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The 50 Best Pop Singles Of 1994 (Featuring New Interviews With Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb, Real McCoy & Haddaway)

As 2014 draws to a close, one thing that stands out the most about this year is the huge wave of artists who broke international barriers and crossed over into our pop music consciousness. And we’re not just talking about the UK, where Disclosure, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Ella Henderson and Clean Bandit hail from — you also had Australia (Iggy Azalea), Ireland (Hozier), Canada (MAGIC! and Kiesza) Norway (Nico & Vinz), Sweden (Tove Lo) and Amsterdam (Mr. Probz) waving their flags high. It got us thinking that we hadn’t seen a foreign invasion of the American charts like this in 20 years.

So what else is it about 1994 that made it such an utterly memorable year, musically? Before we get to that, let’s first paint a quick picture of what life was like during this particular 12-month period when iTunes and YouTube and Twitter didn’t exist, nor did texting or Snapchatting — when being “social” meant driving (sans GPS or the Maps app) to meet up with friends in person, or, at the very least, putting a pen to paper and mailing a letter.

First off, when 1994 rolled around, Bill Clinton was entering the second year of his first term as President. Cell phones were the size of bricks and e-mail and the Internet were sporadically-used luxuries. It was the days of Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan and the 1994 Winter Olympics. And CD-ROMs. We watched O.J. Simpson go on the run on live TV and also tuned into the first seasons of Friends, ER and Party Of Five. Tom Hanks was America’s favorite silver screen star. At the box office, The Lion King roared loudest, while Speed, Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction also packed movie-goers in. And when Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home on April 8th, it was, as they say, the end of an era…

…which brings us back to music. It would have been the easy way out for us here at Idolator to assemble a simple list of, say, the 20 best singles from 20 years ago, and dash out a a sentence or two on each one. But it turns out, when we really dug deep into what pop had to offer in 1994, there were just far too many good songs to leave off the list. From sultry slow jams to trip hop to synth-pop to Eurodance to Swedepop to alt-rock, it truly was an eclectic year when popular music produced something for everyone.

So instead, we gathered up the 50 best pop singles that made an impact in 1994 below, and reviewed and ranked them by their overall awesomeness. Most of these songs sprung up that year, but you’ll find that some first appeared on albums released in 1993 and didn’t get a single release until ’94, or perhaps were released as a single in late ’93 but their chart run carried into the next year. Whatever the case may be, they’re the tracks we felt left an unforgettable impression.

To add a bit of flavor, we reached out to some of the artists featured — Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb, Real McCoy and Haddaway — and asked them to share their memories of what it was like contributing to the year 1994 in pop. Ready to hop into our time machine and step back 20 years? On your mark, get set… More »

Ed Sheeran Covers Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind”: Listen To His Faithful Version

Elton John is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by releasing a deluxe edition of the classic LP complete with a disc of covers by high-profile artists like Emeli Sande, Fall Out Boy, Miguel and Ed Sheeran. The lovable redhead delivers a faithful interpretation of “Candle In The Wind”.

This was always going to be a match made in (pop) heaven. Elton’s moving ode to Marilyn Monroe is a natural fit for Ed. In many ways, it was an early predecessor of “The A Team” and lends itself to a sparse interpretation on the guitar. The talented 23-year-old does the song justice — showcasing both his versatile voice and the moving lyrics. Listen after the jump. More »

Elton John & Longtime Partner To Marry This Spring: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Elton John and longtime partner David Furnish will get married this spring in England, after the country lifted its ban on gay marriage last week. “[W]e feel it’s really important to take that step, and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation,” Furnish said. [Las Vegas Review Journal]

:: Lily Allen gave a behind-the-scenes look at her Sheezus tour, her first in four years. “It’s been a while,” she says, laughing, when a friend points out how her gear has literally rusted over time. [Stereogum]

:: Sky Ferreira shared snapshots of posting up in a Compton, California, neighborhood for her forthcoming “I Blame Myself” video. The best is of her and a few friends on a Cadillac, as if nodding to the city’s gangsta rap hometown heroes. [Popdust]

:: Chris Brown‘s lawyers asked a judge to dismiss the former assault charge (now a misdemeanor) that the X star received last fall, after he and his bodyguard allegedly punched a man outside a D.C. hotel. That man, Peter Isaac Adams, filed a civil suit for $3 million against them. [AP]

:: A source says that Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow will remain friends after their divorce, for the sake of the two kids. The two had been married for a decade. [People]

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Someone Is Letting Madonna Direct Another Movie: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Madonna is getting behind the camera again. The budding auteur will direct a movie called Ade: A Love Story. It’s a coming of age tale about growing up in an interracial and mixed faith family. [Billboard]

:: If you’re old enough to remember the ’90s this news will literally make your heart flutter. Backstreet Boys have hinted at a joint tour with the Spice Girls. None of us are ready for this double dose of nostalgia! [MTV]

:: Elton John‘s extravagant Las Vegas show Million Dollar Piano will be shown in theaters for one night only in 40 different countries around the globe. Sounds like a fun night at the movies. [Rolling Stone].

:: Interest in Gwyneth Paltrow‘s split with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is so great that her GOOP website crashed last night. There was no explanation for the site’s meltdown on the actress’ Facebook page. [Gossip Cop]

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Miguel & Wale Team Up For Cover Of Elton John’s “Bennie And The Jets”: Listen

Miguel still hasn’t delivered on his promise for a sequel to his Art Dealer Chic EPs, but at least we got that Adult Swim singlethe song he wrote for HBO’s Girls and now a cover of Elton John‘s legendary “Bennie And The Jets,” which features Wale.

That iconic, plodding piano line is punchier for the remake, buttressed by lightly distorted guitars and hefty drum thwacks, while Miguel, unsurprisingly, has no problem tackling the acrobatic vocals. Wale’s verse seems a little unnecessary, but remember they had to fill the time that originally contained Elton’s piano solo. And just to make up points in the “faithful” department, there’s even background party chatter during the song.

The cover will appear on the deluxe edition and box set reissue of Elton’s 1973 classic Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which is out March 24 and also features covers by Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Fall Out Boy and more. Hear Miguel and Wale’s effort below. More »

Bright Light Bright Light & Elton John’s “I Wish We Were Leaving”: Listen To The Duet

On “I Wish We Were Leaving,” a song off Bright Light Bright Light‘s upcoming, same-titled EP (out April 7), Rod Thomas brings us another lyrical tale of a relationship that’s taken an irreversible turn. Except this time he has one Elton John on board to share the vocal duties. The pair-up came about once Sir Elt rang up Rod to praise the latter’s debut album, Make Me Believe In Hope.

“From then I kept hearing his voice on the track,” Thomas tells The Guardian. “In time I played him ‘I Wish We Were Leaving’ and he added his vocals. Although it wasn’t written as a duet, I love that his voice taking lead in the second verse is a reminder that every relationship has two sides and two voices.”

The result is at once both mournful and optimistic. Hear Bright Light Bright Light and Elton John make beautifully sad music together below. More »

2014 Bonnaroo Lineup: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White Headline

The 2014 Bonnaroo lineup is here, and this summer it’s really giving Coachella a run for its money as the year’s premiere festival. The trio of headliners for the Tennessee fest is hard to beat: Elton John, Kanye West and Jack White. This probably makes Elton the biggest legacy act to ever grace a festival, right? Maybe we’re forgetting someone from a past lineup, but it’s a pretty huge get. And he’s not the only wily veteran at the top of the bill. Lionel Richie, incomprehensibly, is performing. As for Kanye, there are two storylines. First, how will he translate his breathtaking Yeezus tour spectacle to a festival setting — will it be similar to his Governors Ball setup from last summer? And secondly, this is his first Roo appearance since his 2008 set for which he showed up roughly six hours late and got booed.

Other acts the Idolator crowd will be excited about:  Skrillex, Frank Ocean, Wiz Khalifa, Disclosure, Zedd, (Ms.) Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monae, Chvrches, Capital Cities, Sam Smith, Pusha T, MS MR, Rudimental, and BANKS. More »

Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy, Miguel & More Cover Elton John In ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ Reissue

Pop stars like Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy, Miguel will pay tribute to Elton John in a forthcoming reissue of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. First released in 1973, Goodbye debuted at No. 1 and held that position for eight weeks straight, as John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin released one hit after another, including the title track and “Bennie and the Jets.”

Universal Music/Mercury will release a deluxe reissue of Goodbye on March 24; on the second disc, Sheeran covers “Candle in the Wind” while Fall Out Boy takes on “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.” Miguel tackles “Bennie and the Jets,” which Music Week reports will also feature Wale. See the full tracklist of covers, also including Emeli Sande and Hunter Hayes, after the jump. More »

Lady Gaga, Tegan And Sara, Goldfrapp, Vampire Weekend Nominated For GLAAD Media Awards

GLAAD ALL OVER
All those up for statues at the 25th GLAAD Media Awards were announced today, and altogether 93 nominees made the cut. The gay media-monitoring organization stages the annual event to honor outstanding representations of the LGBT community in areas of music, movies, TV, and web and print journalism.

In the Outstanding Music Artist category, gay rights advocate Lady Gaga and her troubled (though apparently back-on-track) album ARTPOP are up against releases by Tegan And Sara (Heartthrob), Elton John (The Diving Board), Goldfrapp (Tales Of Us) and Vampire Weekend (Modern Vampires Of The City). Personally, it would be great to see Goldfrapp win here for the duo’s rich, orchestral sixth studio LP. More »

Britney Spears’ ‘Piece Of Me’ Outsells Vegas Residencies By Celine Dion & Elton John

Britney Spears returns to Las Vegas next week with new bragging rights: Her residency, Britney: Piece of Me, is the year’s top-seller, according to StubHub.

While the online retailer didn’t release sales figures, it did disclose some startling factoids: The 100-date Piece of Me, which kicked off December 27, has already outsold residencies by other, huge names in music — Celine Dion, Elton John, Shania Twain and Rod Stewart — this year. It also only falls behind Dion’s, starting in 2011, and John’s, starting from 2009, as the third best-selling residency of all time. More »