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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 »

Erasure’s “Elevation” Gets Remixed By Jack Antonoff: Listen

Erasure had announced its new, Richard X-produced album The Violet Flame with “Elevation,” an effervescent anthem about love conquering all. That song proved that, even 16 albums and 30 years after their landmark debut, the enduring synthpop duo can sound both current and timeless while balancing EDM experimentation with sharp pop writing.

And as a new “Elevation” remix by Jack Antonoff (of fun. and Bleachers) now shows, Erasure has also likely inspired a current generation of artists to follow the same path. Antonoff starts by grounding the song with somber strings and looping Andy Bell‘s determined vocals, but then he ups the ante with metric-ton slams and neon-tinged synths. His remix sounds tailor-made for Hollywood’s next sci-fi thriller. More »

Erasure’s ‘The Violet Flame’: Stream The Full Album

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Erasure is back at it once again.

Following the release of last year’s holiday-themed Snow Globe, the prolific electronic duo has returned this year with their sixteenth (!) studio album The Violet Flame due out on September 22, helmed by British hit-maker, Richard X.

After we premiered the tracklisting and vibrant cover art for the upcoming LP right here on Idolator, the troupe debuted the album’s surging lead single “Elevation,” an uplifting slice of majestic synth-pop.

And, as with “Elevation,” you can expectedly equally bright and flashy things across the entirety of the record: “This time, because we wrote on the synths, Vince came up with some dance riffs. I just sang along with those, so it was much more immediate. We also did the writing in Miami rather than New York, so it was much warmer,” Andy Bell tells USA Today where the album can be exclusively streamed in full.

Listen to the stream at USA Today, and check out the full tracklisting after the jump. More »

UPDATE: Erasure’s ‘The Violet Flame’ Tracklist, “Elevation” Single & Fall Tour Openers: Premiere

Erasure announced their upcoming LP The Violet Flame this past spring, as well as its release date of September 23. But other than that — and the fact that the album is produced by pop genius/frequent Annie collaborator Richard X — not much else has been known the British duo’s latest project…until now.

Idolator is premiering the bright, colorful cover art for Vince Clarke and Andy Bell‘s latest album today, along with the full reveal of all 10 tracks — including lead single “Elevation,” which you can listen to below.

Additionally, we’ve listed out the tour openers for Erasure’s upcoming North American trek this fall. Catch all the info below. More »

Richard X Produced Erasure’s New Album ‘The Violet Flame’ & So Far It Sounds Fantastic: Watch A Trailer

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If longstanding UK synth duo Erasure threw you for a loop by enlisting Frankmusik to produce their last pop album, Tomorrow’s World, then hold on to your hats, because their just-announced follow-up, The Violet Flame, has Richard X at the helm. And we here at Idolator drink from the fountain of X. (See our raving over Annie‘s 2013 The A&R EP.)

Erasure’s Andy Bell and Vince Clarke likely made a good impression of X at some point, since when we interviewed the British producer last year he had this to say about the projects he works on: “If I’m going to be spending time listening and working on music, it’s got to be something I like, or it’s not going to work — so there’s no point for anybody. That’s been my policy from when I started. It’s common sense, but not every producer thinks like that.” More »

Erasure ‘Tomorrow’s World’: Fall Preview

Twenty-five years after their debut LP Wonderland arrived, Erasure are back together for new album Tomorrow’s World, following keyboardist Vince Clarke’s 2008 reunion with Alison Moyet for a Yaz tour and singer Andy Bell’s 2010 solo LP Non-Stop. It’s the British pair’s first studio record in four years, and when it came to selecting a producer, they went with their fellow countryman Frankmusik. Head below to enter Tomorrow’s world!
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10 Albums That Turn(ed) 20 In 2011: Remember The Time (PHOTOS)

The year 1991 marked a significant change in the sound of pop music. The days of bubblegum (Debbie Gibson, Rick Astley, New Kids On The Block) and hair metal (Poison, Warrant, Motley Crue) were suddenly numbered as alternative rock and grunge culture bubbled up to the surface and heavily infiltrated the mainstream. Perhaps sensing the turning tide, veteran acts like U2 and Michael Jackson headed in new directions, musically. Meanwhile, R&B was all about new jack swing, Motownphilly and a whistle-register songbird named Mariah. Flip through our gallery to revisit 10 classic albums that celebrate their 20th anniversaries this year.

The Morning Mix: Lady Gaga Live MTV Chat To Follow “You And I” Video

Did You Hear?

:: Lady Gaga will take part in a live Q&A session with MTV’s Sway following the premiere of her “You And I” video this Thursday. [MTV Buzzworthy]

:: The studio isn’t the only place Madonna has been making sweet music lately. The pop icon was recently snapped getting cuddly with much younger boyfriend Brahim Zaibat in The Hamptons. [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Erasure’s new single “When I Start To (Break It All Down)” is “a fantastic pop production that combines” the duo’s “timeless delivery with Frankmusik’s savvy soundboard spunk.” [Arjan Writes]

:: Another season of Grey’s Anatomy, another soundtrack full of properly angsty nighttime soap tunes. Check out Scars On 45′s “Hearts Of Fire,” which you’ve no doubt heard in the show’s new promo spots. [EW Music Mix]

:: UK girl group Sugababes have unveiled the cover art for new single “Freedom,” which is much more tame than the music video. [We Are Pop Slags]

After the jump, find out which music acts will be appearing on the tube today.
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Frankmusik Adding His Synth Wizardry To Erasure’s Upcoming Tour

Not only did Frankmusik hook up with legendary pop duo Erasure to produce their 14th studio album Tomorrow’s World (out October 4), the “Do It In The AM” crooner will also be joining the UK act on their upcoming North American tour. Things kick off on August 31 in Tampa, and eventually wind up 26 stops later on October 6 in Seattle. Brace yourselves for an all-out synth-pop dance party, America! Concert dates below.
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Erasure’s Frankmusik-Produced Album ‘Tomorrow’s World’ Out In October

Madonna isn’t the only long-standing pop legend who’s getting back into the groove with new material. UK duo Erasure have announced that their upcoming 14th studio album Tomorrow’s World will be released October 4 in the States (a day before overseas), with lead single “When I Start To (Break It All Down)” to arrive ahead of that. To produce the album, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell turned to “Do It In The AM” crooner Frankmusik.
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