gave us our favorite 10 albums of the year. More »
It’s the home stretch before Halloween
, and we’re here to remind you that this celebration of pumpkin spice and sideboob
was once about scares
, people. To help you in the horror department, we’ve thrown together a playlist of secretly scary songs. This way you can focus more on perfecting that Lady Gaga costume
What, exactly, is a secretly scary song? Well, it’s nothing that really broadcasts its theme. You won’t find something like Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” or Tegan And Sara‘s “Walking With A Ghost” on here, because they’re up front about their spooky subject matter. So below, check out our 12 choices and use the handy little Myspace player so you can queue it up next to your bowl of candy. More »
Gruesome movies like A Nightmare On Elm Street
, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
, The Hills Have Eyes
have gone down as some of the most classic horror films in movie history. In the Pop world, artists have taken a page out of the genre’s book and created equally wicked music videos. Whether it’s taking revenge out on a former lover or killing people just for fun, the music industry has had its fair share of horrifying visuals.
As Halloween approaches, take a look back at some of the most killer (pun-intended) videos in music history below! More »
Any discussion of music video animation must begin — and rightly so — by invoking “Money For Nothing”
by Dire Straits
. but do you really want to boink any of them? (Quiet, Mom.)
Today, class, we’re focusing on music videos where lead singers are animated…and sexy as hell! (Deemed ineligible, but fabulous, are stop-motion animation and bands where the members are already animated.) Here, for your prurient perusal, is the definitive list of the sexiest cartoon versions of lead singers, from nottest to hottest. More »
In 1998, Bill Clinton was President, Monica Lewinsky was the most famous intern on the planet, the world had come down with Titanic
fever and a show on MTV called Total Request Live
was about to alter the sound of popular music. One such superstar who rose up through TRL
‘s glittery ranks was Britney Jean Spears
, a then-16-year-old performer who had last been seen as a series regular on Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club
To celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Britney’s debut single “…Baby One More Time” — a three-and-a-half-minute dose of pop-funk that put Spears on the fast track and cemented songwriter/producer Max Martin as a music’s go-to maestro — we took a deep look in the mirror, realized how old we were and began sobbing uncontrollably. Then we composed ourselves and whipped up a fairly pop-filled playlist that is guaranteed to give you an accurate depiction of what radio sounded like in 1998.
So head below to get an earful of what people were listening to while checking their pagers and worrying about the Y2K Bug. More »
Ah, the good old days, when the boogaloo was electric and there weren’t any problems a plucky, multicultural band of breakdancers
couldn’t solve. (Take THIS
, greedy developers!) In honor of the physics-defying spirit of b-boys and -girls past and present, all of us here at Idolator HQ have been busting out our old-school Adidas warm-up suits and buying our tickets to the September 20 release of the dance-themed flick Battle of the Year
. So crank the genre’s unofficial anthem
on your shoulder boombox, pull up a piece of cardboard and head-spin to these jams! More »
Hip hop has always been a musically competitive sport, with rappers going head-to-head in battles ever since the genre’s birth in the late ’70s. The best diss songs have sparked the most fueled beefs in rap history (Tupac
, Jay Z
, Nicki Minaj vs. Lil’ Kim
, etc.), but the light is rarely shed on other music genres. It turns out that some of our favorite pop stars know a thing or two about taking lyrical shots at other artists.
The tune that started it all was John Lennon‘s infamously brutal “How Do You Sleep?” in 1971, which was geared towards former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney. Later, in the 1990s, Alanis Morrisette brought back the diss track theme with her gritty signature song that was made for Full House‘s Dave Coulier, “You Oughta Know.” Since then, pop music has had its fair share of musical battles . Get into the beef below!
Students across the country are heading back to school over the next week or so, and with the return to that academic prison comes picture day! Picture day is especially important for high schoolers, because high schoolers are incredibly superficial and judgy and awkward, but also because they will have to submit a totally funny yet thought-provoking (but not too
thought-provoking lest they appear nerdy) quote to accompany their photo in the yearbook. A quote that really, truly encapsulates Who You Are. That’s a lot of pressure for one measly quote!
But we’re here to help. We spent years spouting off choice song quotes via AIM away messages (look it up, youngsters), so we’re sort of experts at this. And believe us, you can’t go wrong cribbing from a song. People love songs! Plus, pop lyrics tend to be either fun-loving or inspirational, which is perfect for a yearbook, because let’s be honest, we know the only things you crazy kids care about are going H.A.M. and pretending to be deep.
Thus, we’ve compiled a handy list of quotable lyrics from 17 pop songs from this year to help you choose your yearbook quote — stuff we just KNOW will be timeless and not at all stale by the time you actually get the 2013-14 yearbook next May. More »
Today is Madonna
‘s birthday, a huge occasion for all of us virgin geisha dominatrix cowgirls. She’s 55
and, more importantly, so harshly, unmistakably, scandalously Madonna
after 30 years as a superstar. Better yet? Like I’m always telling Lourdes
, you can always find ways to appreciate Madonna a little more. (Take this roundup of GIFs
, for instance…)
That brings us to today’s investigation: we’re reinspecting Madonna’s album catalog and exhuming the greatest deep cuts from her heavenly body of work. After three full decades of her explosive output, it’s clear that hardcore Madonna fans are still the luckiest by far — and these lesser-known songs serve as 14 reasons why. More »