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

Mar 22nd, 2013 // 3 Comments

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

Mar 18th, 2013 // 1 Comment

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

Mar 13th, 2013 // Comment

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

Mar 6th, 2013 // Comment

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 »

Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” Tops UK Chart: Revisit 6 Other Mirror-Themed Pop Songs

Mar 4th, 2013 // 1 Comment

Justin Timberlake‘s second single off The 20/20 Experience, “Mirrors,” has managed to become his second chart-topper as a solo artist in the UK this week. JT recently performed the song at the BRIT Awards, and has been in England doing promo for his upcoming third LP. Prior to “Mirrors,” the onetime *NSYNC member hit the top across the pond with “SexyBack” — though, curiously, none of his singles with his former boy band ever made it to #1. (Timberlake also landed at the top in the UK by featuring on both Timbaland‘s “Give It To Me” in 2007 and Madonna‘s “4 Minutes” in 2008).

All of this is fine and dandy, but it’s got us reflecting, as it were, on numerous other “mirror”-related songs that have been hits over the years, particularly in England. And would you look at that — we just happened to round up six of them! Head below to stare into their shiny surfaces (and to hear them, of course)! More »

Academy Awards: 5 Oscar-Nominated Songs That Should Have Won But Didn’t

Feb 21st, 2013 // Comment

It’s happened to so many of us who devote all the days (and evenings) of our lives to watching the litany of awards shows that come our way this time of year: you’re rooting for your favorite to take the statue, but when the winner is announced another guy, gal, song, artist or act wins. And you want to scream, cry or take to drinking (we do all three) because you know in your gut that another song should have secured that prize. Happens all the time, right?

Well, Hollywood’s big movie awards are less than a week away, and we’re still obsessing over the music. As we mull over this year’s Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song, we can’t help but wonder about what should have been from Oscars past. Sure, they may get it right most of the time, but sometimes the Academy misses the mark (as it did often in the early 2000s). Below we look back at the last 15 years and make a case for five of our favorite Oscar-nominated songs that should have landed the little bald dude, but didn’t. More »

Valentine’s Day Playlist: 10 Sexy Songs Guaranteed To Get You Some

Feb 14th, 2013 // 1 Comment

We at Idolator are true believers in the power of love, not to mention the romance of Valentine’s Day! We’d never allow the cynical musings of certain pop stars (we’re looking at you, Ms. “The truth about love is it’s all a lie” Pink) or the lingering memory of a terrible Garry Marshall movie take that away from us. However, we do concede that a day of L-U-V can go to H-E-LL if one doesn’t plan their Valentine’s Day playlist accordingly. After all, V-Day isn’t necessarily an easy date to pull off: romantic dinners, heart-shaped candy boxes, and sickeningly sweet stuffed animals count for a lot, but if the mood music is wrong, your Valentine’s Day could end up an arousal-free zone. That’s where we come in!

In order to make today (and tonight) the peak sexy-time of the season, we offer to you, dear readers, a playlist that’s engineered for maximum stimulation. Dinner reservations, expensive trinkets and not being a total d-bag are still on you, but with this enchanting arrangement of boot-knockin’ toons blasting from your speakers, a successful nightcap is halfway in the bag. (Which, if things go well, you and your date should be, too.) More »

Valentine’s Day Playlist: 11 Great Pop Songs For Your Unrequited Love

Feb 12th, 2013 // 2 Comments

Let’s be real, Idolafans: nothing exacerbates a broken heart like the prospect of another Valentine’s Day alone. If the ubiquity of hearts and flowers doesn’t get to you, the smell of chocolate and the constant reminder that everyone else is gettin’ some certainly will. It’s a painful thing to live through, and not something we recommend facing without the help of empathetic music journalists and their playlist-assembling abilities. We’re here for you.

So while you’re spending Valentine’s Eve at home, alone, with a heart-shaped box of candy and a wine-shaped box of comfort, crank up this very special selection of songs devoted to the the unlucky in love. We’ve programmed it for maximum tearsiness and ultimate single-person empowerment (ie., crying into a mirror while lip-syncing), from the bottom of our own broken hearts. More »

Valentine’s Day Playlist: The 10 Best Songs For Those Flying Solo This Year

Feb 11th, 2013 // 5 Comments

Sigh. While couples everywhere will be getting all cutesy with chocolates and flowers on Valentine’s Day, some of us won’t be so lucky. However instead of sitting on the couch with our favorite junk food and streaming a rom-com, we’ve whipped up a list of the 10 best songs to listen to on V-Day if you’re going it sans a date this year.

Whether it’s an empowering track reminding you why it’s great being independent or the song that explains all the ways that your ex simply wasn’t worth it in any way, shape or form, there is a jam for anyone and everyone. We’ve gathered up 10 of them below for your listening pleasure, courtesy of our customized Rdio player! More »

Whitney Houston: The 5 Best Tribute Performances, A Year After Her Death

Feb 11th, 2013 // 3 Comments

It’s been a year since music legend Whitney Houston died at the age of 48. In the time following her February 11, 2012 passing, performers spanning generations and genres have paid tribute to the esteemed singer.

In fact, there wasn’t a proper music event in 2012 that didn’t seize the opportunity to memorialize Houston through performance. From the legendary peers that worked alongside Whitney from the start, to the new crop of singers inspired by the iconic diva, it was quite a collection that took to the stage to pay their respects. The early tributes, appropriately, reflected the sadness of a life lost too soon. As the year went on, however, these performances evolved to a celebration of The Voice’s energy and charismatic stage presence.

Starting with Jennifer Hudson’s somber performance of “I Will Always Love You” during last year’s Grammys, and moving toward an eventual spirited celebration of Houston’s more upbeat hits, we’ve rounded up our five favorite tributes to the singer. (And spoiler alert: Glee’s Whitney Houston-themed episode didn’t make the cut. At all.) More »