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Behind The Candelabra: 15 Great Piano-Driven Pop Songs

From Bowie To Britney, These Songs Hit All The Right Notes
HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh’s highly anticipated biopic on Liberace, debuted this past weekend to much critical fanfare, with many critics praising Soderbergh for approaching his subject with a modicum of humanity (as opposed to mean-spirited camp). Although Liberace never openly pined to be taken seriously, we think he’d appreciate the film’s attempt to go behind the caricature and laud him for his ivory-tickling talents. Not to mention his other talents, demonstrated mostly on lover Scott Thorson, played by Matt Damon.

In the spirit of reviving all things Lee, we’ve compiled this playlist of piano-packing pop stars, all of whom — whether they want to admit it in their cool little hearts or not — owe a debt of gratitude to the first man to make pianos hip since Tchaikovsky. Well, may “hip” isn’t the right word for the rhinestone encrusted, old-lady-arousing Lee…. perhaps we should say, Leee-gorgeous! More »

Random Access Memories: Your Ultimate Memorial Day 2013 Playlist

Memorial Day is sort of about remembrance, but mostly about getting an extra day of avoiding work or school which you probably won’t remember. And since this year it falls so close to the release of Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories, we decided to throw together a Memorial Day 2013 playlist comprising some of our favorite memory-themed songs.

There’s something for everyone here: 80s classics, past legends like Michael Jackson and David Bowie, current legends like Jay-Z and Madonna, pop queens like Demi Lovato and Adele. So fire up the grill (can we finally say warm weather is here to stay?) and fire up the below 25-track playlist to cap off your three-day weekend. More »

Daft Punk & 7 Other Great French House Acts: From Dmitri From Paris To Justice

Vive La Dance!
With all the fanfare surrounding their comeback smash “Get Lucky” and this week’s release of Random Access Memories, it’s easy to forget that French house ambassadors Daft Punk have been around for nearly two decades. Thanks to a sound that’s always been ahead of the curve (and robot helmets to mask any wrinkles), the duo of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter seem positively ageless more than 15 years after they first wowed us with their debut, Homework. That they’re still managing to surprise and influence the international pop scene is a testament to their distinctive retro-futuristic groove!

That groove, however, wasn’t created by Daft Punk alone. French House (or French Touch, as the sexy call it) has its roots in the clubs of Paris, where DJs and dance music disciples found inspiration in old Europop and space-disco records and mashed them up with state-of-the-art beats. Basically, when it came to making booties bounce along the Champs Elysee, Daft Punk didn’t act alone! So get your Gallic groove on and pay tribute to the forebears of French Funk with our terribly chic playlist below. Tout le monde danse maintenant! More »

Daft Punk: The 5 Best Rap & R&B Songs That Sample The “Get Lucky” Duo

These Artists Show The Duo Some Digital Love
As the release date for Daft Punk’s highly anticipated new album Random Access Memories draws nearer, we’re reminded of all those rappers who’ve borrowed the French electro duo’s sounds in the past. (Ten bucks says will.i.am is currently trying to figure out how to make his own version of “Get Lucky” titled “#GetPower”). Some have been more successful uses of their samples than others, but one thing’s for sure: Hip-hop loves Daft Punk. Everyone from Kanye West to Janet Jackson has aped their beats and verses, and we’ve narrowed it down to the top five.

Earlier this week we gave you a roundup of Thomas and Guy-Manuel‘s most groundbreaking videos. Now head below to hear Daft Punk reinterpreted. More »

Daft Punk: 5 Groundbreaking Music Videos From The “Get Lucky” Duo

Revisit These Visuals One! More! Time!
Harder, better, faster, stronger — and arguably more popular than ever before —Daft Punk, electronica’s most innovative duo and France’s funkiest androids, are reaching new heights with their comeback single, the slinky slice of funk known as “Get Lucky.” In only its second week on the chart, the Pharrell-featuring thumper is sitting inside the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, their first ever song to do so. The pair’s forthcoming album, Random Access Memories (out May 21), promises a new sound and a slew of iconic collaborators such as Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers, but we’re surprised that the set’s first hit has yet to be accompanied by an official music video.

For anyone with a passing knowledge of their body of work, a Daft Punk single without an eye-popping, out-of-this-world promo clip is kind of like a Beyonce campaign without a wig…a Justin Bieber tour without a tantrum…a Madonna video without a shirtless male dancer. It just isn’t done!

While the world waits with baited breath to see if an official video will surface in the coming weeks (a teaser played a few weeks ago at Coachella and was glimpsed on SNL), we’re taking a look back at the brilliant clips Daft Punk have given us over the years: five colorful, funny, rhythmic and thought-provoking short films that took the concept of the music video to a whole new level. Smart collaborations with directors Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and more have shown over the years that Daft Punk aren’t just musical iconoclasts, they’re visual vanguards as well.

So strap on your helmet and blast through our run-down below, and let us know in the comments which Daft Punk videos you think should also be on our list! More »

April Fool’s Day Playlist: 10 Songs To Trick Your Monday Out With

These jams are no joke
Keep an eye on those leftover Easter eggs, folks: April Fool’s Day is upon us! April 1 may not be a recognized holiday, but the world has been honoring it for centuries with all manner of jokes, pranks and hoaxes. (Perhaps this explains Eurovision?) From reversed restroom signs, foil-covered computers or, heaven forbid, plastic-wrapped toilet seats, the irreverent celebration of foolishness is nigh and no one knows what to expect… only to expect the worst!

We can’t prepare you for the onslaught of silliness your friends and family may have planned for you, but these 10 music selections may help pass the day while you’re waiting for the inevitable surprises. Who knows — they may even provide comfort when the whoopee cushion hits the fan! More »

The 9 Best Music Videos Featuring Cats, From Paula Abdul To Best Coast

Purrrrrfect Videos For You To Paw Over
For centuries, the feline has represented so many things to the world: a symbol of nobility, a muse to the arts…a hip dance partner to Paula Abdul, to name but a few. Is there anything pussycats can’t do? Yet even as they rule the world (and YouTube), most of them would like us to think they’re happy just to chill on the divan with a ball of catnip and a pack of Realistic Fur Mice. Leave it to music video historians like us to dig up the truth about cats: they secretly want to be pop stars!

In celebration of the feline form, we’ve sifted through the voluminous Idolator archives and have curated a list of the top nine cat-worshipping music videos of all time. Why nine, you ask? One for each life you’ll lose if you don’t properly worship at the altar of kitty, you little furball! And what these videos tell us about cats is that they have a natural flair for pop, whether they’re the star of the show or just an extra-fancy bit of set decoration. No matter what they’re doing, we can’t help but be drawn to their curious power! More »

Beyonce’s “Bow Down” & “I Been On”: 17 Tweets From Her BeyHive Of Stans Reacting To The Songs

Beyonce Pours Honey On The Hive
Tension has been running high in the Hive. With no sign of new music on the horizon, Beyonce’s feisty fan army was starting to feel duped. This was supposed to be the Year Of Queen B, but the Super Bowl and HBO documentary came and went without delivering so much as a release date, making the prospect of extended beyhydration very real. With restless stans on the verge of rebellion, Mrs. Carter was forced to silence her subjects by serving up “Bow Down/I Been On” via SoundCloud.

Critics are divided by King B’s revolutionary audio presentation, yet the Hive positively imploded with jubilation and vindication. The genre-bending, mind-stretching, opera-sampling opus was embraced like news that Keri Hilson had retired. Rapturously. More »

Justin Timberlake’s 10 Sexiest Music Videos: Leave It All On The Floor Tonight

The Lon Chaney Of Pop: Man Of A Thousand Sexy Faces
On the occasion of his recent slew of TV appearances and his latest single “Mirrors” topping the UK chart — and just in time for the March 19th release of his third solo album, the intriguingly titled The 20/20 Experience — we’re taking a stroll down Sexyback Lane for a look back at the talented Mr. Timberlake’s most scintillating music videos. And what qualifies these clips as scintillating, you may ask? Oh, you know: JT’s signature brand of soulful crooning, those sly, come-hither looks, plenty of intricate choreography and maybe, just maybe, a pinstriped accoutrement or two. Nothing dirty, you pervs — sexy is a state of mind!

Of course, a bit of exposed JT shoulder here and there doesn’t hurt. (And that’s about all you’ll get from the notoriously private artiste.) As we peruse these clips, some for the thousandth time since they first premiered, we ask ourselves: would we still love Justin T. if he wasn’t such a damned sex beast? If he didn’t have that swagger, that cool and all those playfully sensual videos, most of them done on a budget that could feed and clothe a small midwestern town? And the answer to that, dear readers, is: probably not! After all, without the above-mentioned traits, he just wouldn’t be Justin Timberlake, would he?

But enough of our philosophizing. From dapper suits & ties to the most luxurious running outfits, JT has been one of pop music’s most stylin’ icons for the better part of his career and remains a beacon of cool in a frequently lukewarm pop world. These videos are the evidence. Roll on, the Justin Timberlake Sexy 10! More »

Justin Timberlake’s 7 Best Collaborations: Revisit His Songs With Beyonce, Madonna, Ciara & Others

JT Played Nice With Others On These Songs
After a six-year hiatus to pursue a not-completely-horrible acting career, Justin Timberlake dusted off his microphone and picked up exactly where he left off at the end of the FutureSex/LoveSounds era — by bringing innovative yet distinctly retro-tinged R&B back to the airwaves and charts. Producer pal Timbaland might have helped a little. Together they crafted the super-slick “Suit & Tie”, which stayed true to JT’s collaborative approach by calling on the services of rap legend Jay-Z.

While the first taste of The 20/20 Experience wasn’t as immediate as some expected from such a powerhouse pairing, the soulful jam turned out to be a total grower and is still lodged in the upper echelons of pop charts around the globe. As the release date of Justin’s much-anticipated third opus nudges ever closer, we’ve combed through his past collaborations and chosen seven of the best. More »