Hype Index

Nicki Minaj’s Political Verse & The MTV Video Music Awards: The Hype Index

Welcome back to the Hype Index, our Soundbytes segment that manages to squeeze an entire week of music news into one very opinionated list. Stevie Wonder and Nicki Minaj started off September in hot water, while Madonna and Elton John reportedly hugged it out. The MTV Video Music Awards turned 28, but without Lady Gaga or Kanye West the show was…

Erika Brooks Adickman | September 7, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Hype Index 9.7.12

Erika Brooks Adickman | September 7, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Taylor Swift, One Direction & Will.i.am Reach For The Stars: The Hype Index

Welcome back to the Hype Index, our Soundbytes segment that condenses the week in pop into one very opinionated list. This week our favorite artists were pelted with boos (ahem, Madonna) and unfounded rumors (ahem, Adele). We also got wind of some exciting releases on the way from One Direction and Missy Elliott, but neither were…

Erika Brooks Adickman | August 31, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Christina Aguilera & Beyonce Run The World: The Hype Index

Welcome back to the Hype Index, our opinionated look on the week in pop. In case you’ve just come back from an silent meditation retreat, Avril Lavigne and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger are engaged. (We were just as surprised as you are.) This week also brought brought us new releases from the likes Mariah CareyGrimes and Nicki Minaj. But none of these divas could steal…

Erika Brooks Adickman | August 24, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Miley Cyrus’ Haircut And Taylor Swift’s New Hit: The Hype Index

Welcome back to the Hype Index, where we look back on the week in pop by grading the biggest news stories and get a tad bit emotional by sharing our feelings about them. This third week in August brought us a drama from Lady Gaga, Azealia Banks as well as Drake and Chris Brown. But…

Erika Brooks Adickman | August 17, 2012 - 11:53 am

Spice Girls Reunited, Aaliyah Resurrected: Hype Index

Welcome back to the Hype Index, where we take a moment to reflect on the week in pop by ranking the biggest stories and tell you how we really felt about them. This second week in August brought us a new MTV VMAs host, the Billboard Hot 100 chart’s reigning artist, and Adam Lambert’s style makeover.

Erika Brooks Adickman | August 10, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Miley Cyrus Strips, Rick Ross Rules & Mariah Carey Returns: Hype Index Is Back!

Good news, everyone! The Hype Index has returned — in video form as part of our new web series Soundbytes. And could we have picked a better week in the world of pop to rate and judge this week’s biggest stories? This first week of August brought us the 2012 MTV Video Music Award nominations

Erika Brooks Adickman | August 3, 2012 - 12:38 pm

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 5.14.12)

This week the music world lost two legendary performers: Donna Summer and Chuck Brown. And given that other greats such as Etta James, Whitney Houston and Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys have already passed away in recent months, we can’t help feeling that 2012 will sadly go down as the Year Of Death. See how…

Robbie Daw | May 18, 2012 - 5:29 am

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 5.7.12)

One week ago today, the music world lost Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch following his three-year battle with cancer. It was a major blow to fans of the trio whose music had soundtracked the past 26 years. Additionally, The Voice finally wrapped up Season 2 this week, but not without a few barbs coming from…

Idolator Staff | May 11, 2012 - 6:43 am

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 4.30.12)

Have we ever seen a week with so many music high profile video premieres? Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Cheryl Cole, Shakira and even Justin Bieber offered up their latest visuals. Some were sexy. Others promised to be sexy, but ended up being kind of a snooze. Meanwhile, Bobby Brown hit up the Today Show to talk…

Robbie Daw | May 4, 2012 - 6:16 am

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 4.23.12)

It was a busy week on the pop scene, and yet some of the biggest stories had nothing to do with music. Kanye West made his love for Kim Kardashian official with some PDA (and some KW-style jewelery), while Katy Perry celebrated a second week of Coachella with her new boyfriend. And let’s not forget…

Becky Bain | April 27, 2012 - 7:00 am

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 4.16.12)

This week we said goodbye to a pioneer in music, radio and television, while another legend, from the world of hip hop, was resurrected on stage at Coachella. Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj bid adieu to Twitter, Gotye came from overseas and conquered the singles chart and Lionel Richie climbed to the top of the album chart…

Robbie Daw | April 20, 2012 - 6:00 am

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 4.9.12)

Most artists would give their left arm to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. But not Axl Rose! He’d rather be seen on a T-shirt worn by these days. His letter to the Hall, ’s record-breaking album sales drop, ’ rumored salary and the…

Robbie Daw | April 13, 2012 - 6:04 am

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 4.2.12)

It was the season for giving within the music industry last weekend, as both the Kids’ Choice and Academy Of Country Music Awards were held in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, respectively. But while Taylor Swift soared at the country shindig, Katy Perry pummeled our ears — and those of the poor kids — with…

Becky Bain | April 6, 2012 - 3:17 pm

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 3.26.12)

Last Friday, Katy Perry, Madonna and One Direction ruled our weekly Pop & Fizz Hype Index — but who has been keeping the music world gabbin’ the last seven days? Unsurprisingly, Madge returns in today’s installment, this time claiming the top spot with her new album MDNA, which, although a thinly-veiled reference to drugs, is…

Becky Bain | March 30, 2012 - 6:00 am

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 3.19.12)

Pop fans got a double dose of diva this week as new videos from Madonna and Katy Perry premiered. And with One Direction and The Wanted further infiltrating the American charts, it was also a big week for boy bands from across the pond. These music happenings naturally had an impact on our weekly Hype

Robbie Daw | March 23, 2012 - 6:19 am

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 3.12.12)

Last week, we had our hearts occupied by Garbage, Aaliyah, and fun. and Janelle Monae’s “We Are Young.” This week, our Hype Index finds us all abuzz about a Playboy cover, a would-be X Factor host, and a certain American Idol contestant whose criminal behavior isn’t limited to being pitchy. Plus, as you may have…

Becky Bain | March 16, 2012 - 7:30 am

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 3.5.12)

With South By Southwest right around the corner, we spent the majority of our week getting majorly pumped up for all the performers to hit Austin — particularly those at our own Pray For Pop party at the Pure Volume House. But SXSW aside, there were plenty more developments in pop to chronicle in our…

Becky Bain | March 9, 2012 - 6:00 am

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 2.26.12)

Even though Chris Brown hardly took the week off — he released his Fortune cover art and played at the NBA All-Star Game — we’re free of any Breezy-related controversy on this week’s Pop & Fizz graph. Instead, the biggest stories of the week involved tattoos (both Erykah Badu’s and Kid Cudi’s), as well as…

Becky Bain | March 2, 2012 - 6:00 am

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 2.19.12)

Well, Chris Brown certainly gave the Internet plenty to talk about this week! When he wasn’t getting it on in the studio with formerly-embattled-but-now-totally-over-it ex-girlfriend Rihanna, the pot-stirring “Birthday Cake” remixer was picking fights and blasting critics on Twitter. It was a lot to take in, and that’s why Breezy ranks so high on our…

Nicole Sia | February 24, 2012 - 7:45 am
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