12 For ’12: The EPs That Had Us Popping This Year

By: Idolator Staff // December 12, 2012
As far as pop is concerned, 2012 may be remembered as the year that there were more exceptional EPs than albums. While we had to scrape to come up with 10 LPs we truly loved this year — at least, loved enough to feature in our Best Albums of 2012 list — there were more… More »

Grammys: The Most Outrageous Snubs From This Year’s Nominations

By: Sam Lansky // December 6, 2012
The 2013 Grammy Awards nominations arrived last night courtesy of an impressively weird CBS concert, but amidst the many thrilling surprises the evening packed — who among us wasn't exhilarated by the frissons we felt upon realizing that LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" had finally received the recognition it  so sorely deserves? — there were… More »

2012’s Best Albums: Idolator Editors Pick Their Favorite 10

By: Robbie Daw // December 6, 2012
Here at Idolator, the editors have been continuously sifting through 2012's releases and poring over tracks to suss out the best of the best. Of course, let's face it: it was a dire year as far as consistent, solid albums are concerned. Forget the lack of a breakout smash like Adele's 21 (which, to be… More »

Backstreet Boys, Eminem Each Have Two Of The 21 Best-Selling Albums Of The SoundScan Era

By: Robbie Daw // November 29, 2012
Given that Adele's 21 recently became the 21st album to sell 10 million copies in the SoundScan era (since 1991), Billboard chart sage Keith Caulfield took it upon himself to tally up the facts, the figures and the legendary crooners who make up this elite group of Diamond-status pop acts. For music-and-numbers geeks it's quite… More »

It’s Thanksgiving: The Top 10 Things We’re Thankful For In 2012

By: Idolator Staff // November 22, 2012
Thanksgiving is a magical holiday, isn't it? It's a time for reflection on the past year and the many bounties it brought our way — and here at Idolator, we can't help but feel that 2012 gave us an extraordinary cornucopia of pop culture moments for which we want to give thanks. From the instant… More »

American Music Awards 2012: The 10 Best & Worst Moments From The Show

By: Sam Lansky // November 19, 2012
Last night's 2012 American Music Awards telecast felt more like an all-star concert than a typical awards show, jammed with performances as it was — but there's no denying that some artists fared better than others. From the great moments (Christina Aguilera's astoundingly insane medley and Justin Bieber trolling "the haters") to the lackluster ones (a sleepy Nicki Minaj and another… More »

Rihanna’s 7 Best Videos: Shut Up And Watch

By: John Hamilton // November 9, 2012
Fasten your seatbelts, pop fans: Pop's fierce ruling princess (and quite possibly the hardest working woman in showbiz) Rihanna is set to begin an unprecedented promo blitz for her new album, the intriguingly-titled Unapologetic. The centerpiece of this international media blowout will be the week-long, seven-country 777 Tour, commemorating seven years of the "SOS" starlet'… More »

Election 2012: Barack Obama Wins Second Term, Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber React

By: Robbie Daw // November 6, 2012
Barack Obama won a second term as President of the United States Of America on Tuesday night (November 6), causing many artists to turn to — where else? — Twitter and Facebook to type out their elation. Over the past couple days, we rounded up messages from pop stars, ranging from Pink and Alicia KeysMore »

Election 2012: Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Pink & Others Tweet On Election Day

By: Robbie Daw // November 6, 2012
Election Day is finally here, pop fans, and if you're 18 and over, it's time to get out there and hit the polls. If you won't listen to us on that matter, perhaps you'll adhere the advice of your favorite artists like Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Katy Perry and Pink, who have… More »

Election 2012: Katy Perry, Shakira and Lady Gaga Get Out the Vote Online Via Twitter & YouTube

By: emilytan // November 5, 2012
With less than 24 hours till Election Day, the interwebs have been overloaded with tweets and messages from celebrities about heading to the polls on Tuesday (November 6). From Jason Mraz and Katy Perry, who have been performing at rallies in support of Barack Obama, to Diddy and Beyonce's little sis, Solange Knowles, our favorite… More »

Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ Think Piece Mania: Read The Best Quotes

By: Sam Lansky // October 31, 2012
The best thing about a new, super-high-profile album is the wave of highbrow analysis that inevitably accompanies it, as the brightest writers in the business stroke their chins for awhile and wonder what that new Britney or Ke$ha LP really Means, with a capital M. In the case of Taylor Swift's latest album, Red, there were so many think piece… More »

Christina Aguilera Debate: See The Results Of Idolator’s #XtinaDebate

By: Idolator Staff // October 31, 2012
Yesterday, the Twittersphere formally exploded as Idolator hosted our second ever Twitter debate, where we debated an important issue facing voters this election season: Is the media too hard on Christina Aguilera? While our own Sam Lansky took the side of the media, debaters far and wide joined the fray to discuss how Aguilera i… More »

Halloween Music Madness: 12 Albums With Creepy Cover Art

By: Caila Ball // October 29, 2012
Sure, we always expect album art with a certain scare factor when it comes to musicians like Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, know, the other side of iTunes. But every now and then, a pop singer comes out with a cover that just gives us the creeps. The music and lyrics may be innocuous, but… More »

Britney Spears’ ‘Blackout’ Turns Five: Stan & Deliver

By: Idolator Staff // October 26, 2012
On the momentous occasion of its five-year anniversary, how does one even begin to honor a piece of pop history as great as Blackout? Much has been written about the iconic LP, released in 2007 as Britney Spears' fifth studio album, but its legacy is clear: Blackout predicted the dance invasion of the last several year… More »

Halloween Playlist: 12 Spooky Songs To Frighten Your Night

By: John Hamilton // October 25, 2012
In case you couldn't tell from our previous countdown of supernatural pop moments, we here at Idolator are really into all things spooky! So when the season of trick-or-treaters, pumpkin-scented everything and Halloween party playlists rolls around, we’re in our element. As a matter of fact, we wish some pioneering pop artist would write a… More »

Election 2012: The 5 Best Tweets From The Third Presidential Debate

By: Sam Lansky // October 23, 2012
Last night's (October 22) final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney generated a reported 6.5 million tweets, but as far as we're concerned, all eyes were on our favorite celebrity commentators. Again, Lady Gaga chimed in with some self-referential thoughts on the debate and Adam Levine lent some much-needed gravity, but as per usual, it was AubreyMore »

13 Campy Christmas Albums To Dig Out For The Holidays

By: Mike Wass // October 19, 2012
Christmas albums are not known for their subtlety or restraint, but Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta’s long-awaited reunion, This Christmas (out November 13), lifts festive kitsch to previously unimagined heights. Let’s start with the high-art cover. It finds the Rydell High graduates sipping cocoa from fancy cups, surrounded by a sea of presents and decorations. More »

Election 2012: Barack Obama & Mitt Romney, As Shown Through Our 10 Fave Pop Parody Videos

By: Erika Brooks Adickman // October 18, 2012
Power to the pop-loving people! Living in a democracy means that every four years we not only get to voice our say in who runs our country, we have endless opportunities to turn their every word, campaign and factual gaffe into an excuse to churn out political parody videos. (If only Abraham Lincoln were alive… More »

The 11 Best UK Girl Groups Of The Past 25 Years: From Spice Girls To Sugababes

By: Sam Lansky // October 17, 2012
British boy bands are on the rise, with groups like One Direction and The Wanted making a monster impact on the US charts, but what about the ladies? Just as our neighbors across the pond have produced an inordinate share of the best boy band pop of the last few decades, so have they contributed… More »

The 11 Best UK Boy Bands Of The Past 25 Years: From Take That To One Direction

By: John Hamilton // October 10, 2012
With a blockbuster year nearly behind them (their platinum hit "What Makes You Beautiful" hit the top four, spawning a number one album and a sold-out tour) and new single "Live While We're Young" burning up the airwaves, British boy-band One Direction remind us of one of pop music's most enduring truths: the most compelling… More »

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