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We Are All Mariah: The Internet Responds To Mimi’s Astounding Album Title

Carl Williott | May 1, 2014 - 10:35 am

Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. It speaks for itself. You already know what’s about to follow with this post. Mariah Carey unveiled that awkward, strangely self-aware album title and the Internet predictably lost its collective shit. And yes, the Internet is always quick to launch into superlatives and hyperbole any time something slightly… More »

Lady Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’ Announcement: 18 Funny, Bitchy, Curious & Monstrous Twitter Reactions

Robbie Daw | July 12, 2013 - 7:51 am

Much like when a sassy child in need of a proper spanking tosses a baseball at a hornet’s nest, Lady Gaga, She Of The Internet Frenzy-Starting, has dropped news of her ARTPOP HausAppRaveTech-a-paloozajandro online, and nothing for Little Monsters ’round the universe will ever be the same again. The first single, in case you are… More »

A Note To Our Readers

admin | November 11, 2009 - 2:40 pm


Thanks for all of your comments, including the really colorful and nasty ones. By now it’s clear that we’ve made some changes to Idolator. More »

Idolator On “Idol” On NPR

Maura | November 9, 2009 - 9:00 am

Yesterday on All Things Considered I talked about new albums from a few Simon Cowell-shepherded artists with host Guy Raz: Carrie Underwood’s Play On; Kris Allen’s self-titled debut; Adam Lambert’s For Your Entertainment; and Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream. (This segment has caused some consternation among the more insane Idol fans out there, especially… More »

Which Song Has The Best Chance To End The Black Eyed Peas’ Reign Of Hot 100 Terror?

Maura | October 5, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Now that the summer has ended, and the Black Eyed Peas have reached the half-year mark at the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100, it’s time to start thinking about who could knock them off. While looking for insight on which artists could achieve this heretofore-impossible feat, I ran across a Newsweek blog postMore »

Spinnerette Causes Rock Critics To Go Back To The Stone Age

Maura | June 15, 2009 - 6:00 am

This week, our look at the closing lines of the biggest new-music reviews takes a spin through reactions to Spinnerette, the self-titled full-length from Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle’s latest project. Although you wouldn’t know that she actually had a music career before marrying Queens Of The Stone Age head dude Josh Homme if you onlyMore »

Where Were You When You Heard That Kurt Cobain Died?

Christopher R. Weingarten | April 7, 2009 - 3:30 am

This week marks the 15th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994. You could argue that Cobain’s suicide was a generation of late-twentysomethings and early-thirtysomethings’ version of the JFK assassination… and pretty much remained our defining cultural event until 9/11. So, we’d like to hear your stories. Share where you were, what you were doing… More »

“American Idol” Gets Blown Out At Studio 57

Maura | April 1, 2009 - 9:30 am

Last night’s American Idol was organized around the very loose idea of “Popular Downloads,” a night that resulted in some contestants seeming way older than they were, others annoying the judges for not fitting into the boxes constructed around them during the auditions lo those many months ago, and others having really, really big hair. More »

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Maura | January 21, 2009 - 4:30 am

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Maura | January 21, 2009 - 4:30 am

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Oh, And Since We Never Flat-Out Asked: What Were Your Most Kickin’ Musical Experiences Of 2008?

Maura | January 2, 2009 - 5:00 am

Albums, singles, concerts, music videos,… More »

80 ’08 (and Heartbreak): Announcing Idolator’s Year-End Extravaganza

Michaelangelo Matos | December 31, 2008 - 12:45 pm

What were the 80 most important musical recordings, artists, trends, events, and performances of 2008? What were the eight things this year that broke our hearts—or, at least, our ears? We’re happy to announce 80 ’08 (and Heartbreak), Idolator’s year-end overview. The list is below the jump. … More »

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Maura | September 24, 2008 - 11:45 am

If you have time to kill and a broadband… More »

Live-Blogging The 2008 Video Music Awards: No Britney, No Peace

Maura | September 7, 2008 - 7:45 am

Oh HI! It’s dickdogfood. I welcome you to Idolator’s liveblog of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. Now before I became a quasi-anonymous commentator legend, I was known as Michael Daddino. (I still am, in certain obscure circles.) Once, during that long-gone era, I watched 24 hours of MTV and wrote about it on theMore »

Which Alt-Rock Classics Do We Hate Most?

Michaelangelo Matos | August 13, 2008 - 5:15 am

Earlier today, the R&B blog SoulBounce came up with an idea we’re kicking ourselves for not having come up with first: the editors’ and their friends’ (and their comments box’s) choices for the “Universally-Adored Soul Classic That [They] Hate.” (Funniest moment: site editor nOvaMatic’s dis of Frankie Beverly and Maze’s “Before I Let Go,” one… More »

Happy Birthday, Maura

Dan Gibson | May 28, 2008 - 10:30 am

Happy birthday today to Maura Johnston, editor of Idolator. While I imagine she’s going to find this post embarrassing and dreadful, Maura’s one of my favorite people on earth, and an excellent writer/editor/blogger/whatever as well. In her honor, a stack of Sugababes videos below the cut. … More »

Letter From The Editor

Maura | April 14, 2008 - 12:30 pm

Hi everyone! If you Google Blog Search the term “idolator” as often as I do, you’ve probably heard that Gawker Media has sold the site you’re currently reading to the social-networking site/Pete Wentz blog host Buzznet, and that I’ll remain in the driver’s seat through the change in ownership. There’s not much else to say… More »

Let’s Do It Again: The 2007 Idolator Pop Critics Poll is Live

mmatos | January 15, 2008 - 6:00 am

We’ve been waiting as patiently (or not) as you have, and it’s finally here: The second annual Critics Poll is now open for business–and this time we’ve expanded it a little. Today, you get the poll proper: Albums, Tracks, Reissues, Artists, plus essays by myself, Jess, and Maura. More »

Godless Alternative Rocker “Charmed” By Next Crazed Christian Set To Rule Us All

jharv | January 7, 2008 - 11:05 am

Which ’08 prez candidate did R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe recently claim to be weirdly, conflicted-ly smitten with after a late-night TV appearance? The one who’s hellbent on denying him his civil rights, among other hilarious schemes to upend our way of life once he beats the lady or the African-American guy. … More »

No. 1 (And No. 1): Backyard Tea Parties And Blue Balls

Maura | December 31, 2007 - 1:45 am

numbaonestunnas.jpgOur year-end countdown ends with a pair of songs that are, when you get right down to it, pretty much polar opposites of one another. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. More »

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